Who’s Responsible? Teleplay is credited to Drew Goddard (“Cloverfield”) and Brian K. Vaughn (“Y The Last Man”), who coincidentally or not authored story arcs for the blockbuster “Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight” comic-book series.
What does ABC say? “The survivors begin to question the intentions of their supposed rescuers when four strangers arrive on the island. Guest starring are Ken Leung as Miles, Jeremy Davies as Daniel Faraday, Rebecca Mader as Charlotte, Jeff Fahey as Frank Lapidus, Mira Furlan as Danielle Rousseau, Tania Raymonde as Alex, Blake Bashoff as Karl, Marsha Thomason as Naomi, Lance Reddick as Matthew Abaddon, Jill Kuramoto as female anchor, Necar Zadegan as translator, Azure McCall as Mrs. Gardner and Kanayo Chiemelu as African/Tunisian man.”
Does it utilize flashbacks for flashforwards? Flashbacks.
Who gets the flashbacks? Five newcomers to Dharma Island: Daniel (the twitchy fellow we met at the end of last episode), Miles, Charlotte, Frank and Naomi. They are all supercool.
Naomi gets a flashback? Is she not dead? She’s dead; she gets a flashback.
What’s doing with team Shephard? Coping with Naomi’s suspicious friends.
What’s doing with Team Locke? Headed for a cabin.
Do we learn who’s been parachuting Dharma groceries onto the island? Not this week.
Do we learn how the newcomers can find the island when nobody else seems to be able to? I think we get a pretty good clue.
Does George (the walkie voice played by “Short Circuit” icon Fisher Stevens) show up in person this week? He does not. But he is heard from again, and asks if he’s on speaker.
Do we learn more about Abbadon this week? We do.
Do we see Jacob this week? No.
Since Tunisia is in Africa, isn’t “African/Tunisian man” a little redundant? I don’t know.
Was last week’s episode the weakest “Lost” season premiere to date? Yes. Which is not to say it was terrible.
Is tonight’s episode better than last week’s? Unquestionably.
Does Desmond make any predictions? No.
Does Michael and/or Walt turn up? No. But Walt is referenced.
What about Pretend Charlie? No.
Smokezilla? No. But Locke does ask Ben what Smokezilla is!
No Christian Shepard? No.
Horace and Olivia Goodspeed? No.
Matthew Fox said time travel would be an element of the series. Could Adam and Eve be Jack and Kate? I don’t know.
What’s great? “Can’t really say it’s our primary objective.” “Now take me to her body!” “It doesn’t scatter quite right.” “He can’t come to the phone right now.” “She was not on the plane!” Jeremy Davies! Ken Leung! Rebecca Mader! Michael Emerson! Terry O’Quinn! Evangeline Lilly (how come they’re not sticking her in more movies?)! The tool. The collar. The photo of Ben and Ben himself. Most of all, the flashbacks, swimming in fresh mystery!
What’s not so great? I’d like to know why Frank was so sure the ring wouldn’t fall off.
How does it end, spoiler-boy? With Ben.
Who are said to be featured in future episodes again? 4.3 “The Economist”: Sayid 4.4 “Eggtown”: Kate 4.5 “The Constant”: Desmond 4.6 “The Other Woman”: Juliet 4.7 “Ji Yeon”: SunJin 4.8 “Meet Kevin Johnson”: Michael