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So yesterday we dealt with the supporting characters on the Island. Today we're looking at the supporting characters off the Island. I don't know about you guys, but there are a couple of personal favorites of mine in this group and I'm looking for some big points out of the group as a whole.
We're working our way up to the big guns- the main characters that make Lost so special. But today we're recognizing the little guys that help add to the drama and excitement in their own ways.
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Just like the Alive On-Island Group #2, Alive Off-Island Group #2 features supporting characters that we feel have the potential to show up at least a couple of times throughout the season. The characters involved aren’t nearly as controversial as yesterday’s batch, but you may not like what I have to say about this group.
1) Charles Widmore
Number of Selections: 2,184 (44.94%)
G-Man Says: Good Pick
Clearly, Charles Widmore is going to be around. He is locked in some epic struggle with Ben Linus with much at stake. He will show up, I assure you. He also appears to have some kind of connection to the Island’s past, but we’re not sure yet what it is. If he has a history with the DHARMA Initiative, then his points potential could expand quite nicely.
Widmore will certainly earn appearance points and if there is any history between him and DHARMA, he could pick up points associated with DHARMA. If he shows up on the Island, we could see a points explosion out of him. The one thing likely to hold him back is the fact that he isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. We’ve seen him mercilessly beat a man before and I wouldn’t put it past him to do it again. No warm fuzzy romance points here!
2) Penny Widmore
Number of Selections: 765 (15.74%)
G-Man Says: Good Pick
Her points potential is directly tied to how much Desmond will come into play during Season 5. I really want to see more of Penny and Desmond and I can’t imagine that their story is over. Especially not considering Penny’s father is half of the conflict over the Island. Regardless of how much she pops up, she has big potential for romance points. After years apart, I think Penny and Des will be inseparable and very affectionate. They love each other so much and that will translate into major points.
The one thing that has me worried is Ben has stated as his objective to kill Charles Widmore’s daughter. Might Ben go back on this statement if Desmond needs to return to the Island with the Oceanic 6? I don’t know. I’d like to think that she is safe for Season 5 but you never can tell with this show. All in all, Penny is one of the better choices for this season.
3) Walt Lloyd
Number of Selections: 752 (15.47%)
G-Man Says: Medium Pick
Walt is a wildcard. He’s the kind of player who could make or break your Fantasy Team this year. We haven’t seen him much at all over Seasons 2, 3 and 4, though his points potential could be huge given the right circumstances. It’s all going to depend on whether or not Walt fits into Ben’s grand plan for a return to the Island. If he has to go back with the Oceanic 6, then Walt could factor heavily into Season 5. If not, we may be done with him altogether, leaving a great deal of you disappointed.
If Walt comes back, there is a solid chance we could see some kind of FB for him from when he was in captivity with the Others. That might help explain just what is so darn special about the kid. Also, because strange things occur around him, Walt could score big with some of the supernatural point categories. Either way, his return could mean a great deal of points coming his way. But it is a calculated risk. He could be a bust. We’ll find out which is the case.
4) Matthew Abaddon
Number of Selections: 645 (13.27%)
G-Man Says: Medium/Bad Pick
While he is a very appealing character with a lot of points potential, I just don’t think he’ll show up enough to make him worth the risk. Unless you’ve been stuck under a rock these past eight months, you’ll know that actor Lance Reddick has been a part of the fairly successful show Fringe. While Lost’s producers expressed a willingness to work with Reddick to make it possible for him to come back, it remains to be seen if such a situation has presented itself.
If Abaddon does show up, he seems to have connections to Locke’s past and has confronted one of the Oceanic 6. This makes him open for appearance points. He also seems to have an interest in the Island, as he hired the science team on the Freighter. We might see more of him in that regard. Or, Abaddon may appear once or twice and show up more prominently in Season 6. I just think there are too many better choices in this group to take such a huge risk. I don’t like Abaddon’s chances at being a solid points generator.
5) Frank Lapidus
Number of Selections: 315 (6.48%)
G-Man Says: Medium Pick
Lapidus is another wildcard as far as I’m concerned. We may see him if there’s anything done with the Freighter Folks recent past or if we see any time from that week the Oceanic 6 spent on Penny’s boat, but that’s really up in the air right now. Outside of that, I really don’t know how involved Frank would be. If anything, I would think there’s a good chance of him getting hunted down, interrogated and killed by Widmore’s men.
Frank was a very interesting character with a unique connection to Oceanic Flight 815. But the question is whether or not that uniqueness is enough to keep him around or make him relevant to the story. If he must return to the Island it will open him up to more points potential, but for now, Frank is just a big question mark. A likeable question mark, but a question mark all the same.
6) Mr. Paik
Number of Selections: 88 (1.81%)
G-Man Says: Medium
Mr. Paik didn’t score as big as some thought he would in the Season 4 LFL, but he still didn’t do too poorly. This year, I have lower expectations for Mr. Paik, but I still think he could rack up some points while he has the chance. There is probably still some drama between him and Sun to be seen, so he should get some appearance points for that. The trouble lies in the fact that he may not get as many opportunities to show up as some of you might like.
If Sun’s story continues to be a big factor in the Oceanic 6 saga, we could see Paik quite a bit. Then again, if her affairs mostly involve Charles Widmore, you have to wonder if Paik will show at all. Sun taking over Paik Heavy Industries could mean Mr. Paik has been written out of the show. Then again, he may team up with Widmore to try and get his company back from his defiant daughter. He has some potential, but I think most of you were wise to avoid him. He’s not as likely to be as helpful as last year.
7) Clementine Phillips
Number of Selections: 71 (1.46%)
G-Man Says: Bad Pick
8) Cassidy Phillips
Number of Selections: 20 (0.82%)
G-Man Says: Bad Pick
I have to say that I’m amused that over three times the number of people picked Clementine than her mother, Cassidy. While Clementine could pick up some kiss points from mommy, I don’t see her amounting to much points-wise.
I have a feeling that Cassidy and Clementine may show up this season, but they won’t amount to much more than a cool appearance. We know that Kate knows about them via Sawyer’s whispers in the helicopter but how important to the story do you really think they are? I mean, Sawyer is a main character and all, but Cassidy and Clementine are a very tangential part of the overall story of Lost and have little bearing on any of the weighty components of the story.
They may show up, but it will be fleeting. I expect very little out of these two and seems that most of you felt the same way.
Just for kicks and grins, here's the rule book again: