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Lost season premier

A day or so ago, I saw the season premier of Lost. Wow. Each time they answer a question, another one or two unanswered ones popped up.

CAUTION: this blog posting will contain episode spoilers. Do not continue reading if you haven’t seen the episode yet.

We have learned some interesting things from the episode:

Jack, Hurley and Kate are three members of “The Oceanic 6”, meaning that only three other Lost members return. Who are the other three? Time will reveal. I’d love to see it be Jin and his wife Sun and Desmond.

About 20 minutes went by in the premier before Hurley said the word “dude”. He is really slipping.

Apparently the “help” that was on its way at the end of Season 3 isn’t what it’s cut out to be. Arriving at the end is a bearded guy who looked very familiar to me. And he should. He’s actor Jeremy Davies, who played Corporal Timothy Upham in Saving Private Ryan.

Hurley, after leading the police on a high-speed police chase, winds up in a mental hospital. He sees an apparition of the deceased-Charlie, who wants to give him secrets of some kind. Of course, Hurley ruins it by making the apparition disappear before he can reveal too much. All we really know is that the note that Charlie wrote on his hand when he died suggested that the rescue boat coming wasn’t exactly a rescue boat. Ben insists everyone will die if they go to the boat but neglects to give specifics on why. (Ben is played by the brilliant actor Michael Emerson; how has an actor this brilliant flown under the acting radar for so long?).

The flash forwards take place before last season’s flash forwards showing a bearded, despondent Jack pleading with Kate that they needed to go back to the island.

Why does Jack want to go back? Don’t know yet. All I know is that I don’t like his ex-wife.

Hurley originally chooses to join the group (which James “Sawyer” Ford”) also joins to stay with Locke on the island. Hurley then tells Jack he made a mistake in doing so.

The question that’s really bugging my family: who on earth is the bodyless voice named Jacob?

We’ll find out more next week. Eighteen episodes this season, no repeats. One down, 47 to go until the series finale.

Lost is well on its way to becoming a cult classic.

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