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Here are the latest tidbits from Kristin, most of them are just repeat of the press release that confirmed Younger versions of several characters will appear.
However, there is one tidbit saying we will understand in the finale why we have not seen much of Sawyer and Kate this season.
Anna in Cardiff, England: Please, any hints for this week’s episode of Lost? Can I expect something between Sawyer and Kate?
All we can say is that after you see the finale, you’ll understand why season five of Lost has not handed you Sawyer and Kate on a plate.
Eliot and Sandra: Are there any spoilers for the two-part season ender for Lost? We just can’t wait! Thanks.
Sayid’s wife Nadia is back in the finale. Yes, technically she’s his tragically murdered wife, but still: whee! We’ll also be meeting young Kate, young Tom (Kate’s friend from Iowa), young Juliet, young Rachel (Juliet’s sister) and young Sawyer, and several of those sightings happen because a pivotal figure in the Island mythology wants to check in on our heroes in their youth, à la Richard Alpert’s test visit (“Which of these are yours?”) to John Locke.
Thanks to Annika for the heads up.
LOS ANGELES – “Lost” marks its 100th episode Wednesday, an achievement its producers consider as surreal as the TV drama’s mind-bending plots.
Executive producer Damon Lindelof, one of the series’ creators, recalled meeting with Menang Ceme ABC executives four years ago to pitch the idea of plane crash survivors stranded on an island of mystery and danger.
They were asked where the “Lost” saga would stand at, say, episode No. 74.
“I said, `We’re probably not going to get past episode 13. Let’s all be honest about that upfront,” Lindelof recalled, adding, “If I traveled back in time to tell myself after that meeting that we were going to make it to 100 and still have a season beyond that, I would have laughed in my face.”
Fans will appreciate the notion of time-skipping, since the current season has reveled in just that. “Lost” has flung major characters across decades, leaving them — and the audience — feverishly attempting to keep events straight and the end game in sight.
“It was always part of the master plan that the time-travel elements in the show would become more overt,” said executive producer Carlton Cuse. He recalled an early episode in which Sayid (Naveen Andrews) is fiddling with a radio and hears 1940s music.
“That was a signpost we were planting early … that this island was not in the same place and space time as the real world. We knew that in season five we were going to deploy this and the show would become more overtly a genre show, and we were OK with that,” Cuse said.
“We’ve always felt we had to make bold choices,” he said, and the audience has responded.
In Wednesday’s episode, titled “The Variable” and airing at 9 p.m. EDT, viewers will get a few more pieces of the puzzle.
“We’re not promising any big whiz-bang flash pyrotechnics,” said Lindelof. But it does serve as what he calls “a companion piece” to another memorable episode, last season’s “The Constant,” in which Desmond (Henry Ian Cusick) endured vicious, turbulence-caused side effects.
“This season has really been about the rules of time travel as explained by Daniel Faraday,” Lindelof said, referring to the brainiac played by Jeremy Davies. “We’ve never done a flashback story for Faraday, so he’s very mysterious. Some of those mysteries will be answered in this episode.”
Viewers also check in on Desmond, wounded in the April 8 episode as he defended his beloved Penny (Sonya Walger) from vengeful, gun-toting Ben (Michael Emerson).
“We find out whether it’s fatal,” said Cusick, his tone carefully neutral. The “Lost” cast is trained to avoid disclosures, but he concedes the show’s penchant for killing off characters does take a toll.
“Every season it’s, `Am I here, or not? Do I pack?'” Cusick said. “Ever since Penny and I were reunited, I feel like Desmond’s story could easily be done. … He found what he wanted.”
But then Cusick suggests there may be more to come. Desmond has yet to confront the guilt of leaving others behind on the island, Cusick said, and perhaps he’s among those who must journey back as part of a grand reckoning.
Or not. The actor isn’t ‘fessing up.
Neither are Lindelof and Cuse, as the two-hour May 13 season finale draws near. But there will be answers someday, they promise.
“Lost” is set to wrap after one more season, a decision the producers made to allow for a carefully plotted finale. According to Lindelof, it will be a “very cool ending, and enormously satisfying.”
Thanks to Dee for the heads up.
Back in season one of ABC’s Wednesday castaway drama “Lost,” James Sawyer, played by Josh Holloway with a stubbly dimple and a wink, was a charming Southern rogue, an avaricious con man with a store of goodies up for barter, a quick wit and an inexplicable fondness for U.K. writer Richard Adams’ heroic fantasy “Watership Down.”
He was also a constant irritant to the show’s most apparently noble character, Dr. Jack Shepard (Matthew Fox), the self-appointed leader of present-day plane-crash survivors stranded on a very freaky island. Sawyer both cramped Jack’s style and moved in on his girl, castaway Kate (Evangeline Lilly).
To one degree or another, that has been Sawyer’s story.
But as “Lost” approaches its 100th episode on April 29 — marked on the sets in Hawaii with a party and an island-shaped confection from Baltimore’s Charm City Cakes — Sawyer’s fortunes have changed.
Like Hazel, a small rabbit in Adams’ novel who only wanted to survive and wound up a king by his own hand, er, paw, Sawyer in season five has become a leader of men (yeah, it’s under the less-than-heroic alias of Jim LaFleur, but even so …).
And no one is more surprised by that than Holloway.
“I was a bit reluctant when hearing it,” he says. “I knew they would figure out a way to make it cool, but I never thought of Sawyer in that kind of a position, or James or whatever his damn name is these days.
“I didn’t want him to become this softy who lost his edge and all that sort of thing. That won’t be near as fun. But it has been fun. It’s the evolution of a character, and I’m really honored that they’ve actually made him so interesting and complex instead of just a simple redneck.”
Also, during Sawyer’s current sojourn way back to the 1970s as part of the enigmatic Dharma Initiative on the mysterious island, he has set aside his feelings for Kate and taken up with a fellow time-travel refugee, physician Juliet (Elizabeth Mitchell), another of Jack’s ex-squeezes.
As to why Sawyer seems to pick up all of Jack’s throwaways, Holloway says, “Hey, man, I ain’t so picky. There’s not that many women on the island. Come on, women or boars — what would you pick?
“He’s always been kind of wham-bam, crazy-sex guy, and to explore an actual relationship where it’s not that, it’s actually a mature, loving relationship, is something that’s totally new to him.”
Among those crafting this new direction is producer Elizabeth Sarnoff (“Deadwood,” “Crossing Jordan”), who says, “Sawyer’s great because he’s come so far. This season, we’re getting to do something unexpected with him. He’s emerging as a leader.
“He’s a good leader, unlike every other leader we’ve had. He’s awesome. The relationship with Juliet is something that we weren’t 100 percent sure how the audience was going to take it.”
Of course, what has made all this possible is a season’s worth of mind-bending time travel, with castaways like Sawyer and Dharma apostates like Juliet flipping back and forth in time as the island undergoes spatial and temporal displacement that nearly defies the laws of science.
But in the 100th episode, “The Variable,” physicist and fellow island time traveler Daniel Faraday, played by Jeremy Davies, might finally spill all that he knows — and it wouldn’t come a moment too soon for the writing team.
“Time travel has given us migraines all year,” Sarnoff says. “No one is more delighted to see it end than us. But it’s given us an opportunity to tell all these great island stories that we could not have told, that would have had to be handled with exposition or in ways that were not as interesting as actually seeing the Dharma Initiative in action.”
As for what Sawyer’s up to in “The Variable,” Holloway says, “I do remember what I was doing. Um, ah, I was frustrated — I can tell you that much. Things are heating up and unraveling.
“That episode, I’m definitely running around a little frustrated, but it was good. I can’t really tell you anything else.”
Sarnoff says, “It’s special for this season in the sense that it is going to encapsulate everything we’ve been saying all along, having to deal with time travel in general. It’s going to be a great launch place for the end of the season.”
That episode, “The Incident,” is currently set to air May 13. It sets the stage for season six, which culminates in the planned series finale in May 2010.
“The end of the season is huge,” Sarnoff says. “It’s the beginning of the end. We do this minicamp every year where we talk about the new season, dig deep. I find myself amazed every day, because I’m on a show that’s planning its ending.
“That’s a very rare experience.”
Thanks to Flyer and Sluky for the heads up.
Here are some videos to celebrate the 100th Episode of Lost – The Variable. Here are Josh Holloway, Daniel Dae Jim and Evangeline Lilly. A Little B-Roll has been added.
Here is Daniel Dae Kim
Here is a little B-Roll
Thanks to Alienware for the heads up.
Alex: So moving on to some of the fans reactions. Some viewers have noticed what seems to be discrepancies regarding the various Jeremy Bentham visits. Especially with Walt or Jack. Like, Locke never really mentioned or blamed Jack for leaving the island. So were these discrepancies due to time constraints or are you going to revisit the Bentham story down the line?
Carlton: You know, I think these kinds of questions are ones that we loathe to answer. You know, the sort of providing answers and interpretation of those kinds of things I think is not to the benefit of the show at this moment in time. We stand by Bentham as an episode that explains what happened to Locke after he went back to the real world and how he ended up dead. I think that, you know, we really dont want to say anything further about it right now.
Alex: Are we ever going to get a Black Rock backstory?
Damon: Uhh, again now we’re into the territory of, you know, spoilers…
Damon: …and by answering that question yes or no… All we can say is we’re ruling nothing out for the end of Season Five and the akibat season of the show. We hope that it feels like everything is coming together and that all these things that are dangling threads gradually begin to weave themselves together. So, which mysteries we’re keen in on is the ones that are important to our mythology, is for sort of us to decide. We have said “Yes you will see the statue again”, and we said that before LaFleur. So you saw the statue again. Does that mean you’ll see it again after that? We’re not saying, because we want those things to be suprises.
Alex: One mystery that you said a month ago, in a Sky One interview, you were not going to show us is basically Libby’s backstory, yet two seasons ago you basically said there was one significant missing piece from her story which is how she got from Desmond to the mental institution, and you also added that to know that answer, you had to show her story through another character’s flashback. So, now that you’ve said that her story is done on the show, can you now tell us her missing piece and which character would you have told it through?
Carlton: Uhh, you know, again, these are not questions that we are going to answer. I think the point we were trying to make with the Libby story is that everything is graded in terms of importance for us, and, as we are doing the last season of the show, it’s not going to be sort of a didactic, you know, here’s a list of a thousand questions that we’re going to answer. That would not make for a very entertaining show. We are focusing on what we consider to be the significant questions, and mysteries, and character relationships. That’s the story that we’re gonna tell. I think that the reference to Libby was more illustrative of the fact that I think, we accept the fact that in the end of the day there will, probably, you could ask a spectrum of a thousand different fans “Well what question did you not get answered?” and there might be a thousand different answers, but we are focusing on what we consider to be the main questions of the show and the main narritive. It’s i! mpossible to tie up every loose end, and we don’t really consider, honestly, Libby’s story is incredibly tangential to the principle action on the show. For us, the focus of the akibat season really has to be on the main characters and what would generally be acknowledged as the most significant mysteries.
Alex: So moving out of the show. I know you two are huge fans of the Watchmen graphic novel. I just wanted to ask you: what did you think of the Watchmen movie that came out earlier this year?
Damon: I think it’s a very complicated question. You almost can’t judge the movie purely as a movie because of its relation to the fact that it is an adaptation of the graphic novel. That being said I think that Zack Snyder made the best possible movie adaptation considering the fact that he was really out to not revise things, the fans really wanted a literal adaptation. That’s exactly what he delivered. He delivered that with an incredible amount of grace and skill. But I think that, for those of us who basically said “How do you do Watchmen in a two and a half hour movie?” He has now answered: “This is how”. You just have to kind of leave it at that. Over time, I think history will basically tell whether the movie was brilliant or less than, but all I can say is how incredibly impressed I personally watching what Zack had accomplished.
Alex: Are there any actors or directors that you would love to appear on the show, even for only one episode or a cameo?
Carlton: We actually… We get very concerned about… It would be very hard for us to put a famous actor on Lost because we feel it would take away from the verisimilitude of the world of Lost. In fact we have had inquiries made by pretty well known actors and we have actually declined several of those, because we feel like it would probably throw the audience out of the show. If they say “Oh look there’s so and so, he’s a movie star”, we just aren’t sure it would feel right. We really try to cast based on trying to find real great actors and people who we feel fit into the world of the show. At one time, we came very close to having Darren Aronofsky direct an episode of Lost and that was very exciting to us. But, the truth is, movie directors are focused on their movie careers and it was no different with Darren when it all came down to it. His obligations to his various movies precluded him from actually coming to Hawaii and shooting the show. And I think that now the! ship has sort of sailed, going into the last season of the show, we dont feel it’s really the time or place to be engaged in sort of artful diversion. We’re really gonna focus on finishing out our narrative, and the episodes, by-and-large, will be directed by the directors who have brought us this far successfully with the series, principally Jack Bender. We are very thrilled to be heading into the home stretch, and we’re going to be doing that with our regular collaborators.
Alex: About codenames: the first season codename was the Bagel and the second season I believe was the Challah. Any change the season six codename could be the Matzah?
Damon: The Matzah. Back to roots. Who knows? When you talk about the akibat scene of the series Lost, versus what is a season finale, I think the idea that normally those code names scenes are associated with big twists or suprises or shocks. We dont want to imply that the last scene of the series is going to be a game changer, like a snow globe, or somebody waking up from a dream, or a close up of the dog’s eye, you know, all of those things… We might just go without a code name for the akibat year. We’re gonna be purposefully cagey about that. Obviously, we reached out to the fans this year and gave them an opportunity to name the Season Five code scene and when they came up with ‘The Fork in the Outlet’ and voted on such, we feel like they did a very nice job… Alex we only probably have time for about two more questions.
Alex: Well I just have two more questions actually. One is just about JJ Abrams’ involvement in Season Six. Is he coming back to write some episodes?
Carlton: JJ is very busy with his own movie and television career, and I think he himself has sort of said that it’s kind of be appropriate for Damon and I to finish what we have been doing with the show. We love and respect JJ, but our guess is he will be focusing on his own things.
Alex: Any Dark Tower updates?
Damon: I think that we’re just so focused on finishing Lost that it’s really hard to think about anything else. And the last thing we want to think about is how to adapt a seven book series of, you know, basically the writer who we admire the most and look up to most and has inspired our work the most, and do anything with that. I think that it’s such a daunting task. We have a pretty daunting task in front of us ourselves, so, we’re really just… It’s easy to say “What are you guys going to do next?” and start working on that but I think Carlton and I are very singular in basically making sure this is not the time to start drifting off and working on other projects. It’s going to be an enormously tricky job to bring Lost to a satisfying conclusion and that is all we’re doing right now.
Alex: Ok great. Well I wanted to thank you both for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer our questions.
Damon: You’re very welcome.
Carlton: Take care.
Alex: You too.
Update: Looks like this synopsis was not exactly accurate lol. Well at least I know not to use that source again 🙂
Here we have an Insiderscoop like synopsis for Episode 5.14 – The Variable. This synopsis taken from a second hand source and could contain minor changes when it comes to air, although I’ve confirmed all the major plot points with my sources. This synopsis comes from “Fool in a Pool” and is a detailed summary of most of the key points, although as you can see if you read them they have missed a couple of parts out.
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