Tuesday, February 02, 2010

In the Immortal Words of
The Black Eyed Peas:
I Gotta Feeling
That Tonight's Gonna Be a Good Night

Hello my dear friends -

The wait is over -- the final season of Lost begins tonight.

I've shared my thoughts about the upcoming season (before I saw the first hour on Saturday) in a few places:

- "Looking for Lost Answers," by Paige Wiser of the Chicago Sun-Times. This was published in the print edition as well, and featured the full pic of me and Terry O'Quinn!

- "How TV Bloggers Guess Lost Will End" by Erin McCarthy at Lemondrop.com.

- Portland's KPAM radio (today). I chatted with the fine folks at the Bob Miller in the Morning Show for 5 minutes about Lost's fandom. Listen here.

As you know, I was in Oahu for the premiere this past weekend and wanted to share a few of the pictures I took and a bit about the overall experience before things get really crazy this evening at 9 PM EST. So here's the scoop...

I got to my hotel around 3:30 PM on Thursday, and before I even checked in, an "ERIKA?" rang out through the lobby. It was none other than Jo from Get Lost with Jopinionated. A big hug from her was the perfect way to kick off what would be an absolutely unforgettable three and a half days.

The next night I was a "special guest" (that still kills me) of hers at a party she threw for fellow Lost bloggers, podcasters and fans at Sheraton's RumFire bar. We had custom "Juliet on the Beach" cocktails (though someone suggested a better name would've been "Juliet Down the Hatch" -- sniff), giveaways, trivia contests... and a surprise visit from none other than Captain Frank J. Lapidus himself! (Real name: Jeff Fahey.) Jo had been at a press event earlier that evening and invited him over... and he came! I seriously don't think there could've been a more fitting person to have shown up at our little shindig, do you? He was such a good sport, too, because he was absolutely mobbed by the 100+ rabid Lost fans in attendance. I felt that this blurry pic probably best summed up his experience:

It was also wonderful to finally meet Karen from Karen's Lost Notebook!

Some of you might have seen a picture of Lost fan Josh Gordon's intricate Shannon tattoo when Damon Lindelof tweeted it to the world a few weeks back... and I got to marvel at it in person after Josh took his first plane ride ever in order to be at the premiere. Josh also has a band called Kate Dammit Run! which I think is the coolest thing ever, as that is one of my top 5 favorite lines of the entire series.

I was also thrilled to meet the author of The Gospel According to Lost, Chris Seay. I've always loved the fact that the show hasn't been afraid to "go there" with its overtly religious themes, and that's the focus of Seay's book. He brought copies for everyone and filmed attendees' reactions to not only his book, but also the absolutely incredible character portraits it features (by artist Scott Erickson). Here's a short video his team took of the action at Jo's party:

And here's Chris!

Yes, it was a wild night indeed. I was also reunited with my Kos tour guide, Jeff, and Ed Kos himself came out to say hi as well. So did the newest tour guide on his team, Matt. A big group from LostArgs.com was there, as were fans all the way from Afghanistan, New Zealand, the UK, Germany and Australia. Podcasters extraordinaire Jay and Jack (and Colleen!) from The Jay and Jack Podcast had the crowd in stitches, and locals Ryan and Jen from The Transmission stopped by, too, so I finally got to tackle Ryan and give him a huge hug as thanks for his help in tracking down Lost filming (which led to my picture with Terry O'Quinn) exactly 15 months (to the day) prior.

Once again, bravo to Jo for pulling it all together. So. Much. Fun.

The next day was the main event. Because I was all whacked out with jet lag, I woke up at 5:30 and was horrified to find that it was pouring outside. But the weather cleared up by 7:20, which is when I made my way down to the beach and got an excellent position for my crew. I was extra-happy to see that Long Live Locke readers Julie H, Lynne N and their respective significant others were right in front of me, and knew we were going to have a fun TWELVE HOURS waiting together.

It was pretty darn sweaty and muggy all day, but for the most part the heat wasn't too unbearable. I thank my excellent company for keeping my mind off of it. Later that afternoon Unlocke (Thom) and his lovely wife Karen -- also from Chicago -- joined us, and they watched our spot so that I could run back to my room and freshen up before the red carpet events commenced. Here's a picture I took from my balcony at 4:30 PM before heading out again.

My girl Jo was on the red carpet right in front of us (as were Jay and Jack), so we all had a blast watching them interview pretty much every Lost cast member. The lighting was working against those of us trying to take pictures, however, so I didn't get very many good shots. And quite frankly, I just wanted to take in the experience and get a look at everyone with my own eyes rather than through a lens. That being said, here are some of my clearer photos from the 5 - 6:30 PM red carpet walk.

As the sun went down and the crowd settled in on the beach, Damon and Carlton took the stage to introduce all of the writers and cast members.

And then, it was time for the show. I have to tell you that sitting with your toes in the sand, eating slices of mango with a warm breeze blowing through your hair is THE WAY to watch Lost. The crowd was surprisingly silent as Season Six sprang to life on the big screen... but we'll talk more about THAT soon enough, now won't we?

Enjoy the premiere, my dear friends. I have no doubt that you'll love it.

Since I began with some cheesy lyrics, I'll end on that same note. I think Kanye West said it best: "Let's get LOST tonight!"

- e


tierdear said...

Great post--as always. What an amazing experience! I can't wait for the first recap! It feels unreal to actually be about to see it! <3 Also, I'm stealing your Kanye West quote for my FB status.

Jacob Stolworthy said...

Amazing read; thank you for building up the excitement even more


maven said...

You captured the whole experience, Erika! Loved finally meeting you and being part of the whole weekend! Happy LOST Day!

Lorraine Be said...

I have tears in my eyes! How I envy you ... have to wait til Fri here in the Uk but look forward to reading your updates, Erika xxx

Julie said...

It was great to finally meet you in person Erika! What an experience! We had such am amazing time. It was for sure a great way to finish off our two weeks here. I can't believe we are going to miss the second hour tonight! I'm so anxious to see what happens! I guess that is the price we will have to pay for one more day on beautiful Oahu.

Thanks again for everything. Enjoy the second hour tonight!


ObFuSc8 said...

Happy LOST Day Erika!

This weekend was amazing and this post captures the excitement of the experience. It was great to finally meet you!

Less than 8 hours to go now. Can't wait to see that 2nd hour of tonight's premier!


Elvis said...

I <3 my LOST Koozie. Can't wait for tonight's fun!!!

Anonymous said...

Great post and really appreciate the pics since I'm one of the millions of LOST fans who didn't get to go to the Sunset on the Beach...
Your pic of you with Terry O'Quinn is TERRIFIC!
Thanks for the post and I'm following you on Twitter, also.
Same name... SciFiHorrorFem ;-)
Can't wait till tonight for 3 hours of LOST!

Alisha Rene' said...

swoon, pass out, come back to and now I can read instead of just look at the pictures!!!!

Katie Kat said...


I'm DYING that you have already seen the premier, but so glad you got to go. I WISH I'd been there to meet you in person (come to Kansas sometime), but I feel like I was there in spirit with you.

5 hours and counting here... ZOMG!

Shelley said...

Holy moly I am so excited for tonight! And jealous of you. By BFF Paige from Mommycast.com is a huge Lost fan and was at the premier too. Thanks for sharing the pictures of the red carpet, it gave me goose bumps.

helkatmat said...

Great post Erika, just what I needed as I anxiously await tonight's long awaited LOST!!! (I almost feel like I was there with you, I certainly was in spirit.) It's almost time to change into my Locke Lives tee and put a cold beer in my Dharma beer koozie! Cheers!!!

DJcubed said...

So ready for tonight and of course ready to keep up with your blog again!~ HI sounded like a blast!~ We're in for one hell of a season I'm sure!~ Thanks as always!~

Allyr71 said...

Erika I am so, so jealous of you, I would have loved to be there, however living in Australia means the trip is a little too long and expensive!! I cannot wait for this season premiere, unfortunately over her it is still not scheduled so I don't know when it will be starting, so I have my ways of watching!!! Cannot wait, glad you had a good time and I am really going to miss all this once it ends...... looking forward to your right ups every week as usual. Thanks Allison - (Aussie!)

Kyle Amato said...

Super cool!
I am so excited now!

Wanders said...

Enjoyed your Tweets, and this post. As the snow falls here in DC, I'll be imagining that sand and those mangoes. Thanks for letting us enjoy it with you.

ElsieM said...

Thanks for sharing that with us, E! How fun that must have been. Can't wait for tonight... four hours + to the recap.

What will become of our Locke? It seems the MIB retains some of John's memories and feelings. Perhaps part of him is still in there.


Cally Flower said...

I am so excited. Thanks so much for posting all those pictures! What fun. I have been to Waikiki and know exactly where the screen was set up so I could relate to where you were. I look forward to seeing your comments about the premiere. I cannot wait for Lost to start! Keep writing! You are great!

Unknown said...

Your post got me excited for tonight and the premiere did not disappoint! We having a "meeting" scheduled at my office tomorrow morning to discuss tonights ep. Can't wait to read the first write up of S6. Keep up the good work!!

Mair said...

how i wish I could have been there! Thanks for the blogging, e. xoxoxo

SDS said...

I am incredibly jealous E :) I can't help thinking that if I had just stuck with blogging a few years ago, I could have been there on that island with you, Karen and Jo - 3 of my favourite Lost personalities.

It's struck me a bit odd that I am more in awe of 3 bloggers together than of the cast of the show - wow, guess I am a literary geek after all?

Hope you all had a great time :) it looks like so much exciting fun!!

Yours most jealous


Poliana Costa said...

Actually the woman who drowns in season 1 is named Joanna.