In two days, the final season of Lost will be launched and we’ll find out if the (so far) brilliant trip isn’t all a ruse. It’s the journey that counts, right? Well the story is complex enough that it may be necessary to play catch-up on all the interpersonal connections and heavy allegory alluded to in the first five seasons. The New York Times put a Lost timeline together, including short video clips and commentary from the show’s producers.

Above, relive the plane crash from different perspectives (including its cause), 24-style.

For a more detailed breakdown on the characters, if you have the patience, sit through this bad song:

LOST: Every Timeline, Relationship and Twist (In 5 Minutes)

Of course, The Onion to the rescue.