Star Trek director/producer JJ Abrams is probably best known as the co-creator of the mysterious hit series Lost. After a much too long hiatus the show is back tonight kicking off its fourth season with an episode co-written by Lost co-creator (and Star Trek producer) Damon Lindelof.
2 hour LOST event
Before the premiere kicks off at 9PM, ABC is running a one hour ‘clip show’ which should refresh you on where we are at, and how many of the islands mysteries are still unsolved. Here is the official ABC description of the two hours of LOST:
“LOST: Past, Present & Future” will explore the series in a way that will bring new viewers up to date — but which current viewers will also find illuminating – in anticipation of the fourth season premiere episode. The special will take an in-depth look at the mysteries of both the island and its inhabitants and recap the secrets that have been revealed, as well as those that remain unanswered.
In the season premiere episode, “The Beginning of the End,” feeling that their rescue is close at hand, the survivors don’t know whether to believe Charlie’s final message that the people claiming to liberate them are not who they seem to be. The band of friends, family, enemies and strangers must continue to work together against the cruel weather and harsh terrain if they want to stay alive. But as they have discovered during their 90-plus days on the island, danger and mystery loom behind every corner, and those they thought could be trusted may turn against them. Even heroes have secrets.
More Lost Trek connections.
Abrams and Lindelof are not the only two who are attached to both Lost and the new Star Trek movie. Bryan Burk (who jumped into our chat last week) is an executive producer on both. Also pulling double duty are composer Michael Giacchino, editor Mary Jo Markey, and casting director April Webster.
WGA strike and Lost
The original plan for Lost was to run for 3 more 16 episode seasons kicking off in January for the next three years. Each season would run straight with no repeats. However by the time the WGA strike hit last fall, Abrams Bad Robot team had only finished eight episodes. Let’s hope that the strike ends soon and they can finish off the rest of season 4 before the show takes an unintended mid-season hiatus.
The two hour LOST event airs THURSDAY, JANUARY 31 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. Lost is also back tonight in Canada on CTV (also 8:00 PM). If you miss the episode it will be available on ABC.com by Friday. In the UK you will have to wait until Sunday at 9PM on SkyOne. And in Australia you will have to wait until February 7th at 9:30 on Seven.
For a spoilerific review of tonight’s episode, goto UGO (if you don’t want to be spoiled…they gave it an ‘A+’)