Greetings, Lostophiles! It's Wednesday so I'm sure you're getting pumped for another great edition of Lost. I mean, after the fantastic threesome of "Enter 77," "Par Avion" and "The Man From Tallahassee," we've clearly hit the "road to Shambala," right?
Hold the phone - tonight's episode, entitled "Exposé," might be the big speedbump we've all been dreading. Its focus is on the most unwelcome new characters Lost has ever introduced, Nikki and Paulo (pictured here, courtesy of ew.com), which means one of two things will happen: Either, 1) as The Powers that Be have promised, this episode will dramatically change our outlook on these wastes of space, or 2) We'll all want that hour of our lives back and get angry that we've been diverted from last episode's kicker, Anthony Cooper bound and gagged in a utility room in Othersville (a plot we'll only return to in the May 2 episode). Here's hoping for the former...
Tidbits from the Doc
In today's column on ew.com, Jeff "Doc" Jensen gives us some Q and A he had with Executive Producer Damon Lindelof. The following snippets are not spoilers - they are clarifications of things we've already seen. This stuff is interesting, so I thought I'd excerpt it here for you. (For the rest of the Doc's thoughts and potentially relevant literary references, click on the title to this post).
When Locke was walking away from the submarine last week, he appeared to be soaking wet, despite the fact that we never saw him get into the water. This has led to speculation among fans that Locke didn't actually blow up the sub, but instead, took it out to sea, submerged it, and blew up the dock — all part of a plan to make it appear the submarine was destroyed. The question is this: Are we supposed to be wondering why John Locke was all wet? Intriguingly, Damon Lindelof says: ''No comment.''
In the final moment of ''The Man From Tallahassee,'' when Locke's eyes went wide and he said ''Dad?'' was Lost paying ironic homage to the classic ''Mom?'' moment in J.J. Abrams' other cult-pop classic, Alias? Despite the fact that the episode was written by former Alias scribes Drew Goddard and Jeff Pinkner, Lindelof and Cuse say no homage intended. But the moment was supposed to evoke the memory of another Lost moment — specifically, the episode from season 1 when Jack began seeing visions of his father on The Island and went hunting for his coffin, only to discover that the body was missing. Hmmmm...
Are we supposed to be wondering what happened to the corpse of Jack's dad, or is that fact totally irrelevant? Lindelof: ''Yes, you should be wondering about that.''
Bringing it Home - the Doc's Theory About Nikki and Paulo
As you read through the rest of Jensen's column, you'll get to his theories on the possible biblical referents for the names of our ne'er-do-well featured characters, and a prediction of what will befall them. In a nutshell, the Doc predicts (not a spoiler, just a theory) that these two will die tonight, only to be "resurrected" with the souls of recently departed Others Mikhail Bakunin and Bea Klugh. Bear in mind that Doc has long tossed around the theory that the island and the purpose for the crash of flight 815 has been all about rebirthing certain powerful souls into the body of Aaron and, now, Sun's baby. My take? I've seen nothing on the show or the island to think body-snatching or soul-hopping is going on, but hey, isn't Lost great because it inspires imaginative thinking?
Until tomorrow, with the recap of Exposé, Namaste!