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EXCLUSIVE Video Sneak Peek At Strike Back Episode 5

“EPISODE 5” Airs Friday, September 16 at 10:00 PM on CINEMAX
Written by Richard Zadjlic; Directed by Alex Holmes

After their previous trail went cold, Section 20’s next move is to track Latif’s (Jimi Mistry) weapons supplier, which leads them to Gerald Crawford (Iain Glen), a former British Royal Marine turned arms dealer. Once they snatch him, he agrees to help them only if they rescue his daughter Clare (Laura Haddock), an aid worker in the Sudan who is being held for ransom by a brutal militia leader Tahir (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje). The team reluctantly works with a questionable government official as a middleman to set up the exchange. When Scott is recognized by a war zone reporter and old flame Maggie (Rachel Shelley), he discovers that the story she was investigating may be intertwined with the arms deal. At the exchange point, Tahir has a different idea of doing the deal “in good faith.”

Things continue to heat up for Section 20 on this week’s Strike Back. Iain Glen, Jorah Mormont on Game of Thrones, and Lost‘s Mr. Eko, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, guest star this week and both are in the next episode as well. This show continues to get more interesting and exciting, so be sure to tune in! Here’s an EXCLUSIVE to Pop Culture Zoo clip from the new episode!

SDCC 2011: Deleted Scene Explains Lost

Over the weekend, the Executive Producers of Lost revealed a, er, “lost” scene from Lost between Jacob and the Man in Black that really clarifies things about the show. Too bad this ended up on the cutting room floow as it might have helped explain what was happening on the Island. Take a look…

Jenny Hanniver, Lorelei Miller, The Nord Family, Kyle Winters, Angela Dean, Erik Bruhwiler, Spencer Fornaciari, Teresa Everett, Katrina King, Jayson Peters, Michael Eshom, Renata Kanclerz, Kimberly Potts, @timegeek

New ‘Lost’ Image From “New Man In Charge” Mini Episode

You haven’t seen everything from Lost just yet. Find out what Hurley and Ben do as the new caretakers of the Island in the 12-minute “New Man In Charge” Lost chapter. Check out the first image from this mini episode below! This bonus feature will be available on both LOST: THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON and LOST: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION which debuts on Blu-ray & DVD on August 24th.

Lost Luggage: ‘The End’

“No one can tell you why you’re here, Kate.”

In ‘What They Died For’ – Lost’s penultimate episode — we learned that scores of folks met their final fate on The Island over the last six years because, essentially, some names got scrawled on a cave wall. It only makes sense that Lost gave us a poetic flip of the coin in its final moments, answering perhaps the biggest question of the entire series: What did each of the castaways live for?

Lost‘s final episode, ‘The End’, was high on the melodrama and great character moments, as the ‘live together, die alone’ theme unfolded as a final thesis for the show with an unexpected twist. But, in a way, Lost really also ended in a pretty expected way, with a raging nerd-debate that won’t be ending anytime soon.

Leading up the nondenominational church doors opening to white light, we got a Lost episode that was structured to be the finale of all Lost finales, finally taking us to ‘The End.’

The two-and-a-half hour episode played out like an “epic of epic-ness” (if I can steal the tagline to the upcoming Scott Pilgrim flick.) Memorable cues from the past five season finales were assembled into a story of good versus evil on a crumbling Island, while meta-commentary on the importance of remembering — and letting go — were injected into just about every scene. As the castaways “awoke” in another existence with flashbacks of their other lives, we got flashes back to the great moments we’ve  spent obsessing over a mysterious Island and its inhabitants.

The meta-flashbacks began with Jack and Locke looking down the cave exactly as they did at the opening of the hatch in the cliffhanger of Season One. But Locke wasn’t interested in going down the hatch this time, just as the rest of the pivotal cues from seasons past were played out with different results. Desmond failed at being a fail-safe. The Island threatened to disappear. Jack opened another mysterious coffin. And we were blinded by a white light one last time. Remember, and move on.

Like the mysterious coffin coming off the plane late, my final ‘Lost Luggage’ column is turning up quite later than I was hoping due to me being misplaced across the country. Even though there are tons of things I can write about, Lost has always been best enjoyed not typing alone, but with discussion and hearing other’s opinions. So, it only makes sense that I welcome back Joe Dilworth, PCZ’s EIC, to help me remember and let go of a show that has taken up tons of my headspace for much of the last decade.

Ryan: So, ‘The End’ aired on your birthday. What did you think? Was it a good gift, or are you looking for a refund?

Joe: I think the finale did an excellent job in wrapping up the story that began with the first episode.  No, all questions and mysteries were not answered, but that’s sort of how life works, isn’t it?

I really liked that the strange, mysterious, unexplainable Island storyline turned out to be the “real world” and the mundane, normal LA X verse turned out to be Purgatory or Limbo.  The creators of the show have always been coyly meta by having characters wonder aloud at some of the fan theories, so to have a popular one become the story in the end, albeit with a bit of a twist, was a nice touch.

For me, it was emotionally satisfying and a perfect way to end these characters we have followed for the last six years.  They left us wanting more — what is The Island like with no Smokey and Hurley in charge?  What did the survivors do once they left the Island?  Is there any way Frank Lapidus could be any more of a badass?

And, they gave us an ending that was satisfying, that honored the characters, and those of us that invested so much time in this story and one that will be discussed and debated for a long time.  I couldn’t ask for a better birthday present from a television show.

Ryan: Which unresolved questions do you wish got more screen-time?

Joe: I feel a lot of the stuff about the Dharma Initiative got sort of dumped by the wayside. That seemed to be so important for about half the show and then got summarily dumped once the Island and our favorite Losties became re-stuck in time. Also, why, exactly, were Widmore and Ben Linus in such a violent conflict about the Island? I don’t think it was ever really explained what either of them hoped to gain by taking control of the Island and what either of them thought that really meant.

Ryan: Jacob’s cabin is at the top of my list of unanswered questions – and I really thought it would have figured more into the End Game, along with more of Widmore’s backstory. (And I wouldn’t have complained if we got more Hurleybird, too.)

But the one thing that still bothers me a bit with the finale is how they left things with the children. It goes back to what I think was a lack of resolution in Walt’s Island story, but it’s still felt in the fate of Ji Yeon, too.

For a show that’s full of characters with messed up parents, this thread could have been addressed in more depth, trying to close the loop of crappy parenthood. Also, it kind of bugged me that Aaron was there in the final church scene, since he presumably was raised by Claire and Kate, and  lived a longer life. Should he really be entering the Afterlife as a baby? If the church scene was all about how Jack remembered Aaron, I don’t know that that holds up either, since he knew him much better when he was 3 years old.

And what about Jack’s  LA X kid? That’s got to strain that parent-son relationship all over again.

Moving on — as I should — is it possible to pick a favorite scene out of all the great individual moments in the finale?

Joe: You are right, there are so many terrific moments in the finale, it is very, very difficult to pick just one.  Having said that, I would have to say the final moments of Jack Shephard lying in the place where the show and the story began, dying, Vincent lying next to him and having that shift back and forth with the Losties happily moving on to the great beyond together.

That sort of summed up my feelings at the end of it all.  It was a very sad, yet profoundly happy moment.  We, like the characters and cast, had one final moment together before moving on to whatever happens next.

Ending the show full circle with Jack’s eye closing in close up (whereas it opened in the opening seconds of the pilot) was as simple, perfect and moving as the final piano note along with the LOST logo right after.

Ryan: I’m getting verklmept — but yeah, there really were too many good moments, big and small, in the final episode. The ‘awakened’ Kwons beaming at Detective Sawyer was kind of great. The vending machine scene with Juliet and Sawyer was well played. Hurley taking the Island Protector spot from Jack was perfect and made so much sense –especially with Ben as his Number Two — but it still managed to be heart-breaking.

My second favorite scene had to be the re-emergence of the real John Locke, as he wiggled his toes, followed by his attempt at trying to convince Jack to come along with him on one last faith-based mission from his hospital bed.

I felt the ending didn’t totally stick the landing the first time I watched it, but the strongest moment of the episode was one that I only really appreciated in my second viewing. Originally, I didn’t love the LA X-verse reveal, then I got too caught up trying to piece everything together as it was still unwinding. And then the confusing end credit scene added another layer of “wait—what?” And I really had my hopes up that everyone was assembling in the church for a ‘We Have To Go Back, Jack’ surprise party, with the reveal that somehow they had gotten the sunken Island to reappear. But that was all my own baggage. I’m one of many that thought my cable cutout during ‘The Sopranos’ finale, and I’ve grown to love that ending.

But watching Lost’s ending unfold a second time, the Jack and Christian convo rocked me pretty hard. Not that I wasn’t sniffling a little bit the first time, but the second time I wasn’t focusing on putting any of the puzzle together – I just got sucked into the performances between the two, and the heaviness of what Christian was laying down.

The episode was full of these great ‘awakening’ moments where people were apparently really psyched to learn they were dead. When Jack pieces it together – that he died – there’s a moment where he completely sinks with that realization, like he failed by dying. I’ve never felt much for Jack over the years, but that did it for me.  And for Christian – who caused so much emotional damage for Jack — to be there to console him, and explain what it was really all about – well, that moved my mostly-stone heart.

On a geeky level, the one thing I did like about the LA X reveal was the callback to the Season 3 flash-forward. Instead of moving forward in time, this time though, we learn they’ve been a place where there isn’t even a “now…here.”

Ryan: Any final thoughts?

Joe: I applaud the creators, crew and cast for giving us something to discuss for the last several years. Whether the show dragged or was riveting, there was always something Lost-related to talk about. Also, I hope that more shows take a page from Lost by working out an end-date and telling a complete story. Deciding when the show was going to end and setting how many episodes would be told in the intervening seasons was a bold move by ABC and Lindelof and Cuse. I would like to see more series do that with the respective network committing to telling a complete story. I think that would improve the quality of many shows and enriching them as well, but also it might help keep some shows from getting the axe too early.

As far as the episode itself, it completed the emotional journey of Lost in a way that was true to the show itself — it was unpredictable, polarizing to the fanbase and left the viewers yearning for more. Basically, it was exactly like every other Lost season finale, except this time there is no follow up. The theme we were left with fits perfectly: “Remember and move on.”

Ryan: My current thoughts on ‘The End’ was that it was a good finale to the series, but the season itself was not my favorite, by far. There seemed to be too many disposable characters and settings that never seemed to move anything forward – hello, Temple people — and while the reveal behind the LA X-verse was a surprising twist, it was often a challenge to get invested in it.  It’s sort of even more frustrating because after the reveal, the stories told in the LA X-verse seem pointless. I’m still mulling it over, but, yeah, I don’t know that I’m in a hurry to revisit those episodes.

But, ultimately, I think the season’s biggest misfire was having Smokey as a Big Bad. Sure, we got to understand him as a character, but Lost had always been a balancing act  –faith and science, free will and destiny, god and evil –and in its final and most important act, one side dominated.

Having said all that, Lost was unlike anything on TV and I haven’t been that invested in a single show in a long time. But still, it does feel like time to move on.

(But there’s no way I’m not going back when it’s released on DVD.)

Photos courtesy of ABC.com

Lost Luggage: ‘The Candidate’

There’s no other way to put it; this week’s dose of Lost — ‘The Candidate’ – was harsh. In many ways, the episode was a dire warning, preparing us for the final month of Lost ever, as we had to watch the first batch of major characters get especially brutal sendoffs, one after another. The end is indeed nigh for Lost – and it’s starting to feel very real. But luckily, I don’t have to go through the five stages of nerd grief by myself, as Pop Culture Zoo’s main man, Joe Dilworth, has joined me in an attempt to lift my sunken submarine of a heart.

Ryan: Well — some stuff sure happened in that episode, huh?

Joe: Ok, now that was just a roller coaster of an episode. Also, for me at least, it’s the first episode that acted like it was a final season episode, if that makes any sense. So far, this year has felt like just another season, what with people switching alliances every other week and new mysterious cropping up.

But ‘The Candidate’ really propelled everything irrevocably forward and the show won’t be the same from here until the end. Finally, many things of significance happened and it feels like we are truly heading towards some kind of ending. Most significantly we get the on Island deaths of three main characters. (Four, if Frank didn’t wake up.)
What did you think of the additions to the body count?

Ryan: It was definitely surreal to see the major characters get taken out rapid-fire — Sayid, Frank, Sun and Jin — all in the span of what felt like seconds. But, I have to admit, for the most part, that the deaths honestly didn’t have much of an emotional impact on me. I felt a bit like Zombie Sayid with his heart of darkness, as most of the submarine-carnage unfolded.

The part that did get to me, however, was the way the Jin-Sun scene ended — with the shot of their drowned hands drifting apart. Sure, they died together, but that scene was salty metaphor on a deep wound, suggesting that maybe the two ill-fated lovers just weren’t meant to be together in the end, even after fighting time and space to reunite over the last two seasons.

Joe: Oddly, I’m more upset about Lapidus buying the farm than I am about Sayid, Sun, and Jin. Frank was my man, the untouchable rogue who didn’t believe or care about anything other than being a decent man and doing the right thing. Sun and Jin finally being together, but ultimately dying together was certainly the most emotional moment of the season (perhaps the entire show), but Frank Lapidus going out by way of flying bulkhead – that one really hurt.

Ryan: I do believe that will be the last we see of Lapidus on the Lost – and it does hurt — but I also think the door has been blown open (literally!) for the coolest spin-off since Booker, where a ghost version of Frank somehow fixes up the sub and goes on a magic mystery tour full of sea creatures, chest-hair and disgruntled one-liners. Hold onto your periscopes, it’s ‘The Aquatic Life with Frank Lapidus’ — coming this fall from ABC. (Please!)

Joe: I would absolutely watch that show! So, do you think if Sawyer had trusted Jack and left the bomb alone that nothing would have happened? Was it all just a ruse to get them to kill each other? I’m not sure I entirely buy that. It almost seemed to be like Schrödinger’s bomb, that there would have been no bomb counting down until Jack opened his backpack. Was it all just a punishment for Jack not going along with Smokey’s plan?

Ryan: I think that there was definitely a Catch-22. If Jack wouldn’t have figured out Smokey’s plan and kept the bomb in his backpack, I think it wouldn’t have gone off. But you can’t pull out a massive explosive and not expect someone to monkey around with it. The second Jack opened the backpack, the fates were somewhat cast. Way to go, Jack!

And backing up a sec — what’s sort of bugging me with Smokey plan is, why didn’t he blow everyone up on the plane? If he needed them in a confined space with explosives – it was already in place. The whole ‘let’s-go-to-the-sub’ thing seemed like misdirection for the viewers more than it did for the castaways. With his powers of manipulation, I’m sure Smokey could have figured out a way to get everyone aboard. Also, how did Ben, Miles, and Richard not get to the plane before them? Or are we supposed to assume that they’ve already been there – and that they’re also possibly taken hostage by Widmore?

Joe: Another thing that struck me as interesting is the way that Widmore seems very willing to sacrifice his people. I believe Smokey when he claimed that the guards at the plane were just there for show and fully expendable, but I think that also applies to the red shirts, I mean the guards at the cages. Obviously, there would be no need for the sham at the plane if Widmore was sure he could keep the group locked up in the cages. Is Widmore truly there to stop Smokey from leaving, or is he more interested in somehow taking control of the Island himself?

Ryan: Actually, the way a couple of things unfolded in this episode made me think Widmore and Smokey might be working together — or at least might have common goals. And it was weird that the gunfire from Widmore’s men at the sub didn’t start until UnLocke got pushed into the water.

Joe: Switching over to the LA X Universe we finally find out a new reason for Locke being in a wheelchair. Once again it involves John’s father, Anthony Cooper, but the shoe is almost on the other non-functioning foot, so to speak, in that Locke is responsible for his dad becoming more or less a vegetable. It was even more interesting that Anthony and John seemed to have a great father-son relationship previous to that. And once again we get puzzled near recognition between characters. Also, was it me or did the Bernard in this universe seem to know much more than he was letting on?

Ryan: I thought Bernard was being cryptic in a typical Lost kind of way. I really did think it was just because he didn’t want to tell Jack about what happened to Locke and his dad – the doctor confidentiality thing, as he said — but I’ve read a couple other theories out there, with people thinking that Bernard is one of the ‘Island-enlightened.’ I did find it interesting that both Rose and Bernard have separately helped out LA X Locke, though – with Rose giving him some tough-love and hooking him up with a new job earlier this season.

Joe: Next week we either get a bunch of answers about The Island or a boatload of new mysteries as none of the regular characters appear. Since we’re having this talk, any last theories before we head into the homestretch?

Ryan: Huh. I didn’t know that the regular cast had next week off. So, I’m guessing from the previews that we’re getting a strictly Jacob and Smokey origin story? That would be really cool, actually, and, I don’t know if this counts as a theory, but I’ll throw something out there that I’d like to see from their origin: Jacob and Smokey have been built up to be these kind of immortal god-like beings – well, what if they actually come from the future? I don’t actually like the odds of this happening, but after last years’ finale — seeing blue-eyed, blond Jacob – I really started to think that he might somehow be a grown-up Aaron.

Following that line of thought, what if the Man In Black is actually Jack’s kid from the LA X-verse? There’s a bunch of reasons why this doesn’t really hold –mostly how Smokey hates his mom – but it’d pretty cool if next week’s episode showed a new group of castaways, including Jacob/Aaron, Jack’s son/MiB – and maybe even a grown-up Ji Yeon and Waaaalt landing on The Island 20 years in the future and eventually taking a Frozen Donkey Wheel to the beginning of The Island.

Joe: You might be on to something there and I, too, wondered if that was going to be the big reveal. Ben himself, Michael Emerson, has previously stated that next week’s episode would be set in a time never previously depicted on television. Hyperbole? Possibly. I guess only time will tell, hunh? Yeah, ok, I’ll get my coat and hat and show myself to the door…

Ryan: Be seeing you!

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