Sunday, July 26, 2009

LOST: Comic-Con 2009 Panel - Producers Tease Season 6

Greetings LOSTIES! Hope you all are enjoying the hiatus from LOST. Who am I kidding? It's torture! Just think how we'll feel in May 2010 when there is no more LOST at all to look forward to. It'll be a sad day (but exciting nonetheless!)

I have been keeping myself busy over the past couple months (wedding, new house, you name it!), but with us months away from the final season of LOST, it never truly leaves you for too long. Add on top of that the Blu-Ray release of seasons 1 and 2, so I've been trying to start my marathon viewing prior to season 6 (way behind on the LOST Re-Watch that has engulfed the LOST Blogosphere though). And of course, as much as I may annoy my new wife with my obsession, she still encourages it by letting me drink out of my DHARMA Station Pint Glasses every Wednesday (in honor of LOST) and even constructing a LOST Cake for the GROOM'S Cake at our wedding? Say what you will, but that tops anything that the Ace of Cakes Put together!
(yup, she and the best man even managed to swipe my Jack Action figure from my clutches and put it beside the cake too!)

Anyway, enough with updates on my LOST obsessed life! We're here to discuss Comic-Con 2009! Just like every other year, the Executive Producers of LOST (Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse) go into Radio Silence after the season finale until the massive Comic-Con event. This being their final panel at Comic-Con they pulled out all of the stops with lots of guests, funny bits and mind puzzling videos! (Although, I wonder if they reference the "CHER FAREWELL TOUR" comparison to indicate that it may NOT be their last comic-con panel.) Unfortunately, I wasn't able to attend the panel in person, but thank the inventor of TWITTER and YOUTUBE for making the world a small place! We have 4 video clips from the Comic-Con Panel below plus various other goodies that they unveiled to us. Naturally, we'll need to speculate what it all means. Without further adieu - The Comic-Con Clips!

Comic-Con 2009 LOST Panel
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Highlights and speculation from the Clips Above:
  • Props to Damon and Carlton for visiting the line that was camped out all night for the panel. They truly appreciate the fan dedication to their show. Also, Damon references having camped out for Comic-Con panels in his day too. Gotta love the NERDVANA of Comic-Con!
  • Damon and Carlton supposedly lock away the final pages of the final script to prove that they are not making it up as they go along. They were going to reveal it on Jimmy Kimmel Live on the night of the series finale, but Josh Holloway, Michael Emerson, Jorge Garcia and Nestor Carbonell had other plans! (all present). But the end of the panel Emerson, insulting Josh Holloway's ability to read, takes the pages from the locked chest and reads them. Yup, they are pages for the ending of HEROES and not LOST. Classic!
  • Season 6 will have a similar feel to Season 1 in terms of Tone and Adventure. Running through the jungle galore, a sense of discovery and unpredictability. Plus they promise we will see many characters we have not seen since season 1. (hmmm Boone, Walt? sure we've seen them but not much!) Note: Ian Somerhalder (Boone) did indicate he was asked to return in some form. I would guess it would be safe to say we'll see most of the main characters we've seen over the years in the final season in some way, shape or form. I mean, it's the final season!
  • Funny bit with some comedian (can't remember his name) who drew a picture of Damon Carlton and a Polar Bear on velvet. Hysterical. He also referenced which I have yet to visit, but did verify it was a real site!
  • It would seem that Calrton Cuse may have slipped on a question where a woman asked if we would see Daniel Faraday happily married in season 6. Carlton indicated that Daniel Faraday was dead. The questioner pointed out the theory of Jack resetting time with his plan to detonate the nuke. Damon swooped in to the rescue and stated that we have not seen the last of Faraday. He will be in season 6 in some form. But did Carlton slip by certifiably saying that Faraday is dead? The commercials they aired seem to suggest otherwise (I'll post them below)
  • Season 6 will feature a new storytelling device. We've had Flashbacks, Flashforwards and Time Travel to tell our stories. There will be something new for the final season but they didn't want to tip their hand. Theories anyone? Here's a crazy one. Perhaps the flashes will be to an alternate timeline with things that COULD HAVE BEEN had time been changed? I think that would get old after one episode though, so I doubt that's what they'll try to do. But it would certainly help explain the commercials they aired during comic-con.
  • Jorge Garcia was introduced by acting as a questioner in line because Damon and Carlton wouldn't return his calls. It was hysterical. But he did ask the big questions. The commercials indicate that time was reset and seasons 1-5 never happened, thus upsetting everyone that has watched for 5 seasons. Damon and Carlton simply said "trust us" and that they wouldn't do something that would upset the fans that have dedicated their lives to watching LOST!
  • Jorge makes a knock that Team Darlton also told him to trust them that Nikki and Paolo would be cool too. NICE.
  • Producers indicated they would answer all questions that are important in the final season. Jorge asked if we'll ever find out what happened to Shannon's inhaler in season 1 when Sayid interrogated Sawyer for it. HYSTERICAL!
  • Michael Emerson makes his presence known by telling Jorge he's only supposed to ask one question. This leads to a hysterical back and forth between the 2 where Jorge tells the audience that Emerson originally auditioned for Hurley. (THANKS Commenter Alex for finding a clip! Audio is kinda rough, but still funny!)

  • Darlton indicated that Richard Alpert's back story is fairly involved in the Island's history so it's pretty safe to say we'll be seeing it. (Mentions of the Black Rock in the middle of the island were made too!) This just in, Nestor Carbonell has been announced as a series regular for the final season!
  • Elizabeth Mitchell will be in the final season of LOST. (we already knew that, but still nice to hear!) We just don't know how much of the season as she is the main character in the "V" Reboot. (I'll be watching that as well folks. Potential blog pending the success of V or ABC's other new show FLASH FORWARD, starring former beloved LOST actor Dominic Monaghan (Charlie)!)
  • Is the Man in Black's name ESAU? Emerson attempts to answer this by indicating people are being too literal with the Biblical reference, but he likes what they're thinking.
  • Does Nestor Carbonell (Richard) wear eyeliner? Hysterical clip included in the videos above of Nestor applying the eyeliner and cursing out the people filming. Quote of the day "Richard Alpert is not Immortal, you are" as he looks in the mirror!
  • While Team Darlton indicates that we won't be seeing much more DHARMA material on the MOTHERSHIP (the actual TV show LOST), they still plan on addressing the FOOD DROPS. But they reference the new online series MYSTERIES OF THE UNIVERSE that is being shown on ABC's website. They will reveal other DHARMA goodies on that. I watched the first one. Seems pretty cool!
  • Has Jacob ever appeared to anyone as someone else? The answer is NO.
  • They close up the show with an IN MEMORIAM of LOST Characters that couldn't be with them. It ends with Charlie as Dominic joins them on stage! (I can't find this clip either!)
  • Commercials: Hurley has had nothing but luck since winning the lottery. Introduces a new menu item at Mr. Cluck's Chicken revolving around the Australian Outback. Oceanic Airlines promoting 30 years of Safe Flying from 1979-2009 (i.e. no crash in 2004). America's Most Wanted looking for Kate Austen. I think I read that it indicated her step-father was still alive too. (7/27 - Found Kate Clip! This is crazy stuff!)

So I'm still missing some clips. If anyone finds them, please share them in the comments and I'll add to this post. Hopefully, that helps everyone get their LOST fix for the time being! If not, check the next section!

  • Thanks to Christian and the Super Secret Project for sharing their LOST FAN-THEM! Check it out guys, it's hysterical!
  • Also, I'm on TWITTER NOW! I fought it for a long time but it has come in handy to get real-time updates from Comic-Con! I also thought it would be great to keep in touch with the Lost Addicts Blog readers for whenever new blogs are posted or immediate thoughts after an episode airs. And of course, once LOST is over, I certainly won't be done with my TV obsession. I'd be able to communicate my next project with everyone. So please, follow me on Twitter to stay tuned!

I think I had more to share, but I just can't think of it right now. Look out for updates to this blog post throughout the next couple weeks if I find more updates. And please, I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts on what was revealed at Comic-Con or if anyone has developed new theories since LOST went on hiatus. I'll post a new blog post if we get any big updates from the producers (Season 6 trailers, Season 6 start date, etc..) As always, I hope you have enjoyed my ramblings and I'll see you probably in a couple months! NAMASTE!


Alex said...

Here's a video of Michael's Hurley audition tape. The audio kind of sucks so if anyone can find a better clip, post a follow-up comment!

Mike V. said...

Thanks Alex! That's fantastic. I embedded it into the blog post but will keep a look-out for one with some better audio. It's still hysterical!

Mike V. said...

Hopefully we eventually get an official picture for this. The supposed Final Season POSTER:


The picture was revealed at the beginning of the Comic-Con Panel unveiling one character at a time. The Poster reveals all main characters throughout the 5 seasons minus Nikki and Paolo.

In order "faraday , boone , miles , christian , ana lucia , juliet , penney , desmond , mr.eko , kate , jack , sawyer , john locke , ben , sayid , shannon , sun , jin , libby , hurley , claire . charlie . frank , richard , rose , bernard"

Good times!

Anonymous said...

I loved the lost cake.

In temrs of the new storytelling device; i wonder if we might get to see things through the eyes of the whispers since they were a big part of the first season, especailly if we are going to see old characthers. although we still don't know what the whispers are. Or maybe we get to see the thoughts of the smoke moster.

Mike V. said...

Interesting with the smoke monster or the whispers...that could totally make sense.

I just gotta hope these commercials aren't ACTUAL REALITY now or else things are gonna get pretty messy in terms of understanding the crazy show. Of course, TEAM DARLTON did say to Trust as I have for 5 seasons, I think I can for just one more!

Chris Stedman said...

I like the final season poster. Interesting that they had Locke standing with his back to us.

MJ said...

Here I found most of the clips. I think the only one missing is the memorium one.

Thought it was HUGE when they showed that Kate's stepdad did not die but that some employee of his did. Are they trying to show us that things will have changed ?? Probably just messing with us! LOL

Loved them using Hurley to again be our voice. And Jorge stating how wrong it would be if they just wiped out 5 years of viewing for us. Classic !

Mike V. said...

Thanks MJ! I think I have most of them on the site...I watched FAN videos but decided that they weren't as pertinent as the actual panel (although pretty darn funny! lol) The in memorium would be cool to see though. I didn't catch that yet.

Yeah, I'm going back and forth with what they were intending to show us with those commercials. I keep going back to them saying "TRUST US" and know they won't steer us in the wrong direction. But major kudos to them for putting the fear of the unknown into us all! lol

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Weasel said...

Has anyone watched the ABC LOST webisodes about the Dharma Initiative? VERY interesting stuff!!!
Watch them here: ABC DI Vids

Mike V. said...

Weasel, I mentioned them in the blog post, but I only saw the first video. Have they posted a new one yet?

I heard they're being released on dates that coincide with the numbers. So maybe it's 8/4, 9/8, 10/15, 11/16, 12/23?

I'll have to check out the 2nd episode when I get a chance! Thanks for the reminder! :-)

weasel said...

Here is the schedule

Episode 1: July 23rd, 2009
Episode 2: August 4th, 2009
Episode 3: September 8th, 2009
Episode 4: October 15th, 2009
Episode 5: November 16th, 2009

Mike V. said...

Thanks Weasel! I still haven't watched but made a note to watch tonight!

Miles Balzard said...

Hey Mike, congrats on the wedding in 2009! It was great seeing your Lost wedding cake!

In your blog you wrote for season 6: "Perhaps the flashes will be to an alternate timeline with things that COULD HAVE BEEN had time been changed?" So you are already partially on board with my "It's a Wonderful Life" theory on season 6! And apparently the TV commercials for season 6 divulged that they would reset the timeline after all, so I sure hope we are right about showing "what could have been" instead of wiping out 5 seasons of the show.

Since I have season 6 all cued up on Netflix and I'm chomping at the bit, so I don't have the patience to watch all of the Comic-Con videos, but maybe I'll come back and watch them some day, because they sound like a lot of fun! (I did watch the TV commercial for Mr. Cluck's chicken, LOL!) I also haven't checked out the multitude of Lost extras that are floating around, key among them being stuff issued with the DVD sets. I'm just going straight with the actual TV episodes and presuming nothing critical is being left out (which I'm sure is the case).

But it is nice reading this blog post and hearing that certain things were confirmed or denied by the producers. I can't wait to get started on season 6, though I am a little nervous about seeing the first five minutes!

Mike V. said...

lol thanks Miles. That was the "Groom's Cake"...we had a traditional wedding cake. :-)

No comment on season 6 at this time. :-)

And you're 4 eps into season 6 already, so I gotta catch up to your comments!

Jason B. said...

It was awesome to watch these panels before going on to season 6. A week or two ago I found a panel from like mid-season 3 I think, and that was cool to watch too. I finished season 5 two days ago and I'm just waiting a bit before I start 6. I couldn't imagine watching it as fast as Miles did haha.

Given the title of the season 6 premiere episode, I'm not sure about my whole theory that I posted on The Variable blog haha, if you saw that. I trust the writers though, so I'm excited for whatever they had planned for the last season.

Mike V. said...

Sorry Super J! I saw you posted but I've been swamped at work! I'll have to go back and check your theory. But I'll let you watch for yourself to figure out if you were right or not. :)

Definitely trust the writers and keep an open mind! People went into that final season expecting every answer to every nook and cranny of a question they came up with in each episode that were never intended to be questions. The major questions are answered and I thought they did it well. I won't spoil here though! Enjoy the ride!