The 'Lost' 5: Points to ponder ahead of 'Ab Aeterno'
Ladies and gentlemen, we've reached the midway point of season six. Flash forward three months -- "Lost" will be TV history and Jen and I will be spending our Tuesday nights and early Wednesday mornings on totally alien pursuits, like quality time with the family. Or sleep. Crazy talk.
Maybe it's because we've reached the middle of the see-saw or perhaps because today is (nudge nudge) the 23rd, but tonight's show will be six minutes longer than usual, so you may want to adjust your DVRs accordingly.
Anyhow, as we prepare for tonight's episode, "Ab Aeterno," I offer five questions (and a few answers)...
1. What does 'Ab Aeterno' mean anyway?
"Since the beginning of time," according to Wiktionary. Which makes sense since we're in for a Richard Alpert-centric episode which promises to explain why the guy hasn't aged since, well, the beginning of time (where "time" equals Nestor Carbonell's arrival on the show in season three). Will it include a flashback that explains Ilana's greeting Alpert as "Ricardus" at the end of season 5? We can only hope. A toga-wearing Richard Alpert would be a refreshing change from the guy's usual LL Bean wardrobe.
2. Who is Zoe?
At first blush, Zoe -- played by Sheila Kelley conjuring her best island-hardened Tina Fey look -- appeared to be something of a Girl Friday for her employer, Charles Widmore. Sawyer met her last week on Hydra Island where she was posing as the last survivor of Ajira Airways flight 316. But according to a new interview, (WARNING: POSSIBLE SPOILERAGE AHEAD) Kelley claims Zoe is far from a throwaway character. In fact, says the actress, Zoe could be the key to the whole show. Said the newcomer, "This beautiful journey of this entire show, between good and evil, between science and faith, lies within Zoe." Delusions of grandeur or are the writers really going that far off reservation to wrap this story up?
3. Okay, so since we're talking new-ish characters, who is Ilana really?
We don't know much about Ilana aside from the fact that she was personally recruited by Jacob to come to the island to protect "the candidates" -- which somehow involved dragging a handcuffed Sayid onto that Ajira flight and bringing only a dapper vest to wear over her T-shirt. But in yet more mouthy-actors-giving-revealing-interview news, actress Zuleikha Robinson tells New York magazine's Vulture blog that not only will we get some more info about Ilana's M.O. tonight, but that we'll soon find out some revealing details about her -- f'rinstance why she was in a Russian hospital, whether she's been to the island before and whether or not she has a last name.
Here's a sneak peek from tonight's show in which Ilana gets specific marching orders from Jacob:
4. Are we done with the new characters already?
Maybe not. (AGAIN: SPOILER WARNING!) According to EW know-it-all Michael Ausiello, the upcoming 15th episode will be chock full of faces we've never seen before and feature only a few of the series regulars. Writes Ausiello, "Let’s just say it’s a big mythology episode and leave it at that."
5. Did you get enough Sawyer last week?
Me either. So, thank you ABC for putting together this "Cowboy Casanova" video set to the Carrie Underwood song of the same name. Dude, you can't do too much to please your core audience. Lots of shirtless shots, bon mots and those dimples.
Comment and share your own burning questions below...
| March 23, 2010; 3:38 PM ET
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