Super 8 Review (Spoiler Alert)

Super 8 feels a bit like it has two separate parts. The story of a young boy named Joe who meets a girl while shooting a zombie movie with his friends while he and his father are trying to figure out how to cope with the death of his mother and about how it influences their somewhat distant relationship. This part of the movie is well done, you feel for these characters and that’s something that is getting harder to find in today’s pool of action-driven blockbusters. The kids are believable in their performances and Kyle Chandler delivers well as Joe’s father. There are a few very good scenes, I admit I got a little teary-eyed. I would have been alright with watching just this part of the story, but most of the scenes that developed this story were interrupted by the other part of the story.

The other part of the story is your basic alien invasion in a small town story. It is a little predictable. In a recording the boys hear a scientist who was studying the alien tell them that the alien was a “good guy” and then he ends up being misunderstood and a good guy. I really expected this part of the story to be more complicated and have more mysterious puzzle pieces, seeing as it is from the person who brought life to “Lost” and “Star Trek”.

Overall I really enjoyed this movie and recommend it.  Although some parts of it are predictable, it is thrilling, has good action, and has a heart.

 

Random Notes:

The music was pretty great of course because Michael Giacchino composed it.

A lot of good action and explosions in this film, like when the train explosion and when the tanks are destroying the city. The school bus scene was pretty thrilling,

I loved the scenes after something crazy happens and the kids are having like three different conversations at one time.

The kids were pretty cool, except for running joke with the kid who liked blowing things up. That was a little overdone. And the taller kid with glasses didn’t seem to bring much to the table.

It looks like J. J. likes camera flares. I feel like he might over due the use of them sometimes but it does seem to create an interesting, mysterious, and beautiful aesthetic.

Joe’s father’s name is Jackson, and is sometimes called Jack. He looks a bit like Jack Shepherd from J. J. Abram’s show “Lost”

A sign advertising the fictitious slushie drink, Slusho, can be seen in the gas station scene. Slusho appears in other places in the universe of J. J. Abrams, such as “Cloverfield” and “Alias”.

 

 

 

 

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Ben Linus Returns

Access Hollywood has released about a minute of the extra Lost footage that will be on the season 6 DVD and bluray release. It seems to answer the question of who was responsible for the Dharma food supply drops. Ben says he’s going to, “tie up a few loose ends.”

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via Access Exclusive, First Look: Ben Takes ‘Charge’ In ‘Lost’.

“Lost” Target Ads

I thought these ads were pretty clever.

Live Together, Die Together- My Review of Lost’s “The End” Part One

My last Lost recap 😦

It starts with Christian Shepard’s coffin arriving. Then there is a short flashsideways shot where Jack is doing doctor stuff and then there are short montage clips of Jack drinking water on the island, Sawyer and Kate in the island and Kate waiting at the church while Desmond gets the coffin.

Desmond tells Kate that the man in the coffin is Christian Shepard and Kate says, “Christian Shepard, seriously?” Pointing out that it is a blatantly religious name. Desmond tells Kate that he wants to leave, but he won’t say where. We think it is the island, but it isn’t.

On the island it looks like Jack is peeing in the island while Kate watches frm a far. Sawyer asks him if he is ok and that he is confused about what happened. Jack tells Hurley, Kate and Sawyer that they have to go past the bamboo forest to the magic light cave. Hurley says that Jacob is worse the Yoda. Star Wars reference. Sawyer says that he is going to go find Desmond.

Sideways Hurley takes Sayid to the hotel and shows him a tranquilizer gun. Sayid still doesn’t get it, he can’t remember the other dimension. Hurley goes in the motel and picks up Charlie. He doesn’t wanna come so Hurley tranquilizes him.

On the island, Jack tells about his motives for becoming protector of the island and he says that he was out of things to screw up. Kate tells him that “Nothing is irreversible.”

Sawyer tries to stealthy spy on Locke, but Ben finds him. Locke tells Sawyer that he is going to use Desmond to sink the island and Sawyer tells Locke that someone has taken Jacob’s place. Sawyer steals Ben’s gun and leaves. Locke tells Ben that he lied and that he would not be ale to have the island because it was going to sink, but that Ben could go away with him on his boat. Locke finds Vincent tracks.

Vincent licks Desmond awake and he finds himself at Rose and Bearnard’s camp. They feed him and say that they broke their rule for him. Desmond is always the special one to whom the rules don’t apply. Rose says that they don’t like the drama and don’t like helping people out. Then they get some drama. Locke and Ben come out of the forest and Locke threatens that he will kill Rose and Bernard and that he will make it hurt unless Desmond comes and does what Locke wants him to do. Rose is ready to die for the cause and Desmond agrees he will help Locke.

Locke asks Desmond if he knows where he is taking him and he says that he doesn’t know, but he guesses they are going to see a bright light. Ben’s walkie crackles, but he doesn’t answer.

It’s Miles tring to get a hold of him, he has found Alpert who still wants to blow up the plane.

Sideways Miles sees Sayid and calls Sawyer to tell him and he says he will go talk to Sun because that was who he shot.

Sideways Sun says that she is a little sore. She just got shot, of course she’s a little sore. Juliet comes in and gives Sun her ultra-sound. Sun and Jin get flashes because this happened before, but Juliet is still clueless. Jin and Sun can speak English now.

On the island, Sawyer is rushing through the forest and he runs into Kate, Jack and Hurley. Hurley freaks out because he jumps out of the forest. Sawyer tells them what happened. They all head to the light and the awesome Micheal Giaccino finale trekking music kicks in.

On an outrigger, Miles pulls Alpert’s first gray hair from his head and he says that he wants to live. They paddle into a dead body and then find Lapidus. I thought he was dead for sure. Then Lapidus tells them that he can fly the plane.

Kate shoots at Locke from a far. Silly Kate, you know you can’t kill him right? Locke says he thought Jacob would have picked someone else because he was the obvious choice. Jack says he chose and that he was gonna kill Locke. Locke asks how hw is going to kill him and Jack says it’s a surprise.

Sideways Jack and Juliet meet in the hospital and it is “revealed” that Juliet is Jack’s ex.

Jack and Sawyer have secret chat right behind Locke about killing Locke. At the point of the bamboo forest, Locke says that just he, Desmond, and Jack should go on from here. As they tie Desmond up, he tells Jack that they are together in the flash-sideways. But Jack says that “All of this matters.” They go in the cave and see a waterfall.

Sideways Hurley and Sayid talk in Hurley’s Hummer. Boone and Shanon are fighting outside and Sayid has his flash moment when he meets her and they kiss. Boone tells Hurley that it was a pain to get Shanon from Australia.

Miles finally gets a hold of Ben and tells him their plan. Claire shoots at them and it reminds me of the scene in the finale of season three when Ben has Jin, Sayid and Bernard tied up on the other side of the walkie talkie. Anyway, they offer to take Claire with them and she refuses. Locke and Jack let Desmond down the waterfall on a rope. Locke comments on how this is similar to the time when they lowered someone into a hatch and that Desmond was in it. Jack says that he isn’t Locke and that Locke was right about everything. Locke says that Jack will know he is wrong when the island sinks.

Sideways Juliet gets called to the hospital, leaving short Claire and David together.

Backstage Charlotte wakes Charlie up and she meets Daniel. Claire and Kate are surprised to see each other at Desmond’s table. Table 23. Pierre Chang introduces Daniel Widmore accompanied by Driveshaft. Charlie sees Claire and they stare at each other. Then Claire has tummy problems and leaves, Kate follows after her.

Desmond reaches the inner pool below the waterfall and he is blasted by electromagnetic energy. He pulls a giant stone cork thing out of the center of the pool and it drains. The cork hole turns orange and flames come from it an it looks like they are in a volcano. Could this be the volcano? Locke says it looks like you were wrong. Jack punches Locke and he bleeds. “It looks like you were wrong too,” he says. Locke hits him in the head with a rock and runs away.

Sideways Claire goes backstage looking for a bathroom and Kate finds her.

Eloise tells Desmond that she thought she made it clear that she wanted him to stop what he was doing. Desmond tells her that he doesn’t care and that and that he won’t be taking Daniel.

Kate comforts Claire and sends Charlie to go get water and blankets. We see a recreation of Aaron’s birth between flashes of the actual one and Kate sees the other world. It’s kind of an awkward moment to remember the other storyline. Charlie gives her the blanket and they remember each other. Desmond comes in and ask Kate if she understands. She says, “So, now what?”

My Thoughts On “The End” of Lost

Don’t read this if you haven’t seen the finale. I’m going to post a full recap later, but I don’t have time for that and I just had to let out some of my views on the finale now.

I expected so much from this 2.5 hours of television that it could not have lived up to my expectations. I thought that the beginning felt like a lame clip show, but now I feel that there is some beauty in how simple it is. It was a pretty good way to wrap the character story-lines, I feel. I think that the on island story was too simple though. I mean they just had to move that rock plug, kill Locke, and move the rock plug back? And I expected more action! But whatever.

The end of “The End” was blatantly spiritual and I feel that turned some people off. I think they could have made it more metaphorical and maybe took out the bright light to avoid bothering these people, but the show has always had religious overtones, so I guess it is fitting. The big reveal at the end as to what the “flash-sideways” is confused everyone and everyone has their own interpretation. I would be very disappointed if the finale did not spark confusion and discussion.

Here is my interpretation, the sideways world is like a version of purgatory that existed to remind the losties, of their previous life so they could let go and move on to their next life. It does this by recreating similar events from their past life to try to help trigger memories. Desmond and Charlie are one of the first to realize this and they start awakening other people. The question that everyone wants to know is how did everyone die? And I was curious how Aaron died because he was off the island. I think the reason most people died was because the island did sink, but I have no clue, it also kind of seems like that didn’t happen. I don’t think it really matters thought, because Christian tells Jack that you don’t experience time in sideways world and that everyone dies sometime. So, Aaron may have died of old age for all we know. Once everyone is enlightened they happily move on to heaven or nirvana or whatever (the writers kept it purposefully universal).

Ben did not move on, he still has work to do in this world to atone for all the people he killed or whatever.

One big question I have is: if we did not see one of the characters in the church does that mean they went to Hell? We didn’t see Micheal, I guess it would be fitting for him to go to Hell. Mr Eko wasn’t there, when he died he said he would not give his confession. I don’t think we can read too far into this though because we may not have seen everyone that was in that church, and maybe the writers could not get everyone to return that they wanted.

I feel that the end should have shined more light on them saving the world and more about how the island was important, but I also found that it was kind of cool that the writers showed that the characters were more important and that their lives on the island were simply the best part of their lives because they met each other and because one big happy family.

I feel that I could not justify not liking the finale to myself. I’m still a little unsure what to think about it. I feel like I know some aspects of it weren’t awesome, like I have discussed here, but I feel that I have found good reasons to like it.

I guess I have to say that it did not do that great at wrapping the show as a whole, which I understand could be difficult with this show, but I feel they could have done better. The show was awesome and the ending didnt ruin that. I’m happy the ending was thought provoking, at least it was interesting.

Lost, How I Love Thee, Let Me Count The Ways: A Lost Nerd’s Farwell

I wrote this before the finale, so forgive me for my lack of knowledge about the flash-sideways/purgatory or whatever it is.

It’s kind of sad how many countless hours I have spent watching, re-watching, and re-re-watching Lost. Or how many hours I have theorized, written about, discussed Lost, or listened to Lost podcasts. Lost has been my obsession for the last couple years and this is why:

First of all Lost did a great time at creating real characters that changed drastically over the six season span of the series. We have learned so much about them. We learned about their lives before the island in flash-backs, their lives after the island through flash-forwards, and we have even learned how they would behave in an alternate universe (if that is what it is). Over the course of the show, Lost has had twenty-four characters that have been billed as starring roles. And almost all of those characters, I have found interesting and I have cared about.

Regardless of all of the ridiculous stuff that goes on on this show, the writers usually do a very good job at keeping it character-centric. Take for instance many Lost fans’ favorite episode of Lost, “The Constant”. This is probably the most heady hour of television on prime-time television. It deals with the consciousness of a character named Desmond traveling back and forth through time and space, but the episode is also very focused on Desmond’s relationship with his girlfriend Penny.

Part of the reason that the characters feel so realistic is that they are portrayed by some pretty awesome actors. Micheal Emerson (Ben Linus) and Terry O’Quinn (John Locke) are the best of the cast.

Lost has confused me, creeped me out, made me laugh out loud on numerous occasions, and I admit it has made me cry. I feel this is mostly due to the great writing on Lost. Even though, since Lost is a show about mystery, it sometimes feels like there are forced surprises, it is the most surprising show on tv. In season one you find out that before Locke was on the island, he was paralyzed. All in one scene in season two, Micheal kills Ana Lucia and Libby, sets Ben (we knew him as Henry Gale back then) free, and shots himself in the arm. In the season three finale a new storytelling technique is introduced when we find out what we though to be a flashback like we were so used to after three seasons of nothing else, was actually a flash-forward in which Jack and Kate had made it off the island. In season four we learn that only six of the losties got off the island. Hurley is in an insane asylum, Jack is severely depressed, Kate is pretending to be the mother of Claire’s child, Jin appears to be dead, and Sayid is working for evil Ben. In season five we learn that someone who appears to be a reborn John Locke, is actually one of the island gods who looks like John Locke. These are only a few of the many twisty turns the story of Lost has taken, there’s usually at least one twist or surprise in every episode, usually more.

I love that Lost tries hard to play it dangerous. I think it is easily the most complicated show ever on prime-time. It has dealt with that smoke-monster thing, time-travel, alternate dimensions (?), destiny, faith, electromagnetism, controversial science experiments, ghosts, and tons of other things.

It bothers me when people be disin’ my Lost. When I ask people why they are such haters, they usually say one of two things: “There is a polar bear on the island.” or “There is a smokemonster.” Most people quit the show because they were impatient and they were just focused on answers. I think it is silly when people say that Lost has jumped the shark. I think it jumped the shark in the pilot and and I like that. Lost is largely about faith and many people have given up on the show due to their lack thereof. I have faith in the writers because of the ways I have seen many big mysteries of Lost revealed in a very satisfying way and because the writers fought for and got permission to end the story on their own terms.

Finding someone that watches Lost is a big deal. You will always have something to talk to them about. I feel that I have made some friends I would not have if it weren’t for Lost. I have forced many of my friends into watching Lost. I have Dharma Nike shoes.If you don’t know what my favorite show is, you probably don’t know me very well.

It is quite tormenting when a lost fan can’t find someone to talk about Lost with the day after it aired. I know that I have probably bored the crap out of some people that aren’t as obsessed with the show as I am. I just had to let it out though. I started this blog this yeah, and that may have helped me with these urges. Lost is the main reason I decided to write this blog and Lost has inspired me to write my own sci-fi fiction in hopes of recreating my own story.

Lost, I will miss you.

“The End” is Nigh – Lost Finale Preview

So, the day has finally arrived. I think I’m a little bit more sad then excited. Here are some of my predictions for the finale. I don’t think Jack is going to be the island god after this episode. I think that Locke is going to blow up the island like he tells Ben he will. This will cause the island to sink, creating the flash sideways storyline. I predict that we will see Alpert, Vincent, Rose, and Bernard again. I’m sure we will see a lot of the old cast return. SPOILER ALERT! SKIP REST OF PARAGRAPH! The writers have confirmed that Walt will return.

I don’t really what a good ending for Lost would be. I’m excited to see what the writers have done.

I’m having a Lost party, so my review might be a bit later then usual. I’ll probably get it up sometime tomorrow morning.

Most Shocking Scenes of Lost (Obvious Spoilers)

Some amazing lost scenes in no particular order. There were a lot more but I couldn’t find working links.

Michael Returns:

John Locke Walks

The Bomb

In the statue

WE HAVE TO GO BAAAACK!!!

They don’t Press the Button

Desmond Meets Ms. Hawking

Sawyer Meets Sawyer

Deja Vu

Jacob’s Cabin

Not Penny’s Boat

Sayid’s is a Killer

The Death of Jeremy Bentham

The Coffin

Horrible CGI

One more day!!!!!

Another Couple of Lost Finale Updates

Sl-lost.com has gained intel saying that the finale will one hour and 45 minutes long plus 45 minutes of commercials.

But there’s more: TV Guide says that there will be more than 20 extra minutes of storyline. Their source says, “Damon and Carlton wanted to offer fans answers to additional questions they couldn’t get to in the body of the final show.” This kind of seems cheap, but I guess it would be difficult to talk the studio into letting them air a three hour finale.

FOUR MORE DAYS!

The End is Nigh: “What They Died For” – Lost Review

Recap time!

Deja View

This episode began with the classic close-up of Jack’s eye. This time he’s in a bed in what we have been calling the flashsideways world. He looks in the mirror, and he has a weird cut again that must be from the other reality. His son comes in and says that he made breakfast.

David asks Jack if he is coming to his concert later. Jack says yes and he asks if David’s mother will be there. David tells him to not get weird. It looks like we will have to wait until next week to see the mysterious woman. I think that it has to be Juliet.

Some Quality Family Time

Claire joins them and they have a nice little family moment. Then Desmond gives Jack a call and pretends to be a worker from Oceanic Airlines. He says that Christian’s coffin will be delivered to him shortly.

Back on the island there is an other new but familiar scene. This time it is Jack stitching up Kate. Kate tells Jack that Jin never met Ji-Yeon. She says that they have to kill Man-In-Black.

Jack says that they need to go get Desmond, so they do.

In sidewaysworld, it appears as if Desmond is planning another Locke-attack until Ben stops him. Desmond beats Ben, causing him to remember the time in the other storyline when he beats him. He tells Ben that he is trying to bring Locke to his senses.

Ben, Miles, and Alpert, finally reach the Barracks. Miles senses Alex. Alpert says that he buried her and Ben thanks him.

Ben enters his secret room. Miles ask Ben what his “secret-er room” was for and Ben says, “It’s where I was told I could summon the monster. That’s before I realized it was the one that was summoning me.” For those of you who are keeping a question checklist, there you go, an answer. Ben puts all of the C4 in Alpert’s bag. They find Zoey in the kitchen and Widmore comes inside.

Widmore tells Zoey to go sink the outrigger. Ben holds him at gun point and Widmore says that he is his last chance. Alpert tells Widmore their plan and Widmore says that he already rigged the plane to blow. Widmore says that Jacob visited him after soon after the freighter explosion.

Zoey walkies Widmore and say that Locke has arrived. He tells Zoey to return as fast as possible and he tells Ben that they need to hide if they want to live.

Ben tells Locke that the man that ran him over beat him up and made him see something. Locke calls the police. Ben tells him that Desmond told him that he was trying to get Locke to let go. Locke hangs up.

Desmond shows up at the police station where Miles and Sawyer are discussing the benefit concert at his dad’s museum. Okay so Miles, and Jack are going to a concert. Claire will probably stop by too and maybe Juliet? Charlotte’s gonna be there so Sawyer says he isn’t going to go.

Desmond confesses that he hit Locke with his car, and beat a teacher. Sawyer takes Desmond to a cell between Kate and Sayid.

Jack and Sawyer have a discussion about the Man-In-Black’s rules. Sawyer feels guilty for the death of Lapidus, Sayid, Jin, and Sun and Jack tells him that it’s the Man-In-Black’s fault.

Hurley sees boy Jacob and orders that Hurley gives him his ashes. Hurley chases him and finds adult Jacob who tells Hurley that his ashes are in a fire and that when they burn out, he will be gone forever.

Ben takes Widmore’s walkies and gives one to Miles. Widmore and Zoey decide to hide, Miles runs to the jungle. Alpert decides to try to talk to MIB, which is obviously a bad decision because he comes out of no where in smokemonster form and abruptly tosses him away.

Locke and Ben have a chat on the front porch. Locke says that he has some people for him to kill in exchange for the island. Ben tells Locke that Widmore is in his closet.

Sideways Alex convinces sideways Ben that her mom, sideways Danielle, should give him a ride home seeing as he is crippled. Danielle says that he will come to dinner even if they have to kidnap him. Silly. I actually liked this character return through sideways world thing this time.

At the Rousseau residence, Danielle tells Ben that Alex’s dad died when she was two and that Ben was her next closest thing to a father. Ben gets teary-eyed. I wonder if he knows that she dies in the other reality. It looks like sideways Ben and sideways Danielle may become an item.

Island Ben and Locke go to Ben’s secret room. Locke tells Ben that he should stay outside because he doesn’t want to see what he is going to do. Ben says he wants to. Locke asks Zoey who she is and Widmore tells her to not talk to Locke. Locke slashes her neck with his knife. Locke says that she was now “pointless” because Widmore told her not to talk to him. Locke threatens to kill Penny unless Charles tells him why he came to the island. Widmore says that he brought Desmond to the island as a last resort due to his unique resistance to electromagnetism. He then whispers to Locke and Ben shots him. “He doesn’t get to save his daughter,” he says. Locke says that luckily, Widmore already told him everything he needed to know before Ben shot him. Ben asks Locke who else he wants him to kill. That crazy Ben that everyone loves is back.

Hurley brings the rest of the candidates and Kate to the Jacob fire. They can all see him now. Kate asks if Jacob is the man that wrote their names on the wall and asks if that is why they are dead. She wants to know that they died for a reason. Jacob says he will tell them. He tells them that when the fire goes out, one of them will have to take over his job.

Locke meets Jack in his office and tells him that he believes that everything that has happened to him in this sideways world, happened for a reason. Jack says that he believes that Locke is mistaking coincidence for fate. Locke says that he can believe what he wants, but he wants him to fix him now.

Jacob tells the candidates that he made a mistake by creating the smoke monster and that now everyone is in danger. He says that Man-In-Black found the loophole to kill him and now, he has to be replaced. Sawyer asks why he has to be punished for his mistake and that he was doing fine before he brought him to the island. Jacob says that he wasn’t and that he picked all of the losties because they were flawed and alone like him. He says that they were all looking for something that they couldn’t find off the island. Jacob tells Kate that he crossed her name off the wall because she became a mother and that it didn’t matter, she could still do his job. Jacob says that the job is to make out the light never goes out. Jacob says that they need to kill MIB. He tells them that he is going to give them something that he never got, a choice. He wants them to decide who becomes the new island protector. Jack says that he will do it and that it is his destiny. Jacob says it is time. I was surprised at how many huge questions were answered in this scene, I thought most of these would be tackled in the finale.

Sawyer, Kate, and Hurley watch Jacob and Jack from the other side of the creek. Jacob tells Jack that the magic light is beyond the bamboo where he first arrived on the island and that he can go there now. Jacob performs the same water drinking ritual for Jack the same way his “mother” did for him. Jack asks how long he will have to do this job and Jacob says “As long as you can.” Jack drinks the water. Jacob says, “Now you are like me,” just like his mother did in the last episode.

Sideways Sawyer ships sideways Kate, Desmond, and Sayid to county. On the way, Kate and Sayid think that Desmond is crazy for running over a guy in a wheelchair and turning himself in. Desmond promises that he will let them go if they promise to each do one thing for him. They agree and the van stops. Ana Lucia opens up the back and asks who Desmond is. She tells Desmond that his friend with the money better be coming. Hurley arrives in his big yellow Hummer with the money. “Hey, you didn’t tell me that Ana Lucia was going to be here,” he says. Ana Lucia asks if she knows him,  says that hey never met and then gives her the 125 grand and she leaves. Hurley asks if she is coming with them and Desmond says that she isn’t ready yet. Hurley tells Desmond that he brought him his Camero and that what he needs is in the trunk. Sayid goes with Hurley and Kate goes with Desmond. Desmond pulls a dress out of the trunk and tells Kate that they are going to a concert. This scene was pretty funny.

Locke and Ben are trekking through the forest and Ben asks Locke why he doesn’t fly around all of the time. Locke says that feeling his feet on the ground reminds him that he used to be human.

The reach the well where Locke threw Desmond. They see the rope that someone used to help Desmond out. Locke tells Ben that Widmore said Desmond was a fail-safe and Jacob’s last resort if his candidates die. Locke says that Desmond can help him destroy the island.

Other Thoughts:

Why does Locke promise Ben the island and then say that he is going to blow it up? Which is it Locke?

Where is Claire?

Will Locke destroy the island and create the flash sideways?

Who is Sideways Jack’s ex-wife? Juliet is my best guess.

Why did Desmond say that Jack would get the coffin? Does he have it?

Where is Desmond?

What happened to Miles?

Who does Locke want Ben to kill? The candidates? There aren’t too many people on this island now, so that seems likely.

Did Jacob actually give Widmore a visit? Widmore/Desmond was probably the person that Jacob was trying to get to come to the island.

What are sideways Desmond and Hurley planning?

I think it is pretty obvious that Alpert died, even though we didn’t actually witness it happen.

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