Will I be lost without 'Lost?' Coming to terms with the beginning of the end
As I mentioned on Monday, I'm excited/stressed out/freaked out that "Lost" returns for its sixth and final season next Tuesday at 9 p.m. on ABC. I can't wait to see the two-hour season premiere but once the premiere is over, I know there will only be 16 hours of the show left. Cue the "24" theme music because the clock is definitely ticking. As glad as I am that the show is ending while I'm still in love with it, I'm not ready to say goodbye.
There are so many questions - from the four toed-statue to the nefarious black smoke to Jacob's seemingly epic battle with the man in black to who is John Locke now (is he the man in black or is that too simple of an explanation?) to why doesn't Richard Alpert age and how does he have such amazing eyelashes, the list goes on and on.
So far, ABC, the producers and the cast have been on lockdown. They haven't even shown new footage shown in the promos for the season premiere. That ended today when the opening minutes of the premiere leaked on line. (I don't want to tempt you but it's very easy to find if you look for it). Here's what we do know, the premiere is called "LAX" which certainly seems to imply that Juliet's detonation of the hydrogen bomb was successful. We also know that many familiar faces return for a final (black) swan song on the show.
The executive producers have said that some questions will remain unanswered and that not everything will be wrapped up in a nice tidy island parting gift by the time the show says goodbye. Since answering each and every question seems like a nearly impossible task, I totally get that. But I would like to review what I need to see before the show says goodbye:
1.A Sun and Jin reunion. Jin's "death" at the end of season four was devastating. I think you all remember how I carried on about it. And I've been patiently waiting for the show to reunite the two characters I care the most about. I'll already have my tissues ready, "Lost" just needs to provide the reunion.
2. Sawyer and Juliet end up together. Who knew I would become so engrossed with their love story? But I am. Could care less about Jack and Kate, but I need to know that somehow Sawyer and Juliet are still a couple. Yes I know Juliet is presumably dead but I'm in a Jin-like denial on this one (and let's remember that's a denial that was successful) so work with me not against me on this one.
3. What is the deal with Jack and Claire's father? Throughout the years, he just kept popping up. I need to understand this. Actually, I need to understand why all the characters have such major issues with their parents and for the most part have nasty parents. Is that why they were chosen by Jacob to survive the crash? Is that why they were chosen for the battle between Jacob and the man in black?
4. A Claire and Aaron reunion. Kate did go all the way back to the island to look for Claire. It would be nice to think that this leads to a reunion between mother and son.
What do you need to see before "Lost" ends its run? Talk about it below.
An important and fun link
My friend Mo Ryan at the Chicago Tribune is auctioning off some of the terrific TV swag that she's collected over the years to benefit victims of the earthquake in Haiti. You can find great items from "24," "The Shield," "The Simpsons" and more. Check out her auction here.
Where Have I Seen Them Before?
Ray Abruzzo was Wibberly, the man from medical school House switched papers with on "House." He's been on a ton of TV shows but I always think of him as Detective Michael McGuire on "The Practice" and Little Carmine on "The Sopranos."
Lee recognized John Gries as Martin, the former hunter turned mental patient on "Supernatural." Gries was Ben's father Roger Linus on "Lost" last season and he was Broots on "The Pretender."
Ryan recognized Sean Maher as Aaron Cooper, the brother of the dead man on "Human Target." Maher was Dr. Simon Tan on "Firefly" and we just saw him last week as the mayoral aide who was really a radical environmental activist on "The Mentalist." And I'll always remember him playing Brian Piccolo in the remake of "Brian's Song" and Julia's boyfriend Adam on "Party of Five." Emmanuelle Vaugier was FBI agent Emma Barnes. She was Charlie's ex-fiancee Mia on "Two and a Half Men," Nicki on "One Tree Hill," and Dr. Helen Bryce during the second season of "Smallville" (remember she dated Lex?) From what I understand (and the show certainly implied), we'll be seeing more of her.
Eddie McClintock was Ted's brother on "Better Off Ted." He's currently Pete on "Warehouse 13" and you also may remember he played Hank, P.J.'s boyfriend on "My Boys" and Special Agent Tim Sullivan, Brennan's boyfriend on "Bones." Rick Hoffman was the head of the charitable foundation. Hoffman was Samantha's boss Chase on "Samantha Who?," Patrick on "Jake in Progress," and Jerry on "The Bernie Mac Show."
Dennis recognized a slew of familiar faces on "Castle." Rick Gonzalez was the squatter with hard-to-believe tale. Gonzalez was Ben on "Reaper." Jack McGee was the editor of the paper. McGee was Chief Jerry Reilly on "Rescue Me." Senta Moses was one of the people who went on vacation and realized a squatter had been there while she was away. Moses was the overly enthusiastic Lizzi on "Greek" and Delia Fisher on "My So-Called Life."
That was Keegan Connor Tracy as the radio station boss on "Life Unexpected." Tracy was Jeanne on "Battlestar Galactica," Diane on "Jake 2.0" and for some reason I always remember her as Audrey on "Beggars and Choosers." Don't get too attached to Tracy though. Soon there will be another radio station manager played by Erin Karpluk, otherwise known as Erica on "Being Erica."
Sandy recognized Sarah Drew as the teenager who gets possessed by a demon on "Supernatural." We all know Drew as Hannah on "Everwood" but she was also April, the intern who was fired on "Grey's Anatomy" this season, Kitty Romano on "Mad Men" and we just saw her as Suzy Pepper on "Glee," the high school student who had a crush on Will. Surely at this point, Drew belongs in my "deserves her own show" file.
Quotes of the Week
"When you watch 'Star Wars' what side do you root for?" Dr. House to the psychopath patient on "House." Thanks to Mark for the quote.
"Bored now." Casey on "Chuck." Thanks to Mary Kay for the quote. Mary Kay liked this quote because the thought it was a sly reference to "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."
"That's it? If I would have known you were that cheap, I would have bribed you myself." Neal to Peter on "White Collar" when Peter told Neal a judge offer him a quarter of million dollar bribe. Thanks to Sandy for the quote.
Exchanges of the Week
"So I took your advice and did the whole tourist thing. I went to the museum and it was amazing. They have a Guardian 8T Security System. I've only seen those in books. And the motion detector, gorgeous! Six digital receptors...Six!" Parker to Hardison on "Leverage."
"What about the paintings?" Hardison to Parker.
"What about them?" Parker to Hardison. Thanks to Sandy for the exchange.
Ask TV Gal
What's going on with "Flash Forward?" Is it returning soon? Ever? And why haven't the programming geniuses at ABC figured out that long hiatuses for new shows is the kiss of death (see "Life On Mars")? Dex
"FlashForward" returns on Thursday, March 18 at 8 p.m. But I agree with you Dex, ABC is taking a big risk by taking the show off the air for all these months. It definitely doesn't seem to be the way to maintain viewers. People move on to the next shiny show. I'm definitely concerned.
That's all for today. I'm back on Monday to talk about "The Office," "30 Rock," "Grey's Anatomy," "Private Practice," "Project Runway" and more. Have a question? Seen a familiar face? Want to nominate a quote of the week or a topic for discussion? Write me at email@example.com or follow me on Twitter. Have a great weekend. Talk to you on Monday.
Amy Amatangelo, TV Gal