Associated Press Article On Episode 5.14

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.”

Source: Associated Press

Carlton Cuse & Damon Lindelof Interview Part Two

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…

Carlton: Yeah.

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.

Carlton: Bye.

Source: Lostpedia

Lost Writers Discuss Surprising Death

Hey All,
I know there has been a little debate about whether Daniel Faraday was still alive or not, but in an article from Access Hollywood, Damon and Carlton confirm that Faraday is indeed dead and that his “full-time” status on LOST was over, but left it open on whether we would see him again. My guess is we will see him again.

Also, they confirmed that it was a tough decision to make and that Jeremy Davies took it well and said it was the best exit interview they have ever had with an actor.

Here is the full article:

In the episode, Daniel Faraday – the time-travel expert physicist played by Jeremy Davies – returned to the island in 1977 from the Dharma Initiative’s headquarters in Michigan. Thinking that he and the Oceanic 6 were “variables” who could change the future, he tried to track down his mother, Eloise Hawking – only to be shot by her in the Others’ camp at the episode’s conclusion.

“It was an incredibly painful thing to kill this beloved character,” Carlton told TV Guide. “But we feel that’s what this show has to do. His death is kind of the culminating event in the entire season. It really ends one chapter and commences the start of the simpulan chapter of the entire series. Once we explained that to Jeremy, while he was personally saddened that his full-time status on ‘Lost’ was coming to an end, he put the story above his own personal self.”

Damon seconded Carlton’s emotions, adding that Jeremy had taken the news well.

“When Carlton and I called Jeremy to explain what was going to be happening with Faraday, we’ve never had a more awesome exit interview with somebody on the show,” he said.

The character of the quirky scientist, who was introduced in Season 4, became a fan favorite, and the producers were quick to praise Jeremy’s work on the show.

“For us, Faraday really was the cornerstone of the fifth season – he really shined,” Damon said. “I can’t imagine what Season 5 would have looked like without Jeremy Davies. When you think about all the crazy stuff that had to come out of that guy’s mouth, for him to be as interesting and emotional and poetic as he was is really extraordinary.”

He’ll be missed by his castmates as well, though he may not be done with “Lost” – Carlton only said Jeremy’s “full-time” status was over, and dead characters have been known to reappear on the show.

“[He was] a great sensitive guy who got deep into his character. He really lived it,” Michael Emerson, who plays Ben Linus, told the mag.

And while his on-screen character was discouraged from playing piano by his disapproving mother, Jeremy had no duduk perkara bringing his tunes to the set.

“Most actors walk around with headphones, but Jeremy would walk around holding a miniature boom box,” Terry O’Quinn, who plays John Locke, added. “He always wanted to provide music for everyone — whether they wanted it or not.”

Source: Access Hollywood

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