There’s nothing ABC needs to do to get me more excited for Lost‘s final season, but, well, here they are doing it with a new promo. It might be the only time I’d argue that a TV ad’s hyperbole doesn’t go far enough: “The Television Event of the Year”? The way I’m feeling right now, I’m inclined to go with decade, or even century. (I know I’d be wrong, and that lots of other things qualify, so don’t start arguing that with me here; I’m just quantifying my level of excitement.)

However you say it, I do think Lost has raised its own bar to an unprecedented level, such that the final season — and the finale in particular — could make or break its legacy like no other show’s has. Now, this particular promo isn’t as artsy-cool as many others that have been popping up from across the globe, thanks to the no-spoiler-footage policy Lost has so far maintained. But, lo and behold, there is one frame of new footage here!

In case you missed it, the new scrap of film here is a gun-toting Claire around the 15-second mark. In further proof that Lost possesses mystical powers that turn me into the kind of uber-fangirl I normally am not, I spent quite a bit of time trying to pause the video on the words that flash right around 15 to 16 seconds in, which, to save you the trouble, say: “Everything changes” and “Plant a good seed and you will joyfully gather fruit.” I can’t hold a candle to Doc Jensen in the hard-core analysis department, so I won’t try. But that stuff plus the bit at the beginning where old scenes run backwards (the plane puts itself back together, the fuselage un-explodes) leads me to think that the castaways’ finale gambit to reset the “future” works — i.e., Juliet sets off the bomb and Flight 815 doesn’t crash. Or at least the passengers’ paths are altered significantly.

But what do you think, PopWatchers? Theories? Thoughts? Other freeze-frames? Ideas for what we can do to alter the time-space continuum to make it Feb. 2 already?

(And Lost fans might also want to check out this recreation of the crash in real-time.)

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