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Doc Jensen Talks To Carlton And Damon

Here is an excerpt from Doc Jensen’s latest article which discusses the question that a lot of readers on DarkUFO have had about the location of the crash.

Trolling through the message board responses to my recap of last week’s episode, ”No Place Like Home,” part one of Lost’s season finale, I noticed an ongoing debate: Why didn’t the Oceanic Airlines publicist and/or the Oceanic 6 address the whole baffling business about Oceanic 815 crashing in the Indian Ocean? This was a Sydney-to-Los Angeles flight; the route goes over the Pacific; Indonesia is too far away, even for a plane that went off course. How come the journalists at the press conference didn’t ask the question many of you have been asking for four years: ”What happened?”

Personally, I was less perplexed. In the season’s second episode, ”Confirmed Dead,” we learned that a salvage vessel searching for The Black Rock in the Indian Ocean had found the remains of Oceanic 815 in the inaccessible depths of the Sunda Trench near Indonesia. Since the discovery of the wreckage predated the return of the castaways by at least a month, the culture had probably already vetted the riddle of why Oceanic 815 veered so far off course. All to say, I doubt the matter would have been an urgent talking point. Perhaps the reporters could have asked the Oceanic 6: ”Were you aware that your plane was…lost?” And maybe they did: My interpretation of that sequence was that we were shown selected moments from the briefing, not the whole thing.

But because it’s very possible that my reasonable analysis isn’t satisfying enough, I asked executive producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof for an explanation. Their response s fell just short of a deep sigh. ”As for the issue of the wreck’s location in the Sunda Trench, we’ll let the show speak for itself,” said Lindelof. He then added the following emoticon: 😉

Cuse was a tad more expansive: ”Obviously, the location of the supposed wreckage of 815 has been known by everybody for a while — that’s not news. Beyond that, Damon and I don’t want to say much more. More isu on all this will be forthcoming, but not until next season.”

My inquiry reached the producers the morning after a late-night editing session to complete next week’s two-hour opus. ”We had a toast of Dom Perignon in cheap plastic glasses with the four editors and about a dozen post support staff to celebrate,” Cuse said. ”Today, I’m experiencing elated exhaustion, the elation from both completion of the work but also the hopeful feeling that people are going to like this finale. It’s nerve-wracking because the kafe is set so high, and if we don’t finish strong it’s sort of like the Patriots losing the Super Bowl: It sort of negates all that came before it, especially with an eight-month hiatus looming.”

Source: Full Article @ EW

Doc Jensen On The Finale

Thanks to ODUL for the heads up.

The last Doc Jensen of the year? No, that’s next week, when we’ll wrap up some unfinished business before hugging and waddling into our caves for hibernation. But tonight does mark the last Lost of 2008, which is pretty weird for me to fathom. My memory of recapping this season’s premiere, ”The Beginning of the End” — clacking away at my computer while watching some hired help install carpet in the family room; my wife screaming ”Noooooo!” as that distracted-obsessive Lost look settled into her husband’s eyes — was only minted yesterday, or so it seems. And now it’s almost over. Here, with the selesai tease of the season, is executive producer Carlton Cuse, coauthor of tonight’s two-hour extravaganza, ”No Place Like Home (Parts 2 and 3)”:

”Our characters’ fates and our story for the season all comes down to this: Who’s right about the island? Jack the empiricist or Locke the man of faith?”

Which reminds me of something I was thinking about the other day…


Last season at this time, we got an epic story about how Jack’s moment of triumph on the Island (beating Ben; staring down Locke; procuring rescue for his fellow castaways) was juxtaposed against a future-set story that saw Jack at his lowest moment, all boozy and delusional and suicidal. Meanwhile, Locke was a proverbial dead man walking. Beckoned from the Dharma mass grave by Ghost Walt and bleeding from the gut, Locke tired to prevent Jack from bringing doom upon the Island.

This season seems to be ending with a role reversal. Now we have Jack staggering through the jungle with a bleeding gut, thanks to a recently removed appendix. (One wonders in retrospect if that bit of business at the beginning of the season, in which Locke explained to Sawyer that his daddy-swiped kidney helped him cheat death, was intended to foreshadow the current extracted-organ drama of his Island mirror twin, and could this sentence be any longer or more artlessly mouthfully?) (Yes.) Meanwhile, Locke appears to be getting his big pendekar moment. He’s going to descend into yet another Dharma portal of sci-fi hell and ”move” his beloved Island. Whatever that means exactly, though it appears from Cuse’s tease that a defining moment is upon us — and by ”us,” I do mean the fans. For quite some time now, a debate has raged in Lost fandom about which kind of worldview should win out when it comes to resolving the show’s many mysteries: Scientific or Sci-Fi? Naturalistic or Supernatural? Stephen Hawking or Stephen King?

I doubt tonight’s episode will fully resolve the debate — but I wouldn’t be too surprised if the episode causes the debate to boil over. All to say, the message boards should be quite frothy tomorrow.

Source: Full Article @ EW