LOST: “What They Died For”
Or what I call it, 'Ben: Back with a Vengeance'!
By Tina LoSasso
| || |Top:The LOST Supper. For a television show that has inspired endless theories, blogs, books, podcasts and college courses, we could use Dan Brown to decifer it all!
Bottom: Michael Emerson (Benjamin Linus) delights the San Diego Comic Con 2009 crowd with a ironic reading of the "script" for the LOST finale - "Heroes"-style!
At The Top Left: Tina with Sterling Beaumon who played "Young Ben" on ABC's LOST! As Seen at the 2010 Wizard World Anaheim Comic-Con!
At the Bottom Left: The 2010 Wizard World Anaheim Comic Con Logo.
TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3140:
Today I'm pleased to have as guest blogger, my wife, Tina LoSasso, who mixes in a little bit of a comic convention we were at in April with the latest episode of 'LOST':
LOST: “What They Died For” or what I call it, Ben: Back with a Vengeance!
[SPOILER ALERT: If you’re not caught up through “What They Died For” what in the world are you waiting for? The show’s over on Sunday. Stop reading this, go watch, then come back!]
Wow, did 'Darlton' ever win me back after last week’s indulgent and mythology-fest that was ‘Across the Sea’!
How? With the emotional storyline – and the righteous return of the villain we LOVE to hate: Benjamin Linus!
(For the uninitiated think: Simon Cowell on American Idol. Like Simon, Ben has the best lines. Just as the AI crowd waits to hear what Simons says, LOSTIES can’t wait to see what Ben will say and do- read who he’ll kill next.)
Until now Ben’s been weak and ineffectual all season – begging for forgiveness, lost and aimless. Yes, he’s been getting beat up pretty regularly – and who doesn’t enjoy a good Ben face-smashing– but please, it’s like his core has been hollowed out. No Ben bark, no bite, and no evil intrigues has made for some pretty boring episodes. Weak and fearful is NOT the evil Ben we love to hate.
So, I shouted with glee (which we taped – wouldn’t Michael Emerson be dynamite as the new school principal or rival choir director?) as Ben finally exacted his revenge for Alex’s death by shooting Charles Whitmore. “He doesn’t get to save his daughter.” Most chilling Ben line ever.
I got a big kick out the writers bow to LOSTIES who want answers. While Ben following notLocke through the jungle, Ben asks one of fandoms more wacky questions: if you can turn yourself into Smoke whenever you want, why do you walk around? (Answer: I like to feel connected to the ground; it reminds me of when I had a body.)
Long before he was evil-Ben, Benjamin Linus was just a gawky young kid with a psychologically abusive Dad who drank too much Dharma beer. Playing that young boy was the wonderful Sterling Beaumon.
Michael and I had the pleasure of meeting Sterling and his Mom at Anaheim Comic Con in April. What a delightful and gracious young man! He seemed to really enjoy his time on LOST and take the intensity of the fan base in stride.
Since being shot by Sayid, Sterling has launched a music career. You can check out some songs from his latest, ‘Step Back to Reality’ here: myspace.com/SterlingBeaumonMusic
Sterling will be watching Sunday night just like the rest of us wondering how it will all end. And, end it will. After ‘What They Died For’ I feel a little less anxious about whether I’ll like the ending. It’s an emotional show. That’s what pulled us in at the beginning – all those flashbacks got us invested in the characters. The producers – and some of the cast – have said that the finale will give us an emotionally satisfying ending.
What more can we ask for? How about something to fill the void? LOST has already left its mark on television inspiring new shows with complex storylines, ensemble casts and even time travel – think: Heroes and Flash Forward. Why, even the creator of Desperate Housewives successfully rebooted the show by fast forwarding it several years. What we’ll look for is what we’ve loved about LOST: intelligent writing that surprises and intrigues us, complex characters we care about, well-placed humor, and beautiful, dramatic visuals.
LOST – we’ll be as sad as Hurley at the bottom of a jar of peanut butter without you!-------------------------------------------
My thanks to Tina LoSasso for guest blogging today!
PLUS Special Thanks to Sterling Beaumon, and Mrs. Beaumon who spent time with us at the Wizard World Anaheim Comic Con talking about LOST, and the other shows that Sterling has been on, and will be soon enough, but not spoilers here!
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