[Daily article] April 24: The Shape of Things to Come (Lost)

“The Shape of Things to Come” is the 81st episode of the American
Broadcasting Company’s Lost, and the ninth episode of the fourth season,
first aired on April 24, 2008, in the U.S. and Canada. It was written
by Drew Goddard and Brian K. Vaughan and directed by Jack Bender. The
narrative centers on Ben Linus (played by Michael Emerson) as he and the
Oceanic Airlines Flight 815 crash survivors at the Barracks come under
attack in December 2004, while flashforwards to late 2005 show him
recruiting Sayid Jarrah (Naveen Andrews) as a hitman and confronting his
enemy Charles Widmore (Alan Dale). Production was paused by the 100-day
Writers Guild of America strike. “The Shape of Things to Come” received
positive critical reviews and the original broadcast was watched by 14
million Americans. Much praise was directed at Emerson’s acting skills,
particularly in his reaction to the execution of his character’s
daughter Alex (Tania Raymonde). His performance in this episode garnered
a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for the
60th Primetime Emmy Awards, and the episode was nominated in the
category of Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:

1479 BC:

Thutmose III (statue pictured) became the sixth Pharaoh of
the Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt, although during the first 22 years of
the reign he was co-regent with his aunt, Hatshepsut.


Schmalkaldic War: Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, led Imperial
troops to a decisive victory in the Battle of Mühlberg over the
Lutheran Schmalkaldic League of Protestant princes.


The Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire began with the
arrest and deportation of hundreds of prominent Armenians in


Nazi Germany began its persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses by
shutting down the Watch Tower Society office in Magdeburg.


The Provisional Irish Republican Army detonated a truck bomb in
London’s financial district in Bishopsgate, killing one person, injuring
forty-four others, and causing £350 million in damages.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

1. A metallic chemical element (symbol Yb) with an atomic number of 70.
2. A single atom of this element.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  The end will show the whole truth.  
–William the Silent

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