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Not coincidentally, this newfound clarity has coalesced during a season in which Michael Emerson and Elizabeth Mitchell have made “Lost” deeper, better, richer. Emerson, who joined the show last season, is Ben, a bug-eyed Machiavellian leader with an elfin face and shades of L. Ron Hubbard’s cult power. Mitchell, who made her debut this year, is his reluctant double-agent, a willowy beauty who’s infiltrated the main castaways’ beach for the somewhat-stated purpose of stealing their fertile women for the somewhat-stated purpose of populating the island so that L. Ron Ben can continue his important “work.”
Their pas de deux, a mixture of deceit and empathic gesturing, is the engine driving the show’s current season.
Did the writers already have big plans for Emerson, or did they see the way he stole a scene from Matthew Fox and Terry O’Quinn last year simply by eating Cheerios?
Mitchell was the star of the best episode this season, during which we learned how she got to the island, drinking a sedative and climbing into a submarine, surfacing some hours later on an island paradise.
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