Lost: Got to get ourselves back to the island

not so gentle ben

Hopefully, you’ve been watching your Season Four DVDs, because tonight, Lost returns. (I guess you could watch that clipshow episode that’s on at 8 pm before the season premiere.)

This preview is SEASON FIVE SPOILER FREE, but everything else old is fair game to be discussed here, since this will be your quick primer to get you up to speed.

So, when last we left our intrepid castaways, here’s where everyone was, literally or figuratively:

The Oceanic Six (Jack, Kate, Sun, Hurley, Sayid and Aaron) had been rescued and were back on the mainland.

Juliet and Sawyer (who emerged from the water like Ursula Andress in DR NO) were on the beach. Somewhere nearby, presumably, were Miles (the Ghost Buster guy) and Charlotte (who possibly has been to the island before).

Daniel Faraday (the nerd with the tie) was on the inflatable boat, with some of the Red Shirts.

Locke is apparently now leading The Others and (possibly immortal) Richard is there too. And don’t forget Cindy the stewardess and the Kids. They must be around some place.

Desmond and Penelope had been reunited, about 2 seasons earlier than most people expected.

Claire may or may not dead. But she’s hanging in the creepy cabin in the woods with Jacob, who often times looks like Jack’s dad, Christian Shephard.

Michael and Jin are presumed dead, after being blown up on the freighter. Michael is probably dead, since Jacob said his job was finished, or something like that. Jin? Well, we’re all comics fans and we know the rule that if there’s no body, don’t be too sure they’re dead.

And Ben. Ben turned the “frozen donkey wheel” and moved the island. Where? When? Maybe we’ll find out tonight.

That all happened in “the present” (which was early 2005, being not soon after the Red Sox won the 2004 World Series). As for what happened in the future:

Locke (aka Jeremy Bentham) is apparently dead and found by Ben and Bearded Jack in a shabby funeral parlor.

Kate has been visited by a ghost or astral projection or something of Claire, who was watching over Aaron.

Sayid has broken Hurley out of an institution.

Sun had a confrontation on the street in London with Charles Widmore.

Whew. We’re probably forgetting some stuff (Who can remember it all besides that guy from Entertainment Weekly and he must get screener copies ahead of time?). But that’s hopefully enough of a refresher course for the start of Season Five in a few short hours.

Come back tomorrow afternoon for a spoiler-filled discussion of tonight’s episode. Don’t Worry. If you’re one of THOSE PEOPLE who don’t do spoilers, everything will be safely hidden after the jump.

Until then, keep wondering if we will finally see the four-toed statue tonight…

Posted by Mark Coale

Still out of it

Stately Beat Manor remains a vale of sickness and disease, as both The Beat and Future Mr. Beat had to skip all outside Inauguration festivities in exchange for sneezing. We did mount a short tribute to Patrick McGoohan by watching the excellent Escape from Alcatraz, directed by Ultimate Craftsman Don Siegel, and starring Super Hot Clint Eastwood, but that’s about it.

We have more information on The End of the Indie Pamphlet in the works. Diamond’s new policy has claimed at least one victim, AdHouse’s Superior Showcae #4, as Chris Pitzer writes on his blog.

The short & sweet: Comics are dead, long live OGNs.

The first casualty that I claim is SUPERIOR SHOWCASE #4. I was working on bringing a new issue out this summer that would have been filled with new talents that I’ve met over the last year. People whose voice may or may not have been heard before. But, I’m going to kill that issue now. Why? Well, at $2.95 there’s no way I’d get orders to put it anywhere near the new threshold. Numbers for #3 were not that great, and I can’t imagine #4 would improve.

LInk via Robot 6, where Kevin Melrose has a round-up that will hold you until we’re back on our feet.