In 2009, Peter watched through the first five seasons of Lost for the first time, live-tweeting all thoughts as he had them. Nicknames were created, awards were invented and dispensed, and predictions were made. If you’ve never seen Lost (or even if it’s been a while), these may not make much sense.
No “Previously on”, starting directly with a flashback. I think that’s a first for this show.
My guess: Kate episode. So far we’ve had someone switching numberplates, which is a good sign.
Kate in a shower. I could happily watch a whole episode of Kate in a shower.
Whoa! Supporting character has a line. Why are they giving supporting characters lines?
He’s going to either:
He’s having an entire monologue here. AND he’s got a name. “Arch.” Why??
Yeah, this raft isn’t going anywhere. Too many major characters. Jin AND Walt AND Michael AND Sawyer? Not happening.
As much as I can appreciate the format, I really hope they don’t keep this backstory thing going through the 2nd+ seasons. There’s a limit.
Sawyer: “You’re going to vote me off?”
The raft is even less likely to sail with Kate on it. Only way it’ll go is if Michael, Walt and 2 extras go. Rose and Arch, maybe.
Michael is dying somehow. With Michael and Walt off the raft, it’s much more likely to go.
Characters in order of expendability:
I think that’s everyone. Walt’s not at all expendable, he’s got too much mystery still.
Meanwhile, in the show, Michael’s being poisoned.
My main suspect is Walt. I don’t trust that kid at all any more.
This is a pretty good episode. Charlie’s writing songs, Michael’s being poisoned, Hurley mentioned the polar bears, Kate was in a shower…
Charlie: “Track 2: the Monster eats the Pilot.” That’s actually the only non-hallucination time we’ve officially seen the monster.
Americans say “cap-sool”. Time cap-sool.
Oh, meant to mention 2 episodes ago: Jack’s flashbacks (the wedding) were hardly linked at all to the main plot. Weak.
Walt is using his little black kid psychic powers:
‘Don’t open it, Mr Locke! Baaaad things will happen.’
I love all the little alliances that spring up. Michael + Jin, Boom + Locke.
This is an episode of things coming out into the open, it seems. Jack knows about the hatch, everyone knows about Kate’s past.
Okay, I’m a bit over character-based episodes. Give me a bit of plot, Lost. I don’t much care about Kate’s mum. I care about polar bears.
Predictions for what’s in the hatch:
-mysterious electronics with no obvious purpose
-lots of unrecogniseable food
People strongly advantaged by the crash:
-Kate (escaped custody)
-Hurley (escaped curse?)
-Locke (able to walk again)
-Walt (found a home)
People strongly disadvantaged:
-Sayid (on way to meet love)
-Jin/Sun (on way to new life together)
I suppose if you count “being forced to kick heroin” as an strong advantage, Charlie is definitely on that list.
Sun being responsible for the poisoning was very clever & made sense. Good twist. Wish they’d get back to solving the big mysteries though.
People neither strongly dis or advantaged:
Oooh, nice. Walt, who burned the raft to avoid leaving, now really wants to get away. Now that he knows about the hatch.
ALSO Sun was poisoning Michael/Jin on Kate’s suggestion.
So many excellent twists that I don’t really care much about.
End of episode.
Most likeable: Walt.
Least likeable: Sawyer.
Most intriguing: Walt.
Please next ep, get back to the big picture.
“Previously on Lost” all about Crazy Danielle, which is an incredibly good sign. Crazy Danielle is one of my favourite characters.
Also more about The Others. I keep forgetting about the Others when I’m making my mystery lists.
Looks like a Michael/Walt flashback episode. That’s good, Walt is intriguing me at the moment. Crazy psychic powers are interesting.
“The Others” predictions:
-they’re ghosts of people who have died here
-they slowly send you mad(Danielle’s “disease”)
-they create polar bears
Danielle: “The Others are coming.” That would have been a great end-of-episode line.
Whoa, ask and ye shall receive. All kinds of plot things are happening.
Danielle’s baby “Alex” was a girl. Looks like it wasn’t Ethan.
The raft is launching today. They’ve effectively caused the audience to be invested in it. Seeing the hard work + burning the 1st one.
This raft looks way too boxy to stay up. It’s going to flip, guaranteed.
I think that’s the first sighting of the Smoke Monster. I assumed the regular monster was the smoke monster. Too many monsters.
Maybe I’ve misinterpreted something, but I’m sure I’ve heard people online talking about a smoke monster.
Hey, now we’re having Jack’s flashback. Two different people’s flashbacks in one episode.
I like this flirty girl at the bar. Hopefully when they open the hatch, she’s inside, and joins the regular cast.
Or maybe she’s with the people that Rose has sort of convinced me survived.
Arch (or possibly Arts) is forcing his way into a bigger role. I am not at all comfortable with this.
And now Sawyer’s flashback! It WAS him in the police station with Boom!! Things are interlocking here. Things are getting exciting!
-Arch is killed by the Others. (he is not surviving this season, guaranteed.)
-The raft doesn’t leave OR comes back less than one episode later.
Sawyer just told Jack about his dad. Great scene.
Best line: “Kids are like dogs. Kick ’em around enough, they’ll think they’ve done something to deserve it.”
We’re getting everyone’s flashbacks this episode. After this ep would be a great time to stop flashing back. Don’t run them into the ground.
Too much of a good thing and all that. Honestly, flashbacks aren’t even THAT good. Once we know someone’s history, don’t need ’em.
Wondering if this plane has more significance than just “It was Tom’s”.
The obvious is that Kate was on a plane that crashed. Still, could be more.
Aww, Michael and Jack just had a man-hug. I didn’t realise they were man-hug close.
If I were in this show, my priorities would have been:
-mapping out the island
-determining what the monster was (know your enemy)
Arch’s name is “Arzt”. Why is he suddenly being given a role? Kill him off already, writers.
Arzt has turned back. He has clearly never seen a horror film.
How can it be raining on one side of the island and sunny on the other? How big is this freaking place?
Peter’s stupid moment of the episode: we never see the monster for budgetary reasons. Duuuh.
Oh man this is a great episode. All sort of plot is happening.
-Walt shoots Michael with the “one flare”.
Oooh. The “Black Rock” is a ship.
“I thought this would help you so I made it for you” may be the most pointless line of dialogue in this show yet.
This Jin/Sun moment is so incredibly sweet. It’s swung me right away from Sun/Michael.
First Sun/Jin kiss that I can remember seeing. This brings island kisses up to 3. Sawyer/Kate, Shannon/Sayid(twice, I suppose) and Sun/Jin.
I’m reverting to my earlier raft prediction:
-it takes off, and then they mysteriously reappear in a few episodes.
I would love for Lost to do an entire ep from the point of view of a minor extra. Not even one of the named ones. Maybe the bearded guy with glasses.
Great, great episode. Dramatic uplifting ending (with music) at the end when the raft takes off, all sorts of plot.
At the end of the season when I’m choosing my fave ep, will be hard to pick between this one and “Numbers” (Hurley’s backstory)
Most likeable: Jin.
Most intriguing: Crazy Danielle.
Least likeable is hard to pick. No one was dislikeable. Arzt can have it by default.
OMG just realised – “Arzt” is an anagram of “Zart”. ANOTHER MYSTERY
Wonder if we’ll follow the people on the raft. My guess: no.
Opened with a closeup of Turnip-head Ulrich. They can not do an Ulrich flashback episode. That would be ridiculous.
Charlie is way too gun-happy. Maybe he’s transferred his addiction from heroin to shooting people.
Surely this island, crazy as it is, has some rules. Locke’s started to learn them. Why can’t Crazy Danielle share some more?
Hurley and Arzt are hanging out outside the ship.
Prediction: Hurley eats Arzt.
Something had better eat Arzt, else he’s getting Least likeable again.
Actually, he’ll probably get it even if something does eat him.
Oh, duh, Peter’s stupid moment of the episode: have been wondering how they can have so many guest stars when there’s such a limited cast. …forgot about flashbacks. Dumb!
Oh man, Arzt is having the greatest meta-conversation.
“Your merry little band of adventurers are not the only people doing things!!”
This conversation has automatically moved Arzt from Least likeable to a contender for Most likeable. Arzt the Lampshade Hanger.
Oh wow, if Arzt now explodes, he’s winning most likeable hands-down. Haven’t had an explosion in ages.
DUDE EXPLODED!!! I jumped half a foot off the couch!
Considering offering him the “coolest character” award, an award currently only held by Locke. DUDE EXPLODED.
Oooh. This flashback has moved Jin/Sun firmly into “people who are lucky to have crashed on the island.”
I was wrong, we are following the people on the raft. The island is freaking huge…
I keep thinking of Dwight’s line from The Office: “Remember on Lost, when they first met The Others?” I want to meet the Others!!
Hurley’s talking about his Number Fever again.
Come on Hurley, you haven’t been causing bad luck on the island. It’s gone, man.
This episode has been cool AND educational. I had no idea that dynamite was nitroglycerin stabilised by clay.
Okay, tension of this scene just dissipated when I realised there was no chance of Locke and Jack blowing up. Won’t happen.
No! Crazy Danielle, don’t kidnap the baby! CRAZY DANIELLE IS A DINGO
holy crap! Crazy Danielle was the one who tried to attack pregnant Clare! It’s all coming together now.
Clare is now yelling “She took my baby!” Two words away from one of the most famous Aussie quotes of all time.
They’re deciding who should take the dynamite.
They should base it on my handy “expendable character” guide.
My favourite Lost recurring jokes:
-Hurley’s a millionaire
-the Scott/Steve confusion
People have got to stop giving Charlie guns when chasing after people who have wronged Clare.
Prediction: Crazy Danielle dies this ep.
Clare’s named her baby Aaron. That name is not nearly as good as Turnip-head Ulrich, even if it is earlier alphabetically.
Despite being much longer, I shall continue to refer to the baby as Turnip-head Ulrich.
Ha, Locke was just wheeled past the shot of Michael on the phone.
Walt was going to be taken away from his Dad. Confirms his status on the list of “people advantaged by the crash”.
Why do boats need their own terms for “left” and “right”? What’s the advantage of that?
None of the actors from Lost have particularly gone on to do anything, have they?
Sun thinks everyone on the island is being punished for their lies and lives. I disagree. Everyone has a past, if you dig deep enough.
I mean, what is Walt being punished for? Being psychic?
Oh no! Charlie has just discovered the huge stash of heroin. THIS WILL NOT END WELL.
Hurley’s theories on what’s in the hatch:
-a heap of TV dinners from the 50s
-a TV and mobile phone
Locke’s theory on what’s inside the hatch:
Episode ends on a “to be continued”. Isn’t that implied for every episode?
Most likeable: Arzt!
Least likeable: Crazy Danielle.
Most intriguing: Ulrich.
Oh! I’m up to the final episode. Looks like they won’t be wrapping much up in the season finale.
Just remembered: I heard that the hatch, despite being a huge part of season 1, is opened and dealt with in like the first 2 episodes of season 2. We’ll see!
Final episode predictions:
-we finally see the others
-Crazy Danielle dies
-neither Jack nor Sawyer kiss Kate
Explosions thus far:
-2 in first episode (plane parts)
-1 from Crazy Danielle (booby-trapped hideout)
-1 in penultimate episode (Arzt. Awesome.)
Oooh, Just saw like a shadow-dog. Is that an “other”?
Woah! Trees are exploding all over the place.
Locke is going after it.
He will probably wrestle it to the ground.
Oh no! Locke looked scared! He fears nothing!!! This thing must be freaking terrifying.
No!! The monster has Locke!!! It’s sucking him into a hole in the ground. Is…is the monster the island?
That smoke-monster was pretty badly CGIed.
I mean, I’ll make allowances for it being 5 years old, but I can see why we’ve not seen it up to this point.
This raft has four dudes on it. If everyone else in the world dies, there goes the human race.
If Kate had gone instead, there could have been a whole new civilisation of interracial kids.
What this island needs is organised night-classes. Locke could run them on hunting boars, Jack could run them on doctoring, etc etc.
Obviously Sayid doesn’t need classes on doctoring. He just fixed Charlie’s wound with a bullet and a match.
I say “fixed”….perhaps temporarily stopped it bleeding. Long-term I’m guessing it won’t be amazing.
The cross-overs aren’t really as exciting when it’s right before the flight that we know that they’re all going to be on together.
Hurley’s flashbacks are always the best. He should get his own 22-minute sitcom. The Adventures of Hurley Down Under.
People on the raft have found something.
-they’ve drifted back to the island
-some kind of octopus/submarine/mechanical polar bear
They’ve found Crazy Danielle and the baby. She is so going to get shot.
They’ve been working towards this “blow up the hatch” thing for too many episodes for it not to work.
Prediction for contents of hatch:
-an abandoned underground labyrinth, full of electronics and mysterious notes in a foreign language.
Jack: “If we survive tonight, we’re going to have a Locke problem.”
Why? Pfft, you’re just jealous. Locke is awesome.
Prediction for what’s on the radar:
-the security system from the Island, come out to take them back.
Oooh, it’s a boat. Prediction: It’s evil in some way.
There’s a rule in impro – when the MC calls “30 seconds”, don’t make any new offers. I think the same rule should apply in season finales.
Deal with what’s happened so far, don’t try to introduce new information.
Evil pirates have kidnapped Walt, and the raft exploded.
That’s 3 explosions this episode, the same as the rest of the series put together.
Wait, no, Arzt exploded last episode. Scratch that.
Not one of the best season finales I’ve ever seen. Too little wrapped up, too much introduced.
Best season finales I’ve ever seen: Veronica Mars (seasons 1 and 2), The West Wing (season 1), The Office (season 2)
Having said that, at least the hatch is finally open.
Most likeable: Hurley.
Least likeable: Evil pirates!!
Most intriguing: Locke.
And thus ends the season.
Most likeable: Locke on 7 (Hurley on 5, Sawyer and Jack on 2, 9 characters on 1 – Charlie, Ray, Shannon, Sun, Turnip-head Ulrich, Walt, Jin, Arzt, Boom)
Least likeable: Jin at 5 (Jack’s Dad, Shannon and Crazy Danielle on 2, 13 on 1 – Locke’s Boss, Charlie’s Brother, Clare’s Boyfriend, Kate, Charlie, Michael, Shannon’s Boyfriend, Hurley’s Mum, Locke’s Dad, Locke, Sawyer, Arzt, Crazy Pirates)
Most intriguing: Kate on 4. (Ethan, Crazy Danielle and Locke on 3, Walt on 2, 8 characters on 1 – Sayid, Asian Wife, Jack, Charlie, Boom, Shannon, Denise, Sawyer.)
Favourite episode this season: “Numbers”, Hurley’s backstory ep. Tied heaps together, fun & also funny.
Least favourite episode of season 1: “Do No Harm”. Boom dies, Jack’s pointless (and badly integrated) marriage flashbacks, Locke sucks.
Most likeable character of the season: Locke on 8, also recipient of “Coolest Character on the Show”, and then Hurley second on 5.
Least likeable: By the numbers, Jin, on 5.
Most intriguing: Kate on 4, Ethan, Crazy Danielle and Locke close behind on 3 each.
Polar bears: 1.
Deaths (of named characters): Boom, Joanna, Ethan, Arzt, Scott (or Steve)
Kisses: 3 (Sawyer/Kate, Jin/Sun, Sayid/Shannon.)
Sexings: 1 (implied, Sayid/Shannon.)
Episodes about Hurley’s bowel movements: 1.
-Kate’s criminal past
-who hit Sayid in the head
-who attacked Clare
-who burned raft
Mysteries being worked on:
-why they were brought to the island/why plane crashed
Mysteries that have been forgotten about:
-Jack’s Dad’s body
-Adam and Eve
-FRICKING POLAR BEARS
Not sure where to put: “The monster”. It was sort of implied that he was a security system? Not really solved, being worked on OR forgotten.
Crap! Clicked on the twitter #Lost tag to see how many people are posting about it, and read “It was Faraday’s idea to blow up the plane.”
I suppose I shouldn’t really be surprised that new characters are introduced after FOUR SEASONS, but I was. Hopefully haven’t spoiled the show for myself too much.
“Greatest character in all of Lost”