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A Few Interesting LOST Theories

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I'm a big LOST fan, and have started re-watching first few seasons while waiting for season 4 to start in 2008. If you're in the same boat (or should I say, on the same island?), the first thing you should check out is the Orchid Station Orientation Video, revealed at Comic-Con earlier this month. Next, I have rounded up a series of theories from around the web for your review. Please DON'T read on if you're not interested in speculation, and/or haven't watched all the episodes yet!

(Theories are after the jump, to protect innocent eyes!)

LOST as Postmodernist Text About Meaninglessness. Doc Jensen reviews some of the philosophical bits and pieces present in the series, ultimately concluding that it's a show about meaninglessness. (There's a fine, but important, line between that notion and the Seinfeld idea of a show about nothing.)

LOST as Gedanken Experiment About Time Travel. This is pretty interesting -- basically a big rambling theory involving 108-minute time travel, the Grandfather Paradox, and the island's monster. This is an interesting summary: "The question isn't, Where is the Island? The question is, When is the Island?" (Note that this theory is officially marked as "debunked" on

LOST as Garden of Eden. This Biblical theory puts the pieces together in the context of Genesis, even incorporating the mysterious foot statue.

LOST as Walt's Dream. This was my personal theory throughout seasons 1 and 2, but I think is now pretty much disproved. I was convinced that Walt was projecting his own psyche across the island -- for example, he sees a polar bear in a comic book, then moments later a polar bear appears in the jungle; he projects his daddy issues onto everyone else (this might account for why Michael is so ridiculously obsessed with saving his son); he mysteriously appears in places he can't physically be; and so on. However, something occurs at the end of season 2 that seems to make this theory impractical.

So what do you think? Have you heard a better theory? (Note: if your theory contains a major spoiler, please warn readers before you spill the beans!)

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Pop Culture
Hot Pie From Game of Thrones Opened a Real-Life Bakery in London
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Ben Hawkey is best known for playing Hot Pie, Arya Stark’s Direwolf bread-baking companion on Games of Thrones. The actor recently got the chance to demonstrate his baking skills in the real world with the opening of You Know Nothing John Dough, a pop-up London bakery inspired by the HBO series.

A venture between Hawkey and the UK-based food delivery service Deliveroo, You Know Nothing John Dough launched for Deliveroo members on July 17, to coincide with the series' seventh season premiere. The menu consisted entirely of Direwolf-shaped loaves made with whole wheat cornbread and orange zest. According to Digital Spy, the treats were meant to be eaten warm with soft butter.

Dire wolf loaves on a cookie sheet.

"It's brilliant that we have been able to help Ben realize his dream of opening a real-world bakery, bringing a classic piece of on-screen cuisine to the real world," a spokesperson for Deliveroo told Digital Spy of the culinary collaboration.

Ben Hawkey holds tray of Dire Wolf bread.

Fans snatched the treats up quickly, which was no surprise considering that they were selling for just £1 (about $1.30) a pop. That’s a bargain compared to some Game of Thrones-themed desserts. While the bakery was meant as a one-time tie-in to the new season premiere, don't be surprised to see it pop up again; you can keep an eye on its Deliveroo page here.

[h/t Digital Spy]

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The 5 Best Sci-Fi Movies on Netflix Right Now
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Nicolas Cage stars in Knowing (2009).
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If you’re in the mood for some speculative fiction and your pile of Arthur C. Clarke books has been exhausted, you could do worse than to tune in to Netflix. The streaming service is constantly acquiring new films in the sci-fi and fantasy genres that should satisfy most fans of alternative futures. Here are five of the best sci-fi movies on Netflix right now.


If any film stands as a proper influence on The Twilight Zone and its use of science-fiction and fantasy to mask political and civil issues, it’s The Day the Earth Stood Still, a Cold War-era parable about an alien named Klaatu who arrives on Earth carrying a warning about warfare. Naturally, all humans want to do is shoot him.

2. METROPOLIS (1927)

Inspiring everything from Star Wars to Lady Gaga, Fritz Lang’s silent epic about a revolt among the oppressed people who help power an upper-class city remains just as visually impressive today as it did nearly 100 years ago.

3. TROLL HUNTER (2010)

A Norwegian fairy tale with bite, Troll Hunter follows college-aged filmmakers who convince a bear trapper to take them along on his exploits. But the trapper fails to disclose one crucial detail: He hunts towering, aggressive trolls.

4. KNOWING (2009)

The histrionics of Nicolas Cage: You either like them or you don’t. Knowing is Cage at half-caf: While he enjoys a few meltdown scenes, he’s largely reserved here as an astrophysics professor who stumbles onto information that could herald the end of the world.

5. THE HOST (2006)

A slow-burn monster movie from South Korea, The Host has plenty of tense scenes coupled with a message about environmental action: The river-dwelling beast who stalks a waterfront town is the product of chemical dumping.  


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