'Lost' (S5): Faith, Science, Scooby-Doo | EW.com


'Lost' (S5): Faith, Science, Scooby-Doo

The Island's great debate (supernatural possibilities vs. naturalistic explanations -- trust us, the cartoon pooch figures into this too) resumes in season 5, and the Doc wants to know which side you're on. Plus: Marvin Candle and the role of Fate

Usually we begin our in-season columns with THE TEASE!, but ABC has been doing a fine enough job on their own by leaking various clips from tonight’s premiere, like this one:

If you’re choosing not to watch in order to preserve the experience of tonight’s premiere, I applaud your restraint. But allow me to make two non-spoilery Doc Jensen observations. The name of Dan Norton’s law firm, Agostini & Norton, links neatly to one Lodovico Agostini, whom Wikipedia describes as ”an Italian composer, singer, priest, and scholar of the late Renaissance.” Agostini was a daring musician who lived during a time where daring music was all the rage. Sounds like Lost, a cutting edge show during a time of cutting edge shows. According to Wikipedia, ”Agostini was fond of musical enigmas, puzzles, surprise and double-entendre … and bizarre chromatic progressions.” That sounds like Lost to me, too.

As for ”Dan Norton,” that happens to be the name of a comic book artist whose credits include work on an upcoming feature film Science Ninja Team Gatachaman. Apparently it’s based on an anime series about young heroes who battle bad robots and evil science conspiracies that seek to control and exploit the Earth’s natural resources. I am certain this has something to do with Lost. Especially the bad robot part.

Speaking of crazy animation, this Kate scene also has that beat where she tells Aaron, ”Watch your cartoons, goober” right before she answers the door and deals with the lawyers. Fun Fact! Goober and the Ghost Chasers was a Scooby-Doo knock-off from 1973 that lasted just 16 episodes, which happens to be the length of the current season of Lost. Goober and Scooby were both about a bunch of kids who (along with their misfit pet pooch) investigated spooky mysteries. The big difference? In Scooby-Doo, all the ghosts and bogeymen were scams. In Goober, though, the ghosts and bogeymen were legit. You can watch a clip here.

NEXT PAGE: Marc Oromaner, author of the new book The Myth of Lost, weighs in on the Great Lost Debate