So, we now know the name of the man who paraded around as Henry Gale. He’s Ben. And apparently he doesn’t like Stephen King.
The Lost season premiere begins with a book club, making you think it is someone’s flashback. But since we don’t recognize any Flight 815 survivors, you can only assume it is a flashback of one of The Others. Before an argument over the choice of book, a Stephen King novel, can break out, an earthquake shakes the house, stopping Juliet in mid-rant. As soon as the tremors cease, they run outside.
There, we discover it isn’t a flashback, but rather where The Others live. We see Ethan crawl out from under a home and Ben (The Other formerly known as Henry Gale) run out of another house. It’s a cute looking neighborhood and could be any suburb in America. That’s when we realize the show is backtracking to the day of the plane crash as we see a plane breaking apart in the sky. Ben demands Ethan and Goodwin investigate the crash and pretend to be survivors so they can return with lists in three days. Something about seeing their clearing in the middle of the island makes the whole island look so much larger than it has the past two seasons.
Jack wakes up in a sort of observation room with a glass wall. After yelling for Kate and trying to escape, Juliet appears and introduces herself. Telling him he is stubborn, Juliet comes off as patronizing, but I quite enjoy that as I’ve never liked Jack — he is too whiney and holier than thou for my tastes.
Interspersed throughout this episode of Lost are flashbacks of Jack’s life from when his wife wanted a divorce and he discovered she had a new man. He, quite understandably, was going pretty crazy and was desperately trying to figure out who was replacing him. While not the most compelling flashback, it did cut nicely with what was going on present day on the island.
Juliet tries to bring Jack some food; but he has other ideas, tackling her and trying to escape. A rather soggy attempt, Jack soon realizes he’s being held in a Dharma hatch underwater — an aquarium of sorts — called The Hydra. Jack questions Juliet about The Others being what is left of Dharma, to which Juliet simply says it was a long time ago. But, she does have a lot of information about Jack that is rather suspicious. The Others obviously have easy contact with the outside world so I doubt the rumors about the island being invisible to those not on the island is accurate.