Season 2 continues to disappoint as it's becoming clear that the plot isn't progressing as much as it should be. And without the excellent characterization of season 1 being done in the flashbacks, there is very little to offer in these episodes.
This episode is a little better though as the flashback does offer some passable and enjoyable moments. Jin wants to break free from his past and Sun wants to escape from her family. We see them on their paths to do each until they ultimately meet at the end of the episode in a nice moment. The character work is nice but it never threatens to be quite as amazing as their character work in season 1. This flashback almost makes it feel like the writers don't have any other stories for Sun and Jin and are running out of ideas, which is a shame.
The rest of the episode feels like pure filler as well. Sun losing her wedding ring isn't anywhere near engaging or exciting and Michael heading off unfortunately leads absolutely nowhere as he heads back to the group in the end. Without an important story to anchor the episode there is no reason to really invest into the episode.
Jack, Kate, Locke and Hurley get some nice scenes as they talk to Sun but they don't say anything of value and nothing they do is really important. It really seems they were there just to pass the time.
At least the story with the tailies (Ana Lucia's group) is exciting and has some great moments. Mr Eko is brilliant and very exciting to watch. He has some good scenes with Jin that lets us start to understand his character. Also there is one awesome scene with the Others appearing briefly, making for some wonderful tension and fascinating visuals. That scene was very well done and ultimately led to a good scene with Michael deciding to head back with Jin.
-Kate looked for a letter from Sawyer which seemed pretty ridiculous. How would he send her a message anyways?
-Jin came off very well as an honorable person in this episode. He has nice moments helping out the young boy and quitting his job.
-Hurley provides good comedy as usual by taking Sun to wait for Vincent to use the bathroom. They have some funny awkward conversation which I really enjoyed.
Best Moment: The Others being briefly seen in the forest. Mr Eko plays off the threat very well and it raises the tension by a lot. It may be a mere glimpse of them, but it is exciting and mysterious.
Conclusion: Nothing was really bad in this episode, just a lot of it was pointless, which is disappointing considering the high bar Lost has set for itself. I expect much more than just a passable story from this show now.
Final Score: 57 out of 100.
And once more Lost follows a brilliant episode with an absolutely pointless waste of time that fails to deliver on nearly every level.
Now that's not to say that all is bad in this episode of Lost since there are some redeemable elements. For one, the story with the other Flight 815 survivors was excellent and interesting throughout. Sawyer delivered many witty lines and I enjoyed seeing the interactions between Sawyer, Michael and Jin with these new characters. It was intriguing that they found a place similar to the hatch with the button, which could mean that there are other stations all over the island which is quite an exciting thought. It was nice to see Bernard alive and well and I hope to see a reunion with him and Rose soon. Lastly, it was a good twist to see that these other survivors have apparently all been killed or taken away, presumably by the others.
Unfortunately other than this storyline everything else was pretty faulty. Hurley stars in this episode but we hardly learn anything of substance about him. We learn that he really wants people to like him and doesn't want anything to change how they feel about him but that's it. Not only is this story pretty shallow, but it's also not satisfying at all. Hurley is now inside the hatch with the dreaded numbers being punched into a computer every 108 minutes but we don't get anything regarding how he feels about that or any paranoia. Putting all of the focus on the food in the hatch was a poor decision and fails to satisfy any of my expectations.
Furthermore Hurley's decision to bring dynamite into the hatch was awful and didn't fit his character at all. There is no way Hurley would realistically overreact that much and he is the last person who would bother with the dynamite, considering his fear from before and how he was pretty traumatized after Arzt exploded in "Exodus Part 2". It was quite hard to believe and ultimately didn't do anything for the episode as a whole since I never felt that Hurley would actually detonate the food.
-The final montage was very good as usual though. I think Lost was always able to make excellent montages that always seem to work for me.
-Jack and Sayid investigated a bit but unfortunately they uncovered nothing important. All that story led to was an awkward scene between Kate and Jack which just felt unnecessary and filler.
-Charlie seemed uncharacteristically hostile to Hurley in this episode. He got angry far too easily honestly. And Locke getting angry at Hurley for wanting to quit his job just seemed unreasonable and stupid for Locke. It just seems like he was used as a plot device in an attempt to justify Hurley getting the dynamite.
-The discovery of the bottle could have made for an interesting plot line but it was given very little screen time. Unfortunately characters like Claire, Shannon and Sun have had very little to actually do this season so far.
Best Moment: It's tough to choose since nothing really stands out here. I'll probably go with Sawyer, Michael and Jin being introduced to the other survivors in their own hatch. It was intriguing and quite enjoyable.
Conclusion: This season has been very up and down with 2 classic episodes and 2 awful episodes. It's hard to predict how the season will go from here but hopefully this episode was just another fluke and that the excellent writing and storytelling from season 1 can be present in the remaining episodes.
Final Score: 44 out of 100.
A little bit late, but here is the complete guide to my reviews and scores for ever episode of season 1 of Lost.
Season 1 Review
Pilot Part 1 (84)
Pilot Part 2 (80)
Tabula Rasa (69)
White Rabbit (75)
House of the Rising Sun (73)
The Moth (72)
Confidence Man (81)
Raised By Another (70)
All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues (82)
Whatever the Case May Be (60)
Hearts and Minds (71)
...In Translation (72)
Deus Ex Machina (86)
Do No Harm (79)
The Greater Good (68)
Born to Run (48)
Exodus Part 1 (80)
Exodus Part 2 (72)
Exodus Part 3 (85)
This is the follow-up we deserved after the lazy slog of an episode that was "Adrift". Here there is tons of plot progression and a couple of excellent character stories to give the episode a good focus, making it another excellent outing from Lost.
I really appreciated the story in the hatch. We learn a absolute truck ton in this episode from the computer to the Dharma orientation film and to Desmond's history on the island. There are so many questions raised that I can't wait to find out about and the presence of the button is a massive question mark which will presumably be explored throughout the season. The sheer amount of information dished out excites me and makes me want to learn so much more about what the island has in store for us and I ended up watching the episode once more right after to make sure that I didn't miss anything important.
Desmond is a very exciting character to have around and I hope that we haven't seen the last of him. It seems he left a picture in he hatch from his past which could mean that he will be returning soon. I really enjoyed his story with Jack and their final scene was very well done and excellently followed up from their first meeting in "Man of Science, Man of Faith".
Locke was the main character in this episode and he had an excellent story built around him throughout everything else which is quite impressive. Even in such a busy episode there is still enough care and effort put into the characters and giving them good relatable stories. There is a lot of good emotion and satisfaction in seeing Locke's life following his father's con and seeing him finally move on from under his father's grasp. I like that the focus was on letting go once more as Locke tries to help Jack take a leap of faith when it was so hard for him to do so in the past with Helen. Additionally, this episode really presents why Locke gets frustrated so quickly since he is clearly aware that it's dangerous to put his faith in something considering what happened when he put faith in his father. An considering that he names a sex line worker "Helen" in "Walkabout", it's safe to assume that his relationship with Helen doesn't end happily.
After all of this there is still another story taking place in this episode, which goes to show just how many layers were put into this episode. Michael, Jin and Sawyer are taken by these others who are a very interesting force. Seeing that they have an alliance with Ana Lucia, it makes me wonder if they captured and converted her or if they are actually other survivors of Flight 815. There is a lot of nice intrigue that furthers this story in this episode. However, this story does feel very overshadowed sine this episode is so crammed with information. It may have been better to have this storyline mixed in with the previous episode instead.
-What does happen when the button reaches zero? This will absolutely drive the next part of the season at least.
-I love how logical Sayid always is as he tries to fix the computer. He does the smart things that both Locke and Jack don't do because they are preoccupied with other thoughts.
-Locke getting shooed away by his father was quite sad to see and continues to make Anthony Cooper one of the most detestable characters in the show.
-Hurley finding the food was a nice realistic moment. It makes sense that he would be in awe at finding all of the food and perhaps there will be some kind of conflict there.
-Hurley saying that everything was back to normal was very ridiculous. He should be a lot more worried after seeing the numbers once more and he doesn't freak out quite enough in the hatch either.
Best Moment: The orientation was fascinating television that fed tons of information to the viewers, answering some questions while raising a lot. There seems to be some missing footage as well which is interesting as there is surely something important that isn't told.
Conclusion: This episode was packed with content and delivered on almost every level. The plot seems to be progressing much faster this season so far which is nice to see after season 1 spent much of its time introducing the characters with little plot progression. Hopefully last week's episode was just a fluke and that Lost has more of this in store for us.
Final Score: 82 out of 100.
My expectations were set high by the incredible premiere, and somehow this episode failed to meet any of them.
The emotional story was well-told but very basic as we experience Michael losing Walt in the flashbacks and on the island. It was nice to see and understand Michael's desperation at wanting to get his son back and it makes his arguments with Sawyer make sense. We see him in both stories losing control and getting angry because of his love for Walt. The problem is that this story doesn't have an extra layer to make it memorable and really doesn't hit emotionally until Michael accepts responsibility for losing Walt on the floating parts of the raft in a nice scene.
The raft story is fine as Michael and Sawyer have some good interactions in their arguments but it never gets exciting or interesting. It's hard to buy into the threat of the shark as well since both characters will obviously not get killed by a shark. The lack of tension or excitement really makes this episode drag at times and sometimes it even feels like filler.
On the topic of filler, this episode doesn't only feel like filler on the raft. Over at the hatch the plot is at a standstill and actually doesn't follow up on last episode's cliff-hanger at all which is frustrating. Though thankfully there is some valuable information learned about the hatch which makes things more interesting.
-The others have revealed themselves in an exciting cliff-hanger which is the only thing that Lost really nailed in this episode.
-Kate snacking on the chocolate was a brilliant little touch that felt very logical and real. I mean who wouldn't eat all the chocolate they can after all this time?
-The numbers are entered into the computer and it resets a timer, which is very interesting. The hatch really excites me, but we need to actually learn more about it for me to be satisfied. This little tidbit wasn't enough to carry this episode.
-I have very little to actually say about this episode because not much really happened, which is pretty poor. There needs to be more talking points than this.
Best Moment: Michael accepting responsibility was the only scene that had emotional impact but honestly I don't think it was good enough. I will go with the final cliff-hanger since it was the only part of this episode that actually got me excited.
Conclusion: This episode had an awful pace and hardly moved the plot, making it quite possibly the most pointless hour of Lost so far. Hopefully there will be something worthwhile in future episodes.
Final Score: 47 out of 100.
Holy cow this could very well be the best season premiere episode ever. I would expect Lost to get off to a strong start but this episode completely blew me away and Lost had opened up season 2 with its best episode yet.
First off, the opening scene is incredible. It really plays with your head and tricks you into thinking that we are watching a flashback. And so when that camera pans up to reveal Jack and Locke looking into the hatch, it's a really satisfying and downright shocking twist. Nobody would have expected there to just be a man living in there this entire time. This reveal in the beginning pays off really well when Kate and Jack entered the hatch, since it created a large level of tension because we know Desmond is down there and we don't know when he could make an appearance. The mystery has definitely been raised in the hatch as well with the mysterious computer and that strange injection Desmond took in the opening.
The flashback story was so much stronger than I would have expected. There was such a strong link from the flashback to the on-island story with Desmond's appearance, which made for some excellent storytelling which I will get into a little later. But the best part is that there is even more of a connection for Jack, this time with him giving hope to others when he knows that there isn't really very much to be hopeful about. it's an excellent approach to show how goo he is as a leader. As for the flashback itself, it was very emotional with Jack saving Sarah and their story really pays off well emotionally and also nicely ties into Jack's previous flashback in "Do No Harm".
I love that there is so much follow-up on the finale. There were a lot of excellent scenes with characters discussing events which happened in the season finale, with my favourite and most notable being Locke talking to Kate about the monster. It's good to see multiple perspectives on the mysteries of the island in this scene.
Better yet was the follow-up on the man for science, man of faith discussion in the finale. Here we get a thorough examination of Jack's man of science lifestyle and it is brilliant. There are so many good scenes showing Jack's mindset about faith and miracles including his talk with Desmond and his talk with Hurley, both of which were tons of fun. Of course it all comes to a head in the very last scene when Desmond appears in the hatch. It excellently tests Jack's commitment to science over faith as we see a man from his past, who happened to be involved with the only miracle he ever experienced, impossibly appear on the island he just so happened to be stranded on. It's masterful storytelling that really turns Jack's satisfaction of seeing Locke with a gun to head on its side with the possibility of destiny really hammered into Jack's brain.
The scene with Walt was also good to continue the mystery of Walt's abduction. I thought it was smart to leave the raft story out of this episode so we can have an entire episode dedicated to Jack and the hatch. Hopefully we can get back to the raft in the next episode since it wouldn't be smart to leave the raft off-screen for a long period of time.
-The man who died after the accident was Adam Rutherford. Could that be Shannon's father or somebody related to her? It's an interesting touch.
-John Terry is awesome as Christian who makes another good appearance to help Jack. He is becoming more likeable as a father and his relationship with jack is receiving more focus with every episode he appears in, which I am really enjoying.
-Hurley finally tells somebody about the numbers and is ridiculed in response. It's easy to understand why Jack wouldn't believe it and it really helps us sympathize with Hurley who really feels alone in dealing with his crisis.
Best Moment: The opening sequence was fantastic television and really threw me off before impressively surprising me. There is honestly no better way to introduce a season.
Conclusion: This is Lost's best episode so far. Top-notch storytelling, lots of plot progression and intrigue and a wonderful twist makes this episode impress on every level and I finished the episode feeling incredibly satisfied. An excellent start to the season.
Final Score: 90 out of 100.
I believe that season 1 of Lost is one of the all time greatest seasons of television ever and upon watching it again, I still have that same opinion.
Lost's biggest success came from its excellent characters and the development they received throughout the season. No other show has even come close to Lost's level of character work because no show has invested as much time into character than Lost has this season. That is what makes season 1 stand out so much; it hardly even moves the plot at all it's essentially just an extended introduction to the characters and the island across an entire season. This would be an easy format to fail but the characters and their stories are written so well that almost every episode delivers on an emotional level even if the plot remains at a standstill.
Next, the flashbacks are such a unique and clever formula and they really benefit the show in a lot of ways. It's engaging to slowly learn more about these characters through a single episode and the flashbacks allow for a greater understanding of them than just on-island exposition or talking. It's always better to show not tell a story, and Lost makes full use of this principle. Furthermore, the flashbacks reveal what motivates these characters on the island which makes for engaging stories and in some cases excellent twists and surprises.
I really love how much was uncovered about the island in this season. There was very little, but enough to make you really want to learn more about the island. Characters took centre stage this season and I'm thankful that Lost didn't try to cram too much information in these episodes. The reveals about the monster, the black rock and Rousseau are enough to satisfy viewers with answers, while still leaving each of these plot lines with many other questions that we want to be revealed. Additionally, the decision to end the season with major cliff-hangers featuring the others and the hatch was genius and paves the way for some big plot movements in the next season.
There were a lot of specific storylines I enjoyed as well. Locke was the star of the season, having great episodes in "Walkabout" and "Deus Ex Machina". Being the only one who knew and accepted that there was something greater going on made him engaging to watch in all the episodes, and learning about his tragic past made his struggle relatable and understandable as well. Another standout character was Sawyer who ended up being far better than I initially thought. He gave the redneck vibe but it was fascinating to uncover his tragic past and to understand why he was such a bad person. "Confidence Man" is one of the most underrated episodes of Lost as it really did wonders for Sawyer's character. Another character that impressed me was Jack because he was written to be a very flawed hero as opposed to a perfect protagonist, which we see in too many other shows. The other storylines that I thought were good were Hurley's with the numbers, Jin and Sun's emotional story of betrayal and Charlie's fight against heroin.
However no season is perfect and there are a couple things I didn't like about this season. Kate's character and backstory was a mess and really didn't deliver at all like the other character stories did. The one major problem was Charlie killing Ethan because it felt very unsatisfactory and unfortunately it didn't lead into any other storyline either. Hopefully we will learn what happened to Claire when she was with Ethan in the next season.
-Claire's backstory is probably the most forgettable because she didn't receive much of an emotional story.
-Boone's death was good because it raised the stakes and let us know that characters will die in this show. It was smart to use Boone as well because his story was concluded cleanly after just one episode.
Best Episodes: "Walkabout", "Deus Ex Machina", "Exodus", "Pilot", "All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues", "Numbers", "Confidence Man".
Worst Episodes: "Homecoming", "Born to Run", "Whatever the Case May Be"
Conclusion: This season is an all-time classic that really delivered in all aspects. I will score the episode based off of the average of all episodes and my opinion on if the season deserves better or worse than that. The scoring system will be a little different for this though since not every episode will be a classic in a season. An 80 is probably more equal to a 75 when it comes to season scores.
Final Score: 75 out of 100.
This episode was a perfect finale. Each of the 4 stories had great climactic moments, which lead into great cliff-hangers and the sense that the first act of the story is over and that everything will pick up in the next season.
I'll start with the baby story since it's the quickest to cover. I thought it was the weakest because it didn't have quite as impactful of a climax as the other ones. However I definitely enjoyed it and I like that Charlie and Sayid had a nice happy ending moment in the final montage. Furthermore, Rousseau's motives made sense and she was understandable and relatable as she just wanted to get her daughter back. There was also some nice foreshadowing with Rousseau saying that "they were coming for the boy".
The flashbacks were as good as ever and I absolutely loved that final sequence with everyone boarding Flight 815. It was so emotional and really allowed you to reflect on the characters' journeys throughout the season. Aside from that excellent last scene, the other scenes worked as well. Hurley's efforts to catch the plane provided some really excellent comedy while also allowing for the numbers to turn up in a very unique and fun way.
The raft scenes continued to be fantastic as we got more excellent scenes between the 4 characters. The final scene with the Others was an amazing twist that I didn't see coming the first time through. I love how everybody was cheering and happy and it made the moment seem like one of the most positive in recent memory. But then in one line the entire tone of the scene changed and the tension was raised exponentially. The delivery of "we're gonna have to take the boy" was phenomenal and it led into one of Lost's biggest cliff-hangers ever.
The best story in my opinion has to be the main storyline with Jack and the others. First of all, the monster reveal was excellent and huge. I don't think anyone expected the monster to be a pillar of smoke and it really opened up the episode on a tense, and surprising note. Unfortunately we didn't see the characters talk about the monster at all after that which was a little surprising, but I can understand since there was a lot to cover in this episode. At least there was some obvious discomfort and tension in the group to highlight the shock of the monster.
The man of science, man of faith conversation was outstanding. It was easy to see where both Jack and Locke were coming from and it seems logical that a differing viewpoint would put these 2 at odds. Locke was fascinating as usual wit his talk about destiny and especially his line about Boone being a sacrifice. It really works because we have seen everything that Locke has and we understand why he would say that, but we know Jack hasn't seen what Locke has so it's completely reasonable that he would think Locke is crazy after he says something like that.
In addition to this, the opening of the hatch was tense and effective. Hurley was great at providing a lot of panic to try and get Locke to stop. And it totally makes sense that Locke wouldn't stop since he has waited so long to reach this moment. The final visual of Jack and Locke looking into the hatch was very well done and ends the season on a high note.
-Charlie has taken the heroine, which should lead into an interesting arc for him in the next season.
-The baby's name is officially Aaron. I approve of this.
-Locke being carried onto the plane pretty much summed up his life prior to the island. it was simple and effective.
-It was good to see Boone and Arzt again in that last sequence.
Best Moment: I really loved that final montage. It told so much without saying a single word and was undoubtedly the best part of the episode for me. Pure emotion and storytelling.
Conclusion: This was a fantastic ending to a fantastic season. Filled to the brim with huge emotional moments, I honestly can't imagine this episode not satisfying someone. As for the season as a whole, it was damn near perfect. Any TV fan needs to watch at least the first season of Lost as it's honestly one of the best seasons ever created. I will post a more in depth review of the season before I start with season 2 episode reviews.
Final Score: 85 out of 100.
This episode had some issues, but it was more of what made the last episode so great.
First off, I was very disappointed with the handling of Arzt. They made him so unlikeable and then killed him off as if to make us feel happy, which is quite ridiculous. And then the characters quickly forget about him and his death is joked about really quickly when Hurley tells Jack "you've got some Arnzt on you". This is one of Lost's biggest missteps so far and it is really disappointing that a potentially interesting character like Arzt was taken out in such a pathetic fashion.
Thankfully everything else is very strong so it makes up for the Arzt problem. All of my praise is similar to what I said in the previous episode. There were plenty of amazing character moments as usual. I love the variety of large and small moments. For example a large moment is Shannon and Sayid getting back together and it really delivered emotionally and felt earned. But Lost included so many great small scenes as well, such as Locke making reference to operation when moving the dynamite. It was really in character for him to do something like that and I really loved it.
The flashbacks were excellent as we continue to see the stories of our characters as they head off to board flight 815.
I was most impressed but the raft scenes in this episode. So much great characterization and emotion with all of those scenes, particularly Jin giving Michael the watch showing that they have become close friends. It felt earned and really worked to conclude their conflict with each other. Another awesome scene was Sawyer reading the letters. It was such a fitting thing for Sawyer to do and his delivery of the lines was perfect and offered a lot of humour.
Finally, the Rousseau twist was also amazing. It was surprising and completely changed the story of the finale and offers an important story for Charlie and Sayid.
-Charlie has found heroine again, but will he have the strength to stay away from it?
-We have confirmation that Jin as going t run away with Sun to America which is nice. But it seems that it wouldn't have been possible, so in the end the island offered the best possible outcome for them.
Best Moment: I will go with Jin giving the watch to Michael. Emotive and effective storytelling.
Conclusion: This was another strong episode that continued to set-up and provided more excellent character moments. While the Arzt problem drags the episode down, there is enough strong material to make this good.
Final Score: 72 out of 100.
Note: I will be reviewing the finale as 3 separate parts.
This was an excellent first part of the season finale. The plot was set up well, but there was so much more to this episode than just set-up.
To begin, as mentioned above the set-up was excellent. Small scenes or mentions with Rousseau, the Others, the Monster and the Black Rock reveal brought real excitement and intrigue to see the next part. This season of Lost has been slow in terms of plot development because it has been really focussed on its characters, but it seems like everything is going to pay off here as there is a lot of forward momentum in the story right now.
Even when Lost took a big leap in plot progression, characters really shined in this episode. The goodbyes were all very emotional and they provided more emotion in a few scenes than most TV shows nowadays can throughout their entire run. After spending a full season getting to know these characters and watching them bond, it makes these goodbyes mean something. The scene that especially shines for me is the wonderful goodbye between Jack and Sawyer. Matthew Fox was terrific as he played Jack getting emotional after Sawyer tells him about his meeting with Christian. It made for a top-notch emotional scene that really plays off of what we already know about these characters and their inner conflicts. Additionally, it was good to see that Sawyer has changed for the better as the old Sawyer would never have helped Michael with the raft or ever told Jack about Christian. The big scene with the raft launching was also fantastic and carried tons of emotion.
The flashbacks were excellent as well. I enjoyed seeing the characters before the flight, and it goes to show how incredible the character work was this season since those flashbacks actually worked for me. Had the characters been shallow, the flashbacks would have been an utter failure and I'm very glad that Lost was able to go beyond the next level to get us to love the characters. I especially loved seeing Boone and the Marshall again. Both of their flashbacks were highlights of the episode. I like that there were a couple loose ends tied up from the Kate storyline. In the end the flashbacks make everything come back around by showing each of these characters right before flight 815 to allow us to remember how far they have come.
The only issue I had was when everybody helped out with the raft. It raises the question of why nobody was helping Michael except Jin in the earlier episodes. It's not like everybody else was too busy, since they all were able to pitch in here. Surely more people could have helped out with the best chance to escape the island.
-It was wonderful to see Rousseau again. Her presence raises the stakes of this episode by a lot.
-I like that people are leaving notes on the raft as it seems like a really logical thing for people to leave messages for loved ones.
-Jin and Sun making up was a very sweet scene that makes sense based off of how they both feel about their relationship. I look forward to seeing where they will go from here, especially with Jin on the raft now.
-So the Black Rock is a ship. That's a legitimate surprise there.
-I forgot to mention Arzt in the last review so I will talk about him here. It's good to see a side character get some screen time for once as the show has mostly been dominated by the main survivors. I'm interested to learn more about him.
Best Moment: I will go with the launching of the raft with Jack and Sawyer's scene as a close second. The raw emotion of seeing the raft finally set sail was really powerful and it was great to see everybody cheering and waving goodbye.
Conclusion: A tremendous first part that not only builds up the next part well, but also provides several emotionally powerful scenes. This finale could not have started any better.
Final Score: 80 out of 100.