(Again with the lack of pictures - I'll figure it out, don't worry!)
Why Mini? Well, this week doesn’t truly warrant a full fledged Lost Email. While there is a new "episode" this week, there isn’t going to be any new "footage". Plus, I don’t want to have to answer 100 questions about "Is Lost new this week?" from friends and co-workers…
Lost Episode Title: "Lost: The Journey"
Character Involved: Jack. Kate. Locke. Sawyer. Charlie. Sayid. More?
TV Guide Description: ABC invites new and avid "Lost" viewers to take a fresh look at one of this season's most talked about shows. "Lost: The Journey" promises to explore the series in a way that will bring new viewers up to date -- but which current viewers will also find illuminating. From the back stories of some of the most interesting characters on television to the mysteries of the island, "Lost: The Journey" will provide an insightful glimpse at the lives of some of the survivors of the doomed Oceanic Airlines flight 815. Narrated in a linear fashion and culminating from the pieces of the back stories told over multiple episodes in the series, "Lost: The Journey" focuses on the flashbacks of a core of characters, illustrating who they were and what they were doing before the crash. In addition, the island itself will be explored - culled from events that have taken place - which may reveal some of its secrets.
Brian's Deeper Meaning Guess: Really, there’s probably not much of a deeper meaning to this title. In fact, I’d wager the title came from some ABC suit, rather than an actual writer / creator of the show. Still, I’m not above reading deeper into something with no true deep meaning. "The Journey" obviously has two main points:
1. The physical journey that each of the characters was taking… on Flight 815, and then to the Island.
2. The spiritual / mental / emotional journey that each character is going through in life. Is the Island guiding them on this journey? Or would they be going on this journey regardless of where they were in the world? I think that the events of the island, along with Locke’s intervention make the journey heightened due to them being on the island.
There’s also the connection between this title and the season finale of "Exodus", but I won’t get into that here.
Last Month’s Episode Discussion Points: I’ll save these for next week’s Email. In return, I’ll present you with some sweet teases culled from the various corners of the Internet:
Early on, Jack found some skeletons and a pouch containing black-and-white rocks.
Executive producer Damon Lindelof: "We know who those skeletons are, what their story was, and what they were doing with those stones. But that’s a question we won’t be answering this season."
Sawyer’s backstory intersects with the Jack and Shannon/Boone histories.
Lindelof: "We’ll see, before the end of the season, why he popped up in Boone’s flashback."
Earlier this season, someone knocked out Sayid while he was trying to operate the plane’s radio.
Lindelof: "You will find out who within the next three original episodes. They will find the person, and that person will confess to having done it."
Will Michael’s raft set sail by season’s end?
Lindelof: "All I can say is, how much would it suck if it didn’t set sail? Wouldn’t you feel ripped off? I sure would!"
Charlie was hooked on heroin. Recently, Locke and Boone found heroin on a plane.
Lindelof: "One of the things that has made Charlie’s ability to kick the habit so easy is that he hasn’t had any temptation. Reintroducing temptation is part of our intent."
Hurley and the lotto numbers.
Lindelof: "Trying to find greater meaning in the numbers is the direction we are going to continue in for the rest of the season. Hurley doesn’t know that the numbers are on the hatch- what happens when he finds out that the numbers are on the hatch should be interesting."
Jin worked for his brutish father-in-law; what exactly was his job title?
Lindelof: "People always ask, ‘What’s Jin’s problem?’ There are a few missing pieces that will make it even clearer by season’s end why he’s acted the way he’s acted."
What’s Locke’s motive for keeping the hatch secret from the other castaways?
Lindelof: "His motive is revealed soon. Everything Locke does he believes is in the best interest of everybody. That’s all I’ll say."
Lastly, the award for coolest hidden Marketing scheme ever goes to the folks at Entertainment Weekly. Did you catch last week’s cover?
Check the issue number. That’s right. 815. Insanity.
Plan your May!
May 4, 2005 - Episode 21: The Greater Good (Sayid)
May 11, 2005 - Episode 22: Born to Run (Kate)
May 18, 2005 - Episode 23: Exodus, Part 1 (Everybody)
May 25, 2005 - Episode 24: Exodus, Part 2 (Everybody)
May 25, 2005 - Episode 25: Exodus, Part 3 (Everybody)
Full Email next week!