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"Lost" Diary: The Beginning of the End

2/1/2008 2:17 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

HurleyHey, it's Daniel here with the first edition of "Lost" Diary for 2008 -- man, that felt good to write.

If you're like me -- a crazy TV fan with more season passes on his TiVo than you can keep track of -- 2008 is off to a terrible start. The WGA strike has basically ground TV to a halt. "The Moment of Truth" and "American Gladiators" will never be shown on my TV, ever. So the premiere of "Lost," an event unto itself, takes on extra meaning this year.

For all you "Lost" Diary newbies, here's how it goes: I gather with a group of friends watching "Lost," writing what happens on the show as it happens, and throwing in my two cents along the way. Since I've moved into a nice new place, complete with a brand new comfy couch, I am hosting tonight's festivities -- just Ari and Lauren (aka the "Lost" Nazi). I couldn't be any more excited. Let's roll:

9:00 -- Previously on "Lost" features Charlie's death (memories, like the corners of my mind) and Ben uttering the words "Making that call is the beginning of the end." Not only is that the title of tonight's episode, but given what Jack's flash forward showed us, it's also the theme of the season.

9:01 -- Once again, our season begins with an unseen character going about his business -- this time it's Jack, pouring a weak screwdriver and watching an L.A. car chase -- and he seems to know who the driver is. Another flash forward perhaps?

9:03 -- "I'm one of the Oceanic 6!" -- Hurley. Yeah, it's a flash forward. So not only do we know that Jack, Kate and now Hurley get off the island -- three other people do and ONLY three. Interesting. Side note: I've always wanted to be part of something with a number, like the TMZ 12 or something.

9:06 -- The cop interviewing Hurley says he knows Ana Lucia, but Hurley says he never met her. Why'd he lie? And who was Hurley running from?

9:08 -- Nice, Hurley is going crazy again ... and loving it.

9:09 -- Back on the island, everyone is happy to be "rescued" -- but I am loving the feeling of dread that hangs over everything. Play all the sappy music you want, "Lost" producers, it all goes to s**t soon, and I can't wait.

9:10 -- Rose just basically told Claire she better sleep with Charlie when she sees him. Unless Claire is freaky in a way I don't get down with, that isn't happening.

9:11 -- Ben is scared s**tless of what's about to come and I have to say, it's adding to the whole craziness of it all.

9:12 -- Hurley is jumping into the ocean, and all I can think of is this: "Ladies and gentlemen, can I please have your attention. I've just been handed an urgent and horrifying news story. I need all of you, to stop what you're doing and listen. Cannonball!"

9:13 -- "I'm sorry, brutha." -- Desmond telling Hurley that Charlie is dead. Awesome.

9:14 -- Jack lies to the satellite phone people about where Naomi is. I guess he figured "knifed in the back" wasn't the answer they were looking for.

9:18 -- Hurley throws the walkie-talkie into the ocean, ending the "call or don't call argument." Sigh ... had to be a better way to do that, right?

9:19 -- Jack is obsessed with finding Naomi, but yet doesn't seem to stop to ask, "Why would she run away?" Seems like a big red flag to me.

9:20 -- "You don't wait with warnings. You ... warn." -- Hurley

9:21 -- Hurley is back in the mental ward and playing Connect Four -- for my money the best board game ever. Just like "Press Your Luck" is the best game show ever. Discuss.

9:22 -- Hurley has a visitor and its the guy who plays Cedrick Daniels on "The Wire." Unless Vic Mackey and Dexter Morgan show up, this is the greatest TV crossover I can imagine.
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9:23 -- "Are they still alive?" -- Matthew Abbadon. Yeah, no way this guy from Oceanic.

9:25 -- Hurley predictably gets lost in the forest ... and finds Jacob's house?

9:28 -- Not only has Jack been following the wrong trail, like Kate told him he would, but she copped the satellite phone from him. He's probably pissed at her, but again -- why is Naomi doing this and why isn't Jack suspicious of that at all? I mean, I know that I know she's evil, but come on -- this is obvious s**t here, Jack.

9:29 -- "But look on the bright side, at least someone around here knows what the hell they're doing." -- Ben

9:30 -- On the plus side, Kate following the right trail will probably lead to one of my favorite "Lost" moments: her being held at gunpoint. It's what she does best.

9:31 -- Ha! So close, this time it's knife point. That was too easy.

9:32 -- Naomi is lying to the people on the sat phone -- and that is telling. Is it possible Naomi doesn't know who she really works for?

9:33 -- Did Hurley just see Jacob (and some other guy) or was it all a figment of his crazy imagination? I say the first shack, and thus Jacob, was real. The second one was not. (Actually, after further review -- check out who was in Jacob's cabin.)

9:34 -- "Hello Hugo." -- Locke. Much like the finale of last season, not enough Locke so far.

9:39 -- Locke and Hurley are going to convince Jack -- aka the most stubborn man alive -- that the people coming to "rescue" them are evil. Now, obviously, Jack learns this at some point, but I think it might take him a bit.

9:41 -- I should warn you now, and I know you're going to think less of me and I don't care -- I am kind of looking forward to the moment Claire finds out Charlie is dead. Two reasons: 1) Emile de Ravin can't act and, 2) I am terrible, terrible person who revels in the death of a fictional character. I am already over it.

9:42 -- Wait for it ...

9:43 -- "He's dead. Charlie's dead." -- Hurley. It was all I thought it would be and more.

9:44 -- Back in the flash forward, Charlie goes to see Hurley in the mental institution. Wait, what?
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9:45 -- I've said a million times, there is nothing "Lost" could do to lose me as a viewer. But I swear, if Charlie had been actually alive ... I don't know what I would have done. And it's not because it's Charlie, it just would have been plain stupid.

9:46 -- Oh my God -- what do you say about Jack trying to kill Locke? More importantly, what could Jack ever say to Locke again. Man of science, man of faith ... whatever! He just pointed a gun in his face and pulled the trigger. No coming back from that one.

9:51 -- Since he can't shoot him, Jack goes back to beating Locke.

9:52 -- "Well, technically he didn't kill her yet." -- Ben

9:54 -- Hurley gives an impassioned "Charlie died so we can live" speech and most everyone bails on Jack and follows Locke. Jack has to be feeling pretty unappreciated right about now.

9:55 -- "Jack, with your permission I'd like to go with John." -- Ben. Best line ever, period.

9:56 -- "You know where to find us, when you change your mind. If you aren't all dead." -- Locke. Okay, Locke didn't actually say that last part -- it was just inferred.

9:57 -- Jack goes to visit Hurley at the crazy house, but he really is one there to find out if Hurley "was gonna tell." We're also tipped off, via the beard comment, that this flash forward comes before Jack's flash forward from the finale.

9:58 -- "I think we did the wrong thing Jack. I think it wants us to come back." -- Hurley

10:00 -- Nice to meet you, guy who fell from the sky and is going to ruin everything for everyone.

Perfection, plain and simple.

At the end of last season, I thought (and hoped) the flash forwards were a one-time thing. I didn't like the idea of knowing who made it off the island and what happened to them. Then, this morning actually, I realized something -- the flashbacks were really starting to suck. They served very little purpose anymore. Flash forwards are the new black!

I think, for now, we have to pay more attention to what we know about Jack and Hurley after they get off the island. Obviously, they didn't tell anyone what really went on, that much we know. But what DID they tell people?

The cop asked Hurley if he knew Ana Lucia from before the flight -- not from when they were marooned on an island or anything. Jack said in the finale he was "tired of lying." They both told some kind of story when they got off the island and it didn't involve Others, polar bears or black smoke monsters. What was it? And if everyone knows only six people survived Oceanic Flight 815, then why did that creepy guy ask Hurley, "Are they still alive?"

Anyway, I give this episode an A. The tone of everything was right on and I really loved the way it set things up for this season -- which is the most important function of a premiere episode. No big reveals are necessary, just lay out the plan for the season and I'm fine -- and that's what they did.

So here is my question for you this week: Are you down with flash forwards?

Oh, one last thing: if you're one of those people that got into "Lost" late and missed a few episodes along the way, the good people at AOL have all three seasons online in HD and should even have last night's episode too. Not bad. Corporate synergy -- it's fantastic!

Also, over on thelostdiary.com, I do a question an answer column every Monday. Click here to send me a question.
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46.

dqwanza    

As I was watching last night i kept telling my husband how excited I was to read your blog. he then made fun of me and told me that at some point I need to get a life but I tell ya...i really look forward to the recap and reading everyones take on what is the best show on tv. Looking forward to more flash forwards, and hearing how Jack lost all of that weight...anyone else notice how he looks like Nicole Ritche but with a buzz cut?? Can't wait for next week...

2355 days ago
47.

Dotjo    

In last season's finale, when Kate met Jack at the airport, she said "he'll wonder where I am." Could the "he" be her son? There was mention of her being one of the pregnant women in the camp. Just wondering.

2355 days ago
48.

Lost in Texas    

There was nothing to give the casket perspective. It could very well have been a casket for Hurley...

To the gal who thinks that there was a faux pas in the beard (gray / not gray). We've learned that there aren't faux pas... it must mean something on the time line.

The numbers have been dropped... for now. Like everything else, it will resurface, just like Michael.

2355 days ago
49.

Me    

Ah man, its so good to be back. I'm sad that its going to be such a short season. I had to laugh when Locke said "if you want to survive, then you must come with me." Maybe I've seen Terminator too many times, and there is a writers stike going on, But come on. I jumped out of my chair when Locke peeked his head through the window. Damned that scared me.

2355 days ago
50.

Kitty    

"Lost in Texas" - the comment "Is this Jack?" was a splice from last season's finale - it didn't really happen in that order.

2355 days ago
51.

The Bitter Truth    

Is it just me or does that picture of Jacob look a LOT like Jack's (and Claire's) father!

Is that the big LOST mystery? That Jack's (and Claire's) father is REALLY the mysterious force behind the island? Is that why he drank so much? Is that why is coffin was empty and he's doing the boot scoot boogie across the Island?

Good diary, but I think the picture is a fake. I'm going to have to Tivo that scene after work tonight. Although there was someone in the chair, he was shadowed out and Photoshop won't exactly correct it to help you see who is sitting there.

2355 days ago
52.

Bandirun    

I want to know who the blonde was that was sitting with her back to Hurley when Charlie showed up again. And does that mean that only crazy people can see Charlie?

2355 days ago
53.

CINDY    

I loved it as i always have i cant wait for next week, but i have a question i must have missed something didnt ben shoot locke and leave him in a ditch how is he ok?

2355 days ago
54.

Janna    

So flash forwards are the new BLACK - ha!

So is that Jack's dad in the shack? It was obviously Locke at the window.

And are we sure that the Oceanic 6 are the ONLY survivors? I mean, what if Sun & Jin went back to Korea, Claire to Australia, and our Brutha back to the UK? Maybe it's the Oceanic 6 in the USA.

Also, I just discovered Dexter on steaming Netflix. I watched the whole first season in 4 days. I'm jonesing for more. halp!

2355 days ago
55.

Lonnie    

Loved last night episode. It is going to be a great season.

2355 days ago
56.

Yeah Right    

Nice recap. Look forward to reading future posts. Anyone know how many episodes have been shot before the writer's strike? Are we going to get sucked into a few episodes then left hanging?

2355 days ago
57.

JefocAvsaan    

Thanks TMZ for this.It's been a long wait since May 07. LOST IS BACK!!!
Hurleys FF only fleshes out Jack's from last season's finale.Good to see Hurley (He's LOST'S Scotty) get the season premiere treatment.I love the FF's and hope they stay.The FB's were getting bothersome for me and I think thats a reason the casual viewer stays away.Info overload.Usually I sped thru those like the commercials. Darlton even told the LOSTnation @ comic-con
the FB's were getting tired.

2355 days ago
58.

Alisa    

Did anyone else watch the Oceanic "commercial" that aired on the show after lost (like 45 minutes into the show)? Who was the guy? They said they found the Oceanic Flight 815. Please discuss!

2355 days ago
59.

Stacie    

I watched the recap, just to get everything fresh in my mind before the show came on. My daughter sat on the couch and watched the show and was constantly texting a friend who was also watching the show. I liked the show. I didn't want a lot of answers for the first one.
So here we go, I still think that Charlie could have swam out of the blown window and survived, but since he told Hurley he was dead I guess that is out. On the end of last seasons, Kate told Jack she had to hurry and get back before he realized she was gone- who is he?
6 people made it off- 1. jack, 2. kate, and 3. hurley. I think whoever kate was in hurry to get back to is our number 4 (maybe saywer?), 5. is whoever's funeral they went to, and 6. i don't know yet.
questions, questions.
all i know is the strike better end so i can continue to watch my show!!!!!

2355 days ago
60.

TJ    

The Casket Mystery: I really think the person in the casket is Juliet. After eliminating a lot of other possibilities it seems to me who else would have affected Jack like that and caused him to be suicidal upon reading the death notice in the newspaper? Also....the fact that Kate had no interest to go to the funeral shows she did not care about the dead person at all. I think it is irrelevant that the funeral parlor was in a poor, run-down neighborhood because we don't have enough information yet to know how they wound up in a specific time line on the flash forwards. This is why LOST is so unique and entertaining..it keeps us guessing, shocks and surprises us and keeps us on the edge of our seats waiting for the next episode. Yes, Yes, I know, I really need to get a life lol!!

2355 days ago
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