Lindelof: You Won't Know When You Are 'Lost'By ALAN STANLEY BLAIR
Source: Sci Fi Wire
The following contains MODERATE SPOILERS for Season 5 of "Lost" on ABC.
ABC's "Lost" most likely won't begin broadcasting again until 2009, but not even that has stopped the show's producers from teasing fans on what they can expect.
One of the main subject areas included the setting of the fifth season, particularly where flashbacks are concerned. The weekly flashback approach to the series became one of the shows defining features, allowing for more personal stories to be told; however in the fourth year, the flashbacks became "flash forwards" and hinted at life after the island. For Season 5 though, all bets are off.
"We are steering away from the word 'flashback' and embracing a whole new word," creator Damon Lindelof told fans at San Diego Comic-Con, according to SciFi Wire. "Once again, when Season 5 starts, you're not going to know when and where you are. We do this fun thing every year where we let the audience figure out where they are."
His partner in crime, Carlton Cuse, backed him up while insisting that "there will still be flashbacks and 'flash-forwards' on the show, but we are going to do something different this season and mix it up. There will be storytelling both on the island and off the island and in different periods of time. It's just going to be organized differently and not constrained by the rules of flashbacks and 'flash-forwards.'"
The duo also confirmed that despite their demise at the end of Season 4, the characters of Jin (Daniel Dae Kim) and John Locke (Terry O'Quinn) will be back ... as will Danielle Rousseau (Mira Furlan), who will finally receive a story of her own.
During the event, Matthew Fox made a surprise appearance and, according to TV Guide, there was even a stunt to promote the Dharma Initiative. A fan named Dan claimed to have an "exclusive video from the Dharma booth." The footage featured Dr. Marvin Candle (who admitted his real name) and also implied that time is of the essence for the initiative and that life on the island is 30 years behind the rest of the world.