Tag: Lost Season 6

Lost 6.1/6.2 – LA X

The final season of “Lost” has been one of the most hyped events of the year, so it was always bound to be a little disappointing, right? Let’s get any criticisms out of the way first, because while the two-hour premiere definitely offered plenty in the way of WTF moments, I couldn’t help but feel a little underwhelmed by it all. Most of that had to do with the alternate reality Jack and Co. have seemingly created by detonating the hydrogen bomb. They don’t know it just yet, but from the few hints that appeared throughout the course of the episode (the shot of the four-toed statue underwater, Jack’s vague memory of Desmond, and Juliet’s beyond the grave message to Sawyer that “it worked”), I don’t think there’s any other explanation. Which makes me wonder, if the plane didn’t crash like it was supposed to, did all the flashbacks that we saw in previous seasons still take place? Because if they did, why wouldn’t Desmond remember Jack?

I’m sure we’ll learn more as the season progresses, with the alternate reality portions (what Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof refer to as flash-sideways) delivering the survivors’ stories as they might have occurred had Oceanic 815 never crashed. Most details have remained the same (Jack’s still transporting his father’s body, Kate is still a fugitive, Hurley is still crazy rich, Locke is still handicapped, Jin’s still an insufferable prick, and Charlie is still an addict), but there were a few differences, like Boone’s failure to convince Shannon to come home with him, or the fact that Desmond is now on the flight. It wasn’t until the plane safely landed when the story really began to get interesting, and though Kate’s escape from the U.S. Marshall was totally expected, I didn’t think we’d see Claire in the backseat of the taxi cab she took hostage. Jin’s run-in with customs was also a nice surprise, particularly because I think Sun is telling the truth about not speaking English. After all, if the Desmond/Jack meeting from Season Two never happened, then maybe Sun never planned on leaving Jin either.


Of everything that went down on the plane and in the airport, however, the meeting between Jack and Locke in the luggage claim office was easily my favorite moment of the night. It’s so fun to watch Terry O’Quinn jump back and forth between playing pure evil (more on that later) and crunching his face into a big ‘ol smile, and along with Michael Emerson, O’Quinn’s best scenes tend to be opposite Matthew Fox. I’m also curious to see where they go with the whole missing body subplot (Christian Shephard’s an integral part of the island storyline, so why wouldn’t he play a part in this one as well?), and more importantly, if Locke decides to pursue Jack’s offer to perform surgery on his spine. The idea that these characters still go on the same journey even though they’re not on the island makes for a fairly cool premise, and one that would be especially fun to explore if the two timelines actually begin to affect one another.

A mirror reality may have been created, but that doesn’t mean the original one still doesn’t exist. That’s surely something not even Faraday could have anticipated, because despite the fact that Juliet detonated the bomb, they’re still stuck on the island… only now they’ve been pushed into the present. Unfortunately, Juliet’s dead (crushed under the wreckage of the Swan) and Sayid is bleeding out from a gunshot wound to the gut. It’s a good thing Hurley can see dead people, then, because Jacob (who really did bite the dust) tells him to go to the temple in order to save Sayid. When they arrive, they meet a new group of Others including a Japanese man (Hiroyuki Sanada) who appears to be their leader, and his translator (“Deadwood” alum John Hawkes), though he doesn’t really need one.

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TCA Tour: Lost

Let us begin our coverage of ABC’s “Lost” panel by giving all due props to Jonathan Storm, TV critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer, who kicked things off with the following statement: “Hello, I’d like to ask each one of you to tell exactly what happens in the final season.”

Nice try, Mr. Storm.

Fortunately, Storm had a back-up question ready to ask of the panel – which consisted of Emilie de Ravin (Claire), Daniel Dae Kim (Jin), Josh Holloway (Sawyer), Evangeline Lilly (Kate), executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, Terry O’Quinn (Locke), Michael Emerson (Ben), and Jorge Garcia (Hurley) – once the laughter stopped: how are you feeling as this comes to an end?

“As we were walking out onto the stage and this montage was playing, I was whispering to my cast members, ‘I am going to cry like a baby when this show ends,'” said Lilly. “It’s become so nostalgic for us to look back over six years and have grown up together and grown up in front of all of you together. It’s been so intense that for it to come to an end is going to be life-changing.”

Garcia instantly agreed. “Certain places that we shoot, it’s, like, ‘Wow, I haven’t been here since season three,'” he said. “Right now, it’s very appreciative and precious.”

“There’s a lot of camaraderie on set now,” acknowledged Holloway. “It feels…a lot of magic, like the first season. It was an incredibly magical year, and the whole experience, of course, has been incredible, but this last year, everyone’s really getting that sense of camaraderie and nostalgia, and it’s just been fabulous.”

“You know, personally, I’m just feeling a tremendous amount of gratitude,” said Lindelof, “and the idea that we’re getting to end something while anybody still cares and while we still kind of love each other, as opposed to everybody saying, ‘It’s about time.’ This is sort of a once-in-a-lifetime or once-in-a-career experience, for a show that’s still performing, for the network to allow us to end it, is a tremendous gift. As Evangeline was saying, as I was walking onto the stage, I was sort of experiencing a sense of, ‘I can’t believe they’re going to actually let us get away with this.'”

When asked how long the conclusion of “Lost” had been determined, Cuse acknowledged that there really wasn’t a definitive answer to that question. “We came up with the final image of the show a long time ago back when we were first plotting out the mythology in the first season, then we started adding elements to that as we went along…and, really, between the first and the second season is when we cooked the mythology,” he said. “We kind of knew what the end point was, but as you move towards the end point, you add elements. Obviously, the end is not yet written, and there are certain sort of mythological, architectural elements that are intact for that ending, but a lot of character stuff will get worked out as we go along. I mean, that’s part of the discovery process of writing. For instance, Michael Emerson wasn’t on the show at that point. It’s a fun process because we sort of have a concept of where we’re going to end the show, but there is still the process of actually executing it and there still is the process of discovery, particularly on a character level, that will come into play as we finish the show.”

“So if you guys have any ideas,” said Lindelof, “we’re open-minded.”

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