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Michael
« on: March 14, 2008, 06:17:22 PM »
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By DERRIK J. LANG, AP Entertainment Writer
2 hours, 2 minutes ago
 


WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - So Michael is on the boat, but what's he been up to all this time?

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"I wish I could tell you," actor Harold Perrineau said in an interview with The Associated Press.

It's the question that's nagged "Lost" viewers since the tormented single father castaway played by Perrineau sailed away with his son from the ABC drama at the end of the second season and didn't return at any point during the third.

Although he's been listed as a cast member throughout the current fourth season, Perrineau didn't appear onscreen until Thursday, when Michael was introduced as a deck-swabbing crewman named Kevin Johnson on that mysterious freighter that's been drifting off the coast and apparently giving those aboard a deadly case of cabin fever.

Viewers will find out where Michael has been for the past season and a half about half a month in island time during the March 20 episode, which was filmed last year before the writer's strike forced ABC to shut down production.

The Michael-centric episode or should we call him Kevin now? will feature flashbacks detailing what happened after Perrineau's character shockingly gunned down fellow passengers Ana-Lucia and Libby in order to release seemingly evil Ben and retrieve his son Walt from captivity.

"I hope people see Michael's return and think, 'Oh, this is gonna be good,'" Perrineau told the AP over lunch Wednesday. "I hope they think this ride is good. We busted our butts doing this one. It felt like we were making a movie because there's so much stuff that happens in this episode."

Getting the rest of the Michael-related "Lost" questions out of the way: Was Michael ever able to get back home to New York? Will his son also return to the show? And was he the man in the coffin during that jaw-dropping flashfoward at the end of season three? According to Perrieanu, the answers are yes, maybe and he has no idea.

"Oh, I thought for sure it was Michael in the coffin," he said. "But I still don't know."

Perrineau, whose "Lost" return was triumphantly teased at Comic-Con 2007, says the show's writers have kept him just as clueless as the audience. He hasn't read any scripts for the six planned post-strike episodes. However, that doesn't mean viewers should expect less Michael after next week. Perrineau was scheduled to report to set in Hawaii following Wednesday's interview with the AP.

"I know I'll be there until the end of the season," he said. "I have no idea if it goes beyond that or not."

The 44-year-old actor from New York tenses up when he talks about the third season. Perrineau was the only one of the 14 original "Lost" cast members to not appear in a third-season flashback, mind-bending vision or otherwise. He says he "wasn't so happy" about the creative decision to leave Michael and Walt off the island and focus on others.

"I was hurt, really hurt," said Perrineau. "I told myself I had to watch the show, so I at least knew what was going on in case I was brought back, but then I was like, 'Why?' I never knew what was going on before. Why should I start trying to figure it out now?"

Instead of waiting by the phone to hear if his character would return to the series, Perrineau moved on to other projects, including a part in the film "28 Weeks Later" and a role in the CBS pilot "Demons." When "Demons" didn't get picked up, that made room in Perrineau's schedule to get "Lost" again.

"I started with 'Lost,' so I really want to see Michael until the end," says Perrineau. "I don't know what that means. I guess I won't know what that means until the end. I just know I didn't want Michael and Walt to get on that boat and that be it. That didn't seem so cool."

Perrineau believes "Lost" masterminds Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof really do have a plan for Michael, and he thinks it might finally come together now that he's returned to fray. Of all the questions Perrineau has about his character, the one thing he's most interested to know is surprisingly simple.

"It seems like all the other characters on the island have dealt with redemption, in some form or another," said Perrineau. "But not Michael. He's only ever contended with being a father. The thing I want to know is: Why was Michael put on the island in the first place?"

Now that Perrineau's back, maybe he'll get his answer.

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Re: Michael
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2008, 06:52:59 PM »
"yes" he made it back to New York
"Maybe" Walt will return
"no idea" if he was in the coffin

He made it to New York???

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Re: Michael
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2008, 08:15:37 PM »
Like the actor...first seen on Oz...the character a bit grating, a bit...hopefully he'll (mike not harold) do something to make it worth while...seems promising...maybe if he stays as Kevin, and I do not think of Michael...
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Re: Michael
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2008, 11:36:51 AM »
"yes" he made it back to New York
"Maybe" Walt will return
"no idea" if he was in the coffin

He made it to New York???

Exactly!  What's up with that????  Do you think it's just a mistake by the author of the article?

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Re: Michael
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2008, 12:42:30 PM »
Getting picked up by the freighter folk from Ben's boat and them hiring him to swab the deck just doesnt work for me, there has to be more to it.  As much as I hate to admit it, time travel or "time moves different on the island than what it does off it" has to come into play here. 

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Re: Michael
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2008, 01:15:38 PM »
before this escapes my pea brain...

to bring in the dreaded time thingamathing:

did ben send michael of on a course of 305? And Daniel sent the copter off on a course of 325?

Did mike go back to a time before he was on the Plane?

Or...did he go to a time betwixt the time the plane crashed and the freighter took off to find it in order join the crew?

Accourding to the preview Ben's gonna answer some of this *fingers, nay, all appendages crossed* in the coming weeks epi.

the second of the two fits more of a time "fluctuation" idea that seems to be the idea of the writers accourding to some transcript i read around here
at some point last night.....* yes the above i believe, if he made it back to NY, but "when" did he make it back to NY?????*



but in order to continue with my day, I needed to actually get this down...now i may actually get some clothes folded and the dishes done...
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Re: Michael
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2008, 01:22:15 PM »
NOOOOOO!

I don't think Mikey and Walt do any time traveling. There may be some time distortion getting through the barrier, but it can't be very long or they'd die.

If Mikey gets back to NYC for any length of time, I'm betting it's in the future.

OTOH, he's been gone a month or six weeks so I suppose it's just possible he and Walt found rescue, got back to the Apple briefly, and then Mikey was coerced into coming back.

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Re: Michael
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2008, 01:36:44 PM »
Somewhere - can't say where as I don't remember, there are scense of Micheal in NY, past present or future I could not say

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Re: Michael
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2008, 02:07:20 PM »
NOOOOOO!

I don't think Mikey and Walt do any time traveling. There may be some time distortion getting through the barrier, but it can't be very long or they'd die.

If Mikey gets back to NYC for any length of time, I'm betting it's in the future.

OTOH, he's been gone a month or six weeks so I suppose it's just possible he and Walt found rescue, got back to the Apple briefly, and then Mikey was coerced into coming back.


i know, i know...not travel, is why i mentioned the fluctuation / distortion...no no no time travel, i promise (as much as that is worth)...seems to me to be though a possible scenario...
wish i could find that ref to the time fluctuations...some inty with Lind and cuse....

is why i think the second of the two proposed is the more likely...the numbers  had to've meant something if i am remembering them correctly...

ben to mike: 305

Dan to Frank: 325

am lost in the maze and they went and gave me a blind guide dog, when i SPECIFICALLY asked for a guide dog for the blind.....
now where is that durn receipt????
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Re: Michael
« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2008, 02:16:46 PM »
NOOOOOO!

I don't think Mikey and Walt do any time traveling. There may be some time distortion getting through the barrier, but it can't be very long or they'd die.

If Mikey gets back to NYC for any length of time, I'm betting it's in the future.

OTOH, he's been gone a month or six weeks so I suppose it's just possible he and Walt found rescue, got back to the Apple briefly, and then Mikey was coerced into coming back.

Someone else suggested this, but however Ben got Sayid to work for him will probably at least be hinted at by how Ben got Michael to work for him.  I like the idea of those two characters' stories being parallel.

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Re: Michael
« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2008, 02:22:41 PM »
Is too why I would have thought the redemptive Jin would have made a good Benassassin too!

*sniffle sniffle*
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Re: Michael
« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2008, 02:30:13 PM »
Is too why I would have thought the redemptive Jin would have made a good Benassassin too!

*sniffle sniffle*

Here's your Kleenex, my dear.  I used about five.

Redemptive Jin wouldn't kill.

That's the disturbing thing about where Sayid is morally in the flashforwards.  What happened to "No more torture for me" Sayid?  He's cleansing himself by murdering people??!?!

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Re: Michael
« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2008, 02:38:55 PM »
Thank you much, you remembered I like the tissue with lotion...


About Sayid, yes, very good point...

Maybe his former lady love is brought in by ben? Has her in some other vile vortice? in his crooked claw in some way...
Some sort of Benny coercion is there, true.

And, yeah, Jin prob wouldn't do that, *grasping, straining for straws here* unless Ben's got something on him ala Sayid, true though he did not Kill
before and yes he's more than likely dead...


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Re: Michael
« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2008, 04:29:28 PM »
Thank you much, you remembered I like the tissue with lotion...


About Sayid, yes, very good point...

Maybe his former lady love is brought in by ben? Has her in some other vile vortice? in his crooked claw in some way...
Some sort of Benny coercion is there, true.

And, yeah, Jin prob wouldn't do that, *grasping, straining for straws here* unless Ben's got something on him ala Sayid, true though he did not Kill
before and yes he's more than likely dead...


*sigh*

Uh.... I would never give a Kleenex with lotion.  I hate those things!  :)

My head is in a knot over why people can't see that Jin is dead.  ??? ??? ???

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« Reply #14 on: March 16, 2008, 05:56:19 AM »
I think Sayid thinks what he's doing is right.  The Sayid episode reminded me of the film Munich when Israel unofficially sends assassins to kill the terrorists involved in the Munich massacre.  Excellent movie.  Sayid is doing it to protect his friends.  And he really is the best man for the job.