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Thursday, May 29, 2008

LOST. Season 4 Finale. Tonight.

"We have to go back, Kate. WE HAVE TO GO BACK!"

-- Jack Shepherd
Lost, Season 3 Finale "Through the Looking Glass"

And ever since the jaw-dropping season-ending episode a year ago on Lost, a lot of people have been wondering: what could possibly have driven Jack, after everything he's done to try to get off the Island, toward such desperation about wanting to return to that place?

"Through the Looking Glass" completely re-defined what viewers had come to expect of a favorite television series, and in the process that episode alone cemented Lost as one of the finest works of fiction of the modern era.

And now tonight, after a season that received widespread praise as the best yet (despite its shortened length) Lost Season 4 concludes with the two-hour conclusion of "There's No Place Like Home". Will this year's finale change our perception of this show yet again? All signs point to a solid "yes".

To recap the current situation...

- Keamy and the rest of Charles Widmore's assault team have invaded the Island.

- Locke, per orders from Jacob, is going to move the Island.

- Ben has allowed himself to be captured at the Orchid... which portends to be the most powerful DHARMA Initiative station of them all.

- Sun, Jin, Desmond, and Michael have found one honking-big bomb on the freighter.

- Kate and Sayid have been captured by Richard and the Others.

- Sawyer is babysitting Aaron.

- Hurley is hanging back with Locke outside the Orchid, and is presumably hungry.

The obvious treat tonight is that we should finally find out how Jack, Kate, Aaron, Sayid, Sun, and Hurley - the Oceanic 6 - came together and escaped the Island. But as this is a Lost season finale, prepare to scream at the walls when the unexpected happens.

It all begins tonight with a reprise of Part 1 of "There's No Place Like Home" at 8 p.m. on ABC, followed by Part 2 at 9 o'clock.

Of course, I'll be posting my thoughts afterward. And if Lisa figures out what's going on again before I do, I'll have to report that, too :-)