Here is Kristin’s interview with Michael Emerson that contains some minor spoilers:
Thanks to Jame for the heads up.
In case you weren’t paying attention last night, Michael Emerson, our beloved Benry, turned in an astonishing performance that was earning Emmy buzz before it even aired, and as far as I’m concerned, no one has ever done better work humanizing a supervillain.
I just rang up Michael to get his take on Lost’s big game, Ben’s current state of mind after the brutal death of [sobbing drowns out spoiler], and, oh yeah, his brilliant explanation of the monster’s mechanics. Click in for the goods.
Tania Raymonde, Lost
FAMILY AND UPPING THE ANTE
What’s going on internally for Ben in that minute after Alex has been shot dead?
Well, Ben is in a state of shock. Ben doesn’t usually…Ben plays a game where a variety of outcomes are to be expected, but nothing outside the table of contents. In this case, something happened. Ben took what he thought was a safe risk, and it turned out to be a terrible risk. Someone else didn’t play fair, so it’s about as big a shock as Ben as ever had in his life.
Jumping to the end of episode then, Charles Widmore says, I didn’t kill your daughter, you did. How much does Ben feel culpable in her death?
Ben is a guy who doesn’t take things lightly, and I think he has a long memory. When Charles Widmore says that it’s Ben’s fault—that’s a kind of sophistry on his part. He’s suggesting that everything Ben has ever done has led up to this moment, the idea that who we are makes us guilty across the board. But Ben’s not having that explanation.
I think Ben knows that his daughter died for a very particular reason, and that Charles Widmore is the guilty one. Whatever is going on between Ben and Charles Widmore, the ante just got raised about tenfold.
In the next episode there’s a scene where it looks like Sawyer might get the chance to kill Keamy, who killed Alex. Is that the kind of thing that Ben would want to do personally, or is Ben more of a big-picture thinker, just gunning for Charles?
I think Ben is in a state of bloody-mindedness right now. I think he would like to personally pull the trigger on everyone connected. And we’ll see whether he has that opportunity.
Mira Furlan, Lost
Interesting. Do you expect to see Danielle and Alex again, hopefully, in one capacity or another? And what has it been like working with Tania Raymonde and Mira Furlan?
I love both these actresses, and it feels like when a dear coworker moves on to somewhere, you feel sad and lonesome…and you realize how much you’ve personally got invested in these fictional relationships. You know how nobody is ever fully dead on Lost, so…I don’t expect that we’ve seen the last of them. But maybe we’ve seen the last of them in their fleshly state.
So Danielle doesn’t pop up in the next episode with just a minor flesh wound and come after Ben or anything?
I don’t—I don’t think that’s gonna happen…
Speaking of Danielle, I was hoping she would eventually get to kill Ben.
[Laughs.] What a strange wish on your part.
Lost, Elizabeth Mitchell
Well, I say this with the utmost respect and love for the character, but Ben’s an unkillable cockroach, and yet you would have to imagine someone eventually gets him. Juliet, perhaps?
Well, Juliet is certainly a dangerous character. I think more dangerous than we know at this point, and certainly there are issues between Juliet and Ben that have yet to be resolved. But you know, Ben’s…his whole existence may end up being redeemed by the gravity and necessity of his mission.
Speaking of Juliet, that whole “You’re mine!” opened so many more questions of what does he want from her. And then…I’m pretty sure Elizabeth Mitchell is like a foot taller than you, does that ever come into play when you guys are shooting scenes together?
[Laughs.] Yes, I have to say, that was not one of Ben’s prettier moments, there at the place where Goodwin met his demise.
You know, when Ben gets outside his comfort zone, like many men who are geniuses or men of sophistication, there is some part of him, to compensate, that has been undeveloped. I think Ben is maybe socially or emotionally somewhat underdeveloped.
So sometimes, when he’s stressed, he behaves like a teenager. Sort of. To me. So he says things bitterly…I think he possibly regrets them later, but he does behave impulsively sometimes. For this character who is supposed to be so calculated and such a chess player, he really does behave impulsively upon occasion.
Does he want to marry Juliet so she can have a million of his babies?
I don’t think he even has a clear picture what he wants. That he wants is all he knows. She is a prize in his mind. Who knows what his sex life is, or ever would be? But somehow he’s decided that she is to be his.
MYTHS AND MONSTERS
Alan Dale, Ugly Betty
Do you almost feel like after that conversation with Charles we suddenly learned that Ben is the pendekar of the show, even though we didn’t know he existed for the first season or two?
It feels like some kind of shift along those lines is happening, doesn’t it? Because each season, it’s like the lens of the show steps back a notch and shows the playing field of the show to be a larger one that we had thought at first.
I think this battle between Charles Widmore and Benjamin Linus, whatever it is, whatever the stakes are, whatever the game is, I think that’s now big. That’s a big, important thing.
And I think, I don’t know if it’s just from familiarity or instinct, but I think we like Ben Linus better than we like Charles Widmore. I think Charles Widmore is a more wicked man.
Partly just because Charles is really mean to Desmond, whereas Ben has always been very courtly and gentlemanly. He’ll beat you to death, but he’ll say thank you when he’s done or something.
Yes. [Laughs.] That’s right. Manners count, don’t they? Come on!
OK I have some fan questions, if you don’t mind. Harry asks: “Is Ben the monster’s boss? Is Ben able to just take the monster out of his cage?” What’s your sense of that whole thing?
Ben is privy to the secret mechanics of everything on the Island, so yes, he can sic the smoke monster—smoke’s not the right word, but he can sic that thing on someone. But we don’t yet know the recipe or the formula for how that’s done, and we don’t know what it costs. There seem to be a lot of forces on the Island, but nothing is for free. A toll is paid every time the machinery works. Everything is bargained.
Tom asks, “Did you have any sense that between the time Ben disappeared into the tunnel, and came back sooty later, that he was essentially in a time bubble where he worked out that Sayid would help him take down Charles Widmore, or do you think that was genuinely in the future?”
I had it in my head that those things were genuinely in the future. But the passage of time is being perceived differently by different people. I thought that period of time when he went down the tunnel to enable the smoke monster and emerged sooty, I thought that was just enough time for him to take care of that, physically, by himself.
I think it all has something to do with metallic dust. I think the smoke monster is connected to that ring of powder that surrounds Jacob’s cabin. They’ve established that there are supermagnetic forces are at work on the Island, so what better medium for those forces to work through than through fine filings of metal?
Would you like join the Lost fandom? Because you would be really good at it.
We who work on the show—we’re all Losties, too! We’re all theorizing and trying to put the pieces together. It must tickle the writers to see us trying to work these things out!
OK, last question. Mark from Dundee, Scotland: “Where do you think Ben stands on a scale of one to 10 where one is Hurley, totally good; five is Locke, good but willing to do bad things to achieve his ends; and 10 is Charles Widmore, evil?”
I think Ben is not bound by your scale.
**UPDATED** 4/26 4PM PST Just Added Ryan’s Set Report to the post.
Looks like a part was being filmed and Sayid, Nadia, Hurley and Aaron were spotted on set.
Scaling down somewhat from the huge shoot at Kalaeloa on Wednesday, the “LOST” crew headed out to upscale East Honolulu today to film at a mansion in Kahala. Specifically, they returned to Hurley’s mansion as last seen in “Tricia Tanaka is Dead,” a $5.5 million property that’s actually on the market.
There wasn’t much to see from the street, but when a group of extras made a run for craft services they were impossible to miss. Party hats, loud shirts, a couple of cheesy plastic lei… it certainly looked as if Hurley has something to celebrate.
A young woman in a party dress was especially starstruck, in love with Jorge Garcia, charmed by the babies Aaron, and impressed by Naveen Andrews (Sayid)… who was there with Andrea Gabriel (Nadia).
What was the occasion? Who else was there to celebrate? I guess we’ll just have to wait for the season finale to find out.
Source: Hawaii Blog
Thanks to our good friend Ryan who has added some new set photos for the Season 4 finale to his Flickr acct.
The LOST crew is back at Hurley’s (Jorge Garcia) Mansion.
Check out the set photos and as soon as there is an update we will let you all know.
“LOST” returns to Kahala. This house at 4637 Farmers Road served as Hurley’s mansion in Season 3
Source: Hawaii Blog
Here is Doc Jensen’s Part 6 to his visit to the LOST Set.
This a behind the scenes look at The Shape of Things to Come and a few tidbit from Darlton.
This might contain some minor spoilers.
Thank to everyone who sent this in and Sawyer840 for the video code.
NOTE: Use scroll bars to scroll to the right and then select the video you want to watch, the most recent video is the “Part 6” set report.
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LOST Producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse actually had an interview Popular Mechanics to discuss the science of the show. This is another great article especially if you watch the show for the science element.
There are some minor spoilers in the article, but check out the nice shout out to our good friend and site owner DarkUFO!! An actual shout out to Dark and us fans in a legitimate article.
At its geeky core, Lost is a show about science and faith—and it’s undeniable that this season, science is taking center stage. As the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 try to unravel the island’s mysteries in an effort to get off of it, they are thwarted again and again by temporal distortion, electromagnetic energy and time travel of the mind—not to mention a really cranky smoke monster that may or may not have a basis in science.
In a revealing interview with Popular Mechanics on the eve of Lost’s return from a strike-induced hiatus, show runners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse insisted that they agonize over the real-life science behind the sci-fi drama as much as they do over six-year plot arcs and love triangles.
Before the production crew in Hawaii gets to chalking up physics equations, eight writers in Los Angeles dissect the finer points of each episode just as rabidly as Lost’s online nerdosphere. Script coordinator Greg Nations tracks down even more specific research than PM’s weekly Hollywood Sci-Fi vs. Reality fact check, while the rest of the writer’s room relies on a couple years of physics classes, decades of engineering know-how passed down by Cuse’s father … and every time-travel theory in comic-book history.
But text books can be left on the cutting room Menang Ceme floor of a show that ultimately abides by “Jurassic Park rules,” because it does, after all, take place on an island full of out-of-place creatures. “The science needs to be right enough that we create a sense of believability to the storytelling,” Cuse says. “But we’re always trying to skirt that line between the two possible explanations—the scientific one or a mythical and magical one—and we are purposefully ambiguous about which one might be correct.”
“Hopefully it won’t feel like it’s a copout when the show does answer that question,” Lindelof adds, “because we never promised a show that was based entirely and grounded in science.”
Perhaps the most ambiguous faith-or-science mystery on Lost is that murderous smoke monster (rumor has it Smokey will be back in tonight’s episode). Because the travelling black cloud often materializes with a roller coaster-style clanking sound, one popular theory suggests that it comprises thousands of nanobots working in tandem. Lindelof, however, says that’s definitely not the case, and that the monster’s true identity won’t be revealed until the show’s selesai stretch in 2010.
But the creators did let slip that the rest of this season will revolve around some very real—and very big—physics: the Large Hadron Collider, the much delayed European particle accelerator that could reveal information about the Higgs boson and dark energy. Some physicists believe the LHC will produce mini black holes, which might actually be able to open a one-way portal to another universe—a gateway that can only be kept open by a force of energy as strong as Jupiter … or an electromagnet inside a desert island.
Michio Kaku, author of Physics of the Impossible, thinks the Lost creators are using cutting-edge science to lay the groundwork for a transversible wormhole to another point in space and time—a trip foreshadowed in an off-season video about the so-called Orchid station, which Lindelhof and Cuse promised would be a key to the next few episodes. “They’re amping up the energy to the point where space and time begin to tear, and the fabric begins to rip,” Kaku tells PM. “When the fabric of space and time begin to rip, things that we consider impossible become possible again.”
Even new technology, though, has its limits. And the Lost team had no duduk kasus modifying some next-gen touchscreen satellite phones to its needs in showing off its beyond-iPhone power, beginning late last season. “We didn’t really want to put ourselves in a position where we were married to everything that exists technologically,” Cuse says. “We decided that our satellite phone would be a very modern, high-tech version.” Plus, Lindelof adds, they’re dealing with the personal property of a bad guy who can plant a fake plane crash in a submarine trench too deep for recovery.
One thing’s for certain: Lost is the first mainstream TV show since Mr. Wizard to make science cool again. Across thousands of Web sites devoted to Lost, obsessive viewers analyze screen captures, debate theories of living in purgatory and play online games in trying to answer the ultimate science question: What is this damn island? Andy Page, webmaster of Lost fan site DarkUFO, says his site normally receives 800,000 hits the day after a new episode, and has had over 50 million hits in two years. “It started as a simple blog listing all the outstanding mysteries of the show and snowballed from there,” he says, insisting that The X-Files has nothing on Lost when it comes to myth hunting.
“It kind of boggles our minds, actually,” Cuse says. “We never imagined that people would get wrapped up in the intricacies of it to the degree that they have. We really just set out to make a show that we thought was kind of cool and entertaining.”
Source: Popular Mechanics
Notice the appearance of Richard and that both Keamy and Omar on the guest list.
Also, noteworthy is the appearance of Nadia and other Oceanic 6 family members, which confirms previous spoilers. What about “Kendricks” could this have anything to do with the Kendricks that Ben mentioned when he goes to visit Widmore??
Thanks to FishBiscuitLand and Lyly for the heads up.
THE FACE-OFF BETWEEN THE SURVIVORS AND THE FREIGHTER PEOPLE BEGINS, ON ABC’S “LOST”
“There’s No Place Like Home,” Part 1 – The face-off between the survivors and the freighter people begins, on “Lost,” THURSDAY, MAY 15 (10:02-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
“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, Terry O’Quinn as Locke and Harold Perrineau as Michael.
Guest starring are L. Scott Caldwell as Rose, Nestor Carbonell as Richard Alpert, Jeremy Davies as Daniel Faraday, Ken Leung as Miles Straume, Rebecca Mader as Charlotte Lewis, Jeff Fahey as Frank Lapidus, Kevin Durand as Keamy, Anthony Azizi as Omar, Andrea Gabriel as Noor “Nadia” Abed Jaseem, Byron Chung as Mr. Paik, June Kyoko Lu as Mrs. Paik, Lillian Hurst as Carmen Reyes, Cheech Marin as David Reyes, Veronica Hamel as Margo Shephard, Michelle Forbes as Karen Decker, Susan Duerden as Carole Littleton and Noah Craft as Hendricks.
“There’s No Place Like Home,” Part 1 was written by Damon Lindelof & Carlton Cuse and directed by Stephen Williams.
”Lost” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound and Spanish audio via SAP.
A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to airdate.
This episode of “Lost” will be available on ABC.com the day after airing on the network for users to watch online.
Source: The ODI
Here is the new promo for ABC’s Thursday Night lineup of Ugly Betty, Grey’s Anatomy and LOST.
Nothing really new LOST wise, but here you go.
Thanks to Lyly.
NOTE: The audio track on this clip seems to have some disturbance, so if anyone else has a better clip, please email me.
Well here is the latest from Kristin.
There is an interesting tidbit about Tunisia and the South Pacific being on opposite sides of the world. Also, her confirming what most of us knew with Sawyer (Josh Holloway)having a secret scene for the finale. This was confirmed first by Dark when Holloway was spotted in LA on the way to Turkey for filming a commercial.
The only other thing new is that Charlotte will have a “big crazy night scene” next week.
Thanks to Sarah for the heads up.
Kim in Santa Barbara, Calif.: As a big Lost fan, I wanted to make sure you saw this If the World Were a Sandwich page. Basically, if the world were a squashed-flat sandwich and you pushed a toothpick through Tunisia, the pointy end would come out in the South Pacific, just east of Australia. Coincidence?
I think not! (I freaking love Lost.)
Johnny: Is Charles Widmore Ben’s constant?
Is that why he can’t kill him?Let’s ask Michael Emerson, shall we? Said Benry himself: “Wow. That’s a new notion to me. Clearly, because of what they know about each other, somehow Widmore is privy to Ben’s comings and going. There’s something symbiotic there. I don’t know if it’s physical or temporal or just…I don’t know. But that’s getting down to the nub of what’s going on in the show. I don’t know! That’s a wonderful notion though.” I also asked Michael how long Benjamin and Charles have been acquainted, and he told me, “I mean…sky’s the limit on that question. Are they conventionally human?! You might ask. [Or] is there a quality of things being on a loop here? That’s the thing that comes up to me every so often.” Head. Hurts.
Magali in Columbus, Ohio: What’s coming up for Sawyer in these last remaining episodes of Lost?
All I know is I’m hearing there’s a supersecret Sawyer scene in the finale. I don’t know anything about it, but I do suspect/believe it’s the game changer that leads to the prophesized end of the time-jumpy flashes on Lost.
Barry in Austin, Texas: As a fellow Keamy hater, I just wanted you to know that he survives until at least the first part of the Lost finale!
Grrr…well, in that case, I hope Michael Emerson/Ben gets his wish and is allowed to pull the trigger on that rat bastard!
Nelson in Atlanta: Any word on Lost?
I’m hearing Charlotte has a big, crazy night scene in the next episode with someone interesting.
Source: E! Online