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

Sawyer Is Large And In Charge As ‘Lost’ Hits 100

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.”

Source: Reading Eagle

Major Spoiler – Episode 5.14 – The Variable – Detailed Synopsis

Update: Looks like this synopsis was not exactly accurate lol. Well at least I know not to use that source again 🙂

 Looks like this synopsis was not exactly accurate lol Major Spoiler - Episode 5.14 - The Variable - Detailed SynopsisHere 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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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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