Dharma Initiative Announcement #8 – Bloop!

Just got this.

As a reminder, this is only good for a short time (29 hours as of this posting, and counting), so access it as soon as you can!

Hello Dharma Friends,

In less than a week, LOST season 5 premieres! You’re hopefully excited. We’re heavily medicating ourselves to overcome our anxiety.

What you’ll be seeing on premiere night is, first, a special clip show designed to get you back up to speed after our eight months off the air. The clip show is followed by episodes one and two of this season. While we did not write them to air as a two hour block, we are happy that you are getting to see both episodes on the first night. Episode one entitled “Because You Left” picks up where the finale left off, and the second episode “The Lie” is a Hurley-centric episode. Honestly, we’re very excited for you to see them.

Speaking of the Hurley episode, this week we’ve got a special sneak peak at a scene from that episode just for you.

We’ve also put together some photos from a recent photo shoot set to the music Michael Giacchino wrote specially for our 2008 Comic-Con appearance. (Actually, we didn’t put them together, but our awesome DSA team did — and a good job they did, too.)

Click on the link and enter the password to check it out. Until next week…


Damon and Carlton


Dharma Initiative #6 – Ajira Airways

Dharma Initiative #6 is up for the next 48 hours or so, and you can get there by hitting the website and typing in the password: emal

If you don’t have time to watch, there are a couple of silly questions (like about Geronimo Jackson’s potential for a reunion), and a couple of things to look forward to this season.

We’ll finally find out the reason Jack’s dad is wearing those white tennis shoes… I always thought that was odd.

The four-toed statue? Yep. You’ll find out more about it in Season 5, and even more in Season 6.

Plus! At the end, a mysterious hint about Ajiraairways.com

LOST Showrunner Back At Work During Strike

The Wall Street Journal has an article about “showrunners”, writers who are also producers on their shows going back to work, inspite of the writer’s strike. The reason? Well, there are two. First, they’re getting “breach of contract” letters since they haven’t been showing up for work to do their producing work. Second, they want to make sure that the integrity of the show they’re working on remains intact, and doesn’t go off in a direction they don’t want it to go in.

Who’s one of the people returning to work?

One of the most high-profile to return to producing is Carlton Cuse, a member of the WGA’s negotiating committee who is a showrunner and writer for ABC’s “Lost.” He plans to do some postproduction for the eight episodes of “Lost” that have been shot, he says. “We feel we owe that to our fans,” he says. “We would harm our franchise if we didn’t do it ourselves.”

The studios have put these people in a hard position. Get sued if they don’t fulfill their contract obligations, and maybe have a show turned over to people that aren’t going to do the show the way it was intended. For LOST, I think handing it over to others would be a real disaster, and I think Cuse is doing the right thing.