Fans of Lost need not despair. Season 4 is not just the beginning of the end for their favourite castaways. It’s much more.
This season (which ended in the US in May last year; a clause in Star World’s contract with ABC didn’t allow them to air the show here before April), new characters join the already drained and distressed cast of the original ABC series. The Star World season debut, on 30 April, will unravel more mysteries and questions, taking the stunning finale of season 3 forward.
Physicist Daniel Faraday, cultural anthropologist Charlotte Lewis, spiritualist Miles Straume and Frank Lapidus, a helicopter pilot who was supposed to fly the doomed Oceanic Flight 815 that crashlanded on the island in the South Pacific where Lost is set, are some of the new entrants. The other hallmark of this season is going to be its fast pace. As in the earlier seasons, the show cuts to the past, the future and back to the present.
The players: Season 4 begins with The Beginning of the End.
The first is an episode centred around Hurley; the death of Charlie, which the cast comes to know of in the very first episode, hits him hard. Another highlight of the season is the sense that the “rescuers” may have some nefarious purpose related to the island.
Much of the island is changed. Some of those marooned have established contact with their prospective rescuers. Two castaways, Jack and Kate, who were off the island, now contemplate returning. Season 4 of Lost received rave reviews in the US, with some critics calling it the best season so far. The San Francisco Chronicle critic said after watching two episodes: “Three words for Thursday’s first episode: Oh. My. God. ABC kindly sent the second episode as well. Three more words: Oh. My. God.”
For those of us used to badly scripted reality shows, Lost is an example of what happens when big budgets are used for great writing, and how entertaining genre-bending TV programming can be.
On Star World, from 30 April, on Thursdays and Fridays at 10pm.