Lost epilogue – The New Man In Charge

Released today in America, and in September in the UK, the DVD box-set of all six seasons of Lost comes with as tantalising an extra as can be imagined: a twelve-minute epilogue called ‘The New Man In Charge’.  Theoretically it’s available only with the DVDs.  But I’ve watched every minute of every episode on TV, I’m not shelling out to watch them again on DVD, and I’m fecked if I’m going to be denied the opportunity to see it.  So there we go.

And while it’s not worth the price of admission it’s certainly worth, um, seeking out, if for no other reason than we get to see the majestic Michael Emerson getting his Ben on for the last time.  He turns up first of all at the Dharma Logistics Warehouse in Guam, where two Dharma employees are loading food pallets – yes, remember them?  Ben’s got instructions from the new man in charge of the island – Hurley, you will recall – to halt the food drops.  “We deserve answers!” one of the Dharma guys meta-demands, and Ben provides a few by showing them and us a Pierre Chang orientation video: the Hurley bird, the polar bears, all that good stuff.

Then he goes off to the Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute to visit… no, I think I’ll leave it at that.  It’s all out there if you want it, and avoiding a spoiler in what will presumably be my last-ever Lost review gives me a warm, nostalgic glow.  Anyway, ‘The New Man In Charge’ has got Emerson, Jorge Garcia, someone else, a few answers, and a delicious lightness of touch; I loved it, and if you’ve watched Lost from gun to tape like so many of us have I think you will too.

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7 thoughts on “Lost epilogue – The New Man In Charge

  1. Red August 24, 2010 / 10:42 pm

    Oooh, excited. But no good a “seeking” stuff out on t’internet. Will report back if successful.

  2. Red August 24, 2010 / 11:12 pm

    Great stuff. Found it on that website that you’re really only supposed to share videos you’ve made yourself on…

    You must’ve loved this Ben-fest. What would you ask the creators if they permitted you just one question?

  3. Red August 24, 2010 / 11:13 pm

    Oh, and “old Betamax” took me back. That was prob lost on anyone under 25.

  4. Red August 24, 2010 / 11:27 pm

    Someone somewhere else said:

    “Also the reference to the electromagnetic radiation being harmful to the gestation process of the bears evidently is connected to why women couldn’t give birth on the island.”

    Didn’t even occur to me. There’s always so much going on in Lost I can be a bit slow on the uptake.

    Btw, loved who turned out to be in the hospital.

  5. CJ Cregg August 25, 2010 / 12:15 am

    Lovely to hear the whooshy music again, and to feel that “Lost” feeling of excitement again while watching. However, it was nicely tongue-in-cheek but I was a bit underwhelmed by the actual content. My attention wandered during the lengthy Dharma video (I never liked them), and am I the only one who genuinely couldn’t give a stuff about the character who was in the hospital? I mean, the reveal was cool, but I’d have been delighted to see any one of the other characters again instead – no interest in this fella at all.

    However, when all’s said and done, it was another few minutes of Lost which is a precious, precious thing, and, it would not have fit well in the finale, so for giving us it as an epilogue, thank you Damon and Carlton.

  6. Red August 25, 2010 / 3:46 am

    Lots of fans seem to have been chuffed with the psychiatric patient reveal, because he was one of the originals who we didn’t get an end for.

  7. Jed Bartlet August 25, 2010 / 8:18 am

    I liked the Dharma video a lot. The character in Santa Rosa was one I wasn’t too bothered about as well but this was for the fans, really, and as Red says there’s a lot of them who were/will be delighted to see him again.

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