Whatever your position on the mysteries of 'Lost,' and whoever's team you're on, you can't deny that Hurley (played by Jorge Garcia) is the show's moral compass, a looking glass for those on the outside and the comic relief in intense situations.
Hurley is also the Oceanic 6 member we'll be seeing the most of in the two-hour season 5 premiere (Wed., Jan. 21 at 8PM ET on ABC), as the Oceanic 6 -- the rescued survivors of flight 815 -- begin their journey back to the island. (Cue the spine-tingling theme music for the show.)
Garcia gave AOL TV the scoop about what to expect this season and what would be the perfect ending for the show. He also cryptically teases a new mystery: What are the 'Lost'-ies wearing that's so hilarious? And what viral video has been keeping the cast laughing? Read on to find out ...
And Season Four gave us such pivotal moments. The introduction of the freighties, including some really good and interesting characters. The return of Michael. The identities of the Oceanic Six. An in-depth examination of what happened to them after the island in more flash forwards. The man in the cabin. Ben moves the island. And the identity of the man in the casket. So much happened in fourteen short episodes, but still that's not enough. To fill out the set, we've got two full discs of extras.
Instead of falling short of expectations, this season surpassed them. I probably could have devoted separate posts to each of the following highlights. As usual, please share your own praise for this season of Lost in the comments section. I didn't come close to covering everything that made this season incredible.
(S04E12) I completely understand why Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse needed an extra hour for the finale. The first of three hours had so much information and moved to so many different locations, and I still feel like we've barely scratched the surface. It's going to be a long two weeks. That's all I have to say.
(S04E09) What a brilliant episode! At this point, I think all future Lost episodes should be either Ben-, Sayid-, or Desmond-centric. This episode had it all: tons of action, several big revelations, and more questions to ponder. Michael Emerson gave yet another award-worthy performance this week and showed off his action hero side.
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We know he's one of the Oceanic Six and that he winds up in a mental hospital.
But, like most other 'Lost' revelations, those facts about Jorge Garcia's Hurley have triggered even more questions.
With the show returning April 24 for its final Season 4 episodes, Garcia talked to AOL TV about fan -- and cast -- reactions to plot twists, being an action figure and the "pretty crazy" thing that happens with that 'Lost' smoke monster.
(S04E08) We're going into a five-week Lost hiatus, and I'm extremely thankful that this wasn't the season finale. "Meet Kevin Johnson" wasn't a bad episode, but I couldn't have waited until 2009 for a follow-up. This episode did have its moments. We learned more about the island's connection to its inhabitants, Michael's time on the mainland, and there was (at least) one death. That should keep us busy for the next month or so, right?
(S04E06) I didn't think it was possible, but the Lost writers actually found a way to make Ben creepier. All they had to do was add a "lovesick stalker" dimension to his personality. For a Juliet-centric episode, it seemed like we learned a lot more about Ben than the intriguing Dr. Burke. We also got some significant answers about who's behind the freighter mission--from Ben, of course. Perhaps the only thing Ben doesn't know is how to have a healthy romantic relationship.
DarkUFO, a Lost fansite, has found another instance of backwards speech in last week's episode. "Catch-22," a Desmond-centric episode, featured several of Desmond's psychic flashes. One of these flashes includes a message when you play the scene in reverse. The video clip (sound only) is available after the jump.
Backwards messages have popped up in Lost episodes before. Recently, "Not in Portland" had a scene that contained backwards speech (the Karl brainwashing video). An episode in Season Two is also rumored to include a backwards message from Walt. The backwards message from this episode actually uses dialogue from a later scene. As far as I know, this hasn't been done before. What gives?
Lost's Jorge Garcia has been nominated for an ALMA award by the National Council of La Raza. The organization, which acknowledges the work of Latinos in film and television, singled out Garcia for his portrayal of Hugo "Hurley" Reyes.
The actor is nominated in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Television Series, Miniseries, or TV Movie. He is up against Yancey Arias (Walkout), Mark Indelicato (Ugly Betty), Benito Martinez (The Shield), Tony Plana (Ugly Betty), and Miguel Sandoval (Medium).
Garcia won the ALMA award last year, so he is the man to beat. He also won a SAG award in 2006 for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Lost. Eva Longoria will host the ALMA awards broadcast, which airs at 9pm ET on June 5 (ABC).
Lost co-executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis are spilling the beans about Season Three, or least hinting at what's to come. Horowitz and Kitsis co-wrote the upcoming Hurley-centric episode "Tricia Tanaka is Dead," along with several other Hurley flashback episodes.
Fans can expect this new episode to be relatively lighter than the intense Other storylines. The writers are also encouraging viewers to pay special attention to the last few minutes of the episode, a bold promise after last week's misleading ABC promos. According to Horowitz and Kitsis, the episode's events have been in the works for a long time.
The New York Post just posted an interview with Jorge Garcia, in which the Lost star reveals a few details about his upcoming flashback episode. "Tricia Tanaka is Dead" will be the first Hurley-centric episode since Season Two's "Dave." Garcia shared the following information about the episode:
- The actor is trying to not to worry about the show's relatively poor ratings.
- He believes that no lone factor is to blame for the ratings decline. The show's new time slot and division of the cast have been highlighted by critics.
- Garcia's flashback episode features Cheech Marin as Hurley's father.
For example, check out Hurley's golf course from Season 1 Episode 9. The fans are nice enough to take a whole slew of photos, and compare them to screen grabs from various episodes to prove that, yes, they did find the spot. They also write up a little bit about the location and about other films that were made there (Pearl Harbor, Jurassic Park and Godzilla share settings), as well as directions to the spot. Other cool locations include the place where Ana Lucia killed Goodwin, the rickety bridge in "Numbers", the waterfall where Michael goes after Walt, and the beach where Kate strips down to her bra and undies. You can search by episode or by geographical location. The guys behind the website have done a heck of a lot of scouting around and really know their episodes in order to take the photos they take. I dare you not to waste an entire afternoon on Lost Virtual Tour!
It's a fun article and I find myself in agreement with him on most of this. The one place we disagree is where Hurley is concerned. Goodman says, "You can't kill Hurley. You just can't." I'm perfectly fine with killing Hurley. It's not like he's doing anything on the island anyway. I'm sure Paolo, or the next mysteriously appearing new character, can say "Dude" and whip up a fruit salad. But maybe Hurley getting killed will finally serve as motivation for the characters to actually do something about their situation.
We've shown you sneak peeks of several of the action figures here (and there are more pictures here). What we didn't realize is that the action figures also have voice chips that will broadcast quotes from season one episodes.
In case you're in NYC and you want to meet Hurley, you have to get a ticket here. He'll be signing boxed sets at the Times Square Toys 'R' Us from 4p-7p on Monday, Nov. 6.
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