LOST Revisited

I am sad that this is LOST's final season. I bought myself all five seasons of LOST on DVD for Christmas, and I am watching it over again from the beginning.

What I find amazing is that the characters of LOST that fans have come to know and love possess the same qualities in the show's pilot episode, as they do in this, its final season.

Suspense and mystery surrounded the island and the survivors within the first few minutes of the show. These suspenseful moments grabbed the viewers' attention, and continued throughout the run of the show thus far. Sometimes it was the smallest things that produced the largest reactions from viewers.

There is so much going on in the first few scenes and we try to take it all in along with the central character of the show, Jack, the doctor. We meet one of the survivors, Shannon, as she stands in place, screaming like Fay Raye in King Kong. I found it funny, although I cannot say why. Jack hesitates for only a few seconds, and then begins assessing who needs help first, forming his own triage, tending to the more seriously injured.

We do not realize it at the time, but this simple act will guide Jack's character through all of the events on the island. He becomes the one the others look to for direction. Although at times misguided, Jack takes on the responsibility of keeping the survivors, and deciding what is best for them.

It only takes a few more minutes to realize that humor will play a role in this show, even though the circumstances are grim. This is one of my favorite scenes from part one of the pilot:

When Jack tells Boone that he is not performing CPR correctly, Boone tells him that he is because he learned CPR while he was a lifeguard. Jack tells Boone that he seriously needs to think about giving that up.

All this and more happened in the first ten minutes. LOST hooked me immediately.

Even though he was not trying to be funny, Jack makes the audience laugh again when Charlie and Kate are discussing Charlie's rock band, Drive Shaft. Charlie asks Jack if he ever heard of the band, and when he does not respond, Charlie begins singing the band's signature song. Jack just looks at him and shakes his head no. I loved that scene!

We see Sawyer for the first time, without any dialogue. They show him lighting a cigarette and my reaction was, "Uh oh, he's going to be trouble." I am not making assumptions about smokers. I think the writers wanted this reaction from the audience.

We realize also that Hurley will be the island's resident comic, as well as the lovable, amiable man who wants to make everyone happy. He also has the naivety of a little boy. We see this when, after helping Claire, the pregnant survivor, he returns to make sure she is all right. He says,

"Any more...baby stuff?"

Later, Hurley speaks to the others about the dead bodies in the fuselage. He does not want to upset the ten year old, and attempts to spell the word out. He spells it bodies, "b-o-d-y-s, Walt, the boy, corrects him.

We also learn that sarcasm will be a defining trait of Charlie's. We see it first when Charlie, Kate, and Jack set out into the jungle to find the front of the plane and look for the radio. It suddenly turns dark and begins pouring, with thunder and lightning. Charlie asks if they ever saw anything like this before. He says, "You know day turning into night? End of the world type weather?"

We see the sarcasm and humor again after they find the plane and while they are inside, something makes the plane shake and rattle, with them inside. When it stops, Jack asks Kate if she is okay, and she says she is, and asks Jack if he is okay as well.

Neither one of them say anything to Charlie, so he says, "Charlie's fine, by the way." We see it once more after the survivors hear what I think now was the smoke monster. They hear wild animal noises and see trees falling down in the jungle. The survivors all have a look of terror on their faces. The camera pans to Charlie's face, and he says only, "Terrific!"

A bigger mystery becomes known when the pilot, alive for only a few minutes before the smoke monster kills him, tells the survivors that rescue planes are looking for them in the wrong place because their plane drifted 1,000 miles off course before crashing.

As part two of the pilot episode begins, we discover that Sawyer likes to call people names. We can assume that he did this in the beginning to show how tough he was and because he did not yet know all of their names.

He has a fistfight with Sayid, the man who fought in the Gulf War, not on the same side as the Americans, accusing him of bringing down the plane. Sayid thinks Sawyer is the prisoner that the marshal had in custody on board the plane.

When Hurley shouts at Sawyer to stop Sawyer says to him, "Shut up, lardo!" When Jack gets in on it, Sawyer says, "Whatever you say, Doc, you're the hero." Yes, Sawyer was going to be a handful. I knew it was going to get even better. He later calls Kate, "sweetheart", but means in any way other than affectionately.

Part two of the pilot also shows us that there is a least one polar bear on the island, which adds to the mysteries of the island. When Kate asks Sawyer where he thinks the bear may have come from, he answers, "I don't know, Bear Village?" He also calls Shannon, "sweet cheeks", and Sayid, "a terrorist". Sawyer is not one of the happy survivors, we soon learn.

The biggest mystery of all comes toward the end of the pilot when they reach a place to try the radio. They discover that there is already a distress signal, running in a continuous loop. The survivors become more fearful when they realize the distress call has been running for the last sixteen years.

Charlie sums it up for the survivors as well as the audience, when he asks, "Guys, where are we?" Where are they indeed? LOST fans are still hoping to find out the answer to that question before the last first-run episode airs.