The 'Lost' weekend: Who has two thumbs and loves cake? The cast of 'Lost'
It's rare that I get sent a link by more than one or two of you. I'll occasionally see something on one of the "Lost" links sites I read and then also get a link to it from one of you, but for the most part, you guys will send me a link or I'll see something online I like and then I'll link to it here.
However, this week, no fewer than eight of you sent me a link to this video of various "Lost" cast members saying, "Mmmm ... cake." (As per usual, Michael Emerson takes the crown here by being vaguely creepy about even the prospect of delicious desserts.) My colleague Maria Elena Fernandez learned from ABC that these were filmed as promos for Wichita-based affiliate KAKE back in 2008 (though it took even ABC a while to figure out what they were, at first), but that doesn't make this any less weird or funny. Thanks to all of you who linked me!
Now, obviously, everyone loves Michael Giacchino's great score from "Lost," but did you know Amazon has collected many of the actual songs the show has used as well and put them up in a handy list? If, while you're sitting in your cubicle or working out, you want to pretend you're stuck on the Island, you can't do much better than pick up some of these songs. It helps that almost all of them are great songs.
I don't know if you've noticed from reading my posts here, but I'm a big fan of Emerson's work on the show. In case you haven't tired of watching the episode "Dr. Linus," which aired two weeks ago, you can now watch it with his expert commentary. Emerson's approach to his acting craft is interesting, and it's nice to hear the actor explain what he does when he plays a scene, as well as get his thoughts on how he played the on-Island and off-Island Ben Linuses and made them the same character but different.
I found a couple of great links to "Lost" fan stuff on one of my favorite "Lost" LiveJournal communities this week too. First of all, here are some "Lost" bingo cards for when you absolutely must have something else to do when watching the episode. They're by Ian Leino, and they're simply a lot of fun. I also liked this video from Comedy.com. It's from Andre Meadows, who's behind the site BlackNerdComedy.com, and he's got a bone to pick with both "Lost" and "Heroes" about their treatment of black characters. Meadows has something of a serious point (even Damon Lindelof admitted as much at the show's Paley Festival panel), but he couches it in good-natured humor. A very funny video, and it's well worth a watch.
Finally, here's something that was blogged about nearly everywhere this week, but I still can't resist linking to it. Every time I type the phrase "flash-sideways," I'm reminded of the Alexander Payne film "Sideways," which came out in 2004, the same year "Lost" started. It's nice to see that blogger and comedian Emily Heller has been having some of the same thoughts.
And with that, we'll see you on Tuesday for the sure-to-be-revelatory "Ab Aeterno!"
-- Todd VanDerWerff (follow me on Twitter at @tvoti)