Before I dig into this rewatch, a little bit of backstory about how I’ve watched LOST since it has gone off the air. Like many of you, I’ve done several full blown rewatches – watching the entire series from start to finish. Although I will admit to skipping the one episode I always disliked – Expose. But as I began working on the event in 2013, my rewatches have shifted into more of watching favorite episodes or things that I needed that pertained to the event. I’ve scheduled full rewatches to prep for the event with attendees – but event planning takes over and I’ve simply not been able to binge watch the way I’d like.
So one of many things I’m excited about with this rewatch is although it’s REALLY HARD to only do one episode a week – which puts us on schedule with watching the series finale on May 23, 2020 10 years after it originally aired – it’s necessary to give me time to write these flashbacks.
Each week I will pick five flashback highlights from the episode. So let’s get started.
1. I still think this is the best pilot that has ever been on TV and the most epic first 10 minutes of any television series, PERIOD.
If you look at this story on paper – it sounds crazy and something that would maybe get one season. Plane crashes on seemingly deserted island. 48 known survivors. But things aren’t what they seem. There are strange sounds coming from the jungle and something that can bend/move the palm trees. There’s a polar bear. In the jungle. There’s a woman on the plane who seems nice but is under arrest and being escorted by an air marshall. That strange something appears to be able to suck a pilot out of a plane and kill him. Right away – you can tell every survivor has an intense backstory that has nothing to do with the trauma they’ve just been through.
But from those first few seconds … Jack’s eye opening, seeing Vincent, the tennis shoe on the tree. And then pure panic when he hits the beach. You are just overwhelmed with sound. Shannon screaming, the engine roaring, things exploding. You literally feel everything that Jack is going through. And while the episode does let you breathe a bit, the pace is just as intense in other areas. With what we now know is the smoke monster chasing Charlie, Jack and Kate through the jungle … it was just as terrifying as those first several minutes on the crash beach.
The scope of LOST was HUGE. Many shows have tried to be this epic and haven’t quite made it. And LOST could have gone down the same road. It could’ve fallen flat on its face. But everything was perfectly aligned – from the creators, to the producers, to the director, to the writers and the story they made, to the crew, to the cast, to the stunning location, to the music of Michael Giacchino. It was fate (or destiny – take your pick).
2. Story, story, STORY!
While the Pilot episode didn’t hook me on LOST (that’ll come a few episodes later) – I was intrigued. Right from this first episode you’re theorizing … what’s jamming the transceiver? What is in the jungle? Why was Kate under arrest? Why is Sawyer such a jerk? What brought this plane down? Where’s the tail section?
You were also drawn into these characters. I remember that very first episode feeling a connection to Charlie and Hurley who were able to be light during a tense situation. And Locke. His orange smile. I know many take it to be creepy – but I’ve always seen it as something he was trying to do to alleviate the stressful situation for Kate. Maybe I’m wrong. As soon as she shoots him that look, he immediately stops. I think he was simply trying to make her smile. It immediately warmed me to him.
3. Jack looking into the plane.
There’s a scene after the chaos of the crash where Jack looks into the plane. At this point we don’t know his father is dead and was being transported back to the US on the plane. Given that he didn’t go on an extensive search of the plane, I actually wonder if he was more looking at the wreckage (we know there were lots of victims inside). He then moves to looking at luggage outside the plane for the sewing kit.
4. One. Two. Three. Four. Five.
I get floored every single time I see this scene. You can sense Kate’s total and complete fear. That Charlie — and even worse — Jack may be dead. She takes the lesson Jack taught her on day one to only give fear five seconds and applies it. She’s scared out of her mind – but doing what Jack would do. Interesting I wrote that … because she struggles a lot with following Jack’s lead or doing her own thing in upcoming episodes.
5. Guys, where are we?
What a fantastic line to end this episode. Because didn’t we all have the exact same question?
Some other random thoughts:
- I disliked Shannon in this episode and it never changed during the entire series. 🙁
- Watching Jin in this episode and seeing how much he changes by S6 is such a revelation. And the pain Sun is in — heartbreaking. She clearly wishes she’d left him at the airport. For so many reasons. Now she’s stuck with this man on an island?!
- I can’t get over what a JERK Sawyer was. When I get new people hooked on the show it’s always him and Ben that I have to tell people to give time – he’ll grow on them. Granted, Ben is a harder sell. But even in this episode when you see Sawyer reading *that letter*, although we didn’t know what it was at the time you could tell there was a softer side to him and I just had a feeling a lot of his behavior on the island was bravado.
- Ugh, Cindy. I’m still confused about her.
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