In December, I interviewed “Lost” executive producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof over lunch on the Disney-ABC lot in Burbank, Calif. In a week or so, I’ll be using that interview to write a feature for the print version of the Tribune (I’ll post that “Lost” feature here too).
But with the anticipation of the “Lost” Season 6 premiere building — the start of the final season is only two weeks away on Feb. 2 — I thought I’d start posting the full transcript of the interview. It’s looong. Check back here for additional installments (there should be two more installments over the next week or so).
Yes, what follows is only about a third of the interview. I know! But given that Lindelof and Cuse were kind enough to give me an hour of their time, I’m going to share everything they said with my fellow island fanatics. Casual fans might not want to read the whole thing; if that’s the case, there are a few choice excepts here. All my other “Lost” coverage is here.
This interview contains no spoilers for Season 6. I didn’t (and still don’t) want to know any specifics about the season to come.
I was interested in finding out how Cuse and Lindelof approached Season 6 and how they feel about the fans’ expectations for the last season. This section of the transcript also contains the first set of ‘Star Wars references, and there are several “Battlestar Galactica” and “Sopranos” references too. Also, giraffes.
In the next exciting installment: Time travel!!! Later: Ewoks!!!
Here’s Part 1 — enjoy!
Sure, Lost‘s time-tripping fifth season was the most difficult to follow (at times even we had headaches and nosebleeds), but it also provided many weighty moments for the characters we’ve grown to love. Sawyer took on a leadership role and gave his heart to Juliet; Hurley helped Miles reunite with his long-last father; Jack finally tested the water of being a man of faith; and John Locke is, well, still dead. Throw in the introduction of Jacob and the death of Daniel Faraday, and it’s no wonder why we’re so eagerly anticipating the next and final season.
Viewers of ABC’s “Lost” saw the body of a dead John Locke in the show’s Season 5 finale Wednesday night. However, a very alive Terry O’Quinn, who plays Locke, was in Spartanburg on Thursday to play in the BMW Charity Pro-Am at Carolina Country Club.
Between holes, O’Quinn was happy to talk to fans about golf, the finale and the fate of his character in the show’s final season, beginning in 2010.