Lost is Back Tonight

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.

ABC promo

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+’)

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With Life Like Hair and Beard

Weeeee!

With Life Like Hair and Beard

Actually I’ve never watched the show. I just wanted to say wee.

Namaste bitch! Lost is 21st century Trek. Weeee!

Allister Gourlay

in the UK the season premier is on Sky One 3rd Ffeb at 9pm – multi start…

whhooo hooooo! only 4 days after our cousins in the USA!

With Life Like Hair and Beard

#3
I’m sure it’s super cool, I just haven’t seen it. I don’t watch that much TV.

Ahmed Abdo

I can’t wait to see season 4, I’ve been a fan of Lost since the very first episode back in 2004.

I CAN”T WAIT. I am out here stuck in the great sandbox known as a IRAQ on a tour of duty with the military, but will get a chance to watch all the episodes until I leave, sans commercials. TAKE THAT BIIIIITTTCHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

okey, so too many H’s, but can a man be faulted for his enthusiasm

Dab

Looking forward to it. Watched the last episode of last season last night (whew), just to catch up. It had been so long since I had seen it originally, I had forgotten about it. :)

Remember, however, there are three more contracted seasons (including the one premiering tonight) to go, so don’t expect many answers, regardless of what the teaser spots promise. LOL

Captain Presley

7. TJ Trek

Thank you for your service. God bless, and may the wind be at your back.

Stanky McFibberich

Too bad it does not stay lost.

CanuckLou

Awesome! Can’t wait. My favourite show on TV right now. Between this and BSG that’s all I really watch.

Trek Nerd Central

#1, #3, #5.

Well, you’d better start. It’s the best show on television, maybe ever (excepting, you know, that Star Trek thing). Go back and watch it from episode 1 of season 1, and you’ll be hooked. Or just check out the 8-minute series recap online at abc.com, which is as hilarious as it is informative.

But be warned: Once you do start watching, your life as you know it is OVER. Highly addictive.

Also, the show is dotted with Trek references. . . and I *still* maintain that the whole thing (besides being a riff on the lost tribes of Israel) might have been inspired by “Shore Leave.” Anyone else ever notice the parallels? Dead and/or fictional characters and/or horses conjured from people’s imaginations. . . ?

last o' the timelords

LOST from the start reminded me of the DS9 episode where there crew turned out to be in tubes and hypnotized into thinking it was real. Locke’s remarkable healing made me think of that as the giveaway.

These days I think they are winging it from season to season which is much more fun anyway.

Babylon 5 always knew where it would end. I don’t think JJ Abrams expected LOST to run past its first season and had no such plan.

British Naval Dude

Lost be the feeling ya get when ya watch it…

Sorry, haven’t seen it since the first or maybe 2nd season… glad you folk enjoy it. It does look like a stand-out show for tv.

I end up watching stuff like “Lovejoy” all tha time… oh, and speaking of being lost, I tend to watch a lotta “Voyager” re-runs which I have no control over watching… they’re like me drinking, once ya have a few minutes under your belt, ya keep watching more and more of it despite knowing it be bad for ya…

arrrr….

AJ

Hurrying through Season 3…

Though I spoiled myself with the “Lost in 8:15” (which is on ITunes as well, gratis).

Dr. Image

Well they had better start coughing up some things to advance the story or I’m done with it. Less soap-operatic repetition would help.
They gotta realize, people have little or no attention spans these days, and I’m running out of patience.
Also, they’ve been coming very close to jumping the shark on many levels.
Hope they realize THAT, too.

bill hiro

Two news items dealing with non-Star Trek projects by producers of a Star Trek movie that hasn’t been released yet. That’s really not what I expect on TrekMovie.com.

sean

#16

Wait, so they should start catering the show to people with short attention spans? I certainly hope not, being a card-carrying member of the Reasonable Attention Span Society.

Lost does have a tendancy to drift a bit in mid-season, but as I understand it that’s part of why they’ve now shortened the season down to 16 episodes instead of the typical 22-24. In fact, that’s usually the # (6-8) of episodes that meander (in my mind).

Lost always reminds me of The Prisoner, which I suppose is why I like it.

Dr. Image

#18 NO- they should do what they have to do to STAY ON THE AIR.

British Naval Dude

18 arrrr… maybe Patrick McGoohan can guest star and say “I had thought this was another Columbo episode… I mean it’s always ‘just one more thing’ here…”

Fansince9

I have to be at work at 7 tomorrow, and Lost comes on at 10:00. Think that’s going to keep me away from the tv? Now way, man!

CmdrR

Anyone else remember “Danger Island” from The Banana Splits series? Lost is starting to feel a lot like that. I hope they kill off Ratboy Ben soon, and often.

sean

#19

NO, they shouldn’t. That’s how shows turn into garbage. I’d rather it be cancelled while it’s still good.

NEED MORE JACOB.

(help me……………………..)

The Vulcanista

Who the *hell* is in that coffin???

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

The Vulcanista

And thanks, Anthony, for the “Lost” thread!

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

The Vulcanista

#17

So Anthony’s spamming his own site?

Let’s face it; anything JJ *is* Trek related right now. :)

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

sean

#25

I think it’s either Walt or Locke.

Michael Hall

“Well, you’d better start. It’s the best show on television, maybe ever (excepting, you know, that Star Trek thing).”

No. HBO’s “The Sopranos,” “Deadwood,” “Six Feet Under,” and “The Wire” are all more consistent in quality than “Lost,” which has been wildly uneven of late, especially in its third season. Even Sci-Fi’s “Battlestar Galactica” as uneven as it’s been, is more consistent in quality than “Lost,” overall. But I’ll agree that when “Lost” is on its game–which it thankfully was on its last season finale–it’s as good as anything on television.

Radioactive Spock

I need to know what the heck is up with that island. the strange magnetic anomoly. the monster. the wierd 3 toed statue. great show!

– It’s a good show…i can’t wait to see the influence of Lost’s producers over Star Trek..This are two very different shows…

Absoroka

Jacob is Jack’s Father, it makes the most sense. The coffin with his body was empty. He has been in almost all the flashbacks with the other survivors. He has traveled a great deal. Why was Ben stricken with a ailment that was Jack’s specialty to heal, as well as Jack’s Father? It could all be some sort of test for Jack and the other survivors, perhaps that is why it was not time for them to leave. The unfinished results was Jacks mental anguish.

I don’t care for too many of today’s programs (other then Shat’s very funny Denny Crane) but LOST is one of the best I have ever seen. The only other shows I have liked as much was of course Star Trek, ST TNG, and Magnum PI (which I hear is slated to be a movie with all new people). Again another Led Zep cover band trying to pass for the real thing. Sorry all, I’m still dwelling on that topic.

The Truth

Lost sucks. The Wire is better.

CaptainMesser

I hate lost, its the mini-series trying to be a show. It goes on and on and on….

#7

Just like to say thanks for your service. I don’t know what your day is like over in IRAQ but if you have access to a computer check out Lostpedia.com, a great site with lots of Lost info.

I can’t recommend this show more highly. It’s a perfect way for you to decompress when you get State side. Until then just know that we support YOU and want this whole damn thing to come to an end.

Thanks again TJ TREK and we’ll see you at the movies!

Trek Nerd Central

#30. Oh, I love The Sopranos. I didn’t love every season equally, but that was a mesmerizing show. I’ve just become seriously fixated on Lost.

The Vulcanista

#37

Have you seen all the eps yet? This could get spoiler-y in here if you’re not into that. :)

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

CanuckLou

Well that was a heck of a start to the season. Hurley ruled tonight and his fate as part of the Oceanic 6 is pretty grim.

Best laugh out moment – Ben asking Jack for permission to go with Locke.

The Vulcanista

Wow! Just saw it. Will type at y’all tomorrow when you Left-Coasters have had a chance to see it. And yes, lotsa more questions! ;)

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

The Vulcanista

Saddest moment: Right after Hurley’s cannonball.

That’s all I’ll say.

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

Xai

Loved it…

Just ended a half hour ago out West, and wow, what a kick-off.

#41: yes, definitely the saddest moment. Although Hurley’s exchange with Claire was a close second. :-(

exactly what i thought.. happiness is ending for you now Hurley.

and i still wonder.. who was in the coffin? i’m leaning towards Locke or Hurley now. though Ben is an eternal potential.

Trek Nerd Central

#38. Thank you, that’s kind to look out for me, but I’ve seen every last one!

#7: TJ, I assume you’ll be home in time for the movie.

Keep your head down–be safe! I will be taking my turn in Afghanistan come late March.

Pinky

I hope the flash-forwards grow on me, because they are NOT working super well for me at this point.

Pinky

#17 agreed.

The Vulcanista

#44

Rooting for Ben in the coffin, but I think it’s probably Locke.

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

The Vulcanista

#47

Just curious: What didn’t you like about the flash-forwards?

I don’t see a whole lot of distinction between flash-forwards and the flashbacks. Same concept, different temporal direction.

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|