*Lost Season 5 Premiere Spoilers Included!*
What we learned about the Oceanic 6 and Desmond:
We found that Ben is still very sneaky and possibly untrustworthy, the Oceanic 6 are all about the same as we left them at the end of Season 4: Jack trying to figure out if he should trust Ben and dead Locke about going back, Kate trying to protect Aaron, Sun trying to make a deal with Charles Widmore, Desmond with Penny (and, hooray, married!), and Sayid busting the "crazy" Hurley out of the institution. This all moved along with some awesome moments like Sayid impaling a bad guy on his knives in his dishwasher that fell open during the struggle and Ana Lucia being an imaginary cop pulling over the frantic Hurley, of course, but with the main development being our discovery that no, we aren't going to see the 6 getting back to the island easily or soon.
What we learned about those left on the island:
As for those on the island, it did move... or as Daniel Faraday tried to explain to Sawyer and the rest of us dummies, maybe they (the survivors plus Daniel's gang) are all moving - through time. And thankfully, all this time shifting made it take a really long time for Sawyer to get to a time where someone had an extra shirt.
So as it turned out, most of the survivors were moving in time together, but since Locke was on a far part of the island from them at the time of the first shift, he was moving separately and revisiting Echo's brother's plane crash, getting himself shot by a past Ethan who didn't know him, and then getting fixed up by a maybe future or "present" Richard who gave him a compass to apparently remind another time version of Richard who would not know Locke of who he was, or that he did know him... and here's where we had an excellent Lost moment when it seems everything means something else insane and awesome, but when Locke asked what the compass did, Richard said, "It points north, John."
So while the survivors plus Daniel Faraday, Charlotte, Miles, and the now adopted Juliet tried to figure out what on earth to do, they ran across the hatch both after the survivors had blown it up and before, Daniel insisted no one do anything to change anything in time because they would always fail, then he had a chat with a Desmond who did not know him telling Desmond he had to come back later on, and the survivors had a few other mishaps in time like getting fire arrows shot at them which took out multiple extras, and Sawyer and Juliet were attacked by random British guys in jumpsuits probably somewhere in the past, only to be saved by the knife-slinging Locke who finally caught up with them... or who they went back to.
What's up next?
While tons happened in this awesome 2-hour premiere, it basically boiled down to this: people who are dead, will probably remain dead, but it's unconfirmed that many thought dead are indeed dead, Desmond has to find Faraday's mom to help save the island, and the Oceanic 6 plus the dead Locke have to go back to the island to set things right, and in whatever version of the past it is, Locke must find out how he's going to get off the island to tell the 6 they have to go back. Phew!
Meanwhile, we had no mention of Claire, who I thought would come up when Sawyer was asked if all his people were accounted for, but instead he only said Locke. Also, they all definitely think the Oceanic 6 died with the freighter explosion, and it seems like this whole season just may be all about the Oceanic 6 trying to get back since every season of Lost seems to have one purpose that's insanely drawn out and then maybe finally happens at the end of the season.