Here’s a 2 hour interview with Damon Lindelof conducted by Kevin Pollak on Pollak’s Chat Show. Let me tell you, fellow craftsmen, this was one of the more insightful glimpses into the writer’s mindset that I’ve come across. It’s entertaining, at times self-depreciating and funny, but completely engrossing and enlightening. If you’ve the time, spend it here. You won’t regret it. Damon shows up about 20 minutes in or so, but the whole show is worth your attention.
Archive for LOST
Kim and I sat through the Emmys last night and, despite an inspired opening number from Fallon and Company (including Jorge Garcia) doing a terrific send-up to a show I can’t stand (that would be Glee), the award show was mostly a trainwreck of epic proportions.
I don’t think it could have been less funny nor groan-inducing… Still, we marshaled on in support of LOST, but there was no love to be found for our favorite show.
No Emmy for Damon and Carlton. No Emmy for either Terry O’Quinn or Michael Emerson. No Emmy for Elizabeth Mitchell. No Emmy for Matthew Fox. No Emmy for Jack Bender. No Emmy for Michael Giacchino. No Emmy for Ab Aeterno. No Emmy for LOST itself.
The one bright note was the scoring of the coveted trophy for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series (“The End”), given to Stephen Semel, Mark J. Goldman, Christopher Nelson and Henk Van Eeghen.
It’s not like I needed confirmation of LOST’s greatness by their bringing home a dozen Emmys for their efforts, but I wanted it for the actors, writers, and directors. I had hoped that their peers would acknowledge what they had accomplished. Maybe they would have if Mad Men and Breaking Bad (two shows I’ve never seen) did not exist in the same universe as them.
Well LOST, it may not be an Emmy, but what you have won is my undying gratitude for giving me a wonderfully epic television series that will hold a special place in my heart for years to come.
Is this the end of LOST here at the Occult Detective? Not quite yet. I still plan to review the Season 6 DVD set and, who knows, maybe I’ll revisit the series again and mark the journey on this blog in the future.
In the end, LOST was everything I wanted it to be and then some.
LOST comes to hulu, the premiere online streaming video site. Viewers can recapture the magic of the first season in its entirety, or relive the final five episodes of the fifth season. Whatever your poison, LOST’s availability in this format has been a long time coming as the hulu engine is less clunky than the abc viewer… So, enjoy, if you’ve a mind to. I know I’ll probably stop in now and then for a refresher course in LOST 101.
Here’s a little something from the Roma Fiction Fest to tide us over until the upcoming flood of information that is sure to bowl us over once Comic-Con gets under way July 22nd.
“Some Like It Hoth”
Best Line of the night:
“You’re just jealous because my power’s better than yours.”
I’ve been eagerly awaiting an episode that centered on Miles Straume. From the very beginning he was a character that was compelling in a Michael J. Fox ala Frighteners sort of way… A Ghost Whispering Con Man with a Sawyer-esque swagger and sharp tongue, but, much like the aforementioned human nickname generator, there was something there, just under the surface… a story that begged to be told. Some Like It Hoth did just that.
“Father, You left me but I never left you
I needed you but you didn’t need me”
~John Lennon, Mother
In keeping with the fine tradition of making every father out to be a bastard on LOST, the writers again paint a dark picture of Miles’ papa bear, Pierre Chang. We’ll all pretend like we were surprised by the revelation that the one armed rabbit wrangler had fathered Ghost Snarker (I mean, c’mon, who didn’t see that coming?).
What I liked was how they turned it around by the end of the episode. They ratcheted up the Chang tension by making him bark orders gruffily in nearly every scene and even had Miles’ cancer ridden mama revile him from her death bed.
But this episode was primarily about working out those daddy issues and Hurley got the chance to play Dr. Phil by way of George Lucas to push all the right buttons to lead Miles to his breaking point.
As he stood outside Caer Chang, watching his absentee father read to his little boy self (Me and the Polar Bear no less), Miles saw the more than obvious love Pierre had for his little man. Brought to tears, when a phone call came that sent Chang racing into the night, Miles was stomach punched when his father said, “Miles, I need you.”
I hope it didn’t just slide on past you, because for me, that was one special moment, and Ken Leung played Miles’ response so perfectly… so poignantly.. it almost brought tears to my eyes.
Once again, writers – director – and actor came together to deliver a picture perfect moment in a season that has been full of them.
“Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling
From glen to glen, and down the mountain side
The summer’s gone, and all the flowers are dying
‘Tis you, ’tis you must go and I must bide.”
Okay, okay… I’ll admit it. I was wrong. I thought for sure Daniel Farraday was a goner in this episode. My theory was that he was the cargo in the back of the van. Look, when you’re speculating about a show like LOST, you’re going to make some missteps along the way. But I’m still calling for his head before the season is through though. I can sense it, and believe me, my Lost Fu powers are strong.
It was damn good seeing him getting off that sub though, wasn’t it?
A big wig scientist from Ann Arbor, home of the Dharma Initiative? Excuse me as a I cue my Ricky Ricardo voice… “Dannnneee… you’ve got some ‘splaining to do.”
Two weeks until “The Variable” comes into play.
“Please, please tell me now.
Is there something I should know?”
There were a lot of cool moments sprinkled throughout the episode not the least of which was New Jack. He’s all cool, calm, and collected now, more like Return of the Jedi era Luke to Sawyer’s Han Solo. He Jedi mind tricks Ben’s dad into not ratting out Kate then talks all Zen-like to LaFleur in the Suliet Love Shack.
And when Phil shows up on Sawyer’s doorstep wanting answers to the Bennapping, I laughed out loud when he got a right cross for his trouble. I almost felt sorry for the annoying little guy. I mean, it’s obvious how much he respected his boss.
Hurley being there when they were stamping the numbers into the Swan Hatch was priceless… almost as cool as the thought of him penning The Empire Strikes Back but with some tweaks to the script so that we could avoid the Ewoks in ROTJ. Always fun when the writers know their audience so well…
But the real meat of the episode for me came when Miles got picked up by Bram in the stalker van…
“What lies in the shadow of the statue?”
Well, that’s the 3.2 Million Dollar Question, now isn’t it. The safe money is on Bram and Illana being a part of Dharma 2.0 (and maybe even working for Ms. Hawking?) but there’s a part of me that thinks this may be just a third faction to the Linus – Widmore power struggle and they are knee deep in the island mythos because they are a part of the Anubis Cult, unless of course the Anubis Cult and Dharma 2.0 are one and the same.
These are questions that I don’t think will be answered until the two-part season finale, with maybe a hint or two coming in The Variable, but I do believe that this will be the central thrust to the war that is coming in season 6.
It will be sad to see the show go, but damn it’s been one hell of a ride.
And the best is yet to come…
By the way… anyone else notice what Jack was erasing from the chalkboard in the classroom? Looks like the kiddies had been learning about Egypt and hieroglyphics.
Hmmm, curioser and curioser.