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We’ve Got To Nerd Out The Island

There’s another new promo for season 5 of Lost, you guys.

OK, we get it, YOU’VE GOT TO GO BACK. So go back. Either go back or shut up. In case anyone’s wondering what that final screen says on the library computer, it’s here. Whatever it even means. That’s my tiny contribution to the nerd archives this show generates with each new piece of information, and I’m sure I’m too late. That screencap was probably posted on obsessivelostnerds.org two years ago. It’s overwhelming, really. At the opening of this promo you can hear Locke talking backwards, so someone reversed the audio and posted it on-line for everyone to puzzle over. Nice, except that it is gibberish. Whoever made this was like “backwards audio is totes mysterious, don’t hog it, bro.” That’s the thing about trying to unravel the Lost mystery. I’m not saying anything new, I know, but every once in awhile it’s important to remember that we’re not dealing with Nabakovian word puzzles based on musical structures buried in subtextual rhythms. We’re dealing with a particularly unmonitored writers’ room with a mini-fridge full of Red Bull and a wipe board that just says “Smoke Monsters?” and has just said “Smoke Monsters?” since day one.