Face it, when it comes to luck with the ladies, nobody has it worse than Sayid. I mean, even a desperate guy like Hurley only had one of his love interests die. Poor Sayid got to watch Shannon get mowed down by Anna Lucia and then followed it up by having his soulmate Nadia get picked off as well. Needless to say, this series of unfortunate events has turned our torture specialist into on P.O.'ed Iraqi. I shudder to think of the pain to be inflicted on anyone who crosses paths with Sayid in Season 5.
(Hugo Reyes a.k.a. Hurley)
If there's one more thing to like about Hurley other than his great personality and the never-ending supply of fat jokes that he supplies, it's that he's got to serve some mind-blowing purpose for this show. I mean, there's undoubtedly something more to Hurley than simply being the castaway who's least likely to starve. His connection with the numbers, his psych history, his horrendous back luck, and the fact that he and Libby were hanging out in the same mental institution have to serve some sort of relevance, right? That being said, there was certainly no surprise that good ol' Hugo was one of the Oceanic Six. He's the major player that's completely flying under the radar and I'm sure the fact that he's off the island will have some major ramifications. Yup, there's certainly something cooking here, and I can't wait to find out what it is.
Neither can Hurley. (Sorry, I just couldn't pass it up.)
Emile de Ravin
With Charlie out of the picture, there wasn't much for Claire to do in Season 4, you know, other than go stark-raving mad and hang out in an invisible cabin with her dead estranged father. As a result, I don't have much to say about Lost's resident Aussie. However, I do find it interesting that the psychic's warning to Claire in a Season 1 flashback that her child shouldn't be raised by another has come true. The only thing freakier would have been if the psychic told her that her child shouldn't be raised by a fugitive murderer and an alcoholic neurosurgeon.
Yunjin Kim (Sun-Hwa Kwon) and Daniel Dae Kim (Jin-Soon Kwon)
It wasn't just a little dusty in the room during the episode where we found out that Sun made it off the island and Jin died getting her there, there was an all-out allergen attack. Pollen, cat dander - it was everywhere!
Sun and Jin put on an absolute all-star performance in Season 4. Their flashback episode was brilliant, as was the way they handled their Maury-esque paternity fiasco. In the end, their relationship boiled down to a love story of epic proportions that transcended any language barrier. I'm usually the party pooper who enjoys a tragic ending, but even I can only hope that Jin somehow survived the freighter explosion and that these two will be reunited.
Henry Ian Cusick
(Desmond David Hume)
You gotta hand it to Desmond, he certainly puts this show in motion. Not only did he set up the entire rescue with his psychic powers and relationship with Penny, but now his time traveling spells have brought to light an amazing feature of the island regarding how time works on and off it. I haven't even begun to figure out how the whole thing works, but it's a pretty cool development nonetheless. There's a decent chance that we may have seen the last of Desmond since he's reunited with Penny and has no real reason to head back to the island, but something tells me he'll once again have something big in store for us during Season 5.
Yes, Jack, Locke, and Sawyer have their individual moments of brilliance, but Ben has managed to pull of a 2 1/2 season run of nothing but utter stupendousness. There's just something about Mr. Linus that makes him utterly addicting watch. I can't exactly put my finger on it, but it's something that transcends the whole guy "you love to hate" cliche. After all, there's not a single thing I hate about Ben or the incredible amount of intrigue he adds ot the series. In fact there's a good chance that I have a slight man-crush going on. What can I say? I have a thing for diabolical geniuses.
Now that he's been exiled from the island permanently and has a major dead-daughter vendetta to uphold, I have a feeling that Ben is about to stir up even more mayhem. He had better be careful though. If he sets up another sabotage as good as the whole "get Juliet's man killed by Anna Lucia" plot, he may find me parking my car outside his house late at night and sending him mix tapes.
(Dr. Juliet Burke)
For a while, it appeared that the Jack/Kate/Sawyer love triangle was about to become a quadrilateral, but it appears that Juliet has officially taken herself out of the running for Jack's heart. As high-class as it was for her to take a bow and defer to Kate, I still think that the island's resident physician should have put up a better fight. I mean, it's bad enough that Lost is perpetuating the theory that M.D.'s have to resort to dating fugitives, but now we're actually being passed up for them by potential suitors? Nevertheless, perhaps the best thing about Juliet is her amazing backstories. They alwasy seem to shed new light on the island and this history of The Others. Any time they writers decide to focus in on her, you know you're in for a good episode. If only the same could be said for that two-timing hussy, Kate!
I won't do full-length write-ups on the following characters, but they do each deserve their own blurb.
Harold Perrineau Jr. (Michael Dawson) - Anybody sad that this guy died? Anybody?
Jeremy Davies (Michael Faraday) - Ever since Dr. Arzt blew himself to smitherines, Lost has been waiting for someone new to step up and take the role of "the do-it-all professor". The fact that he's a Neil Patrick Harris look-alike is simply icing on the cake.
Ken Leung (Miles Strong) - Without question, the best of the new characters. This dude certainly has the potential to become the character Sawyer should have been.
Alan Dale (Charles Widmore) - First The OC, then Lost. That may just be the most impressive resume in modern-day television.
So that's my take on Season 4. I procrastinated about as long as I could in getting this piece written, but hopefully refreshed your memory just in time for the premiere. Usually I conclude these pieces by saying something like "I can't wait to see what's in store next year", but I think I'll just wrap this one up by reminding you to tune in tonight. See you after Season 5!