Almost as long a wait as "Battlestar Galactica's" return has been the season premiere for "Lost," which returns tomorrow night on ABC with a three-hour block of programming: a one-hour recap at 8 p.m., followed by the first two episodes of the new season.
When we last left the survivors of Flight 815, the Oceanic Six were trying to adjust to life on the mainland while we learned how they came to be there. Ben moved the island under the orders of Jacob to keep the island safe from Charles Widmore.
Things pick up pretty much immediately as Jack and Ben try to organize the Oceanic Six, plus the mortal remains of John Locke, to return to the island and save their friends. The problem is, no one wants to return. Hurley is under surveillance by some mysterious guys until rescued by Sayid; Kate gets a mysterious visit from an attorney, prompting her to hit the road with Aaron; and Sun has her own agenda.
That's about as much description as I can give without giving too much away. Suffice it to say, Hurley has all the best lines, as usual.
One element that has been a hallmark of "Lost" has been the use of flashbacks and flash-forwards in the telling of the story, giving us insight into the various characters. Though that has now been phased out according to the producers, in a larger sense, it does continue, because the island hasn't changed location in space so much as it has in time. The question of "when" should be a predominant theme this season.
So, what to look for tomorrow night? Well, I don't want to give anything away, but I will say a dead character (besides Locke) makes an appearance. And Vincent the dog seems to be in good health. Otherwise, you'll just have to tune in tomorrow.
TUESDAY'S BEST BETS: It's pretty much Obama-mania all day on all of the channels. Every network and news channel will have the swearing in of the 44th President, with things kicking off about 10 a.m. Tonight, ABC is running with Obama all night, while CBS has a special at 9 p.m. and NBC has one at 10 p.m.
Fox sees the return of "Fringe" (Fox, 9 p.m.) after hiatus, following a new "American Idol." NBC has a new "The Biggest Loser" at 8 p.m.
On cable is a new episode of "Leverage" (TNT, 10 p.m.)