NY media’s major television infatuation this year has been, justly, The Wire (write your senator, this show deserves an Emmy etc.), but by our count, there’s still plenty of people losing their shit over LOST. Including those on A Silver Mt. Zion (and, consequently, Godspeed You! Black Emperor) message boards, actually, after hearing a snippet from ASMZ track “Tho You Are Gone I Still Often Walk W/You” in the new commercial for the upcoming Season Four because, as Pitchfork reports, ASMZ’s Constellation Records “maintained an ardent anti-corporate ethos over the years.” We’re here to help those complaining: consider it less “selling out” and more “being a part of the greatest show like ever.”
Damn. Flash forward my ass to January 28th, you know? Anyway if you’re looking for ways to while away your time until your big LOST season premiere party, you could fall into J.J. Abrams Cloverfieldesque world of virtual viral marketing. For one there are billboards along roads advertising Oceanic Airlines, pointing people to the very realistic flyoceanic.com (a marketing campaign so viral it forgot to be marketing). Or you could just help Find815.
OK, something more substantial, then. No proper spoilers here (unless you’re not up to date through the present date of mindfuckery), but Enterintament Weekly has a surprisingly candid interview with Matthew Fox (that is, Jack) about Season Four as this month’s cover piece. Some highlights:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What was your first reaction to the big twist in the season finale?
MATTHEW FOX: Something like ”Holy s—!” It really caught me off guard. I’m not sure I ever thought that people were going to get off the island…. Damon [Lindelof, who co-wrote the finale with fellow exec producer Carlton Cuse] did such an amazing job of orchestrating something that when you’re looking at it for the first time it feels like a flashback, but there’d be little things that are a little odd — like why Jack seems so ridiculously messed up. You think it’s in relationship to his marriage falling apart, and then boom, you go, ”Oh, my God, this is a leap forward in time. What does that mean? Why is he suicidal?” I just think that’s great.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Fans have been analyzing this Jack line from the flash-forward: ”You get my father down here…. And if I’m drunker than he is, you can fire me.” Given that his dad is dead, what was your take on that?
MATTHEW FOX: He was so loaded and emotionally distraught that he talks about his father as if he’s still alive. I called Damon on it, and he gave me a couple stories — actual accounts of people whose very close relative [died], and in a moment of being really f—ed up, talked about them as if they did not know they were not alive. In that moment, Jack is losing track of any concept of time. I knew that there was a way to look at it and go, ”Well, that’s kind of manipulative.” But when you [realize], ”Oh, it’s in the future,” you can believe that the man — years after his father has actually passed away — says that about his father in that moment. I totally buy it.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What is Jack referring to when he says to Kate: ”I’m sick of lying. We made a mistake”?
MATTHEW FOX: Jack and the other people, upon getting back to the world, are not being honest with the world. They are covering up [something]. That’s an agreement that they’ve all reached. And it’s a weird, gross little bond that they have with each other. They don’t see each other much, but when they see each other, it’s incredibly awkward. And this lie — you can cut it with a knife amongst them.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: With the new flash-forward device, does the guessing game become ”Who else is getting off the island?” instead of ”Who’s dying next?”
MATTHEW FOX: That’s the question for the first part of this year, for sure. Jack gets people off that island, [and] suddenly he and the other people are very well-known — it becomes this massive story because everybody thought that every person on this plane was lost…. Who are they? What is everybody else doing? Jack’s mission was to get all of them off. It’s the overriding force behind him. So, the fact that he ends up getting off and doesn’t get that accomplished — I’m very curious to find out how that all goes down. And part of that is going to be part of the reason why he wanted to jump off the bridge in the future…. If I start giving you words about what I think it’s really about, I’m going to be honing in on some stuff that I’m not sure I’m authorized to talk about. A truck might pull up and a bunch of dudes in suits get out and mow us down with Uzis. [Laughs] Seriously.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: This season supposedly deals with time travel and other supernatural elements. Is that accurate, and, if so, are you happy with this direction?
MATTHEW FOX: Yes and yes. Really fascinating stuff. Last year, we find out Jack and Kate are off the island. How the f— did that happen? And why does he want to go back? In answering those questions, you have to start addressing the bigger, epic scope of the show. In doing that, you’re going to get into questions about the show that the audience is just dying to start finding out. What is this island? Where is this island? When is this island?
Umm, holy shit? The rest of the interview’s at EW. Yes.