Six reasons to look forward to season four of Lost
We've reached the "Beginning of the End," folks. In just a few days, Lost will return for an eight-episode run. In honor of the show's return, I've come up with six reasons why I'm eager to see what's in store for Jack, Kate, Hurley, and the whole 815 gang. Feel free to share your own reasons in the comments section below.
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Lance Reddick: Fans of The Wire are already familiar with Lance Reddick. Since 2002, Reddick has played Cedric Daniels, a politically-savvy commanding officer in the Baltimore police department. I'm thrilled that this brilliant actor will get to showcase his talents to a larger audience. Little is known about Reddick's role, but his voice and his intimidating physique (6'4" and ripped) make him a prime candidate for the show's newest villain. The character's name, Matthew Abbadon, indicates that this man will be bad news. Perhaps if Reddick does well on the show, he can put in a good word for some of his former co-stars. Omar would be a fantastic Other, don't you think?
A new set of villains: Do you remember how exciting it was when you first heard about the Others? The island "hostiles" quickly took over the Black Smoke Monster's position as scariest thing on the island. With the introduction of the freighter folks, we get to watch a whole new batch of (potential) bad guys mix it up with the 815 survivors. Ben was convinced that the arrival of the visitors meant death for everyone else. Jack's flash-forward made it clear that something terrible will happen before Jack and Kate return home. Now that we know that the freighter isn't part of Penny's rescue team, the possibilities are endless.
Ben Linus--now with 50% more manipulation: With the impending arrival of the freighter crew, it's a safe bet that Ben will be working overtime to maintain control of the island. Ben looked pretty desperate the last time we saw him. At the close of the Season Three finale, two of his people betrayed him, several were killed, and the rest of the Others were asking questions. To make matters worse, Locke was alive and Jack made contact with the outside world. You can never count Ben out, though. He's done some of his best maneuvering when backed into a corner. I'm guessing that this ruthless man has a few more tricks up his sleeve.
Round four of Locke vs. Jack: These two seem destined to be at odds until the show's end. Every season, Locke and Jack find new reasons to argue--the hatch, Ben, leadership of the island, etc. Their conflict reached a turning point last season, when Jack successfully contacted Naomi's colleagues on the freighter. Locke's obsession with staying on the island will once again pit him against Jack's desire for rescue. Terry O'Quinn recently won an Emmy for his Lost role, and I'm excited to see what he does with his character this year. Locke's already stabbed Naomi and threatened Jack's life. How will he respond to the newest threat to his agenda?
More flash-forwards: Last season's huge revelation--that some of the 815ers make it off the island--changed the show dramatically. At the very least, we know that Jack and Kate return to the mainland, and that a third unknown character dies in the future. The flash-forward left me with a million questions. Why is Jack suicidal? Why isn't Kate in prison in the future? I can't wait to get some answers, along with more questions, in the next eight episodes. Hopefully we'll learn how the other survivors fit into the new timeline as well.
It's new, scripted content: We're not getting the full sixteen-episode season we expected, but it's hard to complain about new episodes of any scripted drama at this point. Most of my favorite shows are on an indefinite hiatus already, and I'm getting sick of reruns and reality shows (no offense, gladiators). Fans have debated whether or not half a season is better than nothing, but I'm happy that Lost is back on TV. Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse will find a way to tell the rest of the Lost story--eventually.
In celebration of the season premiere, TV Squad will host a live chat during the 9pm ET airing of the show. All are welcome. See you on Thursday night!