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More to 'Lost'

So apparently I'm way behind the curve on this, but I didn't realize ABC was screening certain episodes of "Lost" with actors' commentary. This is probably because "Lost," along with "Modern Family" and "Parks and Recreation" is one of those shows I'm so eager to see, I actually try to catch in real time and don't go to download online later. Anyway, I happened across the excellent Ben-centric episode "Dr. Linus" on the ABC site and saw Michael Emerson had provided a commentary. But it's not a typical audio commentary--it's written out and appears on the side of the screen throughout the episode. You can check it out here.

Some of Emerson's notable highlights:

I never realized until he pointed it out that Ben hasn't visited the "Lostie camp" on the beach. It was his first time shooting there.

Jon Gries, the actor who plays his father, is actually younger than him.

"It’s really hard to play the 'what' moment when you’re outed as a villain. You can only just make so many faces of protestation."

The episode was directed by Mario Van Peebles, who Emerson calls: "A wonderful director that we all know from “New Jack City” and his own stellar acting career." Stellar might be overselling it, but Emerson has nothing but praise for him, noting: "And it was the first time he had ever worked on LOST, so here he and I were thrown together and he turns out to be a great, classy, insightful actor’s director.

" Then it gets a little weird as he adds: "P.S. – A good-looking guy. A good-smelling guy. The first person I ever worked with on LOST that wore cologne boldly and it was a great scent. And I liked to get close to him." Ohhhkay.

Anyway, I won't spoil any more of the fun because you should really check it out for yourself. Here's hoping more actors on more shows try this out--I'm hoping for a Ty Burrell "Modern Family" commentary soon.

--Jenelle Riley

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