Friday, September 29

LOST: Season Three Preview.

LOST: Season Three Preview.

Well, it's about damn time. Welcome back, kids.

On Wednesday, October 4, Lost is back for Season Three. All of the speculation, theories and cliffhangers from Season Two are back into play, along with new castaways and flashbacks as the show takes another change in direction and theme. We all got to enjoy a summer of independent thoughts and actions, perhaps even limited contact with friends and loved ones. But it's time to park ourselves back in front of the television once again, and embrace our faithful Master.

Let's take a peek at where we left off. Here's the skinny of the Season Two finale, courtesy of Lostpedia. Any spelling errors are their fault and I refuse to read it:

THE SKINNY.

Hey, it's Desmond!
(Desmond packed light, opting to only bring along 48 back issues of Maxim magazine.)

The episode begins with the group of funeral-goers being distracted by the appearance of a sailboat moving towards the shore. Jack, Sawyer and Sayid swim to the vessel and pull pistols upon boarding. Closer inspection of the cabin door is met with gunfire, apparently from within the boat itself complete with bullets punching through the wooden cabin ending with the clicking of an empty magazine. The door is opened to reveal a drunk and otherwise surly Desmond, obviously upset about ending up back at the island (seeing the survivors confirms this).

Back at the camp, it is night. Kate quizzes Jack on what has happened: the other survivors want to know. Jack tells her to tell them that Desmond's back. Jack asks Desmond why he came back, and Desmond says he was trying to sail towards Fiji, and he should have been there in a week. However, the first piece of land encountered was not Fiji-it was the island. He states bitterly, "And you know why? Because this is it. This is all there is left. This ocean and this place here. We are stuck in a bloody snowglobe. There's no outside world. There's no escape."

In a flashback, Desmond is released from a military prison and dishonorably discharged from the British military. Outside, in a rainstorm, he is picked up in an automobile by Charles Widmore who is the father of Desmond's estranged girlfriend, Penelope. Mr. Widmore reveals that he has intercepted all of Desmond's letters to Penelope and that Penelope is to be married to another man, and offers Desmond a large sum of money to stay away from Penelope and just run away.

Sayid proposes a plan to Jack involving the use of Desmond's sailboat for a flanking maneuver on the Others' camp. Sayid will scout the area before Michael's party arrives. He will then light a signal fire with black smoke when the coast is clear. He cautions Jack not to tell Michael that they know he is lying, and not to tell the others, either.

Hey, it's Charlie!
(Charlie realizes that he only had three lines of dialogue last season.)

Locke finds Eko at the button and tries to convince him to let the timer run down. They debate the point as the four-minute warning begins to beep, Locke saying that pushing the button is nothing but a psychological experiment and Eko insisting it is important to continue pushing the button. They eventually come to blows when Locke attempts to smash the monitor. Eko throws him out of the room.

On the beach, Jack, Kate, Michael, Sawyer and Hurley meet to organize the meeting party, and depart on their trip across the island.

Sayid meets Desmond as he prepares to launch the sailboat. Sayid says that he doesn't know how to sail it. Desmond suggests he find someone who does. Later, we see Jin approaching Sayid and Sun, who are discussing things on the beach. In Korean, Sun tells Jin Sayid wants Jin's help with sailing the boat. Jin does not want to leave her, but she tells him that she is going with them.

In another flashback, Desmond ends up in the United States. He meets Libby (with a more conservative haircut or wig) in a coffee shop when he realizes that he has no American currency on him and she kindly offers to purchase his coffee for four dollars. He jokingly asks if she has $42,000 more. They sit and have a conversation where she asks Desmond why he needs the $42,000: he says he doesn't yet have a boat. She reacts with a start, and confesses to him to have been recently widowed and oddly, she offers him her deceased husband's boat, the Elizabeth, so that he can enter a race around the world sponsored by Charles Widmore himself, explaining that David, her husband, would have wanted it that way. Desmond thanks her and says, "I shall win this race for love."

Midway on their hike to the meeting with the Others, Kate stops Sawyer from triggering one of Rousseau's traps. They discuss what Sawyer knows about Kate's getting caught in the net, and Sawyer realizes that Jack and Kate were literally "caught in a net" and did not have sex.

Hey, it's Claire!
(Claire wasn't completely hysterical that day, so naturally, nobody listened to her.)

Suddenly, a large green bird swoops down and squawks the word "Hurley", which disturbs Hugo. However, Sawyer is cynical and doubts that the bird was actually saying "Hurley". Michael tries to shoot at the bird, but he notices that his gun is empty. He questions Jack about it, and Jack says that he forgot to load it. Jack gives him a loaded clip for the pistol, but Michael is already suspicious.

Elsewhere, Locke is fighting with what he thought was the faith that would pull them all through this. After seeing the Pearl station for himself he cannot believe that the island was ever what he had perceived it as. Charlie comes across Locke weeping in the jungle and informs him of Desmond's return.

Jin and Sun tell Sayid they will accompany him on the sailboat. Desmond tells Claire the vaccine is useless as she prepares to give it to Aaron. They discuss the father of Claire's baby, which triggers the third flashback.

In the flashback, Desmond is preparing to run out in the stadium. Jack runs by in the background. Penelope is there waiting for Desmond, and she tells him she hasn't set a date yet for the marriage. Penelope asks Desmond what he is running from. He evades the question, answering "I have to get my honor back...and that's what I'm running to." The flashback ends as he runs away.

Desmond is drinking at night on the beach. Locke approaches and explains his lament to him along with the conviction that NOT pushing the button will have NO effect on anything. He describes the Pearl and we see appropriate clips from the Pearl Orientation Video. Desmond says "you're lying," and Locke shows him the tape cassette, and asks him to sober up and take a walk with him. He says that tomorrow they'll find out what happens when the button doesn't get pushed.

Hey, it's Eko!
(Eko, upon remembering that he has Superpowers, flies off the island.)

The meeting party is in the jungle at night. Sawyer offers food to Hurley but he declines. Michael is off by himself, and is accosted by Jack. Michael thanks him for coming with Michael to get Walt back.

Out on the ocean, Sayid, Jin and Sun are sailing. Sun is sick over the side of the boat. Jin arrives and says she shouldn't have come on the boat with them. She tells him it's not seasickness. Jin says he knows. Sayid is searching the shore of the island, and sees what appears to be the remnants of a statue: a giant, foot in a sandal. Sayid comments "I don't know what is more disquieting - the fact that the rest of the statue is missing, or that it has four toes."

Eko is working in the hatch, carving on his stick. The lights flicker and he gets up to investigate, finding that a fuse has been removed from an circuit panel and crushed on the ground. He hears the lockdown countdown from the speakers and rushes back to the computer. He does not make it, and we see that Desmond has triggered a false lockdown by manipulating wires to keep Eko out of the control room as Eko is set on entering the numbers. Eko pleads with Locke, and the fourth flashback begins.

There is a flashback of Desmond in a storm on the boat. He descends to the cabin and pulls out "Our Mutual Friend", placing it in a Ziploc bag and inside his garment before running up to the deck and getting knocked out. There is a blurry montage showing him washing up on shore and the blurry images of a man in a yellow HAZMAT suit that picked him up off the beach and brought him inside the Swan Station. The man is Kelvin who, then enlists Desmond as his Swan Station partner. Kelvin shows Desmond the orientation film. Desmond asks why there are missing parts in the video, and Kelvin replies that his partner Radzinsky "made some edits." Kelvin shows Desmond a vial of "vaccine" and an injector, and admonishes Demsond to inject himself every 9 days.

Back on the island, Eko climbs out of the Quarantine hatch, (seeing the wrecked hatch and reading the QUARANTINE label) and heads into the jungle. He runs to the beach where Charlie is playing guitar. Eko asks Charlie how the Quarantine door was opened, and finds out that the castaways used dynamite. Eko enlists Charlie to help him get inside the control room.

Hey, it's Hurley!
(In the distance, Hurley spots a tree made entirely of Slim Jims.)

In the jungle Hurley and Sawyer discuss the possible identity of the Others. Kate spots two people following them. She and Sawyer open fire and kill one. At this point Jack loses his cool and drops the plan that he and Sayid had agreed upon- to allow Michael to continue to feel as though he is in control and not to tell Sawyer, Kate, or Hurley of Michael's plan, and demands that Michael tell the group what is going on. Michael admits that the Others already know that they are coming and that he is the reason they know this. Michael further confesses that he did indeed kill Ana-Lucia and Libby as a means of persuading the group to meet with the Others and to free Henry Gale as per the Others' demands. Hurley and Sawyer wish to head back upon hearing this shocking revelation, but Jack argues that they've gone too far to turn back, and that he wouldn't have brought them here anyway without a plan. Sawyer asks what the plan is.

Jin spots the rock formation with a hole in it that marks the Others' camp, and Sayid prepares to go ashore. Back at the camp, Charlie and Eko enter the Swan. Charlie tries to get Eko to reconsider, but Eko is unyielding. Charlie warns Locke that Eko is going to attempt to blow the blast door open. Desmond is sure the door will hold, saying "It would take an atom bomb, brother. Tell him not to bother."

In another flashback, Desmond triggers a fake lockdown, but blocks the door to the control room with a cart, leaving enough space to duck under and access the control room and living space. Kelvin is painting the map seen by Locke in "Lockdown" with detergent. He then tells Desmond that his partner, Radzinsky, was the one who had the idea to make the map and the one who figured out how to fake a lockdown. Kelvin also reveals that Radzinsky killed himself with a shotgun. When Desmond asks if he can go outside, Kelvin replies apologetically that he must stay and push the button. Desmond claims he can handle himself, as he was in the army. Kelvin replies by saying that Desmond was kicked out because he "couldn't follow orders." Desmond asks Kelvin why he left his army, and Kelvin replies that he left because "men followed my [Kelvin's] orders." He also rues having joined the DHARMA Initiative, mocking the polite and friendly tone heard in the Orientation Film.

Outside the blast door, Eko rigs the dynamite as Charlie pleads with both Locke and Eko. Eko shoves Charlie against a wall, rips off Charlie's belt, and throws it against the magnetic wall, saying "Is that a joke?". The fuse is lit; Eko braces himself against a wall, and Charlie attempts to run out, as it detonates with a huge explosion.

Hey, it's that crazy, dead one!
(Libby's bangs do a good job of hiding her lobotomy scars.)

Desmond then has a flashback about a drunk Kelvin under the floor of the control room with a key and fail-safe lock marked "Caution: System Termination". Kelvin explains that behind the wall is as a source of electromagnetism, "geologically unique", stating also that the Incident was 'a leak'. "So now the charge builds up and every time we push the button it discharges it before it gets too big." Kelvin questions whether Desmond would have the guts to blow the Hatch up.

Inside the control room, Desmond comments that "I think your friends just blew themselves up, brother." The two talk, and Desmond asks Locke if "the reason you're letting that clock there run all the way down to the very last tick -- is it because you need to look down the barrel of a gun to find out what you really believe, John?" Locke replies that he "looked down the barrel of the gun and I believed. I thought it was my destiny to get into this place. And someone died -- a kid (Boone). Because he was stupid enough to believe that I knew what I was talking about. And the night that he died for nothing, I was sitting right up there, all alone, beating my hand bloody against that stupid door -- screaming to the heavens asking what I should do. And then a light went on. I thought it was a sign. But it wasn't a sign. Probably just you going to the bathroom."


As Locke describes this, Desmond apparently remembers that night, as he has a look of recognition on his face.

Sayid climbs to the Others' camp, and searches the huts, finding them all abandoned. He proceeds to open the Others' DHARMA station, The Door, and finds only a rock wall behind.

The meeting party stops when Kate sees a large mound of plastic containers in front of a tube protruding from the ground. Upon closer inspection we see that it is actually the pneumatic tube containers with the notebooks from the Pearl Station. Clearly, there are at least 2 or 3 years worth of notebooks that ended up in the middle of nowhere being the end of the pneumatic tube.


Sawyer finds Locke's copy of the Blast Door map.

Jack sees black smoke of Sayid's signal, but miles away. He realizes that Michael has been leading them in the wrong direction. He confronts Michael about it and he admits that he was told to bring them here instead. They start to hear whispers from all around, clearly uttering the name "Elizabeth," and suddenly Sawyer is shot in the neck with a dart and hits the ground in a convulsive state. Hurley freezes, Michael stares around and Kate and Jack run for it. Kate is shot and then Jack. The Others appear and take the party captive with their mouths gagged and their heads covered with hoods.

Hey, it's Locke!
("Damn, it's been hours since I've stabbed something!")

Back in the Swan, Locke is insistent on NOT pushing the button as he believes that the purpose of the Swan is nothing more than a psychological experiment. Desmond in turn asks Locke if he's sure he doesn't have the theory backwards- maybe it is the Pearl Station that is the psychological experiment, not the Swan. Locke gives Desmond the printout from the Pearl station and Desmond frantically scrutinizes the logs.

In Desmond's flashback, Desmond notices that Kelvin's "quarantine suit" has a noticeable hole while Kelvin is preparing to go outside. Thinking that he is being deceived, Desmond follows Kelvin outside the hatch. Desmond follows Kelvin, and sees him going to Desmond's sailboat.

Kelvin reveals that he was going outside to repair Desmond's boat to leave, using the guise of an infection on the island as an excuse for keeping Desmond in the Swan and pushing the button once Kelvin left. Desmond becomes enraged upon seeing his boat and accidentally smashes Kelvin's head against a rock, probably killing him (unclear). He takes the fail safe key and sprints back to the hatch where the countdown has reached zero. The hieroglyphs have locked in on the timer. Alarms are sounding with the words "SYSTEM FAILURE" heard over and over, and the same phrase appears repeatedly on the monitor. Desmond desperately struggles to input the number sequence. The entire hatch appears to being trembling as though at the center of an earthquake, and everything metal is moving or flying towards the magnet wall area. He finally is given a prompt and enters the full sequence, causing the shaking to stop and the timer to reset.

In the present, Desmond asks Locke when they arrived on the island. When Locke replies "September 22nd". Desmond finds this date on the printout, listed as "922044:16", followed by the words "SYSTEM FAILURE" repeated many times. Desmond reasons that he caused Flight 815 to crash by not entering the numbers in time and causing a system failure.

The meeting party is walked down a pier among the Others. The pier has a "Pala Ferry" sign on the roof. The four survivors are made to kneel and their hoods are removed. Kate tells Mr. Friendly (through the gag in her mouth) that she knows that the beard is fake. Mr. Friendly does not understand, so Ms. Klugh says, "She says she knows the beard is fake, Tom.", accidentally revealing Mr. Friendly's first name. A relieved Mr. Friendly takes the fake beard off and mentions that it is itchy and uncomfortable. Annoyed that Ms, Klugh revealed his name, he reciprocates by revealing Ms Klugh's name, "Bea". She remains impassive. The same boat that was involved in Walt's kidnapping pulls up and "Henry Gale" gets off, barefoot. He greets the meeting party and asks Friendly why he is not wearing his beard in an authoritative tone and seems to be the one in charge here. He says to Michael, "Alright, let's take care of business, shall we?".

Hey, it's that actress I've been stalking!
("...Because I'm leaving you first. I'm seeing a skinny white guy from Wisconsin.)

Charlie regains consciousness outside the door. He finds Eko lying unconscious and bloody nearby, and tries to wake Eko up. Inside, Locke is dubious and still believes that nothing will happen when the button isn't pushed. Desmond becomes frantic as the timer gets closer to zero. He tries to input the numbers but Locke smashes the computer monitor. Desmond panics, opens the blast doors, and bolts to the bookshelf, finding his copy of "Our Mutual Friend".

Desmond has a flashback on the table in the Hatch, on which is a gun and a book. He finishes a bottle of alcohol, and opens the Dickens book. Upon opening "Our Mutual Friend", an envelope falls out. It's a letter from Penelope that was written before he entered prison. It explains that she has hidden the letter in "the one place you would turn to in a moment of great desperation". She also writes "All we really need to survive is one person who truly loves us. And you have her. I will wait for you. Always. So far away from her, this enrages him and he starts to tear the room apart, despondent and suicidal, when suddenly he hears someone pounding on a wall and screaming. It was Locke, pounding on the hatch asking why Boone had to be killed. He looks up to the where the hatch is and flips a switch making the hatch window light up, placating Locke, and giving Desmond hope as he presumes a replacement is on the way.

The flashback ends and Desmond is frantically looking for the same book, as the hieroglyphics lock in and another system failure starts. Upon finding the book, he removes the fail safe key and runs for the trapdoor to get to the fail safe. He explains to Locke that he now knows that it was he who was pounding that one night that he had given up on life, thus saving his life, and now it is his turn to save Locke's life. Charlie manages to get Eko on his feet, but Eko brushes him aside as he goes into the control room, leaving Charlie to try to escape on his own. A despondent Locke acknowledges his cataclysmic mistake to Eko, stating simply, "I was wrong".

Back in the Basement, we see Desmond insert the key into the failsafe. After pausing to think of Penny and her letter he speaks under his breath, "I love you, Penny". He turns the key and the screen fades to white.


Hey, it's Kate!
("Wow, is that a tree made entirely of Slim Jims? Hurley, get over here!")

The island is engulfed in a bright white/violet glow accompanied by a loud low droning sound causing Sayid's group, everyone at the dock, and everyone at the camp to cover their ears in pain. It lasts for several seconds and then slowly fades back to normal. Henry Gale is the only person seen here that isn't surprised by the Discharge. An object falls from the sky to the beach just missing Claire, Aaron, and Bernard. It is the hatch door that says "QUARANTINE". Charlie returns to camp, still partially deaf. Bernard asks where Locke and Eko are. Charlie seems surprised that they're not back yet.

At the dock, Henry Gale explains that Michael can leave on the boat, that Walt is aboard, and that Michael will find rescue if he holds a bearing of 325 degrees. Michael asks Henry how he doesn't know he might tell people about where he was. Henry says "Maybe you will, maybe you won't. But it won't matter. Once you leave, you'll never be able to get back here. And my hunch is you won't say a word to anybody because if you do, people will find out what you did to get your son back."

Michael asks, "Who are you people?" to which Henry Gale replies genially, "We're the good guys, Michael". Michael and Walt leave in the boat, passing by the hostages. Hurley is also told that he can leave and that his job is to tell the people from his side of the island not to ever come to theirs. Jack silently encourages Hurley to go. What's left of the meeting party is given one last (possibly meaningful) look at each other before their heads are covered with hoods again.

Later that night, Claire asks Charlie what happened "out there", but he doesn't seem to take her seriously, stating, "Nothing happened". He appears to be surprised by the Discharge. After examining a wound on Charlie's arm, Claire proceeds to kiss him. We see the Camp of Survivors preparing for the night, unbeknownst to them the full events of the day.

Hey, it's that guy that killed those people!
("I swear to God, Michael. You murder one more person, and we're taking your gun away.")

The scene suddenly switches to a landscape of snowy peaks in blizzard conditions. We come to focus on two Portuguese-speaking men in a small shelter with equipment and clothes hanging from lines. When playing a game of chess, one of them suddenly notices their computer beeping and a message on screen, reading ">\ 7418880 Electromagnetic Anomaly Detected". They seem to have witnessed it before, as one of them is shouting "That's it, isn't it? We missed it again" The other guy forces him to "make the call". He picks up a yellow telephone and dials a number.

We then see a bedroom table on which is a picture of Desmond and Penny. A woman awakes and picks up the phone and the researcher says "Miss Widmore. It's us...I think we found it."

Well, there you go. I'm sure you all read that; I know I did. Let's move on. Some of this information has been mined from producer interviews and used without permission. Come and get me, nerds; I'll be waiting for you.

THE NUMBERS.

Hey, it's Tom!
(Santa Claus in June.)

1 - It goes without saying that this season of Lost is going to be different. When I say "different," I mean "it might annoy people and question the judgment of the producers." This is expected, as with a show as fan-obsessed as Lost, any changes in the formula will be met with disapproving clucks, as nerds like me will talk at length about how they could make the show better if they (I) were in charge.

There are going to be new castaways, new Others, new flashbacks and new storylines. The mythology of the show will take a backseat to the more soap-opera and character-driven plots of the series. Sure, there will be sex, violence and bewildering smash-cuts, but trust me, it's going to be different. My opinion was that the Interactive Lost Game that ran during the summer was a way to wring out the last few drops of the DHARMA mystery, in order to focus more on new characters and less sci-fi.

Some people might like this (Mr. Eko? Yay!). Most people won't (Ana Lucia? Boo!). There will still be more mysteries and cliffhangers than any other show on TV, but I honestly don't expect to get too many answers to some of the weirder happenings on the island. What's new?

Season Two was all about the hatch, and the constant mysteries within. This season's mystery will revolve around the Others' association with the island. While I don't think anything will ever match that feeling of "What in the hell?" that Season Two gave us, I still think there are plenty of things left to be revealed to keep us calm and quiet.

2 - This has been discussed to death, but we should talk about the way ABC has decided to air Season Three. Apparently, the network and the producers listened to the "No more reruns!" pleas of their audience and worked out a compromise. The good news is that this season will be rerun-free; but the downside is a huge, 3-month gap in between episodes 6 and 7.

The first 6 episodes will run as sort of a mini-series, bridging the gap between Season Two and the remainder of Season Three. The writers claim that almost all of the lingering Season Two mysteries will be solved by the end of Episode 6, which is another clue that Season Three will ultimately send the series into a new direction and attempt to "burn the bridges" of their previous work.

After episode 6, Lost is off the air for the entire Winter. During that time, we can spend time with loved ones, celebrate Christmas and clean out the basement. Once Lost returns in early 2007, we'll get 17 straight episodes, with no repeats.

Again, there will be no reruns this year. Don't send me e-mails asking if there's a new episode on. They're all new.

Hey, it's WAAAALLLLLT!
(WAAAAAALLLLLLT!)

3 - At this point in the show, some critics and fans have grown concerned that Lost has been making up too much of the story as they go, but during a recent interview, Carlton Cuse remarked that, "We have an endpoint for the show, we have an overarching mythology for the show," though within that, "there's a lot of room for improvisation, to try to keep it organic and reacting to what we see on screen."

Damon Lindelof then insisted, "We never ask a question on the show if we don't have an answer for it," but pointed out the Michael/Jin storyline as an example of altering something due to the actors; in this case, they had originally intended Michael and Jin to remain enemies all first season, but the chemistry between the actors led them to change the storyline so that they became friends.

Lindelof talked about the show having what he saw as a logical endpoint, and balancing that with the network likely wanting the show to go on for several years, saying, "We have four, maybe five awesome seasons planned out, and after that we'd have to start tap dancing, which is something we don't want to do," and pondered telling the network, "Fine, you can do more episodes of Lost, but we won't have anything to do with that." Ultimately, Lindelof observed, "The reality of ending it on our own terms is unrealistic, so we have to work around that."

4 - When asked about the fact that each season only seems to cover just a few weeks of time, Lindelof responded with, "You're making a basic assumption that they've been there as long as they think they've been there," and hinted that perception may be changed in Season Three.

This makes a lot of sense to me. The castaways shouldn't trust their watches or even the setting sun, for that matter. They might have been on this island a lot longer than they think, which might account for Walt's growth or the fact that Sun already had her baby.

That was a joke. Sun's baby is going to look a lot like me, though. Bank on it.

5 - The producers also spoke of writing the characters with the actors in mind, and how Terry O'Quinn's dissatisfaction with Locke's role last season became reflected as Locke became increasingly frustrated pushing the button in the hatch. Lindelof recounted O'Quinn saying, "I want a knife in my hand, and to kill stuff!," and then added, "You'll get your knife back, John Locke."

This is good news for me. John Locke in Season One was the coolest guy in the freaking world.

6 - There is a strong implication that an underwater hatch might exist, and that it might be explored this season. The producers say the hieroglyphics on the timer translate to "underworld."

7 - The monster will be a part of Season Three, as will the polar bear. People are asking what happened to the polar bear, so we will be doing some polar bear stories. Also, the smoke creature and the "security system" are one in the same.

All these unanswered letters to Santa...
("Dear Penthouse Forum. I never thought I'd be writing to you, but...")

8 - In Season Three, we will understand the real ramifications of Desmond activating the failsafe and what that did. The central issue of Season Three will be what did happen. The island was visible afterwards, but only for an instant. It was also visible for an instant on 9/22/04 when the plane crashed.

9 - The foot statue represents the history and archeology of the island. Season Three will explore what happened on the island before Dharma arrived in the late 70's and who was there.

10 - Lindleof says, "Libby's got this mysterious backstory, of which we've only given you the tip of the iceberg. We know she's spent some time in the mental institution with Hurley, and the idea of killing her before she had an opportunity to explain how she got there... we have a master plan for how we're going to tell that story, but it's all posthumous. You'll start to learn Libby's moves through flashbacks over the course of the next season."

Interesting. Let's move on to the preview. Spoilers ahoy!

THE PREVIEW.

Season 3 - Episode 1: "A Tale of Two Cities." (Jack-centric)
Wednesday, October 4, 2006


Jack freaks 'oot. Again.
(Jack does his best Mime routine to impress the Others.)

4 - Desmond, Locke and Eko are (obviously) okay. We'll find out what happened to them, but not right away. Much like the opening of Season Two, that question will be answered in episodes 2 and 3. The main point of the premiere is the captivity of Jack, Kate and Sawyer.

8 - In Jack's flashbacks, he suspects his wife is having an affair with his dad. As long as I get to see more scenes with Jack and his dad fighting, I'm a happy guy.

Sawyer's in jail. Again.
("You can't lock me up! Don't you know how sexy I am?")

15 - We will begin to find out exactly what the castaways are up against with the Others. How long they've been around and what they intend to do with them, for starters.

16 - Desmond will be naked in this episode. Mark my words. I think the explosion might have blown his pants clear off.

Henry freaks me right the hell out. Again.
(Henry Gale's MySpace photo. Funniest caption ever.)

23 - Desmond and (fake) Henry Gale are signed on for the entire season as cast regulars, so expect to see flashback episodes concerning them, along with continued interaction with the main cast.

42 - Speaking of the main cast, expect to see the return of Boone, Shannon and Libby within the first 6 episodes.

I'm tingling with anticipation. Thanks for reading the Season Three Preview. The very first LOST FRIDAY of the season is next week, and I promise it will be much better than this.

Sound off in the comments section or send me an e-mail at communistdance@yahoo.com. If you want to make a donation or buy some great CDP swag, check the links at the top of the page. Cheers.

Comments:
The 3 best moments from The Office last night:

Michael: "Toby represents everything that's wrong with the paper business today."

Dwight: "Why do they call him the Bus?" (in reference to Jerome Bettis)

Michael: "Because he's afraid to fly."

And let's not forget the ending with the blacklight.
 
I tried to call last night, I missed the final minute of the office.
 
I'll call you tonight.

The ending was hilarious. Dwight and Michael were in their hotel room when Michael turned on the blacklight. Needless to say, the room lit up like a Christmas tree.
 
Ooh!!!! I can't wait!!!!!
 
Neither can I. Let's do this thing, already!
 
"Dwight got a Hooker!!"
 
Michael was so tragic in this episode. I don't know about you, but I find him funny because I can completely relate.

I mean, who hasn't thrown a party that nobody came to? Who hasn't questioned their own worth after being abandoned? Who hasn't lost a paper airplane flying contest?
 
Now my house has two toasters.
 
Just moved and having internet issues at my house... we're stealing from the neighbors, moved the computer, and can't get a signal in the basement.

I'm engaged!
 
Stanley = The Manley.

RJ, you're engaged? Good for you! Do I know the lady in question?
 
Really nice round-up! Good information without being too spoilery.

36 hours left until the life I managed to develop over the summer once again gets locked in a dark closet with a jar of ranch dressing during new LOST episodes.

...alright, you got me, I never really had a life to begin with.

::cries::
 
Yep. Summer is when we pretend to have lives outside of Lost.

It's filler, mostly.
 
No, you do not know said lady... let it be known that she rocks. The tentative date is October 27 next year.

With the assistance of a several USB extension cables, I can now steal internet from my neighbors again. Suckers.
 
I can do the wedding, if you want. Your folks would love that.
 
I would suggest it, but every suggestion I've had has been shot down. Of course, my only real suggestion was that it be a heavy metal theme... Get Whitesnake to play, and I could have an "Iron Maiden of Honor". Plus, I can grow a mullet.
 
"I would suggest it, but every suggestion I've had has been shot down."

It's always good to start the relationship off on the right foot.
 
It's just good to know who's in charge beforehand.
 

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