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1/31: Lost is back!

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“Lost” has been fascinating and infuriarating, exhilirating and exasperating, fantastical and frustrating. And that’s why we still watch. The last half dozen episodes last season led up to the show-stopping finale in May that many arguably say was the best episode ever.

Finally, after eight months, in the midst of a writers’ strike, “Lost” feeds us a satisfactory return episode with a fair share of drama and pathos. It by no means compares to the finale but provides just enough revelations to keep fans hungry for more. (I also got to see the second episode, which is even better!)

We learn that there is such a thing as the “Oceanic Six,” implying that six of the islanders make it back to the mainland. The writers appear to have ditched flashbacks and will continue with the flashforwards they sprung on us in May. That’s definitely a good thing and will drive the story forward to its conclusion 48 episodes from now. It appears the time frame of Hurley’s fast forward is not long after they got back but before Jack’s flashfloward last May, before Jack grows his beard and becomes addicted to OxyContin. So we know Jack and Kate made it back, and Hurley, too. Plus, an unknown dead person from the May episode.

With Hurley running from the ghost of Charlie at a convenience store, he becomes the target of a huge 10 cop car chase. I’m still not clear why his departure from that store merited a cop car chase, though. But it got him back into a mental institution, a sanctuary he seemed to crave. Jack seems okay at this point (though he’s already drinking) and he even visits Hurley but things turn dark quickly when he asks, “What are you really doing here Jack? You were seeing if I went nuts, whether I was going to tell.” “Are you?” Jack asks. We of course have no clue what they’re hiding.

Charlie’s ghost pops in for a visit: “Now you have to do something but you’re hiding from me. That’s the real reason you ran when you saw me in the store. You knew I was here to tell you…” We don’t find out what he has to do — yet. Hurley seems to yearn for a return back to the island before Jack is ready to accept it. And that mysterious visitor pretending to be part of the Oceanic Airlines seems to be connected with Naomi and the “rescuers.”

Speaking of Naomi, she somehow not only got away from Jack and Kate (and creating a dummy trail) despite the fact Locke last season gutted her with a knife. How that happened, I have no clue! Then she manages to climb a tree, get the phone away from Kate, fix it and then die. That seemed a bit script convenient and not terribly organic.

The best scene is when Locke splits the group between those who believe the “rescuers” will truly rescue them and Locke’s belief that they are evil. Ironically, he’s now on the side of Ben, who shot him. Locke, who is pretty convincing, manages to get Hurley, Claire and Sawyer to join him and go to the barracks on the belief it’s better on the island than off of it. (The Sawyer/Kate fans can’t be happy about that!) Jack and most of the group stay overnight in the fuselage. The rescue helicopter arrives and Farraday parachutes down. The “rescuers” have arrived. It’s game on!

Well, what did you think? Worth the wait?

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By iam99sux

February 1, 2008 7:40 AM | Link to this

I think it was a little “slow” to start off, but I think they are planting seeds right now.

By cdb

February 1, 2008 7:56 AM | Link to this

My question is,how did Locke get out of the pit after being shot? I must have missed it.

By Deb

February 1, 2008 8:18 AM | Link to this

Walt — yes, Walt — came to him and told him to get up — that he (Locke) had things to do. They did not show him physically getting out of the pit, but that is what led up to his getting out. Hope this helps…

By Pink Sherbert

February 1, 2008 8:32 AM | Link to this

I love this show……more and more as each season goes by. The writing is amazing…. I was thrilled with last night’s episode. I just hope this writer’s strike ends soon and LOST won’t be too affected by it.

By Deirdre

February 1, 2008 8:41 AM | Link to this

Who are the other 3 off-islanders? Why is Hurley one of the Oceanic 6 when he went with Locke to hide from the ‘rescuers’? Why do all the ghosts on Lost look better dead than they did when they were alive? What secret are the off-islanders keeping? Does it have anything to do with the question asked of Hurley…paraphrasing..’Are there anymore alive?’?

This is exactly why I love Lost. Answering some questions leads to more questions…that’s so much fun!!!

By John in Tampa, FLA

February 1, 2008 8:45 AM | Link to this

The cast must love this show. Just because you die doesn’t mean you are off the show. does it Charlie? We thought the episode passed fast. Let’s hope they run this years 18 episodes weekly with no breaks, like 24 does.

By Deirdre

February 1, 2008 8:53 AM | Link to this

John, that was the plan, 16 straight episodes with no reruns but…the writers’ strike in Hollywood has left Lost with only 8 completed episodes this year…..damn those writers!!!!

By Camille

February 1, 2008 9:22 AM | Link to this

I was so looking forward to “Lost” return. And I was not disappointed. This is one of the hour-long shows that seems to last 5 minutes. It all moves so fast. I love it.

By Paul

February 1, 2008 9:40 AM | Link to this

Anyone else notice that early on, when Hurley and Bernard were standing on the beach, the shots of the ocean showed a city skyline low on the horizon at the right? It was visible in at least two shots. Is that related to the city skyline that’s reflected in the water in a nighttime shot of the island in the closing credits?

By Deirdre

February 1, 2008 9:55 AM | Link to this

Paul…since I’m such a Lost freak, I dvr every episode. I looked and the cityscape, when paused, is cloud formations. They might have wanted you to see a city but it’s definitely clouds.

By Dell

February 1, 2008 10:19 AM | Link to this

Great start to what is going to be 8 great heartpounding episodes. This ride won’t end until 2010 so don’t get to upset if we don’t even find out who the Oceanic 6 are until next season. You know how this show can be? You think something will happen next episode and it takes all season.

By Megan

February 1, 2008 10:35 AM | Link to this

Can we put on a “X-Stock?” Like that of Wayne-Stock, or Empire Records? I need 99x back. I can’t hear Silversun Pickups, Weezer, DMB - or anything else worth listening to. Q100 is homo - I really don’t know anyone who listens to them. They can use my apartment as a studio!

By Epstein

February 1, 2008 10:44 AM | Link to this

I could watch the show if they would get rid of the epileptic cameraman so many shows seem to be hiring since that stupid blair witch crap.

By red

February 1, 2008 11:22 AM | Link to this

I am too intrigued to abandon this show. I’m sticking with it no matter what happens.

By nd

February 1, 2008 11:32 AM | Link to this

I agree w/ Dell that it will likely be a long time before we get any real answers! I am still hung up on the fact that in Jack’s flash forward in last year’s finale, it became apparent that his father is alive in the future…he told the doctor “Call upstairs and get my father down here, and if he’s drunker than I am, I’ll leave” or something like that. He also had a prescription from his dad. But his dad was on that plane in a coffin (which was later shown empty). So HOW is he alive???? SO many questions…I hope in the end they wrap it all up!!

By nd

February 1, 2008 11:34 AM | Link to this

I agree w/ Dell that it will likely be a long time before we get any real answers! I am still hung up on the fact that in Jack’s flash forward in last year’s finale, it became apparent that his father is alive in the future…he told the doctor “Call upstairs and get my father down here, and if he’s drunker than I am, I’ll leave” or something like that. He also had a prescription from his dad. But his dad was on that plane in a coffin (which was later shown empty). So HOW is he alive???? SO many questions…I hope in the end they wrap it all up!!

By John in Tampa, FLA

February 1, 2008 11:39 AM | Link to this

All I know is, if Jack Bauer was on that plane he would have kicked Ben’s A$$, Hurley would be 150 lbs lighter, he would have nailed Kate before Sawyer did and he would already settled all of the lawsuits with Oceanic Airways, all within 24 hours.

By illuminusluna

February 1, 2008 12:03 PM | Link to this

Hi ND! I don’t think Jacks father is still alive. They were trying to show just how distraught and strung out Jack is by having him refer to his dad in the present tense. It was pretty clear he had a fake prescription since he freaked at the thought of them calling his Dad.

By MD native

February 1, 2008 12:25 PM | Link to this

Theories -

1 - Naomi and the Boat people are Dharma members coming to avenge Ben’s slaughter many years ago. Maybe?

2 - Aaron was given to Kate by Claire to be raised off the Island since not everyone could go/she had died/she wanted to stay for whatever reason. Perhaps?

3- Oceanic Airlines visited Hurley (and will visit the other members of the Oceanic Six) to try and find out where the other survivors (if there are any) are. I am sure the airline had to make HUGE payments to their heirs and thus if everyone is still alive, the airline gets their $$ back. And can sue for fraud to boot.

My thoughts on the Six: Jack Hurley Kate Aaron (who I think is being reared by Kate) and two players to be named later, meaning I don’t think we’ve been introduced yet to these characters…

Question - Did anyone see the Oceanic Air spot during Eli Stone? It shed no light at all…I was very disappointed.

By Tamika

February 1, 2008 1:09 PM | Link to this

NO LONGER LOST IN 2008

Hilliary will Kick Obama A S S on Tuesday—

Marching to the white House!!

By Tamika

February 1, 2008 1:13 PM | Link to this

HILLARY will make the rich pay!!!

Healthcare for ALL

And an America for all Mexicans!!!

Hilliary 2008

By nd

February 1, 2008 1:14 PM | Link to this

Tamika: go away. We are talking about Lost - not politics.

Sorry about the triple post before!

MD native: I don’t think that guy was from Oceanic…I think he was more sinister (and that’s why he didn’t have a business card). I think he’s from Dharma.

illuminusluna: You could be right about Jack’s dad…but on this show I just don’t know whether to believe anyone is really dead! It didn’t seem to me that the other dr was surprised enough when Jack said that, like he would be if he was talking about a dead man. Who knows…

By Tamika

February 1, 2008 1:17 PM | Link to this

Lost is about how Lost we are as a Nation!!

Hilliary will fix all this-

She has big boobs!!

By Tamika

February 1, 2008 1:27 PM | Link to this

Lost will no be when Hilliary the Great wins in 2008!!!!!!!!!!

Jesus has sent us Hilliry our new saviour for the lost

By Tamika

February 1, 2008 1:29 PM | Link to this

Lost will no be when Hilliary the Great wins in 2008!!!!!!!!!!

Jesus has sent us Hilliry our new saviour for the lost

Bill poops his pants

By Tamika

February 1, 2008 1:32 PM | Link to this

Times will no longer be Lost in Nov 2008 with the Election of Hilliary the Great

By Carri

February 1, 2008 1:51 PM | Link to this

Starting your weekend a little early, Tamika? Have a few more cocktails!!!

About Lost - Claire would never give her baby to Kate to raise off the island. Wonder what ever happened to Michael and Walt?

By Dee

February 1, 2008 2:01 PM | Link to this

OK - here’s my take: We get to watch at least half a season watching those that made it off the island get off the island. Maybe the whole season, with all the little hints of what’s going on in real life today. Good way to keep us watching. Then, at the end of the season, those that are here will go back to try and maybe rescue some that didn’t get off and are still alive.

Who do you think the other three are that survived and who do you think died? My guess is it’s Julia.

By red

February 1, 2008 2:19 PM | Link to this

I wonder how they are gonna spin that with Michael and Walt. They have been on the island for 91 days and surely Walt is a teenager by now.

By molly

February 1, 2008 2:32 PM | Link to this

www.lostpedia.com

By GB

February 1, 2008 2:49 PM | Link to this

Jack’s dad is alive is you look at the character that was in the chair of Jacobs house the person in the Chair is Jack’s dad. Explains how he could be alive in Jack’s flash forward.

By mitch

February 1, 2008 11:46 PM | Link to this

I was disappointed they killed of Charlie, although in LOST being dead doesn’t keep you off the show.

I though the whole knifed in the back but still wandering through the forest thing was a stretch as well. I loved how Russeau kept hitting Ben.

By Deirdre

February 2, 2008 7:49 AM | Link to this

On the “Jack’s dad is alive and sitting in Jacob’s cabin” theory, I looked up the man who plays Jack’s dad, John Terry,on IMDB and ,sure enough, he’s listed in the cast for that episode…I don’t remember seeing him any other time during the episode!

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