As always, I love to listen to Michael Emerson talk, and I love the way he has the same questions about the show that we, the viewers, do:
Q: I was wondering if you could talk a little bit about The Incident, what your take-away from that was, and what questions you’ve been asking yourself during the hiatus.
ME: Since the finale …
ME: I’m flummoxed. (Laughter from the audience.) Honestly, it wasn’t one, but it was two big old earth-shattering cliffhangers, and I’ll be damned if I know what either of them mean, or what either of them lead to. Honestly, what can be the next breathing moment of the show? I have no idea, and I won’t know until two days before the camera rolls, I’ll get a script, and I will read it with some relish, because I’m curious to see where do we go from there.
I don’t know if Jacob is a killable entity. We’re always plunging knives into things, or shooting things on LOST, but it doesn’t mean that they go away. (Laughter) It may just trigger them to transform into something else.
Emerson goes on to talk about the “psychological landscape” of the scene where Ben stabbed Jacob. Then he takes questions from the audience.
This interview was conducted by EW’s Doc Jensen and Dan Snierson at Comic-Con 2009. I found it via LOST: On the Road, a very cool blog totally focused on Michael Emerson.
This video from ABC shows highlights of what happened before, during, and after the LOST Comic-Con panel.
Fans camped out 13 hours before the panel started, the painting-on-velvet guy plugged his website, and Josh Holloway, Michael Emerson, Nestor Carbonell, Jorge Garcia, and Darlton all chimed in with comments.
Damon and a Hurley impersonator have good ideas for what to do after the show is over:
This is Mysteries of the Universe: The Dharma Initiative, a fake quasi-documentary TV show (a take-off on Unexplained Mysteries?) narrated in conspiracy-theory tones. It’s the first in a series, and ABC will be releasing more.
They revealed the promo poster for Season 6:
Here’s a montage of fan-created content, some of it very funny:
Here’s another funny one, Michael Emerson’s fake audition tape for the role of Hurley:
Here are two fake ads which, along with the Kate on America’s Most Wanted clip, seem to have come from an alternate timeline. In the first, Hurley appears as the owner and CEO of Mr. Cluck’s, a fast-food chicken place, plugging a new dish inspired by his “recent trip to Australia.” Best line: “Ever since I won the lottery, I’ve had nothing but good luck.” The other ad is from Oceanic Airlines (motto “Our skies lead to your destiny”), proudly proclaiming “30 years with a perfect safety record.”
This video, done in the style of the annual tribute on the Oscars to notable people who have passed away, is “In Memory of” LOST characters who have died. The longest tribute is to Charlie, which may very well be meant as a tease, if the rumors that Charlie is coming back are true.
In this fake episode of America’s Most Wanted, shown at yesterday’s Comic-Con LOST panel, the show’s host claims that the night Kate blew up her father’s house, her father wasn’t there, but instead had sent his apprentice, Ryan Milner, to the house to lock up. It was Ryan, the host says, not Kate’s father Wayne, who was killed in the explosion.
What to make of this? I see three possibilities:
1. The video does not provide reliable information about the show — it is not “canon.” Comic-con videos have misled fans in the past, or
2. The writers led us to believe that Kate killed Wayne, but that may have been a clever bit of misdirection, prompting us to jump to conclusions that may not have actually been in the script. (Maybe someone who has a better memory than I do of the early shows can confirm if this is even possible), or
3. Kate did kill Wayne and there was no misdirection, but the America’s Most Wanted video came from an alternate (parallel?) time, one which we may enter in Season 6.
Speaking of TV Overmind, I recently contributed an article there, about the hunkalicious Gilles Marini, of “Sex and the City” and “Dancing With the Stars” fame, who is now exploring a new talent: Gilles Marini Finds His Voice