Tuesday, March 18

Lost Scoop

From Ausiello:

So let's get started: An upcoming, post-strike episode will feature the same male character at different ages, described as "sweet, shy, tentative and smart" at 5 and "angry, a little nerdy, defiant and rebellious" at 16. Also, said male character has green eyes, a fact you might not find significant, unless you were this guy. The same episode also features a redheaded teenaged girl who is "emotional, prone to dramatic gestures, and passionately in love." Who are we talking about here?

The easy answer is: Duh, it's Ben and Annie, his childhood pal. But! Conflicting intel says these characters appear in a Locke-centric episode, which is confusing. To me, Locke's backstory seems pretty much wrapped up, after having had Sawyer off his organ-stealing daddy. I can't imagine that we're going to whoosh back into mini-Locke's childhood angst at this juncture.

So I have three theories, in descending order of probability:

Theory No. 1: My mole is wrong and we'll finally see the love story of Ben and Annie. When we last saw Annie, she was shaping up to be Joey to Ben's Dawson. After all, The Island is nothing more than an ominous, creepy Capeside, right? Since Annie no longer seems to be alive and kicking and/or on The Island, we'll find out what happened to her. Did she die in The Purge? Did she catch the first submarine away from Ben the first time he mentioned that she belonged to him? Did she find her Pacey? Did she — gasp! — get pregnant?

Theory No. 2: Locke's next ep is an island-based flashback, in which we'll see Locke's followers travel to The Temple to join the in-hiding Others (what the heck is The Temple anyway?). It's there that we'll meet these spunky teens, who will be the subjects of rigorous testing (cough, brainwashing). Remember Carl being "tested" for his response to vivid imagery and proselytizing in the infamous Room 23? Kinda like that. As for the boy's 5-year-old self, I'm going with an acid-flashback-within-a-narrative-flashback.

Theory No. 3: I'm totally wrong and we'll see a tiny, bald Locke as a child. Which I would totally hate.

What do you think? Who are these people? Which theory would you like to see come true? Or, if you have one of your own, sock it to me!

And in more scoop...
Episode 4.08: Meet Kevin Johnson (Michael-centric) [Last episode completed before the writers' strike]
Airdate: March 20, 2008

The current print edition of TV Guide (March 10-16) drops some spoilers regarding what's to come in Lost's late season: we may learn in the March 20 episode (4.08, Meet Kevin Johnson) whether Michael ever reached the mainland, if he's come back to rescue the other survivors, whether he went home.

Walt does appear in episode eight, but 100-percent-trustworthy sources tell me that during his blink-of-an-eye appearance, "He is exactly the size that a nine-year-old should be."

And a bit more...
Cuse and Lindelof reveal: Ben was telling a truth and a lie [about Widmore]. He is behind the freighter, but he is not there for the reason that Ben says he is. We'll know by the end of season four.

TV Guide drops some spoilers regarding what's to come in Lost's late season: we'll learn why Sayid is Ben's paid assassin, why Jack has descended into a tormented diet of pills and booze, this season ends with the O6 getting off the Island, the Jack-Kate situation remains unresolved and probably will be for a while, we haven't seen the last of Kate-Sawyer this season -- not by a long shot, it's about how many years elapsed between what we're watching on the Island and the FF's, there are some growth issues when you go on or off the island.

1 comment:

Lola said...

I was a little late getting my spoilers today! It seems to go along with what you've posted.
Sayid confronts Ben's spy on the freighter, and Ben urges daughter Alex to flee Locke's camp in order to survive an impending attack

Who opened the door of the sick bay for Sayid and Desmond? How'd the comm center get trashed? Episode eight will answer those Q's.

Libby will show up in Episode 8. She might somehow be involved in the cliff-hanger.

Michael, like Desmond and the Tunisian Polar Bear, has been "bounced around time and space". Time travel may explain how Michael would have the additional time to assume the identity of Kevin Johnson and infiltrate the freighter, or would it? Remember the Orchid video, how it produced two bunny number fifteens? Could there actually be two Michaels running around? I'm not saying that is it, but I'm not saying it's not either.

Walt does appear in episode eight, but during his blink-of-an-eye appearance, "He is exactly the size that a nine-year-old should be."

"[This episode] is intensely character focused on one person and a little more focused on filling in blanks as opposed to answering new questions. The last scene in the show we would certainly define as a cliff hanger and really nicely platforms what episode nine is going to be."

Expect freighties with machine guns and a shocking (?) death to answer the question in one regard: they definitely want Ben... badly.

The return of Michael
The episode tracks what happened to Michael since he left the island with his son. According to various reports, there are scenes set in New York where Michael meets up with.. wait for it... Mr. Friendly. Yes, the same Mr. Friendly shot dead by Sawyer at the end of season three.

The crew recreated a busy street of New York. Christmas lights were strung everywhere, and people were bundled up for the winter cold. A green newsstand and a New York Yellow Cab stood nearby, as well as other older cars fitted with New York plates. Smoke machines blanketed the ground with white fog. Michael (Harold Perrineau) seemed to be the center of attention. His clean cut look suggested that this was a flashback. In a narrow alley he met Tom (M.C. Gainey). And wasn't a friendly encounter, either, involving a gun and a fistfight. The scene possibly involved a car crash.

On the freighter, an alarm sounds. Desmond and Sayid wake up, put on their shoes and go out on deck. The captain is beating up a crew member who had been trying to take a boat out. He says its for his own protection "Do you remember when the last two guys took this boat out?... as soon as the engines are fixed we're back in the hunt". He calls 'Kevin' to clean up the mess. Sayid approaches Michael calling him by his own name. Michael tries to dismiss him but Sayid insists and asks him why he is on the boat. Michael's answer: 'I'm here to die'.

On the island Locke has gathered the main members of his group in one of the houses. He tells them he was indecisive before, but wants to share with them all what he now knows. He brings up Miles, who confesses that the people of the freighter have been searching for Ben. As Hurley remarks that they knew that already, Ben fills out the blanks: after they have found him, their orders are to kill everybody else. They all realise they can't turn Ben over, anymore. That Ben is one of them, now. As a token of trust Ben reveals that Michael is his man on the boat.

Someone will die in this episode, as stated on the ABC promo.

This episode finds Sayid demanding to know why Michael is posing as deckhand Kevin Johnson, a question answered by a series of darkly revelatory flashbacks that involve Michael at home in Manhattan post-Island, the music of Mama Cass and a pivotal Friendly encounter. Walt pops up only briefly, and four dead characters reappear. "It's safe to say Michael's return to the outside world did not work out in any way he hoped or planned."