Sunday, September 24, 2006

A MATTER OF "DEGREES"

Rob Buckley of the blog "The Medium Is Not Enough" nicked the plot summary for 'Six Degrees' from the official press release to save himself some time.

It seemed like a good idea to me, so I'm lifting it from him.......

"They say that anyone on the planet can be connected to any other person through a chain of six people, which means that no one is a stranger... for long. In this hour-long drama from the producers of “Lost” and “Alias,” six very different New Yorkers go about their lives without realizing the impact they're having on one another - yet. A mysterious web of coincidences will gradually draw these strangers closer, changing the course of their lives forever. Is it happenstance? Fate? Is there a greater force at work in our world, guiding us along and connecting our lives?"

Dunh dunh DUNH!

Earlier this year I wrote about the fortune cookie slip with the "Numbers" from 'Lost' which was seen at the end of a 'Veronica Mars' episode. I concluded that if the "Numbers" (4 8 15 16 23 42) surrounded the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 in all aspects of their lives, then the "Numbers" would then be showing up everywhere else as well throughout the TV Universe. The "Numbers" aren't out there just for the main characters of 'Lost', they surround everyone in Toobworld and they have some sort of meaning for everyone in some random way.

Remember, '30 Rock' is "15" doubled. Twice that for 'Studio 60', or put another way, "60" equals "15 x 4".

The theory that the numbers pervade the lives of everyone in the universe, all other TV characters no matter the show, no matter the network, is backed up by the mysterious Alvar Hanso in that video that can be seen on YouTube.com.

So accepting that, it's also likely that other conceits from 'Lost' also affect the characters from other TV shows.

Throughout the flashbacks of the "Lostaways", we have seen how their lives have intersected with each other even if they haven't been fully aware of it.

Just a few examples:

1] Boone is in the same Australian police station where Sawyer gets arrested
2] Locke inspects the home bought by Nadia, Sayid's former love
3] Jack chose to save Sarah over the father of Shannon
4] Mr. Eko and Claire visited the same psychic
5] Kate's Mom served Sawyer in a diner; Jack's Dad drank with Sawyer in a bar
6] Hurley owned the box company where Locke worked
7] Libby was in the same mental hospital as Hurley and Locke's Mom and she sold her boat to Desmond
8] Most everybody previously heard Charlie's one hit song

Once you start, you just can't stop!

So that same theory about the six degrees of separation between everybody on Earth is probably universal. And therefore, the odd patterns that are emerging to link the six main characters of 'Six Degrees' probably are part of the same overall cosmic plan as is dictating the lives of the "Lostaways".

(Rob Buckley lists these character types caught up in this struggle of Life: "the artist who's lost his muse; the guy trying to find a girl; the woman who's lost her husband and is trying to get back on her feet; the woman who's worried her boyfriend might be cheating on her; the honest black guy trying to avoid being dragged into crime; and the girl on the run from her dangerous past.")

Rob also mentions another show from earlier this summer that could also be caught up in this grand design, 'Windfall'.

The basic foundation of the TV Universe is predicated on this theory about "Six Degrees of Separation", thanks to crossovers and spin-offs and other links which all eventually lead back to St. Eligius Teaching Hospital in Boston, AKA 'St. Elsewhere'.

The Toobworld concept takes it for granted that all TV shows are connected already; and while it's nice to find either official links or one of my wacko theories to confirm this, I don't need the proof to justify my belief.

I'm committed to 'Shark' for the first two episodes, but I think I'll be switching over to 'Six Degrees' once I see that second one. (My friend Shirley Jordan will be playing one of Shark's poker buddies in it.)

Forget about 'ER' ever getting hold of my eyeballs ever again!

I'm pretty sure that despite the bad reviews (Rob Buckley's was the first one that I saw that was positive, and even that was lukewarm.), 'Six Degrees' will be around for a while.

After all, when the producer is JJ Abrams, and he's already bringing in the "Numbers" for your network (Sorry about that, Chief!), then you don't want to make him angry.

You wouldn't like it if he's angry.

(One could argue that NBC had no trouble pissing off Dick Wolf twice in a row with speedy cancellations of 'Law & Order: Trial By Jury' and 'Conviction', but that franchise is old and could even be on the ropes. 'Lost' is sssssmokin' white hot.)

Besides, I would not be surprised if a mention of some character from 'Lost' or a reference to the Hanso Foundation or to Oceanic Airlines crops up on the show. Abrams did the same thing twice in episodes of 'Alias'.

Anyway......

What does it all mean? Who knows? Bring on the statue with the four toes already!

BCnU!
Tele-Toby

"Just who are the people we nod our hellos to as we pass on the street?
A rather good question to ask....
Particularly in the Twilight Zone
."
Rod Serling
'The Twilight Zone'

1 comment:

Brian-El said...

well, I just watched it & read your blog...


First of all, J.J.A. is credited as Exec Prod and that's it. He didn't
write the pilot and there was no "created by" credit, so I think the duo
who wrote the pilot are the creators and Abrams is just overseeing things.
There may be no specific Lost references at all.


Second: the whole thing, so far, takes place in New York. There may be
8-15 (oops) million people running around the area, but, you know, when I
lived there, I used to run into people I knew in the most unlikely places.
What happened in the pilot may be a slight stretching of the truth, but
it in no way approaches the incredible "coincidences" of Lost. (your #8
is pretty weak, though)


I think I see what the critics are talking about. I'm not so sure this
show will have staying power. I'll give it another week at least, but it
didn't really grab me and the characters, so far, seem like retreads. The
most interesting one--the girl on the lam--is interesting precisely
because she's reminiscent of Kate. (But not as hot.) The "artist trying
to find his muse" was the worst--what a cliche. The "guy looking for a
girl" (guess which girl?) was booooooooooring as hell. The others were
OK. Hope Davis is good, as always, but her character needs a bit more
oomph.


So far I like Jericho better, but that's not saying much. What other new
shows are you checking out? Because the only other one that really sounds
interesting to me is The Nine.


Now to try & check out that Lost Experience finale...