How 'bout a frothy glass of 'Lost'-'Heroes' to start the week?

204251__masi_lIt’s a little early on a Monday for what my colleague Scott Brown so winningly refers to as a "geekgasm." Then again, I know a lot of you are (like me) still nursing Battlestar Galactica hangovers, so let’s dole out a little hair of the sci-fi dog, shall we? Will a Heroes-Lost cocktail do the trick?

Regarding everyone’s favorite Monday-night adventure, TV Guide is expected to report that Star Trek‘s George Takei has been cast as Hiro’s father. The erstwhile Mr. Sulu will travel to the U.S., intent on abducting Hiro (played by Masi Oka, pictured) and bringing him back to Japan  — a rather challenging task, considering junior’s teleportation skillz. (Thanks to TV Tattle for the link.)

The rumor coming off the Lost set is about 140 times more sensitive, though, so for those of you who like to avoid spoilers, let’s discuss it after the jump.

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For the last week or so, Web buzz has been building that Jack Shephard, Lost‘s central hero, will pay the ultimate price for drama’s sake before the season ends. E! Online’s Kristin Veitch scoredsomething resembling a denial from producer Damon Lindelof, but itraises an interesting question: Would Matthew Fox’s exit from theseries be good for Lost? I’ve never really warmed to Jack’ssense of superiority and smugness, but it seems likethere’d be a good-guy vacuum without him. Sure, Sawyer and Kate aresmokin’, but neither is exactly heroic. And while Locke remains myfavorite island-dweller, dude might just be a little too oddball tolead the castaway troops.

What do you think PopWatchers? Will a Star Trek vet add to Heroes‘ appeal? And if you ran Lost, would you send Jack to meet his maker?


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  • Kevin

    Keep Jack. His episodes are often the most emotional of Lost.

  • Bill

    Keep Jack. He’s the only one whose actions seem logical. By being the skeptic, he certainly makes the role more believeable.

  • Angela

    NO!!!!! Jack should stay as long as ‘LOST’ is on air. He’s the core of the show.

  • Mystery

    If Jack were to shuffle off this mortal coil, I think Sawyer would step up and fill that role. And, be a whole funnier in the prcoess.

  • Matt

    There’s a commentary on the Lost dvd of season 1. The creators of Lost intended for Jack to die a couple of episodes into the series, but figured it was a bad idea after the audience attached themselves to Jack. I think it would be wise to consider another reprieve.
    Love him or hate him, the character of Jack is an integral part to the show’s dynamic. Remove him, then you lose a lot of sympathy for those lost.

  • Dan

    At this point, I’m up fo anything…. as long as it provides answers instead of more questions.

  • JOn

    If Lost loses Jack, it will lose most of its fan base and the best part of its story.

  • Joe C

    Actually, without Jack, Hurley could become the leader. DUDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anna

    Do NOT get rid of Jack! I have a love/hate relationship with him, but I definitely don’t want him off the show! The show needs him.

  • ag

    I can’t imagine any reason why I might ever stop watching Lost…
    Except if they kill off Jack. Then, I’d have a much harder time caring about any of them. He’s the soul of the show. DO NOT KILL JACK!!

  • Dave

    So am I cynical to think that the producers are floating this idea about knocking off Jack to see whether us fans would be incensed? I’d miss Jack more than a couple other characters they could bump but mostly, I think they’ve got to start answering some questions or the more marginal watchers are going to continue to drop the show from their Tivo rotation…

  • Nicole

    Killing Jack would be a huge mistake in my opinion. He is so central that to lose him would kind of sort of ruin things for me. If they want to keep the show watchable and entertaining, they need to cool it with the questions for a bit and start giving (at least some) answers already.

  • Winn

    Although Matthew Fox is undeniably easy on the eyes, I find Jack insufferably arrogant and his unrepentent skepticism stultifying. If I were Kate (another character I can’t stand), there would have been no love triangle, because Sawyer would have been infinitely more appealing from jump. During his season 2 exchanges with Locke, with his disrespectful and dismissive putdowns of everything Locke seemed to stand for, my urge to throttle him grew almost uncontrollable. Yet, having said all that, I think Lost would lose an important frisson and dramatic tension without Jack, as well as some of its emotional pull. I’m with Dave; there’s something a little cynical and manipulative about dangling the possibility of Jack’s demise before viewers. Although I would normally applaud a decision that might incense fans if it truly served the story and showed the creators were brave enough to make unpopular choices, I think with declining ratings (to Criminal Minds of all things, sheesh!)and grousing fans who don’t feel they’re seeing a return on a 2 1/2 season investment, killing Dr. Shephard might not be the path the Lost creators want to travel down.

  • Vicky

    Jack’s the heart of the show. Take him away and Lost is dead.

  • julie

    Mr. Sulu as Hero’s dad is genius! beam me up son! And I dont care for Jacks character much either, but I think he is integral to the show, so he cant die. Im losing in Faith in Lost, but Im sure when it comes back on, I will be watching it, whether it annoys me or not.

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