It’s been a long time since Lost viewers were foolish enough to think the writers had a plan for where the show was headed, or that the hidden clues really meant anything. But season four’s new promotional game, Find815.com , actually rewards those who pay attention to subtle hints and coded messages. You don’t even have to be a superfan to enjoy the “alternate reality game,” which follows former Oceanic Airlines  employee Sam Thomas on his search for a girlfriend who vanished aboard the ill-fated Flight 815. There are plenty of obscure references to tease Lost lovers , such as an e-mail asking for help finding a “Black Rock,” which you might remember as the 1800s British slave ship  marooned high on the Lost island. There are also cute “coincidences,” like the reference to a massive volcanic eruption in 1815 (as in, Flight 815). All in all, it’s a fun way to wile away the days until the Jan. 31 premiere of season four.
—Posted by David Griner