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question of the day: Will you watch ‘Lost’ when it returns in February?

The beginning of the beginning of the end for Lost, um, began yesterday with the announcement of the debut date for the final season: February 2, 2010. As Michael Ausiello at EW’s The Ausiello Files notes, 02022010 does sound like another puzzle number the show’s gonna throw at us.

He goes on to name those characters who will get top billing in the final season, according to ABC:

Naveen Andrews (Sayid), Nestor Carbonell (Richard), Emilie de Ravin (Claire), Michael Emerson (Ben), Jeff Fahey (Frank) Matthew Fox (Jack), Jorge Garcia (Hurley), Josh Holloway (Sawyer), Daniel Dae Kim (Jin), Yunjin Kim (Sun), Ken Leung (Miles), Evangeline Lilly (Kate), Terry O’Quinn (Locke), and Zuleikha Robinson (Ilana)

Confirming as returning on an irregular basis are a whole buncha folks were thought were dead:

Elizabeth Mitchell (Juliet), Ian Somerhalder (Boone), Rebecca Mader (Charlotte), Dominic Monaghan (Charlie), Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond), and Katey Sagal (Helen)

But this is science fiction, and no one is ever really dead.

Will you watch Lost when it returns in February? Can you even recall what was going on last year, or whenever the hell it was we last saw a new episode of this damn show? (Wait… it’s coming back to me… something about a nuke…)

I confess that I was about the give up on Lost at the beginning of the previous season — I felt like it wasn’t going anywhere — but things picked up considerably as the season went on, and I’m definitely eager to see how the writers are going to resolve all the plot threads, and whether they’ll unknot the knots they’ve created. I’m especially afraid that they may have painted themselves into more corners than they can get out of without losing us.

It had better not all have been a dream, though. If we find out that Bob Newhart was on that plane, I’m gonna be really mad…

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  • Lisa

    well I have stuck with it so far

    I have to see how it finishes up

    I was going to stop my illegal d/ls but will have to start it up again for Rex is not your lawyer

  • JT

    Desmond was never dead.

    As for the question – does the Pope shit in the woods?

  • JoshDM

    Yes.

  • JoshDM

    I would like, if they aren’t going to address the Libby thread since Cynthia Watros is apparently never coming back to the show, for the show to address the appearances of Libby influencing the life of Desomond (she gave him the sailboat) and Hurly (she stared at him a lot while in the insane asylum).

    Of course, for me, those items can be either addressed within the context of the show, or it would be awesome if the producers/writers can speak to those plot points in a Q&A after the last season has ended.

  • stryker1121

    I did not like the Season 5 finale, and I worry w/ all the new Jacob weirdness that the show’s gonna get wonky in a not-good “Alias” way. However, I do want to see i Abrams and Co. can stick the landing. I’m looking forward to Feb.

  • JT

    Only Abrams could potentially fuck it up the way he did with ‘Alias’ but he hasn’t been involved with the show for a long time (except in a producer role). The writing has been handled mostly by Cuse and Lindelof who I have a lot more trust in.

    They are obviously NOT going to resolve all the plot threads. A lot of the stuff that was introduced in the first two seasons was of the nonsensical red herring variety that I don’t think even the writers had an explanation for.

    It’s the stuff S3 on (especially post-flashforwards) that will really get the focus and I’m confident that most of it will be resolved.

  • doa766

    I made it this far so I guess I’m sticking until the end

    let’s hope that aussie hottie is back from dead or whatever happened to her

  • JoshDM

    I hope they don’t dismiss Season 2.

    Season 1: Crash Landing and the Island

    Season 2: The Hatch and the Tailies
    This is the season where the two key Libby incidents I’m interested in occur (“Dave” and “Live Together, Die Alone”)

    Season 3: Otherville, Hydra and other Hatches.

    Season 4: The Tanker and The Oceanic 6
    Short Season, half the size of 1-3.

    Season 5: Getting Back and The Dharma Initiative
    Short Season, little longer than 4.

    Season 6: ? ? ? Alternate Timeline ? ? ?

  • clay

    Absolutely. The finale of Season 5 was frustrating in all the best ways and I can’t wait to see where things go from there. Literally anything could happen this season. I’m prepared to be at least a little disappointed by the state of things by the series’ end, but it’s been such a fun ride I’m willing to give Darlton a little leeway.

    @JoshDM: Producers have already said that Libby is one of the mysteries they will not be resolving, which sucks since she was one of the more intriguing characters. I just hope we find out more about the Hurley bird.

  • JoshDM

    What I’m asking for is, even if they don’t resolve it in-show, if they will be willing to answering it off-show, say in a post-mortem interview.

  • RyanT

    A thousand times yes.

  • Chris

    Lost has been the best prime time show this past decade. While it will never win Emmys over true dramas such as Mad Men, and previously The West Wing and The Sopranos, it offers some of the best characters on television. I care about almost every single one and Charlie’s death was just as powerful as Daniel Faraday’s, even though we barely even knew anything about Dan. Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof deserve all the praise they get as Lost begins it’s swan song

  • mortadella

    I’m with Chris.
    And how can I not watch after Jacob said, “They’re coming…” just before Ben did him in and Un-Lock kicked him into the fire.

  • sam

    Last season was awesome. I’m practically counting down the days til it starts up again. Or at least the months…

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