Menang CemeDiscusses tomorrow’s episodes along with some isu on the Finale.
Bandar CemeNothing too spoilerly for those who already know about this returning cast member.
YouΓÇÖre the last dead Lostie to make a return. WhatΓÇÖs the best part of going back?
For me, it was like a glorious college reunion. This was my second family at age 20, so to be able to see everyone again was pretty impactful.
What was most special about going back?
Seeing how everyoneΓÇÖs lives have changed on a personal level, like hanging out with Josh [Holloway, who plays Sawyer], [his wife] Yessie and their offspring [1-year-old daughter Java]. ItΓÇÖs kind of incredible to see two of your friends put together in this tiny human being. I also took a drive in the rain along the coast where I used to live.
Have you kept up with the plot since you left?
I donΓÇÖt even have a TV right now because IΓÇÖm out of town so much. But weΓÇÖve always operated on the fact that itΓÇÖs best to know only what your character knows and nothing more.
Did you have fun reuniting with Ian Somerhalder [who plays ShannonΓÇÖs brother Boone]?
Of course. HeΓÇÖs based in Atlanta [where he films The CWΓÇÖs The Vampire Diaries] and looked a little bit pale. He has to wear more sunscreen now than he did during our early days in Hawaii.
What can you tell us about the tamat days of shooting?
A whole group of us stayed up for a couple days straight shooting through the nights so we were all a little punch drunk. We had a guitar circle like old times where Naveen [Andrews, Sayid]) and Terry [OΓÇÖQuinn, Locke] blessed us with their incredible vocal stylings. At one point, Ian [Cusick, Desmond] sang Jeff BuckleyΓÇÖs ΓÇ£Hallelujah.ΓÇ¥ Shockingly well I might add.
It seems weΓÇÖre learning that the island wonΓÇÖt let its inhabitants go until it is in some way done with them. Did the finale give you a deeper understanding as to why Shannon died when she did?
I always felt Shannon died at the beginning of her transformation, so now I absolutely feel this gives Shannon a sense of closure that I did not feel before.
You play an assassin in the upcoming film ΓÇ£Faster.ΓÇ¥ After getting shot on Lost, that must feel pretty empowering.
Exactly. ItΓÇÖs like, ΓÇ£Take that, Ana Lucia!ΓÇ¥ Now IΓÇÖm rocking my own Ruger .454.
Bandar Ceme OnlineThanks to B3rt4 for the heads up.
Yes. When last heard from, they were going to go out and try to figure out a way to blow up the airplane.
So maybe they were responsible for the package of C4 that UnLocke (played by Terry OΓÇÖQuinn) found on the plane?
ThatΓÇÖs a good question, but noΓÇª I think Widmore is behind that.
This weekΓÇÖs episode, ΓÇ£Across the Sea,ΓÇ¥ is especially unique for ΓÇÿLostΓÇÖ in that if features barely any regular cast members, yourself included. What is this episode out to accomplish?
The episode takes place in aΓÇª time and place completely unexpected. That choice is unusual for our show or any show IΓÇÖve ever seen.
One of the few things we know is that ΓÇÿThe West WingΓÇÖs Allison Janney guest-stars as ΓÇ£Woman.ΓÇ¥ I suppose if youΓÇÖre going to ask someone to do the heavy lifting, a three-time Emmy winner is a good call.
Yeah, and I suspect that if you asked her now, she would say the lifting might have been too heavy. Our show is rough ΓÇô the days are long, and the working conditions sometimes are kind of grim ΓÇô but from everything I hear, she gives a really compelling performance. People should be very interested to see what goes on in that episode.
We next see you on May 18, in the penultimate episode ΓÇ£What They Died For.ΓÇ¥ Is that when we meet BenΓÇÖs well-rumored ΓÇ£surprise love interestΓÇ¥?
Yes. Yes. [Pause] ΓÇ£YesΓÇ¥ is my answer to that. ItΓÇÖs fun and unexpected, and I think it will be thrilling for longtime viewers.
The two dominant theories are that Sideways Ben is with RousseauΓÇª or Tom Friendly.
[Laughs] Those are both excellent choices. I donΓÇÖt know which one I like better.
The May 23 series finale has been expanded by 30 minutes and will now run two-and-a-half-hours. Why do you think that is?
ItΓÇÖs surprisingΓÇª and yet in a way IΓÇÖm not surprised at all. The finale script was so thick and so dense with actionΓÇª. When we were shooting it, we went so far overtime, I thought, ΓÇ£How are they ever going to squeeze all this into two hours?!ΓÇ¥ If ΓÇÿLostΓÇÖ has any flaws, itΓÇÖs that occasionally we suffer from trying to cut too big a show [for the given time slot], so IΓÇÖm happy to hear they thought there was enough great stuff that they had to let it breathe. ItΓÇÖs a really great sign.
What is there so much of ΓÇô action? Verbal exposition?
ItΓÇÖs everything. ThereΓÇÖs so much in it. There are tremendous action sequences in it, and to give them the full scope and breadth, sometimes you have to let it be a little bit longer.
Might the finale present too much information to download? Could even the most passionate ΓÇÿLostΓÇÖ fan come away a bit dizzy?
ThereΓÇÖs a lot going on in it, IΓÇÖll give you that! The show is definitely going to be a wild ride from here on to the end.
One concern this season is that the Sideways storylines wonΓÇÖt prove to be that significant in the scheme of things. Will that reality somehow tie into the bigger picture?
Yes, and I think one of the reasons the finale is longer is because you have that to do. TheyΓÇÖre very much in the business ofΓÇª integrationΓÇª in the finale.
What are your own plans for finale night?
Some cast members and I have a thing to shoot for [the apres-finale] ΓÇÿJimmy KimmelΓÇÖ [special] in the afternoon, and then IΓÇÖm doing a personal appearance [at the Los Angeles Orpheum], where theyΓÇÖre showing the finale on a giant screen. But IΓÇÖm done there when the show starts, so IΓÇÖll probably come home and watch it. [Wife] Carrie [Preston] and I may have some friends over.
ΓÇÿLostΓÇÖ bosses Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse have said they are entering ΓÇ£radio silenceΓÇ¥ after the finale airs. Will cast members be unreachable for comment as well?
I think thatΓÇÖs just something theyΓÇÖre doing. But I have to tell you that even though I read and acted in a lot of scenes in the finale, [the bigger picture] is not completely clear to me yet. Some things I wont know until I see the broadcast. One of the reasons we may not be doing a lot of chattering with the press, at least in my case, is I may not have all the answers. I may be a little bitΓÇª unclear.
There has been talk that we could see you and Terry OΓÇÖQuinn work together again, perhaps playing bounty hunters in one proposed series.
Yeah, that was an idea that we kicked around a bit, and heΓÇÖs spoken to some producers about it. If it has legs it would be a long way off. But of itΓÇÖs a fun idea, I would leap at the chance to work with Terry on anything ΓÇô whether itΓÇÖs singing on a street corner or doing a play in Baltimore. Why not, itΓÇÖs what we do! We were good together, letΓÇÖs take our show somewhere else!
Bandar CemeWhat can you tell us about tomorrow night’s crazy episode?
Yep, it’s the one with no series regulars. Hmmm…what can I say? You will be wondering what you wondered abotu Sex and the City’s Mr. Big after it, ’cause as far as I can tell one of the two main characters does not have a name. Also, Allison Janney is chockfull of wisdom about light, darkness, life, rebirth and such, so pay attention and take notes!
Bandar Ceme OnlineThanks to Mohamed for the screencaps from the scene.
Thanks to Joe for the heads up.
Lost fans have less than 2 weeks before the 2 and a half hour series finale, but Executive Producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse already know what the island is all about. They stop by the studio to talk to Kevin Pereira about ending the series and what’s coming up next.
Menang CemeAgain, not very spoilery if you know that this character is returning.
You recently filmed your selesai scenes for ΓÇÿLost.ΓÇÖ Was it everything youΓÇÖd hoped for?
Well of course itΓÇÖs not going to be everything I hoped for ΓÇô I have lots of hopes. But I think that what they chose to do was very satisfying.
Will we get resolution regarding JulietΓÇÖs dying ΓÇ£Go Dutch for coffeeΓÇ¥ comment to Sawyer, or her ΓÇ£It workedΓÇ¥ message to Miles?
I believe weΓÇÖll get resolution for a lot of the Juliet stuff, yes. They did a good job. What I shot was really interesting, so IΓÇÖm interested to see the whole thing.
Was anything that you shot romantic?
I canΓÇÖt say. I wish I could, I really do, butΓÇª they donΓÇÖt event want me to tell you what episode IΓÇÖm in.
IΓÇÖm going to name three of your ΓÇÿLostΓÇÖ cast mates. Give me one word about each. LetΓÇÖs start with Michael Emerson (Ben).
OhhhhΓÇª. Fun. For me, he is fun.
Josh Holloway (Sawyer).
Singing. Singing [on the set] with Josh was my favorite time.
And Matthew Fox (Jack)?
Intense. We had a very intense time together on camera. And it was fuuuuun!
Bandar CemeThanks to Judy for the heads up.
Tonight’s episode, “Across the Sea,” focuses on Jacob and the Man In Black. When were these guys first conceived?
Lindelof: We had to start talking about the overall mythology of the island in greater detail in the cracks between the first and second seasons, before our characters went down into the hatch. That conversation basically kicked out into the other major arc of the second season. Which was: Who are the Others? Who are these other people on the island, and who was their leader? And who was he receiving his instructions from? By the time the show got into its third season, we started to hear references to this character, Jacob. And I think it’s safe to say that those conversations started then.
Do you think some fans get disappointed when they find out that everything wasn’t plotted out from the first episode?
Cuse: I think the answer is, once we announced the end date, I think a lot of those concerns went away. I can’t imagine that there are many authors that are able to, basically, conceive something entirely beforehand. We feel strongly that the show would be worse if we were just marching forward. The creative process is not like a situation where you get struck by a single lightning bolt. You have ongoing discoveries and there’s ongoing creative revelations. Yes, it’s really helpful to be marching toward a specific destination, but, along the way, you must allow yourself room for your ideas to blossom, take root, and grow. I think that’s how we approached the show: We had a rough idea of certain things, a specific idea about other things. Over six years, everything got a lot richer and fuller because we spent all that time thinking about the show and thinking about how to make the show better.
As opposed to someone like George Lucas who, today, claims he knew the entire arc of Star Wars when he was filming the first movie. Even his old interviews prove that’s not true.
Lindelof: Totally. The other thing is, we never had the hubris or the audacity to try and plot out too far in advance, because we didn’t even know if the viewers were going to want another season of Lost. Just to say in season three that we’ll end the show after season six, then people decide they hated the show in season four, there wouldn’t have even have been a season five. You have to focus on what’s in front of you. If J.K. Rowling was only thinking about the seventh Harry Potter book when she was writing the third one, she wouldn’t have been able to write the third one. You kind of have to say, “Hey, we have a cool idea for this character named Jacob and his nemesis, the Man in Black. But let’s not put that idea in front of the audience until we’re really ready to start telling that chapter of the story. We’ll allude to it, because we have it in mind. In the meantime, this chapter of the story is that the island is moving through time and that’s what the characters are dealing with right now. If you throw Jacob and the Man in Black into that story, people’s heads are going to explode.
If we were on a plane that crashed, we would certainly remember that flight number. In the flash sideways this season, Oceanic flight 815 didn’t crash, but everyone seems to remember their flight number. If we were approached and asked if we were on Delta flight 4367 two weeks ago, we would have no idea. Do either of you make a point to remember your flight numbers?
Cuse: You know, the thing that’s funny is that we fly to Hawaii, usually on the exact same schedule. So, yes, we fly United 81 out and United 82 back. What’s actually more disconcerting is when people see us and recognize us and we’re sitting on the plane. It does not make people happy to see that they’re flying on the plane with us. And Damon and I, on our last trip to Hawaii, we had the worst flight we’ve ever had over there. It was bumpy and rocky and just horrible for two and a half hours. We were like, “This would make a great story if this plane goes down somewhere over the Pacific, but we do not want this to happen.”
In last week’s episode, why didn’t Sun tell Jin to leave her so he could raise their daughter?
Lindelof: That’s a great question. And our only answer for it is that Sun only had about 30 seconds to process the fact that she was going to die. Sun and Jin never had a relationship together with that daughter. Sun had a relationship with her, but Jin did not ΓÇö she was just a picture on a phone to him. In that moment, she did not tell Jin to leave her side. Partially, in that moment, maybe there was a part of her that wanted him to stay with her. Who knows? We’re not really willing to say why characters don’t say certain things in certain moments. All we can say is: She did not say that. We did not want that scene to be about their daughter, we wanted it to be about them reuniting.
It was announced that the finale is going to be extended an extra half-hour, for a total of two and a half hours. Did that come from you or the network?
Cuse: Damon and I wrote the script and we were gently told by the network that they thought it was big. And we were like, “No, no, we’ll be able to get this all in there.” But we really wrote the script the way we wanted the script to be. Normally in television, you’re trying to execute a clear decision within a very specific guideline ΓÇö which is the running time of a one-hour episode. We really just sort of decided, “Let’s not worry too much about that, let’s just write the best version of the finale and we will figure out in post the time issue.” And when we finally saw a cut of the whole thing together, we were like, “This thing will not be as good in a two-hour running time.” We went to the network and said, “You know what? You guys are right, this thing is a little bit long and we think we can deliver you a much better version of it that’s two-and-a-half-hours long.” And they were totally supportive. They rearranged the schedule in order to give us a two-and-a-half-hour airing slot. We feel really excited about it; we think the finale is going to be so much better for that. It will really feel like a feature film.
We have a few questions from Vulture readers. TheCheese wants to know if there are any questions you hear a lot from fans that you wish they would stop asking?
Lindelof: Well, you know, they’re entitled to ask any question they want. But … it is hard to answer the 50th iteration of “When did you know this? When did you figure this part out?” The idea of having to explain our creative process as this sort of time-scale thing, so that people could look at it and say, “Oh, ah-ha, this is what they knew when they were making the pilot. This is what they didn’t know,” sort of takes the magic out of it and the fun out of it for us in the creative process. It makes us feel more like we’re in a senate hearing as opposed to, “Hey, we were doing our best to make the best show that we possibly could,” in a very short period of time, at first, and this is it. And no matter how many times we answer that question, it feels like there’s just a cynicism that emerges in terms of, you know, I feel like you guys are trying to put one over on us.
Well, sorry then about that whole Jacob, Man in Black question from before …
Lindelof: No, I mean, that’s what people want to know.
Like_shootin_fish_in_a_barrel and Pennywise feel that the female characters aren’t as strong as they were in the first few seasons.
Cuse: Personally, I haven’t heard that. I think that when all is said and done, at the end of the finale, we feel like we will kind of have serviced the characters to the best of our ability. We approach the characters as characters. We really don’t think a lot about if this is a male character or if this is a female character. We think about what the characters want. We feel, particularly for Kate, the rest of her journey in this series is a really, really good one. She’s sort of the lead female character, so we would hope that criticism would be abated by the time the series is over.
Chiyork is wondering if there are any characters you regret killing?
Cuse: At the very beginning of the series, we had these two beach extras ΓÇö we called them socks because they were kind of like sock puppets ΓÇö and one was named Steve and one was named Scott. And I think we regret the fact that one was called Steve and one was called Scott because we could never remember which one was which. And we could never remember which one we killed and which one we hadn’t killed. We may not regret killing Scott or Steve ΓÇö whichever one we did kill, I can’t even remember now myself ΓÇö[but] we should have named one a non “S” name.
Annetay knows there will be some questions left unanswered. Are there any questions left unanswered that you wish you would have answered?
Lindelof: We answered all the questions that we wanted to answer. And our rule has always been: We answer the questions that were important to answer for the characters on the show. If Jack, Sawyer, Hurley, Locke, and Kate didn’t care about it … It’s not that we didn’t care about it, or that we don’t acknowledge that the fans are curious about it, but we didn’t answer it. That being said: There might, possibly, be some questions that we, as storytellers, will answer in the body of the show that might not be appearing in the finale. And that’s all we’re willing to say …