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Back to Lost
As Season 3 of “Lost” resumes, the writers say, it’s moving back to its main story.
When the six-episode stretch ended, Jack (a surgeon) had Ben (leader of The Others) on the operating table. He used that advantage to force the release of Kate and Sawyer.
Everything promptly changes, co-creator Damon Lindelof says, “as a result of what Jack does.” Now the original cast will get more screen time.
Along the way, however, fans will get to know these other characters better. They include:
- Ben, leader of The Others. Michael Emerson was signed to do three episodes and has stayed around. “I always (felt), ‘If all goes well, this could turn into something,’ ” he says.
- Juliet, another of The Others, with a soft style and a steely soul. “I think she is warm and nurturing,” says Elizabeth Mitchell, who plays her. “But she also knows what she has to do.”
- Desmond, the guy who was inexplicably down in the hatch, pushing a button every 108 minutes. More inexplicably, he seems to know something about the future. His story will become clearer in the Feb. 14 episode, says Henry Ian Cusick, who plays him. Cusick is a Scotsman who was born in Peru and spent much of his childhood in Trinidad with international playmates along the beach. It may have been the ideal background for his current role. “We have this very international cast,” he says.”Lost” has a deeply layered story — the kind that is popular in other countries. But “Lost” is done in an epic, U.S. style. “Only in America do you do this,” Cusick said. “You learn to do it big.”
For the “Lost” producers, anything is possible. Flashbacks seem to span the globe — Korea, Australia, the U.S. and more. All are filmed in Hawai’i, most on O’ahu.
For the start of this season “Lost” needed a little, cookie-cutter village where The Others live.
“That actually is a YMCA camp” (in Mokule’ia), says producer-director Jack Bender.
“Our production designer was able to make it more Dharma-esque,” Bender says, referring to “The Dharma Initiative,” a research project begun on the island long before the plane crashed.
That’s the “Lost” style — international angst in the jungle with confusion, hope and despair, plus strangers in a Dharma-esque village. And now the show is returning to its original style.