Greek Series Finale Spoilers & Recap

‘Greek’ creator Patrick Sean Smith on the series finale you didn’t see and chances of a spin-off

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Patrick-Sean-SmithImage Credit: Toby Canham/Getty Images; Karen Neal/ABC Family[SPOILER ALERT: Do not read this if you haven’t seen the series finale of Greek] The end is here, Greek fans. It’s okay, go ahead and shed a tear (or ten!). Like the KT house, our gang from Cyprus-Rhodes is gone.

The good news? We’re not quite done yet. Now that you’ve seen the series finale, take one last look down memory lane with this chat I had with creator Patrick Sean Smith, where we break down (in complete and total geeky detail!) the series finale. P.S. — If you thought you were the only one who smelled a spin-off…guess again.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: I’m very upset cause I just watched the finale and I’m so depressed and sad…
PATRICK SEAN SMITH: Yay! And you’re welcome.

We’re gonna miss it so much. I don’t even know where to start but I guess we should start with the thing that is going to have everybody sobbing, which is the tearing down of the house. Why, why, why? Why did you do that to us?
To give a little backstory, we kind of came into the fourth season with a gift. We all thought that we were done at the end of the third season. So when I was writing the spring break episode, “All Children Grow Up,” I kind of thought we were done. We actually shot a series-ending flash-forward scene in the event that we were done and we also had the season-ender. Fortunately, our ratings went up in the third season, and people kind of rallied for the show, so we never had to show that. We kind of went into this next ten [episodes] saying “This is a gift. We have these next ten episodes to wrap it up as opposed to just trying to do it all in a flash-forward.” I was trying to figure it out what really is the heart of the show. There were so many memories and moments and emotions that had gone on through the house. I kind of had always committed to the idea that they saved the house in the end and everything is fine, but it was so obvious, it didn’t feel Greek, didn’t feel special enough. So about halfway through the ten I contacted the line producer and said, “I’m thinking about something crazy and tell me we can’t afford it, but I want to tear down the house.” And she was like, “That is crazy. But it’s also brilliant and let’s figure out how to do it.” It felt shocking, but it also felt like the show a little bit and it gives some hope post-the show and if our characters find the hope post-the house to say the spirit of KT, as with the spirit of Greek is not solely resting in this house, as it doesn’t have to be resting in this show it can live on past the series finale.

So the interior set actually got torn down by a bulldozer?
We tore all the sets down ourselves. We filmed it. I believe the DVD will have some behind-the-scenes stuff, ’cause I believe people were filming it. That was really the last thing we shot, for obvious reasons. We’re not doing any pick-ups or re-shoots, for obvious reasons in a torn down set. It was crazy. It was really cathartic and emotional and so many of the cast showed up for it, to see it and the writers and producers so it was, like…a very powerful ending for us as well.

You mentioned a little bit about a flash-forward that didn’t air. How was that different from what we saw?
The flash-forward was to Rusty’s graduation. At Rusty, Rebecca, Dale, and Calvin’s graduation. We also reveal, at the end, that it was Cappie’s graduation as well. The idea is that he stuck around for two years, and I’m pretty sure this will be on the DVD, so people will have the opportunity to see it. It was our undergrads — who were then graduates — two years later from when we left off at spring break with Casey coming back from GW to see Rusty’s graduation and then being reunited with Cappie and them kind of having a drink of hope at Dobbler’s at the end to show that as a game-changer for them. And Ashleigh was back from New York and Evan’s married. It was just one of those flash-forward to reunion-type thing were it was all tied up that way.

Speaking of all the characters, let’s rewind a little bit and break down the stories. Let’s start with Cappie and Casey, obviously. I loved how they were embarking on this unplanned journey together, just going into the sunset. How did you come to that ending?
I always knew I didn’t want to end the series with them getting together because we’ve seen that too many times. So we definitely made the choice to get them sooner with the hopes that the astute audience would be like, “What, they’re getting them together now in the middle, and by the end they’re gonna break them up so they’re just getting them together to break them up again!” But for them, I like that uncertainty but the power in them being a couple to know that they’re gonna get through anything. I didn’t want to tie everything up too much. I like the power of this couple, as it is with anything in life, to say, “I have no idea what’s gonna happen next but as long as we’re together I know we can weather it.” So I love that for them because it’s kind of the spirit of their relationship through the series is, “We’re together, but we’re sorta not. As long as we’re in each other’s orbits, things as gonna be okay.”

How was it writing this ending for this couple for you?
I was good. It was fitting; it was emotional. I think the Rusty/Casey of it all got me a little bit deeper. ‘Cause that’s been so much of what the series has been to me was this brother/sister finding each other, so I loved that we could end it and avoid doing the flash forward to just say “And they got together!” But to just see in the last couple of episodes Cappie grow up and to see him be worthy of Casey and to see that he’s worthy of an adult relationship and one that’s kind of built to last — it meant the most to me. And we’re saying that they’re together but to spend the last couple episodes to show that they are gonna be okay together. That they’re gonna grow together.

Speaking of Rusty, we ended with him as the President of the frat, with this new, beautiful girlfriend. The world has completely changed for Rusty from when we first met him as this little geeky little brother. Tell me about that — why you decided to give him this awesome amazing life that he totally deserved?
It was tough because I wanted to show growth in Rusty as well. I wanted to push the characters as far forward for me as possible, knowing that I’m never going to get to write them again. To me, it was to have the experience of seeing them grow up and know that they’re gonna be okay in my mind. With Rusty, I wanted to grow him up. I was inclined to make him the cool guy, to make him the Cappie guy, but it felt false and it felt like a bad message to say that Rusty has to completely change to be worthy of a happy ending for himself. So I kind of liked retaining a little bit of his nerdiness, but to also show a little more confidence in him. When we started talking about a Rusty/Ashleigh relationship — which we’ve always kind of hinted on in the past, but was never kind of truly my original vision for those two characters — it was that we need to step Rusty up enough to make him worthy of somebody like Ashleigh, to make him worthy of the presidency, but still maintaining who he is. With the finale, in my mind, I thought of transformation in the identity of Kappa Tau under Rusty’s leadership, to say that this is a bit of an underdog fraternity, but with the spirit of Rusty to say, we can get through anything. Cappie was always avoiding trying and being the cool slacker place, and with Rusty at the helm, this fraternity is going to embody Rusty’s spirit. So I was happy where we ended him without having to completely change him.

Did you mean for the ending to seem like the beginning of a spinoff?
Not consciously. When it looked like we were done at the end of the third season, I obviously was very emotional, just about how much I love the show, and how much I love working with everybody. But the thing I was missing the deepest for me personally and selfishly was the characters. I never wanted to end the series with “It’s done,” final nail in the coffin. It’s probably a little open-ended in my mind just so the characters can live on in my imagination. And should there be a spin-off, so be it! But yeah, I just didn’t want to end their lives in this. I wanted to feel that there was a progression and a continuation for all of them. In saying that I hope there could be a spin-off, it’s certainly not from feeling that the network is ending us abruptly. They didn’t — they gave us this final ten to wrap up the series, which again, meant so much to me, it meant so much to the cast, everybody came back with this appreciation of this final ten. Because you don’t get that in TV. I don’t want to burden them with more red cups being sent in again and again.

Let’s talk Dale and Laura.
You know, I wanted — when we were looking at this is the final ten, we talked about, What did everybody want by the end of this? And I felt like we never really got into Dale, as much as I would have liked to over all the time. When you’re juggling eight characters — I loved the stuff we did with him, but we never really got into his romantic life. And I liked the idea of this guy saying, “I need to find the best girl, because I need to get married before I graduate from college.” I grew up in Texas and went to school in Texas, and I know in my time period, a lot of people were getting married during college. And I liked him putting that pressure on finding Mrs. Dale Ian Kettlewell, and he had two years to do it — which also felt like a nice motivation for him to get into a fraternity, which he had always been on the periphery during the series. And with Laura, I just love the character, I love the actress, I loved just how snarky and mean she was. It just seemed like that would be the perfect girl that Dale would end up with in a way that would challenge him, as opposed to getting somebody who’s a little too subservient, too sweet. So there was always something that I really liked about the fire in their relationship, and that they didn’t like each other but they wanted to be with each other.

So in your mind, did they get married?
I don’t know if they did. I don’t know, I haven’t given too much through past where we ended [all the couples], I guess.

What about with Evan? I felt like he really ended on an uncertain note.
With Evan, I always felt interested in what would be the thing that would make him friends with Cappie, and I feel like Casey was always there, and his feelings for Casey would always be there. I felt like by the end of the series I wanted to see him get over Casey Cartwright, like, officially. And I also wanted to see that story of him coming to terms with his parents and the limitations of their relationship in a way that he’d stop acting out from that. And I also liked finding an occupation for him that he could focus all of his darker energy on something that is productive, which is a lawyer, from time to time. But he was able to find something productive or constructive with that ability to look past the means and get to the end, and that’s real. That’s adult life sometimes. So with him, I did see — I will say that I did see Evan and Rebecca getting back together. I wanted to keep it a little bit open just so that it wasn’t, everybody take the hand of their partner and do the curtain call at the end, with your respective mate. But I always did imagine that those two worked really well together and that they could grow up together and benefit from each other.

Evan ended the most “adult” character, I think.
I can’t help but read the message boards and people’s response, and I know that they’re upset right now to see him be such a jerk and how harsh he was to Rebecca. But I wanted to earn that dip to make his rise feel that much more exciting, to be an adult and a grownup.

So tell me about Cappie’s name and his major. They were finally revealed. It sort of reminds me of finding out Big’s name was John on Sex and the City.
Yes, yes. There was just something in Captain John Paul Jones and “only begun to fight” — I kind of just liked a little bit of, as an anthem. His name was something I had never really considered at the beginning. He was always just “Cappie” to me. And then when people started to say, like, “What’s his real name?” and I was like, “I never thought of his real name. he’s Cappie.” So I wanted to have something that was meaningful, and as the episodes went on and people were like, “What’s his name? What’s his name? We have to know!” I was like, “Oh my, God, this has got to be good.”  What I came to in that name was — and what I wanted the end of this to be — was a bit of an anthem for our millennial audience we’ve been so aware of through the run of the series. Things are rough right now. There are no jobs, but keeping that fighting spirit and say, “We can get through this together” was the thing I really liked in his name. [It] kind of brought that all together for me. And that he does have that spirit, that he’s only begun to fight, that he’s always going to be living the life that he wants to live as opposed to just slipping into complacency. When we talked about Cappie growing up, I was like, I will never imagine Cappie in a Volvo, coming home from work with a briefcase. I would sooner be happy seeing him sell sandals on the beach than see him just fall into a normal, ordinary life of adulthood. So that’s one thing I’ve seen in my mind past the series.

Were there any big reject names?
The big reject name was John Smith. The obvious reject is because it’s too close to my name, which I was worried that people would see it as the arrogance of putting myself in the show. [Laughs] But the thing I liked about it was that his name was too ordinary for his spirit. For who he was, he was too big for a John Smith, so he would forever be Cappie. And also the John Smith of it as well, and as you called out Big, I was like “Ugh, I don’t want to be too close to that,” because that was just an ordinary thing. In Cappie’s character, I love the struggle for the kid growing up, saying, “I don’t want to be a normal person.” In that Breakfast Club kind of way, I don’t want to grow old and have my heart die. I want to keep my heart alive, and I want to enjoy every second of it. But him having a name that wasn’t worthy of that energy — with no disrespect to the John Smiths of the world.

Cue the hate mail from John Smiths.
[Laughs]

Do you have a favorite pop culture comedic moment? Honestly, I’ll never forget Star Wars sex.
I’m going to get hate mail from John Smith and George Lucas. That was something that we tried so desperately to get into the third season, and that was like, coming into the fourth season and when I thought we were done before, there were all these things that I was like, “Aw, I always wanted to do that, we never did a toga party…” Just before we even started the room in the fourth season, I took time to write down a list of all the stuff that I wanted to do and felt bad that we didn’t have a chance to do. So we brought that into this ten. But the Star Wars thing I loved. Dale’s speech during the U Sag battles in courts to keep the Greek system with the restriction, and how he [channeled] Howard Dean, and waved his arms, and sweat stains. That was something I could walk a million times over. Catherine, this season, just was so funny, and anything I would watch her do would just kill me, and the repartee that Catherine and Casey had in the later years was brilliant.

Was there anything on the list you didn’t get to do?
There was one thing that one of the writers on staff, Matt Whitney, was pushing the entire time that I thought would be really funny. The beer pong world championship, and the idea of them going to face off with all these different beer pong champions seemed kind of like an interesting world to get into and fun.

So what’s next?
This is my first experience developing, so there’s a lot of stuff that I want to do. I had a script come in with Imagine Television which I’m thoroughly excited about. I’m just the biggest Friday Night Lights and Parenthood fan. So nothing definite, but a lot of irons in the fire, so to speak.

(Additional reporting by Maggie Pehanick and Hillary Busis)

24 Series Finale Recap / Spoilers: 8.23/8.24 “Day 8: 2:00 PM-4:00 PM”

’24’ series finale: Executive Producer Howard Gordon answers some burning questions!

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Image Credit: Ray Mickshaw/Fox; Frank Micelotta/FoxSPOILER ALERT: If you have yet to watch the 24 series finale, stop reading now. Executive Producer Howard Gordon may reveal information that you don’t want to know until you’ve watched the entire two-hour goodbye, so leave this page ASAP!

Okay, you’ve been warned…

Much about the eighth and final season of 24 may have tried your patience — Dana Walsh, President Taylor’s tap dance on the Constitution, Jack’s attraction to the once hard-hearted, now all-gooey-inside Renee. Fortunately, Executive Producer Howard Gordon — like Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer — is a thick-skinned man who knows what he wants and makes no apologies. Here, the veteran writer who’s been on the show since the beginning talks about preparing for the show’s series finale, why he left some characters on the cutting room floor this season (sorry, Aaron Pierce and Tony Almeida!) and how the finale will tee up the 24 movie.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Did you know at the beginning of the season that you wanted Jack looking up at a drone and saying goodbye to Chloe in the end?
HOWARD GORDON:
Definitely not.  That was something we came to fairly later in the game.  And it was an image I was certainly searching for all year but not one that I found until the very end.

What about Jack going completely off the rails?
Yes, that was very much designed from the beginning. How it would end, however, was something that was really unknown. I saw a little bit further ahead than I generally do, and we wanted to knit Jack and Renee together, only to take them apart, and for that to have a really profound effect on Jack. That’s about as far as we knew in the broad strokes. How that was going to happen, and how it would impact Allison Taylor and Chloe — those were late-to-the-party additions that I think helped bolster that initial idea.

Did you know at the start of the season that the Russians would be the ultimate villains?
No idea.

So you didn’t know at the beginning that President Taylor would go to the dark side with Logan?
There was some other mid-season purpose for her, but I can’t remember. But even in the beginning, I told her I didn’t have much of a part for her. My initial impulse, and our initial impulse, was that there was no more story to tell. That she, this character, had pretty much exhausted her story. And we needed her mostly to tee-up Omar Hassan, and help ennoble him as a character, rather than you know, step front and center stage herself. So the idea was always to have her at the edges of the stage, teeing up this character, and as it turned out, she became a profound player in the drama. It’s not just the death of Renee so much as it is the deprivation of justice that gets Jack to this place. I think it’s really important to look at those two as being, you know, a flip side to the same coin.

You entered treacherous territory with Taylor because you originally set her up to be a principled president.
Yeah, it was a big challenge.  I know she was surprised, and she was such a great sport, and such a phenomenal actor. But I have to say, it was challenging both to write and then to communicate to her what we were trying to do.

Did you expect to get push back from fans?
You do this long enough and you start realizing that you are going to get push back for everything. You are not going to win everywhere.  There are going to be unhappy people no matter what, and that’s part of the challenge of doing a show for this long. I think that I would be hard-pressed to look at a show that has kept its fan base completely happy for its entire long run, particularly one that’s serialized.

You killed off a lot of key people this year.
That’s not what we set out to do but there was a kind of a go-for-broke aspect to this year, so we felt freer to do some extreme behavior, some extreme things. I really hope that we never merged into the place where it was gratuitous, or sensational, or hysterical. I felt like the deaths that occurred were ones that were justified by the story.

The gut-wrenching scene with Pavel, Renee’s killer — what did that get you?
That was a combination of a conversation with Kiefer and a way to dramatize that Jack had actually stepped over the line, and had gone to a red zone. We knew it was going to be a risk. Kiefer really went for it. It was a grotesque ballet that he wound up dancing.

Why did you have Jack fall for Renee?
The human connections that Jack has really makes the seasons stronger. What he wants, and who he wants it with, is really important. In the end, her involvement in what was happening, and her redemption to herself in what was happening, became the very center and the reason why Jack goes back to pick up the gun again.

Dana Walsh wasn’t very popular with fans, either.
We anticipated that from the very beginning. This woman had a secret life, with a secret life behind it — something that came out later. It emotionally justified something that we always recognized was a pretty tricky and far-out story. We were very lucky to have Katee Sackhoff play along.

Did you consider a potential love connection between Allison and Ethan, her Secretary of State?
We did consider it. Bob Gunton [Ethan] confessed one night after a couple glasses of wine to having some imaginary past with her that extended beyond their professional one.

Did you consider showing the recovery of Bill Prady’s corpse after Dana shoved it into the wall at CTU?
Yes, we did. But it was a scene we never got to. We figured it takes five hours for a body to decompose and by then, the season is over. That’s what we told ourselves, anyway.

How come you didn’t bring back Tony Almeida this season?
We tempted fate once with him, for sure.  I seem to have gotten away with it, so we consider ourselves lucky and ahead of the game.

What about Alan Wilson, who masterminded the Sentox nerve gas conspiracy last year?
I think you got a sense that Renee broke him and broke the back of the conspiracy at a tremendous personal and professional price.

Did you ever consider bringing back Mandy, the professional assassin from seasons 1, 2 and 4?
Mandy always came up a bunch of times, but unfortunately, it felt like a sensational move. We chose not to go down that path.

Aaron Pierce?
We always considered bringing back Aaron Pierce. The story never presented itself. Other than Kiefer, he is the only one who has been in every season. Unfortunately, we couldn’t give him a perfect run.

The pitch for the 24 movie was done before the series ender. Did you draft off the pitch?
The movie has to defer to the end of the TV show, not the other way around.

Will it be a prequel?
It definitely will not be a prequel.

What will your role be on the movie?
I’ll be a producer on it. There is a draft that is in. No one is in a position right now to know when or what the movie will be, exactly.  Now that the TV show is over, the movie will be it’s own thing.

What are you most proud of this season?
I am proud of the whole season. Every year has become increasingly challenging to do and so getting through it gave me a tremendous feeling of accomplishment. I would say my favorite moment was the last moment. That was the moment I felt the most pressure. It’s an exercise I go through at the end of every year: Who do you want to see, and then how do you figure out a story with the people you want to see?  In this case — of course — it was Chloe, Taylor, and Jack.

If you had your druthers, do you wish Lost and 24 had ended a year apart, not around the same time?
All I can say is I hope we will be missed as much as Lost. I hope we will both be missed.  It’s good to be missed rather then sent out of town on a rail.

’24’ series finale: Shut it down

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Hoping for a more dramatic (and Smoke Monster-free) finale? Well look no further than Jack Bauer’s last ride on “24.”

Cole finds out that Jack was responsible for the annihilation of the Russian delegation. As he departs to confront Jim Ricker, Chloe makes a beeline to Jack’s ultimate destination: the United Nations. Of course, he’s not done collecting audio yet. He gathers even more evidence before hitching a ride with Jason. Russian President Suvarov is the new target, and Logan’s right-hand man is going to take Jack right to him. Once Chloe and Cole have the evidence in hand, their plan is to spam every government e-mail with the audio. Let’s see the president take THIS down, eh?! Jason makes his way into a building across the street, sutures Jack’s stab wound and begs for his life. I imagine calling Jack’s actions nothing more than “bloodlust” didn’t help his cause, but Jack only knocks him unconscious.

Meanwhile, Dalia presents President Taylor with a pen that her husband was going to give her at the peace signing. This is the only time we see Dalia happy (or with a calm tone of voice) the entire time, as Kayla reveals her conversation with Meredith. When our cheating journalist doesn’t answer the phone, Dalia immediately smells what the conspiracy is cooking and storms into the president’s suite, demanding answers. Taylor comes (mostly) clean about all her evildoings, which leads Dalia to refuse to sign the treaty. Taylor threatens to rain holy hell upon the IRK if she doesn’t. Dude… harsh. Mere minutes later, President Suvarov arrives for the signing.

Across the street, Jack sets up operations. He records a farewell video on the data card, explaining his actions to (presumably) Kim and the world. Chloe and Cole devise a plan: Find and talk down Jack in 20 minutes, or Cole blows the whistle and Jack probably dies. As the world leaders are introduced by U.N. Secretary-General Dr. Peter Benton, Chloe discovers Jack’s hideout and tries everything to get him away from the gun and window. He responds the only way he knows how: by putting his ally into a sleeper hold. His real reason for being in that spot: to aim his rifle right at the head of Charles Logan and demand Suvarov be in the room as well.

Logan gets the Russian president in his suite by saying there’s a leak from within. Chloe wakes up and begins the verbal assault on Jack to stand down. Naturally, he finally listens to reason and removes himself from the rifle before placing a bullet into Suvarov, a la David Palmer. Then begins a very tense back-and-forth, with Jack demanding Chloe shoot him. With a CTU unit closing in on their location, it’s the only way they can both safely extract themselves from the situation.

24-series-finale-chloe.jpgChloe absolutely refuses to shoot her closest friend. Seriously, this goes on for (seemingly) forever, until CTU is practically there AND Jack is a split second from shooting her. Once Jack is shot, Chloe (now in possession of the evidence) tells Arlo to stand by for upload … except Jason arrives and begins frisking her for the data card. When he doesn’t find it on her person, she exits. If only that wer the worst thing to happen to him — Jack inflicts one final attack on Jason by going all Mike Tyson on his left ear. Seriously, Evander Holyfield didn’t scream as much as Jason did. Now he’s really mad and orders Burke to take Chloe and Cole into custody before they can upload the audio to the government.

Logan ultimately shows the card to President Taylor, then offers to take Jack Bauer off her hands by ambushing his ambulance transport. A nod is as good as a wink to a blind horse, as Taylor does nothing to stop him. She begins watching Jack’s video when Tim summons her to the peace treaty signing. With Logan and Jason watching and sipping scotch from their suite, the principals in the treaty are introduced by Secretary-General Benton. Suvarov wastes no time by applying pen to paper. Dalia (who seriously hesitated to join the others when she was introduced), takes a New York minute before she ultimately signs the document. As for President Taylor … well, her conscience FINALLY gets back to her and she not only refuses to sign, but announces that she’s been complicit in the whole thing. After storming out of the room, she demands Tim do everything to save Jack from ambush — except it’s too late. Jack escapes the overturned ambulance, but is no match for the masked mercenaries.

Realizing the end is near, Logan first knocks out, then shoots Jason in the head. With President Taylor bearing down on his suite, he does the only honorable (to him) thing: puts a bullet in his head from under his chin. Amazingly, he doesn’t die, but is likely permanently brain-damaged.

As for Jack, the end seems near. Chloe, Cole and Arlo clear out CTU (after detaining Eden) and begin using the drone to find Jack. It’s not easy, but they eventually spot the A-Team van they’re driving. Jack is mere seconds from a bullet to HIS brain, but the president somehow makes contact and orders the men to stand down. Once on the phone with Jack, she reveals that she’ll be resigning soon and will face the full force of an angry government and country. Jack expects the same, but Taylor offers him an out and a head start in leaving the country. With the Russians coming after him, he needs to disappear in a hurry. She also apologizes profusely for not listening to him all along.

The final exchange sees Jack and Chloe and tears aplenty. He makes her promise to look out for Kim and little Teri. Jack never thought it would be Chloe (of all people) who would have his back all this time. With Chloe breaking down before our eyes, she orders Cole and Arlo to silence, and then with one final command:

“Whatever happened here didn’t happen. Understand? Shut it down.”

192 Hours. The end.

24 Episode Recap: 2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

by Natalie Abrams

Source: TV Guide

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The final two hours of 24 involve Jack Bauer’s attempt to assassinate Russian President Suvarov, the man who ordered the hit on Renee Walker. As Jack prepares his sniper rifle, Chloe and Cole attempt to locate him, lest he be discovered first by CTU and killed on sight. Meanwhile, as the three delegates prepare to sign the peace treaty, President Taylor battles with her decision to participate in the cover-up, including who really killed President Omar Hassan.

HOUR 23:

The series finale opens on Cole learning that Jack has killed Novakovich and his men before jumping off the radar again. Though Jack has evidence of the Russian involvement in Omar Hassan’s assassination, both Arlo and Cole agree that Jack has gone overboard. Still, Cole presses on to find Jack by heading to Jim Ricker’s apartment.

Cole’s arrival at Ricker’s place is definitely not welcome. Ricker immediately wipes his computers before Cole even has a chance to enter. The two face off, but Cole is able to explain he’s actually there to help Jack — well, at least to make sure he doesn’t end up dead. Ricker gives up the info that the Russian president is really the man behind the order to kill Renee Walker. Oh, he’s in trouble!

Over at CTU, Agent Burke questions Chloe (just as she’s learning Meredith Reed has been arrested) on why Cole is back on duty. Get over yourself, buddy, you’re not in charge anymore. Cole fills Chloe in on Jack going after the Russian prez, adding that the recording Jack has is the only one left, so they need to find Jack first and get Suvarov out of the line of fire.

Logan finally decides to reveal the truth to President Taylor, letting her know that Suvarov is implicit in all the misdeeds from Day 8. Fortunately, Logan thinks Jack didn’t find out about the Russian president’s involvement, so their worries should now be over. Little does he know, Logan just fed Jack this information since Mr. Bauer bugged him in the previous hour.

After leaving Logan to head to the U.N., Pillar learns that Bauer has been injured while on his rampage. Unfortunately for him, Bauer is sitting in the backseat of his car and uses him to get into the U.N so he can get at Suvarov.

Dalia Hassan gives Taylor a gift from Omar Hassan: a pen to sign the peace treaty. This touching moment is soon diminished as Kayla Hassan describes her cryptic phone call from Meredith Reed, who pointed a finger at the Russian government in connection to Omar’s death.

When Cole arrives at the mobile CTU set up at the U.N., Chloe says she plans on distributing the evidence Jack has to every media outlet, along with thousands of government employees, ensuring that Taylor will not be able to muzzle this news once the snowball starts rolling.

Once underground at the U.N., Jack has Pillar sew up his knife wound, urging him not to make any false moves or it will result in a bullet to his brain. Pillar questions Jack’s blood lust, since it’s completely (somewhat) different than what Jack normally does. Since the law won’t prosecute the people implicit in Renee’s death, Jack is the law now. Fearing death, Pillar cries out that he has a family, so Jack just pistol whips him, ties him up and leaves him in the trunk.

When Dalia is unable to contact Meredith Reed, she feels it’s her duty to inform Taylor of the possible Russian deceit. Though Taylor tries to brush off the allegations, Dalia insists she contact Meredith Reed or else she won’t sign the peace treaty. Taylor explains that she had ordered Reed’s arrest because her information was true.

Now that Dalia knows the Russians killed her husband, she decides to back out of the treaty and inform the U.N. about the cover-up. Taylor goes on the offensive, essentially blackmailing Dalia into signing the treaty. Taylor says she’ll reveal the near-nuclear attack on the United States, which would force her to order a strike on the IRK.

This does not sit well with Dalia. She’d love to get back at the U.S. and Russia by reactivating their nuclear program. She’s calmed down just enough to meet Suvarov upon his arrival at the U.N. “There is nothing left for either of us to say, Madam President,” says Dalia as Taylor tries to speak with her again.

Jack (incredibly!) makes it through the adjacent U.N. building without being seen, pinning mini-cameras along the way, and setting up shop in a storeroom that has a sniper’s-eye view of the podium being used in the peace treaty. And just when we thought Jack hadn’t been detected, a reflection in a vending machine is his downfall. Chloe decides to go after Jack, telling Cole to send in reinforcements if she doesn’t respond in 20 minutes.

Before Jack goes commando with his sniper rifle, he makes a video — likely for Kim, his daughter — that explains his motives. Chloe tracks him down shortly after, though Jack disarms her quickly. She tries to explain that she needs to walk him out of there or else he’ll be killed by CTU agents, but he puts her in a sleeper hold and handcuffs her to a post.

The first hour closes on Jack setting up his sniper rifle, though he’s not aiming for the podium: Jack is targeting Logan, who he’ll use to get the Russian president into his office, enabling Jack to kill him. Jack plays back a portion of the evidence on the data card to prove he means business. And with a little smirk from Jack, we move onto…

HOUR 24:

President Suvarov opens the second hour by discussing the peace treaty at a press conference, using the memory of Omar Hassan to push it forward. He realizes after the conference that Dalia has learned of his involvement in the death of her husband, though, and commends Taylor in convincing her to stay.

Logan gets Suvarov on the phone, asking him to come to his office because he has credible intel that there’s a leak inside the Russian camp. All the while, Bauer is on Logan’s other phone trying to justify his actions (though mostly to himself). Chloe wakes up and begs Jack not to kill Suvarov; that they can get the audio file to the media.

When Chloe doesn’t answer her phone, Cole deploys a CTU squad to go after Bauer. They definitely won’t make it in time though. Fortunately for Suvarov, Chloe convinces Jack not to kill the Russian prez, explaining that this assassination would incite a nuclear war.

Because the CTU team is about to find Bauer, Jack makes Chloe shoot him. If she doesn’t, she won’t be able to walk out with the data card. Just before CTU agents rush in — with Jack putting his own gun to his head — Chloe shoots him in the chest. Chloe is able to debrief Cole, but Pillar (who has now been found in the back of the SUV) is suspicious of her, and asks Agent Burke to keep her in the building.

Logan explains to Pillar that he must get Bauer’s data card or else they’ll all be going down together. Pillar decides to search Chloe, much to her chagrin, but he doesn’t find the card. Just as the paramedics tell Pillar that the bullet didn’t hit any of Jack’s major organs, he figures out that Chloe is in on this plan. Jack acts as though he’s going to tell Pillar something, but he bites off his ear instead. Ouch!

Chloe starts to upload the data card at the mobile CTU, but Agent Burke quickly apprehends her and Cole, calling Pillar to let him know he’s retrieved the card. Both Chloe and Cole are sent to CTU for detainment.

Logan hand delivers the data card to Taylor, telling her she’s won. There’s just one slight problem: Jack Bauer will never quit. So unless they have him killed, this news will eventually come out. “I will take your silence as tacit approval,” Logan says before heading out to approve the hit on Bauer.

Taylor sits down to watch Jack’s video and you can see on her face that she finally has a revelation: what they did today was a bad idea. (We could’ve told you that hours ago!) Elsewhere, Logan and Pillar decide to celebrate the peace treaty, and Logan’s return to notoriety, with a drink.

When the three delegates gather to sign the treaty, Taylor declines to sign, saying that some serious misdeeds where done in conjunction with this treaty. Taylor adds that she’ll have a full announcement within the hour, effectively ending the treaty.

As she walks out, she gets Tim to call CTU and have them warn Bauer’s medical transport of an impending ambush. (Can I just note that the 24 series finale should also be called Cherry Jones’ Emmy submission tape?) The call did not come in time, though, as Jack has already been grabbed by whoever Logan hired.

As the Secretary General announces that the peace accord did not go through, Logan’s phone rings. He knows that Taylor is calling so she can cancel the hit on Bauer, but he refuses to answer. As Pillar finally picks up the phone, Logan knocks him out before shooting him in the head. (Oh, the irony!)

The truth is, Logan just wants vengeance on Bauer for taking away his last chance. To ensure that the president will not be able to cancel the hit, Logan puts a bullet in his own head. Though the paramedics will be able to save Logan, he’s most likely sustained severe brain damage and is essentially dead.

Taylor has Tim release Chloe and Cole so they can use the CTU drones to find Jack. Using archive video, they are able to backtrack and discover the location of Jack’s kidnappers. Just before the hitmen can kill Jack, Taylor gets them on the phone and demands his immediate release.

Taylor admits her mistakes to Bauer and apologizes profusely. She says they’ll both have to atone for what they’ve done in the last 24 hours, but her one consolation is that she’ll give him enough time to get out of the country.

Jack calls Chloe, who is watching him on a giant surveillance monitor. He pleads with her to make sure Kim is protected since both the Russian and United States’ governments might decide to use her to get at him. She agrees, adding that she’ll try to provide him with ample time to escape.

“When you first came to CTU, I never thought it was going to be you that was going to cover my back all those years,” Jack tells her. “And I know that everything that you did today was to try and protect me. I know that.”

And as Jack looks up at the drone, he adds a “thank you.” As Cole and Arlo watch Jack begin his escape, Chloe orders the drone to be brought back to base, adding that none of this ever happened. As Jack’s pixelated face cuts out, the timer counts down to zero.

24 has come to an end with the producers, writers, etc., basically saying: To get the ending, you’ll have to pay to see the movie. Closure wasn’t given, though if a movie deal does fall through, at least Jack made sure Chloe will protect his last remaining loved ones.

What felt wrong was how far Jack pushed to get revenge on those who had a hand in Renee Walker’s death. In actuality, they spent part of a day together where she questioned his tactics, then spent around six months apart where she was on suicidal spiral, then worked together for another day where she was undercover and slept with her ex. It felt as though the writers just needed some way to get Jack on a bloody war path that would leave us without a “happily ever after.”

But hey, at least Christian Shephard didn’t show up and tell Jack (ha!) that he’s already dead…

Lost Series Finale Recap / Spoilers 6.17/6.18 “The End”: They Were All Dead to Begin With!

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Of love ‘Lost’

A riveting series’ finale fails to top the six seasons that preceded it. But then, it was always about the journey.

'Lost'Jorge Garcia, left rear, Josh Holloway and Michael Emerson in the last episode of the ABC drama “Lost,” which aired Sunday night. (Mario Perez / ABC / May 24, 2010)

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Well, it could have been worse. It could have all been a dream.

Actually, that might have been better, if the finale of “Lost” had ended with some alien life form or surprising human — Ray Bradbury, say, or Terry O’Quinn in a pre-audition nap — opening his eyes from the craziest dream ever.

Instead, it turns out the passengers of Oceanic 815 are all dead, victims, if the end-credit imagery is to believed, of the same tragic plane accident that started the whole thing. Six seasons of polar bears, bachelor pad hatches, landlocked ships, personal submarines and a fleet of fallen airplanes, and it was all apparently some sort of shared afterlife experience. Excuse me, but what are we supposed to do with those religious statues full of heroin, with Fionnula Flanagan’s pendulums, with the crazy Frenchwoman and the time shifts and the whole glorious Richard Alpert back story? And what on Earth are we supposed to do with the Dharma Initiative?… Read Full Article

‘Lost’ – ‘The End’ Recap (Series Finale)

by Jason Hughes, Source:  TV Squad

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As finales go, ‘The End’ will definitely go down as one of the more satisfying ones; even though it didn’t come close to answering all of our questions about the Island and its special properties. But creators Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse promised that we would be satisfied with the conclusions of the character arcs, and in that regard I think they’re right.

At two-and-a-half hours, I’m still digesting everything they threw at me. I struggle at times to sort out a typical one hour episode, much less a feature film length one. But I’m glad the finale will linger with me in the weeks to come, because it is bittersweet saying goodbye to ‘Lost.’ There has been nothing like it on television, and there may never be again. That it succeeded at all is a miracle.

The question of when the beta-verse occurred has finally been answered, and while it was 2004, it wasn’t at the same time. The beta-verse was an equivalent to the Purgatory many religions believe in. As I indicated, it was a place where everyone seemed to be doing better; they’d achieved their root desires and passions, but it was by no means perfection. As such, it could not be Heaven. If this is to be equated to that belief system, then it was appropriately Christian Shephard who opened the doors to Heaven, awaiting all of them who’d come together.

The characters we’d come to know and love needed one another, and that’s what the Island gave them. They needed to find one another in the beta-verse as well, to emotionally resolve their experiences on the Island. For most of them, that trigger was love. For Benjamin Linus it was brutality and violence, which is why he did not go into the church (notably of many faiths). He did not feel he was yet ready to transcend, or move on, to the next plane.

It’s still unclear exactly what the Island was, though I’m sure many have theories already. I’m sure I’ll come up with one in the next day or so, but right now it’s a little too fresh and muddled in my mind. That thing i was right about? That Hurley would ultimately take on the mantle of protector of the Island. Perhaps the Island is the spiritual center of our world. The “other Mother” from a couple of weeks ago was the sole guardian for a long time.

It was only happenstance that a set of twins came along to be the next generation, unless you believe it was by design. Only one could be the guardian, so what role could the other play. Perhaps there is only ever supposed to be one guardian, and when there is things are peaceful. Because the Man in Black existed, and became what he was by killing the “other Mother” and enraging Jacob, the Island became more tumultuous.

Hurley selecting Ben as his “#2” fulfilled Ben’s lifelong passion of being special, but it was done in the real world. In Purgatory, he was a far kinder man than he’d been on the Island, but he didn’t have Alex as his daughter; instead he had her as a student. As it turns out, he may well be on his way to a relationship with Danielle Rousseau, depending on how the properties of that world work.

If the gang in the church go through the light, does that version of Purgatory still exist, and if it does, are they still a part of it for Ben, or will they have all mysteriously vanished? Time has no real sense there, so I’m sure everything can happen however it needs to.

I’m pretty satisfied with the beta-verse being a level of the afterlife, awaiting the opportunity to move on to something even more perfect. The only thing needed to do so, is the ability to forgive. Not only those around them, but most importantly themselves their shortcomings.

At the same time, there’s a part of me that things making it all about explaining the beta-verse was a pretty clever way to get out of explaining most of the mysteries and secrets of the Island. I’d liken it to when a magician uses misdirection to keep the audiences eyes away from the sleight of hand.

I’m not saying I needed to know all of the secrets of the Island, but they certainly left a lot more open to interpretation than I expected. By the way, if Desmond pulling the plug on the light made Jack and MiB-Locke lose their immortality and powers, how was Jack able to transfer the role of guardian of the Island to Hurley? How could the water have still had any of those properties?

We are left to wonder if and how Ben and Hurley got Desmond off the Island, and what happened next to them, but those are questions I don’t mind lingering. I’m not sure why the Island had to be sunk in the beta-verse, or how it would have come to be that way. It’s also still a mystery how they traveled through time, what the light was (as well as its dryer, redder alternate), how you can move an Island, why it is so hard to find from the outside world and vice-versa, who the “other Mother” was, and why the light needs to be guarded. We also never learned why Walt was special.

But again, if it was about satisfying closure for the characters, we got that in spades. Even the characters we didn’t see seemed appropriate. Ana Lucia wasn’t ready yet, as Desmond said, because she’s not ready to ascend. Michael, likewise, is probably not ready to atone for his sins. Perhaps we are to believe that Walt was not dead, even though time didn’t really matter in the beta-verse. I’d like to think rather that he wasn’t in need of this stage of the afterlife an went straight on to what was next.

I enjoyed every single connection moment that trigger memories of their real lives back on the Island, Kate again helped to deliver Aaron, while Charlie and Claire rediscovered their love. Sawyer found it over a candy bar with Juliet, while Sayid saved Shannon from a beating. Locke’s coming when he wiggled his toe is perfect, as that was the defining moment of his personality on the Island. Jack, of course, resisted as long as he could, but eventually succumbed to the flashes of truth when touching the casket that did not contain the body of his father.

Visually, It was appropriate that Jack made his way back to the exact place he awoke on the Island, passing one of the tennis shoes his father was wearing in the casket, and even had Vincent by his side when we had our closing shot of his eye closing, rather than opening. While there are a lot of unanswered questions, we are supposedly promised additional scenes (about 20 minutes of them) on the DVD set that will answer yet more of them, as well as other answers given by the creators.

That ought to give them some extra time to come up with them.

STRAY THOUGHTS & QUESTIONS

–Juliet said “it worked” about the bomb, but it doesn’t appear that it did. They all died at different times to go to the beta-verse, so what worked?

–So they introduced a brand new concept at the beginning of the sixth season, and that’s what they explained in the finale. What about the first five seasons of questions?

–My theory on the people in the church was they were the people who were ready to move on. Some people weren’t there, which means they either weren’t ready or didn’t need this step in their afterlife progression at all, like perhaps Walt and Faraday.

–Perhaps the other people around them in the beta-verse weren’t even those people. It’s more like Aaron was a construct of the beta-verse to serve a purpose, but the real Aaron’s “soul” wasn’t in that body as he, like Walt, maybe didn’t need this time in Purgatory. The same would apply to most of the other peripheral characters.

–What? No Nikki and Paulo? Oh yeah, straight to Hell for those two.

–Why did they have to go back to the Island in the first place? Because Hurley and Jack were off the Island? Nobody else left was good enough? Sawyer was there, and he was a candidate.

–It was a new “Oceanic Six” that left the Island, including Frank Lapidus, who flew them out the first time. This time around it was him, Miles, Richard, Sawyer, Kate and Claire. Only Kate and Frank got to escape the Island twice.

Lost Episode Recap: “The End”

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[Needless to say, SPOILER ALERT! Don’t read any further if you haven’t finished watching all 4,815 minutes of the Lost series finale. Because we’re going there.]

In the Lost series finale, we learned what happened when Oceanic 815 crashed, what the sideways timeline really was, and what’s the next step for our beloved Lostaways.

Namaste, y’all! We’ve finally arrived. Can you believe it? Bear with me, I’m not real great at writing economically about a one-hour episode of the show; this is going to be a long one.

SIDEWAYS

Desmond and Kate

Desmond and Kate are hanging out outside… the concert hall? David’s school? Eloise Hawking’s church? The Widmores’ house? Where are they? Anyhow, he intercepts an Oceanic cargo truck and signs for Christian Shephard’s remains for some reason. “His name is Christian Shephard? Seriously?” Kate asks, for the audience. Desmond also tells Kate that he wants to “leave.” “Leave and go where?” she asks. And he says something I don’t understand about how she’ll figure it out.

Hurley and Sayid

Hurley is being similarly cryptic. “If you stick with me, you’ll be happy you did,” he tells Sayid. They go to pick up Charlie to take him to the concert, but he’s drunk, which is denoted by him saying “soddin'” and “sod” within seconds of each other.

“What if I told you that playing this concert was the most important thing you’ll ever do?” Hurley says. Charlie’s all: Soddin’ sod soddy fishcakes, so Hurley shoots him with a tranquilizer gun. Does this mean that we’re going to hear “You All Everybody” tonight?

Hurley says Sayid is a good guy, and they’re hanging outside a bar to prove it. Two men and a woman stumble into the alley in the midst of a nasty scuffle. When Sayid sees the woman get hit with a fist, he charges out of the car to save her. Surprise! It’s Shannon and Boone, who says all the trouble he went through to get Shannon to L.A. from Australia was worth it. Aw! They recognize each other, and have flashes of their relationship on the island. And then they kiss. It’s one of many teary kisses in this episode, so get out the Kleenex.

Miles, Sawyer and Juliet

Miles shows up at the concert site and sees Sayid in Hurley’s heinous Hummer (say that 10 times fast) and deduces that they’ve escaped. Sawyer springs into action, heading to the hospital to make sure that Sun is protected, since she witnessed the gunfight that got Sayid arrested in the first place. Also: Sawyer calls Miles “Enos,” which was his Dharma nickname for his little lieutenant.

At the hospital, Juliet and Sawyer pass each other at the elevator, but there’s no recognition.

Dr. Juliet Carlson (her maiden name) is there to make sure the baby’s OK, so she’s doing an ultrasound. This triggers the memory for Sun of Juliet having done an ultrasound on her before. Then Jin sees the baby and it all comes flooding back for him too. (Wow, Sun had, like, 100 hairstyles over the course of the series.) With their newfound understanding comes English comprehension — bonus!

[Aside: Boy, Inception, the new Christopher Nolan-Leonardo Di Caprio movie looks pretty nifty, no?]

As we suspected, Juliet is David’s mom and thus Jack’s ex-wife.

Sawyer wants to get dinner, but the cafeteria is closed, so he heads for the vending machines to grab an Apollo bar, but it gets stuck. Juliet shows up and they meet cute and it’s here we hear their conversation about getting coffee that we heard before when Sawyer rescued her from the pit. She helps him dislodge the candy bar. “It worked,” she says. (Sound familiar?) When she retrieves the bar, their hands touch and they have flashes of their time together, which are particularly sun-dappled and beautiful. (That flower gets me every time.)

Jack and Locke

Jack speaks with Locke before the surgery. “I’ll see you on the other side,” he says to Locke, by which he means of the anesthesia, but which we know also means something else.

As Locke is coming out of surgery, Jack notices that his neck is still bleeding.

Jack wants to leave and get to the concert. But Locke says it worked (again!), by which he means the surgery. He can feel his legs, which he demonstrates by wiggling his toes, just like he did in the pilot. This prompts a flash to his island life. “You don’t remember?” Locke asks Jack. Jack has a flash too, but he’s resisting. “We need to go,” Locke says, apropos of nothing. “I need to go see my son,” Jack says, but Locke claims he doesn’t have a son. Jack is confused, particularly when Locke says, “I hope that somebody does for you what you just did for me.” That may just happen, John!

ON THE ISLAND

Sawyer finds Jack doing incantations, but Jack says he doesn’t feel any different. “Howzabout you come down off the mountain and tell us what the Burning Bush had to say for itself?” Sawyer asks. They’re trying to decode Jacob’s instructions. “He’s worse than Yoda,” Hurley says. But Jack has it figured out. They have to head to the well to find Desmond, where Locke is also headed. “I’ve got a bad feeling about this,” says Hurley.

Sawyer sneaks up on Locke at the well and tells Locke and Ben, who are total BFFs all of the sudden, that they’re no longer candidates. “Oh well,” he snarks.

Sawyer gets the jump on Ben, slugs him one last time for the road, and steals his gun. Left alone, Locke lets it slip that he’s literally going to destroy the island. This displeases Ben, since he thought he was going to be the boss. “I’m sorry if I left out the part about it being on the bottom of the ocean,” Locke says with a smirk.

Locke hears the crackle of a walkie, but doesn’t catch on that… Ben is communicating with Miles and Richard. So he is good after all!

Rose, Bernard and… Vincent!

Desmond is with Rose and Bernard, who are still living their blissfully ignorant isolated existence with their canine pal Vincent. They broke their rule not to get involved by rescuing him. Locke and Ben show up, and Locke threatens to kill Rose and Bernard unless Desmond comes with him.

Jack and Locke

When Kate sees Locke across a meadow, something snaps and she fires off several rounds at Locke, which does nothing. He advises her to save her bullets.

“You’re sort of the obvious choice,” Locke snarks when he learns that Jack is Jacob’s replacement. But Jack has knowledge, yo. He knows they’re going to the far side of the bamboo forest to the place he has sworn to protect. “I’m going to kill you,” Jack announces to Locke. How? “It’s a surprise.” A little cutesy, but fine.

Locke announces that it should just be Jack, Locke and Desmond from here on out. As they depart, Hurley says he believes in Jack. He also says “dude.”

They arrive at the golden tunnel.

IN THE GOLDEN TUNNEL

“This doesn’t matter,” says Desmond. “They’re going to lower me into the tunnel and I’m going to go somewhere else,” he says, an apparent reference to his ability to span the timelines. Des tells him about the sideways, but Jack doesn’t believe him, saying “what happened, happened.”

They all go into the tunnel together, connected by a rope. I’m not sure why they’re all cooperating on this. Shouldn’t they be fighting or something?

[Kudos to Target for clever ads: Malfunctioning “Execute” button on the Hatch keyboardcan be remedied with a new $23 one from Target. Smoke Monsters can be kept at bay with a $19.99 First Alert smoke alarm. Geronimo Jackson outro. Nice.]

Jack and Locke lower Des him into the tunnel, where the light is brightest. (P.S. At this point, it’s looking like that leaked call sheet was legitimate.)

Up above, Locke points out the symmetry of the moment. :If there was a button down there to push, we could argue about whether or not to push it,” he says of their differing opinions.

Desmond reaches bottom and there’s a golden pool with a giant stone peg in the middle. He steps into the pool and we hear Smokey-like noises and Des starts howling. And his nose is bleeding. Uh-oh. He makes it to the center and removes this stopper of sorts, and we start hearing stretchy noises like the flashes, but then they slow down and stop. Then the pit glows a foreboding red and he’s howling again.

“It looks like you were wrong. Goodbye, Jack,” Locke says. Jack punches him and he bleeds. “Looks like you were wrong too,” Jack counters. Obviously, with the golden light snuffed, they can hurt each other. Locke smashes him in the head with a rock and runs away.

ON THE CLIFF

Locke is beating feet over the cliffs through pouring rain to his escape boat, but Jack is there ready to stop him. Locke takes out his knife and Jack jumps, Matrix-style, with his fist outstretched. They fight — this is more like it. (This cliff is making my fear of heights go into overdrive, and the Diet Coke buzz isn’t helping things.) The cliffs are shearing off in giant chunks at the island begins to deteriorate. Locks stabs Jack in the side, right where an appendix scar might be, ay? Locke holds the knife at Jack’s neck — a-ha! Just when it looks dire, Kate shoots Locke: “I saved you a bullet,” she barks. Jack pushes Locke off the cliff and he lies dead on the cliffs below.

The weather clears up, and Sawyer, Ben and Hurley arrive. The island is still crumbling, so Jack sends his friends away. says he has to go back down into the pit and reverse whatever it is that Desmond did. “Let the island sink, Jack,” Kate says. But he says he can’t.

Jack and Sawyer shake hands. Ben says he’s going down with it. (So then why doesn’t he fix Desmond’s mistake?) Hurley says he’s coming with Jack because he’s afraid of heights and doesn’t want to climb down the cliffs. I’m with you, Hugo. Kate and Jack kiss, and it’s one for the ages. They say they love each other.

But Kate and Sawyer have their moment too, as they jump off the cliffs together to make their way to Locke’s boat.

Hurley

Jack tells Hurley that he’s going to die. He says that Hurley needs to be his replacement. “I believe in you, Hurley,” Jack says, returning the favor. (Island still disintegrating, folks!) He takes a plastic water bottle and conducts the exchange-of-power ceremony, and then Hurley’s the man.

BACK IN THE PIT

They lower Jack into the pit, well, actually, they kind of drop him. Desmond is alive, so Jack ties him to the rope to help him escape. “I’ll see you in another life, brutha,” Jack says to Desmond.

Jack lifts the stone into place and the water and golden light return, but Jack is kind of toast.

Hurley and Ben raise Desmond, who’s going to be OK. Jack’s gone. Hurley frets that taking care of the island is his job now, and asks Ben to be his right-hand man. He accepts and is honored.

Jack wakes up on the rocks, just like the Man in Black did.

AT THE CONCERT

Meanwhile at the museum, Charlotte is backstage, waking up Charlie. “I was shot by a fat man.” He says. “Do you know where the band is?” Charlotte asks a man in a porkpie hat. It’s Daniel Faraday/Widmore, who will be performing on the piano with the band.

Des, Kate, Claire, and David are all at the same table, No. 23 incidentally. Dr. Pierre Chang introduces Daniel Widmore accompanied by Drive Shaft.

Charlie sees Claire in the audience. They exchange a look and Claire appears to go into labor. Kate follows her  — hmm, to deliver her baby perhaps?

Backstage they stumble around in improbably short miniskirts, and yes, Kate is going to deliver the baby in the dressing room. It’s an echo of what happened on the island, and they both have flashes of Aaron’s birth and their eyes well up with tears. (Full disclosure: So do mine.) Charlie shows up with a blanket. He hands it to Claire, their hands touch, they flash and then they understand.

So now what?

Eloise asks Desmond if he’s going to take her son and he says no.

“It’s over,” Kate says to Jack, of the concert. They sort of recognize each other from the plane, but also from somewhere else. “No, that’s not how you know me,” Kate says. They touch. “I’ve missed you so much,” Kate says. He’s confused. “You don’t understand, but if you come with me, you will,” she says cryptically.

Miles and Richard

Miles and Richard paddle over to Hydra Island to blow up the plane. Richard gets his first gray hair, another consequence of the light going out, and says for the first time he realizes he wants to live.

There are dead bodies floating in the water from the sub explosion, but one is alive: Lapidus! He nixes Operation Ajira Kaboom, because he says, if we leave, that thing won’t have a plane anymore. “In case you hadn’t noticed, I’m a pilot,” he says, a line obviously borrowed from an old Nash Bridges script.

Claire is guarding the island with a gun. Richard invites her to go with them, but she refuses, so they leave her.

Richard and Lapidus are fixing the plane. Conveniently, they have a waterproof blowtorch. Miles said he worked for a contractor one summer, which clearly qualifies him to repair the hydraulic system on the plane… with duct tape!

But no matter, it works. They get the plane started. At the last possible moment, Kate and Sawyer convince Claire to join them on the plane, even though she thinks she’s too crazy to be Aaron’s mom, and they’re off. Just in time too: The ground is cracking beneath them.

AT THE CHURCH

After the concert, Locke arrives at a church, the church. He sees Ben, and they exchange words of mutual admiration and, in Locke’s case, of forgiveness. Locke gets out of his wheelchair and walks inside.

Ben and Hurley exchange similar pleasantries, and Ben says he won’t be joining them as he still has things to take care of.

Kate and Jack arrive, and Kate tells him that they’re going to have Christian’s funeral. Jack goes around back and Kate says she’ll be inside… once he’s ready… to leave. Hmm…

Jack goes inside and sees the coffin. He touches the coffin and everything flashes — all the people he met on the island. But it’s an empty coffin. But that’s OK because Christian is there and he looks pretty alive to me.

“How are you here right now?” Jack asks. “How are you here?” Christian replies, and it dawns on Jack that not only did he die, but so did all his friends. They hug.

Jack asks why they’re all here now and Christian replies, “There is no now here.”

He explains that they’re not really leaving but moving on. Where to? “Let’s go find out,” Christian says.

THE END

Once inside the sanctuary, everybody is there, and it’s a dearly departed guest list that provokes a lot of questions:  Libby, Juliet, Penny, Desmond, Boone, Shannon and Charlie are all there, to name several. Hugs are exchanged, and it’s all very touching, as you can imagine that the series wrap party was perhaps not all that different from this moment.

They take their seats, Christian opens the doors and a bright light floods in.

This scene is intercut with Jack, on the island, stumbling through the jungle, collapsing in pretty much the same spot where he woke up after the crash of Oceanic 815. Overhead, the plane comes into and then out of his field of view, and his eye, in signature close-up, finally closes. Vincent arrives and snuggles up next to his old pal, and every bad veterinarian’s visit comes flooding back, and I am 11 again. (All dogs go to heaven, Lost! What is he doing there?)

Over the credits we see the wreckage of Oceanic 815, lapping ocean waves its only score, the site of the deaths of all these odd, quirky, inspiring characters who we will miss dearly.

Now obviously, this 150-minute masterpiece is not without its huh moments. For one, when did Penny die? And why were Daniel and Ana Lucia deemed “not ready”? And if everyone was already dead, is the island just like one big redemption boot camp?

Major Lost Series Finale Spoilers: 6.17/18 “The End”


SUNDAY MAY 23 7|6c

The Final Journey

Reviewing the events of the series; past and present cast members discuss their experiences.

SUNDAY MAY 23 9|8c

The End

One of the most critically-acclaimed and groundbreaking shows of the past decade concludes in this “Lost” Series Finale Event. The battle lines are drawn as Locke puts his plan into action, which could finally liberate him from the island.

Episode 6.17/18 – The End – Promotional Photos

Larger ones coming soon…

LOST – “The End” – One of the most critically-acclaimed and groundbreaking shows of the past decade concludes in this “Lost” Series Finale Event. The battle lines are drawn as Locke puts his plan into action, which could finally liberate him from the island, on “Lost,” SUNDAY, MAY 23 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/MARIO PEREZ)


Episode 6.17/18 – The End – ABC Promo 1 and 2

Episode 6×17/18 The End (Series Finale) – Sneak Peek 1

Episode 6.17/18 – The End – Sneak Peek 2

Snippet on Finale from TV Guide Magazine

And for those of you who have completely abandoned hope of any happily-ever-afters for these poor lost souls following the recent string of island casualties, Sonja Walger, whose lucky Penny turns up in the finale, offers us a ray of hope. When I asked her to tell me who gets the best ending, she said, “We all do and you’ll see why.”

Source: TV Guide Magazine

How Will Lost End?

The show’s stars offer teases about the May 23rd series finale

With the recent deaths of Sun, Jin, Sayid and Charles Widmore, not to mention Kate’s shooting and Richard’s projection by Smokey into the jungle, I was starting to worry that none of my favorite Lost characters were going to end up with happy endings. But I’ve found new hope after several of the show’s stars offered me some encouraging teases about the ABC drama’s two and a half hour May 23 series wrap-up.

When I asked Scotty Caldwell, who plays Rose, to pick her favorite death scene, she looked at me like I was oblivious.

“Who died?” she asked. “They’re dead??” Hmm….What are we to make of this? Could the characters’ flashsideways lives possibly be the ones that stick? Prodded further, Scotty hinted that all of the characters “get what we gave” and are taken care of in the end.

Adds Nestor Carbonell (Richard), “The whole finale is all about everyone’s resolutions.”

And get this. When I asked Sonja Walger, who plays Penny, to tell me who gets the best ending, she said rather cryptically, “We all do and you’ll see why.” While Rebecca Mader (Charlotte) concurs, “All of us” are well served, Michael Emerson singles out his character’s ending out as perhaps the best.

“All vanity aside, I love the way Ben ends,” says Michael. “It’s true to his entire, ambiguous arc. He sort of ends and he sort of doesn’t end.”

But Scotty also tells me that more than one ending was shot. “I’m not absolutely sure about the final hows, wheres and whens because they shot more than one,” she says. “So I’ll be waiting like everyone else to see what they air.”

And according to one well-placed source, the finale, titled “The End,” may not be the ultimate ending of the story. I’m hearing twenty additional minutes of story (not just deleted footage or an alternate ending) will be included in the season six DVD to be released August 24, along with what executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse say will be some pretty spectacular packaging show fans will be unable to resist.

Source: TV Guide Magazine

Lost‘s Henry Ian Cusick: Desmond Won’t Help the Man in Black

Source: TV Guide

Henry Ian Cusick

Now that we know the Man in Black’s ultimate game plan on Lost, Henry Ian Cusick says there’s no way Desmond will help him destroy the island.

Getting Lost: Who is Jack’s baby mama?

“Whatever the Man in Black wants, I’m imagining Desmond will want the opposite,” Cusick tells TVGuide.com.

Cusick and co-star Nestor Carbonell also discuss the meaning behind Lost, which Carbonell says “is ultimately based on love.”

Lost: Will we get to see Sawyer and Juliet go Dutch for coffee?

Check out our video Q&A with them about the series finale of Lost, airing Sunday at 9/8c on ABC:

Lost: Will We Get to See Sawyer and Juliet Go Dutch for Coffee?

Source:

Lost – Elizabeth Mitchell

Ever since the Season 6 premiere of Lost, fans wondered what Juliet (Elizabeth Mitchell) meant when she offered a coffee date to Sawyer (Josh Holloway) in which they could go Dutch. With the series coming to an end Sunday, TVGuide.com caught up with Mitchell to find out whether Juliet and Sawyer will be reunited and whether she’s satisfied with the conclusion of her storyline.

Getting Lost: Who is Jack’s baby mama?

TVGuide.com: The perception is that we’re going to see Juliet back having that coffee date with Sawyer. Can we expect any surprises?
Elizabeth Mitchell:
There probably will be surprises. I wouldn’t trust anything one way or another. I was happy to do what they had me do. I had a great time and it’s fun knowing, but there’s so much I don’t know about the finale.

TVGuide.com: Did you know what those lines about going Dutch for coffee meant when you said them in the premiere?
Mitchell:
I did because I thought that was something I should know in the playing of it. I had a feeling that I knew what they were and I was kind of given the go-ahead to do it the way that I thought that it was. So I did have somewhat of an idea, yes. I didn’t go into it blind.

TVGuide.com: Do you feel you’re more knowledgeable about it now?
Mitchell:
Yeah, or maybe about the same. They definitely gave me enough ammunition to do what I needed to do. I feel like I was pretty much right on in the way that I played it. The producers are mischievous, though. [Laughs] Who knows what they’re going to do. Any day now I’m expecting them to call and say they’re not going to use my stuff [for the finale]. I know they filmed things that weren’t there and other things to throw people off. They’re serious about keeping this secret.

Damon Lindelof: Jacob and the Man in Black are not “the epitome of what Lost is”

TVGuide.com: Were you satisfied with the ending they gave to Juliet?
Mitchell:
To a degree. The thing about Juliet is that she was such a complex character and I had so much invested in her story. We could do about six hours and I still wouldn’t feel it was wrapped up. I enjoyed what they had me do. I thought it was authentic.

TVGuide.com: A lot of fans believe that Juliet is Jack’s ex-wife in the sideways universe.
Mitchell:
Oh, that would be pretty cool. We’ll see if everybody is right or not. [Laughs] I really wish I could say.

Lost kills off fan-favorites – what does it mean for the finale?

TVGuide.com: How do you feel coming to the end of Lost?
Mitchell:
It’s funny, it was so strange saying goodbye to everybody. Some people did it in different ways: Some out partying, some people were doing their own thing. I sat really quietly with Evangeline [Lilly] for a little bit, and I sat really quietly with Terry [O’Quinn] and I just thought about how much I really like these people. I remember saying goodbye to the guys when I did my final thing and everyone was saying thank you. It’s got that feeling of “job well done,” where everybody feels like they gave as much as they had to give and felt good about it. It’s a happy goodbye, rather than a “we should’ve done more” goodbye.

Do you think Juliet is Jack’s baby mama?

Getting Lost: Who Is Jack’s Baby Mama?

Lost – Matthew Fox

Let’s hope the series finale of Lost (Sunday at 9/8c) answers this nagging question: Who is the mother of Jack’s son?

Getting Lost: What does the finale hold?

Juliet is the fan favorite to be the baby mama. Though Elizabeth Mitchell tells TVGuide.com that she knows what Juliet’s dying words about “going Dutch” mean, we ponder if they were said to Jack (Matthew Fox) and not Sawyer (Josh Holloway)?

Damon Lindelof: Jacob and the Man in Black are not “the epitome of what Lost is”

Damon Lindelof: Jacob and the Man in Black Are Not “The Epitome of What Lost Is”

Lost

Given all the time Lost has spent lately on Jacob (Mark Pellegrino) and the Man in Black, you might think they’re the key to the show or something.

They’re not.

“It would be mis-categorizing to think this is the epitome of what Lost is,” executive producer Damon Lindelof tells TVGuide.com. “Obviously the island was there before these babies were born, and lots of things were going on before they came there. What those stories are isn’t relevant to the story we told, which is the crash of Oceanic 815 and what the ultimate fates of the survivors are.”

Getting Lost: Who will take Jacob’s place?

Okay, but in that case, why so much attention on the dueling brothers? The penultimate episode, which Lindelof screened last week at an event in Los Angeles, still leaves plenty of questions unanswered going into the 2 ½-hour finale (airing Sunday at 9/8c). Lindelof’s explanation of what to expect echoes a line Jacob delivered to the Man in Black in the Season 5 finale: “It only ends once. Anything that happens before that is just progress.”

“I wish that we could say that the finale is going to be enormously definitive,” Lindelof says. “We found that when we told people that we’ve got definitive answers coming, it’s not as definitive as the fans want it to be, therefore there’s this ongoing and vociferous debate about what things mean.

Lost kills off fan-favorites – what does it mean for the finale?

“All we can say is: Lost is only ending once,” he adds. “There’s only one finale. There’s not a question mark at the end of the end. There’s not a dot, dot, dot. This is our story and it’s over. Hopefully there’s going to be a lot of interpretation in its wake.”

Whatever the ending, Lindelof is grateful to have made it this far, he says.

Catch up on Lost before the series finale by reading our recaps

“This was a pilot where the question asked secondary to ‘What is the monster?’ was ‘How will you sustain this as a TV series?'” he says. “If I had said, ‘We’ll be fine for 120 episodes, and then we’ll end it,’ nobody ever would’ve believed it, including me. I think the show is a blessing and we’re really grateful to be here.”

‘LOST’ finale spoilers teased by executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse

ABC News Photo LOST executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse hint at what answers to popular questions by viewers will be made clearer, ahead of the May 23 finale of the six-season-long mystery series, and give some insight on the newest mysterious character – the Man in Black.

Potential spoilers ahead!

The Man in Black, played by Titus Welliver, was  introduced this season as the brother of the mysterious island “guardian” Jacob. The Man in Black was revealed as a being made of black smoke, nicknamed the Smoke Monster, or “Smokey”, that had appeared throughout the series since it began in 2004.The Man in Black inhabits the bodies of the dead, such as character John Locke, and is violent, but his intentions and his actual name remain a mystery.

In a recent interview with ABC News, including reporter Diane Sawyer, the LOST creators would not reveal the Man in Black’s name or say whether or not fans would find out what it is in the finale, but Lindelof said his anonymity was no coincidence.

“One of the things about him is because he doesn’t look like the Man in Black anymore, people started calling him Locke,” he said.

“He has this affect on the characters – they’re confused. They know that it’s not Locke but they start calling him Locke and he looks like Locke for a reason, as confusing as that sounds. The fact that he doesn’t have a name is part of his ability to confuse and bedazzle the other castaways,” Lindelof said.

Cuse hinted that The Man In Black may be able to take on the forms of more than just humans, adding: “We do know he can do some pretty cool shape-shifting.”

Other mysteries remain and Lindelof said viewers “will get significant illumination on Walt, the explanation behind the polar bears and why women are having fertility issues, before all is said and done. We can’t promise that it’s going to happen on Sunday night but w can promise you will get siginificant illumination on that from the show itself.”

Getting Lost: Finale Super Spoiler

Another Interview with Damon and Carlton – Finale Details

Interview with a Spoiler Source about the Finale

DARKUFO: Do you feel fans should be spoiled for this conclusion/last episode?
SOURCE: I don’t think they should.

DARKUFO Did you enjoy the Season Finale?
SOURCE: Yes I did, very much.

DARKUFO What ranking would you give it for our episode table?
SOURCE 10 out of 10.

DARKUFO What have been your other top episodes of the series and which episode is the finale the most similar to in your opinion?

SOURCE My top five episodes of the series in no particular order are…
Walkabout
Man Of Science Man Of Faith
The Other 48 Days
Through The Looking Glass
316

And I think the finale feels the most like The Incident. And by that I mean on island events with a multi centric alt story in place of the multi centric Jacob visitation scenes in The Incident.

DARKUFO: I myself am really looking forward to how they are going to end the show myself.I’d like to see an ending that leave us not
questioning what we have just seen but more along the lines of looking back over the previous 6 seasons and re-evaluating it. For Reference my Favourite episodes are.

Walkabout
Ab Aeterno
The Other 48 Days
The Man Behind the Curtain
Through The Looking Glass

DARKUFO Without spoiling the details, what parts of the Finale were most satisfying?

SOURCE Geez, I don’t know how to answer that without being too spoilery. All the alt “realization” moments were very satisfying.

Since every finale has a Locke/Jack showdown of sorts this one culminating with a huge cliffside fight didn’t disappoint. I was satisfied with Kate’s romantic choice but I know a good group of people might not be.

DARKUFO Were there any parts that you found disappointing?

SOURCE Not really. I have disappointments with the series as a whole when I think about certain elements that I thought were important and ended up being pointless in retrospect. The story definitely ends, it feels very much complete, but like other fans I got sucked into the online discussion and theories and a lot of things people have read into the show weren’t, or aren’t, really there. Example: There isn’t any Ji Yeon or grown up Aaron. Unless they show up in the last act that no one really knows about besides the actors involved.

DARKUFO How many scenes from your knowledge were missing? IE secret scenes? What makes you think you know what is in the last scene?

SOURCE I don’t know for certain what the last scene is, or how many are in the last act. But my guess is Jacks “realization” moment in the alt. And when you look at how long the scenes are throughout The End when characters in the alt have their “Realization” moments I can safely predict the last act is going to just be that Jack moment.

Maybe there is one last scene that will surprise me. But after seeing the brilliant structure to the stories on this show it would be out of place to show too much of something else.

DARKUFO Which of the mysteries were explained well in the finale? Which ones have been left unanswered or at a loose end?

SOURCE Surprisingly there are more questions. People are still alive in the on island timeline who are also alive in the Alt world. I think they answered the mythology questions before The End starts. The End is character payoff.

DARKUFO Which character came out the best from the Finale?

SOURCE Kate probably just because they really redeemed her character.

DARKUFO Wow, really. Kate gets a pretty bad rep in the comments on our site so that’s going to be interesting to see the reaction after the finale has aired.

DARKUFO Favourite scene of the finale?

SOURCE Locke’s “realization” in the alt.

DARKUFO Saddest Scene of the Finale?

SOURCE Maybe the end just because its over? This episode was full of tear twinging moments but they are the happy variety.

DARKUFO Most shocking scene of the finale

SOURCE When Locke is killed on island. I guessed they would kill the smoke monster but its shocking because of who kills him.

Episode 6.17/18 – The End – ABC Promo 2

Interview with Jack Bender

We’re assuming the Lost finale was not shot chronologically. Can you tell us what to look for on Sunday so we can know when we’re watching what the actual last scene shot was?
I can tell you there was some discussion about what would be the last shot, and I decided that I wanted the last shot to involve Terry O’Quinn and Matthew Fox. And it was not an entirely popular choice on the production end because it meant keeping the actors a little longer and not getting them off of the clock. Blah blah bah. I insisted the last shot of our series was not going to be something arbitrary. In fact, we did three takes of it. And it involved a crane. It was a shot in the picture and it involved a crane with the two of them. We rehearsed it and we did take one and I said, “Well, that was wonderful guys, but I’m not ready to let go yet.” So we did it again and I said, “That was also wonderful, but I can’t say it yet.” And then, on the third take, I said, “Well, I guess I have to say it now — that’s a wrap.” And that was our last shot, at 5:30 in the morning as the sun was coming up.
Source: Full Interview and Vulture Blog

Spoilers from the Times Talks Live: LOST event

– Just got back, not too many spoilers…but Carlton did let out that we will see Walt again before all is said and done.
– they also referenced that one of the final scenes involves a lot of characters and that the very final scene has been known since season 1
– One of the fans in the audience asked if Desmond’s line to Jack in the 2nd season when they first meet in the stadium and Desmond tells Jack “You have to lift it up” would have any relevance to the finale. Damon & Carlton said “you will not be disappointed.”
– The bigger one, though, was confirmation that we will see Walt in the finale. Yes, Walt.
– Eloise’s knowledge is relevant for the finale.
– Walt will be back in some form.
– Damon would not directly address why Smokey was pulling Locke down that hole in the S1 finale, so that could be relevant. Same with whether or not Jacob is actually good, and whether or not there’s anything worth protecting down in the Light Cave.
– There will be a Star Wars reference in the first 7 minutes of the finale.
– Hurley was involved in the final scene (we knew this already).
– A clip was shown, pretty much an extended version of the Sawyer/Ben/Flocke one posted here. Sawyer tells Locke that he thinks Desmond is needed for destroying the Island, Locke says yes. Sawyer then takes Ben’s gun, punches him, and walks away while saying that the group he’s a part of “aren’t candidates anymore”. Locke then remarks that the Island will be at the bottom of the ocean when he’s done with it, prompting Ben to question his loyalty (Ben was promised the Island in return for his help, and assumed that its destruction was figurative and not literal). Locke then invited him to join him on his boat as he watches the Island sink. He kneels down to the ground near the well and notices pawprints.
He realizes that a dog had been there.
– Also, mirrors are very relevant.
– When Ben asks why Flocke isn’t running to chase him down Flocke explains that he intends to use Desmond to destroy the Island. Naturally Ben isn’t too pleased.
– The extended clip ends with Flocke examining the ground near the well and stating that a dog had been there.
– Widmore was lying when he said Jacob visited him
Source: Various@DarkUFO

Latest Tidbit About Finale via EW – May 19th

Question: One final Lost scoop before Sunday. It’s my last chance!
Ausiello: You know that big gathering in the sideways world that everyone was heading off to at the end of Tuesday’s ep? Rumor has it something very *a* happens.
Source: EW

LOST Retrospective – LOST cast says Goodbye

Latest from Fancast – May 18th

Don’t give anything specific away, but is this week’s ‘Lost’ a spectacular episode with lots of questions answered, or is it just so-so? – Steven via Facebook
Spectacular is a strong word (and one typically associated with Teri Hatcher’s… comedy chops), but yeah, ‘What They Died For” is very solid. Among other things, it features, like, the best campfire story ever, a reveal about someone we thought wasn’t a candidate, and ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ finale-levels of bloodshed. There’s also a significant development regarding Jacob’s successor.

Will we see Rose and Bernard one more time before ‘Lost’ ends? – James
Yes, in Sunday’s series finale. And when the marrieds resurface, they’re still wielding a “Don’t harsh my mellow” ‘tude as their idyllic existence is rudely intruded upon (and then some). L. Scott Caldwell, who plays Rose, told me she herself isn’t fond of Rose’s lack of hospitality, seeing as the fans had come to regard the character as “quite peaceful.” So in her mind, R&B “were probably eating wild mushrooms or something else that changed their attitude!”

So, Juliet/Sawyer – happily ever after? Yes? – Ryan
Interpret Josh Holloway’s assessment of Sunday’s two-and-a-half hour series finale as you wish: “[It’s] un-freakin’-believable… Everything I hoped it would do, it did.”
Source: Fancast

New TV Guide Scans

Nestor Carbonell and Henry Ian Cusick tease the end of ‘Lost’

Henry Ian Cusick and Nestor Carbonell were never going to tell a table of reporters anything about the ending of “Lost,” but in Carbonell’s case, he has a good excuse: He doesn’t know.

The show’s stars, including Cusick and Carbonell were given scripts containing 10 of 11 actors. Cusick received the 11th act, but Carbonell did not. [Yes, that’s probably a spoiler regarding the presence, or lack thereof, of Desmond and Richard Alpert in the last act of “Lost.” Perhaps. Or maybe not.]

“I never got the last act and I didn’t ask for it after because I just really want to watch it with America how it ends,” Carbonell explained at a Saturday (May 15) press day for many of the shows in the Disney-ABC empire. “I want to be surprised. I was happy with how they specifically with my character and with what I read about they resolved a lot of the dynamics of the characters. They did an amazing job and I’m looking forward to the final resolution.”

Actually, there’s some confusion as to whether or not Cusick does, in fact, know how “Lost” ends.

“I think in act 11 there is a secret scene that no one got,” Cusick says. “Only the people who are in it, but nobody knows. Everyone is keeping very quiet about it.”

That’s pretty ambiguous, right?

Asking Cusick and Carbonell whether the finale will please “Lost” fans earned similarly ambiguous responses.

“What’s great about the show is that there are so many talking points,” Cusick says. “There are so many walks of life getting together to talk about the show and so many issues to be brought up and that’s exactly what the ending will bring up. People will be talking about it for weeks afterwards and that’s what the show has always done”

Adds Carbonell, “I think that’s a really good point. It has people talking about Biblical themes, mythological themes and literature, science verses religion. The big questions in life — incredible questions. At the heart of the show are these characters that they created, these really complex characters layered with so much misbehavior. No one is completely good and no one is completely evil. They are just well drawn out characters and that’s the heart of the show. I think the finale, without giving anything away, will bring some resolution to a lot of the dynamics between those characters and relationships”

Source: Full Interview @ Hitfix

Lost

“Ghost Whisperer Season/Series Finale Recap: 5.22 “The Children’s Parade”

‘Ghost Whisperer’ – ‘The Children’s Parade’ Recap (Series Finale)

Ghost Whisperer(S05E22) “Melinda is not here.” – Melinda to Delia

The fact I had to write “series finale” in the title of this post is scarier than the series finale itself. This season has been one of the darkest for the show and the bad guys of the season, the Shadows, seemed to be the ultimate evil. Therefore, I expected a rather dark episode that would contain one hell of a showdown to send the Shadows away.

Instead, we were treated to a way too quick and far from epic face off between the Shinies and the Shadows. What a let down! The upside of the episode? We got closure, which I didn’t expect since I thought the series Powers That Be learned too late that the show was getting canceled.

The “Melinda is not here” line we’ve seen in the teasers had me expect an action packed episode. Yes, there was action but it fell flat due to how quickly the Shinies destroyed the Shadows. The latter have been a great foe all season long. Even in this week’s episode, they showed how powerful and twisted they are when they took charge of Eli but, more importantly, of Melinda. “Melinda is not here” was scary, no?

I didn’t except the Shinies, children who crossed over, to use force and weapons to battle off the Shadows. After all, the Shinies are peaceful children. However, I expected the Shadows, who are extremely powerful evils, to fight back at least for a minute or two even if they were outnumbered. The Shadows have been fierce and twisted all season and never backed down, why now? Instead, the Shadows were quickly destroyed in thousand of pieces and went away. The End.

Another tiny letdown was that Bedford was nowhere to be seen. The Shadows used him to do their evil doings for months and now that they have to face off their sworn enemies he is not there? It would have been nice to get a quick shootout to know that Bedford was alright in the end. Maybe have him be in the town square watching the faceoff and, when the Shadows were destroyed, have him see the light and cross over to join his mother.

That said, there are some things I enjoyed about this finale. First is the fact that Aiden didn’t let go of his gift even if Melinda and Jim tried to convince him that ghosts did not exist. As Melinda and Jim told him at the end, Aiden’s gift makes him special and should be respected and used to do good. Secondly, Jim, Melinda and Aiden have a happy ending where they bond together and agree to support one another and not keep their gifts a secret to them. Together, they’ll be quite the team to help souls cross over. Of course, they will not be alone as Delia, Ned and Eli will surely still be around to help.

When CBS announced earlier this week that it was canceling the series, I expected the series finale to be filled with cliffhangers since it had been shot weeks ago with no time to wrap things up properly. I was pleasantly surprised that we got a happy ending and no cliffhangers. It does look like the shows’ Powers That Be sensed that they may get canceled and decided to offer fans some closure. Thank you.

‘Ghost Whisperer’s’ fans, there is still hope that our favorite ghostly show will not have to cross over as ABC is pondering picking up the series. If ABC decides not to pick it up, at least we got closure and all the characters are alive and well.

Ghost Whisperer Season or Series Finale Spoilers: ABC Picking up the Series?

After CBS surprisingly canceled Ghost Whisperer this week, the word is getting stringer that ABC will bring the series to the network. Here’s hoping it’s true. And be sure sign the following petitions and send letters. We must save Ghost Whisperer!

Save Ghost Whisperer on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=128011170545225

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Write a letter to CBS to the network. Be respectful.  Tell them how much you enjoy the show, that you’ve signed the petition, and that you want to see it continue. Write via snail-mail to: Ms. Nina Tassler, CBS, 7800 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039, RE: Ghost Whisperer

And email ABC to pick-up the show: http://abc.go.com/site/contact-us

CBS Cancels Ghost Whisperer:

CBS is going to have some open slots next season after all.

In an year when some insiders speculated that CBS would only lose a couple shows, the network just canceled four dramas (including three veterans) and two comedies.

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Crime procedurals “Cold Case,” “Ghost Whisperer” and “Numbers” will not be renewed for next season. Jerry Bruckheimer’ s drama “Miami Medical” is likewise canceled, as is fellow freshman “Accidentally on Purpose,” which mainly aired in the network’s Monday night comedy block. Veteran Wednesday night comedies “New Adventures of Old Christine” and “Gary Unmarried” are also cancelled.

Several of these titles could have easily returned and, indeed, were expected to return. The harsh verdicts will signal to ad buyers that TV’s “most-watched network” is not being complacent and that executives have faith in their new shows, though will doubtless disappoint some fans.

Also, the network picked up “Medium” and “Rules of Engagement” for next season, as expected.

With the CBS’ upfront on Wednesday, the network suddenly has launched into a flurry of bubble show decision making.

The most surprising outcome here is canceling “Ghost Whisperer,” which many insiders expected to return and consistently won its Friday night time period.

Another big surprise: “Old Christine,” which has been a stable, if modest performer on the network’s Wednesday night lineup. Also, ABC has consistently expressed interest in picking up the comedy should CBS drop it.

Also, “Cold Case.” CBS was on the fence on this seven-year-old drama for months. On Sunday nights, “Case” ratings were admirably stable, if fairly modest.

“Miami” nosedived on Fridays at 10 p.m., then showed some signs of improvement in recent weeks once it was offered a lead-in from original episodes of “Medium.” Last Friday, the momentum seemed to stall, with the drama backsliding once again to a 1.2 rating.

“Accidentally” may end up with the highest average rating among any canceled show this season. As part of CBS’ comedy block, the show posted a number that would have been perfectly acceptable in most time periods. But once CBS sample the show on less protected Wednesday nights, its ratings fell sharply, showing the network its Monday audience was mainly built on momentum.

Ever since “Numbers” saw its episode count reduced, insiders have expected the show to get axed.

CBS has canceled its program “The Ghost Whisperer” and rumor now has it that ABC will pick up the show – which could mean producing more episodes or strictly showing the series in syndication. It also turns out that ABC developed “The Ghost Whisperer” before selling it to CBS – so technically ABC already owns half of the show, so it wouldn’t be a stretch for it to be shown on the network. What do you think about this?

Source: http://www.tvweek.com

Jennifer Love Hewitt on ‘Ghost Whisperer”s Last Episode

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Melinda’s (Jennifer Love Hewitt) investigation of a poltergeist in the hospital leads to a showdown with supernatural forces terrorizing her and her son on tonight’s “Ghost Whisperer.”

“We have lots of strange children marching around in scary masks, which is so creepy,” Jennifer tells ET. “It’s like, ‘Why do we always have to make children creepy?’ I’m constantly asking the producers. I’m like, ”Can’t we just have a child who’s not creepy, because it freaks me out. It gives me nightmares and I don’t like it.'”

There actually is a non-creepy kid on “Ghost Whisperer,” and that is her son Aiden (Connor Gibbs).

“We find out that he has to come to Melinda’s aid and really saves her life in the season finale,” Jennifer says. “The dark side gets extremely powerful very quickly and he’s sort of her only heroic key. So my son gets to kind of be a superhero for the episode, which is very cool.”

The “Ghost Whisperer” season finale — possibly the series finale — airs tonight at 8 p.m. on CBS.

Should ABC Save ‘Ghost Whisperer’ and ‘The New Adventures of Old Christine’?

Ghost WhispererEven though CBS canceled both ‘Ghost Whisperer’ and ‘The New Adventures of Old Christine’ earlier this week, there’s been lots of talk that ABC might save both shows from the dustbin of history. The most recent rumors (as reported by Deadline and Entertainment Weekly) suggest that ABC still wants ‘Ghost Whisperer’ but not ‘Christine.’

But viewers may well ask: Does either show deserve to be saved?

CBS canceled the two shows, which had both run for five years, citing the usual reasons of low ratings (as CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler explained to E!) and increased expenses (actors tend to demand more money the longer a show stays on the air). ABC had long been interested in picking up either show if CBS should drop it, much the way ABC, CBS and TNT picked up ‘Scrubs,’ ‘Medium’ and ‘Southland,’ respectively, after NBC orphaned them.

The news that ‘Ghost Whisperer’ still has a shot at survival, while ‘Christine’ doesn’t, is curious. ABC’s fall slate, unveiled this week, is already full of hour-long dramas, including one, Dana Delany’s Friday-night procedural ‘Body of Proof,’ that seems to play to the same strengths as Jennifer Love Hewitt’s longtime Friday night staple (minus the supernatural element). Still, ABC Productions is a co-producer of the ‘Ghost Whisperer,’ so some of the expense of the transfer and a fraction of any potential syndication revenue will go back into the parent company’s pocket.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus in 'The New Adventures of   Old Christine'That wouldn’t be the case with Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ ‘Christine,’ even though, as a long-running half-hour comedy, it would be much easier to syndicate. Also, ABC’s new fall slate includes a couple new ‘Christine’-like comedies: ‘Happy Endings’ (about a couple that splits up but remains in each other’s lives) and ‘Better Together’ (about two women and their very different romantic relationships). Not a lot of room for a third such show, especially given the network’s popular Wednesday comedy block — which contains sophomore series ‘Cougar Town,’ another ‘Christine’-like show.

Even if ABC could save both CBS castoffs, however, should they? Sometimes, a canceled show still has a lot of potential creative life left (as was the case with ‘Southland,’ which NBC let go after just one season). Often, however, the canceled show has run out of juice before it finds a new home, as was the case with ‘Scrubs.’

Does anyone think that, after five years, ‘Ghost Whisperer’ or ‘Old Christine’ still had a lot of new stories left to tell? If you do, let us know below. And if you think it’s time to let them rest in peace, let us know that, too.

24 Series Finale Spoilers & Movie News!

24 – series finale review

Monday night’s two-hour finale of Fox’s “24” is a bloody mess. It’s that good, and yes, we expected no less. Like “The Sopranos,” “The Shield” and other A-list crime-and-morality dramas, “24” doesn’t pretend that the end of the show means injustice, corruption and evil can magically be made to disappear.

So the show provides some resolution to this season’s story line, which revolved around the human and moral cost of trying to craft a Middle East peace treaty. At the same time, Monday’s finale makes it clear that counterterrorism agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) will always be outnumbered and outgunned in his battle to stop the bad guys.

The best Jack can do is stick his finger in the dam from time to time while he searches for the occasional ray of light. The last time he found one of those, however, in fellow agent Renee Walker (Annie Wersching), she was promptly killed.

Renee’s death continues to set up this season’s climactic action, as a near-psychotic Jack seeks to kill everyone involved. Even if that person is a head of state.

It’s vintage Jack, an equalizer whose raw fury we understand. “I would have accepted justice by law,” Jack says, in what could serve as a mission statement for the whole eight-season run of “24.” “But that was taken from me. [So] I am judge and jury.”  That sort of remark explains why Jack has been compared to Clint Eastwood’s justice-dealing cop Dirty Harry. Jack’s world, however, has never been as black-and-white as Harry’s, and things don’t change Monday just because the series is ending.

His adversaries include true creeps like robotic Russians and former President Charles Logan (Gregory Itzin), whose every utterance makes your skin crawl. It includes good people who have lost their way, like President Allison Taylor (Cherry Jones). He also runs with some good people who stay good, like young agent Cole Ortiz (Freddie Prinze Jr.) and loyal associate Chloe O’Brian (Mary Ann Rajskub).  The fact he and Chloe at one point are yelling threats at each other underscores how a few bad decisions at the top can poison the whole world.

So yes, the world is a mess. It’s also bloody, and while Monday’s finale may have fewer outright deaths than usual, it compensates for any shortfall in body count with nice touches like having body parts bitten off. All props to Mike Tyson.

It shouldn’t be any major spoiler to say that in the end, neither Jack Bauer nor “24” leaves us with any rosy illusions about saving or cleaning up the world. Jack never stops trying to make his corner a little better, however, and in the process, he closes out “24” the same way he ushered it in: as a fast-paced, first-rate action-adventure that pauses just long enough to show us a heart.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/2010/05/20/2010-05-20_24_clocks_out_with_a_winner.html#ixzz0oVi5HFst

Source: NY Daily

24 – Episodes 8.23/8.24 – Day 8: 2:00 PM-4:00 PM – Series Finale – Promo 3

What have you heard about the 24 movie?
MICKEY: There’s a script, but the studio hasn’t read or approved it, so any intel must be taken with a grain of salt. As of now, the movie finds Jack all over Eastern Europe, but particularly in Prague. Of all the cast members past and present, only Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub) is being considered to appear alongside Jack. Further, I’m hearing that no effort will be made for the film to be canonical — that is, it won’t necessarily be a “sequel” to the TV series. (Double-secret scoop: I hear it might feature a mole.) Source: TV Guide

24- Mary Lynn Rajskub Interview- Cast at Finale Party Video

24 – Series Finale – Party Photos

24 – Series Finale – Promotional Photo


Source: EW

24 – Latest from EW – 29th April

Question: I’m literally dying for some 24 scoop. Please, give me some!
Ausiello: The May 24 series finale will find Jack squaring off against his most formidable adversary yet: Chloe! “Chloe and Jack are in a real face-off,” reveals executive producer Howard Gordon. between her duty [as head of CTU] and her friendship and allegiance to Jack. Their “And Chloe has to decide relationship gets put to the test in a way it’s never been tested before. It’s a collision course that culminates in the finale. It’s about as hairy a confrontation as you can possibly imagine, and it“very emotional,” says Mary Lynn Rajskub. “[It’s] kind of ’s a nearly lethal one.” Playing those scenes was “really fun” and crazydone anything like that.”
…what happens between Jack and Chloe. I’ve never
Source: EW

24 – Episode 8.22 – Day 8: 1:00 PM-2:00 PM – Press Release

JACK BAUER DEMANDS RETRIBUTION WITH ONLY THREE HOURS LEFT
ON AN ALL-NEW “24” MONDAY, MAY 17, ON FOX

As the clock ticks toward the climactic series finale, three hours remain and a ruthless Jack Bauer is on an unwavering mission to uncover the truth, which only complicates circumstances for President Taylor as she prepares for a signing ceremony. Meanwhile, President Logan comes face-to-face with a formidable foe, and Chloe leads CTU on a high-stakes collision course with Jack Bauer in the all-new “Day 8: 1:00 PM-2:00 PM” episode of 24 airing Monday, May 17 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (TWF-822) (TV-14 L, V)

Cast: Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer; Mary Lynn Rajskub as Chloe O’Brian; Cherry Jones as Allison Taylor; Katee Sackhoff as Dana Walsh; Freddie Prinze Jr. as Cole Ortiz; John Boyd as Arlo Glass

Guest Cast: Gregory Itzin as Charles Logan; Frank John Hughes as Tim Woods; Jennifer Westfeldt as Meredith Reed; Necar Zadegan as Dalia Hassan; Joel Bissonnette as Pavel; Thomas Ryan as Gary Klausner; Sarah Hollis as Susan; Reed Diamond as Jason Pillar; Michael Madsen as Jim Ricker; Julie Claire as Eden Linley; Navid Negahban as Jamot; Lesley Fera as Angela Nelson; Kathryn Winslow as Ellen Kramer; James Hiroyuki Liao; Graham McTavish as Mikhail Novakovich; Joe Sabatino as Captain Walleki
Source: FOX

24 – Episode 8.21 – Day 8: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM – Promo & Sneak Peek

24 – Episode 8.21 – Day 8: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM – Press Release

A ROGUE JACK BAUER REMAINS RESOLUTE IN HIS VENDETTA ON AN ALL-NEW “24” MONDAY, MAY 10, ON FOX

Michael Madsen, Gregory Itzin and Jennifer Westfeldt Guest-Star

With only four hours left, a rogue Jack Bauer stops at nothing to determine who is behind the day’s most devastating events, and he uncovers an unexpected lead in the all-new “Day 8: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM” episode of 24 airing Monday, May 10 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (TWF-821) (TV-14 L, V)

Cast: Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer; Mary Lynn Rajskub as Chloe O’Brian; Cherry Jones as Allison Taylor; Mykelti Williamson as Brian Hastings; Chris Diamantopoulos as Rob Weiss; Katee Sackhoff as Dana Walsh; Freddie Prinze Jr. as Cole Ortiz; John Boyd as Arlo Glass

Guest Cast: Gregory Itzin as Charles Logan; Jennifer Westfeldt as Meredith Reed; Necar Zadegan as Dalia Hassan; Joel Bissonnette as Pavel; Thomas Ryan as Gary Klausner; Sarah Hollis as Susan; Reed Diamond as Jason Pillar; Michael Madsen as Jim Ricker; Julie Claire as Eden Linley; Navid Negahban as Jamot; Graham McTavish as Mikhail Novakovich; Joe Sabatino as Captain Walleki

Source: FOX

24- Annie Wersching Interview

Lost Series Finale Spoilers! How will it all end?

Is this Italian site posting the real series finale script pages?

Breaking News – Lost Series Finale Extended by 30 Mins

Get ready for more “Lost.”

The producers of ABC’s hit drama have shot so much crucial material for the show’s hugely anticipated finale that the network has agreed to extend the last episode by an extra half hour.

When the “Lost” finale airs on Sunday, May 23rd, the episode will run from 9 to 11:30 p.m. The overrun will air instead of the local news, with the “Jimmy Kimmel Live: Aloha to Lost” post-finale special remaining at 11:30 p.m. ABC is expected to announce the plan on tonight’s episode of Kimmel.

Executive producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof just completed post-production on the finale” — on Monday night. Both sent out identical Tweets: “We’re done. Amen.”

The supersizing of the finale is the latest adjustment to what might as well be called “The ‘Lost’ Weekend.” ABC is airing an “enhanced” (pop-ups) version of the show’s original two-hour pilot on May 22. On Sunday there’s a two-hour retrospective titled “Lost: The Final Journey,” followed by the finale and Kimmel post-show. Source: Hollywood Reporter

Lost‘s Mark Pellegrino: There Will Be More Answers

Source: TVGuide.com

Lost

This week’s mythos-heavy episode of Lost left fans with — you guessed it — more questions than answers. With just two episodes remaining before we find whether the show’s mysteries will ever be explained or if its producers have just been messing with us, we tracked down Jacob himself, Mark Pellegrino. He talks about who’s good, who’s bad, the father of Jacob and the man/boy in black (Titus Welliver), and whether any of it matters.

Lost kills off fan-favorites – what does it mean for the finale?

TVGuide.com: Last night’s Lost was quite the head scratcher.
Pellegrino:
I’ve been hearing that. I’ve been hearing quite a bit about that. [Laughs]

TVGuide.com: A lot of fans griped after the episode because they still felt confused about the mythology. Will there be more explanation in the last few episodes?
Pellegrino:
There will be. There will be some ends tied, but I can’t guarantee that for everyone. People have been debating the meaning of the show and the various subplots for years, and I wonder if all of the questions are going to be answered. That’s a tall order, but I think many people will be satisfied.

TVGuide.com: All along we thought Jacob was a good guy, but he’s not as good as we thought.
Pellegrino:
On a certain level, the line between good and evil has an indistinctive blurring. I think there’s a lot of crossover in the show. That doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m not good, though. Things will become clearer in the next episode, definitely. I think you’ll make up your mind one way or the other for sure, but it’s not going to be clean and pristine. You’ll definitely come down on one side or the other.

TVGuide.com: How did Jacob go from a mama’s boy to a man of confidence?
Pellegrino:
I think there’s a transformation that takes place when my mother gives me the wine. It opens certain doors for me. I think living for almost 2000 years — just the simple act of living, thinking and turning over ideas — can lead, hopefully, to a kind of wisdom.

Watch full episodes of Lost in our Online Video Guide

TVGuide.com: Why can Jacob leave the island, as he’s done to visit his candidates, but the Man in Black cannot?
Pellegrino:
This is a question that I’ve wondered about myself actually. I don’t think the answer is directly provided in any episode, but it could be the fact that I’m a guardian of sorts and therefore have a certain power to exit when I want to. He can leave as long as it’s directly for a certain purpose. After I threw the Man in Black in the pit, he’s chained there. He’s become incorporeal, and he’s in something worse than hell.

TVGuide.com: Does the Man in Black still view Jacob as a brother?
Pellegrino:
I think he does. There’s still that brotherly bond between the two of them. Even though The Man in Black has changed dramatically and he’s gone from loving me to wanting me dead, there’s still that bond between us.

TVGuide.com: Who’s their daddy and does it matter?
Pellegrino:
Some Roman, I imagine. Does it matter? No, I think in the end, no. I like to think that my daddy is Marcus Aurelius.

TVGuide.com: I’m sure you can’t say who takes Jacob’s place as the guardian of the island, but can you say whether someone will actually take up the position?
Pellegrino:
That remains to be seen.

Catch up on Lost with our recaps

TVGuide.com: Will we see Jacob again before the end of the series?
Pellegrino:
You will be seeing me some more, yes.

Who’s side are you on: Jacob or the Man in Black’s?

Getting Lost: What Happens to Ji Yeon Now?

Lost – Daniel Dae Kim, YunJin Kim

With so few episodes left, Lost finally proved that even series regulars aren’t safe. But just how permanent were the deaths in Tuesday’s episode? Thanks to that sideways universe, we will get to see Sun and Jin again, though the fate of their daughter, Ji Yeon, is still in question. Find out what’s ahead straight from Yunjin Kim:

Lost kills off fan-favorites – what does it mean for the finale?

Episode 6.15 – Across The Sea – Latest from TV Guide Magazine

What’s The West Wing’s C.J. doing on the May 11 episode of Lost? No one’s officially saying anything about Emmy winner Allison Janney’s mystery character (identified only as ‘Woman’), though online speculation has it that she may be playing the mother of Mark Pellegrino’s Jacob or Titus Welliver’s Man in Black – two of the few recognizable faces in this trippy third-to-last installment titled, “Across the Sea.”

“She’s incredible, but we can’t give away who she’s playing,” says executive producer Damon Lindelof, confirming only that Allison’s role is a major one. “We will confirm that she will be a woman.” (Dang, there goes my big island tranny creation theory.)

Fellow executive producer Carlton Cuse adds, “We were so happy that she was able to do this. It was really hard for her because she was getting ready to shoot a pilot, but she squeezed us in. Then once we saw her in this part we were like, ‘How could anyone else have done this but Allison Janney?”

“In fact,” adds Lindelof, “we’ve been talking about this character for awhile and how nervous we were that we wouldn’t find the right actress. When we first started talking about this character in the writers room we called her ‘Allison Janney’ under the assumption that we wouldn’t be able to get her.”

But the two EPs got on the phone with Allison and had “a lovely conversation,” tells Lindelof. “She’d seen enough of the show to ‘get’ it, but wasn’t completely dialed in. So we explained the part and said it was as close to writing a role for a particular person as we’d ever done. And she moved heaven and earth to go down to Hawaii for eight days.”

Cuse says the mystery role required “incredible presence,” which Allison demonstrated on her long-running NBC drama. “She had so much presence in The West Wing,” he recalls. “She was in charge and had the strength we needed.”

Hmmm… So, since my tranny creation theory’s out the window, might it be possible that Janney’s character was sent to the island on official business by… Martin Sheen’s President Bartlet? Not even in a flash-sideways!

Source: TV Guide Magazine

Damon Lindelof discuss the Finale and more

Audio Interview with Dominic Monaghan

Episode 6.15 – Across The Sea – Early Press Release

Episode F118 – “Across the Sea”

LOCKE’S MOTIVES ARE FINALLY EXPLAINED

The motives of John Locke are finally explained.

Written by Carlton Cuse & Damon Lindelof
Directed by Tucker Gates

Cast
Naveen Andrews as Sayid
Nestor Carbonell as Richard Alpert
Emilie de Ravin as Claire
Michael Emerson as Ben
Jeff Fahey as Frank Lapidus
Matthew Fox as Jack
Jorge Garcia as Hurley
Josh Holloway as Sawyer
Daniel Dae Kim as Jin
Yunjin Kim as Sun
Ken Leung as Miles
Evangeline Lilly as Kate
Terry O’Quinn as Locke
Zuleikha Robinson as Ilana

Guest Cast
Mark Pellegrino as Jacob
Titus Welliver as man in black
Allison Janney as woman
Kenton Duty as teenage boy
Ryan Bradford as boy in black
Lela Loren as Claudia
Ivo Nandi as oldest hunter

Source: DarkUFO

Episode 6.14 – The Candidate – Sneak Peek 1

Episode 6.14 – The Candidate – New ABC Promo 2

Episode 6.14 – The Candidate – Sneak Peek 2

Episode 6.14 – The Candidate – New ABC Promo 2

Episode 6.14 – The Candidate – Slow Motion Promo

‘Lost’ producers, actors speak about tonight’s ‘they did not just do that!’ shockers

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the-candidateImage Credit: Mario Perez/ABCI can only imagine what you’re thinking. I can only imagine what you’re feeling. And if I had to put a voice to those thoughts and emotions, I suspect it would sound something like this: “You know, the last thing I want to read right now is a couple thousand words from Doc Jensen about the relevancy of existential literature, progressive rock, and the films of Andrei Tarkovsky to Lost. What I really want right now is to hear from exec producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof about why they did what they did tonight during ‘The Candidate.’” Spoilers ahead, Losties. SERIOUS MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. IF YOU HAVE NOT WATCHED “THE CANDIDATE,” STOP READING RIGHT NOW.

But back to your thoughts. “Forget the title of the episode. ‘The Candidate’ had absolutely nothing to do with finding and naming Jacob’s replacement and instead had everything to do with making me feel really, really, REALLY crappy! How dare they take down Jin and Sun in a sinking submarine! How dare they make the Korean couple’s daughter Ji-Yeon an orphan! And how dare they kill Sayid! So what if he died a heroic death and by trying to smother the Locke-ness Monster’s bomb? He’s Sayid! We love him! Why did they have to die? WHY?”

“Because now you know this show is willing and capable of killing anyone,” says Damon Lindelof, suddenly materializing in my office in a puff of brimstone accompanied by Carlton Cuse. (Actually, that isn’t true. I interviewed the producers over hamburgers… but I’ll tell you that boring story in Friday’s Doc Jensen column. On with the important stuff!) Why was it so important for Lost to prove that it can be downright homicidal during its last season? To establish once and for all that the Locke-ness Monster is the true villain of season 6 and quite possibly all of Lost. “There is no ambiguity,” says Cuse. “He is evil and he has to be stopped.”

Or, as Terry O’Quinn told me in a recent interview: “Puffy is one nasty mo-fo.”

To be clear, the producers are not heartless bastards. They’re only semi-heartless bastards. They knew fans would be devastated (and angry) about the deaths and were pretty broken up themselves about offing three beloved creations. “When we watched the death scenes ourselves, it was brutal,” says Cuse. “[But] the story always comes first.” Lindelof elaborates: “In many ways, the season was structured as a long con on behalf of the Man In Black. Once we revealed that Locke was the Monster, we knew the audience would immediately mistrust him, and we would have to spend at least a dozen episodes of Locke trying to convince the audience that he did not have malevolent intention, that all he wanted to do was get off The Island. But everything he was doing was leading up to one moment, which was [trying to] get the candidates in one fell swoop. He knew if he killed just one of them, everyone would know what he was up to.’”

Says Cuse: “There will be very little debate at the end of this episode that [Fake Locke] is evil and bad and has to be stopped. The main narrative reason for him killing our main characters is to establish how much of a bad guy he is and to clearly identify him as the antagonist rolling into the end of the series.”

Lindelof recognizes that there’s something “brutal” about killing Jin and Sun just one episode after their long-awaited reunion — which, he says, is exactly what made the lovers such an apt choice for making a statement about Fake Locke’s malevolence. “At least they got to die in each other’s arms, so they’d have some sense of victory,” he says. And Sayid? Lindelof explains: “Sayid’s entire season-long arc has basically been, if you tell him that he is evil, you can convince him he is evil. But if you tell him he is good, maybe you can convince him he is good. We basically decided that in a moment of pure instinct, if he did something, if he sacrificed his own life in favor of saving the other people’s lives, that would convey to the audience, ‘This guy was actually a good guy.’”

The good news for fans of Lost and fans of Jin, Sun, and Sayid in particular is that they are technically still alive — in the Sideways world. “Still, it’s bittersweet,” Yunjin Kim told me in a recent interview. “They were kept separate for so long, and then they came together to die together.” She found it “beautiful” that Sun and Jin were given an end that served as an affirmation of their love and the heroic sacrifices they made for each other. “We’ve come full circle,” she says. “Sun came back to The Island [and] risked her life to save her friends and Jin, and then Jin does the same thing back.” When I asked her how she prepared for Sun’s final Island moments, Kim told this story: “Right before we started shooting, [director] Jack Bender took me aside and told me about story that he read a long time ago, about this woman who was missing her dead husband, and how she had this beach ball that he blew up before he died. Every day she took a little breath from the beach ball. And that really got me right into the emotional core of where I needed to be to play that scene. Can you imagine that woman, taking that breath little by little every day, just to feel her husband’s presence?”

Daniel Dae Kim’s thoughts on the end of Jin and Sun? “They were the Romeo and Juliet of the show, and the fact they didn’t have a happy ending does make me sad,” says the actor, who then expanded on the greater significance of the deaths to the show — but I’m afraid sharing his insights (including his take on the fate of Ji Yeon) at this point would be a bit too spoilerish. What was it like shooting his watery demise? “It was pretty difficult that day,” says Kim. “Shooting in water is never easy. But the crew was considerate and made the water warm for us, in more ways than one. Let’s just say certain members of the crew who were in that water for a very, very, very long time without ever leaving. I’ll just leave it at that.”

Now that’s evil.

I’m still processing the chilling events of “The Candidate,” and my own thoughts and feelings about the deaths of Sun, Jin, and Sayid. My recap of the episode will post sometime tomorrow. In the meantime, use the message boards below to start the discussion — and express your grief.

Lost Kills Off Fan-Favorites – What Does It Mean for the Finale?

Source: TV Guide

Lost

[Spoiler Warning: This article contains details from Tuesday night’s episode of Lost, including which characters died. Reader, beware!]

After waiting nearly two years for a sweet reunion, Sun (Yunjin Kim) and Jin (Daniel Dae Kim) took their last breath in the submarine — a Charlie Pace-like death — in Tuesday night’s episode of Lost. So, was that really the end of Sun and Jin Kwon? Yunjin Kim discusses what we’ll see of the star-crossed lovers in the final episodes, along with teasing the last scene of the series and more.

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TVGuide.com: I’ll admit that I did shed a few tears after your death in Tuesday’s episode. The Sun and Jin reunion was so short-lived!
Yunjin Kim:
It was a brilliant way to end Sun and Jin’s life on the island. Because of the way the story is going, especially once we get to Episode 15, 16 and 17, it’s moving at a pretty fast pace. Let’s say if Jin dies alone, Sun would only grieve for Jin for two seconds and we’d have to move on with the storyline. It was a very romantic death.

TVGuide.com: The episode was jampacked with death, especially with Sayid (Naveen Andrews) taking one for the team.
Kim:
Yeah, I think we all become heroes at the end as far as the island story goes. I have a feeling that’s how the series is going to end. Sayid’s death is very abrupt and ours is very drawn out. Daniel and I both had water pouring on top of our heads while shooting it, so it was hard to even keep our eyes open. It was physically demanding.

TVGuide.com: How did you feel when the producers told you that your characters were going to die?
Kim:
As soon as I got on the phone with Damon Lindelof, he said “This phone call is not one of those phone calls.” He told me how it was going to happen and I actually thought it was a beautiful ending to both of the characters. It will only propel the other survivors to go after Locke [Terry O’Quinn], and have a very good reason to go after Locke as aggressively as they do in the final episodes.

Lost‘s Jorge Garcia: The Man in Black cannot lie

TVGuide.com: A lot of fans have been waiting two years for Sun and Jin to be reunited. Do you expect to meet some angry fan reaction?
Kim:
I think that’s where the writers wanted the fans to be: To be very angry at Locke. It’s just the way the story needs to end. Then again, I think the fans will realize that it’s not the end of Sun and Jin’s storyline, we still have flash sideways. Our story doesn’t just end with the death in the submarine. It will continue until the end.

TVGuide.com: We still get more Sun and Jin?
Kim:
Yeah, they will complete [their sideways] storyline and fans will be very satisfied at the end. The finale will be a very nice closure to this long journey.

TVGuide.com: What’s going to happen to Ji Yeon in the regular universe since both her parents just died?
Kim:
In the normal universe, Sun’s mother is taking care of her. That’s how we left the story, so I guess Sun’s parents will take over the custody. Again, because there’s another lifeline, and Sun is actually pregnant with Ji Yeon at this point, we will have a closure in that storyline.

TVGuide.com: What can you tell us about the Losties going after Locke?
Kim:
He is a force to be reckoned with. It’s Locke vs. the castaways. Whoever is leftover will fight Locke to the end. The conclusion to Locke’s story, that is part of the secret last act.

Getting Lost: What does the finale hold?

TVGuide.com: How do you feel now that the show is coming to a close?
Kim:
It’s very bittersweet. It’s great that I survived six years of Lost, literally meaning my character has survived to the very end. I’m proud to be a part of this amazing journey. I have my emotional days, but some days I’m really good and I’m really looking forward to what’s coming next. I recently got married, so it will be interesting to find out what I’ll be doing after Lost.

TVGuide.com: Will Sun and Jin get a happy ending after all?
Kim:
We’ll see. I believe in happy endings, but this is Lost, so you never know. [Laughs]

What did you think of Sun and Jin’s submarine death?

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