Still hanging tough? Good! We're just two days away from the return of our favorite little show and we're also getting to the big guns in these character analyses.
Before we jump into things, I wanted to let you all know how to print out your own copy of the LFL Season 5 rule book. When you click on the grey box that opens up to reveal the rule book, click on the "Full Screen" option. Once the rule book appears in full screen mode, look up in the upper righthand corner. To the left of the "Close" button there is a little blue and grey icon. This is the print button. Clicking on it will start up whatever the process is on your computer to print the rule book out.
Now then, onto the business at hand. What exactly is a Status Unknown character? Oh, I don't know, maybe a character that we have no clue what's going to happen to. It was a pretty easy group to breakdown but you may not necessarily agree with what I have to say.
REMINDER: Do not post spoilers in the comments section. The following predictions and prognostications are based on purely spoiler-free speculation. While I have read some spoilers in the lead up to Season 5, no spoilers or anything remotely spoilerish will be revealed here, so please do not let anything that you know slip. Let’s respect the fans that have gone 100% spoiler-free.
The characters in this group were either left with their fate hanging at the end of Season 4 or their general overall status remains a mystery to us. I’ll admit that Jacob probably should have been placed in this group, but we’ll see how he manages against those Alive On-Islanders.
This is a pretty eclectic bunch, with some main characters, supporting characters and minor characters all bumping elbows. While we basically have no idea what is going to happen to any of these guys and gals, I did my best to rate their potential for success.
1) Daniel Faraday
Number of Selections: 1,735 (35.70%)
G-Man Says: Good Pick
I think Daniel is a good pick because I think Daniel survived the Island’s disappearance. I happen to think he went wherever the Island went because he would have been found with the Oceanic 6 by Penny’s boat. Thus, Daniel is still very much in play.
Being a person of great scientific knowledge, I think Daniel will be a key asset in solving some of the mysteries of the Island. This gives him a lot of potential to pick up Island-related points. He could also score romance points with Charlotte if they meet up again and continue what seemed to be a budding relationship. Finally, Daniel seems to have an interesting history, giving him plenty of potential for a FB somewhere down the line. Seeing as the producers didn’t get all they wanted out of the Freighter Four last season, I would have to say that Daniel should be somewhere on the slate for some FB action this year.
All in all, I think Daniel will be just about as front and center as he was last season, if not more. He will most likely be the biggest points earner in this group.
2) Christian Shephard
Number of Selections: 1,191 (24.51%)
G-Man Says: Good Pick
Christian is another smart pick because it has been increasingly revealed that he is somehow tied into all the Island weirdness. He is currently being used as Jacob’s spokesman and has appeared to Jack and others in Island Visions. This creates a lot of potential for Christian this coming season.
The question that remains however is this- how involved will he be? If he is around a good bit (say, every other episode) then he could generate a whopping amount of points. If he’s not around as often (say, every 3-4 episodes), then he could still give your Fantasy Team a boost, but probably not as much as Daniel. The nice thing is that Christian is already dead, so it’s unlikely that he can be harmed in any way and he can’t really be killed again. That’s one thing Daniel hasn’t got going for him.
If Christian is around, he’ll do well for you. If he’s not, he may make up for it by accruing a lot of points when he does show.
3) Jin Kwon
Number of Selections: 968 (19.92%)
G-Man Says: Medium Pick
I want very badly to say that Jin is a good pick because I want very badly for Jin to be alive. Sadly for me (and some of you as well) I can’t do that because I have no idea whether Jin is alive or dead. He was on the freighter when it blew up, but it wasn’t a very concrete end to the former fisherman. I’d like to think that he was blown off the freighter and will be picked up by Daniel and his raft but I don’t know if the powers that be give a crap about what I want.
If Jin is alive his points potential automatically drops because Sun isn’t around for romance points. He could still pick up points for all the other categories associated with the Island though. Jin wasn’t utilized much last year, earning only 100 total points in the Season 4 LFL. That makes me wonder if he’ll continue to live on the back burner with characters like Claire. His wife has an interesting story line, but it’s hard to say what we can expect out of Jin.
If he’s alive, you can expect a moderate amount of points. If he’s dead, prepare for disappointment. He’s probably the biggest risk you could take in this group based solely on his unconfirmed status.
4) Claire Littleton
Number of Selections: 629 (12.94%)
G-Man Says: Medium Pick
Claire was the runner up for her group last season, earning 140 points over 13 episodes, besting Jin in the process. She could very well pull off another adequate season. Still, her Season 4 performance had her finishing somewhere near the middle of the pack, which could be cause for concern with such big names as Jin, Daniel and Christian in this group. Claire has almost always been a back burner kind of character, only coming to the forefront when the producers have a need for her. This makes me hesitate to call her a good pick.
When we last saw her, Claire was in Jacob’s cabin hanging out with her father. This could be both good and bad for those of you who picked her. It could be good because hanging around with Christian and/or Jacob opens Claire up to a multitude of Island weirdness points. It could be bad because Christian and Jacob haven’t been around enough to be considered more than minor characters. Claire has virtually no back story left that could be important to the rest of the series and she has abandoned her bay-bee, so she won’t reap in any kiss points this year.
Claire is probably the second biggest risk worth taking in this group. If she shows up, she could contribute a decent amount of points to your team. If being with Christian and Jacob lowers her screen time significantly, you’ll be sorry you picked her. Another wait-and-see kind of choice.
Number of Selections: 176 (3.62%)
G-Man Says: Bad Pick
By labeling her as a “Bad Pick,” I’m not saying Annie doesn’t have a chance at showing up. I’m saying that her points potential isn’t large enough to warrant her selection over some of the larger roles we’ve already covered in this group. She’s too big of a risk and is more of a liability to your Fantasy Team than a potential bonus.
Yes, Annie’s history is tied to Ben but that means we’ll almost have to see a Ben FB on the Island if we ever expect to see her again. This would open her up to DHARMA points but if she’s only going to be a one-episode guest spot then she won’t even approach breaking even on the season. Her involvement is likely to be minimal unless the producers have something wild up their sleeves.
Annie made an impact on Ben’s life but was she influential in any way within DHARMA or the Island’s history? I don’t know but I have my doubts. Also, the fact that we haven’t seen Annie on the Island makes me think she either died in the Purge or beforehand. And we all no that dying is not a good thing for your Fantasy Teams.
6) Marvin Candle
Number of Selections: 97 (1.99%)
G-Man Says: Medium/Bad Pick
I can’t help but think that we’re not done with DHARMA yet (as if all my previous analyses haven’t made that clear) so I wouldn’t be surprised to see Marvin Candle (among all his other aliases) again. The only thing that could be bad about that is the fact that he’s always shown up in the DHARMA videos. With our new rules regarding appearance points, Marvin seems likely to get shut out of just about every potential category. If he should appear in person during a Ben FB, he could pick up significantly more points, but that’s two really big ifs. It’s a little too much risk considering the better options this group contained.
7) Ms. Hawking
Number of Selections: 64 (1.32%)
G-Man Says: Bad Pick
Last year I picked Ms. Hawking for my Fantasy Team because the producers said that we would see her pop up again. We didn’t. Needless to say, I won’t be falling for any more Darlton teases while picking my Fantasy Rosters.
Even if she were to show up again, it will probably only be for one episode. As cool as that one episode might be, her points potential would be minimal. Characters appearing in just one episode have little hope of breaking even for the season. Ms. Hawking, while she may impact the show heavily, will not impact your Fantasy Team heavily. There were enough better choices to go with and a vast majority of you recognized that.
And now that you know how to print it out, here's the rule book again! :-p