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"Lost" Diary -- The Shape of Things to Come

4/25/2008 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

LostHey, Daniel from TMZ here -- welcome to another edition of the "Lost" Diary.

My friend Chris has been great about IMing me the morning of "Lost" and giving me a good one-liner that really sets me up for this blog. Thursday morning he only sent me this: "I totally forgot that 'Lost' started back up tonight. That's like f**king Christmas." Couldn't have said it better myself.

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. I am watching tonight's episode of "Lost" solo -- I needed to watch the East Coast feed so I wouldn't end up staying up all night. Gotta get my shuteye. Let's roll:

10:02 -- Previously on "Lost" has never been so useful. I almost forgot what was going on, it's been so long. So there was a plane crash, right?

10:03 -- I like when "Lost" ends chaotically one week, then starts off slow the next. Particularly when that slow start consists of Kate in a state of undress.

10:04 -- When you're hoping a boat is going to come and rescue you, having the doctor of said boat wash up dead on shore is probably a bad omen. Just a thought.

10:05 -- "Australia is the key to the whole game." -- Hurley. Fun fact: I have never played Risk.

10:06 -- Predictably, Alex turns off the super fence. Question -- is Rousseau really dead? I go with no.

10:07 -- "They're here." -- Ben. Carol Anne, is that you?

10:11 -- I managed to go this entire week without seeing one "Lost" commercial or reading a single spoiler. So the fact that this is a Ben flash-forward is a complete surprise to me. Color me excited.

10:12 -- Ben seems to have fallen from the sky and landed in the Sahara Desert, with a wounded arm, and stumbled onto a couple of guys on horses wearing turbans and armed with Ak-47s. Clearly someone slipped me acid during the commercial break.

10:13 -- I have to admit, Ben going all Jason Bourne on those guys was kind of a letdown. Ben is like the guy from "Princess Bride" -- he's all intellect. I don't like the fact he's got a black belt, too. It's inconceivable.

10:15 -- "When? When is kind of a relative term." -- Farraday. I missed that guy.

10:16 -- One of my biggest pet peeves about "Lost' is how there are dozens of random people running around who never say or do anything. Apparently the producers have decided to cut that number down by having some of them walk into gunfire. Natural selection.

10:17 -- "Lost" does gunfights about as well as Britney Spears sings. BTW -- did Claire just blow up? That would be anticlimactic.

10:20 -- Dean Moriarty is checking into the Tunisia Hilton ... but he's not 100% sure of the year. Nothing unsuspicious about that.

10:21 -- Sayid is on the TV, and apparently his wife is dead. R.I.P. Nadia.

10:22 -- Ben is planning a field trip to Jacob's cabin and it involves Hurley. Better pack an extra picnic basket.

10:24 -- Ding dong! Miles is at the door and he's got a walkie-talkie.

10:29 -- Yup, Nadia is dead and here comes Ben to pay his respects.

10:31 -- Ben has finally tracked down Sayid and we're beginning to see how he recruited Sayid to work for him -- by exploiting Nadia's death. Same way he always gets people to do what he wants.

10:36 -- Ok, I didn't go minute-by-minute during the Ben vs. Martin mercenary scene for a reason -- I couldn't. As someone who pours over the minutia of "Lost' every week, I have come to learn something. Since there are so many characters spread out over the island, "Lost" has a ton of scenes, usually lasting about a minute, maybe two in length. But when they decide to hunker down for a good five-minute scene, look out. I loved this scene, I really didn't know how it was going to play out. Have we ever seen Ben truly lose in a situation? Not this badly, that's for sure. A+ scene.

10:37 -- Oh, almost forgot -- R.I.P. Alex.

10:40 -- "He changed the rules." -- Ben. He's not taking this well at all.

10:41 -- Ben scurried off into his fortress of solitude and then snuck off into a Batcave. I literally couldn't make another comic book reference if I tried.

10:44 -- "Benjamin, who is next?" -- Sayid. Ben is pretty happy with himself.

10:45 -- Black Smoke Monster? Hey, it's Ben. Well, not so good actually. I was wondering if you could do me a favor. I am locked inside a house and these six mercenary guys are trying to kill me and they just executed my daughter right in front of me. Yeah, I know. Sucks, right? Do you think you could take care of them for me? Really? Oh, man I totally owe you one. Say hi to the Mrs. for me. Linus, out.

10:50 -- Bernard, who never ceases to surprise, exposed Farraday for lying about the Morse code message. BTW -- Jack looks likes grim death.

10:52 -- After a bit of a pissing match, Hurley agrees to go with Locke and Ben. Of course he does, he has to find the cabin.

10:54 -- Ben is heading up to the penthouse suite of some building in London. Any predictions on who is there? I am going with Penny, and Ben kills her.

10:55 -- Close, it's Charles Widmore. That was the safe bet.

10:56 -- Why can't Ben kill Widmore?

10:57 -- "I know who you are, boy, what you are. I know that everything you have you took from me." Widmore to Ben.

10:58 -- "I'm here Charles to tell you I'm going to kill your daughter. Penelope, is it?" -- Ben to Widmore. I was close!

10:59 -- "Sleep tight, Charles." -- Ben

I used to judge an episode of "Lost" by what we learned that week. Lately though, I feel like we're learning less each week than ever before (as if that was possible). Yet, I still find myself enjoying every week, even though every episode fails my "What did we learn?" test.

This week is no different; we learned a few things (Ben can control the smoke monster, for example). But how many big "reveals" have we really had this season? Can't say I have ever been totally blown away at any point.

Tonight though gave us a handful of new questions, which on "Lost" is the far more common occurrence. How does Ben control the smoke monster? How he did land up in the desert? Why can't he kill Widmore? Why does Widmore think the island was once his? What happened to the boat doctor and why did the boat people think he was fine? What are the "rules" Ben spoke of? Why did "Lost" start at 10:02? Did America really need two extra minutes of "Grey's"?

In the end, I found this to be another solid episode of "Lost" -- I enjoyed it the whole way through, even if it never gave me that "OH MY GOD!!!!" moment, though I loved the Alex execution scene. Solid B from me.

I am bringing back an oldie but goodie for my question to you this week -- if you could have one "Lost" question answered next week, which would it be?
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Amy    

This was the best episode I have seen in forever. I love Ben! He is so evil but he's my favorite character. I can't believe he calls on Smoky, but I still want to know what Smoky is!

2269 days ago
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VS    

What is the black smoke? That's my question. Great show! Can't believe they shot Alex like that. I believe the French
lady is alive too. All hell is going to break out. Ben surprise with his gun moves. Yeah, totally surprise. i am used
to seeing Sawyer beat the crap out of him.

2269 days ago
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Reg    

Question to be answered next week: what's in the Batcave?

2269 days ago
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Melissa    

Last night's epsiode explained somethings. For example, Ben doesn't leave the island when the losties do. He can somehow teleport/time travel off but he's not quite sure where he will land. Before, it was just conjecture but hearing Ben ask what year he was in seems to make a good arguement for that theory.
It also shows us that Ben can get out of hostage situation whenever he wants to. He's got more ways out of the compound than we know.
BTW, didn't you think it was a little lax of Locke to neglect to do a thourough seasch of Ben's house. I mean, how hard would it have been to lift up the bench of the piano. Hello!!!!

2269 days ago
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Anna    

Had to laugh at the Grey's comment... I love both show so didn't even notice the time!

2269 days ago
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ughhhhh    

Oh, Daniel! How I have missed you! I agree, this was a great episode, but not a mind blower. I actually felt bad for Ben though. I keep wondering why Sayid wasnt more suprised to see Ben. Kinda strange. --I will be truly angry with this show if they kill Penny. I truly want the love story to work out for her and Desmond. Does anyone have any theories on how Ben just magically appeared in the desert?

2269 days ago
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lostgirl    

Grammar question? Another addition rather than another edition. Commercial brake.rather than commercial break. Is this an attempt to be clever? Commercial brake kind of works but addition doesn't make sense.

2269 days ago
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Dave C    

It seems to me that Ben knows what is going to happen at all times. He keeps saying that he is in control of the situation. Then the mercenaries kill his daughter and he says that he "changed the rules". I get the feeling that this has been going on for many years. It just keeps replaying itself. I think that Widmore is Hanso, the captain of the ship. That is why he said the island was his and he will get it back. I think that Ben is a reincarnation of someone else that has been battling him for the island for the past 200 years. They just seem to know each other too well.

2269 days ago
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Lucy    

I thought this was the second best episode, the first was when Desmond finally talked to Penny!

2269 days ago
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frill seeker    

did anyone pick up on the fact that OLD SMOKEY seemed to eat all of the rambo guys, yet in next week's clip the rambo leader is still alive on the island? yikes! sawyer has been popping "nice pills" and is starting to look out for others (clare, hurley) instead of just himself. love it. a new leader maybe? the helicopter pilot appears to be helping the losties in the next clip,too. interesting that hurley is an oceanic 6 member, who can see jabob's cabin, but somehow leaves the island. who will be locke and ben's new liasion? love this show but need some answers before we move on to new questions.

2269 days ago
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Scoobiedoobie    

Did you notice that Ben used the alias Moriarty? That was Sherlock Holms' nemesis. Moriarty was a bad guy. Could be another clue let out of the bag?

2269 days ago
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Lucas    

great phone conversation

as far as a question being answered, i don't have something that specific. however, i am dying to see rousseau alive and for her to have a flashback of her history on or before the island.

2269 days ago
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kim    

um yeah i gave it an A. Totally intense. Edge of my seat all night.

2269 days ago
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LostinBoston    

No comment on why Jack gets sick on an island known for its healing power?

2269 days ago
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Tommy    

This is an amazing theory and answers almost everyones questions. What is the smoke monster? Whats with Desmond seeing the future? Who is Jacob? What doesnt Richard age?

http://timelooptheory.com/the_timeline.htm

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