TG #20.5: LOST Special

January 23, 2009 – 10:42 am

We interrupt our usual Geekiness with a special episode celebrating the return of the TV Weird-Action-Suspense-Drama LOST! Please treat this entire podcast as a spoiler alert. If you do not want to know anything that has happened or might happened in the season opener and beyond – do not listen and do not read the show notes.

The new season of LOST began Jan. 21, 2009.

Questions. Questions that need answering!

1. Where did the Richard Alpert group come from and why did they oppose Dharma?
2. What was the four-toed statue?
3. Is Christian Shepherd dead or is Jacob just using the body/personage?
4. Where is Kate’s horse?
5. What is the black smoke, really?

1. How far ahead in time has the island gone?
2. What is the true nature of the island
3. When will we find out about the real nature of the Dharma Initiative (i.e. Valenzetti Equation)
4. What is all the whispering in the woods? Is it the “Others”?
5. Is Whidmore really behind everything? This seems a little complicated for someone like him to orchestrate

Does JJ Abrams REALLY have a plan, or is he still making the show up as he goes?

What we know so far – synopsis for the uninitiated

Hurley says it best

Season 1 : Oceanic Flight 815 crashes en route from Sydney to LA. The island is dangerous and is inhabited by smoke monsters, polar bears and people who try to kidnap children. The castaways find a hatch and realize the island had been used for scientific purposes in the past. An attempt to escape via raft is thwarted by the Others.

Season 2 : Castaways from the tail of the plane also have sour dealings with the Others. The hatch is opened and numbers have to be typed in a computer to keep things operational. One of Others is captured, tortured and set free. The hatch explodes. Three main characters are taken captive by the Others.

Season 3 : The Others force their captives to perform surgery, and break rocks before they finally escape. One Other helps the castaways. The island is revealed to be toxic to pregnant women. A rescue helicopter crashes but the castaways are able to contact the freighter it came from.

Season 4 : The freighter people are made up of scientists, mercenaries working for the opposition of the Others, and a secret castaway. To protect the island, it is moved. Six of the Oceanic 815 passengers get off the island but cannot tell the real story of the crash or the events that happened after. It is now explicit that there is a time travel component to the story. In flash forwards their life off the island is revealed and some intend to return.


I think that Charlotte and Miles are connected to the island – maybe born there?

People have been trying to control the island for a long time and we’re getting a taste of the history, i.e. flaming arrows and British commandos.

Indigenous people on island – probably people from different times that are trapped there.

Valenzetti equation (6 factors that can predict/cause the end of humanity – represented by the numbers) – the end is much nearer than we think and somehow Daniel is going to figure out how to alter one of them (i.e. the time thing)

I think we’re going to find out how the Black Rock got there – the others may be the original crew…

Super Spoilers

According to Wikipedia, some of the things we can expect to see this season for unanswered lingering mysteries are:

Areas intended to be explored included the reason Libby (Cynthia Watros) was in the mental institution, why Ms. Hawking (Fionnula Flanagan) was in a photograph with Brother Campbell (Andrew Conolly), what happened between Ben and Henry Gale, the survivor of a hot air balloon crash and how Ben was caught in Rousseau’s trap in the second season episode titled “One of Them” and the four-toed statue seen by Sayid, Jin and Sun.

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  1. 5 Responses to “TG #20.5: LOST Special”

  2. WTF? I start listening to a ‘.5′, thinking it’s going to be a pleasant, 3-5 minute interlude in my workday…and I get a THIRTY MINUTE total work interruption! Okay, so that’s an exaggeration; it was only TWENTY-NINE freakin’ minutes. I’ve COMPLETELY lost the thread of whatever I was doing before I started goofing off.

    If I didn’t despise lawyers I’d sue over the lost productivity. No pun intended.

    By bcrem on Jan 23, 2009

  3. It’s totally my fault this one is long! We wanted to get it out in a timely…. time, which made it fit for a X.5. But… I talk to much.

    By Laurie on Jan 23, 2009

  4. I was OK with the lengthy .5; mostly because I looked at the running time beforehand, but also because Karrie and I love Lost. I have to respectfully disagree with Pat on the show going downhill since season 1; firstly, I like how each season seems to tear open a whole new aspect of the show and secondly, the writers said in a podcast that after the pilot they mapped out six seasons worth of story arc. One could debate the truthfulness of that, but I feel that while the pacing has gone up and down, the show has so far been very cohesive (think about all of the interdependencies between episodes). The pacing issue should be solved now that the end date of the show is known.

    Can’t speak for anyone else (save my wife), but I’m game for more Lost-oriented episodes (or episodes with Lost segments).

    By Michael Swindler on Jan 27, 2009

  5. I liked the .5 and I agree with Swindler on checking the run time 1st!

    I had all but given up on the show before the start of season 4, but when they announced that they had a plan to end it all I was back in. I really like the idea of all the time shifting, and I want more scenes with the Lawnmower Man…he is not used enough.

    But my favorite part of the show was seeing Frogurt take the flaming arrow in the chest. How many times have we been forced to listen to some whining sniviling tool like that and wished for some event to take them down. Woot! Score one for Karma.

    By ShadesOfGrey on Jan 28, 2009

  6. Shades, I couldn’t agree with you more on the Frogurt thing… Whiny idiots have no place on the LOST island!!!

    By Craig on Jan 28, 2009

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