PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — When ABC’s drama “Lost” ends in May, it will definitively end — don’t look for any sequels or spinoffs.
The show’s producers said Tuesday they’ve known the final image of the mythologically dense series about Oceanic Airlines Flight 815 since the first season, although Carlton Cuse said the last episode hasn’t been written yet. It will air sometime in May.
Cuse and Damon Lindelof were giving away few secrets to the show’s rabid fans at a news conference Tuesday, even refraining to show video clips. They said the show’s sixth and final season will hearken back to its first, and most popular, season in 2004.
The producers were initially sweating about their two-hour season opener, scheduled for Feb. 2, when they heard President Barack Obama had been considering that night for his State of the Union address. It promises to be a challenging episode; actress Emilie de Ravin said she had to read the script three times before it made any sense.
“Get ready to scratch your heads, America,” Lindelof said.
A one-hour recap special, an attempt to get uninitiated or casual viewers as familiar with the story as they can, will precede the opener.
In its lifetime, “Lost” proved that it’s possible for a television series to challenge its viewers and pull off production values that rival feature films, said Stephen McPherson, ABC entertainment president.
“It will arguably be one of the most influential shows of the decade, if not of all time,” McPherson said.
One secret producers did reveal: actress Cynthia Watros, who played the character Libby before being killed off in the second season, will return this year.
“Finally, all of your questions (about Libby) will be answered,” Cuse said.
“No, they will not,” Lindelof said.
That’s something fans should prepare themselves for overall: not all of the questions raised during the series will be answered. “That would be too pedantic,” Cuse said.
They’re hoping that final show is something that will be talked about afterward in much the same way as the diner scene that ended “The Sopranos.”
“I don’t think it would be `Lost’ if there wasn’t any arguing and active debate among the viewers about whether or not it was a good ending,” Lindelof said. “My mom will say it’s a good ending, even though she doesn’t understand the show.”
“Lost” has gone through so many inexplicable twists and turns, and flash-forwards to the future, that one writer wondered whether fans had already seen the ending in a previous episode. Cuse said no.
Actors said filming the series has been an emotional journey.
“I’m going to cry like a baby when this series ends,” actress Evangeline Lilly said.
Lost masterminds Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof have leaked the first clues to the final season of their crypto-drama, thanks to a video shot by comedian Paul Scheer. The clip from damoncarltonandapolarbear.com is a good-natured spoof of crazy Lost fans. And the entire site is designed to provide hints about the season debuting early next year. Scheer’s major revelation: The premiere will be called ”LA X.” How to decipher that title? Well, Lostophiles will remember that Oceanic 815 was bound for Los Angeles when it crashed on Mystery Island, and that season 5 ended with time-traveling Juliet detonating a hydrogen bomb with the hope of creating a new reality in which everyone landed safely at LAX. So ”LA X” may refer to the airport. But that intentional space makes my Doc Jensen brain go tingly. If we read the title as ”Los Angeles ’10” (the Roman numeral X equals 10, as in 2010), maybe it simply means the new season will begin in present-day L.A. That’s too easy! So I’m going with this: The characters touched by the maybe-magical Jacob — Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Sayid, Hurley, Locke, Sun, Jin, and Ben — will begin the season scattered through time as a result of Juliet’s explosive reboot. They’ll have limited memory of their past Island life, yet they’ll find themselves inexplicably compelled to gather in L.A. in 2010. Yes, I get all that from the title. And by being one of those crazy Lost fans.
Tonight on Flash Forward, we got to meet three versions of D. Gibbons.
The first was Dee Dee Gibbons, age 45, from Anaheim, California. Her flash forward was of arguing with someone about pigeons and credit cards. Dee Dee owns her own business which specializes in fancy cupcakes. Soon we find out that Dee Dee credit card has been used to buy a bus ticket in Pigeon Lake, Utah. So Mark (Fiennes) and Demetri (Cho) head out to Pigeon Lake for a stakeout. Thinking things have gone bust, Mark looks across the street and spots D. Gibbons #2, which is the name of a mom and pop doll factory. They go inside and a man blows up the factory, but not before shooting the local female sheriff that is with them. Interestingly, she also had no flash forward dream just like Demetri. Her shooting proves fatal and we begin to feel the same ominous feeling that Demetri is feeling about his future. A photographer provides the burned doll photograph for Mark’s evidence wall.
Mark can’t sleep that night and stops by his daughter’s (Charlie) room after burning the friendship bracelet she gave him in the fireplace. She finally starts telling him about her flash forward; she has already revealed she knows Dylan, who is the son of Olivia’s future lover. But then, she introduces us to D. Gibbons #3 by saying “D. Gibbons is a very bad man.”
Other things we learned:
Mosaic is the Mosaic Collective Web site the FBI set up for people to tell their flash forward stores.
The blackout (the latest playground game) happened at 11:00am on the dot which has a 1 in 3600 change of happening at exactly that time.
The person in the baseball stadium in Detroit is now referred to as Suspect Zero. The FBI has determined it is a man, 5’8″ tall, 160 pounds.
The man who blew up the doll factory called Suspect Zero on his cell phone during the blackout.
We learn that a lady had a flash forward while she is reviewing the file of Demetri’s murder which occurs on March 15th, 2010.
I have read a lot of reviews of the show and they are very mixed. Some feel they are trying too hard to be LOST (e.g., same opening scene where Mark/Jack wake up and start trying to help in a catastrophe) or their use of animals in unusual places (e.g., polar bear on the island, kangaroo in the street). I did not read the early reviews of LOST, but I think people will become hooked very quickly to Flash Forward. Give it a chance and enjoy the ride. I am.
Here is a close up of the Oceanic Airlines billboard in the first episode of Flash Forward. Note the “Perfect Safety Record” proclaimation. Did blowing up the island in the last episode of LOST last season change history so the plane crash never occured? Are we being played like an overly chewed piece of gum? Were the people in Detroit really watching the Lions and passed out from waiting for a winning game?
Blair Kennedy blogged on my comments about there being LOST images in the first episode of Flash Forward. He said:
Did you see the billboard for Oceanic Airlines that was in the surveillance scene? At the current time, Oceanic has a “Perfect Safety Record”.
So what does this mean? LOST is happening in 1977 and 2007. Flash Forward is happening now since six months from now is April 29th, 2010. Please blog and let me know your thoughts and suspicions.
I need to watch Flash Forward a second time before I blog on it, so probably Sunday I will have more to say.
In the meantime, I hope you will help me prepare a list of clues. Each week I will post an updated list for all to review.
Also, did anyone else see (or think they saw) signs, symbols, or other items from LOST? Did the blowing up of the island in LOST cause the blackout in Flash Forward?
Here is the start of my list:
April 29th, 2010
2 Minutes 17 Seconds
Kangaroo in the street
Three Stars Tattoo
Man awake in the baseball statium in Detroit
Who Else Knows?