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January 30, 2007

Nikki and Paulo Rising

Speaking of “Lost,” subject of long article in today’s paper, there have been some questions about the characters from the background who suddenly pop up with lines today.

We’re speaking, of course, of Nikki and Paulo.

It rankled some “Lost” fans when the two characters played by Kiele Sanchez and Rodrigo Santoro, seemingly silent for two seasons, suddenly became part of the speaking cast this year.

It’s a fair point, executive producer Damon Lindelof says.

“What the hell is going on with the other 35 people who nothing ever happens to?” he said at press tour. “We saw them in the Dr. Arzt explode, and every once in a while one of those guys will sort of come forward for a fleeting moment. But are they just red shirts? Are they just monster food? What has their experience been? And why are they participating in the primary decision-making on the island?”

Nikki and Paulo are not exactly new, he says.

“We put them on the truck in the same episode in which Mr. Eko dies so that when we pay it off in episode 314, the audience won't go, ‘Wait a minute, I have never seen those guys before!' " Lindelof says. “At least you will be able to look at the previous 13 episodes and sort of pick Nikki and Paulo out of the crowd.”


A mí me gustaban los personajes de Niki y Paulo, y a pesar de que el episodio "Exposé" me gustó mucho, no quería que murieran. Los fanáticos pensaron que fue una forma drástica la manera como fueron introducidos en el show, de repente, Niki o Paulo hablan y uno dice: "¿Y estos de dónde diablos salieron?". Yo soy un fan de Lost, sin embargo no me gusta mucho el hecho de que los nuevos personajes que aparecen no duran mucho en la serie, tal es el caso de Ana Lucía, Mr. Eko, Libby y ahora Niki y Paulo. No sé, deberían matar a Charlie o a Hurley...no, a Hurley no, mejor a Jack, que por cierto, ya estamos hartos de sus flashbacks. Otra cosa, ¿Dónde demonios están Bernard y Rose?

Online Lost "fans" can be so critical about this show. Charlie's fanbase especially led the charge in criticizing the show in regards to Nikki and Paulo. They basically called them "screen sucking vampires" before they were even on the screen one second. I can understand the viewpoint that hese two characters are seen as a threat to the established character's screentime. But the same “fans” also complained bitterly about Jack, Kate and Sawyer getting so much screentime. Some people will just never be happy gripe constantly about Lost.

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