Rewatching LOST: Season One, Episodes One and Two

My daughter and I are rewatching our favorite show, LOST. We first watched it together about four or five years ago, but we’ve decided to start it again from the beginning. I want to log some of my thoughts about the show here since I originally posted so much about the show’s final season back ten or twelve years ago.

These first two episodes, titled Pilot (Part 1) and Pilot (Part 2) launch the show’s mythology right from the start. Both episodes originally aired as a supersized premiere and you have it all here: Jack, the hero; Sawyer, the antihero; Kate, the runaway; Locke, the mystic; Boone, the protege; Claire, the pregnant lady; Charlie, the coward; Hurley, the everyman; Sun and Jin, the strained couple; Michael and Walt, the father and son. The premise was so simple in the beginning: what would happen if total strangers were stranded on a desert island and no one came to rescue them?

Some thoughts on the premiere:

  • I didn’t love Jack’s storyline the first time I watched this series. But when I watched it with my daughter a few years ago, I really appreciated him so much more. I found myself thinking, “If I were in this situation, I’d probably do what Jack is doing right here.”
  • Sawyer’s hair in the premiere: ugh. But taking down the polar bear with a handgun is far and away the coolest moment of the entire episode. And in true Han Solo style, he never flinches. So awesome.
  • I love how we’re immediately introduced to the creepiness of the smoke monster. I also love Michael Giacchino’s cinematic score. It’s one of the best things about the series.
  • Locke’s conversation with Walt about the game that’s better than checkers is one of the foundational scenes for the series. It telegraphs so much of what is happening at the meta-level with this show: two players, two sides, one is light, one is dark, the oldest game in the world. And Locke seems clued in to the mysteries of the island before anyone else.
  • Hurley is so great. In these early episodes (and even later), he serves as a proxy for the audience, giving voice to the questions we’re asking as we watch. But part of the fun of this show is seeing how his storyline develops. As we know, by the end, he will be the new caretaker of the island.
  • The Boone and Shannon storyline is flat from the start. I’m guessing the producers could sense that and decided to write them out early on in the series. With fourteen actors receiving star billing in Season One, the herd needed to be thinned out eventually anyway.
  • Charlie gets the best line to conclude the episode: “Guys, where are we?” And with that, we were all hooked.
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