Oh, joyful night, "Lost" has returned. Let's rewind from the above quote that ends the fabulous season preem, "The Beginning of the End," written by Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse and helmed by Jack Bender.
The seg dives right back into the flash-foward storyline that was so tantalizing in the third season closer. Oblique references, clues, hints and undoubtedly, red herrings, are dropped all over the place. Once again, Messrs. Lindelof and Cuse give us credit for brains and having the dexterity to roll with story developments that we don't have full context for -- yet. "Lost" fans live for the euphoria of discovery, analysis and interpretation, of piecing together the threads and tidbits that the scribes so carefully lay out. None of us are bozos on this bus.
(Other "Lost" addicts are talking about the firecracker of a season premiere over at the Variety Season Pass blog. Head on over.)
After the long drought of the summer, fall and first half of winter, it was absolutely phenomenally cool to see Hurley emerging from the Dukes of Hazzard-looking Camaro after the car-chase sequence. My first guess was that Sawyer was behind the wheel, just because it looked like his kind of car, and his kind of reckless driving. Is there symbolism to the big pile of lemons (note: an eagle-eyed viewer and On the Air reader reports they were actually papayas) in the opening shot that Hurley drives through? Maybe it's like oranges in the "Godfather" movies, a sign of trouble ahead.
First big clue, of course, comes as Hurley hollers "Don't you know who I am? I'm one of the Oceanic 6" as he's being taken into custody after his romp in the Camaro. Then the cop who's interrogating him mentions that he knew Ana Lucia, that she was his partner. Forgive me, "Lost" fanatics, but did we know she was a cop? I honestly can't remember.
As we segue to the island, our heroes look great, in their own sweaty, stubbly, dirty-raggedy way. But here's a "Gilligan's Island" issue: How come the women in the group have a never-ending supply of form-fitting undershirts, and how come they never have a hint of underarm hair? Did they find a stash of Daisy razors somewhere in season one?