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Reader Poll: Chuck is embarrassing Dunder Mifflin, Losties


Chuck doesn’t return to the NBC airwaves for another seven months, but Remote Access readers apparently look forward to its return far more than the nearer premiers of The Office or Lost.

That’s pretty unbelievable, when you think about it.

OK, the vote totals are pretty low. Still, as unscientific (read: meaningless) as it is, it’s still an embarassment in black-and-white to fans of other great shows coming back this fall and promising new ones making their debuts. (Glee, anyone?)  I won’t let factual accuracy keep me from making a big deal about it.

So come on. Cast your vote, write in your favorite show, then clear your cache and vote again if you want.

Tell us what new or returning show are you looking forward to most?

Posted by Brian Howard on Friday, September 11th, 2009 at 7:43 pm |

‘Lost’ spoiler: Who’s Lennon?


“Lost” is just days away from starting production in Hawaii on the final season, which means that casting news is starting to trickle out of the jungle.

Entertainment Weekly’s Michael Ausiello got the scoop on a new recurring character named Lennon.

They want an actor in his mid-30s to late 50s, who can play this kind of guy:

<blockquote><div>Lennon: Scruffy, edgy, charismatic, and slightly stir-crazy, Lennon can be deferential when it’s called for. He’s the spokesperson/translator for the president of a foreign corporation. He’s a wily negotiator, and far more powerful than his lowly position would seem to indicate.</div></blockquote>

We all know that the producers never give out the characters’ real names in their casting calls, but is the name Lennon a clue?

And who does Lennon work for?

Sun’s dad, Mr. Paik, makes sense. This Lennon character might be one way the show explains how Paik Industries is tied to Widmore’s company and the Hanso Foundation (which funded the Dharma Inititative).

Post your theories about Lennon in the comments section below!

Then if you need a break from all that thinking, click through to check out some new ABC promos that feature a few of our favorite Losties…

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Posted by Heather Salerno on Wednesday, August 19th, 2009 at 7:27 am |
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‘Lost:’ Should Mr. Eko come back for the final season?


Lost-philes have been buzzing all summer about the dead (or possibly dead) island castaways we’ll see returning in some form to the island next season.

Daniel, Juliet, Charlie, Claire, Boone and Shannon are either confirmed or all but confirmed for a comeback.

But what about Mr. Eko?

While making the rounds to promote “G.I. Joe,” actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje has also been pretty vocal about wanting to make another appearance on “Lost.”

He asked to be written off the show in Season 3, which didn’t exactly make the producers happy.

The doors might have opened for him again, though, since lots of his former co-stars appear to now be headed back. He gives hope to Eko fans wanting to see more, telling Entertainment Weekly:

<blockquote><div>We have had talks about some things they might do for the final season and there are other dead folks coming back allegedly but at the moment it is still a maybe. A strong maybe but I have not shot anything yet or signed any contracts. But I’m hoping.</div></blockquote>

So what do you think? Would you want to see more Eko?

In fact, which castaway are you MOST looking forward to seeing again?

(Photo courtesy of Lost-Media.com)

Posted by Heather Salerno on Friday, August 14th, 2009 at 11:07 am |
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‘Lost’ news: Did the bomb plan actually work?


I probably don’t need to repeat that if you don’t want a morsel of scoop on the final season of “Lost,” then STOP READING NOW.

But if you do, here’s the latest from the jungle rumor mill…

You know that wacky plan to reset time by detonating a nuclear bomb?

It may have actually WORKED.

Greg Grunberg, the “Heroes” star who played Oceanic 815’s pilot in the show’s first episode, recently told TV Guide that he’s been approached about returning to “Lost” next season.

He claims he doesn’t know anything more about the writers’ plans, but that if his “Heroes” bosses approves the time off, he’ll be headed back to the island.

Since the pilot was eaten by the smoke monster shortly after 815 crashed, Grunberg’s character would be yet another of the seemingly dead who are reportedly set to appear in the final episodes. (It’s been all but officially confirmed that at least Charlie, Shannon and Boone will be back, too. And dead or undead, Elizabeth Mitchell has verified that we’ll also be seeing Juliet.)

But doesn’t it seem suspicious that the showrunners would go through such pains to bring back a minor character like the pilot? Unless, of course, Oceanic 815 lands safely in Los Angeles in 2004, just like it was supposed to, which effectively erases the past five seasons.

Speaking of L.A., here’s another bit of unconfirmed gossip about this very theory.

Several fan sites out there are claiming that the title of the final season’s two-hour premiere has been revealed…

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Posted by Heather Salerno on Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 at 2:21 pm |
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ABC’s ‘V’ to premiere in November


As a huge fan of the original cheese-tastic ’80s miniseries, I’ve been looking forward to ABC’s remake of “V,” starring Elizabeth Mitchell from “Lost.”

Over the weekend, the network finally announced the show’s premiere date: Tues., Nov. 3. That’s late for a season premiere, but earlier than expected, since the series had been trumpeted as a mid-season replacement. (Maybe it’s a quarter-season replacement?)

Anyway, as you can see from the official trailer, the original “V” premise remains the same.

Aliens come to Earth pledging peace and offering to share scientific and technologic advances. But this helpful facade is literally skin-deep; there’s something evil going on with these Visitors. A group of resistance fighters develop, including Mitchell’s FBI counter-terrorism agent, to out the V’ secrets.

I was lucky enough to catch an early peek at the pilot episode, and while I’m disappointed that none of the Visitors snacked on rats, the series looks incredibly promising. For one, the production value is super-slick (hey, the original was in 1983!) and the plot hasn’t deviated greatly from the source material.

For instance, we’ve still got a sexy-creepy female leader of the Visitors, traitor aliens working to help the humans, an ambitious TV anchor willing to overlook journalistic and moral ethics, and a potential boy-meets-Visitor love match.

It’s very cool to see all these winks at the first version, but I’m hoping that the reboot will take on a bit more life of its own as the season progresses.

And I can’t wait to see how the show will top this so-bad-it’s-fantastic alien birth scene from 1984’s “V: The Final Battle”…I dare you not to crack up!

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Posted by Heather Salerno on Monday, August 10th, 2009 at 7:37 am |
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‘Lost’ final season update: How often will we see Charlie?


Dominic Monaghan’s surprise appearance at last weekend’s Comic-Con seemed to confirm those rumors that we’ll be seeing more of Charlie Pace in the final season of “Lost.”

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But what exactly does that mean? Are we talking one fleeting Libby-like apparition? Or a full-blown season-long storyline?

Well, E! Online is reporting that Monaghan is signed, sealed and set to appear in three episodes. No word on how much screen time he’ll get in each one, however.

And we still don’t know the answer to the question that Monaghan himself posed about Charlie (via a written message on his palm at Comic-Con).

“Am I alive?”

Posted by Heather Salerno on Friday, July 31st, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
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‘Lost’ announces dates for Dharma webisodes


At last weekend’s Comic-Con, the producers of “Lost” announced that the series’ final episodes won’t focus heavily on the Dharma Initiative, which was such a huge part of Season 5.

But fans can still find out more about the mysterious group online in a five-part webisode series intended to look like a cheesy documentary program from the ’70s. (How appropriate, since we left our castaways dropping a bomb on Dharma-ville in 1977…)

The faux show, titled “Mysteries of the Universe,” delves into monsters, aliens, cults and more – and now it’s turned its attention to the secret society of the Dharma Initiative, whose members “walk among us, but they are not us.”

The first installment was released on ABC.com over the weekend: Check it out below.

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And here’s the schedule for the rest of the episodes, which will be doled out throughout the rest of the summer and fall:

Episode 2: August 4th, 2009
Episode 3: September 8th, 2009
Episode 4: October 15th, 2009
Episode 5: November 16th, 2009

So Lost-philes, will this tide you over until the final season launches early next year?

Posted by Heather Salerno on Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 at 11:00 am |
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‘Lost’ Season 6 news from Comic-Con!


The “Lost” crew converged on San Diego’s Comic-Con convention this past weekend for the last time (sniff), where they offered some teasers about the series’ final season.

The biggest news? Absolute confirmation that we’ll be seeing loads of characters from the past, including, as producer Damon Lindelof noted, “many characters we haven’t seen since the first season.”

Lindeof and co-producer Carlton Cuse went on to say that Juliet and Faraday WILL be in Season 6, though there’s no telling whether they’re dead or alive.

Who else will be popping up? Well, considering that Dominic Monaghan apppeared suddenly onstage at the end of a “in memorium” slideshow would seem to indicate that Charlie Pace will be showing up again.

(UPDATE: The reporter of this New York Times piece on the “Lost” panel spied something an interesting message written on Monaghan’s palm as he waved to the crowd, a clear homage to the “Not Penny’s Boat” note as Charlie drowned at the end of Season 3. This time, the message read: “Am I Alive?” Oooh, I’ve got shivers!!)

And Ian Somerhalder – who wasn’t part of the “Lost” panel, but was at the Con to promote his new show, the CW’s “The Vampire Diaries” – gave that audience the scoop that he will be returning to the island in some form.

Other hints? Well, maybe the new poster unveiled at the convention center has more clues, especially when it comes to the comeback of those Season 1 castaways.

The poster shows a long line of folks we know and love (and love to hate): This website – a product of comedian Paul Scheer who gave a wacky presentation at the panel – has the full list of exactly who’s in the photo. (Some you might not expect, like Michael, Ana-Lucia, Libby, Bernard and Rose.)

That’s not the only interesting thing about the poster, though. Every one of the characters are facing forward, except for John Locke (a.k.a. the Man in Black, etc.), whose back is turned. Yikes, what does that mean? Vent your theories in the comments section below.

You can go to YouTube to see the entire panel for yourself (it’s broken into segments, so just search for “Lost,” “Comic Con,” and “2009”).

But if you’re short on time, keep reading here for the highlights…

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Posted by Heather Salerno on Monday, July 27th, 2009 at 9:05 am |
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‘Lost’ University? And own a piece of the ABC series!


Okay, so you won’t exactly be playing hacky sack on the quad with Sawyer.

And sure, Lost University is really just a shameless ABC marketing ploy: Semester 1 just happens to begin on Dec. 8, the same day that the fifth season of “Lost’ comes out on DVD.

That doesn’t mean that this website isn’t a whole lot of fun, though. (Student “enrollment” starts Sept. 22, 2009, the five-year anniversary of the crash of Oceanic Flight 815.)

Just imagine it.

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could actually take a physics class taught by Jeremy Davies (who played the doomed Daniel Faraday)?

Or a psych course that analyzed all of the characters’ dysfunctional family relationships?

Anyway, check around the site and see if you can find any clues to what’s coming up on the show – or maybe at Comic-Con this weekend. I’m sure it’s not a coincidence that ABC launched the “university” just days before the convention’s scheduled “Lost” panel on July 25.

In other news related to the “Lost”-verse, you’ll also get a chance to own a piece of the show. An auction of “Lost” memorabilia will take place next May, coinciding neatly with the series finale.

According to the (N.Y.) Daily News, some of the items up for grabs are:

• Hurley’s winning Lotto ticket

• Charlie’s guitar

• Kate’s toy plane

• Sawyer’s letter

• Locke’s hunting knife

• Eko’s club

Personally, I’d love to get my hands on James Ford’s iconic letter to the original Sawyer (and Locke’s father).

What would you buy if you could?

(Photos courtesy of ABC)

Posted by Heather Salerno on Thursday, July 23rd, 2009 at 2:27 pm |
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‘Lost’ producers are surprised by Best Drama nomination


“Lost” scored five Emmy nominations yesterday, including one for Outstanding Drama Series.

The show is part of a bigger crowd this year, since the rules changed to allow more contenders. That results in “Lost” going up against six other series, five of which are on cable. (“Big Love,” “Breaking Bad,” “Damages,” “Dexter,” “House” and “Made Men” are the other nominees.)

Anyway, executive producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof told TV Guide that they’re really surprised to be nominated because of this season’s confusing, time-traveling storyline.

But they’re not shocked at all to see Michael Emerson recognized again for his creepy, but nuanced, portrayal of Ben Linus. (Maybe the third time will be the charm?)

And while they didn’t say it, I’d imagine that they ARE disappointed that a few other cast members didn’t get noticed.

No Josh Holloway, for turning Sawyer into so much more than a smart-mouthed con man?

Not even a shot for Evangeline Lilly, who broke our hearts when she left Aaron? (Evie, you had me at “bye-bye, baby.”) You couldn’t find it in your hearts for one more newbie, Emmy voters? I mean, except for Elisabeth Moss of “Mad Men” – yay! – the list of dramatic actresses has been pretty much the same for the last few years. We know how to pronounce Mariska Hargitay now.

And what the heck does Elizabeth Mitchell have to do to get some love? Deliver a baby? Have her heart broken a few times? Fall down a mine shaft? Detonate a nuclear bomb? Oh wait, Mitchell’s Juliet has done all that. Well then, you’ve stumped me.

Tune in Sept. 20 to see if “Lost” takes home the big prize. I suspect they’ll have to fight “Mad Men” to the death. Now THAT would be some interesting TV…

(Photo courtesy of ABC)

Posted by Heather Salerno on Friday, July 17th, 2009 at 9:44 am |

‘Lost:’ The Man in Black speaks out!


Incredibly, actor Titus Welliver was on screen for less than two minutes during the “Lost” season finale, playing that unnamed, black-clad nemesis of the island’s head honcho, Jacob.

But he didn’t need any more time to make a hell of an impression.

The Man in Black, Esau, call him whatever you want, he was the talk of Lost-philes the next day, with fans wondering what this loophole-obsessed, Locke-possessing dude was up to.

TV Guide caught up with Welliver recently for an interview, in which he talks about how he prepared for that mysterious, cataclysmic scene with Jacob.

And even with a long resume that includes a well-received stint on HBO’s “Deadwood,” it seems that nothing could prepare him for the insanity of “Lost” fanatics everywhere.

Click here to read the entire interview.

(Screen cap courtesy of Lost-Media.com)

Posted by Heather Salerno on Tuesday, July 14th, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
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A pre-Comic-Con roundup of ‘Lost’ news!


Lost-philes are anxiously awaiting July 25.

That’s the day “Lost” producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse make their annual appearance at San Diego’s Comic-Con, where they’ve previously spilled tidbits about upcoming episodes. And this year’s hoopla should be more cukoo than ever, given that it’s the show’s final season and all.

Anyway, despite Darlton’s so-called, self-imposed “radio silence,” lots of speculation has been rampant in the wake of Season 5’s bomb-dropping finale. So here’s a roundup of some of the juiciest island rumors:

• Dead castaways will be revived! In this Digital Spy interview, Darlton wouldn’t confirm whether Jughead-bashing Juliet is dead or reveal their plan to end the series. But they sure do seem to confirm the scuttlebutt that departed cast members (Shannon? Charlie?) will be making appearances. As previously reported, Emilie de Ravin will be back as Claire. But is she dead or not?

• Ian Somerhalder is open to returning as Boone. TV Guide caught up with Ian, who didn’t knock down rumors that he might return to the island, even though he’s starring in the new CW drama, “The Vampire Diaries.”

• Mr. Eko still loves “Lost.” Also in TV Guide, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje says that he’d be open to reprising the role of Eko, even though he asked producers to release him from the show after just one season. (At the time, both of his parents had just died.)

• Write the show’s theme song! Okay, so your tune won’t open the new season when the series returns early next year. But your clever little ditty could be featured at the aforementioned Comic-Con! You’ve got until Thursday, July 16, to hand in submissions. Go here for more details.

(Photos courtesy of ABC and the CW)

Posted by Heather Salerno on Monday, July 13th, 2009 at 1:36 pm |
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‘Lost’ final season gets one more hour!


Lost-philes, rejoice!

We’ll be getting one more episode of “Lost” than originally planned for the next – and last (sob!) – season.

That’s according to the Hollywood Reporter, which quotes an insider who says the show’s producers (Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof) asked ABC for an 18th hour because “they had some extra story to tell.”

You think? The countdown is on for the series’ end, people!

And after that lollapalooza of a season finale – Jughead went off! Ben stabbed Jacob! The real John Locke is really dead! The Man in Black found the loophole! – I’d imagine that the “Lost” writers are in a tizzy right now, trying to figure out how to tie everything together.

Now, you might be asking, why the odd episode number of 18?

If you’ll recall, once the showrunners decided on a “Lost” end date, the decision was made to have each of the final three seasons run 16 episodes long. Then the 2007-08 writers’ strike happened, resulting in a shortened Season 4. The missing hours were supposed to be made up in seasons 5 and 6, with 17 eps each.

So let’s get to speculating everyone! What does it mean if Darlton asked for more time? Are they indeed trying to get Maggie Grace and more of the original cast members back to the island?

Either way, who cares? I’ll take every extra second of “Lost” that I can get!

(Photo courtesy of FOX)

Posted by Heather Salerno on Wednesday, July 1st, 2009 at 9:05 am |
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Matthew Fox teases Season 6 premiere – and the series end – of ‘Lost’


Maybe it was the product of downing too many margaritas on a sundrenched beach, or perhaps thinking that what happens in Monte Carlo stays in Monte Carlo, but Matthew Fox recently got some loose lips at Monaco’s annual television festival.

And thank goodness, because Fox is said to be the only cast member to know how “Lost” will end when the series concludes next season.

Anyway, according to TV Guide, Foxy says that the sixth and final season will be “amazing,” “incredibly satisfying,” “very surprising” and “fairly confusing.”

Well, that’s nothing new for “Lost,” right?

But Fox adds that the season premiere will pick up right where it ended last month, with the island after-effects of Juliet detonating the nuclear bomb.

Oh, and the 1977 and 2007 Losties will come together in a single timeline about one-third of the way through the season. (That puts a potential Sun-Jin reunion at about Episode 5, which seems a bit long to wait after an entire season of separation, but whatever…)

The consolidation would mean, too, that the flashbacks and flash-forwards would stop (which I’m a little sad about, quite frankly).

Plus, there will definitely be a final Jack-Locke showdown, although Fox didn’t mention whether Jack Shephard would face off with the real (and, based on the finale, the very dead) John Locke or Jacob’s nemesis, the Anti-Locke.

As for the series’ final scene, which producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse have had in their minds for years?

Yup, Fox knows that, too. And that’s when he pretty much snapped his trap shut.

On a side note, there’s been a rumor going ’round this week – based on the Twittering of a supposed talent agency assistant – that the producers are trying to sign killed-off Original Recipe castaways Dominic Monaghan (Charlie) and Maggie Grace (Shannon) for a bunch of Season 6 episodes.

That’s not such big news on the Charlie front, since he’s made guest appearances several times (to a doubting Hurley) since leaving the show. (Monaghan also is reportedly starring in a new ABC series, “FlashForward” in the fall.) But a Shannon return? Whoa.

Grace’s reps have denied that it’s happening, and Entertainment Weekly’s Michael Ausiello reports that no deals are in place for ANY of the Season 1 folks to come back.

“In place” being the key phrase here, however, since Ausiello also hears that the show is checking into the availability of some major players.


Does that mean a possible future Boone sighting? Probably not, since Ian Somerhalder is on board with the CW’s “Vampire Diaries.”

Maybe more Walt and Michael? I’d love to see that storyline pushed a bit more, and ABC did just cancel Michael Perrineau’s other ABC gig, “The Unusuals…”

What do you think, Lost-philes? Are you liking what you’re hearing so far about how the series will end?

And if the rumors are true, which deceased 815er would you most like to see back on the show?

(Photos courtesy of ABC)

Posted by Heather Salerno on Thursday, June 11th, 2009 at 1:26 pm |

Why is Charlie from ‘Lost’ in ABC’s new promo?


“Lost” fans, did your heart skip a beat after seeing Dominic Monaghan – a.k.a. the late, great Charlie Pace – in the latest promo for ABC’s upcoming TV lineup?

Forget about the total lameness of the entire “ABC House” campaign, in which characters from the network’s new and continuing shows pretend they all live together in one big, semi-happy home.

In this installment, Monaghan plays foosball with Patrick Dempsey (McDreamy from “Grey’s Anatomy”), Courteney Cox (from the upcoming “Cougar Town”) and Ed O’Neill (who’ll be in the new “Modern Family” sitcom).

But what show is Monaghan supposed to represent?

When Dempsey’s competitive foosball character warns Monaghan, “You are so dead,” Monaghan turns to Cox and says ominously, “Actually, I was.”

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The implication? That he’ll be returning to “Lost,” of course.

And while I’m all giddy at the prospect, Michael Ausiello of Entertainment Weekly is reporting that this is NOT the case.

Ausiello says that sneaky ABC wants Lost-philes to THINK that they’ll be seeing Charlie alive again, but in actuality, Monahan is going to be joining the cast of a different show. (Ausiello promised his network sources that he wouldn’t reveal which program, but chances are, it’s an already existing series – not a newbie – since the stars of those upcoming series have already been announced at the upfronts.)

So where do you think Monahan is ending up in the ABC lineup?

And are you annoyed that ABC is taking advantage of “Lost” fans’ love for Charlie to create some buzz?

(Photo courtesy of ABC)

Posted by Heather Salerno on Monday, June 8th, 2009 at 7:44 am |
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‘Lost’ finale recap: We obsess over ‘The Incident’


Holy mother of the four-toed statue, what the HELL was that?

No, I couldn’t begin to tell you what the bomb’s explosion did to the island and our Losties – or what the wild inversion of the “Lost” logo (now it’s black letters on a white background, ooooh!) means for Season 6.

But I can tell you one thing: That was the most brilliant, frustrating, nail-biting, confusing, illuminating, gratifying, unsatisfying two hours that “Lost” has ever produced.

And with this show? That’s saying something.

With all that went on, where on earth should we begin?

With Jacob, who is apparently a real man of flesh and bone? He’s not a normal man, of course, but nor is he a ghost or a Wizard of Oz-like creation used by Richard, Ben, etc. to manipulate the Others. Not to mention Jacob 2.0 (or Jacob 1.0, as the case may be) isn’t a disheveled old dude trapped in a rocking chair, he’s young and – dare we say – kind of hot.

Or should we start with the flashbacks of our core 815ers, and how Jacob has been setting some of them on specific life paths since they were children?

Or with the presumed death of a severely injured Juliet, who shockingly, sadly, incredibly, was the one who pounded Jughead until it went off, sending them all … where exactly?

Or with the sudden appearance of Bernard and Rose, who retired willingly from the island insanity that always seems to surround Jack & Co. and have been living peacefully together in the jungle?

Or with the incredible number of fleeting references to moments we’d almost forgotten from past episodes – like Charlie leaving his Drive Shaft ring in Aaron’s crib – that were cleverly woven into the entire fabric of the finale?

That’s a lot of ground to cover, Lost-philes, so grab your guitar case and an Apollo bar and let’s get started with the man of the (two) hour(s)…JACOB.

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Posted by Heather Salerno on Thursday, May 14th, 2009 at 9:49 am |

‘Lost’ finale sneak peeks! Check out scenes from ‘The Incident’


Holy smoke monster!

It all comes down to tonight’s two-hour season finale of “Lost,” when we get the conclusion of Season 5 and start the countdown to the series’ final moments. (Sniff.)

So we already know that we’ll see Jack try to implement Daniel Faraday’s plan of detonating a hydrogen bomb, in order to stop the electromagnetic incident that eventually leads to the crash of Oceanic 815.

But are Eloise, Richard and Sayid still on board with the idea? Check out this behind-the-scenes look at a pivotal scene:

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As for Kate, she wants to stop Jack,  and tonight, she’ll attempt to recruit the help of Sawyer and Juliet. You may be surprised by Sawyer’s reply:

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But it might just be Ben’s drunk daddy who throws a wrench in Jack’s plan…

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Posted by Heather Salerno on Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 at 8:30 am |
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‘Lost’ recap: We obsess over ‘Follow the Leader’


Those were some major life-and-death statements that bookended last night’s episode of “Lost.”

First, we had the Richard-Sun confrontation, when Sun asked Mr. FauxLiner if he recognized Kate, Jack and Hurley from the 1977 DHARMA recruits photo. His answer? He remembered them clearly because he “watched them all die.”

And by the end of the hour, Locke had revealed to Ben his true reason for taking the Others to see Jacob. It’s not to reunite “his people.” It’s so he can kill Jacob.

Wha, wha, WHAAAAT?!?!?!

That’s quite the setup for next week’s two-hour finale, isn’t it?

And how the tables have turned. When the series started, our crash survivors were the innocents of the island, clueless about the mysterious goings-on and blundering around the jungle looking for answers and rescue.

Now, Locke has supplanted Ben (and Richard) as the all-knowing Man with the Plan, and Jack is the one convinced that it’s his destiny to save the island. (Of course, he’s doing it so the “misery” of his island residence will be obliterated, but more on that later…)

So what else did we learn? Let’s dive into the details, because we’ll admit it now, dude:

“Okay, we’re from the future.”

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Posted by Heather Salerno on Thursday, May 7th, 2009 at 9:42 am |
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Want to sneak a peek at tonight’s ‘Lost?’


Tonight’s “Lost” is the penultimate episode of the season – which is a snooty way of saying it’s the second-to-last installment before next week’s two-hour finale!

It also means that we’re beginning to wrap things up on Mystery Island – or, as much as “Lost” can wrap anything up, anyway.


Anyway, tonight we’ll see Jack take up the cause of the now-deceased Daniel Faraday: He wants to change the past so Oceanic Flight 815 can never crash.

We’ll also check in again with Locke, Sun and Ben, who, if you’ll recall, are NOT trapped back in 1977 with the rest of the Losties.

And who do they meet up with but the ever-present Richard Alpert – and boy, does Sun have a question for him!

There are other promos for tonight’s episode floating around YouTube, so search away if you like.

But trust me, this Richard-Sun confrontation is the mind-blower of the bunch.

What do you think this means, Lost-philes?

Remember to tune in here tomorrow and we’ll discuss the episode in its entirety!

(Photo courtesy of ABC)

Posted by Heather Salerno on Wednesday, May 6th, 2009 at 8:30 am |
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‘Lost’ recap: We obsess over ‘The Variable’


Wow, Mrs. Hawking. You’re actually disgusted by the thought that Benjamin Linus could be your son?

Ben’s got nothing on you.

Not only did you know your own son was going to die if he returned to the island, but you’re the one who killed him. (Well, a younger, blonder version of yourself, that is.)

That is seriously cold-blooded.

Our Losties have always had Bad Daddy issues, but now, we’re veering into Bad Mommy territory. And poor Daniel Faraday got the poor luck of the draw in the parental gene pool, didn’t he? Both his mother AND his father set him up to die.


Yes, we do have to say RIP to Daniel, and hopefully in death, poor Professor Twitchy can indeed have some peace. Because his life was a completely sad, micromanaged, mommy-manipulated affair from beginning to end.

His childhood was marked by an absent father (Charles Widmore! We saw it coming, but it was nice to have that confirmed. More on that later…) and an obsessive mother bent on shaping his scientific mind.

He wasn’t allowed the pleasures of the piano (though Daniel outwitted Eloise on that one) or girlfriends (and Theresa seemed nice before her mind melted, didn’t she?) because that could distract him from becoming a brilliant scientist who could master time travel.

Even as an adult, Daniel couldn’t manage to get together with Charlotte before he failed in his attempt to save her life. And how heart wrenching was the futile warning scene between Dan and a young Charlotte?

So whatever happened, happened, right?

Nope, as Daniel explained – and at this point, we assume he’s right – our destiny isn’t completely predetermined. We need our constants – as Desmond and Penny proved – but we humans are the variables.

Our free will can, in fact, change the future. Maybe not the ultimate outcome – we’re all gonna die at some point – but our actions do affect our lives and those of others.

Um, I think.

Either way, it’s interesting to wonder what might happen if Daniel – or, from the looks of next week’s trailer, Kate and Jack – succeeded in preventing the incident at the Swan station.

What if Oceanic 815 never crashed on the island?

So shall we explore the episode further, Lost-philes? And do all of these questions mean your brain is now the consistency of microwaved Cheez Whiz?

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Posted by Heather Salerno on Thursday, April 30th, 2009 at 9:33 am |
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