LOST Pilot – Part 2

Shannon has found her belongings and retrieved a bikini to take advantage of the sun. Boone arrives to tell her that he and the other survivors are going through the wreckage and salvaging everything they can. She makes it clear that she has no intention of helping. What’s the point, they’re going to be rescued any minute, right?

Jin wades through the tide pools gathering sea urchin. Sun is watching from the beach when Michael arrives to ask her if she has seen his son, Walt. Jin overhears the conversation and chastises Sun for having the top button of her sweater open.

While searching the woods for Vincent, Walt stumbles across something lying on the ground. Michael catches up with him and scolds him for running off without telling him. Walt shows his father, Michael, the handcuffs he found. Sawyer attacks Sayid, who he believes is an Iraqi terrorist who blew up the plane. They are soon stopped by Michael and the now returned Jack.

Jack, Kate, and Charlie head back to the beach. Kate asks Charlie what he was doing in the bathroom, and he says he was sick, but in a flashback, it is revealed that Charlie had been doing drugs in the bathroom, and attempted to flush his stash but had been prevented by the sudden onset of turbulence.

Elsewhere, Boone lays into Shannon for being incredibly selfish. She lashes back at him and tells her brother that she is going on the hike to find high ground with the others. Knowing she won’t change her mind, Boone goes along to look after his sister. Charlie and Sawyer decide to join the group at the last minute.

Sayid manages to repair the transceiver, but it does not have a signal or much battery life. While working on it, he reveals to Hurley that he was a communications officer with the Iraqi Republican Guard in the Gulf War. While reading a letter sadly, Sawyer decides to go with Sayid and the group (Kate, Charlie, Shannon and Boone) to bring the transceiver inland in an attempt to reach higher ground and get a better signal.

Along the way, they are attacked by a charging polar bear, which Sawyer shoots and kills. He then explains that he got the gun from the body of a dead U.S. marshal. Sayid accuses Sawyer of being the marshal’s prisoner. Kate takes the gun from Sawyer, and Sayid instructs her on how to dismantle it. At this point, Sawyer becomes relatively disliked by the other survivors.

Shannon attempts to understand the signal. A flashback shows the final moments of the flight. Kate is talking to the marshal, the same injured man to whom Jack had been tending, on the beach. On the plane, it can be seen that Kate is wearing the handcuffs that Walt found in the jungle. As the turbulence hits, the marshal is knocked unconscious by a falling suitcase. Kate uncuffs herself, and puts the marshal’s oxygen mask on him before attaching her own, at which point the tail end of the plane suddenly breaks off and falls away.

Back at the beach, the marshal wakes up during the operation and asks Jack, “Where is she?”. Inland, Sayid turns on the transceiver and it has a signal. However, it is being blocked by a transmission in French that has been repeating for over sixteen years. Shannon translates it: “I’m alone now, on the island alone. Please someone come. The others are dead. It killed them. It killed them all.” The group gives each other meaningful looks before Charlie says “Guys, where are we?”.

Reviewing LOST Again Before Season 6 in 2010

My wife has decided to start watching LOST again from the very beginning. She’s seen all of the episodes once already and I’m not sure what started her on this quest, but she has been noticing a lot more this time around and delights in the character development that happens early on in the show. This is an example of the last email she sent me:

Michael: “How does a huge place like this never get discovered?”

Apparently, she thought this was either important, hilarious, or both. She commented to me about the compass scene in the first season where Sayid borrows Locke’s compass only to realize that something is not right. Sayid just figures the compass is not functioning correctly, but we now know that there is massive magnetic disturbances on this island (and that the sun’s position may be skewed if you believe the Mirror Matter Moon Theory).

Jin is delivering a "message" and the guy points to his daughter. Look at what she's watching.

My wife also sent me the picture of the little girl watching Hurley on the screen. I don’t remember if I noticed this the first time or not, but it made me wonder (and we have no way of knowing at the time) what people or things do we see that later on in our life become very important parts of our life? It also shows the creativity of LOST’s producers in weaving the characters story lines so deeply into each other.

So last season we found out that Locke may really be dead and that his impersonator is probably the Smoke Monster, who is in a good versus evil battle with Jacob. This battle is similar to the other ying yangs we find on the island, such as Jack the healer and John the hunter in the first three seasons. Then of course there is Hurley, who sees dead people and Miles who can hear them. They now have teamed up to form a kind of dynamic-duo regarding dead people. This is far from the original Hurley, seen here relaxing on the beach in this humorous comparison between him and a pregnant Claire.

lost-beach

My wife sent me that picture too. She thought the picture was funny. There is a similar picture of her and I sitting on the couch. It’s not always funny, especially when you’re part of the comparison.

Long live LOST and bring on 2010!

LOST Pilot – Part 1

Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox) awakens in the jungle, disoriented, battered and bruised. He doesn’t know where he is, but notices a yellow Labrador retriever darting through the bamboo forest. As he forces himself up and winces in pain, he discovers a small bottle of vodka in his suit pocket. Finally able to stand, he crashes through the jungle vegetation, begins to hear sounds of people screaming, then emerges onto a beautiful beach, where he is confronted by the carnage of the airplane crash of Oceanic Flight 815.

All is in chaos. People are screaming. Once out onto the beach Jack sees the plane crash and the survivors in shock. In the confusion, one survivor gets sucked into a still spinning turbine. Jack, a distinguished surgeon, darts from one survivor to the next, organizing them, giving orders and administering medical aid. In quick fashion, he rescues a man pinned under wreckage, assists the pregnant Claire Littleton (Emilie de Ravin) and enlists Hugo “Hurley” Reyes (Jorge Garcia) to watch her, and administers CPR to Rose Henderson (L. Scott Caldwell), saving her life.

After the initial shock of the crash passes, Jack retreats to a quiet area beyond the beach to tend to his own minor injuries when he notices Kate Austen watching him. He asks for assistance, which she reluctantly gives by helping suture the wound on his back. During the procedure, Kate reveals that their plane had broken apart in mid-air. Hours later on the beach, while Kate curiously observes Jack tending to a critically-injured unconscious passenger, survivors Michael Dawson (Harold Perrineau) and his ten-year-old son, Walt Lloyd (Malcolm David Kelley), discuss what to do with the bodies in the wreckage, while an uninterested James “Sawyer” Ford (Josh Holloway) looks on. Sayid Jarrah (Naveen Andrews) organizes a clean-up crew, while Hurley salvages meals from the plane’s galley and distributes them to the survivors. Shannon Rutherford (Maggie Grace) refuses chocolate offered by her brother Boone Carlyle (Ian Somerhalder), believing that rescue is imminent.

That night, the peacefulness of the camp is disturbed by loud roaring noises and crashing trees emanating from the nearby jungle. In the morning, Jack decides that the survivors need to send a distress signal to have any hope of rescue, and he believes the best solution is to use the plane’s transceiver, located in the cockpit of the plane. Kate claims to have seen smoke from somewhere within the jungle and asks to come with Jack to find what is hoped to be another part of the plane’s wreckage. With Kate and Charlie Pace, Jack sets off into the jungle to find the cockpit. As they move deeper into the jungle, they encounter a sudden rainstorm. When the trio finds the plane, resting against a tree, they are forced to climb through the rows of seats to reach the cabin. Inside, they find the pilot still in his seat. Charlie disappears into the bathroom while Jack and Kate find the pilot (Greg Grunberg) awaking with a start from a concussion. He tells them that the plane had lost radio contact six hours after take off, where it turned back for Fiji and hit turbulence. The plane was a thousand miles off course when it crashed.

Meanwhile, on the beach during the rainstorm, a group of survivors takes refuge in the wreckage. While huddled there, a young Korean man, Jin-Soo Kwon (Daniel Dae Kim), tells his wife, Sun-Hwa Kwon (Yunjin Kim),in Korean that she should remain close to him at all times. Even though most of the survivors have taken shelter, John Locke (Terry O’Quinn) remains outside and sits alone in the rain on the beach with his arms outstretched and seems to enjoy the moment. Back in the plane’s cockpit, the conversation is interrupted when the strange roaring noise that the group heard from the jungle the previous night returns. When the pilot investigates, he is seized by something outside, which drags him through the cockpit window, prompting the trio to grab the transceiver and flee. During the escape, Charlie falls. Jack returns to help him, while a terrified Kate runs on. After the monster disappears, Kate, Charlie and Jack reunite and find the pilot, his bloodied corpse suspended in a tree top.