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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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61.

Carolyn    

I think this season the writers changed it up and the flashforwards are now the present time (when they get off the island)and the flashbacks are when they were still on the island. Discuss amongst yourselves...

Wouldn't that be a good way to switch it up though......interesting.....

2419 days ago
62.

melissa    

great episode last night, I LOVE THIS SHOW !! BTW-- The 4th episode is a Kate flashforward and it's about her going to court

2419 days ago
63.

TJ    

77. Jacob looks a lot like Christian Shepard.......Jacob-Christian-Shepard (biblical) coincidence?

Love, love, love that "Charlie" is still on the show.......

In last season CHarlie had blue eyes...when he "talks" to Hurley at the mental institution...they seem to be a lot darker
"Yes Iam dead but I am here" what does that mean?

Remember is last seasons cliff hanger...with Jack telling Kate they have to go back...I HOPE THAT ISN'T THE LAST SCENE OF THE SERIES - that would totaly suck.

Posted at 12:23PM on Feb 1st 2008 by Victoria
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Good observation...BUT...I distinctly remember the close up of Charlie under water as he was dying...he had brown eyes!! Did anyone else notice that?

2419 days ago
64.

NYone    

I know Locke was lured out of the ditch by that kid..dont know who he was ..but I agree how is he miraculously ok? and I thought he was paralyzed again in the ditch, didnt he say he couldnt move at one point? ?

2419 days ago
65.

Jen    

I agree with you, the flashbacks were getting old. I wasn't sure I liked the flash forwards either, but now I love it. This premire brought up some interesting questions: If Hurley and Jack split up, how did they both end up off the island? They obviously left some people behind, but why and how and who? I find it hard to believe Jack would just desert people on that island after working so hard to get everyone to safety and of course Hurley is a big softie so why the hell did they leave people behind? I wonder how many people were left on the island and how many were actually killed trying to get off! Good times when the show is back on!

2419 days ago
66.

VS    

Never missed a show since Day one. I have love this show from the start. Like the way it went last night. Some people are still on the Island. But, who is Naomi's sister? Before she died she said tell my sister I love her. We all know that Locke did
not leave that Island. I am betting the person in the burial box is Michael! Jack is tortured he tried to hold everything
together. Too much for one person. I am sure some answers will be answered next week. I am looking forward to the last
few shows. Thank goodness they taped before the writers strike. More to come.

2419 days ago
67.

paul    

First of all, welcome back. I really enjoying reading these columns, if for no other reason than the fact that you almost always catch some crucial piece of information that I missed, like the freeze-frame of Jack's dad in Jacob's cabin...creepy! My own theory on the other half of the Oceanic six is as follows:

1) Desmond, because we really need the big Penny-Desmond reunion as payoff for that storyline to feel like anything but a total ripoff.
2) Claire, because Desmond saw it and my brutha is never wrong.
and 3) Ben, because who else but a man who was (almost) born and raised on the island would have a funeral with absolutely nobody to mourn him. ANd only a sap like Jack would actually go to see him, too.

Also, just throwing this out there, here's why the rest of the castaways aren't going home:
Locke doesn't want to go. Michael's probably already dead. Walt's going to die some messianic death, saving everybody, you just know it. Little cabbagehead is toast because all the babies on the island die. The Others want Jin for her baby. Juliet's going to get caught by oen side or the other in a betrayal and get killed. Rose and Bernard and too old and not good looking enough for "after-Lost" the inevitable sequel. And Sawyer, Sayid, and Jin are all too gung ho and are bound to die sooner or later.

Tell me what you guys think.

2419 days ago
68.

Nana Lori    

Okay, a few questions/comments here from an OLD LADY who is confused. First off shouldn't Ben be way too sick of being beat up? Just like Sawyer. Normal men would be dead from all those beatings. I noticed Jack had a cute really nice back pack. Does that Island have EVERYTHING, including a backpack store? Wasn't Locke shot and left for dead in the human bones hole? Did Walt grow 4 inches in 91 days? Me confused, need meds. Can someone explain so I don't feel SO freakin' LOST? In2Miracles@aol.com

2419 days ago
69.

Vero    

I love the fact that "LOST" is back!!!!!!!! Its interesting to read everyones comments, there are very good theories!!!

2419 days ago
70.

Victoria    

#74 Michelle....I did see the commerical...and when I saw the plane under water I just gasped.......are the crash victims dead & cloned? ANd who was the guy in the commercial...

What if this mental institution that Hurley is at has something to do with all of the people on Oceanic 815?

I have so many questions!!!!!!!!

LOST IS BACK!!!

2419 days ago
71.

Kitty    

Amy - of the Great Casket Mystery... I considered Juliet as well, but the newspaper article Jack had in last season's finale clearly stated that the person who died was a man. This was confirmed in Wednesday night's "Pop-Up Lost"

2419 days ago
72.

Kathy    

Welcome Back Daniel...We missed you soooo much!

I love the flash forwards...so many questions kept coming to my mind and I have to agree with you on the flash back, they were getting old. I loved this opening show...as always it put me on the edge of my seat especially when Herley was at Jacob's house. LOST is the best show on TV!!!

2419 days ago
73.

Kitty    

Ben can't be one of the "Oceanic Six" - he wasn't on the plane.

2419 days ago
74.

Anya    

I have never seen an episode of Lost but I hear all these great things about it. I am dying to see it. As for the Writer's Strike, people have got to wake up and realize how much damage unions do and find a way to put a stop to them. Have fun though, it sure is a heated topic and a complicated issue but I can't possibly be the only person who feels this way.

2419 days ago
75.

djones    

How many sets of numbers were there? If there were six sets-could those be the seat numbers of the people who make it off the island?
LOVE the recaps and forum!

2419 days ago
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