Friday, December 7, 2007

LOST Preview - Locke Meets Chair - 3.13 The Man From Tallahassee

March 18, 2007

It is one of LOST's most coveted mysteries, how did John Locke wind up in the wheel chair? In this weeks all new episode of LOST, 'The Man From Tallahassee' the answer will finally be revealed! What other answers could this all new episode of LOST hold in store for us? What about the aftermath of last weeks revelation of Jack looking quite at home with 'The Others'? For more details on what to expect from this week's LOST, with minor spoilers, follow the link.

'The Man From Tallahassee' promises to be one of the most pivotal episodes of LOST yet. Not only will we witness the event that put Mr. John Locke in his wheel chair, we will get even more startling insight on 'The Others' and their connection to the island.

Last week, Kate, Sayid, Danielle, and John Locke got to the edge of the barracks where 'The Others' lived and watched Jack having a great time playing catch with Mr. Friendly while clean cut cultists sauntered about with backpacks slung over their shoulders.

This week, the search party enters the encampment with the goal of rescuing Jack, all but one. That one is John Locke. John has his own agenda. After 'Enter 77', a lot of fans have questioned John's actions. Is he trying to strand them there forever? This week we will see for certain that this is what John has in mind. Even when Ben offers Locke information on the island, it isn't enough to dissuade Locke's destructive mission as the bald one takes out the only way on and off the island, the Galaga submarine!

As for the Jack situation, we know very little of what is going on. It looks like it will be a guessing game of 'is he with them or not'. But it appears that Kate is captured. Looking ahead to the first LOST in April, 'Left Behind', it sounds like Kate does get away, with Juliet. There is no mention of the fate of Sayid and Danielle.

With the next episode, 'Exposi', slated to focus almost entirely on the past of the beach new comers Paulo and Nikki, it is a safe bet 'The Man from Tallahassee' will end with a major cliff hanger. What will become of John Locke after he destroys The Other's sub? How do Sayid and Danielle factor into the episode? That, you'll have to wait to find out.

Lost: 3.13 Spoilers, 3/15/07

March 15, 2007

If you’re hungry for more revelations then Lost’s upcoming episode “The Man From Tallahassee” might just satisfy your craving. Like other episodes of Lost, "The Man From Tallahassee" entails a lot of flashbacks. But what’s interesting in this segment is that there would be a lot of eye-openers, specifically pertaining to Locke’s wheelchair. Finally, there’s an explanation to the ever-baffling cause of his disability.

This 13th episode of Lost’s season three can be described as “Locke-centric.” Apart from the plot focusing much on Locke’s wheelchair exposure, the story lines also touches on Ben’s offer to give Locke some of the island’s secrets in exchange to call off Locke’s destructive plan. More importantly, this episode makes you understand why Locke is so engrossed with the island.

As for Jack, his plot involves a lot of mystery especially when he is seen tossing a football with his enemy Mr. Friendly, which will get you to think if this is just part of his whole game plan. Whether his game plan involves pretending or being really converted by “the Others,” Kate’s discovery of his scheme might just add complications. To add more conspiracy, there will also be some exchange of roles. A person known to be in power will be powerless while another person takes over in a very intriguing way.

Still can’t get enough? Catch the complete episode of “The Man From Tallahassee” on Wednesday, March 21, 2007. Guest stars include M.C. Gainey as Mr. Friendly, Tania Raymonde as Alex, Nestor Carbonell as Richard Alpert, Mira Furlan as Danielle Rousseau, Kevin Tighe as Anthony Cooper, Patrick J. Adams as Peter Talbot, Barbara Baehler as Mrs. Talbot, Don Nahaku as Detective Reed, Marlene Forte as Detective Mason, Stephen Bishop as William Kincaid, Cleo King as government worker and Brian Goodman as Ryan.

Lost - SPOILERS - 9/27

September 27, 2006

Charlie marries Claire?

Well, sort of. On the October 11 episode of Lost, there'll be a dream sequence (Locke is the one dreaming) in which Claire and Charlie are married. The dream also features Desmond as a pilot and Hurley as a flight attendant.

According to TV Guide's Michael Ausiello, this episode may also include an appearance by a character who has left the show.

LOST - Spoiler Update 11/21 - Ten New Spoilers

November 21, 2006

Twelve weeks is a long time for LOST spoilers to seep out; at this rate will there be anything left by the time February rolls around? Our in-house sleuths, and those abroad, bring you the latest goodies from the world of LOST spoilerdom. Don't follow the jump if you don't want to be spoiled.

Several new goodies to share with you this week, rumors to dispel, and new spoilers to make your wait even harder.

1) Despite wide-spread rumors, Matthew Fox's character, Jack, will not be shot by Juliet when LOST returns on February 7th. In-fact, Juliet will shoot Pickett who is on the verge of killing Sawyer, leaving herself in a precarious position with the others.

2) This isn't necessarily good news Jack fans, however. Fox is already state-side and is going to hosting Saturday Night Live in December. All that time off the island can only mean one thing: he's not filming LOST. Sources close to the set insist that Fox is not part of the reunion that takes place in episode eight...

3) Sawyer, and Kate, return the beach at the end of the episode.

4) Episode nine is the final update on Jack's status. He stayed behind to repair Ben, but will he now get off the island as he was promised or not?

5) Need further evidence that Ben survives? Currently the plan is for the season three finale to be Ben centric.

6) Doc Arzt makes a return this season via flash-back. Not that thrilling, I know, but I can barely contain myself.

7) There are two more deaths planned after Pickett, both major character deaths.

8) A super secret spy tells us Patchy's name is either "Rainer" or "Ranier", but admits that the info is from very early development. French Dharma guy with an eye-patch? Sounds kinda groovy.

9) Bai Ling will play the tattoo artist who brands Jack in episode nine.

10) Libby fans will probably have to wait another season to get more of her story. The characters she crosses with in flashback have not been introduced, but are pivotal in a game-changing way.

Matthew Fox Talks About Jack's Future

January 2, 2007

There have been many rumors surrounding the fate of Jack: death, turning to the other side, escapes from the island... as it turns out none of them are true, exactly. Actually, the truth leaves room for even more speculation.

In the Australian edition of TV Guide, Matthew Fox had the following to say to address rumors of his absence from the LOST set:

"The show has been shooting for two weeks, and I'm not there. And the show will continue to shot for another two weeks and I'm not there. I'm not going to tell you the reason why, suddenly, for a couple of episodes, Jack Shephard is not around. But there is a reason, within the story, absolutely."

So when will Dr. Jack return? And under what circumstances? Will he become one of them as predicted? Only time will tell.

LOST Spoilers Portland and Beyond

February 2, 2007

LOST is finally returning and BuddyTV has the scoop on what is coming in 'Not in Portland' and beyond! Can you believe a LOST / Star Wars connection? And which LOST character is going to be seeing a lot of time on video game consoles this summer?

First up, LOST Not in Portland. I have seen the episode and will be writing a review shortly. It was extraordinary. LOST fans looking for a big return will be happy to know that Not in Portland delivers. I was slightly disappointed by the continuing lack of beach folk, but assurances are that after three episodes, Alcatraz is a thing of the past. This is especially interesting since episode eight of LOST, which airs February 14th, titled 'Flashes Before Your Eyes" is a Desmond centric episode and is rumored to not feature the alcatraz island at all. So in this case, there is really only one more episode that takes place on Hydra island and that is 'Stranger in a Strange Land', a Jack Episode, that airs February 21st.

Back to LOST Not in Portland. I have the power to spoil the entire episode, but I'm not going to do it. Instead, I'll give a few high points you may have not heard about anywhere else.

1. The episode begins with Juliet back in the 'world'. She is apparently part of a renowned fertility team, along with her obsessive and oppressive ex-husband. She is quite the opposite of our fist slinging, tough as nails Juliet. Ethan shows up later to recruit her for a job in Portland... (guess what... it's not 'In portland') the question of whether or not this is all Dharma related IS addressed if you play close attention.

2. Ben wakes up during the surgery. CLASSIC Black humor.

3. Kate and Sawyer are forced to take a side mission if they want to escape the island.

that's all I'm giving you, and believe me it is NOTHING. There are moments in the episode that rival some of the high points of the story... I'm talking finding out that Locke was paralyzed, the Hatch map... you get the picture.

Moving on. Let's jump WAY into the future. Episode 14 to be exact. This is where LOST and Star Wars collide in the guise of one Billy Dee Williams. Yes, Lando himself has signed on for a guest starring role as a charismatic 'other'. The episode also promises plenty of action as Locke, Sayid, Kates, and possibly others, locate the 'Others' village in a bid to rescue Jack. But does he want rescuing? A picture taken from afar shows a rather cleaned up Jack taking a stroll with Mr. Friendly and Juliet.

February 14 - Lost- Upcoming guest stars - Beware spoilers

February 14, 2007

As we promised last week, tonight's episode of Lost (3.08, entitled "Flashes Before Your Eyes") promises to reveal a lot more about Desmond's past, as Charlie and Hurley try to figure out what happened to Desmond after the hatch implosion. Lost executive producer Damon Lindelof told Entertainment Weekly that the flashback device used in this episode is used in a totally new way that the show hasn't used before "and never will again."

Irish actress Fionnula Flanagan appears as Ms Hawking in one of the flashbacks; Charlie appears in Desmond's flashback as well, apparently busking on a street corner in London. Sonia Walger returns as Penny, as does Alan Dale as Charles Widmore.

Starting with next week's LOST "Stranger in a Strange Land," Chinese actress Bai Ling will appear in at least one and possibly three episodes as Jack's "mysterious" lover Achara, a plotline that according to Bai Ling includes "a psychological twist and betrayal." The episode (obviously) focuses on Jack, and promises to explain his tattoos, which are connected to Achara, who is an artist. Most of the episode's flashbacks seem to take place in Bangkok, Thailand. Cindy the flight attendant and children Zack & Emma also reappear in this episode of LOST.

Cheech Marin will be guest-starring in the February 28 episode, "Tricia Tanaka is Dead," as David Reyes, Hurley's father. Caden Waidyatilleka appears as the young Hurley. Mira Furlan returns as Danielle Rousseau. Hurley finds an old car on the island; the flashbacks include Hurley's old workplace, Mr. Cluck's Chicken Shack.

LOST Spoilers 3.09 - 'Stranger In a Strange Land'

February 15, 2007

Next week comes a new LOST and more answers to some of LOST's biggest mysteries. Being one that startles easy, I decided to find out ahead of time what shocking surprises await us LOST fans in "Stranger in a Strange Land".

'Stranger in a Strange Land' is one of the most anticipated episodes amongst the LOST Spoiler elite. Amongst the LOST mysteries that will be examined:

What Jack's Tattoo means?
What happened to the tailsection children that were kidnapped?
What happened to Cindy?
What will become of Juliet after she shot Danny?
What will become of Jack after he double crossed Ben?
Here is what is known: We see Jack during his darkest times in Phucket Thailand. We don't know how LOST's beloved doctor got there, but we know that he falls in with some pretty creepy people, namely a tattoo artist played by Bai Ling who claims she can look inside the soul of her subjects. So just what did she see in jack?

Both Cindy and the children appear in this episode. We will probably find out that the reason the children were kidnapped is because the others are not able to reproduce, therefore the children are adopted more or less. The Cindy situation has been a mystery since early in LOST season two when she mysteriously vanished while hiking through the jungle with Ana et al. We know from the previews that she shows up, will she have any information to share with Jack?

Diana Scarwid plays the 'law' of the others, an investigator/prosecutor/judge determining whether or not Juliet should be executed for killing Danny, one of their own. Apparently Jack will figure prominently into those proceedings. Since Michael Ausiello at tvguide in his own LOST Spoilers piece indicated Juliet is getting another flashback, we can assume he is successful in defending her.

What will become of Jack is the big question. He is moved from the aquarium to the bear cages, which some would assume is a downgrade. Some promo pictures (like the one below) show Jack having a little conversation with LOST baddie Ben. After Jack took Ben hostage, it isn't likely he's up to keeping that promise.

LOST Spoilers 3/10 - Courtesy of... ABC?

March 10, 2007

ABC marketing has come under fire from fans for LOST spots that blow answers out of proportion, or edit in scenes from future episodes of LOST to make the next seem more 'packed' with story. It's a very common complaint of TV fans in general. For much of the season, NBC has committed similar infarctions with its Heroes spots that would promise story lines to be resolved, or, gasp, character deaths, only to fall sort in delivering them. A more disturbing trend with LOST has arisen with its web based clips. Visit the front page of and prepare to have a major revelation from this weeks "Par Avion" spoiled before your very eyes. Not just a factoid that impacts this one episode, mind you, but an answer to a big question that has plagued LOST fans since the middle of season two. Read on for the super spoilerish details.

LOST fan's have long debated who the mysterious "Him" was that was mentioned by both Henry Gale (before his Ben days) and Mr. Friendly. As time went by, many were convinced that it was Ben himself who was the leader of the others. They do what he says, Juliet has indirectly fingered him as their leader in the death plot she attempted to seduce Jack into this season. Finally, now we know for certain that Ben is not him. Not by watching the episode, as we should have, though, and not by some onset leaker that snitched to the press. This time, the culprit that ruined the big surprise for us was ABC themselves.

In the preview scene from this weeks episode of LOST, Par Avion, we are privy to a conversation between patchy and Kate. Patchy tells Kate she would never understand how the others came to be on the island because she is not on the list. He explains that they are not on the list simply because they are weak, and flawed. (By the way, this is another deviation/plot hole since Kate was on the list last season.) He goes on to talk about their leader, a magnificent man. At that point Kate makes a snide comment about Ben, and Patchy clarifies that Ben is not the magnificent man he is referring to.

Now, the information on its own is very intriguing. However, it has the makings of one of those 'moments' where LOST episodes really begin to payoff. Revealing such a pivotal point in the episode ahead of the episode is irresponsible on the part of ABC's Marketing people. No doubt the writers intended this to come out in the narrative of the episode, not in a sneak peek.

LOST Rumors More Trips to the Past?

March 24, 2007

The future of LOST may be its past! So far LOST has made two trips back to catch up with plane crash characters, ‘The Other 48 days’ chronicled the adventures of the tail section survivors, and this week’s ‘Expose’ will flashback to overview newcomers Nikki and Paulo’s misadventures since Oceanic 815 first broke apart and scattered itself over the mysterious island. The latest rumors circulating indicate that LOST will be going even further back in time, on and off the island, before the season is done. Read on for the who, what, where, and when.

Just when you think you knew it all about Dharma, prepare for an information overload in episode 20, which will be airing May 9th. The so far untitled episode will go way back to the 70’s and will, if rumors are true, explain a lot about the first interaction between the Dharma folks and the indigenous island people who we have come to know as ‘The Others’. Amongst the characters will be a younger Dr. Marvin Candle, the mysterious DeGroots, and a staunch by-the-numbers Hanso representative who may have a secret agenda. There is no information as to whether the entire episode takes place in the past, or, if it doesn’t, how it will interface with the present events on the island.

Some of the characters, if rumors are true, will make their way from this episode into the May 23th two-hour finale to continue their trek through time. That episode will likely be Ben centric and is rumored to give us an insight into the island that will have fans talking all summer long. Dharma will, again, factor heavily into the episode and the fabled ‘incident’ as well as the ‘purge’, (one in the same?), will be touched upon.

The pressure amongst the writers at this point is to come up with something of the magnitude of Season One’s ‘what is in the hatch’ cliffhanger. It is thought that season two’s kidnapping / Arctic listening post ending just did not generate enough discussion amongst fans to cull the kind of ratings that the hatch reveal brought in. So look for all this island history to hook up with a present day dilemma of the mind blowing variety.

LOST's Season Three Cliff Hanger Will Center Around...

April 2, 2007

At the end of LOST's first season, young Walt was kidnapped at sea while Jack (Matthew Fox), Locke (Terry O'Quinn), Kate (Evangaline Lilly), and Hurley (Jorge Garcia) peered into the mysterious depths of the newly blasted-open hatch. Season two of LOST took the excitement to a whole new level as Sawyer (Josh Holloway), Jack, and Kate were abducted by the mysterious 'Others', while the hatch went into melt down mode, and who can forget the kicker with those mysterious dudes shivering in some arctic tundra somewhere, waiting for, and receiving, a signal that apparently gave away the location of the island. With season three's finale merely a couple of months away, speculation over what the LOST producers might have in store to top all of this is already become the buzz of discussion boards from coast to coast. One detail recently slipped out in the official LOST magazine that is sure to narrow down that speculation considerably.

The recent issue of LOST magazine has actually revealed who the big twist will be centered on. The LOST creative staff has an age old tradition of naming their big end of season twists. For the past two seasons, they have gone with the name of Jewish bread products to name the twists, this year they broke that tradition nick-naming the big secret 'The Snake in the Mailbox'. This revelation came from co-show runners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse in a podcast released through ABC earlier this season.

In the magazine, co-executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, are discussing an unprecedented third Jack flashback. Whether or not the entire flashback belongs to Jack or not, is unknown, but in discussing it they let slip that Jack is at the center of 'The Snake in the Mailbox'.

"...we haven't been this excited since we decided at the end of season one that Walt would be taken. This is Top Secret. It's so secret that there's a codename -- 'The Snake in the Mailbox'."

And so, what started as a discussion about a particular character's flashback inadvertently becomes confirmation that this season's major twist will, in fact, center around that character in particular. Now the big question is, after having spent some quality time with the others, having tattoos that say 'he walks among them but isn't one of them', and the looming revelation that he is Claire's brother, is there enough information to begin to infer what this mega twist might be about? Oh and don't forget the many time travel hits.

Lost by John Behling

by John Behling
Posted: May 22, 2006

flagship for the new species of primetime drama that fuses the big budget, high action intrigue of a medium-tier blockbuster with cliffhanger hooks and soap opera theatrics, much of the first season of Lost was spent chasing high octane thrills. There was the superb opening in the aftermath of the plane wreck: Our characters come to on a tropical beach, the sound of failing jet engines ringing dully in the background, bodies and flaming pieces of plane strewn casually across the gorgeous landscape. There were music-driven interludes and one-off shots of the statuesque Evangeline Lilly posing like a Maxim cover girl in tight-fitting survivor-wear. There were pulse-pounding chases to evade the island's clunking, sputtering, tree-crushing "monster thing." There were boar attacks, exploding science teachers, and, most of all, the obscenely far-fetched season-ending twist. With millions of helplessly addicted fans at their beg and call, the series ended with the revelation that somewhere, on the other side of the island, there are pirates with access to a modern fishing boat, and that the mysterious hatch we had all pondered throughout the season, led only to an even more mysterious hole in the ground.

Miraculously, the second season of the show stepped up to the Herculean task of making sense of these bombshells, but more importantly the ensuing two subplots it introduced have become the reason why Lost is something more than high-thrills boob tube feed. The mysterious "Others," who thwarted the group's escape by raft and kidnapped Walt, have put a human face on the malicious force behind the island's secrets—or at least some of those secrets. And the ensuing mysterious hole, in turn leads to the revelation that all of this could be one enormous corporate-sponsored mind-fuck. But season two digs deeper yet, fleshing out its core characters with increasingly fascinating flashbacks, shifting the focus away from the show's primary question of "What the fuck is going on here?" to one that raises a more troubling psychological dimension: "Who the fuck are these people…really?"

While I don't doubt that the flashbacks also serve to draw out the show's more bankable mysteries until the creators are ready to reveal them, the consequence of focusing narrowly on the characters as opposed to broadly on their situation and group dynamic has delivered some surprising twists. Namely, that the show has become much deeper, and much more immediate. As a portrait of deeply fucked up individuals with no certain future and very questionable pasts, the show comes frighteningly close to mirroring our country's current state. It also serves as a testament to the more universal claim that the human condition is certainly the most brilliant psychological experiment ever conceived.

That this immensely popular television show seems to be channeling the zeitgeist more convincingly than any cineplex fare these days shouldn't be that surprising. This is the year that E.R. went to Darfur, for God's sake. And without having personally seen any of the new season of 24, it's safe to say that Jack Bauer's trademark unconstitutional shenanigans continue to come uncomfortably close to the real life transgressions of numerous government organizations. The writers and producers of these shows seem to realize that serving up hot-button issues in dramatic fashion makes for good ratings. But it's also good for us. Sometimes the only way out is through, and like in the best genre exercises, this escape-hatch leads us right back to the front line.

For these reasons, the most important Lost episode of this season is "One of Them," which aired on February 14. Sayid (Naveen Andrews) is led by Rousseau (Mira Furlan) to a man that she's captured in a net trap. "For a very long time, he will lie to you," she tells them and then disappears into the jungle. This man identifies himself as Henry Gale and insists that he's just another survivor (he was marooned here after his hot air balloon crashes), but Rousseau contends that he's one of the Others, the seemingly omniscient group responsible for blowing up Michael's raft and kidnapping or murdering a number of survivors from the tail section of the plane.

Then a flashback: Iraq, 1991. Sayid is an officer in Saddam's Republican Guard taken into custody by the U.S. and employed first as a translator and then later as a torturer. Now torture is hardly new to primetime; 24 has been practicing its particular blend of nasty business in a way that makes the "anything for the cause" rhetoric both nauseating and exceedingly fascinating. But it's also not new to Lost. In season one, Sayid was first a victim of torture (bound and then shocked with a crude generator-driven device) and then a perpetrator of it (shoving bamboo-chutes underneath Sawyer's fingernails). In the later incident Sayid refers to his past life as an Iraqi soldier as an explanation as to why he has this particular talent, but that information only serves as basis for the brash assumption that because Sayid was a member of a ruthless, lawless regime, that he's proficient in this horrible practice, even inclined to do it.

However, in this flashback we learn that Sayid had never tortured a soul before he was coerced into it by a shifty U.S. officer. After Sayid is forced to torture one of his superiors, he returns to the U.S. officer, who wanted to know the location of a captured helicopter pilot who had already been executed. The information was useless, as was the torture. What resonates from this scene is this feeling of waste. There's also a deep sense of loss built upon the fact that we've come to love Sayid as a rational, delicate, and compassionate man. It's hard to imagine him as torturer. It's devastating to see how he has been dehumanized. With this context it becomes impossible to take the easy way out and view Sayid as a monster or even as an Other. On this show, he's one of the heroes.

Flashing back to the present, Sayid convinces Locke to assist him in getting some face time with the new prisoner. After securing a private audience inside the group's vault, Sayid delivers this shocking monologue to the prisoner: "I was 23 years old when the American came to my country. I was a good man. I was a soldier. And when they left I was something different. Over the next six years I did things I wish I could erase from my memory. Things I never thought myself capable of. But I did come to learn this: There was a part of me that was always capable…You want to know who I am? My name is Sayid Jarrah, and I am a torturer."

His interrogation escalates as the terrified man sputters out confused answers, then Sayid viciously beats him until Jack intervenes. This scene, besides blowing away the idea that torture is just a desperate measure for desperate times, cuts through the smoke screen that cloaks the U.S. as a higher moral authority. It suggests our culpability in spreading acts of torture and violence throughout the world. Under the auspices of spreading democracy, we spread vicious practices like torture through leading by example.

However, Sayid's admission that he was always capable of torture is also extremely important: As intimate as we are with this rag-tag bunch of misfits, there's a lot we don't know about them, and by the end of the second season we learn that at least five of them are cold-blooded killers. Obviously, this raises a serious moral problem. If we're to side with the survivors and against the Others, don't we need to believe that the survivors are morally superior? Don't we need to believe that that the Others are inferior somehow, that their intentions are evil? "They're animals" is a phrase that's been spoken over and over as a rallying cry as the group moves toward the idea of "Taking them out." Over and over they've been described as crude, somehow less advanced, less human than the other survivors. However, do their crimes—murder, kidnapping, deception—outweigh those of the skeletons in our survivors' closets? Kate killed her father. Sawyer killed a man who he thought had driven his father to kill his mother. Ana-Lucia refused to testify against the man who killed her unborn child in order to corner him in a parking garage and shoot him down. Charlie was—and maybe still is—a heroine addict. Worst of all, this season's most unexpected revelation finds Michael doing the unthinkable in service of getting his son back. With all this fervor about the mysterious villains, we really need to ask ourselves: Are they really any worse than the survivors? Are they really any worse than us?

TV Review Lost (2004)

By Ken Tucker Ken Tucker
Ken Tucker is critic-at-large for EW
Everything that writer-exec-producer-director J.J. Abrams has been involved in, from Alias and Felicity to the scripts for Armageddon and Joy Ride, has been characterized by a thorough knowledge of and affection for pop-culture conventions. Unlike most of his showbiz contemporaries, however, he doesn't presume that these qualities set him apart from the rest of America. Abrams assumes we all enjoy the comforts of familiar genre tropes (thriller chills; playful romance dialogue) but also want variations and twists. By never writing down to the consumers of his entertainment, he has limited the size of his audience (because people have to keep up with the bristling energy of his wayward inventiveness, and lots of folks just don't want to put out the effort). But he's also developed a hardcore fan base that will follow Abrams wherever his imagination takes him.

This season, following Abrams means getting Lost. You've no doubt heard the premise: Fortyodd (some very odd) people survive a plane crash, landing on an island they know not where. Front and center is a doctor named Jack, played by Matthew Fox, who helps with injuries and maintains civility lest the crisis turn into The Donner Party of Five. Every Jack needs a Jill, and how convenient it is that amid all the flaming rubble, corpses, and disoriented passengers, the first person Jack meets to help stitch his own nasty gash is the willowy Kate (Evangeline Lilly, a Canadian Kate Beckinsale with a harder stare). But there the nice TV-drama coincidences end, thank goodness. The rest of the cast is fascinatingly varied: a squabbling, bratty grown sister and brother (Maggie Grace and Ian Somerhalder); a father and his young son (Oz's Harold Perrineau and Malcolm-David Kelley); and a frowsy British rock-group bassist (The Lord of the Rings' Dominic Monaghan) who's miffed that no one recognizes the onetime big hit by his undoubtedly lousy band, Drive Shaft.

And, oh, yeah, the island also comes with a big, violent, quickly moving creature whom we hear but don't really see, and who kills the plane's pilot with swift, bloody grisliness. The doomed flier is played by Abrams' childhood friend and good-luck charm Greg Grunberg, who's appeared in every one of Abrams' TV projects. (He's a pun here: the pilot in the pilot, never to be seen again.) Anyway, the island soon takes on a malevolent air -- as if the survivors didn't have enough trouble just mending their injuries and scrabbling for food-and Lost ventures into sci-fi or at least fantasy territory.

But if you aren't a big fan of those genres (I'm not), don't worry -- Abrams excels at making you care about people and situations you think will leave you cold. Very quickly, you really want to know what's up with the large young hippieish fellow (Jorge Garcia) whose geniality radiates calm. By contrast, you want to know why Terry O'Quinn (a familiar baldy from The X-Files and Alias) distances himself from everyone and gives off a spooky vibe. This is the kind of show in which an apparent main character, Monaghan's rock star, has both a drug habit and the key, climactic line that speaks for everyone: ''Guys-where are we?'' It's the kind of show where I have to write ''apparent'' a lot because I know there are going to be lots of unexpected revelations about the islanders' identities and motives. Abrams, whom ABC lured to help exec producer-writer Damon Lindelof develop the project, injects elements that keep this crash epic, well, grounded.

Doubters have already poked fun at Lost as Gilligan's Island Goes Into the Twilight Zone-a Fantasy Island of Lost Souls. But as far as I'm concerned, Abrams and Lindelof have created one of only two new shows this season at the end of which I was yearning to see a second hour right away. (The other is ABC's Desperate Housewives: It could be hoot heaven, could be labored camp.) I was tempted to hedge on my final grade, because Lost is the kind of show that could go anywhere. Then I realized that's exactly why I should commit to the ride.

'Lost' Team Joins the Pencils2Moguls Campaign Amid Strike

December 3, 2007

The WGA writers' strike enters its fifth week today and there is no end in sight. We reported last week that Smallville creators Al Gough and Miles Millar were using a phone call from Michael Rosenbaum as bait to get fans involved in United Hollywood's Pencils2Moguls campaign. Now, the Lost creators are getting involved. The Pencils2Moguls campaign aims to show the producers the amount of support writers have from the fans and irritate the producers in the process. If a fan wants to contribute, they head to the website ( where they can donate as many boxes of environmentally friendly pencils as they want. The pencils will then be sent to the heads of the six major media conglomerates. Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof are raffling off some extremely enticing prizes to Lost fans who participate.

When fans of Lost sign up at the Pencils2Moguls website and donate pencils, all they have to do is write “Lost” when asked what show they support. By doing so, they will enter themselves in a raffle. Every box of pencils donated equals one entry into the raffle. The winners will be drawn at random. Here are the prizes, as written in a MySpace note by Lost show runners Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof:

GRAND PRIZE: A personal thank-you call from us (Carlton and Damon) AND Matthew Fox where we shall do our bestest to answer your questions about the show's mysteries AND a Season 3 DVD set.

FIRST PRIZE: A signed finale script by writers Damon and Carlton and a surprise cast member!

SECOND PRIZE: Signed Season 3 DVD Set (standard and blu-ray!) by the entire writing staff!

That first one is the big one. Donate some pencils, find out the mysteries of Lost. I'm not a big spoiler guy, so I don't think I'd want to know the real mysteries of Lost just yet (and I'm not sure they're really going to tell anyway), so I'd probably just ask them about the smoke monster or why Mr. Eko had to die.

Lost: Unanswered Questions: What's Behind The Island's Regenerative Abilities?

December 5, 2007

With no new episodes of Lost to get our brains spinning until February, I thought it would be a good time to look back at some of the unanswered questions from the past three seasons of the show. Each week I'll be tackling one of the most pressing mysteries from the Lost universe, attempting to explain them with the strongest theories and most wild speculation I can muster. I'll either be completely off the mark or you'll swear I'm the clone of Damon Lindelof, but either way there should be plenty to talk about until the show returns.

This week I want to examine the theories revolving around the island's regenerative abilities. The island appears to have the ability to cure paralysis and cancer, stop the aging process, boost sperm count, heal a nasty shot to the gut, and, in the case of Mikhail and possibly Jack's dad, actually resurrect the dead. Can these things be scientifically explained, or do all of these medical miracles ensure that there is a mystical aspect to the island?

Let's start with the idea of electromagnetism. We know from the Swan Orientation Film that such research was being done on the island, and it seems to be the possible key to many of Lost's mysteries.

Magnetic therapy is a practice where certain parts of the body are exposed to weak magnetic fields, which some people claim has a healing effect. Practitioners believe that magnets can alleviate pain, relax muscles, flush out toxins, increase blood flow, raise the oxygen level in the body, and even induce a heightened sense of well being. All of these things are obviously a far cry from healing gunshot wounds and resurrecting the dead, but we can assume that the electromagnetic research on the island went far beyond what's used in a doctor's office.

There's also a technique known as pulsed electromagnetic field therapy, which basically sends a constant pulse of magnetic energy into the body. Some people believe that, when applied correctly, this constant pulse of energy can stimulate cell restoration and enhance the regeneration of bone tissue, thus speeding up the healing process and even slowing down aging. With the magnetic energy present on the island, it's possible this theory could explain why Locke can walk, how the island heals people so quickly, and why Richard Alpert doesn't look a day over 40.

But can electromagnetic therapy cure cancer, boost your sperm count, or bring back the dead? Obviously not, which is why it's hard to point to any one explanation for Lost's many mysteries. My other theory is less scientific and more spiritual: the island heals those it needs or those it deems worthy, and the rest have to fend for themselves.

Though it deserves an entire article of its own, we've been given the impression that the smoke monster judges people before it decides to kill them. Perhaps the island does the same thing, picking and choosing who should be healed and who should suffer. The island gave Locke his legs back, only to temporarily take them away again in "Deus Ex Machina" when it needed Boone to climb into that crashed plane. The island kept Mikhail alive for a very long time, but now it appears that he's fulfilled his purpose of killing Charlie and will now be dead. Does the island need people like Rose and Richard Alpert alive as well? Has the island decided that Sun should die, and therefore guaranteed that she would become pregnant? If so, I have to wonder what criteria the island is judging these people by.

The most interesting character in this theory is Ben, since he's the one the island refused to heal. Ben developed a tumor on his spine years after he arrived on the island, despite the fact that it seemed impossible for anyone living there to get cancer. Why did this happen? My theory is that the island was upset with Ben for his many lies, his attempts to wield power for his own selfish reasons, and for participating in the purge that wiped out the DHARMA Initiative. Ben was not worthy of being saved, and therefore he was punished.

These are just a few of the many theories revolving around the island's regenerative abilities. It could be science, mysticism, magnets, or pure faith that helps heal wounds and cure ailments. I certainly don't know for sure, but I have a feeling we'll have some sort of answer in the next 48 episodes.

Lost: Mobisode 5, "Operation: Sleeper"

December 4, 2007

Lost is only a couple of months from returning and, frankly, these Mobisodes aren't really doing it for me. I enjoyed the last two week's episodes, but this week didn't bring any new information, at least nothing I could tell. Juliet is one of the two main participants for the second week in a row. Perhaps we're supposed to read something into that. The mobisode is entitled “Operation: Sleeper” and it takes place between last season's episodes D.O.C. And The Brig. Maybe I'm just so antsy for the upcoming season that all these Missing Pieces are doing for me is making me count down the days until the premiere. Aside from the main conversation, there were a couple of maybe-significant bits of dialogue from Juliet.

Juliet wakes up Jack in the middle of the night, and tells him to be quiet. She tells Jack that everyone has been suspicious of her in camp, especially Sayid and Sawyer. She continues that they're right, and that she is still working for Ben. Jack is taken aback by this, clearly, and expresses his dismay – he thought she was one of them now. Juliet says that she is there at camp to see which of the women are pregnant and that then they will take the pregnant women. Ben promised her none would be hurt. Juliet says it was naïve of her to believe that Ben would let them leave the island. Jack responds, saying it was Locke who blew up the submarine. Juliet counters, “Did he?” Then, after Jack asks why she's telling him all this now, Juliet ends the Mobisode with this line: “Last night with Sun, we saw the baby growing inside her. If she's still on this island in about a month, both of them will be dead. I've been living Benjamin Linus's dream for three years. Three years. It's time to wake up.”

Pretty chilling final line. I always like what Juliet brings to the table, but this was a scene that we all knew took place. The Lost writers are simply filling the gaps, and the scene as a whole serves little purpose as an addition to the actual Lost episodes. But, there are few cool things. That Sun's pregnancy was the definitive turning point in Juliet's change of mind, and that Juliet assumes Ben orchestrated the submarine explosion are both nice character wrinkles for Juliet.

Lost: The Official Magazine

Welcome to's special teaser of Lost: The Official Magazine, #13 - on sale now!

"We're very excited about the stories that we're going to tell this year, and we're thrilled that they will be airing together& we hope it feels like an epic event!" Eddy Kitsis (Executive Producer)

Heading up this issue we have some fantastic interviews for you - co-executive producers Horowitz and Kitsis talk Season 3 and 4; Evangeline Lilly and Elizabeth Mitchell discuss their on screen dynamic; we speak to the man who knows all, script coordinator Gregg Nations; and bag an interview with not one, but four of 'The Others' in our hostile environment extended feature. Also in this issue an exclusive pull-out of the smoke monster's finest moments; and you get the chance to Get Lost and win McFarlane Toys Lost action figures!
New Transmissions

Co-Executive Producers ADAM HOROWITZ and EDDY KITSIS return to our Unearthed Treasures to reveal their fondest memories of season three, and hint at what is to come&

Let's start by talking about the closing minutes of season three. How did your friends and families react to it?

It was probably the strongest response we've gotten on anything, really, at least since the season one finale. It was probably the most intense response, too. Friends and family really seemed surprised in a good way. It was really gratifying for us.

EDDY KITSIS: For me, the calls I got from people were mainly concerning how to process it. It blew their mind to the point where they said, "You know how Walt being taken at the end of season one was an 'Oh my God!' moment? This just fried my brain!" Everyone wants to know, "Is this the future?!" What was interesting is that I was actually in Europe at the time and my wife hadn't seen it, nor knew about it. So she started getting emails as well because people just assume that she knows everything too [laughs]! Anytime there would be any emails about Lost, she just kept deleting them [laughs]!

With so many plotlines interweaving in the finale, how do you and the team even begin to conceive an episode like this?

EK: It's funny because we broke the last three almost simultaneously  you know you have the road map for where you want to be at the end  since season one we've done two-hour finales, or three-hour finales and you just have to attack it story by story!
AH: In a lot of ways it was similar to season one where we had Exodus (part one) and Exodus (part two) with part two as a two-hour event. Greatest Hits was sort of an 'unofficial part one' in that sense, where everything was being set in motion for what was going to happen in the finale. As a group, we sat down and knew the big events and knew where we wanted it to finish. It then became about saying things like, "What's happening in the Looking Glass station? What are the events there?" then figuring out the best way to lay the events over those three episodes, and the best way to get the maximum impact from the story we wanted to tell.

The Ties That Bind

Apart from the handcuffs that tethered Kate to Juliet, life experiences and even love for Jack Shephard connect these two vivacious women. EVANGELINE LILLY and ELIZABETH MITCHELL exclusively relax by the fire and look back at Left Behind, their time on the island together so far, and season three's thrilling ending&

Left Behind was a classic slice of tour de force Lost. What was it like getting to play opposite each other for most of the episode?

Evangeline Lilly: It was so much fun. One of the greatest things about that episode was it was an all-girl episode. I played on the island with Elizabeth and I played my flashback against a woman, which I have never done before I always play opposite men.
Elizabeth Mitchell: We really work the same way, in that we just get right in the moment. I had a wonderful time with Evangeline. Getting to know her in that episode was one of the highlights of the season for me. She is lovely a strong, intelligent, creative woman.

EL: With Elizabeth, I have the biggest crush on her, she is one of the women in the camp with her yin and yang intact. It's so exciting when you identify with each other and immediately know that you can bring your 'A' game. You can go there, and you know they're not going to back down or get competitive, jealous or angry. I wrote to the writers room and I was like, "It's going to be so much fun! I get to play with the girls for once!" Damon Lindelof wrote me back and said, "You can thank [Lost writer] Elizabeth [Sarnoff] for that because she wrote this episode with me and she was fighting for it to be estrogen filled."

How did you approach the intense island moments? EL: The scenes had so much room to move in them, they were both yin and yang. They were tough, but also cool and mysterious. We had space to be gentle, coy and even loving to each other at times.

EM: We are two very strong women as actresses, it's great to be able to have such strong characters. I truly believe these two women would be friends, Juliet is older, but there's not a lot there that is completely dissimilar from Kate. They have a lot of the same characteristics.
EL: There is a moment where I put Juliet's shoulder back into its socket. They ended up panning into a huge wide shot, but if it had been closer, you would have actually seen what happened between us  I slammed her shoulder with venom. I knew it would hurt her and I wanted it to. But when she collapsed with pain, I caught her and I held her in my arms and I rocked her. She was crying and I was almost trying not to cry myself. It was such an amazing moment because I thought, "How often do we see women hold each other  not sexually

Read the full interviews in Issue 13 of Lost: The Official Magazine

About the Show

Awarded the 2005 Emmy and 2006 Golden Globe for Best Drama Series, "Lost" returns for the second act of its third season of action-packed mystery and adventure -- that will continue to bring out the very best and the very worst in the people who are lost.

After Oceanic Air flight 815 tore apart in mid-air and crashed on a Pacific island, its survivors were forced to find inner strength they never knew they had in order to survive. But they discovered that the island holds many secrets, including a mysterious smoke monster, polar bears, a strange French woman and another group of island residents known as "The Others." The survivors have also found signs of those who came to the island before them, including a 19th century sailing ship called The Black Rock, the remains of an ancient statue, as well as bunkers belonging to the Dharma Initiative -- a group of scientific researchers who inhabited the island in the recent past.

As the second part of Season Three opens, Jack seems to have gained the upper hand, as Ben's life literally rests in his hands. His demands are simple -- release Kate and Sawyer as prisoners of "The Others," let them safely return to the island and he'll stay behind. But does Jack have a hidden agenda? Kate finally made her romantic decision between Jack and Sawyer by choosing the smitten con man -- but were her feelings for him genuine? Juliet -- one of "The Others" -- makes a shocking decision that could endanger her standing with her people. After the death of Eko, Locke's obsession to uncover the secrets of the island leads Sayid to believe that his intentions may not be in the best interests of his fellow survivors. Sun and Jin will continue to celebrate their pregnancy -- but is the child really Jin's?
Just as Charlie returns into the good graces of Claire and her baby, Aaron, Desmond drops a bombshell on him that could change the course of his life forever. After the hatch imploded and the electromagnetic charge was expelled, questions arise as to what effects it had on the island -- as well as the outside world. Will Penny Widmore find the island and her long, lost love, Desmond, and can the survivors find a way to interact with the outside world?

The band of friends, family, enemies and strangers must continue to work together against the cruel weather and harsh terrain if they want to stay alive. But as they have discovered during their 70-plus days on the island, danger and mystery loom behind every corner, and those they thought could be trusted may turn against them. Even heroes have secrets.

"Lost" stars Naveen Andrews as Sayid, Henry Ian Cusick as Desmond, Emilie de Ravin as Claire, Michael Emerson as Ben, Matthew Fox as Jack, Jorge Garcia as Hurley, Josh Holloway as Sawyer, Daniel Dae Kim as Jin, Yunjin Kim as Sun, Evangeline Lilly as Kate, Elizabeth Mitchell as Juliet, Dominic Monaghan as Charlie and Terry O'Quinn as Locke.
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