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Emerson Talks Lost – Death, Dear Ones And The Monster

Here is Kristin’s interview with Michael Emerson that contains some minor spoilers:

Thanks to Jame for the heads up.

s interview with Michael Emerson that contains some minor spoilers Emerson Talks Lost - Death, Dear Ones and the MonsterIn 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


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

Source: EW

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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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