Lost University isn’t a really college, but since September 22, 2004, Lost fans have been taking Lost University for about five years. Lost University officially becomes an online college today, fittingly on the historic September 22. Lost University has been advertising online for weeks, and will now be open for business for those Lost fans that want to learn. Since September 22, 2004, Lost fans have already gotten crash courses on time travel, islands, physics and religion, so now Lost University puts that knowledge to the test.
Lost University is the latest reality game put out there to keep fans busy during this final offseason. The wait for the final year of Lost is only halfway through, so Lost University promises to kill the remaining time. Whether it will also provide a clue or two is still questionable.
Today isn’t the first day of classes at Lost University, but it is the first day that fans can sign up. Classes start on December 8 – coincidentally, on the same day that Lost Season Five comes out on DVD. By then, university students will already have to cram a lot in before classes.
The first semester of Lost University has courses like “Ancient Writing On The Wall”, “I’m Lost, Therefore I Am” and “Introductory Physics of Time Travel.” Semester 2 has an art seminar with show director Jack Bender, and an Advanced Time Travel course. There is speculation that Jeremy Davies, who played murdered time travel expert Daniel Faraday, will have a role in one of the physics courses.
The real reason many will probably sign up for Lost University is the hope that somewhere, a major clue will be found about Season Six and the end of the show. But most Lost alternate reality games don’t have that, and just usually kill time during the long wait for new episodes.
This is the second Lost game of the offseason, however, as Lost University is put alongside the “Damon Carlton and a Polar Bear” game that features Lost-inspired paintings, and has given away a spoiler or two.
The Lost University sign up process started on September 22 for a reason, as any fan knows. Today is the fifth anniversary of the show’s debut, which is more meaningful now that the end is coming next year. September 22 is also the actual day Oceanic 815 crashed – though it won’t be if Jack actually changed the future in 1977.
Devotees will celebrate the birthday of their favorite show in some way, as they also finish rejoicing for Michael Emerson’s Emmy victory. Perhaps signing up for Lost University will be part of their celebration, although their brains are likely still hurting from everything that happened last season.
Lost University- www.lostuniversity.org/
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