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Lost audio podcast recap: February 20, 2007

by Erin Martell, posted Feb 20th 2007 8:34PM

Mira Furlan as RousseauABC just released the newest Lost audio podcast, which was once again hosted by executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse. The podcast features a short interview with Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond), details about "Flashes Before Your Eyes," and information about "Stranger in a Strange Land," which airs Wednesday night. Here's what we learned:

  • Henry Ian Cusick considers Desmond to be a quieter, less conventional hero. He also prefers to be called Ian.
  • Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse admit that Desmond's episode was not a "flashback" in the traditional sense. Desmond was allowed to make choices within his own past, but was course-corrected by Fionnula Flanagan's character (the woman in the jewelry store).

  • The events in Desmond's non-flashback originally took place in 1996 (as opposed to when he revisited them after the fail-safe was deployed).
  • Desmond will have genuine flashbacks in later episodes.
  • There may be real-life consequences for the changes that occurred in Desmond's "flashback," such as Desmond getting hit instead of the bartender.
  • In response to a fan's question, Lindelof and Cuse made it clear that, at the time of the "flashback," Desmond had not yet served in the military. Mr. Widmore's question about military history and Desmond's passing by a military recruiting station may factor into his decision to join the military later in life. This will likely be explained in another flashback episode.
  • Another fan noticed that the military recruiting poster used the American spelling of "honor," as opposed to the British version (honour). This was a production mistake; the events were actually set in England.
  • Danielle Rousseau knows more about the island than she has revealed to the crash survivors. Rousseau may get her own flashback episode in Season Four (or she may appear in someone else's flashback).
  • Contrary to certain fan theories, the X-rays that Dr. Alpert showed Juliet in "Not in Portland" were not Juliet's own X-rays.
  • Penny's role in the show's mythology and the deployment of the fail-safe were planned well in advance. The results of the fail-safe (Desmond's abilities) were not planned as early.
  • The teddy bear carried by one of the Others in "...And Found" is not intentionally connected to Peter Pan.
  • The claim that "Three big mysteries will be revealed" in the "Stranger in a Strange Land" episode may be an exaggeration. Lindelof and Cuse believe that one big mystery (Jack's tattoos) will be explained, along with two smaller mysteries.
  • Bai Ling guest stars in the newest episode, in which viewers will find out the fate of Cindy, the flight attendant from Season Two.

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Alright, just watched Stranger in a Strange Land. Tattoos, kind of explained. Back story, pointless sexy filler. Cindy and the kids...nothing.

Well I suppose 2 outta 3 ain't bad...

February 21 2007 at 11:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have some comments on these comments:

Nola - if you hate the show so much, why do you post and waste your time just to rag on it. Don't like the show, that's fine, but why bring everyone else down with you...

Just in General - So much criticism people, the first 2 eps out from the break have been FANTASTIC.

We find out that Juliet is a prisoner just like Jack, and that she met Ethan Rom outside of the island.

Desmond's flashback/flash-sideways was packed with Easter Eggs and Lost mythology. It involved Penny, an admitted central character to the whole arc of the series, the Widmore Foundation, which is connected to Hanso which of course is connected to the mysteries of the island.

Last season, yes it moved too slow, not enough was revealed. The mini-season, ditto. But now, we're humming along, and I think the producers have taken a hint from Heroes, with its intricate, quickly unfolding and satisfying storyline that they may need to speed this whole thing up a bit, and I think that is exactly what they are doing.

I do agree there are too many Jack-based episodes though. He is the main character and all, but we've gone into his past so much its getting dull. And his entire story is much less exciting than that of Locke, Hurley, or even a dead character like Libby. We've seen Jack, we know Jack, please move on.

Also I do agree to a certain extent that the 'big secret' of Jack's tattoo's...not so big. I'd say the fate of Cindy and the kidnapped children, which is set to be revealed, is much more compelling than some ink.

All in all, we need to lighten up and enjoy what is easily (in my mind at least) one of the most original and creative television shows that has ever graced the airwaves. It does unfold slowly, but we all need to just stick with it, because I do still believe the payoff will be worth all the effort...

February 21 2007 at 7:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thanks for the summary. Stuff like this is what makes TV Squad great reading.

February 21 2007 at 12:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I really hope they have more to offer tonight than the stupid tattoo history!! I re-watched the season 1 DVD's this weekend and played the "Pilot 1 & 2" episodes with the commentary by Lindelof and Cuse. In that commentary they talk about how Mathew Fox had the tattoos and they considered covering them with makeup but decided to leave them alone because it added depth to the character. If the big "secret" is just being told the crap they made up to explain them then there isn't going to be any real insight into the real mysteries of the island - just more filler. These guys had better wake up and pay attention to what the fans are saying or they'll find the ratings continue to drop to the point where the show gets canceled. If that happens they'll only have themselves to blame!!

February 21 2007 at 12:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

But Curt, didn't the jewelry shop lady say that Desmond was supposed to break up with Penny and not buy the ring. So when it looked like he was going to buy the ring and propose, she started telling him all about the course correcting stuff? This seemed to indicate to me that he was the one who broke it off in 1996. He ended up doing it anyway in the "flashback," so Penny is probably still looking for him.

February 21 2007 at 11:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

hahahahaha, Jacks tattoos are a big mystery!
oh christ

February 21 2007 at 5:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think that maybe since he broke it off, that last seasons finale with penny searching for desmond maybe nil and void. as in she's not looking for him anymore.

But the universe does have a way of course correcting. So who's to say someone else isn't.

February 21 2007 at 1:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jonny Rice

Nice one, Ted. Though knowing the writers of Lost, I wouldn't put it outside the realm of possibility...

February 20 2007 at 11:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Jack's tattoo is encoded with detailed instructions that will allow him to break out of the monkey cage and save his brother. Oh, and Locke is actually D.B. Cooper.

February 20 2007 at 10:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i love lost, even if they dont resolve the big mysteries, i love watching the characters and the interactions. but i am afraid that MANY ppl are getting tired of this show, as it seems to be going nowhere fast. if it continues to lose viewers, then this show is a goner. that would be sad, amazing premise, brilliant acting.

February 20 2007 at 10:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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