A lot of people are going to be mad at me for this. I'm sorry...
Hi and welcome! If you haven't read this series before, I'm Farrah and I sometimes watch the pilot and finale of a show and nothing in between. Today, I'm watching a show that many people have requested: Lost.
I kept putting this off because it's such an iconic show, referenced in pop culture and by TV lovers. It was very much A Thing Of Its Time, the Game of Thrones circa early '00s. I remember people getting together to have "Lost nights" where they'd watch the most recent episode together. The fandom was alive and well.
I know Lost is about a plane crash where a huge cast of people are stuck on an island. Something controversial with a polar bear happens, and every episode features someone who was on the plane and their backstory. Also, a lot of people were unhappy with the ending — that much hasn't been spoiled for me over the years, surprisingly. So...let's jump in!
Ah, here we go. The opening sequence. It's eerie?!
Is this the show that started the "opening an episode with an extreme close-up on a character's eye" thing? I've just realized I've seen it referenced before but didn't know that this is where it originated.
This post–plane crash scene is way more intense than I expected!! Here we have Buzz Cut Man, who looks like he works in sales, but he's running around helping people, so I have to guess he's a doctor or in the medical field.
The special effects really jumped out!!!! THEY DIDN'T HAVE TO GO THAT HARD, BUT THEY DID.
A very disoriented brunette woman stumbles through the clearing and finds Buzz Cut Man in need of assistance. He asks her if she can give him stitches and then PULLS OUT A SEWING KIT??? How convenient.
Meanwhile, we get glimpses of other survivors on the island. I have a feeling these characters will play bigger roles as the series goes on, especially the pregnant girl. She's bound to have her baby on the island because she looks like she's gonna pop any minute. Also, Damien from Vampires Diaries is on the island.
Then some weird-ass sound comes from the forest and everyone is like, "WHAT THE HECK!!!" Is this where the polarizing polar bear comes in? Who knows!
We flash back in time to a TRAUMATIZING moment when the plane is going down. Honestly, I hated when I saw this similar scene in Cast Away and I hate it now!!!!!
Buzz Cut Man has a name and it is Jack. He tells the group he's going to search for the other half of the plane (lol OK?! good luck) and try to find the transmitter that will help them get in touch with someone for help. Brunette girl (Kate) and Hoodie Guy (Charlie) go with him.
Oh, and there's a dog who is lost too! He belongs to one of the survivors and honestly, if they kill this dog I can never forgive them. Like, I am immediately off board. They better be reunited at some point!
Meanwhile, on the island, a torrential downpour occurs out of nowhere, and the survivors try and seek shelter. Except for this bald guy, who apparently really loves the rain.
We jump back to Kate, Jack, and Charlie and see that they've found the plane. Also...is no one worried about finding a water source? The Hunger Games taught me that finding water should be your number one priority.
The three of them have to climb to the top to reach the cockpit, and THE PILOT IS THERE. We think he's dead but NO MA'AM. He wakes up and scares the shit out of us.
We have a real ~all is lost~ moment here when we learn the plane has gone way off course. And also? The radio is broken! What else can possibly go wrong?!
Oh, that's right. The transmitter doesn't work!
Then the weird roaring sound is back. I ask again: Is it the polar bear? This is looking more and more like a horror movie every minute...
All of a sudden, the Polar Bear Zombie Murder Monster grabs the pilot and eats him*?
Of course, Charlie, Jack, and Kate are like LOL we gotta get the HELL OUTTA HERE. Then Charlie falls! But oh no, the monster thing is right on their tail! Jack goes back for him while Kate takes off, then Charlie reemerges and says Jack is gone.
Kate insists they need to go back for him, which feels like big love interest energy, but also — he's the only doctor on the island, so it makes sense to AT LEAST try and save him!!!
Kate and Charlie see a reflection from the water of a man in the trees and assume it's Jack. (But it's definitely not. This guy isn't killed off in Episode 1.)
But then Jack emerges from the trees. Very casual!
The three survivors look up toward the tree to see the bloody, very dead body of the pilot. And on that cliffhanging note...IT ENDS.
Overall? I like it! A lot! I can see why so many people got into this show. It's high stakes! There's SIX seasons of Lost with 20+ episodes per season, so there is a LOT of room for things to happen. Here are my best guesses about what's to come!
Okay, there's a lot happening already. Of course, I'm confused. It's fine. I asked for this. I'm assuming we're getting flashback clips and present-day clips, because we see Jack in his office and Kate in a car. The long-haired guy who was briefly introduced in the pilot (Sawyer) is also around, as is the curly-haired guy (Hurley). What happened to the pregnant girl?!
I am assuming we're in a flashback scene when we see Kate in a car. She spots an Oceanic cargo truck, so maybe this is before she gets on the Oceanic flight?
The guy in the car with Kate tells her that the man who is in the coffin is named Christian Shephard. This would probably hold a deeper meaning if I had watched more than just the pilot!
I feel like we're back in present time now because we're back on the murder island. Are they the only survivors left?! What happened to the rest of their crew?
Jack, Sawyer, Hurley, and Kate stand around making a plan. It has something to do with a guy named Jacob. I have no idea what any of it means.
These time jumps are confusing so I'm not going to attempt to understand them, but OH MY GOD CHARLIE. WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU. Why is Hurley picking people up?
Back on the island, Bald Man Who Loves The Rain (John Locke) calls Sawyer "James." So...I guess that's his name? Someone named Desmond is important. Also, Locke wants to destroy the island????
Here's what I've gathered: The island is at the bottom of the ocean? Someone named Jacob was in charge? Loyalties were divided and people on the island teamed up and now they hate each other?
I don't know who these two are but I've learned there is ANOTHER ISLAND??????
I'M SO LOST (NO PUN INTENDED). This couple was on the island in the pilot. Now they're in the hospital. I thought it was a flashback, but then we see flashbacks to them being on the island together?! And there's a helicopter?! Did some of the survivors get rescued and some did not?? Now that I know there are two islands, did Jack & Co. go to the second island while the survivors on the OG island got rescued?
Now we're in another timeline where Jack is about to perform surgery on Locke?! WHAT? HOW. Locke also calls Jack "Dr. Shephard." Interesting. Wasn't that the name on the coffin? Was that Jack's dad?
Jack hates Locke? Did the survivors team off at some point?
Now this Desmond guy is saying the PLANE NEVER CRASHED?????
Another timeline jump with Hurley. These two were on the island together and it seems like they were a couple??
PREGNANT GIRL IS BACK! Did she have her baby??? Also, where the hell did she get a gun? There are weapons on the island????
So...you're saying this isn't John Locke but some Arya Stark bullshit of another man wearing his face?????
I honestly don't know what's happening anymore, but this is some Goonies meets Legends of the Hidden Temple shit.
IN TIMELINE #2, CLAIRE IS HAVING HER BABY?!?!
This basically sums up my thoughts so far:
Things are getting HEATED in the island timeline. John Locke has STABBED JACK.
Post-surgery, John remembers Jack from the island. Also, John is able to walk. Nothing makes sense!
PAUSE. I'm SORRY. You're telling me this man's name is LAPIDUS???????
As a last sacrifice and move of a true hero, Jack says he's staying behind to...stop the island from erupting or something. THEN THEY KISS.
In timeline #2, Jack doesn't remember Kate. What's going on?!?!
Back on the island, Jack forces Hurley to drink some brown nasty water he found on the island's floor. My dude is gonna have some serious diarrhea later, but oh well.
There's a very tense moment as the plane (where did the plane come from) flies away with Sawyer, Kate, Claire, and others.
We're in the other non-island timeline and Kate is being vague and cryptic while talking to Jack.
Jack thinks he's going to open his father's coffin, but...IT'S EMPTY.
Jack turns around and sees...HIS DAD.
Oh, okay. I get it now. They're all dead. I've been watching an afterlife timeline, I guess.
He imparts some wisdom and sheds a lil' tear.
OK NOW I'M GETTING EMOTIONAL. THEY ALL NEEDED EACH OTHER. IT'S NOT ABOUT SURVIVING BUT ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS THAT HELP YOU SURVIVE!!!!!
Then Jack walks into another room, where he sees everyone he was on the island with. At this point, I'm assuming they're all dead.
Just as I'm wondering if everything that happened on the island was a dream, we jump back to see what happened to Jack. The wound Locke gave him proved to be fatal, and he goes into the woods to die. This is mirroring his opening scene in the pilot.
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME I AM ACTUALLY CRYING NOW. They didn't kill the dog!!!!! HE CAME BACK TO BE WITH JACK IN HIS LAST MOMENTS. OH MY GOD. My emotions.
And then we see Jack and the rest of the survivors ~moving on~, as his father said.
OH MY GOD, THE FINAL SHOT IS OF JACK'S EYE CLOSING. I'M GONE. I'M IN A GLASS CASE OF EMOTION. BYE.