WARNING: SPOILER ALERT!
Now, if you're a regular viewer of Lost, you'll know it's been sort of a running joke--and a source of great annoyance--that the Powers That Be introduced two heretofore unseen 'survivors' this season, the rather telegenic but vapid Paolo and Nikki. Who are they? Where are they from? Who cares?
So tonight's episode starts with Paolo and Nikki--ostensibly, one thinks, to provide some backstory and legitimize their presence on the show.
Except for one minor problem. They're dead.
That's right. Less than ten minutes into the show, these two strangers are dead, and are thus unlikely to figure significantly in the future of this show.
To their credit, the Powers That Be are weaving a rather interesting backstory, inserting both characters into several rather key scenes. But at this point, about halfway through the show, I feel like I've been punk'd. Entertained and surprised, but still punk'd.