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Behind The Scenes Of Lost’s Science With Lindelof And Cuse

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.

LOST Producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse actually had an interview Popular Mechanics Behind the Scenes of LOST's Science with Lindelof and CuseAt 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.”

Mission accomplished.

Source: Popular Mechanics

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Aicn Interviews Michael Emerson – Secret Filming And More

Here is an interview from Ain’t it Cool News of Michael Emerson. I have skimmed the article and noticed some spoilery tidbits.

One key thing to note is that Emerson says he is involved with some secret filming (on May 7th) for the finale. Wonder if this is connected with Sawyer’s scenes or do both have scenes? Perhaps Kristin was wrong?

Thanks to EVERYONE that sent this in!!

Well here you go:

  I have skimmed the article and noticed some spoilery tidbits AICN Interviews Michael Emerson - Secret Filming and MoreQuint: Hey Michael, what’s up?
Michael Emerson: I’m just having a nice day off.
Quint: I can imagine. You guys all went back to work right after the strike, right?
Michael Emerson: Yeah, and we have just been going at a serious rate of speed with so many endless days of running around in a jungle and fighting and shooting… Oh, my god…
Quint: Well at least it is in Hawaii. You could be doing that in some… I was going to say desert, but you were in the desert last week. Speaking of the show, I’ve been a follower since the beginning, but I saw last week’s episode and I really dug it.
Michael Emerson: Oh, good.
Quint: It must be great for you, because they are making Ben such a central character to whole story.
Michael Emerson: Yeah, they have given me a lot to do lately and it does seem like wherever the uber story is going that it has something to do with Ben and his mission and the things he knows.

Quint: I know at the beginning that it was very much set up as kind of this Locke and Jack as the central figures, but it has slowly over the seasons and especially with the reveal of last week’s episode, it seems that the bigger power struggle is between you and Penny’s father, so it’s pretty interesting, at Bandar Ceme least for fans. It must be great for you, but it’s probably also got to be a little bit of pressure since there are so many hardcore fans of the show now that if you are playing more of a central role to everything, I would imagine, as a non-actor, that there would be more pressure on your part to appease those fans.

Michael Emerson: Yeah, well you just want to keep the work good and you don’t want your character to become… You don’t want to lose mystery or ambiguity and you want it always to be compelling playing, so yeah there is a little bit of extra responsibility to keep it fresh and hot if you can or if your role gets bigger.

It’s interesting though how with each season on the show, the lens through which we do the story, pulls back a little further and includes more territory and more characters, so that the show… I don’t know if they ever actually meant it to be just about survivors on an island. I know a lot of people complain that they have sort of lost that first season blush on the show, but I don’t think they ever meant to stay there. I think that was just one look of many that and that the story was going to grow up and out and away from that.

Source: AICN

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Henry Ian Cusick – Finale Has Biggest Surprise Yet

Hey All,
I am not sure how I missed this one, but last week (April 25th) LOST star Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond) was online and answered several fan questions via the Washington Post.

Not sure how many spoilers there are, but when I skimmed the article I did read him saying that he has read the finale and that it contains the biggest surprise to date.

It is a long Q&A session, but looks like a great read so check it out:

Woodbridge, Va.: First of all – You are awesome brotha! And dead sexy, too, but now for my serious question, which you may not be able to answer. Did you know when you started on “Lost” that your gig was going to last this long and you were going to become such an important character? Or did your role just develop along the way? You’ve certainly come a long way from pushing buttons in the hatch.

Henry Ian Cusick: Thank you. Nope I didn’t have a clue, but delighted the way it turned out!


Chicago, Ill.: Firstly, I just want to say that you have done an amazing job with the role of Desmond. The emotions and the hardships he has gone through, and yet the calm acceptance with which he handles all of his obstacles makes him such a strong character which we all can’t wait to see more of!

The “Lost” fan community was (and still is) buzzing about the wonderful performances by yourself and Sonya in “The Constant,” and the uniquely true romance between the characters. With the latest episode’s reveal of Ben’s personal vendetta, what do you think will become of Desmond and Penny?

Henry Ian Cusick: I just read the season finale…and I am totally clueless how next season will pan out.

Source: Washington Post

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Matthew Fox Snippet On The Finale

Not a huge amount of detail but just a little bit of hype about the finale. This is just a snippet from a longer interview.

Question: With TV shows usually the way that it works as an actor, it’s an open ended storyline where you’re going forward and just discovering what’s happening as you go. With Lost, obviously that’s all changed not only because of the flash forwards, but because it has an end date now. Does that change the way that you’re approaching your work on the show?

Fox: Not really. Not that much. No. You know we’re going to catch up with the flash forwards here in this year and then we’ll be back and it’s going to be really interesting to see how time is structured in season five. But we will have closed those two points – the finale of last year where you had that juxtaposition of him on the island feeling like he’d finally accomplished rescue and this future where he’s desperate and at the pit of despair and feels like he has to go back and we don’t know why and what’s transpired in between. We will have closed that thing and so we will have gotten back into a situation where we’ll be in the present.

Question: How much gets resolved in the finale?

Fox: Huge, huge stuff. We’re shooting pretty much three episodes that are…it’s really like a three-episode finale that we’re shooting simultaneously. It’s huge.

Question: Are there going to be more questions answered?

Fox: There will be huge things answered. Yes.

Source: Full Article @ Dark Horizons