On May 31, 2008, an island vanished into nothingness. About 20 minutes later, Lost vanished from television screens, its fourth season finally over. Lost fanatics had to wait eight months to see it, and the disappeared island again. Some passed the time by watching reruns and going over the billions of Lost clues once more. In my case, I wrote an entire book “Lost Episode Guide For Others” that summed up those clues. But tonight, new clues will finally be answered as Lost Season 5 begins.
Season 5, according to producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, is the year of time travel and Sawyer. Tonight, the mystery of what happened to the island after Ben Linus turned “the frozen donkey wheel” is answered. Whatever it is, it has something to do with time travel, and will be explained in technical jargon by physicist Daniel Faraday.
While the island goes through time and space, Sawyer will be taking charge of those left behind in Season 5, shirt or no shirt. Meanwhile, John Locke finally takes command of the Others, though not for long.
But Lost Season 5 will also be dealing with those off the island, who get to stay in one time for now. The Oceanic 6 must return to the island in Season 5 to restore stability somehow, and save those left behind. However, that is easier said than done, as all things on Lost are.
Jack Shepherd will finally shave his future beard and begin the long road back to being a stable leader again. Kate will continue to look out for herself and her “son” Aaron. Sun is pursuing her own agenda, possibly with Lost’s current arch-villain Charles Widmore. And Sayid is on the run after breaking Hurley out of a mental institution.
As for Ben Linus, he is once again one step ahead of everything as he is ready to reunite the Oceanic 6 with Jack. But this is bad news for Desmond, as his new life with Penelope Widmore may be cut short if Ben has his way.
And for good measure, the dead body of John Locke – a.k.a. Jeremy Bentham – has to be dragged along too.
Season 5 of Lost will go a full 17 episodes, with few, if any breaks – assuming there are no more strikes. Lindelof and Cuse assure fans that it will not take the full Season 5 for the Oceanic 6 to return.
Not only that, some real Lost answers about time travel, the DHARMA Initiative, Ben and Widmore’s war, and the island’s history may be coming in Season 5.
Tonight, Lost Season 5 premieres with two back-to-back episodes, entitled “Because You Left” and “The Lie” Critics got a sneak peek of those episodes and raved about them, as well as next week’s episode entitled “Jughead.”
After tonight, Lost Season 5 will unfold every Wednesday night at 9 p.m.
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