it’s (almost) the most wonderful time of the year!!!

Dear Beloved Citizens of Dharma-ville,

It has been many months since we last sat around the hatch computer and talked shop. LOST hiatuses are always brutal, and this one is perhaps the most brutal of all because we know what’s coming: the end. There will be 18 more episodes of LOST airing semi-consecutively on Tuesdays at 9PM starting on February 2nd, 2010. Significance of that date? WHY, IT’S GROUNDHOG DAY. And while I tend to believe that the LOST guys ran on the lucky side of coincidence, don’t you think it’s pure serendipitous bliss that the final season will begin on the day of reboots? The day of emerging from a hole and deciding if we will endure more darkness or get the chance to bask in the sun? The day that Bill Murray experienced over and over with the hellish Andi MacDowell?

And with exactly 50 more days to go until the yet-to-be-named episode airs, it’s time to dust off your suitcase of knives and review this summer’s LOST events.

  • ComiCon – San Diego. Darlton were not very forthcoming with too much information for the final season, but provided a choice few snippets of informatio”There’s a good chance you’ll be seeing many characters you haven’t seen since the first season again,” said Damon. This site gives a summary of events, while this site here has embedded links to the three teaser videos that seem to suggest an alternate universe is at work. A last minute appearance was made by Cha-lie himself, Dominic Monoghan, who had a mysterious question written on his hand: Am I Alive? My bets are no, sweetheart, but I’ll love to see your smiling face again in S6. Some HQ video of the entire panel can be found here. Did I also mention that they showed my favorite fan video of ALL TIME at ComiCon? Watch and enjoy.
  • DamonCarltonandaPolarBear.com – Also emerging out of ComiCon was Paul Scheer’s delightful velvet painting of Damon, Carlton and a Polar Bear. WAAAAANT. The site he shouted out to, damoncarltonandapolarbear.com developed into an interesting ARG (Alternate Reality Game) akin (but not equal) The LOST Experience. There have been clues left in cities around the world leading players to websites whose URLs are different quotes from the series: e.g. www.wewerecaughtinanet.com. My beloved Baby Ben even gave the first clues.
  • Limited-Run Posters of Amazing Awesomeness – And out of THAT ARG came a series of posters made by some great artists that love LOST. I’ve posted a few of them below. Unfortunately, they are all sold out at the moment. However, if you are in the L.A. area, the posters are on display at the Gallery 1988 starting tomorrow night through December 24th. Residents of California, I am jealous of you.
  • LOST University – Paul Scheer was not the only one ready to launch a LOST ARG this summer. Abc.com launched LOST University, where courses such as PHI 101: I’m LOST Therefore I Am and PHY 101 Introduction to the Physics of Time Travel are offered to real-life-knowledge-seeking LOSTies. Courses are taught by some UCLA and USC professors on LOST-related topics.  Apparently some videos were revealed, but once I heard LOST U was being exclusively offered through the Bluray DVD of Season 5 (elitists!) then I was kind of turned off. Luckily, the internet is a prime place to make exclusive content free sooner or later, so keep yours ears open on that front. In the meantime, here’s an interesting article from the LA Times about LOST University.
  • The following cast members have confirmed that they WILL be returning to the show in some capacity: Elizabeth Mitchell (Juliet), Ian Somerhalder (Boone), Rebecca Mader (Charlotte), Dominic Monaghan (Charlie), Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond), and Katey Sagal (Helen). Julie Bowen (aka Jack’s ex-wife Sarah) has expressed interest in returning, but nothing from the producers on that. What’s that you ask? Why do you see Desmondo on the above list?
  • Desmond is being demoted to recurring character status while Nestor Carbonell (man of my dreams Richard Alpert) is promoted to series regular. This is a bit of a Sophie’s Choice for me as I’ve always carried a torch for The Man Who Loves His Pennah; however, my #3 MUST BE ANSWERED QUESTION is what is up with The Man Who Wears Eyeliner? If I don’t get a Richard flashback, I may have some sort of psychotic episode. Who’s with me?
  • The first three episode titles of Season 6 have been revealed: LA X (Episode 1); What Kate Does (Episode 2); The Substitute (Episode Three). The season premiere and finale episodes will be two hours each.
  • LOST’s Producers have decided not to show any imagery of Season 6 in any of their Marketing Materials. Instead, they’ve been showing seminal moments from past seasons. There’s currently such a video up on LOST’s show page on the ABC site. That being said, the image below was being displayed at ComiCon:

gang's all here

Notice Senor Locke’s back is turned to us. Notice the silhouettes of almost all the characters. Notice how I may pee my pants with excitement.

Because this is the last season and all, I’ve also decided to ramp things up re: the blog. I’ll still be posting night-of reactions and next-day analysis but I’ll also be live blogging episodes via Twitter. Check me out at http://twitter.com/eyeoftheisland. I’ll be posting links and juicy tidbits that I come across and will be using Twitter to post my live comments during the episodes.

50 days people. Destiny calls!

Namaste!

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