An early morning Twitter post from local social media star Russ (a.k.a. @ParkRat) revealed the tell-tale presence of production trailers near Kahala Mall. It was a modest, interior shoot, so there were few details. But those few details are still worth pondering.
A visiting fan followed RussΓÇÖ clue to a residential street just off Kilauea Ave. All the magic was happening inside a plain looking home. But two actors were seen coming and going from the set: Michael Emerson (Ben) and Jon Gries (Roger Linus, BenΓÇÖs father). Later in the day, Tania Raymonde (Alex) was spotted.
ThereΓÇÖs no telling exactly where and when the scene was set, but the visiting fan was able to overhear one tantalizing line of dialogue for Roger Linus, as referenced by the script supervisor:
ΓÇ£This is not the life I wanted for you, Ben.ΓÇ¥
Whatever BenΓÇÖs been up to, mixing with students and teachers in a high school, it sounds like heΓÇÖs still disappointing his dad.
Bandar CemeHere are some little filming snippets from one of our spies on the set, Celestial Beauty.
Dark- This is what I managed to find out on the set I visiting during the filming at the High School Last Week. You already have a few bits of this but here goes.
– At the school, Alex (Tania Raymonde) is actually a student at this school where Ben is a teacher. She is still “close” to Ben. – Also spotted at the school are both boom boom Doc Arzt and Rose! No signed of Bernard – One of the new guests that you posted, William Atherton, was on the set. He is actually the Principle of the school, however I’ll leave you with this cryptic snippet. Although he is the principle, that may not actually be his only role! – Locke and Ben both work at the School
Bandar CemeHere is a new interview with Michael Emerson about next week’s episode and the finale.
He discusses what to expect for Ben both off and on island.
Thanks to our friend Jarett from the NY Post for the heads up!
PopWrap: Currently Ben is off with Alpert and Miles — what exactly are they doing and when will we see Ben again? Michael: They have gone to get explosives and Alpert is determined to blow up the plane because he feels like the man in black must never leave the island. [He’s back] next week and Ben has a lot to do in the subsequent episodes.
PW: Does that mean we’ll see Ben with Alex again? Michael: IΓÇÖm not even trying to be coy, but you will see them together again, however, not in the shape you expect it.
PW: What else can you tease about the selesai few episodes? Michael: Well, we’re almost done with BenΓÇÖs flash-sideways journey. Most of what we have with Ben from now on will be in the present island narrative. And in the coming weeks Ben ends up in a new and dangerous alliance that has a surprising outcome.
PW: A lot of fans have wondered what the actual purpose for the flash-sideways is — will it eventually be explained? Michael: Yes, but theyΓÇÖre not going to spoon feed it to you. For me, the ending of the series required some analysis. ItΓÇÖs not given to you on a dish, neatly organized with a fancy bow put on the end of it. What it does have is a great soulfulness and the ending is human scale.
PW: You mention that Ben’s off-island journey is almost done, how so? Michael: You wonΓÇÖt realize this until the series is done, but more than anyone elseΓÇÖs flash-sideways ΓÇô his [episode, “Dr. Linus”] resolved BenΓÇÖs character. You may not feel that way yet, but it brought us very close to wrapping things up his arc. What I mean is, if you never saw Ben again in the series, you could look back after the finale and think, ΓÇ£oh, OK ΓÇô IΓÇÖm at peace with the way he wrapped up.ΓÇ¥
PW: It sounds like fans will have to do a lot of rewatching once the series finale airs. Michael: Yeah. Well, I think thatΓÇÖs a possible response for some people. I have received the finale by degrees. I read the script without the secret scenes, then I read the secret scenes, then I shot the script and each time IΓÇÖm thinking about “what does this mean?”
When I first read it, the ending wasnΓÇÖt clear to me ΓÇô but since then itΓÇÖs grown more clear and I have to say, grown more satisfying the more I think about it. I expect a mixture of satisfaction and consternation amongst the viewers when it airs. But once they rewatch it, rethink about it and possibly look at the saga again, gradually they will feel like they have just read a good novel — but you have to chew on it for a while.