In one of the most highly anticipated premieres of the year, Lost finally returned. And as usual, having a Lost recap of the two premiere episodes is a little hard to do. Not just because of the plot twists and new mysteries, but because the format is so different this year. A Lost recap now has to take up several different places in time, with no more flashes or character-centric episodes for now. Crafting a Lost recap will be harder to do than ever before this season, but Lost fans should still be able to follow along.
The two episodes served as a litmus test for Lost fans. The hard-core Lost fanatics will instantly understand, or have a good idea, on how the island is skipping through time, the time periods it is going to, and Daniel Faraday’s explanation of time travel rules. Those who aren’t that savvy may be more confused, particularly in the demographic of non-hard core Losties, and those just starting out.
The night begins with another iconic Lost season opening scene, involving the building of the Orchid, Dr. Marvin Candle, and even Daniel Faraday. Time travel is the cause of the island’s disappearance, as it is skips through several time periods of the island’s history.
This allows for the return of Richard, Ethan and the Nigerian drug plane, the rebuilding of the hatch, a fire attack, and the violent end to an annoying background character. It even allows Daniel and Desmond to meet again on the island.
To best understand the time travel parts of the episodes, it may be best to go over some past Lost recaps. “The Constant” introduced Daniel and Desmond’s connection, and first laid the ground rules for how time travel works. “Flashes Before Your Eyes” a Desmond episode from Season Three, also laid the ground work on how time can’t be changed – and is referenced in another shocking fashion to end the night.
In the real world portion of the episodes Jack and Ben begins their team up, Sun begins her own agenda to kill Ben, Kate fleeing with Aaron after finding out someone knows they’re not related, and Hurley having to care for an injured Sayid.
Hurley’s adventures, and pressure to keep up the Oceanic 6’s lie, take up much of the second episode “The Lie.” This makes the second episode an easier to digest one than the first, but proves less effective overall. Ultimately, Hurley makes things more difficult for the Oceanic 6’s return, and lays a wrench into Ben’s plan to get them back – which has to happen within three days.
The return of Lost has new controversial and mind bending elements, but also has more traditional Lost thrills like Sayid’s killing skills, Hurley’s comedy, Ben’s schemes, Daniel’s cryptic knowledge, Kate on the run, and Locke at the center of it all. The more things change on Lost, the more they somehow stay the same.
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