Good morning, LOST friends! Fair warning - I am operating on very little sleep and sheer adrenalin, so please excuse any errors and my brevity in advance.
I posted a few hi-res photos from the Lost S6 beach premiere on TVovermind, and wanted to share a few quick thoughts with you before leaving the island this afternoon. UPDATE: here are additional photos from the red carpet.
As most of you know, I have been covering Lost for several years in great detail. So without question, this has been the most incredible and rewarding weekend of my entire life.
CAST and CREW MIXER
On Friday, I attended a small, private press party with the cast and crew. After briefly meeting executive producers/writers Damon, Carlton, Adam H and Eddie K, Nestor Carbonell, Daniel Dae Kim and Yunjin Kim, I had the opportunity to chat at greater length with Michael Emerson, Jeff Fahey, Harold Perrineau, Zuleikha Robinson and executive producer/writer Liz Sarnoff.
A short time later, I hosted a fan meet-up with special guest Erika Olson (LongLiveLocke). Not only was it a thrill to meet over 120 fellow Lost fans, bloggers and podcasters from around the world - Jeff Fahey made a guest appearance! I had mentioned the party to him an hour earlier, but was very pleasantly surprised when he showed up. Fahey is a good sport and fan favorite; he was absolutely mobbed but kind enough to pose for photos with almost every person there.
PRIVATE SET VISIT
On Saturday morning, I was invited to a private set visit with a small group of press. Although we are contractually obligated to remain mum about what we saw in the various filming locations, I do have permission to post a few photos after the S6 premiere on Tuesday night.
Late Saturday afternoon, I was on the red carpet before the screening and interviewed Michael Emerson, Josh Holloway, Daniel Dae Kim, Yunjin Kim, Evangeline Lilly, Harold Perrineau and Zuleikha Robinson (who totally won me over in person and quickly became a new favorite)! Audio of those interviews will be posted over the next few days, but I have to admit that one of the best moments from that experience was how Lilly reacted to and then answered my question...
SEASON 6, EPISODE 1, HOUR 1
As most of you know, this site is strictly spoiler-free, so I will not reveal any details about the first hour of episode 6.01. All you need to know is that your patience will be rewarded. I laughed, cried (3 times), and was genuinely astonished by several scenes.
I HAVE TO GO BACK (HOME)!
Stay tuned for more details and photos over the next few days, as well as episode analysis of 6.01 on Wednesday morning. And thank you so much for all of your comments on Facebook and Twitter!