OK, who else is getting the willies from Locke? He's got a stash of knives, has Boone playing his bodyguard and seems to show up whenever there's a crisis. Saving Jack from falling off the cliff, "killing" the boar and now, helping Michael rescue Walt from a crazed polar bear. And let's not forget his black pupil in Claire's dream. Could we have some kind nut-job cult guy on our hands, trying to win everyone's loyalty? Think about it. And while you do, I'll mull over whether Walt's secret powers killed mommy, the sudden arrival of Shannon's softer side, this Black Rock twist and why ABC hates us so much. Running a repeat of Sayid's episode next week, just when the missing Miss Aussie finally shows up looking like who-did-it-and-ran. That's a damn shame. Oh, and that out-of-nowhere scene of Michael getting run down? Hello, shades of Felicity's stalker going face-first into a bus. Come on, J.J. Your WB roots are showing.
Question: I'll take the 24 shirt. Was I the first to e-mail? Carol
Ausiello: More like the 91st. Sorry.
Question: Any possibility of a Lost soundtrack featuring the music of Charlie's band, Driveshaft? David
Ausiello: Nothing in the works yet, but it seems inevitable especially in light of Driveshaft's Alias cameo last week.
Question: When will the U.S. version of The Office air? Is there any chance in hell it could be as subtle, smart and hilarious as the BBC original? Corey
Ausiello: After watching the first two episodes, I can say it comes pretty damn close. Unlike Coupling, this U.S. remake is actually funny and surprisingly faithful to the original. That said, as good as the new cast is and The Daily Show's Steve Carell is pretty freakin' good it kinda made me miss Ricky Gervais and Co. I mean, is there any tougher act to follow? I don't think so. As far as an air date goes, NBC is saying spring.
Question: I think last week's Ask Ausiello was your best yet. You crack me up! Keep up the good work and don't kill yourself making a new one this week. Just post five to 10 questions/answers so we just get a taste to hold us over another week. Leslie
Ausiello: Now you tell me.
Question: I really would like to know your opinion on this season's 24. And which is your favorite new character? Paula
Ausiello: I'm love, love, loving 24 so far this season. And my fave new character is, of course, Mommie Dearest. She gives me chills the good kind. The actress behind the terrorist, Shohreh Aghdashloo, isn't nearly as creepy as I discovered at Sunday's Globes when we met on the red carpet. Although relishing being "a villain for the first time in my life," Aghdashloo admits playing someone who poisons little girls to death has its drawbacks. "I was worried that my daughter's friends wouldn't come to my house to eat anymore," she told me. "I'm a good cook and I like to cook for them. They especially love my rice. But they understand that it's fiction." Plus, everyone knows it's her iced tea you have to watch out for.
Question: I was excited to read that a second X-Files movie is finally being made. Do you have any more info on the plot other than that it will be a stand-alone horror flick? Jack K.
Ausiello: Actually, it looks like David Duchovny was getting a little ahead of himself when he told USA Today last week that the film was slated to begin production later this year. "There's nothing at the moment going on," Chris Carter's agent, Elliott Webb, says. "There is no negotiation, there's no script written, there's nothing other than a desire for people to get together." Bummer.
Question: Yo, I'm putting myself out there early and stating that I'm available to be your assistant at this summer's TV press tour. I write, I edit and I make a mean phone call for take-out. Larry B.
Ausiello: But are you a lesbian?
Question: Is Shannen Doherty returning to Charmed? Dan
Ausiello: Let's ask exec producer Brad Kern. "No," he says. When she left the show, she left the show." Sounds like she was a real peach, eh?
Question: I never got the Christmas With the Kranks Advent calendar that you said you'd mail to me in early December. I'm bumming a little. Julie S
Ausiello: Maybe this giveaway thing wasn't such a good idea. In any event, if what you say is true, Julie, I'll send you the Kranks calendar and give Ed, um, let's see... I'll give Ed some American Idol popcorn. Is everyone happy now?