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100th episode of ‘Lost,' airing Wednesday on ABC

Verne Gay
Newsday (MCT)
LOST (100TH EPISODE) - 9 p.m. EDT Wednesday - ABC

REASON TO WATCH: Daniel Faraday (Jeremy Davies) tells us what he knows about the island (only clips were made available for preview).

CATCHING UP: First, the good news - most everyone, excluding Aaron and Walter, is back on the island. Now, the bad - they're split into a couple of different time dimensions, with some working at the Dharma Initiative back in 1977 and the rest of the gang in present time. In the present, Ben (Michael Emerson) has atoned for the death of his daughter, but an apparition of her warns him not to carry through on a new plot to kill Locke (Terry O'Quinn) again.

But Locke now has truly mystical powers. Maybe that wouldn't be possible anyway. Back in 1977, Miles Straume (Ken Leung) learns that his father is none other than Dr. Pierre Chang (Francois Chau) himself - who early on appeared only on-screen to those down the hatch.

WHAT TONIGHT'S ABOUT: One key revelation from the clips is that when Daniel asks Jack Shepherd (Matthew Fox) why he came back to the island (they're both in '77), Jack peers quizzically at him, then says - your mother told us to. Yes, that would be Eloise Hawking (Fionnula Flanagan). Daniel then looks quizzically at Jack: "I've got bad news for you, Jack. You don't belong here at all. She was wrong." All that trouble for nothing?

BOTTOM LINE: There are no red herrings on "Lost," only great white whales, but the producers continue to make it very tricky to decide which one to chase. As the fifth season winds down - or better phrase, winds up - there's this whale, for example: Fathers and sons, or fathers and daughters, or mothers and sons. The time warp (1977 vs. present) has enriched the storytelling here, but complicated it, too. Where is this leading us? Fans have also been having fun with the

"Father and Son" story implicit in John Locke's resurrection, and the obvious Christian overtones, which makes Ben what? Who knows? And - really - who cares?

For fans, the fifth season has been hugely gratifying, with a massive brain dump of clues, ideas, stories and forward momentum. Whether Wednesday night's episode is the 100th, or 99th or 199th, almost doesn't matter. "Lost" has delivered each and every week.

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