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Lost Returns Jan. 31 On ABC
Written by FRANK BARRON
Thursday, 17 January 2008
Lost, ABC’s phenomenal mind-boggling adventure series returns to the primetime schedule, Thursday, January 31. Although the producers promise they will answer some questions, you can bet they will also leave viewers with brand new puzzle pieces to ponder.
The last time I personally saw the cast of Lost was last year as they were in Pasadena, on hiatus from their Hawaiian location filming. It felt like I was in the middle of the Dharma Project, which is at the center of the show’s mysteries. Jack (Matthew Fox) and Kate (Evangeline Lilly), plus Charlie (Dominic Monaghan) were taking a stroll around the Ritz-Carlton Hotel before an ABC promotional event. Hurley (Jorge Garcia) was going out for a drive with friends. The Korean couple, Jin and Sun (Daniel Dae Kim and Yunjin Kim), were also there making new friends. And everybody’s favorite bad boy Sawyer (Josh Holloway) was relaxing poolside, soaking up the sun.
It was as if the survivors of Oceanic Air flight 815 had been rescued and their lives were back to normal. Not a chance!
Jorge Garcia explained that their lives haven’t been “normal” since the series debuted. “I still haven’t gotten comfortable with the attention, but I appreciate that the fans care about my character,” Garcia said. He added that one of the most difficult aspects about being part of the production is keeping up with all the different storylines involving different cast members on the island. “Sometimes it feels like there are two different shows going on, or more, as the storylines take strange turns.”
Yunjin Kim has arguably been the most surprising character to emerge from all the plot twists. And she admitted that she loves the way the show has personally changed her life.
“It seems it changed overnight. Wow! I have a recognizable face walking down the street,” Kim beamed. “I worked out in Korea for about four or five years before coming out to do Lost. I was very lucky, getting great roles and great movies (in Korea). I became a recognizable face there, but this is different. This is world wide. Lost is being shown in more than 200 countries.”
Besides “instant” fame, what she loves most about the show is that “it asks all the questions that we ask as human beings-- the humanities, why are we here? Who are we? There’s got to be a reason. And I feel like there are deeper issues, such as creating a society with a bunch of strangers, something that not too many TV series deal with. Then there’s the specter of the monster…the polar bear…the jungle. It has everything to make us think.”
Daniel Dae Kim added, “All of us on the show are really proud of being part of something so special.”
Although Josh Holloway is excellent playing the cool con man, whose sinister dark side has been explored in intriguing flashbacks, he is very different from his Sawyer character in real life.
“Okay, I’m supposed to be a bit of a cad, but that’s not me, believe me,” Holloway insisted. “Sometimes I wake up and stare at my wife and think of how lucky I am. But that’s not the kind of stuff that people write about.”
Josh is really a nice guy who grew up in Georgia, then headed to Los Angeles to give acting a try. He appeared in some TV roles and independent films, but admitted, “There were many times I’d think about getting my real estate license and giving up the acting business.”
Now he’s thrilled to be living in Hawaii with his wife, and his boat. “My big thing now is spending time on my boat, heading out until I can’t see land anymore.”
He claims to be a pretty good sailor, so he’s not afraid of getting lost. Besides, being an integral part of the hit TV show, he’s sure someone would send out a search part to find him if he did really get lost.
SOURCE: Entertainnment Today
LOOK OUT: The "Lost" troupe has just started shooting again in Hawaii, and things are looking bad — in a good way — for the island dwellers, whose show sputtered a little bit but found its mojo again toward the end of last season.
The newcomers on the series' forthcoming episodes "are going to be scarier" than anyone seen on the island so far. That's the word from Emmy-nominated "Lost" actor Michael Emerson — and that's saying something, considering Emerson's character seemed to personify evil last season.
Emerson — who plays Ben Linus, leader of the castaways known as "The Others" — reminds that at the end of last season's finale, Jack Sawyer (Matt Fox) was trying to signal a boat offshore in hopes of being rescued despite Ben's dire warnings that "it could be the death of everyone on the island."
Now Emerson predicts there will be yet another shift in power between the combatant inhabitants on the hit ABC drama when it returns midseason. Although he notes that none of the cast knows for sure what's going to happen this season, "things tend to go from bad to worse on this show, so it's fair to assume anyone else who arrives on the island couldn't be a happy event."
Emerson says changes are afoot for Ben, too. The mythical Jacob, whom Ben consistently maintained was the real leader of "The Others," was finally seen briefly last season — "If you looked close and had TiVo," quips Emerson. "He was this big, shadowy dude. I don't know if we're going to see a personification of Jacob this season, but I think, as the source of power on the island, we have him on our hands. He's that force or power that is important now, and it looks like he or it has chosen John Locke (Terry O'Quinn). So it looks to me like Ben is no longer the anointed manager of the island. It looks like Jacob only has one helper at a time, and it might not be Ben anymore, so Ben is vulnerable now."
Be afraid. Be very, very afraid.
The information drought is about to end for Lost fans. Not only has the Lost panel finally been officially booked for the San Diego comic-con, it has been conspicuously advertised as the “Lost Season Four” panel, meaning impatient fans might be in store for an information overload. Here are a few items to look out for in particular.
Co-Creator Damon Lindelof and Co-Show Runner Carlton Cuse have already stated on various occasions that they will discuss the Season Three finale at the convention for the first time. Don’t expect firm answers, but the creators will surely be in their usual Comic-Con induced sharing mood and might let slip some juicy bits of info regarding the impact of the finale on Season Four. But pay close attention, sometimes they hide their biggest reveals under faux hyperbole.
One case was at last year’s Comic-Con when Carlton Cuse began to talk about time running differently outside of the island. Lindelof’s panicked interruptions and pleas of “Not yet, not yet!” were perceived as bad acting, and some fans took the revelation as bit of melodramatic live theatre with no real bearing. The fans who didn’t had the last laugh when Lost began dealing with those issues prominently in the second pod of the third season.
Since the panel is now officially dubbed a “Lost Season Four” panel, we can surely expect major revelations about what the flash forward sequence will mean for the temporal devices of the show, and possibly even get a few words on where some of the characters journeys are going.
One rumor that has crept from some dark corner of the Internet is that the Lost gang will be premiering the first episode of the long awaited Mobisodes. The Lost Mobisodes will apparently feature primary cast members captured in candid moments, with fragments of a revealing underlying bit of mythology mixed in.
The Lost season four panel will take place on July 26, at 5:00pm est.