Spoiling Season Five #04

The fifth season premiere of Lost is now less than two weeks away. The drool that I am drooling in anticipation is getting so thick and so persistent that a visit to the doctor might be in order. Perhaps they can wire my jaw shut or something. Because, seriously, when I’m not drooling thinking about how close it is, I’m picking my jaw up off of the floor. The sheer awesomeness of the spoilers leaking out at this point… Man!!!

If you can stomach some teasing, won’t you join me below the fold?

How far would you go?

The promo that surfaced near year’s end centered around the tagline “How far would you go?”. It featured clips of Sayid strangling somebody, Desmond abandoning Penny, and Kate on the run with Aaron. And what occurs to me every time I watch it is that the stakes are so high now.

Some people out there already know exactly just how high the stakes will be in the first two episodes. ABC put them online for critics to see, and the reviews came fast and furious. I haven’t read too many of them myself because, while I love spoilers, I’m not a big fan of reviews. Spoilers are, generally, unbiased. Reviews, I always feel, are trying to tell me how to experience something. And that I don’t like.

That said, the review offered up by the New York Post was one that I couldn’t avoid. It promised that “the big secret [was] out” and I had to see just what they were talking about. It turns out that, as expected, they didn’t really have a clue. “At bottom,” the reviewer wrote, “‘Lost’ is about time travel.” Um, no shit, Sherlock. If people haven’t figured that out by now, I feel sorry for them.

The Post did offer this little nugget though, which I found interesting:

Without revealing details, the remote island so integral to the lives of the castaways is home to what a very important scientist on the show calls “virtually unlimited power.” And the “power” has been harnessed, quite haphazardly, for time travel.

As far as an official description goes, ABC gave us this:

THE REMAINING SURVIVORS START TO FEEL THE EFFECTS CAUSED BY THE ISLAND BEING MOVED, AND JACK AND BEN BEGIN THEIR QUEST TO REUNITE THE OCEANIC 6 - ALONG WITH LOCKE’S BODY - IN ORDER TO RETURN TO THE ISLAND, ON THE SEASON PREMIERE OF ABC’S “LOST”

Evangeline Lilly says:

I want to say to viewers to be very patient because the first part of the season 5 is complicated. It’s again a puzzle where you’ll learn about characters by small parts to small parts. In the second part of the season 5, your patience will be rewarded.

And Jorge Garcia, when prodded by Kate Beckinsale, offered this:

Well, Kate, catch the two-hour season premiere January 21. Jorge Garcia (Hurley) tells me his character starts out where he left off: on the run with Sayid, having fled the Santa Rosa mental hospital. In the second hour, Hurley takes center stage, reuniting with [REDACTED] and his dad. In early February, he appears with Jack and Ben. Later in the season, expect him to bond with mysterious Miles (Ken Leung). “We may have a similar gift,” Jorge says of Hurley’s ability to talk to the dead. Tragically, there will soon be a new corpse to communicate with amongst the cast.

Last, but not least, we have the thoughts of Michael Emerson (Ben):

Q: Headed to the new season will we get any new clues as to who Ben is and what he wants?
What is his uber-purpose? I think in a year we are gonna have this same convo. The answer to who and what Ben is part of the answer to the whole thing. It will continue to be reconceptualized. Ben’s past, his future. I think this is question that will be answered in the last three episodes.

I don’t know about you, dear reader, but all of this has me pumped. I can’t wait to see what the Powers That Be have cooked up for us.

Two weeks, people!!!