Here we are once again Lost fans! We're just five days away from Lost's triumphant return! Are you getting excited yet? Of course you are. If you're like me you're already twitching with anticipation and shaking with glee. But be strong! We don't want any of you to snap before the big day arives. ;-)
Today we're examining the other group of dead characters. If my character ratings yessterday had you feeling down, perhaps thoday will cheer you up! Or not. I wasn't overly positive with this group either. I can tell you though that tomorrow's character group shakedown will have plenty of people talking. Until then, enjoy "I See Dead People" Group #1.
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The “I See Dead People” Group #1 is similar to the group of dead folk we touched on yesterday, only we felt these characters had just a squeak better chance of showing up than those in Group #2. It also features the most characters to choose from than any other character group this year (10 in all).
Again, all of these characters are dead and aren’t likely to earn you a ton of points but every little bit helps, right? This group isn’t as evenly spread as Group #2, but I think I’ll have some surprises in store for you with how I rated each character.
Number of Selections: 1,644 (33.83%)
G-Man Says: Medium Pick
When the powers that be said back after Season 2 that they had a back story planned for Libby and it would be revealed over the course of the next few years, I believed them. Now I’m not so sure. Libby was a huge disappointment during Season 4. She didn’t show up they way any of us thought she would and it didn’t fill us in at all on her past.
I was one of the many who selected Libby for their Fantasy Team. I think at that time I was still optimistic about her return. The more I’ve though about it though, the less enthusiastic I am. Even if she were to come back, it would probably be a brief encounter in a FB. If there really is a lot of back story for her left, she could appear in a few FB segments, but I can’t imagine her playing a significant role in anyone’s FB sequences.
This opens her up to a few appearance points possibilities. She could also appear to Hurley in an Island Vision like she did with Michael, which opens her up to a few more categories. I don’t think there is any risk of seeing her death scene again, so those who picked her can feel safe about that. If she shows up, she could pick you up some points but probably not enough compared to some other choices in this group. Libby is a hit or miss selection and I’m thinking miss.
2) Charlie Pace
Number of Selections: 1,348 (27.74%)
G-Man Says: Bad Pick
There are still legions of fans who love Charlie, even so long after his death. The problem with Charlie is that, even if he would show up, his points potential is severely limited. He appeared to Hurley, which opens the door to repeated appearances, but keep in mind that in that appearance, Charlie also slapped Hugo. He almost broke even in that episode and never showed up afterwards. I don’t see the point of having any more FB crossovers involving Charlie, because I think Lost has moved past the point of having cute little crossovers like that. If we’re going to see someone in someone else’s past or present now it’s going to be important. At this point, Charlie just isn’t important anymore.
On top of all this, actor Dominic Monaghan is keeping himself pretty busy these days. Dom got frustrated with Charlie’s status on the back burner and asked to be made part of something big or written off the show. While he seems open to coming back and doing a quickie guest spot, I don’t think he’s really jumping at the chance to lock up a week to fly out to Hawaii to shoot one scene. I think Charlie’s popularity in this group can be attributed to warm fuzzies leading people in the wrong direction and hope for a repeat of his Season 4 appearance.
3) Danielle Rousseau
Number of Selections: 853 (17.55%)
G-Man Says: Good Pick
Oddly enough, Danielle is the only character in this group that I consider a good pick. It’s ironic because actress Mira Furlan really seemed like she wanted out of the role and off Hawaii. I think Rousseau is your best bet to reappear because she is one of those characters with a huge connection to the history of the Island and to the Others.
Because of her connection to the Island and even the Others (possibly Baby-napper Ben?) Rousseau is major FB bait. She could score huge amounts of points with appearances, DHARMA points (if she ran into any stations or locales) and she could score big on discovery and visitation points with her status as resident Island explorer.
The only thing that could hamper Rousseau’s point productivity is her tendency to hurt people. She’s set up booby traps before and even supposedly killed her crew. If we see any of those shenanigans, Rousseau could wind up breaking even, but that would only be if she’s extra violent. There’s still a risk that we’re going to be left out in the cold on Rousseau’s back story, but she’s your best bet for points if she shows up.
4) Martin Keamy
Number of Selections: 281 (5.78%)
G-Man Says: Good/Medium Pick
You might think I’m crazy for suggesting Keamy as a decent pick. Heck, it sounds even crazy to me. But let’s consider a few things- First, Keamy could easily pop up in a FB for one of the Freighter Four if we see their time on the freighter at all. Second, we could see him in the process of being hired by Charles Widmore or Matthew Abadoon. In both of these situations, Keamy would not be injuring anybody (most likely). That could go a long way to picking you up a few points.
The obvious downside is the fact that Keamy seems to enjoy hurting people. If he shows up in any other way, there could be a big risk of him laying some hurt on a poor soul. Also, aside from FB appearances, Keamy doesn’t seem like he’d be worth too many points. I’m not getting an Island Vision vibe from him but it’s not entirely out of the question.
Maybe I’m making a wild guess here, but I kind of like Keamy’s odds. A villain that evil can’t possibly just be left alone. Somewhere down the line I think we’ll revisit the evil awesomeness that is Keamy.
5) Michael Dawson
Number of Selections: 279 (5.74%)
G-Man Says: Bad Pick
Nope! Not going to happen. Period. After the way actor Harold Perrineau reacted to getting the axe a second time, he’s never coming back to the show. The powers that be are too smart to bring any of that drama back into play.
In the unlikely chance that Michael would show up, his potential is seriously limited. His performance in Season 4 was very disappointing. He died a redemptive death, which could be revisited, losing you valuable points each time they show the freighter blowing up. If Walt were to have some sort of FB filling in his time with the Others (unlikely now that Malcolm David Kelley is like 6 feet tall) and his return to the mainland, we might see glimpses of Michael.
Michael could also appear to Walt as an Island Vision. Somewhere down the line I think Walt will have to come to terms with what his father did. Whether or not that will involve Michael being present remains to be seen. Michael is the character I am most sure about not showing up. A messy exit resulted in toes being stepped on. People will remember that.
6) Alex Linus-Rousseau
Number of Selections: 202 (4.16%)
G-Man Says: Medium/Bad Pick
I think the only likely way we’ll see Alex is in FB’s. We could see Alex as a baby when Ben steals her from Rousseau or as a little girl living with Ben in New Otherton. Outside of this, I don’t think Alex would make for a practical Island Vision character.
As I said, all of her potential seems tied to FB’s and we can’t be guaranteed of them. Given Ben’s rich history with DHARMA, the Hostiles and the Island, I don’t really know that the powers that be will make a concerted effort to sneak her into the fold. Alex is not crucial in the history of DHARMA or in the history of the Island (as far as we know).
If Alex shows up, it will be for minimal points and probably only once. I think there are better characters in this group to choose from.
7) Ethan Rom
Number of Selections: 108 (2.22%)
G-Man Says: Medium Pick
Had Ethan showed up in Season 4, I would have listed him as a good pick. We heard his voice in Season 4 when the scene where the Others watch Flight 815 crash was recreated, but he didn’t show up. That makes me a little leery of his chances this year.
You can take some comfort in knowing that Ethan seems to have a solid history with the Others, so he could very well pop up in FB’s detailing Ben’s past with the Others or even the Hostiles, if Ethan’s involvement goes back that far. Ethan has appeared in more episodes after his death than he was in while he was still alive, so there is definitely still a chance.
As far as points potential goes, I have no idea. It will depend on how involved Ethan is with the Others at the time if and when we see more of their past. Ethan got more than a little rough with the Losties under extenuating circumstances, so his potential for violence can’t be disregarded.
8) Roger Linus
Number of Selections: 66 (1.36%)
G-Man Says: Medium/Bad Pick
While I think it’s fairly unlikely to see Ben’s father again, you should never say never. All it would take is to see a portion of Ben’s life with DHARMA before the Purge and Roger could pop up. This could pick him up some FB points as well as any number of DHARMA Logo points. If traveling by way of the DHARMA van, Roger could score points for visiting the various DHARMA locations as well.
While Roger wasn’t the best father, it never seems like he abused his son physically, so I don’t think there’s much to worry about in the way of injuring people. One major concern of yours should be any re-showing of the Purge. We know Roger was one of its victims, so he could lose those death points again. For all the potential he has, I don’t see Roger as essential enough to rack up many points in the likely one or two episodes he may appear.
9) Kelvin Inman
Number of Selections: 46 (0.95%)
G-Man Says: Bad Pick
There has long been a theory that Kelvin wasn’t really killed by Desmond and just knocked out. I don’t buy it and neither should you. The notion that Kelvin might somehow still be alive is preposterous. Sorry to pass judgment, but if this is why you picked him, you are sure to be disappointed.
He does retain some FB potential, but I don’t know why we would see any more FB’s detailing Desmond’s time in the hatch. If he was a part of the DHARMA Initiative, then there is a slight chance that we could see him in passing before the time of the Purge. He probably won’t have much bearing on the story though.
At this point in the series, I have a hard time believing that the powers that be will go about bringing back characters that we saw before just for the sake of seeing them again. Unless Kelvin has some importance remaining about him, I don’t expect to see him. He is a big risk that offers very little in reward. No wonder less than 1% of you picked him.
10) Goodwin Stanhope
Number of Selections: 33 (0.68%)
G-Man Says: Medium Pick
Despite being one of the least-selected characters in the entire League, I think Goodwin stands a decent chance of showing up. He is part of the Other’s history and especially part of Juliet’s history on the Island (potential romance points?). He’s shown up in Seasons 2, 3 and 4, so his attendance record is notable.
If Goodwin had any connection to the DHARMA Initiative, it would open the door to a number of point categories for him. If not, he could still pick some up though FB points and some of the places he and the Others may visit.
While he wouldn’t gain as many points as I think others in this category could, I think a great many of you overlooked Goodwin as a potential source of a few easy points. Come the end of the season, the 33 people who selected Goodwin may just have the last laugh.
Hey, guess what!? Here's the rule book again. You know, just in case. :-p