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.