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2000-08-12 00:00:00 - Zig Zag - (stoodin101@aol.com)


Well, that was about pointless. A simpleminded story about cyberterrorism, trying to make itself more portentous than it really is by the incessant use of flashbacks, flashbacks that led to flashbacks, flashforwards and other gimmicks that were neat back when Vonnegut used them, but are now just boring and tedious. Another loser from A.L. Katz, who apparently has an endless supply of losers in that tomb of his. So to speak. And the effort to be The Matrix with those edgy cyberdudes and that generic techno music stomping through every scene wasn't successful, either. And that ending...I'm still trying to figure that one out. Even the Control Voice seemed annoyed; its comments about our confidence leading to our destruction were probably directed more at Katz and his confidence that this was a good script than anything else. "...things are not healthy in our criteria for nobility and decency. Things are not right in that area. To put it bluntly, it's an insane asylum." --- Dmitri Shostakovich

2000-08-13 00:00:00 - Re: Zig Zag - (OLfan@nowhere-in.perticular.com)


On Sun, 12 Aug 3900 03:48:54, stoodin101@aol.com (J.B.L.) wrote: > Well, that was about pointless. A simpleminded story about cyberterrorism, > trying to make itself more portentous than it really is by the incessant use of > flashbacks, flashbacks that led to flashbacks, flashforwards and other gimmicks > that were neat back when Vonnegut used them, but are now just boring and > tedious. Another loser from A.L. Katz, who apparently has an endless supply of > losers in that tomb of his. So to speak. And the effort to be The Matrix with > those edgy cyberdudes and that generic techno music stomping through every > scene wasn't successful, either. And that ending...I'm still trying to figure > that one out. Even the Control Voice seemed annoyed; its comments about our > confidence leading to our destruction were probably directed more at Katz and > his confidence that this was a good script than anything else. > Well, a theory is that part of this story is another one of those from OL thats been told in the past; Technology is or has over-come our humanity. Although, not really original (seems to been reminded to us several times in the past by OL with episodes like "The Hunt", "Mary 25" (and its sequel), "Stream of Consciousness" and ...I'm pretty sure theres a few others that have directly or indirectly tried to do the same thing, or slip it in here and there), I suppose it was another attempt at the same thing or simular. I think it wasnt till about the last 10mins or so of the episode that it became clear (to me at least :) that the Zig (or Zag?) person who seemed to have been the one who orchastrated the whole thing was in the fact the first terrorists face we see in the begining, which who I'm guessing was the one who came to realize what a disaster life is really like being completely totally utterly dependent on computers for pretty much anything and everything in his world. Therefore, destroying that in which is kind of imprinsoning everyone (remember in the one flashback the building our protagonist apparently owns or controls in some way, was not permitted inside even though the person on the view screen obviously recognized him but refused to cooperate anyway?). Anyway, just a theory! sides, seemed like the most entertaining thing ON tv at the time to watch ...for myself anyway, but surely not the BEST of OL by far! oh, what was it? "The Heaven" ...thats another one with this type of story to it ...although I THINK if it was between that and this one, I THINK I'd rather watch this one ...that is if I had to anyway.

2000-08-14 00:00:00 - Re: Zig Zag - (stoodin101@aol.com)


> "The Heaven" ...thats another one with this type of >story to it ... Haven. I liked it better than Zig Zag. Though the best of the whole lot remains the first one to tackle the Internet in allegory: Stream of Consciousness. "...things are not healthy in our criteria for nobility and decency. Things are not right in that area. To put it bluntly, it's an insane asylum." --- Dmitri Shostakovich