By Michael Slezak
September 28, 2006 at 12:00 PM EDT

I really hadn’t intended to watch last night’s Lost clip show, the one designed to catch up neophytes like Rosie O’Donnell who’d missed the first two seasons. But as it often does, my old pal inertia paid me a visit around 9 p.m., and so there I was, glued to the couch, and a second look at the adventures of the survivors of Oceanic 815. Even more interesting than the areas the show’s producers focused on were the ones they decided to omit. Like Time‘s James Poniewozik, I was perplexed by the failure to make even the briefest mention of ill-fated Boone, Shannon, and Libby (a move that hopefully doesn’t foreshadow smaller roles for Sayid and Hurley in Season 3). I’d also feel better if Lost neophytes had gotten a smidge of info on Claire’s abduction, the smoke monster, and Rosseau.

One other tidbit perplexed me: the narrator’s suggestion that Kelvin, the one time hatch-dweller accidentally killed by Desmond (Henry Ian Cusick, pictured), was responsible for drawing the island map that Locke saw while pinned under the hatch door. So I turned to EW’s resident Lost expert, Doc Jensen, for answers. Here’s what he had to say: ”The narration gave Kelvin too much credit for The Map: According to the season finale, Kelvin took over the painting of The Map from his former Hatchmate, the guy who blew his head off and left a blood spot on the ceiling.” Hmmm… wonder what we should make of that? Could the fact that the narrator sounded very much like one Henry Gale mean we should view the entire recap through skeptical eyes? And did any of you PopWatchers find other food for thought in last night’s clip show? Then by all means, do tell!