By Jess Cagle Lesley Messer Tom Gliatto and Debra Lewis Boothman
Updated February 25, 2008 12:00 PM

A few episodes into the new season, Lost has made it clear that the much-anticipated rescue party is no party at all. The most intriguingly off-kilter of the new arrivals, stumbling around in the jungle after parachuting down from a chopper, is Daniel Faraday, played by Jeremy Davies. The actor, probably best known from Saving Private Ryan, has a shifty, squirmy quality that could be runty cunning or just plain shyness—it’s hard to decide from one moment to the next whether he’s creepy or maybe endearing. Is he a killer? A feckless loser? He’s absolutely perfect for Lost.