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The lovable scamps known as Darlton (Lost exec producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse) just showed critics episode three of Lost season five and the time-travel kookiness was off the charts.

But that's OK.

They're making it up to us.

How? Well, according to Carlton: "It's the season of Josh." Yes, to counteract the hard-core sci-fi/physics/time-travel-loop-the-loop stuff this year (Daniel Faraday knows all and boy does he tell all), the writers making sure that Sawyer (Josh Holloway) and his time-travel-loathing testy redneck temperament are front and center to soften the blow. His shirtless chest will also be featured prominently, but let's focus, shall we?

So what extra Sawyer goodness are we getting this season? Read on for that, a sneak peek at episode two and some tease-y goodies about episode three!

According to Carlton, "Sawyer has a lot to do this year." Given that there is so much heavy mytharc development going on, they felt it was important to balance that out element with some character-centric stuff.

"It's important that Sawyer is not a huge fan of time travel," says Carlton, noting that Sawyer will deliver many lines throughout the season criticizing time travel as a concept in general and as an influence on his own life.

According to Carlton, this all adds up to good news for us James Ford fans: "Josh is doing a lot of amazing work this year. You could say this was the season of Josh." Apparently this is in part to "make up for lost time" with the character of Sawyer after last year's Oceanic Six-centric plotlines. (Aww...somebody at Lost HQ reads message boards!)

Now, more sneaky preview stuff! Dharma Special Access just released a new video wherein the Island escapees agree to the tragic and consequential Big Lie...

As for episode three, here's what we can spill:

  • This episode is an Oceanic Six-free zone. There are no appearances by Jack, Kate, Sayid, Hurley, Sun or Aaron.
  • The title of the episode ("Jughead") refers to a thing not a person.
  • One Islander declares his love and the object of his affection seems surprisingly elated about the announcement. Guesses?
  • Charles "Big Bad" Widmore pops up three times in the episode and each appearance is more surprising that the last.
  • Is Desmond your hero? If yes, you will be greatly pleased with this outing of the show, in which he totally kicks ass and takes names, even while he largely fails to achieve his declared goals.
  • At least two new foreign languages are used in this episode, which means more subtitle funtimes. Apologies in advance to all the dyslexics out there.
  • The following is not a line from the episode, but it could be: "Did you come back for your bong?"

Only six days left! Can you stand the excitement? Post your joy in the comments!

—Additional reporting by Lost fangirls Jennifer Godwin, Natalie Abrams and Megan Masters