Lieber recalls that they had only one major complaint: they told him to cut a scene in which a shark killed one of the castaways. Too unrealistic, Lieber recalls them saying.
What, if some day or night a demon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you: "This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more; and there will be nothing new in it, but every pain and every joy and every thought and sigh and everything unutterably small or great in your life will have to return to you, all in the same succession and sequence — even this spider and this moonlight between the trees, and even this moment and I myself. The eternal hourglass of existence is turned upside down again and again, and you with it, speck of dust!"
Would you not throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse the demon who spoke thus? Or have you once experienced a tremendous moment when you would have answered him: "You are a god and never have I heard anything more divine." If this thought gained possession of you, it would change you as you are and perhaps crush you. The question in each and every thing, "Do you desire this once more and innumerable times more?" would lie upon your actions as the greatest weight. Or how well disposed would you have to become to yourself and to life to crave nothing more fervently than this ultimate eternal confirmation and seal?
evilcolonel: Reminds me of Michael Scott promising his staff a big surprise to make up for the health plan cuts. He shows up with a bag of ice cream sandwiches from the gas station, and right away someone says "That's not the big surprise, is it?" to which he replies, "No." That's when he's truly backed himself into a corner.
(Never actually watched more than five minutes of Lost)
shakespeherian: Hi! Could everyone who hasn't watched LOST or wants to say they stopped watching it partway through Season 1 or 2 or 3 or who thinks it's completely made up on the spot or who is really eager to say that the mysteries are abandoned or the questions are answered with more questions please form a line in one of the billions of other LOST threads that have been filled with those same statements so that I can talk about a thing I enjoy with other people who enjoy it?
"Yeah, well, glad you all are liking the show so far. We've actually written the whole 5 year arc, it's solid and tight and all complete, right there. We may refine the dialogue a bit, but every character, plot twist, and story arc is planned out ahead and finalized, like it or not. Hey, if we get canceled, oh well, but it's 5 years or bust, and we think we've crafted a meticulous, balanced, well written show that you'll all enjoy for 5 years."
As you know, I was originally engaged to be a guest player, to do a few episodes and go away, so I wasn’t thinking in terms of staying in Hawaii. The scenes I was in in the early going, when I was Henry Gale, they had a kind of ambiguity about them. There was a mystery in there, and no one could really figure it out. I remember one day, a director came to me—I had a line, Sayid was waving a gun in my face saying, “Tell us who your leader is,” and I said, “If I tell you, he’ll kill me,” and the director came and said, “That’s good. Let’s take it again, and this time, act as if the leader is the scariest person on Earth.” And I said, “Okay, I can do that, but what if the leader is me?” And he blinked at me a couple of times and said, “I can’t discuss that.” [Laughs.] And that was it. From then on, I thought, “Oh, I see. This could turn into something.”
I hope the fans continue to love Ben, even though he’s in a state of cringing vulnerability. I can only assume the wheels are still turning and he’s looking for an opening so that he can reassert his authority. In the meantime, he’s going to have some, uh, some very interesting adventures. [Laughs knowingly.]
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