December 11th, 2008
SPOILER ALERT! Turns out the work day wasn’t over for the “LOST” production crew after yesterday’s snowy street scene. After sundown, they turned up at Bishop Museum, where the show had recreated yet another Russian locale. According to my friend Jeff, a museum employee, both Naveen Andrews and Michael Emerson were on hand.
He said they were in Red Square, and that fake snow was sprayed on the side of Hawaiian Hall and on cars parked along the lane. Interestingly, this same path previously served as the London waterfront in Season 3 (”Flashes Before Your Eyes”).
There was a street scene, and another scene filmed in an adjacent courtyard. Shooting wrapped after 10 p.m., but fortunately much of the set was still intact this wet, stormy morning. I was able to snap a few photos in between downpours.
Once again, I contacted Howard Hsu, whose coworker translated the “Oldham Pharmaceuticals” sign yesterday.
There was a tall, vertical marquee mounted to the side of Hawaii Hall that read “bakery.” This was the largest and, according to our expert, the most authentic looking sign yet. On the ground, a small blue sign that read “Red Square” — though apparently one of the smaller characters wasn’t quite right.
Finally, in two places above the aforementioned courtyard, cryptic signs that apparently read “VRESO.” Which wasn’t recognizable as a word, and may be a name or acronym. Whatever this place is, it was where most of the action happened.
The street number? Why, 42 of course.