Doc Jensen And Others On The Premiere

Update: 5th Jan Thanks to The ODI for the heads up

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Update: Thanks to everyone who also sent these in. Here are 2 more reviews.

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Thanks to Sluky for the heads up.

Yesterday. 9:30 a.m. I was moments away from spending the day at Disneyland, the happiest place on Earth, when a certain EW colleague, whose name rhymes with Shmichael Slausiello, tipped me off that the first two episodes of Lost’s fifth season were now available to lucky media dorks like me for reviewing. Suddenly, the House of Mouse (and really, any other locale that wasn’t my laptop DVD player) was not the happiest place on Earth, but the most hellishly inconvenient. ARRRRGHHH! A long day of standing in life-stealing, long-ass lines became even more criminal and assish as I counted the minutes before I could rip into the most awesome of delayed Christmas presents. (Although I must say, The Pirates of the Carrbbean — a masterpiece of experiential narrative on any other day — was almost compelling enough to distract me from my furious angst. ALMOST.)

Finally, at 10 p.m. last night, with exhausted family passed out, I sat down and broke the seven-month Lost fast with the first two helpings of season 5. Both went down well, one more so than the other. A few thoughts in advance of a more thorough discussion to come, once the episodes air and we’re all on the same page.

Lost’s tradition of opening the year with a killer, capture-the-imagination sequence is honored and upheld, though the thing I loved most was how it was brazenly frank (and engagingly funny) about the heady high-concept conceit that will define the season. Almost everything that followed that opening passage was pretty cool, too. Remember the non-linear structure of Pulp Fiction, which toggled between a number of storylines whose chronological relationship to each other is practically a puzzle for the audience to solve? Well, the season premiere is kinda like that. The first two episodes will have the audience — and the show’s characters — trying to make sense of shifts in time. They demand active engagement, and I found it to be a lot of fun. Especially the first hour.

Lots of Sawyer in the first two eps. Lots of his naked chest, too. Lots of Hurley, and as for his chest, it is covered…with a very funny T-shirt. Sayid also has mucho screen time in both episodes, though he sleeps his way through one of them. Literally. And Daniel Faraday emerges as a huge player in season 5. The eps are dotted with cameos and extended cameos from peripheral but important figures crucial to the Lost mythology and much-loved by the Lost fan community. A polarizing character from Lost’s past returns, earns some redemption by participating with wit and humility, and delivers one of the best lines of either episode. Once again, all things Ben just rock. And if you’re familiar with the rather disturbing crush that Doc Jensen happens to have on a certain rarely-seen Lost someone, then you can imagine how I swooned when I saw her re-appear at long last in the second episode.

In short, it was worth the wait, and certainly the perfect tonic for a day at Disneyland. I can’t wait to see if you agree — or disagree — with me when Lost premieres on Jan. 21. In the meantime, tell me: What are you most looking forward to seeing in season 5? What are your burning questions? Let me know…because I’ll be able to soon answer them for you, in the most unexpected of ways…

Source: EW

Episode 5.01 And 5.02 – Press Release

We’ve already posted an early draft of the press releases here and here but here is the official version as can be found on the ABC Media site.

THE REMAINING SURVIVORS START TO FEEL THE EFFECTS CAUSED BY THE ISLAND BEING MOVED, AND JACK AND BEN BEGIN THEIR QUEST TO REUNITE THE OCEANIC 6 – ALONG WITH LOCKE’S BODY – IN ORDER TO RETURN TO THE ISLAND, ON THE SEASON PREMIERE OF ABC’S “LOST”

Michelle Rodriguez Guest Stars as Ana Lucia

Awarded the 2005 Emmy and 2006 Golden Globe for Best Drama Series, “Lost” returns for its fifth season of action-packed mystery and adventure — that will continue to bring out the very best and the very worst in the people who are lost, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Please note: This aktivitas will repeat Saturday, Jan. 24, from 9:00-11:00 p.m., ET.

After Oceanic Air flight 815 tore apart in mid-air and crashed on a Pacific island, its survivors were forced to find inner strength they never knew they had in order to survive. But they discovered that the island holds many secrets, including a mysterious smoke monster, polar bears, housing and hatches with electricity and hot & cold running water, a group of island residents known as “The Others,” and a mysterious man named Jacob. The survivors have also found signs of those who came to the island before them, including a 19th century sailing ship called The Black Rock, a downed Beechcraft plane from a failed drug run, the remains of an ancient statue, as well as bunkers belonging to the Dharma Initiative — a group of scientific researchers who inhabited the island in the recent past. They also encountered a freighter stationed off the island that some thought would lead to their rescue, but ultimately almost caused their extinction.

With only 34 original hours left until the tamat episode airs in 2010, Jack, Kate, Hurley, Sayid, Sun and Claire’s son, Aaron – otherwise known as the Oceanic 6 – have been rescued and continue to try and pick up the pieces of the lives they knew before the crash and to perpetuate the lie concocted to hide the truth of what really happened. But Jack and Ben must convince all of them to return to the island in order to save those left behind. This will prove quite a feat since Jack is still wrestling with his addictions, Kate won’t speak to him, Hurley is in a mental institution, Sayid is an assassin and Sun blames Jack for Jin’s death when the freighter exploded. Adding to their worries is the fact that they also have to take the body of Jeremy Bentham – aka Locke — with them in order to make things right with the island. But locating the island may prove even more difficult since Ben moved it. It’s not just a question of where it went, but when. Back on the island, the survivors who were left behind begin to play out the surprising events that inevitably lead to Locke’s death.

In the first part of the season premiere, entitled “Because You Left,” the remaining island survivors start to feel the effects of the aftermath of moving the island, and Jack and Ben begin their quest to reunite the Oceanic 6 in order to return to the island with Locke’s body in an attempt to save their former fellow castaways. In the second part, entitled “The Lie,” Hurley and Sayid are on the run from the cops after stumbling into trouble at the safehouse; the island survivors come under attack by unknown forces; and an old friend offers some shocking advice to Kate in order to ensure that “the lie” remain a secret.

“Lost” stars Naveen Andrews as Sayid, Henry Ian Cusick as Desmond, Jeremy Davies as Daniel Faraday, Michael Emerson as Ben, Matthew Fox as Jack, Jorge Garcia as Hurley, Josh Holloway as Sawyer, Yunjin Kim as Sun, Ken Leung as Miles, Evangeline Lilly as Kate, Elizabeth Mitchell as Juliet and Terry O’Quinn as Locke.

Guest starring in “Because You Left” are L. Scott Caldwell as Rose, Sam Anderson as Bernard, Nestor Carbonell as Richard Alpert, William Mapother as Ethan Rom, Francois Chau as Dr. Marvin Candle, Sonya Walger as Penelope “Penny” Widmore, Alan Dale as Charles Widmore, Rebecca Mader as Charlotte Lewis, William Blanchett as Aaron, Sean Whalen as Neil Frogurt, Tom Irwin as Dan Norton, Michael Dempsey as foreman, Stephanie Smart as ticket agent, Leslie Ishii as woman, Cindy Paliracio as TV anchor, Brad Berryhill as anxious guy, Sven Lindstrom as crew member, Chantal Boomla as counter girl and Jeremy Colvin as security guard.

Guest starring in “The Lie” are Michelle Rodriguez as Ana Lucia, L. Scott Caldwell as Rose, Sam Anderson as Bernard, Sonya Walger as Penelope “Penny” Widmore, Rebecca Mader as Charlotte Lewis, Jeff Fahey as Frank Lapidus, Lillian Hurst as Carmen Reyes, Cheech Marin as David Reyes, William Blanchett as Aaron, Sean Whalen as Neil Frogurt, Tom Connolly as Jones, Mary Mara as Jill, Dana Sorman as Darlene, James Jeremiah as police officer, Stephanie Conching as nurse, Matthew Allan as Cunningham and Todd Bryant as Mattingly.

“Because You Left” was written by Damon Lindelof & Carlton Cuse and directed by Stephen Williams.

“The Lie” was written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz and directed by Jack Bender.

“Lost” was created by Jeffrey Lieber and J.J. Abrams & Damon Lindelof. Abrams, Lindelof, Bryan Burk, Carlton Cuse, Jack Bender, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz serve as executive producers. “Lost,” which is filmed entirely on location in Hawaii and premiered on September 22, 2004, is from ABC Studios.

“Lost” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound and Spanish audio via SAP. This aktivitas carries a TV-14,L,V parental guideline.

This episode of “Lost” will be available on ABC.com the day after airing on the network for users to watch online.

Source: ABC

Updated Air Dates

I’ve just spoken with one of our ABC contacts and it looks like Lost will take a little break after Episode 5.07. I suspect this is so that the Finale Episode(s) hit the May sweeps or are there any US Holidays around that time?

BECAUSE YOU LEFT – 21-Jan-2009
THE LIE – 21-Jan-2009
JUGHEAD 28-Jan-2009
THE LITTLE PRINCE – 4-Feb-2009
THIS PLACE IS DEATH – 11-Feb-2009
THE LIFE AND DEATH OF JEREMY BENTHAM – 18-Feb-2009
316 – 25-Feb-2009
LAFLEUR – 11-Mar-2009
NAMASTE – 18-Mar-2009
HE’S OUR YOU -25-Mar-2009

Source: DarkUFO

Small Song Snippet

Thanks to Daniele for the heads up.

Clark’s “Downtown.” Now there’s another one to add to that list: “Shotgun Willie” by Willie Nelson.

Where and when the song is played and who listens to it I won’t say but, as the song goes, “You can’t make a record if you ain’t got nothin’ to say.”

Much like all uses of music, the song is very effective and quite eerie. There is also some very significant symbolism when it’s played that viewers will only fully appreciate on multiple viewings.

Source: The Tailsection

Thanks to GregDean for the video and Lyrics

And the lyrics…

Shotgun Willie sits around in his underwear
Bitin’ a bullet, pullin’ out all of his hair
Shotgun Willie has got all of his family there

You can’t make a record if you ain’t got nothin’ to say
You can’t make a record if you ain’t got nothin’ to say
You can’t play music if you don’t know nothin’ to play

repeat 1st verse

Well, John T. (Fours) was workin’ with the Klu Klux Klan
The six foot five John T was a hell of a man
Made a lot of money sellin’ sheets on the family plan

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Latest From Korbi

1. Jack and Ben are right where we left them last Spring, in the funeral parlour with Locke, and this season’s action will start there.

2. Several important questions will be answered right off the bat, including why the Oceanic 6 must return to the Island, exactly what happened when Ben moved the Island and what Sun meant when she said that she and Widmore had common interests.

3. Remember The Arrow Station, where the tail section survivors hid from the Others back in year 3? We will revisit it and be informed of its very interesting purpose pretty early on in the premiere.

4. At least three people will be killed in the first act.

5. Sayid and Ben seem to be on especially bad terms.

6. Several characters who we’ve watched die will make return appearances.

6. Sawyer is shirtless for all 42 plus minutes of the first episode.

7. Daniel Faraday and his life’s work play a pivotal role in the premiere.

Source: Zap2IT

Screeners Are Out – The Yes/No Q&A Session

Update: 31st Dec The Submission Queue is now open again. Please post your Questions Answers Post which I will keep updated.

Update: 11:20 My contact has told me that he will try to send through the answers 2-3 times a day where time permits up until Monday 5th Jan. He’ll send me the first batch of answers a little later today.

As some of you may or may not know, ABC yesterday released Screener copies of Episode 5.01 and Episode 5.02 to media outlets via their ABC Medianet site. One of my contacts who has seen both episodes has kindly agreed to take part in a Q&A session for DarkUFO readers. He will only be able to provide us with Yes/No answers to your questions as to preserve his confidentiality agreement with ABC.

So up until Monday 5th Jan he will post his answers to all your questions. The rules for this Q/A are nice and simple.

1) Only 1 question per person
2) All questions should be in a form that can be answered with a simple Yes or No.

So think hard before posting your question and leave them in this thread. The Answers will be made available sometime in the afternoon of Monday 5th Jan. Remember the answers will be for the first 2 episodes only.

The Yes/No Q&A Session – The Answers

Update: 2nd Jan The new Questions and Answers can be found here my contact will be sending through regular answers to your questions over the next few days. Please leave your questions here and NOT in this thread.

I’ll keep this updated as and when I get new answers from him.

DO NOT POST QUESTIONS IN THIS THREAD. THEY ARE NOT BEING READ.

Last Updated: 31st December 13:00 GMT

Latest From Korbi

1. Jack and Ben are right where we left them last Spring, in the funeral parlour with Locke, and this season’s action will start there.

2. Several important questions will be answered right off the bat, including why the Oceanic 6 must return to the Island, exactly what happened when Ben moved the Island and what Sun meant when she said that she and Widmore had common interests.

3. Remember The Arrow Station, where the tail section survivors hid from the Others back in year 3? We will revisit it and be informed of its very interesting purpose pretty early on in the premiere.

4. At least three people will be killed in the first act.

5. Sayid and Ben seem to be on especially bad terms.

6. Several characters who we’ve watched die will make return appearances.

6. Sawyer is shirtless for all 42 plus minutes of the first episode.

7. Daniel Faraday and his life’s work play a pivotal role in the premiere.

Source: Zap2IT

Episode 5.01 And 5.02 – Press Release

We’ve already posted an early draft of the press releases here and here but here is the official version as can be found on the ABC Media site.

THE REMAINING SURVIVORS START TO FEEL THE EFFECTS CAUSED BY THE ISLAND BEING MOVED, AND JACK AND BEN BEGIN THEIR QUEST TO REUNITE THE OCEANIC 6 – ALONG WITH LOCKE’S BODY – IN ORDER TO RETURN TO THE ISLAND, ON THE SEASON PREMIERE OF ABC’S “LOST”

Michelle Rodriguez Guest Stars as Ana Lucia

Awarded the 2005 Emmy and 2006 Golden Globe for Best Drama Series, “Lost” returns for its fifth season of action-packed mystery and adventure — that will continue to bring out the very best and the very worst in the people who are lost, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Please note: This aktivitas will repeat Saturday, Jan. 24, from 9:00-11:00 p.m., ET.

After Oceanic Air flight 815 tore apart in mid-air and crashed on a Pacific island, its survivors were forced to find inner strength they never knew they had in order to survive. But they discovered that the island holds many secrets, including a mysterious smoke monster, polar bears, housing and hatches with electricity and hot & cold running water, a group of island residents known as “The Others,” and a mysterious man named Jacob. The survivors have also found signs of those who came to the island before them, including a 19th century sailing ship called The Black Rock, a downed Beechcraft plane from a failed drug run, the remains of an ancient statue, as well as bunkers belonging to the Dharma Initiative — a group of scientific researchers who inhabited the island in the recent past. They also encountered a freighter stationed off the island that some thought would lead to their rescue, but ultimately almost caused their extinction.

With only 34 original hours left until the tamat episode airs in 2010, Jack, Kate, Hurley, Sayid, Sun and Claire’s son, Aaron – otherwise known as the Oceanic 6 – have been rescued and continue to try and pick up the pieces of the lives they knew before the crash and to perpetuate the lie concocted to hide the truth of what really happened. But Jack and Ben must convince all of them to return to the island in order to save those left behind. This will prove quite a feat since Jack is still wrestling with his addictions, Kate won’t speak to him, Hurley is in a mental institution, Sayid is an assassin and Sun blames Jack for Jin’s death when the freighter exploded. Adding to their worries is the fact that they also have to take the body of Jeremy Bentham – aka Locke — with them in order to make things right with the island. But locating the island may prove even more difficult since Ben moved it. It’s not just a question of where it went, but when. Back on the island, the survivors who were left behind begin to play out the surprising events that inevitably lead to Locke’s death.

In the first part of the season premiere, entitled “Because You Left,” the remaining island survivors start to feel the effects of the aftermath of moving the island, and Jack and Ben begin their quest to reunite the Oceanic 6 in order to return to the island with Locke’s body in an attempt to save their former fellow castaways. In the second part, entitled “The Lie,” Hurley and Sayid are on the run from the cops after stumbling into trouble at the safehouse; the island survivors come under attack by unknown forces; and an old friend offers some shocking advice to Kate in order to ensure that “the lie” remain a secret.

“Lost” stars Naveen Andrews as Sayid, Henry Ian Cusick as Desmond, Jeremy Davies as Daniel Faraday, Michael Emerson as Ben, Matthew Fox as Jack, Jorge Garcia as Hurley, Josh Holloway as Sawyer, Yunjin Kim as Sun, Ken Leung as Miles, Evangeline Lilly as Kate, Elizabeth Mitchell as Juliet and Terry O’Quinn as Locke.

Guest starring in “Because You Left” are L. Scott Caldwell as Rose, Sam Anderson as Bernard, Nestor Carbonell as Richard Alpert, William Mapother as Ethan Rom, Francois Chau as Dr. Marvin Candle, Sonya Walger as Penelope “Penny” Widmore, Alan Dale as Charles Widmore, Rebecca Mader as Charlotte Lewis, William Blanchett as Aaron, Sean Whalen as Neil Frogurt, Tom Irwin as Dan Norton, Michael Dempsey as foreman, Stephanie Smart as ticket agent, Leslie Ishii as woman, Cindy Paliracio as TV anchor, Brad Berryhill as anxious guy, Sven Lindstrom as crew member, Chantal Boomla as counter girl and Jeremy Colvin as security guard.

Guest starring in “The Lie” are Michelle Rodriguez as Ana Lucia, L. Scott Caldwell as Rose, Sam Anderson as Bernard, Sonya Walger as Penelope “Penny” Widmore, Rebecca Mader as Charlotte Lewis, Jeff Fahey as Frank Lapidus, Lillian Hurst as Carmen Reyes, Cheech Marin as David Reyes, William Blanchett as Aaron, Sean Whalen as Neil Frogurt, Tom Connolly as Jones, Mary Mara as Jill, Dana Sorman as Darlene, James Jeremiah as police officer, Stephanie Conching as nurse, Matthew Allan as Cunningham and Todd Bryant as Mattingly.

“Because You Left” was written by Damon Lindelof & Carlton Cuse and directed by Stephen Williams.

“The Lie” was written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz and directed by Jack Bender.

“Lost” was created by Jeffrey Lieber and J.J. Abrams & Damon Lindelof. Abrams, Lindelof, Bryan Burk, Carlton Cuse, Jack Bender, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz serve as executive producers. “Lost,” which is filmed entirely on location in Hawaii and premiered on September 22, 2004, is from ABC Studios.

“Lost” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound and Spanish audio via SAP. This aktivitas carries a TV-14,L,V parental guideline.

This episode of “Lost” will be available on ABC.com the day after airing on the network for users to watch online.

Source: ABC