Ben Linus Has a Plan [To Win An Award]

I’d like to take a minute to congratulate Michael Emerson, who portrays Kingdom favorite Ben Linus, for winning an Emmy award for his work on Lost.

Not that I make it a regular habit to watch award shows.  In fact, I only caught wind of Emerson’s win after seeing the news pop up in my reader.  As they formally refer to it, Emerson won the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, which is quite a mouthful.

Still, it’s some much-deserved recognition for one of the people who does a great job of bringing one of the key players to life week in and week out.  Say what you will about the other characters- Jack’s a dope, Kate’s annoying, Richard wears eyeliner, whatever. But there’s never been a bad or even sub-par Ben storyline.

(True- he had a bad haircut in the mid-80s, but that was redeemed by that swank hat he wore in Russia during that Sayid episode last season).

Anyway, even though the new TV season is about to start, Lost will be a little late to the party, starting its final season sometime this winter.  It’s an understatement to say I’m looking forward to this.  Hopefully, this will be the year Ben is proven to be one of the good guys.

I think it’s a testament to Emerson’s acting chops that I feel that way about a character who’s done everything short of mass murder (well, at least in the 100-plus people category).  Congratulations again Michael, and thank you.

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