Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m green with jealousy that TV reviewers have had an early peek at the new year (next to the last year) of LOST episodes. Here is a clip from the EW Popwatch review of the first two episodes:
LOST’s tradition of opening the year with a killer, capture-the-imagination sequence is honored and upheld, though the thing I loved most was how it was brazenly frank (and engagingly funny) about the heady high-concept conceit that will define the season. Almost everything that followed that opening passage was pretty cool, too. Remember the non-linear structure of Pulp Fiction, which toggled between a number of storylines whose chronological relationship to each other is practically a puzzle for the audience to solve? Well, the season premiere is kinda like that. The first two episodes will have the audience — and the show’s characters — trying to make sense of shifts in time. They demand active engagement, and I found it to be a lot of fun. Especially the first hour.
Lots of Sawyer in the first two eps. Lots of his naked chest, too. Lots of Hurley, and as for his chest, it is covered…with a very funny T-shirt. Sayid also has mucho screen time in both episodes, though he sleeps his way through one of them. Literally. And Daniel Faraday emerges as a huge player in season 5. The eps are dotted with cameos and extended cameos from peripheral but important figures crucial to the LOST mythology and much-loved by the LOST fan community. A polarizing character from LOST’s past returns, earns some redemption by participating with wit and humility, and delivers one of the best lines of either episode. Once again, all things Ben just rock. And if you’re familiar with the rather disturbing crush that Doc Jensen happens to have on a certain rarely-seen LOST someone, then you can imagine how I swooned when I saw her re-appear at long last in the second episode.
In short, it was worth the wait…
At my age, I try never to wish away time. I know how fleeting it is. Still, I’m looking forward to January 21 and every following Wednesday until this new season ends. And since I kept all of last season’s episodes on my DVR, I guess it’s time to watch them again to get my head back in the story.
How about you? Are you eager to see what happens next to whom?