Dharma In Season 6

Thanks to Congested for this article.

Here’s an article about the use of The University of Michigan’s name in various Hollywood productions and there is a little piece at the end about its use on Lost. The full article can be found here.

…Another critical hit, Lost, wraps up its season with a two-hour show on Wednesday. But unlike House,Lost decided to go ahead with its Michigan connection without any input from the school — a move that at first was a tad unsettling for Doyle, the film office chief.

She found out about it while watching the show.

“I was sitting in the living room with my husband and said ‘Oh my goodness!’ I won’t quote exactly what I said. (It was) more colorful than that,” she said, laughing.

The university talked about it, but opted against reaching out to the Lost producers to discuss the use of the name.

“We decided to let it ride,” Doyle said. “As time goes on, it’s more apparent they’re (the Dharma Initiative) not horrible people.”

But, much like the show itself, they’re plenty mysterious.

According to an “orientation film” played during a past Lost episode, Dharma is described as being the brainchild of the DeGroots, who “imagined a large-scale communal research compound where scientists and freethinkers from around the globe could pursue research in meteorology, psychology, parapsychology” and other disciplines.

During this season, viewers finally are getting a better idea of how Dharma-types lived and worked on the island setting of the show, which through its time-travel trippiness sent its main characters 30 years into the past.

With Dharma at the forefront of the current season, the Michigan references have been coming at a greater frequency, with a Dharma resident in a recent episode threatening to “call Ann Arbor” to settle a dispute.

Lost executive producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof stress that the decision to base the Dharma folks at a 1970s-era U of M should be viewed as a compliment. After all, Cuse said, they chose the school because of its reputation as “a real center of intellectuality.”

“There was an incredibly vital university academic community, and we just felt like acknowledging that by making the characters from there was just kind of cool and very sort of appropriate for the time,” he said.

Cuse and Lindelof say to expect the Dharma-Michigan connection to play a significant role as the show heads into next season, its sixth and selesai one.

Source: USA Today

Getting Lost From Tv Guide

Featured here in the latest installment of TVGuide.com’s Getting Lost video series:

• I start off with a reminder about some Very good news (with a capital V).
• Leaping ahead in time a bit — as a Lostie is prone to do — I had Menang Ceme to wonder: Are the producers locked into what the series’ jawaban scene will be, when Lost signs off in May 2010? Carlton Cuse gives me an update.
• Who is the “they” Jacob warned Un-Locke about? I share your top two theories.
• Similarly, this week’s Burning Question tackles another case of uncertain identity

Source: TV Guide

Lost Masterminds Carlton Cuse And Damen Lindelof Dop Hints About How Abc Hit Drama Will End

Thanks to The ODI for the heads up. Nothing major but better than nothing whilst we await the spoilers to start coming in 🙂

Lost masterminds Carlton Cuse and Damen Lindelof dop hints about how ABC hit drama will end

Jun 2 2009

Lost masterminds Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse have been dropping hints about how the show will end next spring.

Among the mysteries unravelled in the very last episode will be the significance of the four-toed statue, what the Smoke Monster really is and who the skeletons in the cave were.

(We reckon Egyptian fertility goddess Taweret, conscience and Penny & Desmond respectively, for what it’s worth!)

Says Cuse: “The end of the show will be a combination of trying to answer mysteries the audience still cares about, such as the statue and the Smoke Monster.

“We’ll also be answering the skeletons in the cave question. We will answer the questions we feel are important and central to the plot.

“At the same time we will be trying to tell redemption stories about the characters. These characters do indeed have a destiny.

Source: Sunday Mercury

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“What the hell’s going on with Lost? I don’t think they know. I think from week to week they go, ‘Let’s do this.’ And then someone else says, ‘No, this would be a good idea.’ I love that show, but I don’t think they know what they’re doing.” —Ellen DeGeneres

“I am flattered that Ellen is a fan of our show,” says exec producer Carlton Cuse, who promises Ellen there is a master plan, with some sweet payoffs, if she sticks through the selesai season. Dominic Monaghan recently had a secret breakfast meeting with producer Damon Lindelof to discuss how he might manage returning to Lost as Charlie. “We would like there to be some visitations from people we’ve loved over time,” Cuse says. Michael Emerson, who plays Ben, confirms, “The selesai season will resemble the first. I know there are plans for big people we have parted company with to reappear.” But one crucial component from the very first pilot episode will most likely be absent from the reunion: cocreator J.J. Abrams, who tells me he won’t be returning to Hawaii to direct the series finale. “I would selfishly love it,” he says, “but director Jack Bender has been living in Hawaii for years and doing amazing work. For me to come in and direct the finale would be cruel and unusual.”

Source: TV Guide Magazine

Curzon Q&A With Darlton And Jack Bender

Update: 6th July 21:40 Thanks to Ramsey for the following.

So my pal Matt and I attended the really fun – and a bit emotional Bandar Ceme at bits where they showed clips like the Oceanic survivors buliding and sailing off on a raft from Season 1 and Desmond finally getting thru to Penny in The Constant.

Anyhow – there was a signing after and all I had on me was a copy of ‘Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince’ that i’m trying to read before the movie comes out. Carlton & Damon said during the Q&A that JK Rowling’s brave announcement that they’ll only be 7 Harry Potter books inspired them to make LOST just 6 seasons long. They both signed by book and after a read what Damon wrote inside: ”Locke is VERY simular to Snape!” Shock! LOL

Update: 6th July Thanks to Deniz who as at the event for sending us his photos.

Hey All,
LOST writers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse along with Director Jack Bender held a Q&A Session in Curzon. Lucky for us, several fans attended and were able to provide us with the details.

We were sent both the audio and a summary, so special thanks to Gob for the audio and my good friend and podcast partner Karen for the heads up about a summary from her friend Matt who was in attendance as well.

NOTE: Since the panel was in some auditorium, the folks in the audience asking questions were much louder than Darlton and Bender, so I tried my best to balance it out. So I hope you all can listen. In case you can’t listen or hear the audio too well, the summary is behind the button.

Plus, I have not had a chance to listen to the audio or read the whole summary yet, so I am posting this all here in the spoilers section just in case.


Curzon Q&A with Darlton and Jack Bender

Posted By: The ODI

Lost Stars Spill New Season Secrets At Comic-Con

Thanks to Donna and Marisa for the heads up.

Everyone wants to know how the akibat Bandar Ceme Online season of Lost will wrap up. What can we expect? Executive producer Carlton Cuse says, “The time travel season is over. The flash-forward season is over. We have something different planned.” Here are a few clues to what’s coming:

Executive producer Damon Lindelof says the akibat season will address the origin of the food drop from Season 2.

A fake episode of America’s Most Wanted was screened for Comi-Con fans showing host John Walsh narrating the true crime story of Kate Austen. Kate, it was revealed, didn’t kill her step-father, plumbing company owner Wayne Jannsen, as viewers believed. In his narration, Walsh said, “Fate would intervene on this tragic evening. Having made an earlier date with his wife, Janssen instead sent his apprentice, Ryan Milner, to lock up in his place. As Austen had devised, the building went up in a violent ball of flames. But it was Ryan who would perish inside instead of her intended target. Austen was detained for the murder of Ryan Milner before violently escaping the custody of the U.S. Marshall. She’s on the run to this day. Federal authorities consider her armed and very dangerous.”

Jorge Garcia believes that bringing Dominic Monaghan out on stage during the Comi-Con panel pretty much confirmed his involvement in Season 6.

Former cast member Adawale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Mr. Eko) was also at Comi-Con promoting his film, “G. I. Joe” and, according to a source, had hoped to hang out backstage with his former co-stars. But that did not happen. Still, Jorge sensed that Adawale got the strongest applause during an In Memorium reel that played, saluting all the slain characters. “He got an incredible cheer,” says Jorge. “He definitely stood out.”

A promo image for the new season revealed all the show’s characters (both dead and alive) lined up in a long row. John Locke is in the center, with his back turned toward us, looking over his shoulder. Josh Holloway told me his thoughts on the placement: “I guess Locke’s become Satan. I’ve really enjoyed his sudden change into becoming the evil guy.”

Josh was most excited to hear the news that Elizabeth Mitchell would be back in some way.
“Juliet coming back is exciting,” he says. But if Juliet returns only as a corpse, Josh says it would have a horrible effect on Sawyer. “It would destroy him. It would bring him right back to where he started. I love that idea of ripping off all his growth and getting back to Sawyer, the salty dog. But I imagine then he’ll have to get back to wanting to live again.”

Elizabeth Mitchell has been under a gag order not to speak ever since Lost’s season
finale aired in May. But she finally broke her silence with me. “What happened at the very end of the season is they told me that the character of Juliet had reached a natural conclusion,” says Liz. “It was very sudden, but I said ‘Okay,’ thinking that was the end of it. People knew I was available and I got a bunch of scripts. I fell in love with V and said I would do it. It was really crazy because I wasn’t planning on jumping back into another series. And then Lost’s La Fleur episode
aired and the fan response was really good, so then Lost called again, and that’s what I can’t talk about. It’s possible Juliet’s just dead, but I think it’s going to be a little bit more than that. I hope that when she comes back she can give Sawyer a really good reason for going on. What I really want is to have a big old fight with Ben, but that will probably never happen. But we will definitely see her again. They haven’t really told me how many episodes I’ll be doing but ABC said they’d work it out. They did when I was shooting the V pilot. I literally did four days of V, four days of Lost, four days of Vi.”

Michael Emerson has spent his hiatus wondering if the character seen sitting next to Jacob on the beach in the season finale will be related to Esau, a character from the Old Testament. “Jacob is like a character of light and goodness and Esau was more earth-bound, more a creature of
the dirt and darkness,” Emerson explained to me. “There’s biblical themes in our show. Whether they want to establish any direct parallel to Jacob and Esau remains to be seen.”

Nestor Carbonell is not surprisingly “thrilled” to be joining the cast as a series regular. “My family and I are moving to Hawaii next week,” he told me. “I’ve been flying back and forth so this is a big thrill for us. I have a 16 out of 18 episode commitment, so I’ll be on the island when they need me. They’ve told me they’ll answer the major questions about my character Richard—whether or not I’m immortal, how old I am. Because I don’t seem to age.” He says he believes his character is connected to the Black Rock pirate ship and perhaps, Ancient Egypt. “I’m most anxious to find out who’s pulling the strings on this island.”

So are we!!

Source: TV Guide Magazine