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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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31.

bamabunny    

Ang...no just a little mistaken. According to Bernard, the boat people said the Doctor was fine. Not only did Daniel lie, but the boat people lied to Daniel. I don't think Widmore intends for the freighter folk (Daniel, Miles, Lawnmower Man) to get off the island, either.

And, BTW, all of you are assuming that everyone that's not part of the Oceanic Six (except Ben, of course) dies on the island. Who says? Just because they don't get off the island doesn't mean they die. Maybe Jack wants to go back because of the people they left behind.

2318 days ago
32.

Kate    

Kind of wondering what happens to my man, Sawyer...we know he doesn't get off the island. He must join Locke or get killed,
is all I can come up with. Thankfully, they did not kill him in the first episode back. During the break I watched ALL the episode,
from the first on through, AGAIN. One might call me addicted.
Oh, somehow I think the polar bear in the desert and Ben arrived due to one of the experiments Ben's people are doing. They did not happen at the same time though.

2318 days ago
33.

Ang    

Thanks Beth. The word Lost is truly fitting.

2318 days ago
34.

BRITTNEY    

OK FIRST OF ALL I THINK MAYBE THE SMOKE MONSTER COULD BE JACOB, JACOBS PET OR SOMETHING TO THAT EFFECT. DONT FORGET THE SEASON FINALE WHEN LOCKE WENT INTO JACOBS CABIN WITH BEN AND JACOB APPEARED TO BE AN INVISIBLE PERSON ROCKING IN A ROCKING CHAIR. I WAS ALSO SURPRISED TO SEE CLAIRE UN-BLOWN UP, I THOUGHT I HAD MY ANSWER AS TO WHY IN A RECENT EPISODE WHEN KATE WENT TO TRIAL, SHE GOT HOME AND WENT UPSTAIRS TO CHECK ON HER SON. HE CALLED HER MOMMY AND SHE CALLED HIM AARON, IS KATE RAISING CLAIRES SON IN THE FLASH FORWARDS????

2318 days ago
35.

June    

#28, your so right about all the damn commericals, i thought it was just me!!!
Loved the episode!!

2318 days ago
36.

HESOHOT    

LETS NOT FORGET TO MENTION>>> HOW HOT SAWYER WAS LAST NIGHT>>> HERO... again..
LOVED LOVED THE LINE .. IF ONE CURLY HAIR ON HIS HEAD IS HURT >> I KILL YOU... DER> FAIR ENOUGH...

2318 days ago
37.

lissa_karen    

Ahhhhh Alex is dead!!! And the crappy part is right before she dies she get's to hear her own father tell the guy he does'nt care about her ect ect ect.... blahhhh I hate to love lost so much

2318 days ago
38.

Great Thursday TV    

yes.. the 2 minutes of grey's was necessary! though i hoped we'd get two extra minutes of Lost too..

i agree with the B.. wasn't great... wasn't horrible

my question to be answers... does locke die.. or does he simply remain on the island...

2318 days ago
39.

LINDANKC    

It was a great episode!!!! So many great lines and moments. I was so hyped up when it was over I thought I would never get to sleep.

Yes, all the additional commercials were very irritating, however, it is happening on all the new shows now and will only get worse. All because of the writer's strike....the networks have to make up that additional money somehow, and commercials are the only way. :(

2318 days ago
40.

r    

Lost is a game. check out lostisagame.com. Ben and whitmore are playing a game that is why ben can't kill him

2318 days ago
41.

HUMAN77    

I believe that Widmore was/is the money behind the Darhma Initiative. It would cost millions and he sure has it.
Then when Ben helped kill them all off and joined the " Others " is when Ben became enemy # 1.
Penny is Widmores daughter. " Puzzled " must have missed those episodes.
Overall I was very impressed with the Episode. They killed off three regular characters and some stray extras ?
Where do these faceless people come from ? Ben probably killed Nadia and set up other guy. That's how he operates.
Please don't comment on previews of next weeks. I purposely did not see and avoided them.

2318 days ago
42.

niyatwin    

I think that the whole project belong to Charles Widmore. I also think that after a while the orginal workers on the island where tired of doing the work and were cast out of the barets. I think that once ben became of age he switch sides because he hated his father. When Ben took over the island for his own personal use Charles Widmore wanted to find out what was wrong with his investment and with no contact with the island he sent his people to look for it. (why he doesnt know where it is I dont know). I want to know one thing, now that it is obvious that ben literaly runs the island why and how the smoke sounds like a machine. Is it a machine that Ben made to look like a monster to scare his people on the island. It sounds like chains moving when it grabes people?

2318 days ago
43.

Sommer    

The doctor on the boat IS fine. The times are different on the island and the boat, remember? Faraday lied about it because he didn't want to tell the Losties about the whole time thing, probably.

2318 days ago
44.

Chuck L.    

Rousseau is alive. When she finds out that Ben let her daughter die, she shoots him in the arm. He somehow does a time warp which lands him in the desert with the injured arm. Seem to make sense? Question: Who put Smoky back in his cage?

2318 days ago
45.

VGRIN    

If Hurley was to lead them to the cabin why are they following Ben? Did I miss something?

2318 days ago
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