Lost in Translation: Season Five Begins

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LOST returned last night, unleashing a three hour juggernaut that came out swinging hard. Normally I’m not much of a fan of recap shows, but LOST outdid itself with this one, making it compelling, informative, and humorous. The producers of the show, Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof, have proven time and time again that they are worthy spokesmen and champions of LOST. Witty, charming, and sometimes exasperating, the duo known as Team Darlton delivered a perfect opener to season five. As good as the recap episode was, however, the real reason we showed up was for the season premiere, so let’s get to it.

“Because You Left” established itself from the onset that season five was brushing aside any notions that this show is for the casual viewer or part time fan. Playtime’s over kids. LOST is for the hardcore fanboys and girls now. Go back to your formulamatic nighttime faux soap dramas and inane sitcoms and leave the rest of us alone to get our geek on and raise our freak flag from the rooftop.

The one-two punch of “Because You Left” and “The Lie” were filled with those little bits of magic and wonder that keep the water coolers buzzing with OMGs and WTFs. Chang/Candle/Halliwax did his best Desmond imitation and set the tone, eventually showing up in the UnderOrchid to make sure everyone was square with where we were headed. Time Travel is the Soup du Jour, and to cement it for us they even dropped UberNerd Danny Faraday down there in the Land of the Frozen Donkey Wheel, hammering it home to all of us that we’re in for a wild ride.

Look, it’s still early in the season with lots to look forward to in the coming weeks, and I suspect that if you’re reading this blog then you’re a LOST fanatic and scouring the internet for reports by Doc Jensen over at Entertainment Weekly and all the shenanigans to be found over at Dark UFO… so you’ll forgive me if I’m going to skip the blow by blow and the endless parade of “wasn’t it cool when…” moments.

Yes, shirtless Sawyer bitch slapping Danny Boy and threatening to do the same to Ginger was timeless.

Sayid as UberSpy/Assassin is always cool.

Ben playing with a new set of off-island Others… intriguing.

Yes, Sun going all Dark Phoenix is alluring, but let’s cut to the chase, shall we? What was last night’s money shot?

Well for me, it came in two parts.

Part One: Daniel Faraday confronting Desmond in the Hatch and telling him to seek out his mother at Oxford.

Part Two: Ben paying a visit to the cowl wearing Ms. Hawking, deep in her underground lair filled with cryptic mathematical equations and a pendulum mapping out who knows what. Well, actually, it’s undoubtedly mapping out the location of the island, but you get the point.

From Hawking we learn that Ben has a 70 hour window to get the Oceanic Six gathered and ready to once more tumble down the rabbit hole to Wonderland. Not an easy task, to be sure, what with Kate on the run with Aaron in tow, Hurley turning himself over to Johnny Law, and Sayid and Ben’s love affair dashed against the rocks.

70 hours…

Compelling stuff, but that doesn’t answer the two part nature of my above missive.

C’mon… you know where I’m headed with this.

Is there any doubt that Ms. Hawking is Daniel Faraday’s mama?

All in all, a smashing debut to season five. I’m in, hook, line, and proverbial sinker. The LOST creative team has taken the show to all new heights and promises even greater things to come. There are plenty of mysteries left to be unravelled, but unlike past seasons, there does appear to be an end in sight…

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4 Responses to “Lost in Translation: Season Five Begins”

  1. I loved it, for sure. I’m like you, I don’t usually care for recap shows, but this one was as entertaining as watching an entirely new episode. Future Wednesday night entries are bound to disappoint to some extent because…they’re only an hour (and a LOT less with commercials). That hour always goes by way too fast.

  2. cairnwood Says:

    I agree, Mark. Way too fast.

  3. Interesting

    A statue made of similar material to the foot was seen from the back by Sawyer, Jin, Juliet and Miles following the flash that occurred as Locke was descending the well to turn the frozen wheel. It is unknown if this statue is the same as the ruins previously seen by Sayid. The statue carries two ankhs, or “cross of life” in each hand. The ankh is an immortality and fertility symbol.(“LaFleur”)

  4. cairnwood Says:

    Solow!!!

    Nice to see you stop by David. You’re quite right about the statue. In my blog on LaFleur I wax philosophical on its likelihood of being representative of Anubis.

    We, of course, will see how things play out.

    Thanks for stopping in. I miss chatting with my favorite curmudgeon.

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