You have "Lost" questions? We have answers! Er. Kind of.
Before playing catch-up with all of Season Three - available on DVD this Tuesday - or re-watching the stunning finale you gave "Save Until I Delete" DVR status months ago, the Sci-Fi Channel digs in with a few hints for the upcoming season.
Besides yakking about the show's OBVIOUS theme of redemption, executive producer Carlton Cuse confesses that the person inside the coffin at the end of Season Three's mega-cliffhanger is someone fans have seen before. (It's Arzt! I knew it!) As for the actual timeline on the island, co-creator Damon Lindelof revealed that, "By the end of Season Three, the survivors have still been on the island for less than a hundred days ... but don't forget that you may be jumping into the future next year, so anything goes!"
The new space-and-time travel element became a realistic consideration once ABC allowed "Lost's" creators to put an end date on the show, Cuse said.
"It was time to begin a new modality of storytelling, which includes flash-forwards," he said. "The show is like a mosaic. There are tiles in the present, in the past and now in the future as well. When all the tiles are in place, the story of 'Lost' will be complete."
There are also a few tidbits about the Kate-Jack-Sawyer love triangle and the island revelation of Jacob, but as always, the "Losties" run a pretty tight-lipped ship. Michael Ausiello of TV Guide, however, already knows what happens in first eight episodes, and offered these veiled clues about the island's resident Benedict Arnold, Michael, in a recent Q&A column:
"Michael's reappearance in Episode 8 is guaranteed to, ahem, make waves."
"I can tell you that in one scene (Michael) appears opposite a gun-toting character we thought was dead — and who still may be. And here's the real kicker: The scene does not take place on the island. Far from it, in fact."
Yeah, yeah, it isn't much. But for now, it'll have to do.
-- Thomas Rozwadowski, firstname.lastname@example.org