You know what's weird?
Late last night I wrote a really fantastic pre-game look at the Lost season premiere tonight. I saved it, and I went to bed. And this morning, the post was gone. Wiped clean.
I sat here at my computer and mentally retraced my steps. I know I saved it. Could it be that there was a wrinkle in the fabric of time? Or maybe a giant nuclear explosion happened to the "me" of 20 years ago, canceling out my future? Maybe I'm not a blogger at all! OR--and I'm just speculating here--maybe my laptop was sucked into a magic box overnight, teleporting it to, I don't know, Singapore or Antarctica or Ohio. Thinking of all this forces me to draw one very important conclusion:
I need to get out more.
My own ineptitude aside, our beloved Lost returns tonight, and I plan to blog a recap late tonight or tomorrow morning, or whenever the smelling salts kick in. As we Losties prepare ourselves for the mental and emotional vigor awaiting us tonight, let me first pause for a small public service announcement. Every year, as Lost hype peaks, I get several emails from readers asking if they can just jump right in and start watching.
NO. Please don't.
Those of us who have been hanging with Lost from the beginning spend a good bit of time, um, lost. If you were to jump in at this point, you'd have no idea what's going on and you wouldn't enjoy it all. Worse, you'd likely ruin the joy of any future viewing of the series in its entirety. Even as a diehard Lostie, I have to say that I think the best way to watch this series is not live (as I've watched it), but after the fact, via DVD, taking in a season at a time in its back-to-back entirety. It's probably less confusing and more enjoyable. In other words, you non-Losties have an enormous existential treat in front of you if you watch it later, all at once. Don't spoil your fun by tuning in at the tail end now.
Having said that, let me make a few Lost-related predictions, hypotheses, or general wondering-ments:
- I read that the producers have warned that not all fans will be pleased with the series ending. Maybe they're just managing expectations. But they'd better not be setting us up for a conclusion in which none of this ever happened and the plane arrives, like nothing happened, in LAX. I will be inconsolable, I tell you.
- Will we see more of Libby? I've heard the answer is yes. And I hope so, because I've always had some strange hunch that she's an important key in this mystery.
- What about Walt? Will we ever understand his strange powers (remember the dead birds?)
- Keep a sharp eye on the Complicated Fatherhood Issues. It's a recurring theme, and I predict it winds up central to the mystery. Entertainment Weekly expounds on this further.
- If you don't subscribe to ABC's Lost podcast, you're missing a treat. It's not just spoilers and previews--some of this summer's episodes discussed the creative process behind the show. It's fascinating.
- Hubs (a begrudging and eye-rolling Lost fan) has made his prediction for the end of the series. He thinks the last episode will air, completely unsatisfactorily, and there will be a giant head shot of the producers saying "GOTCHA! This was all a giant sociological experiment to see how badly we could confuse America!" Clearly, I didn't marry him for his optimism.
Happy time traveling and nuclear exploding, my Lostie friends!