So I just finished watching the first two hours of the new season of LOST. We knew this was coming based on last season’s finale, but the show is taking a decided turn toward science fiction with these episodes. Not that I consider that a bad thing; in fact, I can’t believe this kind of stuff is actually airing in prime time on a major network program. Where else on network television can you weave time travel, quantum physics and theories of electromagnetism?
As season premieres go, though, this was perhaps my least favorite, simply because it was so different. I imagine I’ll give it multiple views before making my final assessment, but I’m hoping the constant “shifting” of the Island is a feature we’ll see less of now that we’ve been exposed to it. I don’t know, all the constant “where / when are we” stuff could get old real quick. That said, this was still a great way to kick off the new season. Honestly, I’d forgotten that tonight was a two-hour premiere, so I was pleasantly surprised when I turned on the DVR.
The opening scene was an interesting one. We learn Candle / Haliwax’s real surname: Chang. We see (for the second time) that he’s a father. Are we supposed to assume that the child is Miles Straume? Or someone else? The opening scene gave us a look at Dharma in its heyday. It also confirms that at least some in the Dharma Initiative are fully aware of the capability of the Island’s energy. The scene closes with Chang bumping into Dharma worker Daniel Farraday. Very interesting.
Off the Island, we saw plenty of Sayid and Hurley, which was good. Hurley’s scenes provided some comic relief and gave my brain time to relax a little. And Michael Emerson is just awesome. It’s still hard to believe that he wasn’t introduced until about 40 episodes in. As always, Ben has something up his sleeve. It was interesting that when Jack asked about Locke, “He’s dead, isn’t he?”, that Ben refused to answer the question. Hmm. And how about the appearance of Ms. Hawking at the end? Any chance that she’s Farraday’s mother?
I imagine we’ll see plenty of old faces popping up in odd places this season; Ana Lucia and Ethan are probably just the beginning. I was really excited to see Penny and Desmond so early in the season. I’m still curious as to why Walt doesn’t “have to go back”, but the others who left the Island do.
My favorite moment, though (morbid as it may be), was when the Brits with weapons used their fire arrows to flambe Neil. Frogurt, we hardly knew ye. A second favorite moment was Locke’s emergence onto the scene to save Juliet from losing a major appendage. I’m really interested to see Locke’s storyline over these next few episodes.