Saturday, August 22, 2009

Zombies, Lost and The Extent

There was an actual study that used mathematical modelling to analyze the impact of an infectious outbreak, which just so happens to be a zombie pandemic, in this case. In conclusion of the study:
In summary, a zombie outbreak is likely to lead to the collapse of civilisation, unless it is dealt with quickly. While aggressive quarantine may contain the epidemic, or a cure may lead to coexistence of humans and zombies, the most effective way to contain the rise of the undead is to hit hard and hit often. As seen in the movies, it is imperative that zombies are dealt with quickly, or else we are all in a great deal of trouble.
Frankly, the study was a bit math-heavy, and out of my league, but it was fun to see it. College News has released their own comments on the subject, including five tips on how to survive in a zombie outbreak. Tips: use a crowbar and a reliable handgun, a bicycle, and stay at an apartment building. If zombie movies have taught us anything, don't be a hero, let the stupid puppy run around the zombies while you remain safe inside. No matter what that puppy does, stay inside.

New Lost characters
Well, we've got our first major spoiler for the upcoming season of Lost. This is right around when they're about to start filming, which means that they've got to begin casting the new characters that are supposed to be in those characters.

There was an audition notice for a character that's being called Lennon. The casting call said the character is like this: Scruffy, edgy, charismatic, and slightly stir-crazy, Lennon can be deferential when it’s called for. He’s the spokesperson/translator for the president of a foreign corporation. He’s a wily negotiator, and far more powerful than his lowly position would seem to indicate.

And that role will be filled by some guy named John Hawkes, who I know nothing about. It doesn't really matter where he's coming from, I'm sure Lost will have some neat stuff planned for him. There have been a bunch of creepy characters that emerged long ago - but nothing really came of them (cough, Matthew Abbadon) so I hope that this will be cool and revealing, but ... well it could just be a mystery that never pans out to much. Who knows.

References: Instant Kharma and

Also, new character Jeff: [JEFF] Male, late 20s to 50s, any ethnicity. A polished, sympathetic, and very efficient public relations rep for high-profile company. Has to deliver a piece of bad news to a corporate executive and hides his nervousness behind a professional, reassuring smile...CO-STAR

And, more revealingly, without a casting call, the producers signed someone of note:

Super-famous Japanese actor Hiroyuki Shimosawa — best known stateside for his roles in The Last Samurai and Rush Hour 3 — is joining the sixth and final season of Lost, sources confirm to me exclusively.

Who’s Shimosawa playing? Beats the hell out of me. I squeezed every last one of my moles for deets and the only thing I came up with is that it’s a “significant recurring” role. Sounds like a case for Doc Jensen…

“My prediction,” says D.J., “is that he will play a mystical mystery man who serves as John Locke’s Obi-Wan-meets-Mr. Miyagi in the post-Jughead rebooted Lost timeline. Attuned to The Island’s magic — perhaps an embodiment of The Island itself — Hiroyuki’s character will help the amnesiac Locke rediscover his destiny to become The Island knight/protector and guide him back, even as dark forces conspire to stop Locke and the rest of the castaways from going back.”

That sounds really cool, though I don't recall Locke having amnesia. That Hiroyuki guys looks bad-ass!

Extent Filming
We've got some filming for episode 5 coming up on Monday, and a bit more for episode 4 later on in the week - we've got a lot of work to go still before the season can end. Most of what we've left to film is for flashbacks, so they key elements to the story are all filmed - which is good. Episode three has 325 hits already, and Ep. 1 has 1,186 while Ep. 2 has 1,098. These are good numbers, but I'm hoping it'll do more to take off - these things should get huge amounts of hits - but maybe it'll come along after some more of the story gets revealed.

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