August 12, 2008
Let's not hold this up with pleasantries and sentiment - the proverbial ''Hi, kids! It's been awhile, and boy, have I missed you!'' - although to be clear, it has been awhile, and I have missed you.
We have stuff to discuss.
Yes, even though the premiere of Lost is still more than five months away, I have news for you, including a bit of business that represents one of the first official ''spoilers'' of season 5 - the title that producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof have given the first episode.
Kinda evokes that moment at the end of season 3, when Flash Forward Jack was about to kill himself by leaping from that Los Angeles overpass. It's an important moment to evoke, as it sets up his redemptive quest to return to the Island and rescue those he left behind. Of course, Jack first has to find the Island, which vanished right before our eyes in the season 4 finale. One might wonder if ''The Bridge'' represents the segue from Jack's current position in space/time to the Island's present temporal locale. ''The Bridge'' also has subtext: after all, season 5 will be the bridge season of Lost - the year we must cross in order to get to season 6, the terminus for the series. All to say, ''The Bridge'' would make a fitting title for the first episode of season 5...