Time Travel Anxiety? The Doc Has The Cure!

Menang CemeHere is Jeff Jensen’s weekly theories post, which tries to tackle all of the Time Traveling fun this season.

ABC is trying to do its part to ease Lost viewers’ confusion with a new weekly web series called Lost Untangled. I’m not sure how clarifying these things truly are, but they’re pretty darn entertaining. Beginning this week, we’re going to embed these videos in this column. This installment offers a recap of what happened last week and a peek at tonight’s episode. My hunch is that this may have been unintentional: The scene in question ΓÇö the payoff of the Is Sun Gonna Gun Down Ben? cliffhanger ΓÇö originally may have been the climactic moment of ”The Little Prince,” but they decided to cut it and move it into the new episode for some reason. If you can handle being spoiled just a little bit, I think you’ll find this pretty darn fun.

Special ”Lost in Time” edition
In all the time I’ve spent publicly obsessing over Lost, I don’t think I’ve seen the hardcore fans quite this activated by the show. (”Activated” = talking, speculating, theorizing.) At the same time, I’ve never seen them so baffled, either. (”Baffled” = ”I don’t understand what the hell is going on!”) I don’t think this is bad, per se. On the contrary, I think for many viewers, confusion is fueling their more-intense-than-ever interest. But for many others, confusion produces unwanted anxiety. The cause of this exciting/frustrating confusion is the time-travel story line, a sci-fi conceit that’s proven to be accessible to the masses (Back To The Future, The Terminator, Peggy Sue Got Married) even though it comes with a high risk of failure (see: the too-many alternate realities/shoddy narrative logic of Heroes). This week’s list focuses on five key questions pertaining to LTTA (Lost Time Travel Anxiety) and my suggestions for how to roll with them, with a minimum of nutty theories.

Lost certainly isn’t conforming to what we expect the usual time travel story to look like. The fact that the show is defying our expectation is one reason for LTTA. The castaways should be Marty McFlys and the Island should be Doc Brown’s time-traveling DeLorean. Right? Wrong. If that scenario were true for Lost, then everyone who was on the Island when Ben turned the frozen donkey ΓÇö i.e., Richard Alpert and the Others ΓÇö should be time traveling, too. So, too, should the actual physical environs of the Island as it existed when it vanished. What makes the most sense ΓÇö based on everything we’ve seen so far ΓÇö is that only the castaways are quantum leaping. Of course, this conclusion rips open a new can of wormy questions. Why only the castaways? What makes them so special? Those are questions that nag at me ΓÇö but I feel like the story is going to answer them.

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Episode 5X14- Dharma, Gunfire And Explosion

Bandar Ceme**UPDATED** 2/19/09 – We have just been informed this report and pics are for Episode 5×14 NOT 5×13

Hey All,
After a quite week of filming, we received a tip that there was a big shoot planned at Camp Erdman today. Our good friend Roxy was on set to catch all the action and several other fans sent in tidbits to our other good friend and LOST blogger Ryan!!

Here is a little summary of what took place along with some nice set pics.

Apparently the filming mainly took place at the mechanic’s area of Othersville. Jack (Matthew Fox), Kate (Evangeline Lilly), Faraday (Jeremy Davies) and Radzinsky (Eric Lange) were the notable actors/characters on set with several other new Dharma members (Casey, Emer and more).

Roxy spotted several stunt doubles and the actors trailers with one specifically for “Radzinsky”, “Thug 1”, and “Thug 2”. You will see Radzinsky with both thugs in black Dharma Jumpsuits in the photos below. If you look carefully you will also notice a SWAN logo on Radzinsky’s jumpsuit!!

In another photo, you will find a scene being filmed with Jack, Faraday, and Radzinsky. Both Jack and Radzinsky are pointing guns at one another but it is hard to see Jack or Faraday as they are behind a Blue Dharma van near a Dharma Soda cooler!


Summary of Filming 2/17/09 – Episode 5×14 The Variable

Names on actor/personnel trailers: Radinsky, thug 1, thug 2, Jack, Kate, Faraday and Paul Edwards

Scene: Takes place in mechanic’s area on the island.

Jack, Kate and Faraday (wearing khaki dharma jumpsuits) exchange gunfire with “other” dharma personnel (wearing black jumpsuits). Jack, Kate and Faraday jump into a Jeep and escape just as an explosion occurs.

Ryan’s post mentions some debris from a blown-up house (maybe Claire’s) and he also has some additional photos of some Dharma Jeeps that you can check here: The ODI