Say this for ABC and the producers of “Lost”: They are committed to the information lockdown as regards season six.
The network sent out its description of the season premiere, “LA X,” on Monday, and aside from making sure that we know there’s a space between the “A” and the “X,” the release says less than these things usually do.
Often with these documents, there’s a one- or two-sentence description of the episode, a la this one from “Some Like It Hoth” last season: “Suspicions about a possible breach intensify after Ben is taken from the infirmary, and a reluctant Miles is forced to work with Hurley when he’s asked to deliver an important package to a top Dharma official.” It then lists the regular and guest cast and tells you who wrote and directed the episode. There’s never a ton to grab onto, but it at least gives you a sense of what to expect.
“LA X,” though? Not so much. This is the sum total of ABC’s description: “The aftermath from Juliet’s detonation of the hydrogen bomb is revealed.” Somehow we think there’s a little more to it than that.
(Entering spoiler-y territory here. If you’re not interested in that, look away now.)
What is (possibly) revealing, though, is the cast list for the episode. The core group — Naveen Andrews, Michael Emerson, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia, Josh Holloway, Daniel Dae Kim, Yunjin Kim, Ken Leung, Evangeline Lilly and Terry O’Quinn — are all listed. Additionally, Nestor Carbonell (Richard Alpert, Jeff Fahey (Frank Lapidus) and Zuleikha Robinson (Ilana) have been bumped up to regular cast members.
But here’s the big deal, and let me repeat the spoiler warning from two paragraphs above. Good? Good.
ABC also lists Emilie de Ravin as part of the cast for the episode. Claire was AWOL for season five, but her presence once again could lend credence to the theory that the bomb detonation did what it was intended to do — reset the timeline so that Oceanic 815 never actually crashed.
We’ll find out in just about two months’ time: “LA X” (written by showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse and directed by Jack Bender) is set for Groundhog Day, Feb. 2.
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