'LOST' To Drop a Story Bomb
The producers of ABC's international megahit "Lost" Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse have given yet another exclusive interview to TV Guide's Michael Ausiello disclosing some of their intentions for the upcoming episodes of the series.
The writing duo have explained that the second part of the 3rd season that begins on February 7 will focus on the fact that the island may have been seen by the outside world as disclosed last May in the closing moments of the second season finale.
Shortly after the show returns in February there will be a huge revelation or event involving a major character and then shortly after that a significant 'story bomb' that will change the show forever.
Also, the kids and the stewardess who were abducted by The Others (as seen in the '48 days' flashback episode last season) return in the second episode after the break and their disappearance is explained as is The Others' obsession with abduction of children. Juliet being a fertility doctor will play a role in that.
Juliet herself will shoot a character in the first episode after the break which will feature her flashback story. Speaking of flashbacks, we will learn how The Others lived on the island before the Oceanic flight 815 crashed, who they really are and why they are doing what they are doing. The producers had already said The Others are factional and there are "Other Others".
A flashback will also explain how the new characters Nikki and Paulo experienced all the events from the past two seasons from their perspective. Some other less prominent characters may appear in that flashback including Dr. Artz who blew up in the 1st season finale and the twins Steve and Scott, one of whom was killed, too.
Michael and Walt's storyline will again be addressed at some point in the future and we will find out what happened to them after they left the island, but not necessarily in the third season. Many of the questions will however be answered, including how Locke ended up in his wheelchair and how Jack got his tattoos.
The producers also said that the town we saw in the season premiere teaser where The Others live is not necessarily on the second island, which explains how they could get to the crash site and infiltrate the survivors within an hour. In fact, "the Alcatraz island" will be gone by the end of tonight's episode.
As far as time conceptions are concerned, those will also play a significant part in unlocking some of the mysteries. We will, for instance, see what happened to Locke, Desmond and Mr. Eko when the hatch imploded (and how Desmond ended up naked), but that may not necessarily be a flashback. Nor a flash forward. But it will be a 'flash-something'.
The show will prominently feature the 'Eye-Patch' guy who appeared on the hatch monitor in last week's episode. He is not Radzinsky. The African American character Ms Klugh who appeared in the final episodes of season 2 will be back, too. And we may see some other tailies, as well as Shannon and Boone.
The producers addressed criticism concerning never-ending 'Lost' mysteries, saying that in order to avoid the "Twin Peaks Laura Palmer Curse" (that show's mystery was explained midway through the second season effectively killing the show by the end of that year), they can not and will not answer all the questions (especially essential questions about core island mysteries) prematurely. But they promised they are not stringing the audiences along and all questions and mysteries will be explained by the end of the series.
Finally, the producers revealed that tonight's fall finale cliffhanger will be a more conventional "Jack Bauer goes on a slow boat to China" type of cliffhanger, but they hoped it would be good enough to incur a major frustration about the show's 13-week hiatus to bring back the audience in February. They did not say if that means Jack will be leaving the island tonight or not.
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