May 08, 2006
"Lost": Still rocking my world

I finally watched this week's Lost on the TiVo over the weekend. Holy smokes! Click the More link to see the spoilerrific stuff.

Okay, first things first. Despite what folks like Linkmeister's commenter thought (and I thought at first), the apparent deaths of Ana Lucia and Libby are not related to the drunk driving arrests of Michelle Rodriguez and Cynthia Watros.

The apparent death of Ana Lucia was reinforced by comments from two of the show's executive producers to The decision to make the character a short-timer was reached early and was unrelated to Rodriguez's drunken-driving case in Hawaii, where the series is filmed, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse said.

"A lot of this is going to sound like spin, so all we can give you is our word that this is exactly what happened," Lindelof told When Rodriguez auditioned for the role she made it clear she was "sort of a nomadic spirit" and would commit to a limited run, he said.

As befitting the convoluted "Lost," however, there was more to the story.

Another issue was that Watros was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence on the same December night as Rodriguez, but separately.

Rodriguez, 27, was sentenced to jail time and fined $500 after she pleaded guilty last month, serving about 65 hours in an Oahu correctional facility. Watros, 37, was fined and had her license suspended for 90 days after pleading guilty to drunken driving in January.

Lindelof told that he and Cuse knew that it might seem they were trying to make a point rather than advance the story as intended.

"It's going to look like this is the 'Lost' producers' attempt to say, 'Don't drive drunk!'" Lindelof said.

But they decided not to alter the plot line because everything that follows this season "all sort of falls from this event," said Cuse.

Tiffany saw what happened for what it was before I did. They really will trade Walt for Henry, it's just that it won't be on their terms. It'll be on the Others' terms, only no one knows it besides Michael. I don't know how this is going to end, but it's going to be ugly.

(And I may be wrong about Walt coming back. That may just be what Michael believes. We don't know what their deal is with kids, but I bet they don't give them back casually.)

One posibility is that Libby lives long enough to tell people who shot her. It's also possible that the bearded Other dude will clue in Jack or whoever else storms their compound based on the false info Michael gave. Whatever the case, I suspect we haven't seen the last death from this.

(BTW, I'm pissed that Libby is going to die. I really wanted to know her story. Maybe they'll give us a flashback for her as her swan song.)

We're entering the home stretch on this season. I plan on holding onto my seat. You can read an episode recap here. What do you think will happen?

Posted by Charles Kuffner on May 08, 2006 to TV and movies | TrackBack

My comment is that it's not working out so good for those from the tail section of the plane all of a sudden, is it? I'm watching the season 1 dvd extras DVD right now from netflix and the writers say they pretty much knew the 4-5 year story line for this show while writing the pilot. Lots more to come on Lost and the end of this season will just leave us hanging.

Posted by: muse on May 8, 2006 6:28 AM

At least it's good to know they're staying true to character.

For a little bit there, it looked like Michael was about to lose his "Stupidest Person on the Islans" award. The raid against an unarmed village actually kinda made sense, and at the very least he wasn't running off into the jungle screaming "WAAALT!"

Of course, then he goes and reclaims the title. What a doofus.

Posted by: Buhallin on May 8, 2006 4:30 PM