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Wednesday TV: ''Dancing,'' ''Lost''

By RD Heldenfels Published: October 4, 2006

''Dancing With the Stars'' shocker: Vivica A. Fox gets the boot while Stumbling Sara Evans not only survives but avoids the bottom two. (Monique Coleman was the other one in the two.) ..

Just watched the opening scene from ''Lost.'' Very cool. Welcome back....

Continued after watching the whole episode: OK, it took about five minutes for me to start having doubts -- starting with why we hadn't seen that cool scene of the village in the jungle before, since it feels as if we've seen huge views of the island.

Similarly, throughout the episode I was thinking that there hadn't been a single ''Lost'' that told us so much. The Others now have a clearer shape, and a nasty one it could be. Especially liked Sawyer being stuck in that glorified Skinner box, and that as part of the larger notion that Jack, Kate and Sawyer are all being experimented with in different ways.

But, at the end of the show, it was like the Beatles' ''I'm Looking Through You'': ''I thought I knew you, what did I know?'' With J.J. Abrams involved again, this felt kind of ''Alias''-like to me, and ''Alias'' was awash in nonsense presented as revelation.

And of course I'll be back next week.

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