For the past five years, after each new episode of Lost, I’ve written a little something about what went down on the Island.
Well, the series is over, but today, an official epilogue, The New Man in Charge, set for release on the official DVD set later this month, leaked. You can find it online (and may want to start looking at Dark UFO’s spoilers section) and skip a few more weeks of waiting.
While not really taking place on the Island, you get an idea of what happens during Hurley’s time in charge: shutting down the DHARMA stations and bringing an old friend back to the Island. Despite the fact that Hurley is the one in charge, the star is Ben. And Lost never goes wrong when Ben is the center of attention.
While shutting down a DHARMA facility, Ben offers to answer one question each for the confused workers. He shares a previously unseen orientation film (converted to video). Ben and the film answer some of the lingering questions (but not all of them) about the Island and DHARMA.
Ben is surprisingly honest with his answers, even addressing more than one question from each worker. From the facility, he visits an old friend at Hurley’s former mental institution. This contains more character wrap-up (and also addresses one of the things I asked in “I Want Some Freakin’ Answers“) and gives a hint at who Hurley’s successor would be.
While The New Man in Charge is a nice little wrap up to the series, it would have been totally out of place in The End. The series was about the Island and what happened once the survivors of Oceanic 815 arrived. While I wouldn’t blame Disney/ABC for trying to milk the series for more cash and release expanded universe-type material in the future, the Lost story ended with the death of Jack Shepard. The New Man in Charge is an official post script.
And for what it is, it’s pretty good.