So, you've seen every single episode of Lost and you own all the DVDs and you consider yourself an expert. Check out these five questions and see if you really know as much as you think you do.
1. What is the name of the only hit song that Charlie's band Driveshaft had?
I'm not sure if you've been reading Doc Jensen's Lost theories over at Entertainment Weekly's web site. The guy is obsessed (in a good way), and has come up with some very intriguing and plausible ideas on what is really happening on the island and what all the clues (the numbers, the names, how people are connected, etc) might actually mean. Not sure if I follow his logic with his latest theory though.
He's been thinking about the names and what they could mean in the overall picture. The people behind the show have said that the character names have not been chosen randomly. Each name means something (though I wonder what "Hurley" could mean. Does he vomit a lot? Is he really a baseball player?), and the name that especially intrigues him is the new character, Jacob, who we saw in a quick scene on one of the monitors wearing an eyepatch (if that was him, that is!).
Just when Lost should be regularly beating the competition - we're heading towards the three month break cliffhanger - the show is actually losing viewers. The episode the other night, where Eko was killed off, lost 1 million viewers from the previous week, and was beaten by CBS' Criminal Minds. (Brett talked about this last month.)
Wow, so 17 million viewers actually watch Criminal Minds? I've seen the show twice and didn't really see anything special about it. Are people that frustrated by Lost?
One part of the article I don't really understand though. It seems to have the attitude that the "a character is going to die" episodes of Lost should pull in more viewers, but why? How would you know that a character is going to die unless you actually watch the episode? The hardcore fans of the show and web geeks, the only ones who would know ahead of time that a death might be coming via web spoilers, they're watching the show anyway, so why would that matter? Why would a death of a major character bring a ratings spike? (Or am I totally missing the point here?)
Anyone see Nightline last night? It was basically a commercial for Lost.
I know that the show has sorta steered away from the typical hard news that Ted Koppel used to do in almost every single episode, but this was rather odd. They were talking about the Lost phenomenon as if it was brand new and some cultural force they had to talk about. But it wasn't even that serious, it was really just a fluff piece on the show, the theories, and the web world it has spawned. An informerical for another show on the ABC network (and conveniently timed for a day before tonight's episode airs).
Not that it wasn't interesting to Lost fans. The three producers they had talking about the show (J.J. Abrams, Carleton Cuse, and Damon Lindelof) had some cool tidbits, but I don't think that at this point they're going to add any new fans. And I thought it was odd that an ABC news show would take an entire half hour to talk about their own sci-fi drama.
When you heard about the earthquake yesterday, did you immediately think of the cast and crew of Lost and wonder if they're OK? Yeah, me either. I thought about the people, the tourist attractions, the beautiful coastline, and the bars I've hung out in and around Waikiki.
Boston.com assures us that everyone on the set is fine, and none of the sets were damaged.
How do we know this was a natural earthquake, or even an earthquake at all? Maybe someone in one of the hatches forget to type in all the numbers in time and one of those electro-magnetic mishaps occurred?
(Note: this might be one of the very few times that the post here is much longer than the actual article we're linking to, heh.)
You know, I really want to like Chuck Klosterman. He's probably the only person in the world who takes pop culture more seriously than I do, and he often has some interesting things to say. But more often than not he's simply maddening. And you know what else? The guy is just incredibly wrong, time and time again.
Case in point: in the new Esquire, he calls Lost "the best network drama in the history of television." Sorry Chuck, but you are sadly mistaken.
Well, you knew this was going to happen.
People are selling Apollo candy bars (the candy being handed out around the country as a promotion for ABC's Lost) on ebay. They are selling for up to $60 in some cases! (Type the words Apollo Candy into the search.)
I barely remember these things being on the show. I remember Kate finding a box of them when they got into the hatch (pic on the right), but I had no idea they'd become part of the show's mystery.
[via TV Tattle]
IGN has some pictures of the new Lost figurines that will be available in September. They're made by McFarlane and feature characters in scenes from the first season. For instance, Charlie's sitting on a log writing F-A-T-E on his fingers and Jack appears to be stumbling out of the jungle, still in his suit. There's also a larger one with the hatch, and 11-year old boys everywhere will be begging for a Shannon doll for Christmas.
The dolls look pretty awesome, with a few exceptions. While the details are pretty astounding, the faces of two of the characters seem a little bit off. Jack sort-of looks like Adam Sandler. Kate isn't quite right, either. Locke and Hurley look pretty rad, though.
Unfortunately, there isn't a Sawyer doll. So Kate and Sawyer are never going to hook up!
"It is interesting how closely his prose style resembles mine. He sets a lot of the story in places I've been." He also says that the book is "excellent" and "everyone should read [it]."
[via TV Tattle]
Has anyone read it yet? Is it any good, as a novel, regardless of the Lost tie-in? There's a rumor going around that Stephen King actually wrote it, but publishers and Lost folks are keeping quiet.
Anyway, TV Guide's Michael Ausiello held a chat at WashingtonPost.com, and he is asked many questions about the season finale (which he loved). Check it out.
The episode begins where last week's episode ended: all the castaways on the beach attending the funeral for Ana Lucia and Libby notice a sailboat in the distance off the beach. Sawyer, Jack, and Sayid swim out to the boat to recover the vessel and see what's going on. Once they are aboard, they are greated by gunshots being fired from below deck. They dodge the bullets, then flip up the hatch only to discover a drunken Desmond below deck, recognizing Jack, saying "You," just before we go to the title screen.
Read more including plenty of spoilers after the break...
Can I make a suggestion? Make the numbers a part of the game. Players have to punch in the numbers every 108 minutes - no matter what else is going on elsewhere in the game - or the game ends! Ha!
[via TV Tattle]
Come one, come all; here is the secret location for our Lost Chat! See you inside.
Disclaimer: All or parts of the discussion in this chatroom may be posted in a later column on this site.
Should be interesting. There's been a hatch on Kimmel's stage several times before, where funky celebs often pop up, so I'm sure that will be involved somehow. And maybe someone in the control room will have to punch in certain numbers or the show will go off the air.
Abrams himself will be on the show, along with Lost cast member Dominic Monaghan and Ben Stiller. But will Tom Cruise or Jennifer Garner show up? Maybe Stiller will do his Cruise impression for the episode.
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