Dr. Linus: Commentary by Michael Emerson. No video, Commentary only.

Sorry I cannot download Michael’s commentary as it is typed out. Below is a picture of the screen. The blue on the left is Michael’s typing. All I could do as cut and paste his commentary here along with the times they were posted. Hope that helps.

ABC.COM PRESENTS SPECIAL EXPERT COMMENTARY

FROM SERIES’ EMMY AWARD-WINNING STAR, MICHAEL EMERSON

Beginning today, ABC.com will offer last week’s “Dr. Linus” episode of “Lost” with special Expert Commentary from renowned Emmy Award-winning actor Michael Emerson, who stars as Benjamin Linus on the hit series.

Previously this season ABC.com has presented Expert Commentaries featuring actor Daniel Roebuck, who plays Dr. Leslie Arzt; the series’ propmaster Rob Kyker; DocArzt blogger Jon Lachonis; and Entertainment Weekly’s Jeff Jensen and Daniel Snierson.

ABC.com’s new Expert Commentary feature allows viewers of the site’s Full Episode Player an opportunity to experience insights from the stars of ABC’s series and specials, as well as producers, writers, directors, production and costume designers, music supervisors and network executives, among others.

This season, ABC.com offers highly-interactive, community-driven features including user-created Top 5 lists, which allow fans to arrange, rank and share their personalized lists of show-related favorites; and Episode Commentary, where fans can not only access commentaries created by series insiders, but also create and share their own commentaries for each episode. Additionally, the site is giving fans the opportunity to participate in the Ultimate “Lost” Fan Promo Contest, providing users a “mash-up” tool to create and share their own “Lost” promos with a winning promo to be featured on air.

“Lost” airs regularly on Tuesdays (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. The series’ finale is set to air as a primetime event on a special night, Sunday, May 23 from 9:00-11:00 p.m., ET. Preceding the finale will be a recap special from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET.

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Michael Emerson

00:01

Hi, it’s Michael Emerson. I play Benjamin. And we’re looking at 607, which is the all-Ben episode of the sixth season.
Michael Emerson

00:10

It sneaked up on me. I hadn’t really sort of psyched myself up to it, so I’m doing the best I can on this one y’all and we’ll take a look at it now.
Michael Emerson

00:37

More running through the jungle. Nothing worse than running through the jungle at night. You cannot see the vines…
Michael Emerson

00:54

And, oh look, just happen to run into our friends who have bright torches.
Michael Emerson

01:51

Okay, here we go. This is a flash sideways. This is the other Ben. It’s so much fun on a series to get to play, really, two characters.
Michael Emerson

02:03

This is Ben in another might-have-been life. Or maybe it’s THE life, I’m not even really sure.
Michael Emerson

02:10

He’s a deglamorized and de-dramatized Ben. Bad hair, bad clothes, the whole deal. Not really going anywhere. But you see traces of the Benjamin we know coming up.
Michael Emerson

02:28

William Atherton, another in a string of fantastic guest players on our show.
Michael Emerson

02:39

This is a guy whose work I admired when I was starting out as an actor or a wannabe actor. And to get to play a scene with him on LOST was thrilling.
Michael Emerson

02:55

We’re shooting this at a high school in Hawaii on the shores of Pearl Harbor Bay.
Michael Emerson

03:01

And in the distance… there are all these old battleships lined up. It’s the place where they warehouse the old battleships. Interesting.
Michael Emerson

03:10

Here’s Dr. Arzt, that we know from previous episodes of LOST and a really funny guy. And so much fun.
Michael Emerson

04:23

Back in the jungle…late at night.
Michael Emerson

04:48

It’s three in the morning in the jungle and everybody’s a wreck. And the torches are difficult.
Michael Emerson

04:49

Or they have too little juice and they don’t provide enough light for the cameras.
Michael Emerson

04:55

They either have too much juice in them so they flare up and want to burn your hair off.
Michael Emerson

05:06

Uh oh.
Michael Emerson

05:11

This was the first time I had ever personally witnessed Miles doing the communication with the dead thing. It really was interesting. He really plays it well.
Michael Emerson

05:29

This isn’t gonna be good.
Michael Emerson

05:48

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.
Michael Emerson

06:20

I gotta say, a lot of face acting in that scene.
Michael Emerson

06:22

This episode was directed by Mario Van Peebles. A wonderful director that we all know from “New Jack City” and his own stellar acting career.
Michael Emerson

06:32

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.
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Michael Emerson

06:43

P.S. – A good-looking guy. A good-smelling guy.
Michael Emerson

06:49

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.
Michael Emerson

06:57

Here we are back at the old Lostie camp. Ben has never been privileged to walk around here.
Michael Emerson

07:31

Okay…
Michael Emerson

07:38

Pay close attention to those wires
Michael Emerson

07:54

Those are my real-life eyeglasses. But it’s gonna turn out to be a continuity problem.
Michael Emerson

08:04

Here we are in Ben’s flash sideways domestic life. Remember his dad?
Michael Emerson

09:28

John Gries. He’s been my dad right along. This is another stellar makeup job by Steve LaPorte to age him up. This actor is actually younger than I am.
Michael Emerson

10:05

I didn’t know if I’d ever play another scene with Tania, my dear daughter Alex.
Michael Emerson

10:17

And here she is in a completely different form, but still the same kind of dynamic at least, here she is again, someone that I should look after.
Michael Emerson

10:43

Ilana’s very busy. What is she gonna do?
He (Richard) materialized out of the jungle like he always does.
Michael Emerson

13:31

A copy of The Chosen by Chaim Potok in the sand there – another little literary Easter egg.
Michael Emerson

13:51

That’s huge.
Michael Emerson

14:11

Good point. Recurring motif here. People keep talking about how different their lives would have been. And Ben says would it really have been?
Michael Emerson

14:44

Oh good, here we are at the graveyard.
Michael Emerson

15:22

That’s a little scary when she says “it’s for you.” She doesn’t have a warm look in her eye.
Michael Emerson

17:36

Shocking.
Michael Emerson

18:06

Now what kind of shovel is that? If Polynesian culture depended on its architecture for that kind of shovel they weren’t gonna get much done.
Michael Emerson

19:35

Ouch.
Michael Emerson

19:35

Ouch.
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Michael Emerson

23:49

May I say that even when you’re pretending to dig a grave, you do have to sort of really dig the grave.
Michael Emerson

23:55

And with a bizarre and antique Polynesian tool like that, it’s a long day in the heat.
Michael Emerson

24:20

Make a mental note of those manacles and chains.
Michael Emerson

27:20

Classic LOST cliffhanger at the end of an act. One of the great sets that they ever built for LOST is the Black Rock-it’s so cool and it lights so beautifully.
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Michael Emerson

27:28

It has so many cracks and crevices and stuff in it that they can shine beams of light through.
Michael Emerson

27:44

How many times has Jack been in a Russian Roulette situation on the show?
Michael Emerson

27:51

I remember playing a scene with him two seasons ago where we were playing a game of chicken about whether his friends would be shot by my henchmen.
Michael Emerson

28:00

Remember that one with the walkie talkie? And here he goes again.
Michael Emerson

30:03

Guess who?

Michael Emerson

32:20

This is a small-scale Ben-play happening in the life of a man that doesn’t do that kind of thing easily.
Michael Emerson

32:27

It was fun to play “workin’ a number” but not confidently. Ben was always confident. But Sideways Ben isn’t.
Michael Emerson

36:28

It’s a hard scene to modulate how much of one thing or another to do but it’s an interesting turn in the story. We must have done it 4 or 5 times, that scene.
Michael Emerson

36:40

And we did it mostly sort of a long shot which you saw all the way up until it suddenly moves into a close-up which I think they almost forgot to do.
Michael Emerson

36:49

And then we did it at the last take or so.
Michael Emerson

37:09

It’s such a shockeroo when she says “I’ll have you.” It feels like a sea change in Ben’s life or his perception of himself or his place in the world or the game.
Michael Emerson

39:21

Like he knew her in another life.
Michael Emerson

39:25

It’s a nice foil for the loss of his daughter in our real storyline. And here in some milder parallel world he manages a rescue. Which is nice.”
Michael Emerson

40:02

(I’m) not exactly the most welcome person here.”
Michael Emerson

40:31

She’s thinking this is weird.
Michael Emerson

40:47

Now we get the first classic LOST montage in many, many episodes.
Michael Emerson

41:00

This is one of the great silent reunion, camp reunion montages that the show is famous for.
Michael Emerson

41:06

Many of the emotional highlights or high points of the show have been done in this way and it’s been a season or so since they’ve had a good one.
Michael Emerson

41:17

So this is kind of sweet to see Jack and Hurley.
Michael Emerson

41:25

Because wherever Hurley goes, that’s where the heart of the show goes. You know that there is comfort and happiness where he’s at.
Michael Emerson

41:34

And it’s all about Giacchino’s music, obviously. The guy’s a genius.
Michael Emerson

41:51

But here we have a montage where the difference is there’s a couple of outsiders here. A couple of our traditional villains…
Michael Emerson

42:00

We’ve got Richard Alpert and Ben, who are not traditional allies of this group and yet somehow they’re here.
Michael Emerson

42:07

So we seem to be having a new group of allies is forming, a new combination of heroes, maybe. I don’t know. Stay tuned.
Michael Emerson

42:42

So we have a kind of an emotional and, you know, a romantic regrouping … The inner circle is together…happy to be together.
Michael Emerson

42:56

And yet we see now that it will be brief because the forces of confusion and violence are at their doorstep.
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