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Mike in Hermosa Beach, Calif.: I have one question that I can't seem to find an answer to. And it's probably meant to be that we didn't hear, but what the hell did Sawyer whisper to Kate before he jumped?
Survey says: I've checked with my sources, and also a rep for the show, and have been told that the writers are "saving that secret for later on." According to one insider who works on the show, that line (what Sawyer said) wasn't even in the script. I wouldn't put too much stock into the gazillion daughter-in-Alabama (or possibly Albuquerque) "What Sawyer Said" videos currently playing on YouTube, some of which claim to have official and complete subtitles. Bottom line: Only Damon and Carlton know the whole truth, so I'm staying cautiously skeptical for the time being. If anyone sees them at Comic-Con next month (when they officially break their "radio silence"), tackle them and tickle them until they tell us if we can trust this YouTube business, OK?
Jen in Boston: I just noticed on the alternate endings to the Lost season finale on abc.com, the ones with Desmond or Sawyer in the coffin. What is that about?
That is about making sure people like me (evil, evil people) didn't spill the beans on who was in the coffin before the finale aired. And about showing off how hot Sawyer and Desmond are when wearing suits (even if they are dead). Seriously, don't give those endings a second thought, because there's the external drama of managing the fandom and the foilers, and there's the show itself. As Joss Whedon once said, "Trust the tale, not the teller."
Anais in San Marino, Calif.: What did you think of the Jack's statement at the press conference in the "extended edition" of part one of "No Place Like Home" that Boone, Libby and Charlie survived the initial crash of 815 but died later?
I thought it was great, because it opens the door for the Oceanic Six to meet with Boone, Libby or Charlie's relatives, which in turns opens the door (IMHO) for parallel Boone, Libby and Charlie flashback scenes, hopefully from their time on the Island. And from a strictly production perspective, I think the fact that Ian Somerhalder, Cynthia Watros and Dominic Monaghan are still friends of the show, and have exhibited a willingness to do one-off guest returns, has a lot to do with them "surviving."
Anyhoo, I think I've worked out the math on this cover story: Eight souls survived the crash. (Well, eight adults and fetal Aaron, who was supposedly being incubated inside Kate.) Subtract the three who died from the eight that survived, add one newborn Turniphead, and the total comes to...the Oceanic Six. Right? (I think it's mathematically sound now, but you tell me. I majored in fuzzy stuff.)
By the way, if you haven't seen the extended version of the press conference scene yet, it's embedded above, and Jack starts talking about the other three survivors at the 0:45 mark.
Lost, Episode 4: Eggtown
Chris in Henderson, Nev.: If next season of Lost is about the Oceanic Six trying to get back, wouldn't it be more than just Emilie de Ravin who would need a holding contract? What about Josh Holloway, Terry O'Quinn, etc.?
They don't need holding contracts because we're going to see them on the Island next season, sillypants. I have no idea how they're going weave together the stories from back in the world with the stories from the Island, but Sawyer, Jin, Locke and company will be present and accounted for. I think a lot of season five will be a great ironic contrast between what the O6 think is happening on the Island, and what the Islanders think is happening in the world (all while the Widmore-Linus war rages around them).
Wallace in Nebraska: Kristin, if Emilie de Ravin (Claire) is not on Lost next year, where will she be?
Emilie de Ravin will be getting mani/pedis on Melrose and, I'm sure, booking other jobs (besides the ones we already told you about), while Claire, according to an inside source, "Is off with Christian." Whatever that means! By the way, we may still see Claire next year. It's just that EDR is not being used as a series regular, so we shouldn't expect to see much of her.
Lost - Ensemble
Eli in New York City: Kristin, I was curious to hear what you personally are looking forward to in season five? I'm hoping for more Ben-Charles scenes!
All I want for Christmas is a big reunion of the escapees with the still-stuck survivors. I can taste the tears of Jin and Sun's reunion now (she doesn't even know he's alive! the horror!), and they are sweet. The question, of course, is when it will happen.
So what are your thoughts? Can you stand a season of separation? Could you survive it if they filled it in with heretofore unseen Island flashbacks, dream sequences and ghostly visitations? Post your thoughts in the comments, because I can't be the only one worried about this big split.
Jesse in Orlando: Hey Kristin, love your site. OK, quick question, but in the opening title sequence of my, well, our, favorite show, Lost, there is a part where the logo pixelates. I'm not sure if that makes sense, but it's as if the "O" and some of the "S" aren't fully rendered with whatever graphics program they were using. If you ever get a chance to ask Carlton or Damon, please do. It's a very simple title sequence, and the fact that it has a glitch must mean something.
If I recall correctly, that cheap hack J.J. Abrams actually created the Lost title sequence on his home computer as a placeholder while they were working on the pilot, and lo and behold, it stuck! I know. That dude never does anything right.
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