Well, the two-month "radio silence" period Lost traditionally practices between the season finale and the San Diego Comic-Con is about to come to a close. As it is, though, there actually has been a bit of Lost-related information leaking out since "The Incident." In anticipation of tomorrow's Comic Con panel (and the sincere hope it will turn up online, since I was unable to score passes), a brief rundown of what's been going on in the Lost-verse.
Remember, in my recap of the finale (see below, prior post), how I explained the meaning of the statue being Egyptian god Sobek? Buzzzzz!! It turns out, according to co-creator J.J. Abrams (who released the info, oddly enough, through a crossword puzzle in Wired Magazine), that the statue is, in fact, the Egyptian goddess Tawaret, who is typically depicted as a pregnant woman with a hippo's head. Now, I don't see pregnant, woman, or hippo in the statue, but, and this is key, Tawaret, like Sobek, is also linked to both protection and fertility. So while my i.d. was apparently off, my theories about the statue still hold.
There were only supposed to be 17 hours in Season 6 (the same length as Season 5). But, when the writers first started breaking out the story they needed to tell to get to the ending of the series, they realized 17 wouldn't cut it, and ABC consented to ordering an extra hour. So, Lostophiles, we'll actually be treated to an 18-hour season, with the extra hour tacked on to the season premier (i.e. instant gratification...if January can be considered instant).
Is He, or Isn't He?
Apparently, ABC put out a promo featuring some of its newer stars, and some of its older stars, that had the internet all a-buzz that Dominic Monaghan (Charlie Pace, to us) would be back on Lost in some capacity. Now, it appears, we were faked out - Dom is apparently going to appear in at least one other ABC series this season...and yet, maybe it's a double fake out, since he's also made clear how interested he would be in returning during Lost's curtain-call season. Will Hurley again see Charlie's ghost? Will Charlie appear in a flashback? Will the "incident" have altered time, allowing us to see Charlie alive and going about his life? Or will he never again appear on Lost?
Elizabeth Mitchell (Dr. Juliet Burke) appeared done with Lost when she fell down a mine shaft, then detonated a hydrogen bomb with a rock. This appeared to be even more the case when ABC announced that Mitchell has a key role in its new series, V (a redo of the 1980s sci-fi miniseries). However, this week, Mitchell announced that she will again appear on Lost, and that the show's producers have been in touch with V's producers to ensure that works out. So, the big question is, in what capacity will we see Juliet (dead, alive, flashback, ghost...)?
A "New" Documentary
Finally, in a not-too-subtly hidden ad in the inside cover of this week's Entertainment Weekly, it was announced that a Kia-sponsored online documentary, "Mysteries of the Universe: The DHARMA Initiative" will be shown on ABC.com gradually between now and the end of the year. The first installment, an intro to what appears to be an early 80s era anthology series similar to "In Search Of" or "That's Incredible", is now online at http://abc.com/lostmysteries. Subsequent snippets will be posted on August 4, September 8, October 15, and November 16.
Well, folks, until tomorrow's Comic Con panel hits the web, Namaste.