Michael and Sawyer fight for their lives on the high seas and discover a new threat. Locke descends into the hatch to find a missing Kate.


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Michael is drowning and Sawyer saves him, while Jin is missing. Michael recalls his fight against Susan for Walt in the justice and the reasons for Michael's desperate obsession for his son. They drift on a wreckage of the raft, with the menace of a shark. Michael blames Sawyer for the abduction of Walt and promises to bring his son back. Meanwhile, Kate releases herself from Desmond's captivity and escapes through a ventilation duct, while Locke tries asking Desmond questions about the underground facility they are in and about the use of the mysterious numbers. At the end, Michael and Sawyer reach the beach, and they see Jin escaping from "The Others". Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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28 September 2005 (USA)  »

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The shark circling the raft wreckage where Mike and Sawyer are floating has a Dharma stamp on its tail. See more »


When the tailenders come out of the jungle, five figures are seen: Cindy, Eko, Libby, Ana, and a fifth tailender that, in the opening to "Orientation" is clearly not Bernard. The extra tailie disappears between the beach and the prison pit, and is never mentioned to have existed. See more »


Michael Dawson: [to little Walt] Hey, little man. Well, I guess I can't call you that, I mean, because look how big you are. So, you and I, we're not gonna see each other for a while, Walt. But you are gonna have a great life. I know your mommy, she's going to take real good care of you. And Brian is gonna take good care of you, too. But you know what? I just want you to know that no matter where you go, I... That your daddy... Yeah, your daddy, he loves you very, very much. And I always will. Always. OK?
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Written by Michael Giacchino
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30 November 2010 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Though it has a different title, Adrift could easily be regarded as the second part of an extended season premiere, since both episodes together neatly tie up certain mysteries and introduce some new ones, along with a bunch of previously unseen characters. It's every bit as riveting as its predecessor, and perhaps even bolder.

How so? Well, for a show that prides itself in playing with chronology, thanks to the various flashbacks that make up the main characters' back-story, even this episode's prime narrative ploy looks unprecedented: instead of picking up from the cliffhanger at the end of Man of Science, Man of Faith, it goes back to depict the events leading up to that scene, which is then re-staged with different vantage points. Thus, we get to see how Kate and Locke ran into the hatch's lone inhabitant Desmond (Henry Ian Cusick), who holds them at gunpoint and is, unbeknownst to them, an old acquaintance of Jack's. The second important plot strand is (finally!) the aftermath of the raft exploding: Jin's missing, and Sawyer almost gets in a fight with Michael (and eaten by a shark). While they get back on the Island, the threat of the Others feels more real than ever...

Adrift was, apparently, meant to be a Sawyer-centric episode, but it was decided at the last minute to make it about Walt. Fortunately, the writing stays sharp as the flashbacks provide details about his custody battle (with a welcome appearance by Saul Rubinek as one of the lawyers) with Walt's mother, which led to father and son not seeing each other for a few years prior to the Oceanic 815. Most notably, these scenes have one of the most seemingly innocent foreshadowings of the series: little Walt receives a toy animal - a polar bear.

Boldly going where no show has gone before (pardon the geek reference), this early offering from Lost's second season boasts true bravery in its writing, deliberately pacing itself (a necessary move, since the show-runners were yet to decide how long it would last) and, in a way, almost making fun of its slow-burn style by using the same cliffhanger twice (and with no resolution until next time). However, it also knows when to get dead serious, like in the final scene which, once again, suggests the stakes have been raised beyond belief. Just one word: "Others!"

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