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Lost: What Do You Think?

[Editor's Note, 2/2/10: Okay, so, we were wrong. J.'s back!

Editor's Note, 2/24/10: Okay, maybe we were wrong about being wrong. Here's an update.]

Hello to the Lost audience from a lost scribbler.

A while back I was writing a regular piece here on Powell's about each episode of Lost, specifically about the texts that were referenced/sampled by the narrative and how the ideas of those texts were in turn implemented in the narrative.

Then I got sick, and my posts became less regular, then irregular, and then there weren't any.

I'd like to start writing those posts again with this sixth and final season.I'd like to start writing those posts again with this sixth and final season. However, there is one catch:

Leaving aside other details, when I fell off the face of the internet, I had only seen up through the fifth episode of the fifth season. I didn't want to watch more episodes for fear of learning something that might shade what I was already working on. So I held off watching new episodes in the hopes of catching up. I couldn't catch up.

(The catch is coming —)

Now the final season is starting, one of the largest mythologies ever worked out on a screen of any size is coming to an end, and I don't want to miss it. I'm hoping to write new posts for this season, but those missed episodes would haunt new posts.

(The catch is still coming —)

In a Jan. 28 New York Times article, Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof explained that they were crafting this season so a viewer wouldn't necessarily had to have watched the previous 95 episodes in order to enjoy/get it.

A colleague of mine at the University of Virginia, Ryan (I hope you see this), also made an intriguing suggestion: Since Lost is predicated on missing and fragmentary information, partial memory, and absent elements of the story that the audience attempts to reconstruct, why not deal with Lost on its own terms? Write about the new episodes, said Ryan, and based on what happens, try to re-construct what seems should have happened. It could be an experiment, a chance to take on Lost's own narrative rules to explore how they hold up.It could be an experiment, a chance to take on Lost's own narrative rules to explore how they hold up.

(Here's the catch —)

Given Ryan's suggestion and the NY Times article, it may be worth trying to write about Lost despite that 12-episode lacuna.  If I were to write about Lost for Powell's again, I would not be able to do so with full knowledge of anything after the point I fell down the rabbit hole. If that's okay with you, that's fantastic with me. But this would mean I wouldn't be able to really address much in the comments, because the rest of the audience will be able to recognize elements and draw connections based on information that I wouldn't have. That's the one drawback, the one catch.

That said, I do have all the past episodes recorded, and can see watching one or two of the past episodes along with one of the new episodes each week.  That might help to recover some of the missing pieces, and I don't know if I could help myself anyway.

What say you?

Books mentioned in this post

J. Wood is the author of Living Lost: Why We're All Stuck on the Island

222 Responses to "Lost: What Do You Think?"

    Jane Eyre February 2nd, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Please do! We're so glad to have you back!

    Jeff C. February 2nd, 2010 at 11:02 am

    It's wonderful to see you back, and I welcome your writing however you choose to do it. (But you really should see the missing episodes at some point).

    J Parsons February 2nd, 2010 at 11:08 am

    You choose to write about Lost however you want. I'm sure the insights will still be thought-provoking and entertaining.

    And I am glad to see you back, and hope that you are feeling better.

    omakbob February 2nd, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Woo Hoo!
    As a long time lurker and one who has never attempted to comment, I am very, very happy to hear that you're up to the task of reviewing this season.

    Many of us were concerned by your abrupt departure, and are relieved that you are OK.

    Regarding the missing episodes from season 5 - sounds like a good book to me!

    Trent February 2nd, 2010 at 11:12 am

    This would be no less interesting than your previous writings. Go for it!

    Robert February 2nd, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Don't do it! We need your expert take on these new episodes and it is absolutely imperative that you have information from last season! I respect the attempt, but your insights are too invaluable to be encumbered with missing plot! Just my opinion, but please watch!

    Smokey’s Colander February 2nd, 2010 at 11:20 am

    We'll just think of you as Lost & Found.

    I suspect this final season will (at least initially) be more confusing for you than for someone with no knowledge of what's past, or someone who watched only the first season or two. But I expect it will be fascinating to watch you try to knit together then and now with threads of speculation and extrapolation. Leap right in ...

    Tracy Lynn February 2nd, 2010 at 11:20 am

    an interesting experiment that I will gladly watch unfold - and I hope you are feeling better!

    renee February 2nd, 2010 at 11:24 am


    rowantree67 February 2nd, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Hello and welcome back, Mr. J. Wood!!
    I'm thrilled to pieces you have returned. Whatever you wish to write and share is absolutely A-OK with me. I hope your health has improved!
    I agree with others above that you will need to fill in your missing S5 episodes at some point. They're just too good to miss!
    Thanks again. I'm awaiting the premiere tonight with baited breath here in Powells' home town of Portland.

    neoloki February 2nd, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Yes please. Any comments you have would be gratefully read. I credit your articles at the beginning of season 3 for my love of the show. Season 6 would not be the same without you.

    Mr. Martin February 2nd, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Watch the episodes!

    Seriously, I re-read your last post several times waiting for the next one. I enjoy your references to one of the "largest mythologies ever worked out on a screen of any size" and I think they need context. Plus, that finale! Holy schmoly!

    Camille Hopkins February 2nd, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Plot lines be damned. By neglecting the missing episodes you deprive yourself of the richness of character development unfolding. Watch the missing episodes and stop fretting. I'll look for your posts.

    Everett February 2nd, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Welcome back! And I hope your feeling better.

    This is good news indeed!

    leah February 2nd, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Yay! So glad to see you back. Any J is better than no J at all, so please do post. My only misgiving, as some have stated above, is that YOU are missing out, especially with the development in the finale of last season. That's got me really excited about this season. So, catch up at your leisure, but definitely catch up! However, if you are willing to come back to us, we'll take anything we can get!

    Miss Gretchen February 2nd, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    I had just said to a family member "I don't want to know anything about LOST today from the media, I'm just pacing nervously about until 8:00." Then I came here to Powell's blog for my daily Book News and What Shock! It was almost as shocking as. . .that Thing which happened the in Season 5 finale! Which I won't say!
    Seriously, I read your post really holding my breath, thinking, will we have to be sure not to comment on those episodes? Because I can't promise that! But I will say, that the comments by Darlton in The Times really struck me as well, and I was hoping my teenage niece would hop on board this season for the first time. It's just too, too grand to participate in the final season, and I think you will enjoy it and we will surely appreciate anything you might want to contribute. If you think about it, many of your posts from past seasons stand on their own about each episode -- for me, without knowing anything about the series, you pulled me into it in the middle of season three!

    The only idea I have to add, is perhaps if there is an episode where, for whatever reason, you don't want to comment, if you put up a post here for all of us to comment with each other that week, I think people might enjoy that.

    Just to also add. . .it's 5:00 now. If I were you, I'd watch the finale at least. But others would disagree. . .Sorry if I'm saying the wrong thing, but it's just such a great episode. . .

    Miss Gretchen February 2nd, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    I was so excited that I forgot to include the info, that the night of the season finale, they had a one hour show which aired right before the finale which helped the audience to grasp what had happened during the entire season 5. I re-watched it last night and it was very very helpful. Season 5 has a lot going on! I assume that the preview tonight at 8:00 will be similar, but just FYI in case you recorded all three hours that night of the finale.

    Chris February 2nd, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Hey - It IS just a TV show. Perspective has always been important to the show, as well as your Lost Blog. Being ill for an extended period of time ought to remind us (and you of course) of how insignificant a TV show truly is and should be, in the scheme of things right? I would welcome the opportunity to read your perspective on Lost for its final season, I invariably learned something from your ramblings.

    Suzanne February 2nd, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Yes! I'm so happy you're back, and will gladly turn to you first for analysis again. Whatever format you'd like to use is fine! I'm certain it will be terrific, as always.

    Charlotte K February 2nd, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    You write here under any terms you like, but please, just write!

    I hope very much that you are feeling better.

    Vicky M. February 2nd, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    I LOVE your comments on the show so I would love to read whatever you feel like writing on Lost.

    PS....I totally loved the 5th season so watch it when you get a chance.

    adam s. February 2nd, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Yesss! i enjoyed your blog at least as much as the show itself. season 6 might as well be broadcast in grayscale without your blog here. i checked every day for months to see if you would return. what a wonderful day it is to have lost and j. wood rising back from the ashes. welcome back j! it wouldnt have been the same without ya

    the puma February 2nd, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Welcome back!! You have been missed. I primarily read your post to enhance the pleasure of the current episode. I am positive that your blog will be as epic as usual.

    Pat February 2nd, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Do it!! Please do it!! You have been sorely missed!

    Doofus February 2nd, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Anything you write will be very appreciated. Your idea sounds like a great experiment and I am interested to see where it will take you.

    Ginny February 2nd, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Yes, J. please do!! I will read everything you write! So glad to have you back!

    sosolost February 2nd, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    1st & foremost - I hope your health is much-improved!

    And, welcome back!! I've been coming back to Powell's regularly to see when/if you might return. Have really missed your take on Lost!

    So, please, handle it however you want to and whatever you're comfortable with. I just want to read anything you are willing and able to write!

    Can't wait!

    Steve February 2nd, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Yes, please do! I don't know if I would categorize this as writing on the show on "its own terms" as your colleague stated, but it would be a worthwhile endeavor nonetheless. So glad to hear you are doing better!

    asilgrass February 2nd, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    You're Alive!!!!

    I just finished watching Season 6 opener and was on my way to another site when I thought, "I'll stop in at Powell's just in case" and here it is... the missing link!

    I too welcome anything you have to say on season 6, but as a true fan that you are, you must catch up on season 5!

    Perlandra February 2nd, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    So wonderful to have you back!! (Also hope this means you're feeling better.) If you saw the summary that ran before tonight's premiere you have enough info to follow the new season although you do miss both character development and some amazing scenes. But please just write again! Let the communal discussions begin.

    HJA February 2nd, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Please do!

    Christian Shephard’s Third Glass of Bourbon February 2nd, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Welcome back, J. Looking forward to whatever insights you may have given the limitations.

    dreonlyams February 2nd, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    strong yes

    Kelly February 3rd, 2010 at 4:13 am

    Please come back! I think if you watched the first hour recap then you pretty much got it.

    Laurent February 3rd, 2010 at 5:57 am

    glad to have you back!
    I watched the season premiere yesterday and I believe Cuse and Lindelof are begging for new viewers in a shameful manner by saying you can just hop on in the new and last season. I don't think it would be possible. Everything happening in there is a direct follow-up on last season. My opinion is, once you have watched it, you'll just rush on last season to find out WTH is going on there... :)

    Carl February 3rd, 2010 at 6:32 am

    Yes, Yes, Yes. You are one of the best Lost interpreters. Glad to hear you are doing well.

    junowalker February 3rd, 2010 at 6:43 am

    I say either way would be good. It's just nice to have you back.

    Annie February 3rd, 2010 at 6:52 am

    take a weekend and catch up on the seasons, then write. You don't want to let yourself off the hook for being awesome.

    Barry February 3rd, 2010 at 6:59 am

    I came to Powells to complain that no other commentary on Lost has been as enjoyable as what I've read on your blog. So, yes, we come on here to learn about the connections and allusions that are on the show- moreso than how the plot will develop. So anything you can contribute is fine by me. Welcome back!

    Born_of_Fire February 3rd, 2010 at 7:18 am

    This makes me so happy! For one, that you're okay, as well as that you'll be writing. Please, your insights, in whatever form, will make this last season complete! I'm already anticipating your thoughts on the reference to Kierkegaard in the premiere.

    Ambivalentman February 3rd, 2010 at 7:48 am

    Welcome back, J.! Your insight and knowledge has been one of my post-episode pleasures these last few years, and I was both saddened and worried by your absence since "The Little Prince" last season.

    That said, I can't believe you were able to hold out watching any of the remaining season 5 episodes. Like Chris earlier said, though, it is a reminder of how insignificant a TV show is in the great scheme of things.

    So, here's to your health!

    Keelay February 3rd, 2010 at 7:50 am

    Welcome back!! I've been checking this site off and on since your last post, hoping against hope that we'd have your commentary to accompany this last season. And now, the day after the premiere (and on my birthday, no less), you're back. Whichever way you decide to write about this season, I'll be here to read it. (All that said, season 5 was excellent and if you have a free weekend, you should watch it.)

    Mr Whirly February 3rd, 2010 at 8:28 am

    If I haven't read your episode recaps, I feel I haven't really seen the episode. PLEASE start up again!

    Jenn February 3rd, 2010 at 8:47 am

    First off, welcome back and it is just good to "hear" from you. I like the idea of the experiment and would welcome your perspective which will be very different from the average viewer. Again, welcome back!

    GregM February 3rd, 2010 at 8:51 am

    How weird is it that the inter-tubes can keep us in our basements away from physical contact with the outside world, yet also make someone like me -reader, lurker, never comment-er - be so glad to hear from and want to send strong good vibes to someone none of us know or have met. Pretty weird, is how weird.

    Welcome back. Write whatever the hell you want, Ben's ham recipes, whatever. I'm sure it will be enriching.

    Hope you are thriving. Thanks for this.

    Simply February 3rd, 2010 at 8:52 am

    of course.

    TIM S February 3rd, 2010 at 9:25 am

    So glad to see you back. I will take JWood posts in whatever form! Like water to a thirsty desert traveler!

    TIM S February 3rd, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Seriously.... Seriously. I can't communicate how exited I am at the prospect of having you weigh in on this season's episodes.

    Hollis February 3rd, 2010 at 10:35 am

    So, so good to have you back and (hopefully) healthy. You're a terrific writer, an incisive thinker, and your work on Lost has been genuinely unique (and uniquely great).

    I'd vote that you catch up on the missing episodes. I love the 'experiment' idea in the abstract, but: (1) The fact that you'll be (keenly) *aware* of the fact that you're missing information may corrupt the data; it'd be preferable to somehow run this experiment "blind." (2) Even if the experiment paid off, I'm not sure that payoff could possibly outweigh the valuable work that a fully-caught-up you would be capable of. That's meant as a compliment; I wouldn't feel this way if you weren't so damn good. And (3) I honestly think you'll have a tough time resisting the temptation to watch those "missing" episodes--and again, I'm not sure the payoff would be worth it.

    Just my two cents, though--whatever you end up doing, I'll be here to read it.

    Brian February 3rd, 2010 at 11:12 am

    We've all been waiting for you on this island of ours. Welcome back. Here's hoping it's the "real" J. Wood and not a MIB/bad J. Wood......

    We missed you!

    docartz February 3rd, 2010 at 11:21 am


    If anyone could pull this off, you could. The literary analysis would no doubt be spot on, but the context is so important. I can't imagine viewing this season of Lost without having previously viewed the Season 5 finale.

    My vote is you catch up!

    And welcome back!

    erika February 3rd, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Please, please! We missed your posts so much. I am so glad you are feeling well again.

    Josh Olive February 3rd, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Just glad to have you and your insights back! Hope all is well.

    paulfank February 3rd, 2010 at 11:57 am

    J, I can't bring myself to say "Don't do it," because your commentary adds a whole new layer of enjoyment to the experience of the show, and in this final season it would be most appreciated. But I, too, would say that you should at least watch the season 5 finale.

    That said, it's just good to hear from you and I hope that your return to Powell's is because of a return to better health. We've missed you.

    PerfectSound February 3rd, 2010 at 11:59 am


    Absolutely overjoyed to hear that you are willing to participate again and feeling better. I think I speak for everyone in expressing how much you were missed. The show simply wasn't the same experience without you.

    I think we would welcome any comments/observations from you no matter how small. If you can only manage an outline one week, so be it. Don't get overwhelmed by the expectations from your fans (or from yourself). We don't require perfection! Any dialogue at all is greatly appreciated.


    Hjortron flicka February 3rd, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Thank you for sharing the creative idea, J. Wood - the experiment suggestion is intriguing, but like the majority of the other posters, I will be THRILLED with any blogging you are able/choose to do--whether you decide to play catch up quickly or not!

    It sounds like things have improved for you health-wise; you have been missed terribly, but this community does care about your well-being, so pace yourself in a way that supports this end.

    Looking forward to this blog being active again, after a long period of hibernation; nice to see many familiar monnikers and new ones, in the comment postings :-) The community that you made possible through this blog, J. Wood, is very vibrant and resilient, but it does depend on you most particularly.

    The opening season episode was terrific; I've been thinking about the use of water and the restorative properties attributed to it and wondering what fascinating literary/theological references J. Wood might see in last night's show.

    Feeling a lot less lost and lonely now...Go, J. Wood!

    black rock February 3rd, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Welcome back and happy to hear that your health has stabilized. Wish you all the best and look forward to your insights in any fashion that you serve them up.

    marci February 3rd, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Bless you, J

    Please write anything at all you'd care to write about LOST. Thank you for wanting to come back on any terms at all.


    tjams February 3rd, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Great to have you back J please please write whatever you want

    zot February 3rd, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    While I think I'd enjoy reading your posts (I certainly have in the past), I think you should watch those old episodes first. If you're able to post later, fine--if not, well there's always another book!

    ceci February 3rd, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    I agree that some of your analysis is better than none; however, I do think that for all the other reasons mentioned above, it'll be richer to get caught up. Glad to see you're back - the last season of Lost just got even better!

    barry1 February 3rd, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    go for it. i will be so glad to read your post again. this is the smartest blog on lost in the known universe.

    Eve February 3rd, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    Welcome home, J. We are all so happy to hear from you. Hopefully, your health is much improved and your strength regained. You are by far the most insightful of all LOST re-cappers and your posts have given us an education that we wouldn't have got anywhere else. It was a great day yesterday to have LOST back on and to have you returned to us as well! Thankyou for all your hard work. I continue to pray for your good health, God Bless.

    Frakkin T February 3rd, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    I have enjoyed your Lost posts for some time, and am thrilled that you are well and back. If it were me, I wouldn't start S6 without seeing S5 in its entirety, just for my own selfish reasons, but I welcome each of your posts however you choose to do it.

    and now the shameless plug: I have a blog, too, and I will be writing each week about Lost, too: secondexodus.blogspot.com
    Check it out!

    Miss Gretchen February 3rd, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Ah, so the book was Kierkegaard, thanks Born_of_Fire! I was flipping out last night because I only glimpsed the cover and I thought it looked like "Catcher in the Rye!!!"
    (A weird synchronicity, my niece was reading it out of the blue the day J.D. Salinger died.)
    J., Kierkegaard's ideas of action based on incomplete knowledge might apply to you this season! ;-)

    Vicki February 3rd, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    So happy you are back. Whatever you want to write is wonderful.

    Muele February 3rd, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    I'm really glad you are feeling better. As for your posts I will take whatever I can get. Though, I would prefer if you watched the previous episodes. Welcome back!!!

    Sindelar February 3rd, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Welcome back J! So good to have you back and immeasurably glad your health has improved!

    The experiment sonds interesting, but I'd would highly, highly recommend watching the remainder of Season 5, or at least the finale. As you well know, Lost is ridiculously layered and complex and textured, and a lot happened over those 12 episodes. Plus the finale was simply too much of a game changer.

    Having said that, do whatever you have time for, and I will joyfully take it in!

    gregtramel February 3rd, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    yes we NEED you during S6 even if you don't watch any more of S5

    we've all missed you and hope your feeling better

    Nanobatty February 3rd, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Yes! I've missed you so much! It will be fun. I think it is a great idea. So glad you are back.

    Debbie February 3rd, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    It's so great to have you back! I think if you can watch the "catch up" show they showed last night, that would get you back up to speed just fine. Looking forward to your take on the new episodes.

    Bobx66 February 3rd, 2010 at 10:54 pm


    I am glad to see you are doing well. However I am extremely against your decision not to watch the last few episodes of season 5.

    You are my #1 trusted source on LOST and I really hope to own your next Lost book. However if blogging weekly means that you can't take the entire show in context then I don't know if I am interested in reading anymore.

    The statements made in the NY Times article are a complete farce. That statement didn't come from their lips but rather from the executives at NBC telling a wide audience to COME WATCH OUR SHOW! No of course it doesn't matter that you stopped watching in season 2. What they are really saying is "If you aren't following what is going on in the plot then hey, here is Josh Holloway without his shirt on."

    You absolutely have no obligation to this blog, let alone updating it WEEKLY with your schedule. But if you are going to continue you absolutely need to finish season 5. Take the 13 weeks it would take to finish the 5th season at your own pace and write up entries 14 weeks after the episodes air. I don't care about the timeliness. I will still read your blog and buy your book. But please do NOT come into season 6 without every scrap of information you can.

    That being said I wish you the best of luck and will continue to support and promote this blog as long as you continue to write. Please let us know if there is going to be another book. Thank you.

    kaworu February 3rd, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    J, I honestly do not CARE what episodes you watch or do not watch. You do what you want to do, what makes you happy, what you think is best. I am just so beyond ecstatic and relieved to read your posts again. I'm not sure you can fully understand how much better your posts make my LOST viewing experience. You are entirely unique in the perspective and take you give on this program, and quite frankly, it just isn't the same without you.

    And for what it is worth, I think hearing your point of view without the context of the majority of season 5 (which I was not all that impressed with, in a lot of ways) is not the worst thing in the world. But if I were you, I would read some recaplets, familiarize yourself with the basics of what went on, and go forward. The only truly great episode that I think you perhaps ought to see is the finale, and only that because of the 5-minute scene at the very beginning between Jacob and his nemesis.

    But you do what you want to do. I am beyond honored to have the pleasure of reading your posts once again, and desperately hope that you will be able to finish out this final season in good health and in your usually impeccable form. However you decide to go about this, I'm with you all the way, bub. :)

    Crishpy February 4th, 2010 at 1:48 am

    Yay! You're back! Write whatever you want, from whatever episode you are currently residing in from your "rabbit hole"...Glad you're feeling good enough to do it!

    wanderlost February 4th, 2010 at 3:07 am

    Yes, please! And please update us a bit on your health.

    applesister1 February 4th, 2010 at 5:37 am

    We've missed you so, J! I know I've been wondering how you were doing...great to know you are well!

    For myself and my own little band of fellow Lost-watchers...we would greatly appreciate anything you posted at all.

    Welcome back.

    Henry Villadiego February 4th, 2010 at 5:37 am

    In the immortal words of Jack Butler: "Yeah. 220... 221, whatever it takes."

    Welcome back!

    Colleen February 4th, 2010 at 5:38 am

    I think it would be interesting to see what you have to say about Lost without having watched the missing episodes. I have a few friends I'v been trying to convince to at least watch it this season-even though they've never watched it before (WHAT!?!?).

    Susan MJ February 4th, 2010 at 5:49 am

    Yes, yes, yes! I've always enjoyed your posts. Wishing you good health & happiness.
    Welcome back! :)

    Brian February 4th, 2010 at 5:52 am

    As long as you're writing about Lost again I don't care if you've never seen an episode. I'm just happy you're back and well enough to write again.

    JHPJ February 4th, 2010 at 6:00 am

    Yes, yes, 1,000 times yes! Glad to have you back.

    Augie February 4th, 2010 at 6:49 am

    Please do -- I love to annoy my friends with your insights about the texts. Cheers to your health!

    SnowgalUP February 4th, 2010 at 6:57 am

    I will join the chorus of 'welcome back, we sure did miss you!' I think it would be a fascinating idea, though if you couldn't keep yourself from catching up, I wouldn't blame you. I'm looking forward to whatever you write.

    DocArzt February 4th, 2010 at 7:32 am

    Go for it J! Great to hear you are feeling better!

    Chris February 4th, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Yes! Please continue writing about the 6th season, your commentary and insight is always very thoughtful and well-informed!

    Bob Loblaw February 4th, 2010 at 8:33 am

    I doubt any of us would be here to comment if we weren't hoping you'd pick it back up. In whatever way you need to do so.

    Jason Eskridge February 4th, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Absolutely on board! I very much missed your analysis last season (glad you're well). Any insight you could add to this final season's experience would be greatly valued!

    Joyce Saenz Harris February 4th, 2010 at 9:07 am

    To paraphrase Dr. Jack Shephard: "You've got to come back!"

    DebDengler February 4th, 2010 at 9:44 am

    YAY .... so happy to hear you are up to this! Can't wait to tell my son. Take good care of youself J ... for yourself, not for us :)

    Jessica February 4th, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Please do! I love your take on Lost, and the meanings and references you catch!

    E February 4th, 2010 at 10:48 am

    I am so glad you're ok!! I've googled your name a coupla times in the last year to find out anything about your health(don't worry, not stalking, simply concerned!). Got nothing!! Season 5 wasn't the same without your insights...

    Do what you need to do, is my vote. I love the idea of what you'd like to do, but I doubt you'll be able to hold off seeing the Season 5 episodes, though. Just saying ;)... I'm just glad you're back and I'll be reading whatever you decide. Yay!!


    TheBishop78 February 4th, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Great to have you back J!!! We'll take anything we can get from you. As others have said, any J is better than no J at all.

    I've been randomly checking this site ever since your last post, hoping for new posts/updates/etc. I just checked a day or 2 before the premiere and was downtrodden to see nothing new. I'm glad I stopped back by today!

    But I do recommend you get through S5 as quickly as you can...for your own sake, though, not for us. Your posts will still be required reading, but you're missing a big chunk of one incredible story!

    Jacob Whitlow February 4th, 2010 at 11:40 am

    To reiterate what others have said: I welcome any sort of contribution you are able to make this year. As much as I loved Season 5, it just wasn't the same without your insight and commentary. Thankful to hear you're well enough to resume writing again. While I'd love to read your thoughts on the last part of Season 5, I'd rather you focus on Season 6 if that is what you can handle.

    Jake February 4th, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Do your thing, J! So glad to have you back. To your health...


    lostinlindenhurst February 4th, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    J - poking around after the first two episodes & found your post. I am REALLY glad you back & hope that your health is better now & your ready to take it on again. I am willing to read what ever you post, you have such great in-site - thanks for the time you spent on it in the past. I believe they would be better if you had watched the end of season 5. I'm sure we are all glad to see you posting again. Tim

    Mike February 4th, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    J- I have been a major fan of your previous blog posts on Lost, so I am very happy to read anything you decide to post again- I'm sure it will be great regardless of what you decide regarding catching up. The 8-9 hours of viewing time for you to catch up on the rest of Season 5 would be worth the investment if you can work it; the "Previously on Lost" summaries at the beginning of the Season 6 episodes will hit on many of the highlights anyway.

    ArztGoBoom February 4th, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Do whatever you are able to do; I'm just glad to have your writing back online. I felt like you offer a truly unique perspective on the literary references in this great show. If you are able to catch up, so much the better. I hope your health is improving!


    N8BROWN February 4th, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    And with a flash and a splash, Joe rises from the dead!!
    Sorry brutha' couldn't help it. Been waiting patiently for your return, glad to see you back and you best be writing away!

    Nelly February 4th, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    J, I am ecstatic that you are well and that you are back. I have worried about you! I credit *you* (along with Doc Jensen who pointed me your way) for setting my mind on fire when it comes to this incredible show. To be honest, I'd rather have your insights straight-up than following the experiment you've described. But, as nearly everyone else has said, however you care to dish it out I am very eager to lap it up! Lost's greatest recapper is back! Woo-hoo!

    Paulo Marreca February 4th, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Gosh! I just don't know what to say!I'm a loss for words. I was thinking about the premiere and wondering what it would be like to have watch Season 6 and have your posts. I come online with a scintilla of hope to check if there is any news from you, and what do I get? The best news ever! J is back!!Whatever you give us, I'll enjoy every little word, every little phrase, every little clause, every little sentence. You have no idea how much I missed your posts in Season 5. Whatever decision you come to regarding season 5, I'll be here reading your posts. Namaste from an island way down south!! Wishing you well!

    LostFan February 4th, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    As a long time reader, but first time commenter, I am so pleased to see you back again. I love your blogs. I look forward to hearing from you again, and am quite fascinating by what you are proposing.

    Paulo Marreca February 4th, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Hey, J. Just one more thing. Regarding your colleague's idea of dealing with Lost on its own terms, how about writing posts as if you were skipping through time on the island? For instance, you could watch 1 or 2 episodes of S05, flash to 2010, watch one episode of Season 6, write a post, skip back to 2009 and so on...Another idea would be to deal with the episodes of S5 as flashbacks and S6 as flashforwards...Think about it! Boy, am I excited to have you back!!

    Maegan February 4th, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    It is great to have you back J.Wood! Your insights are always a great read for me after an epesiode! I have missed you! Do what you can...we will all love it no matter what!

    Gob Bluthe February 4th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    J. Wood, I'm so thrilled that you are back! Certainly because I assume you are back in good health, but also because I love this column and truly missed it during Season 5. I think, like most of your readers, it would be great to have you share your unique and intelligent analysis again (regardless of the impact your hiatus may have on it).

    Nev February 5th, 2010 at 2:46 am

    You don't write, you don't call....
    So great to have you back and hopefully your health has improved. Season 5 without you wasn't the same. Having said that, you won't be the same without season 5. It's also the best season so far. But anything you write is a godsend.

    halfs February 5th, 2010 at 4:12 am

    yes, please!
    Your commentary was sorely missed
    Glad to see you back

    Mr S. February 5th, 2010 at 4:54 am

    Wow, it's so good to have you back. Just like the other comments, I feel you should do whatever is best for you and am really happy to have you back in any form. That being said, Season 5 did have some standout moments in the latter half which really set up the anticipation for season 6. Not I needed any to begin with mind you. So whatever you decide to go with, I'll be checking back here on a regular basis for more of your insight. My Lost experience hasn't been the same since you left and I think it's fitting you be around for the final season.

    Andrew February 5th, 2010 at 5:57 am

    I say a big yes please! The last season of the Lost experience will be all the better for it.

    skamaria February 5th, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Oh man, please, please do. In your absence there has been countless times that I have struggled to recall the name of this book store/website so I could check back here to see if you had returned. I'd find it again only to see that there has been no new posts. I almost did a little dance when I saw you had returned to posting (hopefully).

    So, again... please! Your insights make me enjoy the series even more.

    Anita February 5th, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Welcome back!!!!
    I hope your health is much improved!
    You are my favourite LOST blogger and I'd take anything you have to offer. I hope you can catch up, but it might be an interesting experiment to blog away with a fractured narrative. Like you say the show has one anyway...... I hope we'll see!
    And p.s. I drew you 1000 hexidecimals

    Messenger 88 February 5th, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Welcome back! You were certainly missed, if you can't tell from the 500 + comments from your previous posting. Yours is the smartest LOST blog on the net and I can't wait to see what you have to share!

    amused22 February 5th, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    I am thrilled to see you are back! Your writing is always brilliant and appreciated, regardless of the continuity between episodes. Looking forward to seeing whatever you come up with, and I hope (for your own sake) that you can manage to squeeze in the missing episodes. Welcome back!!

    Barb February 5th, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Well, it seems unanimous.....we are all almost as happy to have your blog back as we are to hear that your health has improved!

    I agree that I would take your insightful analysis any way I can get it - even if it is missing most of Season 5. However, we all know LOST is a puzzle that we are meant to piece together, show by show. Your analysis will be excellant either way I am sure....but without Season 5, there will be a large chunk of your puzzle missing. Pull an all nighter this weekend and watch Season 5 if you can.

    Welcome back!

    Doug February 5th, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Any analysis would be appreciated ... I am too dense to figure this stuff out by myself

    greendrake February 5th, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    J -- good to hear from you. Thank you for being so generous with your willingness to share your thoughts and wisdom. Yes, write about season six -- it will fill a void for many of us, no doubt. But definitely watch season 5. There are only 13 episodes, right? That's like the equivalent of watching 4 baseball games. I hope you publish these ramblings in a living lost sequel.

    Best to you and yours!

    Miss Gretchen February 5th, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    re: Ecopsychology -- some interesting reading while we wait for J. (and as I wait to be snowed in by a blizzard) -- did anyone read about this topic in The New York Times recently?
    "Is There an Ecological Unconscious?" by Daniel B. Smith

    I had never heard of this burgeoning field, but while reading the article I couldn't help but thinking of John Locke, and how he flourished once he got out of cubicle-land and onto The Island. A case of “soliphilia? And also thinking of the Dharma Initiative and the work of the real-life Gregory Bateson mentioned in the article: "Bateson argued that the essential environmental crisis of the modern age lay in the realm of ideas. Humankind suffered from an 'epistemological fallacy': we believed, wrongly, that mind and nature operated independently of each other. In fact, nature was a recursive, mindlike system; its unit of exchange wasn’t energy, as most ecologists argued, but information. The way we thought about the world could change that world, and the world could in turn change us."

    DH February 5th, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    yes, please

    Tim February 5th, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Whether you have a chance to fit in the season 5 episodes or not, I would really enjoy reading your insights into season 6. I have read through your previous blog posts about the show and would like your expertise at unraveling the mysteries and shedding light on the many allusions. I'm glad you are writing this blog again and I hope you're in good health.

    Chris February 5th, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Hey J, glad to hear you are fighting fit!!

    I always enjoyed your Lost musings. I have started my own blog - superduperstream.blogspot.com - a lot of it will be to do with Lost, and I will be going very in depth after Season 6 finishes.

    At the moment - I am interested in emailing a weekly questions to my favourite bloggers to see what our opinons are on Lost - how different, or similar, are we all.

    If you are intersted in this, or any other Lost / blogging stuff, email me at lostquestions23@gmail.com :) I hope you catch up soon.

    frank February 5th, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Welcome back! Im glad you are feeling better, I been checking this site for the last couple months to see if you are back to post, and voila! here you are! I think it will be an interesting project to comment withouth seing the remaining episodes of season 5, but you will DEFINALLY be missing a lot of information to place things on context!

    W. C. Man February 5th, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    I am very pleased, and relieved, to believe that you are on the mend. Do it whichever way you want. As a fan of the show, my guess is that not knowing what happened will drive you crazy, and you'll pull a marathon to catch up. There's only so much to do in Charlottesville this time of year anyway (mid-winter's being the exception).

    wishing you good health,
    from a fellow Hoo, 15 years removed

    Nan February 5th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Yay! So glad you are well enough to be back - we enjoy every word from you. I hope it is as much a joy for you to write as it is for me to read. The good thing about taping is you can skip the commercials and I hope you find the time to watch it for yourself before Season Six ends.

    Seanny February 5th, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Yes, come back! Your analysis is always the best on the web at bringing clarity and insights to the episodes.

    Kath February 5th, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Yes, please! Your insights were always the best and it was rather depressing when you disappeared.

    passing thru February 6th, 2010 at 7:20 am

    please do write, regardless of whether you catch up with s5 or not.

    Montand’s Arm February 6th, 2010 at 11:41 am

    J - I read that you were back on Eye M Sick's blog and could hardly believe it. I love your (and/or your friend's) theory and think it would make a very interesting experiment...but more importantly, anything you care to share about your interpretations of LOST makes for terrifically mind-boggling reading. Cheers!

    Brian February 6th, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    I think it would be very interesting to see what you have to say WITHOUT the second half of season five to inform you. The idea reminds me of a question I've been meaning to ask the Lostosphere; does anybody know where to find fan writing/theories/blog posts about earlier seasons written DURING those seasons? Some old stuff just echoing out there? I'm very interested to see what observations/theories/speculations fans were making about the trajectory of the show before we knew the details we know now.

    If you do know some places, I'd love it if you could share them in here?

    Dave February 6th, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Really glad you're back J. I think it's goes with out saying that we all missed you last season, but more than anything we're just glad you are feeling better. Whatever you write I'll read. Cheers!

    splinter February 6th, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    glad you are back and hope your health is good; write whatever you want and i will read; thx!

    BigBob February 6th, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Glad to see your return.

    Hope your health is on the up swing.

    While most of the literary references went over my head, I still enjoyed reading them and am looking forward to
    this new spin on the final season.

    drugtest February 6th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    J., great to (maybe) have you back. As reader to blogger, I would say do whatever is easist and most comfortable for you if it means more of your insights reaching this page.

    As fan to fan, however, I think you would get the most personal enjoyment out of the show if you caught up with the episodes you haven't watched and have the info now that the creators wanted you to have before. There were some great episodes in season five!

    humanebean February 7th, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Welcome back, J.! So glad to hear that you are back and considering blogging again for the final season. I'm intrigued by your notion of skipping the missing episodes and picking the storyline up with the premiere of Season 6. I am among those who wonder, though, how you will proceed without the download of the series-reframing elements of the Season 5 finale. I'm eager to read your thoughts on this season under ANY circumstances and happy that your health permits you to share your unique perspective with us. So, write on, I say! Best wishes and namaste.

    Chris in Fort Worth February 7th, 2010 at 10:06 am

    So happy you've returned!! Watch them all, you'll be glad you did...the finale from last season is crucial to what's happening now, imo.

    LostForever February 7th, 2010 at 11:22 am

    SO glad you are back, J! I hope you are feeling better and look forward to your insights!

    Randy February 7th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Um, that sounds dumb, just watch the show. You'll like it.

    Peter February 8th, 2010 at 4:30 am

    So good to hear from you again. Please do continue, you've been part of mine and I believe many others lost experience for such a long time now. It'll be so good to hear from you this year. Many thanks and all the best.

    Andrew February 8th, 2010 at 7:51 am

    Welcome back. I'm glad (with the 118 people who posted before me) your feeling well enough to write. Take care. Stay strong.

    Ippon February 8th, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Glad to have you back, and look forward to the final season.
    You are the best reviewer. Welcome back to the fight.

    Morrick February 8th, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    J - The most important thing, for me, is that your health looks improved enough to let you do this. From there, all the rest is a bonus. For me, for us, but especially for you. I'm really glad you're back.

    Be well,

    Waylo February 8th, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Welcome back brother

    Biggysmith February 9th, 2010 at 8:37 am

    Welcome back J!

    scarlett February 9th, 2010 at 11:05 am

    please please please do it!

    Jamie Myland February 9th, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Welcome back J! I've been checking back here every so often hoping to hear news that you were well and I'm so excited to see that you are up to writing recaps again.
    You make the viewing experience of LOST so much more fulfilling.

    Personally I think you're missing out on some great episodes (and some really important information) if you skip the last season, but of course you should do what ever feels right for you. I'm just so happy to see you here again.

    Take care,


    jphimself February 9th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Let me enthusiastically add my voice to the resounding chorus of yea sayers. After checking the site numerous times last season and beyond, I was giving it one last try today and was happily surprised to see your post.

    Onward Sir!

    yogi February 9th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Oh, this made my day, it's great to hear from you again JWood. I lookd forward to the interesting perspective in your reviews to come.

    Craig UVA MA (Eng) ’03 February 9th, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    YES! Please keep writing in whatever capacity you are able. Your thoughts and questions about the show have made it and hopefully will continue to make it one of the most satisfying and enjoyable story-experiences of my life. All the best.


    john February 9th, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Awesome. Glad you're back, and hope you're feeling well. I read these every week. Just when I was about to give up on the show during that slow period in season 3, I heard about your column and it drew me back in to the show. And after seeing where they've been taking it, I am so glad it did.

    PS February 10th, 2010 at 4:41 am

    It's great to see you back, J Wood. I'll be happy with whatever you decide to do, but I do think it would be helpful to see the episodes you missed in order to put these new episodes into additional context. If you're up to it, maybe you can catch up with them and then start your analysis of this season. On the other hand, it would be an interesting experiment to write about the new season without having seen the episodes you missed. I'll read your blog regardless. Best wishes.

    KA February 10th, 2010 at 10:29 am

    The magic of this show is the unveiling as it happens in real time from week to week. It is a mystery that everyone who watches the show participates in collectively and if you miss that moment you can never get it back. It will never happen again. That to me is more important than some plot holes that haven't been filled in because you missed some episodes. Especially this being the final season.

    Mythologically speaking season 5 was a little vacant except for the finale. I think your talents are needed in the here and now, not in a season 5 flashback.

    Just do it. Please.

    Brian M February 10th, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Horay!!!! You've been oh so much very missed Mr. J.

    Finally! Someone to listen and respond to more crazy theories and Philip K.onnections.

    Mostly I'm just happy to see you at your keyboard again. Cheers Jay!

    Michelle February 10th, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    So awesome to read your words. Please continue with your experiment. It fits in perfectly with the world of Lost.

    LauraBG February 10th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Yes! You add so much value to my favorite show!

    John Moustache February 10th, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    In whatever form you could write for us, we would be so appreciative of it. Personally, I'd rather you catch up and then start writing, even if we were well into the season by then. Too much happened last season to skip over.

    But I'm so glad you are feeling well and ready to MC for us again!

    Gareth February 11th, 2010 at 9:19 am

    You must continue ... I'm waiting for your interpretation of the reason why Desmond, in the alternative timeline of the flight of Oceanic 825, is reading Haroun and the Sea of Stories by
    Salman Rushdie you can just make it out by it's cover when Jack comes back and finds him sitting in his row of seats!

    Miss Gretchen February 11th, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Snowmageddon, Charlottesville, VA: Just FYI to all that many in Virginia are without power or satellite capabilities, and it's possible that it has affected our dear friend here.

    My home was also hit by these two blizzards and we lost power for a day, but at least I got to watch Tuesday's episode. (Not trying to be flippant about people who are without heat, food, plumbing etc.)

    23skidoo February 11th, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    First and foremost, I'm glad for you and your family that you're feeling better. Your presence was missed in the vast Lost analy-verse, where much of what is written has the inverse effect of making sense.

    Second, don't worry about Season 5. It was all a bunch of time-travel mumbo-jumbo anyway. Except for that one really important thing … What was it again? … Hmm, guess I forgot.

    Third, your experiment sounds intriguing. More than anything, Lost's narrative is all about structure. The mirroring. The twinning. Season 1 is like Season 6. Good vs. bad. Fate vs. destiny. Etc., etc. Because of what happened in previous seasons, you might be able divine what happened during Season 5 — maybe not specifically in regards to each character, but thematically.

    Anyhoos, welcome back. Maybe you can assuage my growing fear that Lost will not provide a direct answer to the central question that's existed since the pilot ep: What is the island?

    Mike H February 11th, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    I did not read a lot of the other comments. I think you should at least watch the season finally and the catchup episode before this year's premier.
    I agree you were sorely missed.

    Jake Bouma February 11th, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Please do.

    Shaun C February 11th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    watch the missing episodes or skip them, it doesn't matter to me, as long as you're writing again! I'm serious, we'll all read it. If anyone could piece together the last season, you could. Glad to have you back and I hope you are feeling better these days.

    Lisa Joy February 11th, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    I missed your blog every week and every time I checked and didn't see a new post I wondered how you were feeling. I hope you are better now. Please write whatever you can about Lost. I will enjoy every word.

    Cousin Brandon February 12th, 2010 at 8:22 am

    So glad to have you back, Sir. You were sorely missed. And if you want to catch up on Season 5 without watching the episodes, might I suggest, well, my blog:


    Mike R February 12th, 2010 at 8:48 am

    Dude You ROCK! Glad to here from you.

    David A February 12th, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Just write, J. Great to have you back!

    Fifi R February 12th, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    J, please please please write your Lost reviews again. I having beenfollwoing your thoughts for many seasons now and find theman invaluable illumination and critique on each episode.

    Horselover Fat February 13th, 2010 at 11:10 am

    yes yes yes. please comment as you see fit. I love your insights

    Tim February 13th, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Am I the only one who has checked this blog 3-10 times a day since J's announcement?

    Handsome Smitty February 14th, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Mr. W, please update! I think you can see it's a hearty thumbs up to be able to read your analysis again. We're two eps in and wondering if you have accepted the challenge?

    Oh man, I hope you're in! I come back to this link often to check for news on your health and not just in hopes of seeing new Lost connections. Being well is the priority, but sharing your thoughts would be a blessing!

    Mel February 14th, 2010 at 11:05 am

    What a fabulous experiment. I look forward to reading your posts!

    lostmommyof3 February 14th, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    It's a fantastic idea and I am ELATED that you're well enough to aspire to the task. Great to have you back!

    borneoboy February 15th, 2010 at 5:13 am

    Good to have you back J ! Go for it !

    Patricia February 15th, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Any comment from you, any dazzling observation, keen speculation or intellectual notation... Any insight you have spurs me on. I've read the literary references in Living Lost.. And my copy of your book has so much underlining and so many spontaneous scribbles... notes to myself, written in text spaces, in the margins and on the inside covers, it's morphing into my own journal...documenting my own process of enlightment and discovery. These days I just go back to Living Lost and let the pages open where they may, so I don't care where you start, where you jump in...where you pick up the thread. All I want you to do is do it. Just do it. When the mind is engaged the healing process goes into high gear. My father is 96 and out thinks all of us. His answer to every set back is to engage in learning and creating. He was a physician when Medicine was an art. Now he's his last patient and an example of the power of common sense, endurance, adaptability and the force, the brilliant power, of imagination. Let the force be with you. Dazzle us.

    Ron February 15th, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Dude.....I've been looking for your stuff for over a year.

    Whatever you have, I'll take it!

    fcadena February 15th, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    So glad...so very very very glad you are back!

    Now that you've got me all excited, I keep checking to see if you've written anything about this season yet. Every day. Several times a day.

    I admit it. I'm terribly impatient!

    The fourth hour of the season is about to unspool tomorrow.....

    Anything to say? :-)

    TrillianM February 16th, 2010 at 6:54 am


    Robbb February 17th, 2010 at 12:02 am

    A weekly flashback to Season 5? I'm game!

    rj February 17th, 2010 at 8:02 am

    I think you should either write something or quit teasing us...

    Jerad February 17th, 2010 at 9:19 am

    J. Wood!!!

    Wooooo Hooooooo!

    Awesome to hear from you j wood, hope you are doing well.

    However and whatever you decide to write, I'll be reading it and loving it.

    Be well. :)

    Kyle February 17th, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Aaaaand over two weeks later, we're back to waiting.

    J, I love your past contributions to the LOST dialogue, but I think maybe it's too much for you given your current status. It's clearly not for lack of interest that nothing's appeared on Powells.com since 2/2. Better to underpromise and overdeliver, don't you think?

    neoloki February 17th, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    I hate to say it and I hope I don't offend, because your columns are what made me love Lost before even the show was capable of that, but at this point it is time to either shit or get off the pot.

    Miss Gretchen February 17th, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    176, 178, 179: so sorry that the Virginia record-breaking blizzards, power outages, closed roads, people not going to work, car accidents, school closings, supply shortages, hospital staff shortages & full beds (am sitting in a hospital room with a family member right at this very moment,) as well as an author with a full-time job doing something else and unpredictable physical issues, are inconveniencing you in regards to your enjoyment of a television show.

    Bhoutros February 17th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Great to have you back, J. Wood! THANK YOU. and, I hope you are feeling well. Now - what's going on?! :)

    Jay February 17th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    I couldn't imagine a last season without you! So glad you'll be back!!

    Adie32 February 18th, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Been trying to find your posts recently on Dark UFO and have missed them greatly. Please start again, I would be grateful at least!

    Barb February 18th, 2010 at 10:08 am

    We miss your insight J. Please write soon.....we neeeeeed you!
    (And at this point I think we would all prefer anything at all, even if it means you are missing a chunk of Season 5!!!)

    Kyle February 18th, 2010 at 10:12 am

    180: I can only hope you wouldn't have been so snippy and rude if you weren't dealing with personal stress right now. I hadn't committed it to memory that J. is in Virginia. Regardless of the snow, it's still two weeks later, and anway-- no one said this delay was impairing anyone's ability to enjoy LOST.

    I wasn't being rude to J. Please reconsider being such a pill to me and others.

    Jennifer February 18th, 2010 at 11:54 am

    How wonderful to see you back here, J! I very much enjoy reading your thoughts on LOST and look forward to doing so in the weeks to come.

    Barry February 18th, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Reading J's Posts > Checking Powell's and seeing no update

    Chris in Fort Worth February 18th, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    It does kinda suck not knowing what he's decided, but there's plenty of time left in the season for him to enlighten us with some profound stuff. Could be he's working on a season 5 marathon...but even if he doesn't catch up, I imagine he puts quite a bit of time and research into preparing a post...in any case, here's hoping J. Wood makes it back sooner OR later. In the meantime, we'll all have to make due with our own interpretations of what the hell is going on on Lost.

    Kryn February 19th, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    yes, Yes, YES!

    spacebender February 19th, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    J, my encouragement would be to invest all the time you need to recover your health and enjoy Lost on whatever terms are most fulfilling to you. I can't presume what that will look like, but personally I can't imagine that skipping a bunch of season 5 episodes would be a satisfying way of experiencing season 6.

    One option is to catch up by watching just a couple of episodes a week, making personal notes and connections as desired without any pressure whatsoever to publish until you have the energy to express something that truly gives you joy to write about.

    I'd be delighted to hear your thoughts on either season 5 or 6, but only when you're ready. Take care, and I'm looking forward to hearing from you at that time!

    Jacob Whitlow February 22nd, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Oh well.

    Chris February 22nd, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Yes, Yes, and Yes! I really did miss hearing your incredibly well-read and insightful posts. I had only recently found them before you got ill, and I have been thinking of you every time I watch a new episode. I am so glad you are feeling up to writing again and missing episodes or not, I for one would love to hear your commentary again.

    Ginger Doggie February 22nd, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Anything, please! I so enjoy your analysis.

    fcadena February 22nd, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    20 days later and no update. bummer.

    jeff February 23rd, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Please comeback

    Ambivalentman February 23rd, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    With the delay between posts, I wonder if health is once again playing a role in J's ability to review and write.

    I hope not.

    Get well soon, J.

    Ed February 24th, 2010 at 5:59 am

    This will be the last time I check the Powell's site for a J. Wood write up. I think the Editor's Note at the top should be changed to "We were wrong again. He's gone."

    Tim February 24th, 2010 at 11:59 am


    Vicki February 24th, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    I think the title of the post "What do you think" is trying to compete with the title of the post "Draw me a Hexadecimal."

    Admin February 24th, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Ed (and everyone else) — we have an update here. We wish it were a happier one.

    leah February 26th, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    another good discussion group is on facebook if you've got an account. it was started by people who regularly comment here. you can find it if you search "discussing lost." hopefully we'll hear something from J here if/when he's feeling well.

    Where’s Vincent? February 27th, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    How I've missed reading your thoughts about Lost. Hope you are feeling better. Regardless of how often you are able to gather your thoughts, I look forward to reading them

    tipp February 28th, 2010 at 10:12 am

    It would be great to see you back at it. I always enjoy your writing. As for past episodes, I do believe you should watch them. If your first few posts are missing pertinent story line while you catch up, totally understandable. In th elong run, you will benefit from catching up! I hope your health is well and stable.

    bongzilla March 1st, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    J. Wood, man, you've GOT to do some recaps. Your insight is invaluable. Please?

    Olivier March 2nd, 2010 at 6:29 am

    Hi everyone !

    I'm sorry I missed your message for a whole month, J., because I'm thus a month late in saying I'm glad to read you again, because it means you're feeling better.

    As for your idea, while intellectually interesting, I'm not sure it would be satisfying.

    As you must have gathered since posting this message, much has happened, which has considerably changed everything.
    Guessing what happened may be possible, especially with a few explicit references from the characters, but you would still need improtant data to fully grasp what's going on and discuss it, whether in your essay or with us.

    Essays and discussions aside, my purely altruistic advice would be: catch up with Season 5, then the first weeks of Season 6.
    I don't mind if it means we can't read anything from you until the final few episodes; I'd rather have it this way than let you try this experiment, which, while intriguing, would make Lost less enjoyable for you.

    David March 3rd, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Great to have you back!

    Amy March 5th, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    So glad you are back...so glad I decided to check the site again, and so surprised to see you have posted recently! Please write on whatever you'd like. Welcome back. May your good health continue!

    Joe March 5th, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Welcome back. You have been missed. Your insight is valued and needed.

    ginger March 6th, 2010 at 7:05 am

    I'm thrilled you're back! Thank you for accepting the challenge and pushing onward.

    dee March 11th, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Thanks for getting my hopes up................. Why post this before you knew you'd be able to do it? Lame.

    PerfectSound March 24th, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Can we at least get an update on what is going on?

    mayaas March 25th, 2010 at 4:08 am

    will we have recaps for this finally season? only 9 episodes left and there is nothing yet.

    MattyD March 25th, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Hey J!

    I really miss your posts. I think I've learned more in the past 5 years than I have my entire life! Hehehehe.

    Just take a weekend and watch Season 5 back to back, it'll go by quick. Then you can do what you do best!

    Your fan,


    Eric April 28th, 2010 at 5:15 am

    Please do it!

    wegottagoback May 17th, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Still checking in :(

    l057l0v3r May 22nd, 2010 at 12:05 am

    Yeah, I'm still checking in too. Maybe there will be a post after the finale???

    thaifly May 25th, 2010 at 12:57 am

    I really hope that some time in the future J Wood could write us his take on the finale. It is kind of the last thing still missing from the Lost experience. There just isn't anyone except J Wood who really knows how to do the unwrapping.. So please, do it for the last time!

    Thank you Cuse & Lindelof, J Wood and everyone watching and "co-creating" the show!

    capebretonsux May 25th, 2010 at 5:54 am

    Wow, talk about a disappointing ending. I'm on the fence as to whether or not the show would have ended better with an all-out cancellation, but oh well. Just wanted to say 'thanks' to Mr. Wood for his many articles over the years, and wish him the best of health for the future. I'd love to hear your take on the ending, though, to see if you found it as unsatisfying as I did. Ultimately, I ending up reading many books suggested by this blog and they provided much more satisfying stories with 'real' endings than the show itself did.

    KaterHater May 25th, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Thaifly, I'm with you: I wish at some point J Wood could give us his POV on the finale. Because like Capebretonsuz, I wa disappointed with the ending, and would like J Wood's take on it.

    Miss Gretchen May 25th, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Peggy Lee sings: http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=LCRZZC-DH7M
    more here: http://www.powells.com/blog/?p=16029
    (also, it's my impression that some of the old gang is discussing the show via Powell's at Facebook.)

    PS Y'all have the most difficult captchas I've ever encountered. They're like Mensa or something.

    Miss Gretchen May 25th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Only Carlton will get the Peggy Lee, I realize now. Here, for Damon, is 80s no wave star Cristina doing the same song (she was sued by Lieber and Stoller! They had it suppressed!)

    wegottagoback December 24th, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year to J. Wood
    and all the LOST fans and people who took part in bringing us such a Great show.

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