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From all appearances, Lost may have the best advantage of all series, given that it has been stockpiling new scripts since June and not a single episode has yet aired. At this point, 14 of 16 episodes have been written. And if the strike does last long enough to really affect other series, Lost could very well be the only quality scripted dramas on television in February (along with perhaps 24, though it's far more behind in its scripts due to a major overhaul of location and storyline).
And if you were excited about what Jorge said regarding the ending of #407, wait until you see the ending of #408. Oh. My. God...
Our friend in Hawaii, Ryan, told me this morning that he stumbled upon some Lost shooting yesterday, and made some very interesting observations concerning what he saw. First, the setting was a port somewhere in the South Pacific, second was the presence of a huge Freighter. Could this be the freighter that brought the Minkowskites to the island? Let's not forget that the Oceanic 815 wreckage was also discovered somewhere in the South Pacific. Keep your eyes peeled on www.hawaiiweblog.com... for more photos and first hand details from Ryan later this afternoon.
Question: This strike has me worried about the future of Lost. Since it looks like ABC will go ahead and air the eight completed episodes in early '08, what happens to the other eight? — Conor
Ausiello: It all depends on when the strike ends. If it ends in the next month or so, there's a good chance all 16 episodes will still air this season. If it goes on longer than that, the back eight would most likely be grouped in with next season's 16. Let's hope it doesn't come to that.
Question: One more Lost-related strike Q: How will the strike affect the return of Harold Perrineau (Michael) and Cynthia Watros (Libby)? — Conor
Ausiello: They both made the pre-strike cut — but just barely. Sources confirm that Watros and Perrineau will show up in Episode 8. And I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if they're both somehow involved in the mini cliff-hanger that Team Darlton's been teasing.
Question: I'm absolutely lost without Lost. Can you please pass along any details on Season 4 to tide me over? — Mike B.
Ausiello: Episode 6 is Juliet-centric and features the return of three deceased characters: *o*****, **h*n, and **. *r*e*d**.
From Fiji to New York City, it’s been a busy week for “LOST.” The production returned to Chapin Lane (which previously played Bangkok in a Jack flashback) and the area around Mark’s Garage to recreate the Big Apple. Streets were lit up with the Christmas spirit, and people bundled up for the imaginary winter cold. The omnipresent green newsstand was also standing by. A narrow alley, a busy street, a New York Yellow Cab. What could possibly happen here?
As it turns out, the “where” and “what” weren’t the half of it. It’s the “who” that’s the real surprise. Over the course of the evening, I and another “LOST” fan who lived in the apartment building across the street spotted a veritable parade of familiar faces. Harold Perrineau seemed to be the center of attention, which is hardly a surprise since we’ve seen him in Manhattan. Indeed, his clean cut look suggests that this is a flashback. But who should he meet in a narrow alley, but one M.C. Gainey. And it’s not a friendly encounter, either, involving a gun, and a fistfight. The sounds of the confrontation echo down Honolulu streets.
And what’s this? A car crash?
The writer’s strike has claimed another victim. ABC/Disney execs announced that the DVD release parties on Lanai for Lost’s third season and Pirates of the Caribbean III have been cancelled. The event was to be held Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Meanwhile, production of Lost will shut down tomorrow, Nov. 21, when the last of eight new scripts have been filmed… Meanwhile, Carlton Cuse, Lost’s showrunner, has returned to work to do post-production work on the episodes completed so far for the fourth season…Lost is shutting down its Iwilei staging area where the production trucks and other gear were stored for the Fisherman’s Wharf area in Ala Moana…
Have you heard that rumor about Lost resurrecting the pilot of Oceanic Flight 815? I have, too and here's what I can tell you: Yes, Greg Grunberg's fly-boy alter ego will reappear this season, but not in the way you're probably thinking.
Heather in Miami: My sincerest condolences that your Hawaii trip was canceled. Is there no justice in the time of the strike?! Anyway, why don't you make it up to yourself by telling us some Lost scoop.
Thanks, Heather. Anyone wanna help me drown my sorrows with some mai tais? As you may know, the Lost production office is an impenetrable fortress of secrecy these days, but I was able to dig up a little scoop that I certainly found fascinating! Sources tell me the series most definitely flashes backward and forward in this season—and until the series ends...yeee! I'm also hearing we get quite a few new characters courtesy of Marsha Thomason's character, Naomi. Word is, Naomi summoned them via walkie-talkie before Locke busted that knife in her back. So, newbies are a-comin'!
Just wanted to let you know that there is now a new, full length LOST trailer that shows before beowulf 3-D. It shows probably 35-40 seconds of new footage clips
Regarding the Rumor, it is PARTIALLY accurate. I saw this preview at the Cinaplex at CityWalk at Universal Studios. Jack fires a gun at something/someone but it's not in the dark, it's in clear day in the middle of the jungle, Locke says "Whatever they are here for, We know it's not for us". Kate is running through from something, it shows a lot of "new" people with backpacks running through the woods, It shows Ben saying "I tried to warn you, now they will kill us all." with blood all over his face. Then it shows hurley finding some stones with very odd symbols on them, and thats really all I can remember, but there was other stuff.
You will meet a bunch of new characters in Season 4, and you're not going to know what to make of them. And in Lost, the characters who die aren't gone forever. I can tell you that the fourth season is haunted by the characters of the past," Emerson revealed.
"It's violent. The first episodes have a lot of blood, sweat, tears, running in the jungle and beatings. Everything is in flux because no one has a community anymore. The castaways have abandoned their camp, the Others have been decimated and left their community. And now there's this tremendous threat from outside," the Lost actor added.
Question: Anything about Lost? — Francesca
Ausiello: Michael's reappearance in Episode 8 is guaranteed to, ahem, make waves.
Question: Can you tell us anything else about Michael's return to Lost — like who he'll be sharing scenes with? — Kelley
Ausiello: I can tell you that in one scene he appears opposite a gun-toting character we thought was dead — and who still may be. And here's the real kicker: The scene does not take place on the island. Far from it, in fact.
So, are we going to be seeing you on Lost this season?
[Laughter] Well, there is a rumor of that, and I hope that happens, I can’t… I’ve been sworn to secrecy about that, and about anything I’m doing with J.J. That stuff gets written about so much, but I’ll definitely be working with J.J. in the near future, that’s for sure. But I can’t, y’know, every time I say something to one of you guys it gets out there and everybody goes crazy, and I get a call from Paramount, and I get a call from here, and there, and it’s like… no, no I can’t say anything. I love Lost, and anything J.J. does I want to be a part of.
On the less speculative side of things is the appearance of photographs from afar of Michael (Harold Perrineau) being filmed on a freighter. Yes, freighters figure quite prominently into Lost at this point. Michael is without Walt and seems to be throwing something in the water. Is this the same freighter that Naomi’s people are on? Could this be a flashback to Michael’s escape from the grip of the island? All I know for sure is that I discussed the spoiler with a prominent figure in the world of spoilers and he felt the info was too hot to handle. I, obviously, do not.
Lynn in Decatur, Georgia: Please, tell me you've got something on Lost? I'm dying for anything!
I can tell you the biggest new question for season four is this: Who the hell are the Oceanic Six?! In Sayid's episode-three flashforward, he tells a contact he's one of the Oceanic Six, and he doesn't work anymore because of a settlement he received as the result of a plane crash. Okay now, hold the phone, Sayid: Does this mean only six Oceanic survivors got off the Island?! Say it with me now: Whaaa?!
As Kristin recently revealed in her last post, she asks who are the Oceanic 6? Well as I stated I've known about the Oceanic 6 for a while but until another site revealed it I was not at liberty to mention anything about it. This is the 6 that you've been seeing in the promo's and trailers.
Well the Oceanic 6 are the 6 people who get off the Island and are semi-famous. The question that you all want answered is actually quite easy to reveal based on the spoilers we've already collected over the last few months.
- Dharma drilled, hit area with large electromagnetic build up. Swan was built over this area to act as a sort of cork.
- Mittelos is acronym for lost time and we will find out how it relates to the others time off the island in the future.
- The others do not just get in the submarine and travel off the island. The submarine is only a part of the mechanism that allows the others to travel off the island.
There is some talk that Lost may be forced to end on Episode 8 for the fourth season, and some questions of how that may effect the audiences sense of frustration with the story.
Well, yeah, that would be a shame. I can see from what we have done already that they are going in some really interesting new directions. I made a mental note to myself that the ending of episode 8 is a pretty great cliff-hanger. If the show had to go away for an extended period of time, it wouldn’t be a bad way to go. It’s a shocking and exciting development in the program.
Ben always seems a step ahead, and all indications are that the new threat coming to the island is a universal one. Could we be seeing Ben taking a heroic turn this season?
That’s what I’ve always expected would be the long arc of this character. It fits in with the way these writers use misdirection and play with our value system of good and evil. So it wouldn’t surprise me at the very least for them to make us question how we evaluate Ben on an ongoing basis. Just when we think he is the Antichrist, then they’re going to do something to make us say “oh, maybe I was wrong.”
I've just found out that Lost is retuning on Thursdays at 9:00 p.m.,January 31st 2008
ABC will have eight episodes of "Lost," which were penned pre-strike. Net will supplement the Jan. 31 launch by repeating last year's finale on Jan. 30; a new "Lost" recap special is also in the works.
* Richard Alpert was conceived as the "Panchen Lama" of the Others. (That would make Ben the "Dalai Lama.") Alpert's role is to pick the next Dalai. Ben's role would be to pick the next Panchen, should the need arise. This keeps the two in a sort of balanced power relationship. They are allies, yet they have some measure of control over the other should one get out of hand.
* Ben uses the volcanic ash circle to contain Jacob. Jacob also has the means to control Ben to an extent.
* The DHARMA purge was not the first purge by the Others. There have been many groups on the island, and the Others have purged many times before. Remnants of all the groups make up the Others we see today. Damon likens this to the United States, which is a nation of immigrants from many cultures who have assimilated into a common culture.
As we recently posted Episode 4.02 is called "Confirmed Dead". This will be a Multi-Flashback/Centric episode featuring the Freighter People.
Vero in Budapest, Hungary: I'm so Lost in this long hiatus...Any news on Jack and Juliet?
Just that the two good doctors are still hanging out. In fact, remember those teams I told you about last week? Well, Juliet's on Team Jack, along with one other Lostie lady. Guesses on who she is?
Elo in St. Pierre, Réunion Island: Is a Sawyer and Kate baby on the way? Please, please tell me!
In honor of what is no doubt our first-ever question from Réunion Island—11,000 miles away, somewhere near Mauritius and Madagascar in the Indian Ocean!—I can tell you that I used to think it was pretty unlikely, but based on what I now know about season four it's seeming somewhat more probable. That's honestly just a guess/hunch, but I'd put some money (at least a nickel) on it. Anyone care to counter-wager? Propose a baby name?
Question: What do you think of Lost's new time slot?— Joel
Ausiello: I likey! I'd likey even more if I knew we were getting all 16 episodes this season. Oh, and before I forget, this is the final Ask Ausiello of 2007, so lap up every last word.
Question: Did you see the new Season 4 Lost trailer?— Nathan
Ausiello: You mean trailers. There are two of 'em floating around. There's the mucho-revealing extended trailer, which features a first look at some of this season's new faces (Ken Leung among them). And then there's a shorter theatrical trailer, which is essentially a 30-second adrenaline rush with a few mystifying images thrown in for us to stew over. And stew we have.
Question: Tell me you've got some good scoop on Lost! — Lynn
Ausiello: I've got some good scoop on Lost! One of the more hotly debated/discussed shots in the theatrical trailer also happens to be the very first thing we see in the Jan. 31 season premiere. And if you think you've got the who/what/where/when of this mystifying image figured out, think again.
Question: Scoop on Lost?— Meghan
Ausiello: Remember a few weeks back when I told you that there would be at least one death on Lost in the first eight episodes? Better make that two. At least.
With only 48 original episodes left until the final episode airs in 2010, this season truly is the beginning of the end with the promise of rescue at hand. Jack has radioed a freighter stationed somewhere off the island. But when it's disclosed that Charlie's dying warning was that these people may not be who they say they are, the castaways are split as to what to do. Jack is convinced that the freighter people are there to rescue them, while Locke is not. A division occurs among the survivors. Who is on the freighter? What was the significance of the flash-forward showing Jack and Kate off the island at some point in the future? What will the consequences be when the characters once again encounter Michael, who seemingly escaped the island after murdering two of the survivors? These are some of the questions "Lost" will explore during the action-packed fourth season.
The band of friends, family, enemies and strangers must continue to work together against the cruel weather and harsh terrain if they want to stay alive. But as they have discovered during their 90-plus days on the island, danger and mystery loom behind every corner, and those they thought could be trusted may turn against them. Even heroes have secrets.
"Lost" stars Naveen Andrews as Sayid, Henry Ian Cusick as Desmond, Emilie de Ravin as Claire, Michael Emerson as Ben, Matthew Fox as Jack, Jorge Garcia as Hurley, Josh Holloway as Sawyer, Daniel Dae Kim as Jin, Yunjin Kim as Sun, Evangeline Lilly as Kate, Elizabeth Mitchell as Juliet, Terry O'Quinn as Locke and Harold Perrineau as Michael.
Boy, they weren't kidding when they called the season-three finale "Through the Looking Glass." In the eight produced episodes of season four, the show begins to look back at the Island, and the survivors of Oceanic 815, from distant vantage points far removed in both time and space from the crash-era story. Meanwhile, rescue arrives, in the form of Not Penny's Boat, but seeing as how it's Lost, that's not all it's cracked up to be. This year's new crop of characters (following on the heels of the tailies and the Others) are the boaties, played by a crackerjack team of actors including Jeremy Davies, Rebecca Mader, Jeff Fahey and Ken Leung. Meanwhile, the newly possible flash-forwards will reveal shocking fates (not to mention some shocking allegiances) for the survivors. In the first few eps, look for lots of hostage situations, a division of the Losties between Team Jack and Team Locke, interrogations, lies (Ben) and a couple of shootings. Just another day on the beach!
I've just learnt the titles for Episode 5 and 6. Now these are the working titles which 95% of the time remain the same as the official ones, although with such a large time between the shooting and air date this may increase the chances of them changing, but for now these are the titles.
Episode 4.05 - The Constant (Desmond Centric)
Episode 4.06 - The Other Woman (Juliet Centric)
I've just been informed from one of my contacts that although the Official Oceanic 6 are the ones off the Island there is at least 1 more from the Island who is also off the Island and is one of the Losties.
Who do you think/hope this person is?
Note: I'm starting to get a lot of information from my sources now that post production has been completed on a vast majority of episodes, and I hope to be able to post these in the new year. Stay tuned for lots more.....
Update: 31st Dec The episode is actually called Eggtown and not Eggland as previously reported by DocArzt. I've had the name Eggtown for a little while and thought it was just a working title that was changed but it's nice to see my original source proven to be correct.
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