Jack suspects foul play when Michael becomes violently ill while building the raft. Meanwhile a secret from Kate's past is revealed, the mysterious hatch is shown to a few of the survivors, and Walt gives Locke a warning.



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Jack suspects foul play when Michael becomes violently ill while building the raft and the suspects include both Kate and Sawyer. Meanwhile, more of Kate's background story is revealed involving her continuing fugitive status and her old school friend and the events leading up to his death. The mysterious hatch is shown by Locke to Jack and Sayid, and Walt gives Locke a warning not to open it. Written by Anonymous

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11 May 2005 (USA)  »

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As children, Kate and Tom buried their time capsule on August 15th, 1989, or 8/15/1989. The plane that crashed in the pilot was flight 815, and 8 and 15 are two of "Hurley's numbers." See more »


In the moment that Sawyer takes Kate's backpack, the position of the left arm of Michael changes between shots. See more »


Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes: Hey, you don't think Kate did it, do you?
John Locke: [looking confused] Why would Kate poison Michael?
Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes: Well, you know, the whole fugitive thing.
[pause while Jack makes a face]
Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes: [to Jack] He doesn't know.
Jack Shephard: [shakes head]
Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes: [shouts] We how am I supposed to keep it straight who knows what around here? I mean Steve didn't even know about the polar bear.
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More tolerable than the other Kate flashbacks in season one
2 August 2008 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

"Born to Run", despite being practically the definition of filler, is at least much, much easier to sit through than "Whatever the Case May Be" and even maybe a little better than "Tabula Rasa" (if only because the cast of characters on the island are better-developed in "Born to Run" and hence more interesting). Still, "Born to Run" is one of the natural consequences of the long 20+ episode American season structure- a filler episode of little interest with an insultingly ridiculous explanation for Kate's insultingly ridiculous actions in "Whatever the Case May Be".

"Born to Run" is notable for being the first episode of the show to be scripted by the writing team of Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, and their later achievements like "Ji Yeon" and "Greatest Hits" are far better than this middling, silly script, not that they had much story to work with. What's fascinating about this episode is that it really displays how low-key season one is; in the other seasons this episodes plays the role of a 'setup' episode for the finale, but here it is almost completely unnecessary. For all of season one's strengths, one can't help but feel that there wasn't enough storytelling done in this season. Then again would the following seasons have worked at all if the characters weren't well-developed enough for us to understand their motivations? Tucker Gates directed this episode very well, in keeping with his excellent work on "Confidence Man" and "... In Translation". There are some beautiful shots here, and the tolerable pace at which the episode moves is due in no small part to his work here.

Ultimately "Born to Run" is a decent filler episode if you try your best to ignore the horrendous Kate flashback story (giving her such a stupid and uninteresting story was the writers' biggest mistake on the show). Not up to much, but not too hard to sit through.


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