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Posted Friday 12/07/18 at 10:10PM EST
Manifest is still struggling to figure out the right balance between character and story
"It’s the sort of balance that, really, every TV show has to find — take How I Met Your Mother’s years-long struggle to postpone revealing who the titular Mom was, or as a positive example the deft way in which every aspect of life in Baltimore was blended together on The Wire," says Liz Shannon Miller. "But shows like Manifest highlight that particular struggle, because telling relatable human stories with fantastical elements is so tricky that one moment of misalignment reveals all the flaws."
Posted Monday 10/22/18 at 10:08AM EDT
Why Manifest is succeeding at being a Lost knockoff
Source: USA Today
The NBC drama may be succeeding where other Lost copycats have failed because it's easy to follow. Plus, there is the real-world connection of Malaysia Airlines' Flight 370.
Posted Wednesday 9/26/18 at 10:56PM EDT
Empire boss admits Lost inspired the coffin mystery
"It was actually Lost that inspired me," showrunner Brett Mahoney says of the Season 5 premiere.
Posted Monday 9/24/18 at 9:40PM EDT
NBC's Manifest suffers from "network TV-itis" -- it's a generic and forgettable version of Lost
The pilot of the NBC drama about a plane that disappears for five years is too rushed. "It suffers from a case network TV-itis: a need to blast from one plot point to the next without devoting too much time to establishing atmosphere or deeply studying its characters," says Jen Chaney. "Admittedly, one episode isn’t much to go on, but so far, Manifest also has little interest in the wider world or culture. Imagine boarding a plane while Barack Obama was still in office, then getting off of it and finding out, oh, it’s five years later and by the way, Donald Trump is president. Obviously you would be reeling on a variety of fronts, but that, along with other cultural changes — the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage? Prince died? — would be a real mind-blower. There’s never a sense that any character’s mind is truly blown by what’s happening in Manifest."
Posted Monday 8/20/18 at 7:59AM EDT
Lost's Desmond and Penny reunite
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Sonya Walger and Henry Ian Cusick took a photo Friday from the place where their characters first met.
Posted Thursday 8/02/18 at 10:51PM EDT
Lost producers "profoundly apologize" to Evangeline Lilly after she revealed nude scene complaints
Lost co-creators J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof, as well as executive producers Carlton Cuse and Jack Bender, issued a joint statement today in response to Lilly's revelation that she felt "basically cornered into doing a scene partially naked, and I felt had no choice in the matter" -- an experience that left her "crying my eyes out." “Our response to Evie’s comments this morning in the media was to immediately reach out to her to profoundly apologize for the experience she detailed while working on Lost,” the Lost producers said in a joint statement “We have not yet connected with her, but remain deeply and sincerely sorry. No person should ever feel unsafe at work. Period.” Lilly revealed on The Lost Boys podcast published earlier this week that “in season 3, I’d had a bad experience on set with being basically cornered into doing a scene partially naked, and I felt had no choice in the matter. And I was mortified and I was trembling when it finished. I was crying my eyes out and I had to go on do a very formidable, very strong scene thereafter.” She added that "in Season 4, another scene came up where Kate was undressing and I fought very hard to have that scene be under my control and I failed to control it again. And so I then said, ‘That’s it, no more. You can write whatever you want—I won’t do it. I will never take my clothes off on this show again.’ and I didn’t.”
Posted Thursday 8/02/18 at 3:05AM EDT
Evangeline Lilly: I vowed never to film any more Lost nudity after one scene left me "crying my eyes out"
Source: The Muse
Lilly recounted her bad experiences on Lost on a recent episode of The Lost Boys podcast. “In Season 3, I’d had a bad experience on set with being basically cornered into doing a scene partially naked, and I felt had no choice in the matter," she said. "And I was mortified and I was trembling and when it finished, I was crying my eyes out and I had to go on do a very formidable, very strong scene there after.” She added: "In Season 4, another scene came up where Kate was undressing and I fought very hard to have that scene be under my control and I failed to control it again. And so I then said, ‘That’s it, no more. You can write whatever you want—I won’t do it. I will never take my clothes off on this show again.’ and I didn’t.”
Posted Monday 6/25/18 at 6:21AM EDT
Westworld Season 2 was frustrating, but it should lead to a compelling leap in Season 3
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
There was a lot to grumble out and a lot to like in this season of the HBO drama, says Tim Goodman. But what did work was the set-up to the next chapter. "Maybe your appreciation of Westworld comes down to what you can tolerate," says Goodman. "Or what you're looking for to begin with. While I've loved both seasons and didn't mind the complicated time jumping in the first season (partly because I wasn't wrapped up reading about a lot of theories online and figured things out on my own, or didn't, while enjoying it as a solid drama), the second season was a dollop more frustrating, if only because it seemed to double down on 'when is now' and then, by the finale, had quadrupled down on it. I love a good puzzle but sometimes I just don't want to work that hard. On the other hand, this second season of Westworld took some very intriguing leaps, creatively, and those mostly masked my growing frustration with having to over-think the timelines I was witnessing."
- Season 2 finale was insane: "Can anyone without a Cliff’s Notes guide really tell me what happened this week?"
- All this storytelling "flim-flam" obscures Westworld's countless weaknesses and dilutes its few undeniable strengths
- Much of the Season 2 finale felt like a series finale
- Westworld feels like a show built on a narrative dare, one of endless resets and stasis
- Westworld isn't HBO's version of Lost -- it's HBO's version of a Lost recap
- What the fade-to-black ending means
- "Westworld is a homework assignment where the reward for finishing is more homework"
- What if Westworld was a sitcom?
- The five most pressing questions from the Season 2 finale
- Westworld co-creator Lisa Joy on Season 3: "It's going to be a whole new world"
- Westworld composer Ramin Djawadi breaks down the most important musical moments of Season 2
Posted Wednesday 6/20/18 at 1:32PM EDT
ABC announces Castaways, a Lost-meets-Survivor reality show
Premiering on Aug. 7 after Bachelor in Paradise, Castaways will send 12 diverse strangers "torn from their ordinary lives" as they are dropped off on various islets in Indonesia. Like Lost, Castaways will flash back to their real lives back home. "Castaways is a revolutionary series testing the human need for companionship under extreme circumstances as each individual learns there are other castaways out there but are unaware of how many, their locations or when they will be rescued," ABC said in announcing the new series.
Posted Monday 6/18/18 at 1:47PM EDT
Sterling K. Brown expects This Is Us to end after Season 7, citing on-set chats about Lost
Brown makes his prediction based on his conversations with creator Dan Fogelman. “We would talk about Lost, and he talks about Lost being one of the chief influences on our show with regards to the flashbacks and flash-forwards," says Brown. "I said, ‘Lost is my joint.’ But even I’ll admit, like at a point in time, I was like, ‘Are we going somewhere? What’s the culmination?’ And so, we have an endpoint. We know how our show is going to end. Not exactly sure when it will be, but I don’t think it’ll be beyond seven years.” ALSO: Susan Kelechi Watson says her This Is Us character evolved as the writers learned more about her.
Posted Thursday 5/17/18 at 10:42PM EDT
Evangeline Lilly: I was intentionally injured on the set of Lost because of a "misogynistic" stunt coordinator
During a stuntwoman panel on Wednesday, Lilly accused Lost's stunt coordinator, whom she wouldn't name, of intentionally putting her in harm's way after she insisted on doing her own stunt that involved rolling off a thick tree branch. “I felt it was him saying, ‘I’m going to put you in your place for standing up to me,’” she said. “It was either cow to his power or hurt myself. I was in my 20s then. Now, I would probably back down.”
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 10:53PM EDT
Westworld seems like it doubled down on its overall "Lost-iness" in Season 2
Sunday's episode had an opening sequence that bore similarities to Lost's memorable Season 2 opener. But co-creator Lisa Joy, who directed the episode, says she's never seen Lost. “This is the way that happy accidents make history rhyme sometimes," she said of the similarities. Yet it's not just that opening sequence. Westworld has always seemed like Lost, especially this season, says Lindsey Romain. "Beyond sharing that visual cue, the second season of Westworld has doubled down on its overall Lost-iness," she says. "The first season, you might recall, was already loaded with similar storytelling mechanics: a beautiful remote location, godlike men pulling strings, a man in black, time not being what it seems. Season two feels similarly derivative, or at the very least spiritually connected." ALSO: Lisa Joy talks about directing her first episode.
Posted Thursday 5/10/18 at 1:22PM EDT
NBC picks up Lost-like drama Manifest, starring Josh Dallas
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The Once Upon a Time alum will star on the Robert Zemeckis-produced show described as "Lost in reverse." According to the logline, “when Montego Air Flight 828 landed safely after a turbulent but routine flight, the crew and passengers were relieved. Yet in the span of those few hours, the world had aged five years and their friends, families and colleagues, after mourning their loss, had given up hope and moved on."
Posted Monday 5/07/18 at 10:00PM EDT
Video game designed a perfect re-creation of the Lost island
Every location from the classic ABC series is featured on Far Cry 5.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 10:24PM EDT
Gizmodo lists amazing sci-fi shows with infuriatingly terrible finales
Lost and the Battlestar Galactica revival are among the acclaimed series that fizzled on their way out.