For the most part, Lost has better continuity than nearly any other show. The show is constantly referencing past episodes down to the most minor detail, usually in the form of Easter eggs. Sayid’s love Nadia owned a house inspected by John Locke. Everyone from young Ben Linus to Hurley loves Apollo Bars. And twice now we’ve seen characters watching “Expose” on TV.
So I doubt that the writers have completely forgotten about some of the minor characters who have played a role in several episodes. We all have our favorites, characters we obsessively would love to see again (much the same way I constantly pine for more Rose and Bernard). I have combed my knowledge of Lost and come up with a solid list of five characters I would love to see at least once more, in any way, shape or form.
Scott and/or Steve
In what can only be described as a brilliant ode to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Scott and Steve are two of the most fascinating redshirts ever to be on TV. In the first season one of them died. Scott was eulogized, but technically, Christian Bowman, the actor who played Steve, portrayed the corpse they buried. To date, Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof have yet to present any clear indication as to who’s really who and who’s really dead, but that’s kind of the whole point.
Perhaps Nikki and Paulo stole their thunder, because undoubtedly a Scott and Steve flashback episode would play out very similarly to “Expose.” However, I’m still curious, as I’m sure many of you are, about who these two are or were.
During the Gulf War, Kelvin trained Sayid to torture people. Somehow he later ended up working for the DHARMA Initiative pushing the button in the Swan station every 108 minutes. While it would be nice to discover more about how Kelvin came to be on the island, and who his mysterious partner Radzinsky was, that’s not the main reason I’d like to see more of him.
The plain and simple truth is that Kelvin was played by Clancy Brown, one of the most awesomely intimidating actors ever. Heck, just looking at that picture of him gives me the willies. Everything he does and everything he says is full of menace, and it’s just such a joy to watch him that I’d love for some more Kelvin, even if it didn’t provide any answers.
With Alex heading to the Temple, I suspect we will actually be seeing Cindy again. The Oceanic Flight 815 flight attendant mysteriously vanished as the Tailies made their way to join the rest of the survivors and resurfaced when Jack, Kate and Sawyer were taken by the Others. She somehow became one of them, and joined them on Ben’s pilgrimage. How did Cindy become one of the Others? While she’s a relatively minor character, I suspect an episode featuring her would answer a whole lot of questions.
Julie Bowen is amazing. Breaking out as Carol Vessey on Ed, she’s been a reliable, charming, girl-next-door love interest ever since. But more importantly, she seems vital to Jack’s emotional stability. We know she’s still around in the future, pregnant, which raises one big question: who’s the daddy? That has the potential to be a huge pay-off, and I can’t wait to see her again.
Technically we just saw her in “Meet Kevin Johnson,” but I don’t accept that. She was (I assume) just a ghost, a manifestation of Michael’s guilt over murdering her. What we do know about Libby is that she gave Desmond her boat and she was in Hurley’s mental institution. As the only series regular never to have a flashback episode, viewers probably have more questions about her than any other character. The Lost producers have promised that Libby’s story will be told, and I just keep hoping they weren’t lying to us.
Are you as interested in these characters as I am? What other tertiary characters are you still fascinated by? Let us know by posting your thoughts below.
-John Kubicek, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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