Here are my thoughts on the return of Lost. There is a world of Lost blogs and web sites out there that are rife with commentary on the season premier, but I have to take these things one step at a time. So I'm going to talk about the recap episode first, and, maybe later I'll delve into commentary on the season premier.
First--I think it's fascinating (and potentially important) that Ben narrated the recap episode. I've seen a few of these (they remind me of those old checklist baseball cards), and they typically have non-characters narrating. For example, back when I watched Grey's Anatomy, they had a no-name coma patient narrating. Yet the Masters of Lost use Ben. Hurley might have been entertaining. We know that there are dozens of survivors and Others we don't know yet, so any of them could have worked. But Ben.
Which leads to my second question: Why Ben? Ben seems to have this uncanny ability to know everything. He knows everything about all the survivors. He knows about Jacob, Walt, and Locke. He knows who Naomi is with. He even knew how to deprogram the Invisible Fence of (Not Quite) Certain Death when he was only 12 years old. He is the guy that I think most people look to for the answers about the Island. Maybe that's why--Ben is the go-to guy when it comes to the Island, so we'll go to him for a recap.
Which leads to my third question: Did Ben tell us anything new in the flashback episode? I think he did. I definitely wouldn't be surprised if he did.
Finally, one quick thought about the season premier. Is anybody else getting scared that everything is just in Hurley's head?