First, let me just say that I watched bits and pieces of the Lost "Recap Show" that aired prior to tonight's season premiere. If you know nothing about Lost, then the story sounds incredibly goofy - smoke monsters, an electromagnetic island, a four-toed statue - but since I am a walking "Lost Encyclopedia," luckily all of this mumbo-jumbo makes perfect sense to me.
Most important, tonight we learn that Hurley is still fat in the future and that Charlie looks good when he cleans himself up. Other things to note: A creepy guy visits Future Hurley in the mental hospital who really isn't a lawyer for Oceanic airlines. Future Jack is a big drinker. Back on the island, Ben is put on a leash. Noami, who is badly injured, crawls through the jungle, dies, and hands Kate the satellite phone. Jack's dad might be the guy in the scary house with the lantern? The group chooses sides after hearing of Charlie's message that the rescuers aren't with Penny's team. Jack tries to shoot Locke, but then discovers that the gun wasn't loaded. Locke takes a group to the compound previously occupied by the Others. Sawyer leaves Freckles to join Locke. Kate and Jack look like they are going to kiss about 20 times during the episode, but never do. During the last two minutes, Kate and Jack encounter their rescuer as he parachutes on to the island.
There you have it. For a brief moment I thought Charlie was really alive and I got very excited. Then I remembered that Hurley is crazy and the whole thing had to be a hallucination. Dang it. All in all, it was an excellent episode. How much you want to bet that the series finale will be a trip back to the island?
UPDATE: I am posting this screen capture from last night's episode (I know I'm a dork). It really looks like Christian Shepherd to me in that rocking chair! Don't you think?
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