Carrie in Columbus, Ohio: After that awful Kate-Sawyer fight in last week's Lost, I felt like I did when Ross and Rachel broke up for the first time in Friends. Angst is great, especially between Kate and Sawyer, but can you tell us if there's any chance they'll make up or at least share some scenes in upcoming episodes? Sawyer and Kate are totally on a break for at least episodes five and six. No word yet on if during said break Sawyer sleeps with the girl from the copy place. That said, Skaters, don't tune out yet. From what I've heard, even sans Skate, eps five and six are absolute barn burners. Diana in Phoenix: Anything on Juliet from Lost? Her upcoming flashback ep is entirely located on the Island. And yet it guest stars Alan Dale as Charles Widmore. That's what Arsenio would call a thing that makes you go hmmm...
David in Dallas: Do you have anything on my favorite Other: Juliet? She's going on a little field trip to the Orchid Station. As in the station unveiled this summer at Comic-Con, with the "highly volatile and potentially dangerous" research—and them creepy numbered bunnies. I'm also hearing something about a field of skeletons...
Benny in El Paso, Texas: Do you have any scoop on Jacket in Juliet's episode? Thanks! I'm told she's the one who initiates the kiss. Tramp! Kidding. Love her.
Keeping Awake in Montclair, New Jersey: How will Ken Leung's New York stage commitment affect Lost? Is he already off the show? I suspect an understudy for that play might be getting his big shot sometime soon. Ken's people didn't have an official restart date for Lost, so they've been going ahead with other jobs, but Ken's contracted through the season to play regular character Miles, so don't assume Locke's breakfast of champions did him in, at least not yet. Meanwhile, our girl Gina Serpe hit the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, and Fisher Stevens (Minkowski, the guy tied to the bed in this week's Lost previews) said he would be returning to Hawaii next week to resume filming his role on Lost. (Join me in a Snoopyx dance joy at the news that Lost is back in front of the cameras soon!)
************************** snippets about "the constant" If you've recovered sufficiently from the shock baby-related revelations in the fourth episode of the new series, here's a few hints about what lies ahead in the next installment of Lost.
At the end of the third episode we witnessed Sayid, Desmond and Naomi's corpse join Frank in a helicopter supposedly heading back to the boat. However, when Jack contacted the boat a day later he was told they hadn't arrived. Well, here come your answers as the next episode will show that the helicopter hit some turbulence - with Desmond being particularly affected.
Expect the episode to deal with time travel, mainly through Desmond's visions, and Frank to explain a major problem to do with the satellite phone.
Desmond does make it onto a boat, but is locked inside a room by a guy called Omar and discovers he is not alone. He also roughs up Daniel - but not in the present day.
Meanwhile, on the island, Daniel tells Jack something against Charlotte's wishes.
1. This season is living up to last season's near-perfect finale: We saw the Losties out-ambush The Others and they were expecting to be rescued. The finale ended one chapter and started another in a tantalizing way. And the new season has reciprocated.
2. We learn Jack's fate: The finale introduced the flash forward and showed us Jack's (Matthew Fox) slide into alcoholism when he leaves the island. "The flash forward is part of an overall plan for the show," says Damon Lindelof, co-executive producer. "Season 4 is about who gets off the island and the fact that they need to get back. Season 5 is about why they need to get back, and season 6 is about what happens when they get back."
3. We know who survives: Season four introduced six survivors: Jack (Matthew Fox); Kate (Evangeline Lilly); Hurley (Jorge Garcia), and Sayid (Naveen Andrews). This "Oceanic 6" make it off the island, but one will die - exactly who will be revealed this season. "We've made a choice to focus on the characters that fans have loved since the beginning - Jack, Kate, Sawyer (Josh Holloway), Locke (Terry O'Quinn), Sayid and Hurley," says Lindelof.
4. The new characters are great: What tangled web will they weave? Daniel Faraday (Jeremy Davies), is very nervous physicist and Miles Straume (Ken Cheung) is an angry ghost whisperer. Cultural anthropologist Charlotte Lewis (Rebecca Mader) manages to still look lovely hanging upside down from a tree. And Frank Lapidus (Jeff Fahey) is the pilot who was supposed to be flying Oceanic 815.
5. Jack and Locke are rivals: Jack's lost leadership of the island to Locke, after a minor coup, promises tense clashes. We think Ben is still running the show, especially since we now know that he has a spy on the freighter. "Nefariousness is in the eye of the beholder," says Carlton Cuse, co-executive producer. "If you are Benjamin Linus, everyone is nefarious, except for you."
6. Sayid teams up with Ben: The folks from the freighter are allegedly more dangerous than the Others ever were. We know that Sayid works for Ben in the future, and Hurley's helping Locke trick Jack and Kate.
7. We get more episodes: Lindehof and Cuse were only supposed to do 8 episodes of "Lost." Now that the writers' strike is over, they'll do 13. Episode 7 will conclude with a cliff-hanger, after which the show will take a month-long break. "There will be very significant mysteries answered in the seventh episode," says Cuse. "The eighth episode is non-traditional and the start of something new."
8. More sexual tension: The love quadrangle between Jack and Kate, Kate and Sawyer, and Jack and Juliet promises delicious complications, with Jack telling Kate he loves her, Sawyer asking Kate to shack up with him on the island and Juliet saving the day for Jack.
9. The show travels: "Lost'"s opening graphic now includes the reflection of a city in the water. "We're taking the show off the island this season, to places like Berlin and Tunisia," says Cuse.
10. There is an end: J.K. Rowling convinced Lindelof and Cuse to set an end date for "Lost." "When we heard her say that she was only writing seven [Harry Potters], we were inspired," says Lindelof. "Franchise shows like 'Grey's Anatomy' don't need to have a beginning, middle and end. They can bring in new doctors, nurses and patients, but shows like ours need to have a place to go."
The official description says something like Desmond experiences some side effects. Well that is most definitely true, but not only for Desmond. We’re also going to learn a little bit about Frank Lapetus that will surprise us, no he isn’t the man on the boat but he does have a soft spot for happy couples and may know a thing or two about how to ‘reach out and touch’ someone.
‘Professor’ Faraday will be a feature player in Desmond’s flashes, and look for a twist on the “Flashes Before Your Eyes” formula. Not something that hasn’t been done, but something that will be done again to a new extreme.
Are the freighties good or bad? Well the four we have met so far may be a little ambiguous, but the ones onboard the ship are most certainly not the warm and welcoming sort. Not all of them anyways.
Desmond! Next week it's all about our favorite nude beach runner and what happens to him and Sayid in the freighter-copter. (Note: The turbulance toggles his "time travel"-y switch and flashes to a run-in with Daniel Faraday as he is a professor at Oxford...This is the clip we see in the preview in which short-haired Des says to long-haired D.F. "Am I gonna die?" And it should be mentioned that Desmond also could survive off the island and not be counted as one of the Oceanic Six since he wasn't on the manifest.)
And the week after that, it's...
Smooch time! Chances are, you already know the players (tsk, tsk, tsk). But I think many of you will like the development of that romance. are also getting very close to the return of Harold Perrineau (Michael), which makes me want to kiss someone my own self. His episode (number 8) will fill in where he's been since we last saw him, and I think you'll be pleased.
i missedddddddddddddddddddd them sooooo much !!! and it's very interesting interview FINALLY we'll get some answers this season !
Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse tell Doc Jensen what they'll answer this season, how they're handling the time/space plot, what's relevant (or irrelevant) to the story, and more.
Last week, I had the chance to sit down with the producers for a wide-ranging conversation about the new season. Check out the new issue of EW for their thoughts on getting back to work after the strike, the return of Richard Alpert, and why you won't be getting answers to Charlotte's Tunisian polar bear this year. But in this space, you will the hear producers speak out on a variety of issues: the structure of the season; the big mysteries that will — and won't — get resolved; the relevance of extracurricular stuff like the recent ''Find 815'' alternate reality game; and the proper way to ''read'' the show's flash-forward stories. But perhaps most provocatively, the producers offer their rules for time travel and alternate realities — rules that many of you currently engaged in wild theory-making about the interpretation of time/space on Lost will find interesting, even challenging.
We pick up the conversation with Damon and Carlton discussing one unforeseen advantage of the recent writers' strike: being able to respond to audience confusion. (Note: teases and spoiler stuff are at the end. Veggies before dessert, you know.)
CARLTON CUSE: If we were sitting down with you right now, and there hadn't been a strike, we would be in the middle of writing the finale. The entire season would have been done and the audience would have only seen two or three episodes. Now, we actually have an opportunity to react and adjust to how people are feeling about everything.
DAMON LINDELOF: Naomi's bracelet in the Sayid episode is a key point here. I got some e-mails from people who wondered if there was a connection between Naomi's bracelet and the bracelet worn by the woman Sayid killed in his flash-forward. There is no connective tissue. Sometimes a bracelet is just a bracelet. We just thought it would be a cool emotional touchstone for Sayid; Elsa's bracelet reminds him of Naomi. But some people interpreted that, ''Is there something more there?'' We might need to address that.
CUSE: But this is a commentary on how the flash-forwards work. We were very concerned if the flash-forwards would have the same emotional resonance as flashbacks because people naturally, easily understand flashback storytelling as a device. The bracelet is one example of where people, I think, can get lost.
DOC JENSEN: Some people are even wondering if the flash-forward stories in each episode are being presented chronologically. For example, did the opening sequence of Sayid's flash-forward — in which he killed the Italian guy on the golf course in the Seychelles — actually occur after his ill-fated Elsa affair?
LINDELOF: There was originally a line in that episode where Sayid said, ''I've just returned from the Seychelles,'' which would have cleared all that up. But we lost it in editing because the scene went on for four minutes. When we're presenting you with a narrative, it's always happening in chronological order.
CUSE: Lost is complex and dense, but we are very conscious of the limits. If we are going to jump time, we're not going to jump narrative order within the time jumps, too.
LINDELOF: We wrote the Sayid episode before the Boston Red Sox won the World Series a second time. So when Jack said to Frank Lapidus, ''Did the Red Sox really win the World Series?'' and Lapidus says, ''Please don't remind me,'' certain subsets of the Lost audience began asking, ''Is it possible Lapidus is actually from 2008?!'' But you have to understand: we are not writing the show for now. We are writing the show so that when you put it in your DVD player 20 years from now, you don't have to understand the nuances of the Red Sox winning the World Series, only they hadn't won it in a long time.
CUSE: But you won't have a DVD player, Damon.
LINDELOF: It'll just be downloaded into your brain.
DOC JENSEN: Another popular theory making the rounds is that we're dealing with alternate realities. For example, there are people who think the flash-forwards are merely possible future scenarios, not written in stone.
CARLTON CUSE: We want people to believe in the stakes of the show. The problem with alternative realities is that you never know when the rug is going to be pulled out from under you. We want the audience to believe that the jeopardy is real. Postulating alternative realities would be an escape valve that would be damaging that as a narrative value.
DAMON LINDELOF: You can get away with it in Heroes, where there is an apocalyptic future you want to avoid. But we're doing the opposite. We want to work toward a future where Jack is absolutely miserable and wants to go back to the Island. Everything we present to the audience has to be factual.
CUSE: We want the audience to believe that is THE future. We don't want people thinking, ''Well, since there are five iterations of this, I'm not going to invest in what's happening to the characters.''
LINDELOF: We're not going to tell you that we're against bending the time/space continuum. We are very for it. Carlton and I are PRO time-space continuum bending! But we're ANTI-paradox. Paradox creates issues. In Heroes, Masi Oka's character travels back from the future to say, ''You must prevent New York from being destroyed.'' But if they prevent New York from being destroyed, Masi Oka can never travel back from the future to warn you, because Future Hiro no longer exists. Right? So when we start having those conversations at Lost, we go, ''This show is already confusing enough as it is.'' To actually have characters traveling through time has to be handled very deftly.
CUSE: For example, the fifth episode of the season [airing next week] deals with time travel and operates in different time periods. It was a tough story to break. But we adhere to our rule: no paradox.
LINDELOF: It's been weird, though. When we got back from the strike, we had to put up a master timeline of the future, from the point where the Oceanic 6 will end up leaving the Island all the way up to where the flash-forwards will end.
CUSE: And the hard thing was charting a timeline when there's a bend in space/time: How do you illustrate that kind of timeline when time isn't entirely linear? That took us an entire morning —
LINDELOF: — just to debate the quantum physics of it all.
CUSE: We needed to bring in a professional illustrator. [They smirk.]
I have a sneaking suspicion you're pulling my leg on some of this stuff.
CUSE: But we do feel this is a place where we can challenge the audience to create a chronology — where Sayid's story happens in relationship with Jack's story, etc. We'll be adding pieces of that mosaic over the course of these five hours that should hopefully leave you with some fairly clear understanding of what happened between the time the Oceanic 6 were rescued or returned to the real world and Jack and Kate's final scene in the season finale.
DOC JENSEN: How would you describe the general structure of the season?
CARLTON CUSE: This year, it's all about the castaways' relationship to the Freighter folk. Since day one, their goal has been to get off the Island. Now our heroes will find themselves defending the very island they wanted to leave. The future hints at the fact that these folks have a deeper connection to the Island than they themselves realized.
DAMON LINDELOF: The big mystery looming over this season is, how did some people get off the Island and what happened to the people who didn't? That's the mystery that we owe the answer to at the end of the season, in addition to who's in the coffin. We could be winky about the coffin all the way through season 5. But that was one of the first things we talked about when we got back to work on the new episodes: We definitely have to show who was in the coffin. That's the primary super-structure of the season. As a result of that, certain thematic elements — the element of fate or supernatural elements as they relate to the monster and Jacob — are certainly in play but not as interesting to us this season as these questions: Why do some of the characters leave? How do they leave? What are the circumstances under which they leave? Why do some stay? Is it a choice? Is it an accident? Both?
CUSE: There are larger cosmic questions involved in that. Daniel Faraday's rocket experiment in the Sayid episode, which established a time differential on the Island, was a very important scene in that it sets the table for things that come into play in the future of the show. We've learned a lot about our characters' relationship to the Island, but now we're going to learn their relationship to the outside world once they've been on the Island. This is an important new idea to the show.
What's the deal with Jacob's shack? It keeps moving. Then Hurley saw Jack's father rocking in Jacob's chair.
CUSE: You will definitely see more of the cabin and it was very observant that many fans noted the presence of Jack's father inside the cabin. We'll shine a little bit more light on that later this season. This is stuff that is a big part of the show going forward, but in terms of the final five episodes of the season, those are not the kind of questions we'll be answering.
Hurley also saw an eyeball looking back at him. Should we be wondering about the identity of the owner of this eyeball?
LINDELOF: You should be wondering, certainly.
CUSE: One of the definitions of omniscience is to be in more than one place at a time.
LINDELOF: I always thought that word was pronounced omni-science.
CUSE: Well, you've learned something new today.
My annual inquiry: Will we be dealing with the Adam and Eve skeletons this season?
LINDELOF: No. But they will be addressed.
More Dharma Initiative intrigue this season?
LINDELOF: You haven't seen your last station. But the larger mythos, like ''The Purge'' — that's more season 5.
CUSE: We showed the Orchid video orientation film at Comic-Con — that is important for this season.
Someone at my office wants an answer to this question: Wasn't it just a little too convenient for Penny to be calling the Island at the exact same moment Charlie killed the dampening field in the season finale?
LINDELOF: Good question. Here's how we always thought of that: What we always imagined was that Penny has an auto dialer in the bedroom of her house and in various places that is constantly sending some sort of transmission to the coordinates that were revealed at the end of season 2. So when Charlie turned off the dampening field, her auto caller indicated that her call could go through.
Now that they have a satellite phone, why doesn't Desmond just call Penny?
LINDELOF: Lapidus explains the rules of the satellite phone and what calls it can and can't make in episode 5.
The Sayid episode established that Ben's got this list of bad people that need executing. What can you say about these people?
CUSE: We'll know by the end of the season that there will be two alternative explanations for why Oceanic 815 is in the trench at the bottom of the ocean. It will not be clear which story one should believe. [To be clear, Cuse is saying the mystery of Ben's list is linked to this wreckage.]
LINDELOF: Both stories will be presented and both stories will have legitimate facts presented on their behalves.
CUSE: The act of taking a plane, filling it with dead bodies and putting it at the bottom of the ocean connotes a group that is pretty freakin' powerful. You should be worried about the people involved in either scenario capable of doing something like that.
Is one of these groups ''The Maxwell Group,'' a mysterious outfit introduced via the ''Find 815'' alternate reality game?
LINDELOF: We cannot say that any of that stuff in ''Find 815'' is in canon. The Maxwell Group is something that Hoodlum came up with. Last fall, we presented them with the idea that, at the beginning of the second episode, a salvage ship was going to find wreckage of Oceanic 815. From there, they came up with a story — and backstory — that led up to that event. [Some background: prior to the strike, the producers and ABC's marketing team hired a company in Australia called Hoodlum to execute ''Find 815.'']
CUSE: We provided the creative framework but didn't oversee the execution.
LINDELOF: I'll sign off on this idea: the Christiane 1, which in the show was responsible for finding Oceanic 815, was in fact looking for the Black Rock. We established that in the show — but the people who owned the ship may have been up to a little bit more than just looking for the Black Rock.
So what's official and what's not? What's ''canon?''
CUSE: The mobisodes are in canon. The Orchid video is in canon. The videogame is not in canon. It's unfair for the audience to go to ancillary sources in order to really understand the show. Even the things like the mobisodes, which are in canon, aren't essential to your understanding of the show. These things are just added bonuses.
LINDELOF: The only true canon is the show itself.
DOC JENSEN: You've certainly picked some interesting names for your Freighter folk. How should we be interpreting them?
DAMON LINDELOF: With Miles Straum, we just thought it would be cool if his name sounded like ''maelstrom.'' Charlotte Lewis was an obvious reference to C.S. Lewis and an important clue to places we're going at the end of the season.
CARLTON CUSE: And an important clue to Charlotte's own, as-yet-untold important backstory.
LINDELOF: One of our producers, Eddie Kitsis, has been pitching to us ''Frank Lapidus, Helicopter Pilot'' for years. Daniel Faraday is an obvious shout-out to Michael Faraday, scientist and physicist.
CUSE: As is Minkowski, who's on the Freighter. Those names are clues related to the space/time issues that will become more significant downstream.
For the record, is the official lingo here ''the Freighter folk''?
LINDELOF: I like ''Freighter folk'' because you wonder if there's an album cover out there somewhere with all of them, and they have The Mamas and The Papas outfits on.
CUSE: ''Freighter folk'' is more benign. And they're not the only people on that freighter. You're going to meet some other people on the Freighter who have another name, and in contrast to those folks these freighter folk are very...uh, folkish.
How about Matthew Abbaddon?
LINDELOF: ''Abaddon,'' we dug that one out of Wikipedia. When we name people, we often do Web searches on certain verbiage or if we want to pull something out of Greek mythology or Native American mythology, like, ''Who was the god of wheat?''
CUSE: I can't believe you're telling Jeff about the god of wheat now! The entire second half of the fourth season is about the god of wheat!
LINDELOF: Wasn't your nickname at Harvard ''the god of wheat?''
The writers' strike may end up being the best thing that ever happened to Lost.
ABC is said to be finalizing a post-strike spring schedule that not only hands Lost its best available time slot, but promises to further strengthen the network's stronghold on Thursday night.
According to multiple sources, ABC plans on airing this season's final five* Lost episodes on Thursdays at 10 pm/ET beginning in late April, where it will follow all-new episodes of Grey's freakin' Anatomy! Throw in fresh installments of Ugly Betty at 8 pm and you've got yourself the most formidable one-two-three punch since the early days of CBS' Survivor/CSI/Without a Trace smashup. Creatively speaking, I'd go so far as to say this rivals NBC's storied Must-See-TV juggernaut back in the '90s.
And I haven't even gotten to the best part.
The best part is that I'm hearing that ABC is strongly considering keeping this dream lineup intact this fall... and beyond.
I don't know about you, but this almost makes up for ABC's mishandling of [insert any number of show titles here].
* This just in: I'm now hearing that Lost's final arc may consist of six episodes, not five. No, Team Darlton isn't making an extra episode this season. Rather, the final installment of the current run (aka Episode 8) will likely be held to kick off the final batch of five. According to my spies, Episode 7 makes for a better, more logical, break. Discuss....
Just wanted to clear up all the emails I've been getting from the recent Ausiello spoiler below.
Michael Ausiello said that in Episode 6, Juliet will be "getting some nookie" with a "male character who asked not to be named due to the sensitivity of the situation, but who got his big break in a prime-time drama I was scarily obsessed with."
I can confirm that the person who Juliet sleeps with is Goodwin in this episode. (Note: This is different from the kiss with Jack scene mentioned earlier, so it appears that Juliet is kept quite busy this episode ;) ) source : andy alias darkufo
Veronika in Warsaw, Poland: Anything on episode six of Lost? I'm dying to know at least a little tidbit here and there. The flashback features a look at Juliet's history on the Island, including her reaction to the death of her lovah Goodwin at the hands of Ana-Lucia. I truly cannot wait to see Elizabeth Mitchell in action again.
Malena in Providence, Rhode Island: What exactly do the Lost boaties want from Ben? Is he an enemy or a curiosity? It won't be clear for some time to come. According to Rebecca Mader, who plays Charlotte and is totally lovable in every way, "I really don't know what we know about Ben, and I don't even know what we know about the Island, so I just had to play Charlotte that way. [Laughs] I really didn't know what the f--k I was doing!"
Peter in San Antonio, Texas: Do you know anything more about Miles' powers? I don't know about Miles' specifically, but I have heard from two different sources that in an upcoming episode the boat folks appear to test each other for psychic powers. Hmmm... ****************************
and thank andy for this spoiler ! you rock !!
Just a little something for all you Jacket fans who've felt a little left out of all the spoilers so far this season. I can report some good news to you all in that Jack and Juliet will share a passionate kiss in Episode 4.06 - The Other Woman.
Damon Lindelof is eager for some answers. An executive producer of ABC's mystery serial "Lost," he should learn this week what his show's future holds as it closes out its fourth season.
"Lost" has been back on the air just two weeks. But the strike meant a planned 16-episode shooting schedule was halted after just eight episodes were shot. Fans braced themselves for no more this season.
"But we very much want to come back and do as many episodes as possible," said Lindelof, who then listed a few issues that first need to be settled.
"How many episodes can best serve our story? And what are the production realities?" He noted that the shooting facility in Hawaii, 2,500 miles from his Los Angeles office, had been shuttered since Thanksgiving. The crew has dispersed, the huge cast has scattered.
The first new post-strike episode of "Lost" could possibly be ready for broadcast the week after episode eight appears, he said. There likely would be three or four more after that.
Could there be even more?
"I'd be surprised if the network wanted to air episodes deep into the summer," he said. But if all the pieces fell into place, "Lost" fans would be blessed: "I don't see why we couldn't deliver all eight remaining episodes."
That kind of zeal should warm viewers' hearts. Lindelof and the rest of TV's creative community seem delighted to be back.
Executive Producer Damon Lindelof Says: "Indeed, it would appear that we are in the endgame of the strike. Personally, I couldn't be more psyched to be part of this union. Like any negotiation, some parts suck and some parts surpassed my wildest expectations for what we could accomplish, but most of all I'm left with a feeling of pride.
"As for Lost (pending the actual lifting of the strike, which we vote for on Tuesday), a game plan should begin to manifest by the end of the week. All I can say is that Carlton and I and the rest of the writers have every intention of making sure you guys get more episodes this season beyond the eight already completed. How many and how they will be aired is a conversation we'll be having with our bosses, but as soon as we've got a plan, we'll tell the fans first."
What We're Hearing: Lost's actors are on standby, and the show is expected to produce more episodes this season. Fingers crossed! The bigger question is who'll keep the golden Thursday at 9 p.m. time slot once those Seattle Grace docs also return...How 'bout we put Sawyer and McDreamy in a cage and let 'em duke it out? ('Cause we know who'd win...)
Now that the new kids have reached the Island, it's time to meet the actors behind the parts. Jen Godwin, my cohort in Lost lovin', took the first round, chatting up the hilarious, supersmart and so very cool Ms. Rebecca Mader during a Lost screening bash at Whiskey Blue bar at the W Hotel in Westwood. Read on for Rebecca's dish on the life of a teenage redhead, freshman year at Lost University and what's up with those mysterious boat people... (WARNING: MILD SPOILERS INSIDE!)
Okay, my first question is totally rude: Is that your real hair color? Yes, I haven't done anything to it.
Excellent, because the show's totally been waiting for a redhead. Get out of my head! That's what I've been saying this whole time. That's really funny actually, because when me, Evie and Liz are all together in makeup, it's like, "We're the witches of Eastwick!" If my hair's a good thing, that's nice, because I'm telling you, growing up with red hair is not fun. I guess it all came together in the end, but it took a while!
Were you a fan of the show before you were cast? How did you get hooked up with the show? I saw the pilot, but then I got busy and I was traveling, and I just never got to the DVDs like I'd intended. Then when I got the audition last summer, I just had this feeling. I went in to read, and I decided I'm just not leaving until Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof are in love with me—this part is mine, but they just don't know it yet. Originally, the character was American, but I suggested, "What if she's English?" and they were like, "Sure, we could try that." And after the audition, I didn't get the offer for a while, and I thought, what can I do to get myself this part? I had just seen The Secret, so I actually went to the Barnes & Noble at the Grove and bought the DVDs. I thought, if I put this out into the universe, it will come back to me. And I was actually watching episode four when they called and told me I got the part, and I just fell to my knees and burst into tears. Are you in all of the next six episodes? I'm in the next five, consecutively, through episode seven. And I'm still around after that, as far as I know!
What does Charlotte's specialty, anthropology, have to do with the Island? Well, the team that I'm in, we have all these different qualities and specialties that makes us this freaky group of intelligent, scary people. The character of Charlotte is interesting because not only is she fiercely intelligent but very tough and very physical.
She's sort of an adventurer-archaeologist type like Indiana Jones. Yes, exactly! In fact, that's what they said when I went in, that she's like a female Indiana Jones, so I made sure to flex my muscles during the audition scene, so they knew I could do it! I work out!
Does Charlotte know what she's getting into by crashing on that Island? I don't think so. Well, I think she understands it academically, in a serious way, but there's that moment when she falls in the water and then comes back up, and she's like, "Wow, I made it. It's gorgeous. This is paradise!" That's such an exhilarating high for her, and then, boom—there's Locke. Miles is a ghostbuster who seems to have powers. Does Charlotte have any special abilities like that? I don't know yet, but my mom Googled me the other day, and she said, "I think you might have powers." And I'm like, really?! There's rumors going around, but I truly don't know yet.
You're going to be held hostage for a while—Charlotte has become a piece in the chess game. What was that like? Did you have fun working with the existing cast? I have never had so much fun in my life. The strike has been a real bummer, because I was having so much fun. It was like going to the best university, and I didn't get to go to university, and I just get to hang out with all these wickedly funny, hilarious, intelligent, creative, awesome people. Not only the actors, but the crew are just so sweet, and the producers, and it's such a huge family that is so welcoming. Funnest. Job. Ever. I can't wait to go back.
I just got back from the big WGA meeting at the Shrine Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles, and I am 97 percent sure of this for two reasons:
1. James L. Brooks, who has three Oscars, 19 Emmys, one measly Golden Globe and cocreated a little show called The Simpsons, told me, "I think we're gonna be good. I think the strike is over." 2. A kid named Jerome borrowed my pen so he could write down the phone number of a guy he was networking, because Jerome just lost his current job—as a strike assistant.
Check out our news story to get the exact timeline of what happens next, including when the TV business will be back at work (mid-weekish), but for my eye and earwitness report of what went on at the big show, read on... read more about the strike here
Finally i put the dvd on 3 part ! look it's pretty cool and you can see josh, evie, terry,jorge and AAA :)also darlton and jack bender ! and the set of lost epi 221 i'll never believe it could be like that ! i'm impressed and i loved this dvd :D enjoy lost fan ^^ it's for you :)
kristin spoilers The previews promised another Oceanic Six reveal next week, but we will also learn about another major main character who's out in the world in the future, who doesn't fall under that banner. Who is that person? The end of this ep pretty much gives it away.
Remember the headspace Sayid was in at the beginning of the series, where he was gonna go straight and not torture people anymore and try to play nice with his fellow man? Well, in the future, that's all shot to hell. Emphasis on shot.
When I caught up tonight with Jeff Fahey (Frank the kick-ass "drunk" pilot), he told me what the fans have accused him of being God, Satan or some dude who's there to impregnate the women on the island. And the clincher? He hinted that one of those is true. What the hey? For more gorey details on that, check back next week for the video, but in the meantime...
******************* Naveen spills beans on Lost
Naveen Andrews has apparently revealed that his character in Lost, Sayid, will be seen in a whole new light in the new series.
The British actor, 39, is back on Sky One in the fourth season of the hit sci-fi show as an Iraqi and former Republican Guard Soldier.
He told The Guardian: "You'll see him in a new light and it's genuinely surprising. It took me by surprise. There is romance, but I can't say where it is or how it is. It's a bit raunchy."
aw i love this guy ! look this interesting interview ! HUGS FOR HURLEY: AN INTERVIEW WITH JORGE GARCIA Last week I expressed my big-time fondness for Hurley's story and Garcia's work in the season premiere, so I thought it would be nice to actually tell him that, plus ask him some questions, too. We chatted by phone earlier this week as word began to leak that the writers' strike may soon be over. That's good news indeed for Garcia: ''I've just been hanging out in Hawaii. It was good the first couple weeks, but boredom has begun to set in.''
DOC JENSEN: What did you think when you got the season premiere and it was all about Hurley? JORGE GARCIA: A little pressure. A lot of times, after a lengthy hiatus, you want to get into the swing of things a bit before you get your episode. But I was really excited, too. It was a different direction for a season premiere, and I felt the fans would probably dig it.
You had a moment in the premiere that I thought was priceless: Hurley's quiet, deflated reaction to the news of Charlie's death. For that scene, I wanted the sensation that the blood had drained out of my face and down to my feet. Actors like to cry a lot, but it's also very human to not cry and stop yourself from crying.
Charlie died last season, yet you got to work with Dominic Monaghan again in the premiere when Charlie's ghost (?) visited Hurley at the mental hospital. What was that like for you? Awesome. To see his name on the cast sheet on the front of the script was great. It would be fun for Dominic to pop in a lot in a similar way — kind of make him the Obi-Won Kenobi type of character for the show. Think that will happen? You never know.
Do you think Hurley was hallucinating Charlie? Or do you think Charlie was a ghost? That's a good question. I didn't think Hurley was just imagining him. I did believe he was there. But that might be because I tend to trust Hurley more than other people.
I understand when you shot the scene in which Hurley looks inside Jacob's shack, he didn't see Christian Shepherd in the chair, he saw...himself! True? True. John Terry [the actor who plays Christian] did not work when I shot that scene. They shot me in the robe and slippers from [the mental hospital]. I didn't know if they were going to change it, or if the plan was to change it. [But] I don't think they would have shot it if they knew it wasn't going to be me, because I can't imagine them doing it just to throw you off the scent.
So perhaps the writers decided to go another direction. But when you shot it thinking it was you, what was your theory for why Hurley would be rocking in Jacob's chair? Not to overdo the Star Wars references, but it had an Empire Strikes Back quality to it, when Luke's in Dagobah and he finds himself under the Darth Vader mask; I kinda had this feeling that Jacob — we kinda project the image of Jacob ourselves. Like, everyone sees their own Jacob, in many ways. However, the premiere kinda threw it out the window for me, seeing it was Jack's dad, because I don't see how Hurley would ever have known who Christian Shepherd was, because he's never had a run-in with him. At least none we've seen. That final scene with you and Jack shooting hoops...in real life, how do your roundball skills compare? I'm not as good as Hurley. In that scene, Hurley goes off on Jack about not doing the right thing and intimates that they should go back to the Island. He also says, ''It's going to do everything it can...'' What is the ''it'' he's speaking about? I think it's the Island. It's believing that the Island is an entity the way Locke does. The Island has its way of making things go the way the Island wants it to.
When you heard that the producers had successfully negotiated an end date to the series, bringing Lost to a close after 48 more episodes, what was your reaction? I thought it was good for the story. Any job you love is not a job you want to end. But now they are able to really tell a complete story that has a definite ending. If your job is going to end, it's always better to know when.... [The new season] has a cool pace to it; it really feels like it's ''the beginning of the end,'' and the scripts were ramping up to some big things. The excitement that we had for what we've shot so far was very reminiscent of the excitement we had in season 1. Like when we found out Locke was in a wheelchair, we were like, ''Wow! If that kind of stuff can happen in a script, who knows what will happen in the next?''
It seems to me Lost did something more than give us one more cool mystery to ponder when it gave us the flash-forward twist last season. I think it also reinvested our interest in the characters. The burning questions now are ''What happened to Hurley?'' ''What's going to happen to Jack?'' It seems now Lost has an equal chance of giving us an emotionally moving end as it does blowing our mind with ''answers.'' I agree. I think one of the ways we got our strong fanbase in the beginning was, yeah, having all this cool stuff going on in the jungle, but also having these characters that people are invested in and really care about. And I think now there's a certain level of almost heartache for characters, like why aren't Jack and Kate friends anymore? We've seen a new level of concern for the characters now that we've seen how they're doing off the Island. Like many people on the Internet say, all they want to do is give Hurley a hug after seeing his episode.
If someone came up to you in real life and said they wanted to give you a hug, what would you do? Oh, they've done it!
What's that like? Sometimes, it's a little bit out of my comfort zone. But it's nice to be appreciated. So I usually hug them back.
EW article ! 'Lost' Cheat Sheet: Season 4, Episode 2
By Jeff Jensen
THE BIG TEASE! Cryptic intel about this week's episode, titled ''Confirmed Dead.'' (Ominous, huh?) The second installment of Lost's fourth season was written by Cloverfield scribe Drew Goddard and comic book superstar Brian K. Vaughan. I give you a line of their dialogue, taken from the final scene of this terrific, mythos-expanding, can't-wait-to-talk-about-it episode:
''What is The Monster?''
THE LOST CHEAT SHEET SEASON 4, EPISODE 2: ''CONFIRMED DEAD'' What you need to know before watching. (Useful context? Coy clues? Pudding? Not even my editors know my secret truth!)
''FIND 815'' An online story set within the Lostverse chronicling the mysterious maritime adventure of an ex-Oceanic Airlines employee whose girlfriend was a flight attendant on Oceanic 815. Convinced his lover might be alive, Sam Thomas booked passage on a salvage vessel and set sail for the South Pacific; look (and listen) for the boat to get namechecked in the first three minutes of this week's episode. ''Find 815'' (and by extension Lost) was ingeniously promoted via product placement in Marvel Comics titles like Fantastic Four. Might I be singling out the Fantastic Four because their mythos might explain something about this week's episode? Of course I am.
COMIC BOOKS Minor Lost fixation; major Doc Jensen obsession. Upon boarding Oceanic 815 in Sydney, Hurley tossed Walt a Spanish-language superhero comic called Faster Friends, in which Green Lantern and the Flash were abducted by aliens, placed in an alien zoo, and fought polar bears. It was later tossed in the bonfire and destroyed. Que lastima!
RAY PARKER JR. ''When there's something strange in your neighborhood...whoyagonnacall?'' ''GHOSTBUSTERS!'' Could I be anymore cryptic? Of course I can! To wit:
DE-TERRITORIALIZATION Fancy anthropological word found among the annotations jotted upon the blast-door map; used in a reference to the Island's polar bears. I could tell you what it means, but I would need to understand it first, and that ain't happening. Apparently, the indigenous intelligence has been recontextualized if not relocated — some might say re-territorialized — by the alien cultural force that is Lost.
ANNIE Ben's best friend from his younger Dharma days. At some point, she disappeared. Maybe she died in the Purge. Maybe she became a guinea pig in a Dharma time-travel experiment. Kinda young for Ben, though, don't you think? Creepy bastard.
THE HYDRA STATION Zoological facility where the Dharma Initiative conducted experiments on polar bears, sharks, and dolphins. Its logo resembles the mythological ''hydra,'' a monster with many heads, all of them vaguely snaky.
PRINCE CASPIAN The sequel to The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe and the second book in the Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis; soon to be a major motion picture. In Prince Caspian, those wascally Wardrobe kids return to Narnia via a small island threatened with invasion by menacing marauders known as the Telmarines. After waking up in a thicket, the children celebrated their enchanted homecoming by splashing in the surf. They might have pulled a Hurley and did a cannonball dive into the surf, but you know how those uptight Brit types are. So reserved.
ign article US, February 6, 2008 - After last week's exciting season premiere, "Confirmed Dead" takes a step back and focuses on introducing us to four new semi-regular cast members who will be gracing our screens for the rest of the season. These supposed "rescuers" each bring a unique attribute to the cast of characters and undoubtedly have many secrets that will be uncovered in the next few episodes. Ken Leung plays Miles who has an unusual gift, Jeremy Davies guest-stars as physicist Daniel Faraday who we saw jump out of the helicopter at the conclusion of the last episode, Rebecca Mader plays Charlotte and Jeff Fahey is Frank Lapidus – the helicopter pilot.
The primary focus of "Confirmed Dead" is to acquaint us with the new characters but unfortunately this causes the momentum set in motion in the previous few episodes to dissipate. There is definitely a lot to still enjoy and these new characters are great but the majority of the episode, not including the flashbacks, is simply Jack and Kate stumbling upon someone new from the freighter every few scenes. One of the best aspects of the show is its growing list of exciting new characters year after year and this new group certainly doesn't disappoint.
Locke's group also stumbles onto one of the freighter crewmembers and while Jack and Kate are hesitant to trust who they meet, Locke and his group are downright creepy. The dichotomy between Jack's group and Locke's group becomes really evident based on their varying reactions to the rescue team. Much of this plays into one of the show's primary themes, faith versus science, which is at the very root of why these two groups separated in the first place.
Besides a few scenes with Ben playing mind games with Locke and Sawyer, the episode's best moments are all reserved for the flashbacks that reveal several interesting details about the freighter crew. Spoiling them here would be a grave injustice so you'll just have to see the episode for yourself but we will tell you that these crewmembers weren't assembled by chance.
The new cast members do a great job in their respective roles. Leung does an adequate job of getting Miles' arrogant brand of confidence across while Davies presents Faraday's awkward mannerisms well. Fahey's Lapidus has exceptional screen presence that even overshadows the regular cast members to an extent.
Surprisingly, we learn the reason the freighter crew is on the island and after you hear it, Ben's reaction to their arrival makes a lot more sense. The explanation really does come out of left field and it will be interesting to see where the writer's are going with this and how it affects all the survivors of Flight 815 as a group.
"Confirmed Dead" isn't a disappointing episode by any means but it definitely suffers from being a "setup" episode for these four new characters. It's a necessary evil but now that introductions are out of the way we expect to get back into the full thrust of the narrative next week.
anet in Eugene, Oregon: That was a great Hurley interview, but you forgot the biggest question of them all. What was with the Eskimo watercolor painting he was drawing? Was that an Easter egg? Funny. Jorge himself brought that up and said that if anyone asks, he wanted everyone to know that that painting is hugely important because it was drawn by...Jorge himself. “I just thought to myself, what would Hurley be drawing? And given that he didn’t want an ocean view and wanted to be as far away from the island as possible, that seemed like the farthest place.” That's all it meant, according to J.G.
Alex in Chicago: So, Lost! Is Naomi now "all dead"? Because I kind of love Marsha Thomason. I'd like to see more of her. Me too! She's now all dead, but she is, let's say, a presence in the next two episodes (at least).
Dave in St. George, Utah: So, what's up with these freighter people? There are four of them, and the one that wasn't credited as a regular in the season premiere is my personal fave. Two of the others remind me of Sawyer (snarky and kind of mean) and Juliet (beautiful and capable), and the fourth? Well, before too long he's gonna be truuuh-bul. Emmy on Louisville, Kentucky: Can you tell us any more about this "fascinating" Sawyer-Kate scene in episode three? In the Island's big game of capture the flag, Kate gets tagged out by the other team and sent to "jail." Lucky for her, she's in good with the jailer... Masha in Miami: Any news on Ben's relationship with Locke this season? Well, before too long, it's better than Locke's relationship with Jack.
My skater heart want to say skewwwwwwwwww so sorry for this moment^^" awww it's so weird and also so cute to see sawyer and kate like that ! ben is back in the same situation like season2 plus he has a new book lol god i can't wait this episode !!skate in a bed !!!!!!! sorry ^^" my shipper heart is close now ^^ enjoy :)
GOD please tell me it will be happen !!! crossed fingers champaign close want to dance WOW !!!! Kristin i love you !!!! *need my mokona pic !!!*
It seems this week's rumors that the writers' strike is coming to an end may indeed be true. We are hearing from several sources that the WGA and the AMPTP are "very close" to a deal, which could be announced as early as later today.
According to reliable insiders who asked not to be named, the writers and producers were in talks for nine hours yesterday and made a "staggering amount of progress," as all of the major sticking points have been settled.
"We are 99.9 percent of the way there," one source inside the negotiations said. "As of late yesterday, just a few small issues remained."
The stickiest issue of all, compensation for new-media projects, has been agreed upon by both sides, according to sources. Said one: "There is most certainly light at the end of the tunnel, and we are rapidly approaching it."
Stay tuned, and keep those fingers crossed. An announcement could come any minute.
If you’re a Lost fan who watched last night’s episode, you must read this. My bat phone just rang up with Jorge Garcia on the other end to talk about Hurley’s mental status, Dominic Monaghan’s return and some things no one knows about last night's episode, including who was really in the chair in Jacob's house when they shot it. (Shhh!)
Read on for all the goods...
All I’ve wanted to do since last night is give Hurley a hug. Really?
That was a fantastic episode, and you knocked it out of the park. I laughed when you cannonballed. I cried when you broke the news to Claire. Your performance was better than ever, and I know the fans loved it. Wow. Thank you. That’s really good to hear. I felt good about that episode. When I got the script, it was like the heart of the show was back. And even more than that, I felt like—as soon as we all got our scripts for that premiere—that sense of "Oh my god did you read it?" or "Did you get the next script?" was back, just like we were back in season one. We couldn’t wait for the next script.
There was some creepy stuff in that episode. It took us a while to figure out where John Terry (Jack’s father) was. And then Damon said to "look for the white shoes" and it was like, "Holy crap! Jack’s dad is in Jacob’s house!" Me too. That wasn’t the way it was in the script. There was someone else in the chair.
What? Really? Was it a different person, or they didn’t tell you who was in the chair? We shot it with someone else in the chair.
Are you allowed to say who was in the chair originally? Yeah. I think so. It was me. I was in the chair when we shot it.
Crazy town! Why did they change it? I don’t know. At first I thought maybe they decided that putting Jack’s father there was a much better twist, which it was, so they changed it. But now I think maybe they planned that all along and didn’t want to have it in the script because they didn’t want anyone to know about it.
So, it seems the producers are getting very crafty in keeping those secrets. Yeah, I think so. I know that when guest stars come on, they’ll have them read with one actor and a script, and then when they get it, it’s a totally different script and scene and actor. And last night, the scene in the police department also was different. When we shot it, it was an aquarium. Like, a real aquarium. And none of us knew it would be Charlie inside there. They added that later on.
Well, that was a great twist, too. Did you hear about what was written on his hand? "They Need You." Oh, cool. I think that's what he said to me at the asylum.
So, how was it for you shooting that scene with Dominic? Was it a nice surprise for you all that he would be coming back? Definitely. A lot of people have said that they felt Charlie and Hurley were really the most solid relationship on the island. And so to have him come back was just very cool. And I liked that he was sort of a better version of Charlie. A lot of people, when they die on our show, like with Ian, they come back and they are like the heaven version of themselves. How they would want to be.
Do you think that Hurley is really mentally ill? Or is there some mystical element from the island making him see things? In [last night’s] episode, I was playing it that Hurley was so haunted by Charlie and by Charlie’s last words that he couldn’t get past it. And so he wanted to go to the one place, the last place where he felt safe, and that was Santa Rosa.
I have an interesting question from a fan, if you don’t mind. Nicholas in Peoria, Illinois, asks: "Please settle this ongoing debate from our Lost party last night. First, what did Jacob say to Hurley when Hurley was lost in the jungle by the house? Second, in the third-season finale, with Jack's flash-forward, didn't one of the doctors ask, 'Do you wanna go upstairs and talk to your dad?' So, would that mean more people are dying and coming back in the Lost universe? That would explain Jack's dad on the Island." For the first part, um, let me look at my script to make sure...But yeah, there wasn’t anything in the script as far as what was being said. That was just jungle whispering. I don’t know if it was Jacob or the jungle or whatever, but it’s just whispering. I’m sure some guy somewhere will figure it out, like the guys who figured out what Shannon and Walt said.
As for the second part, did someone really say that to Jack? I didn’t know that. Maybe that was sort of a red herring to throw people off the scent of that being a flash-forward. I really don’t know. But I do know that the producers have said that when someone dies, they really do die. They are dead.
Do you feel like last night’s episode was representative of how good the next seven episodes will be? Are they on that same level? The writing is really strong for all eight, and there are some really good twists. There’s definitely a big crazy moment that they end the eighth episode with that people are going to be talking about.
Was it sort of jarring, shutting down production in the middle of the season? Yeah, but at least we have eight episodes, which is a good number, and I feel like every episode has some kind of great cliffhanger or question at the end of it that will have people coming back, and the thing at the end of eight is pretty major.
Do you think it will be possible to produce more episodes this season if the strike ends soon? I honestly don’t know. I say all the time that I’m so glad I’m a very small piece of the pie that is the gigantic huge show Lost is. But I’m ready to go back. I’ve caught up on my fan mail, and now the boredom has sort of set in.
Well, thank you so much for calling. And congrats again on a truly great episode. Thank you so much. I’m really glad to hear that the fans liked it, and I hope they like what comes next. I think they will.