Lost: Season 1, Episode 23

Exodus: Part 1 (18 May 2005)

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The French woman arrives at the camp with a dire warning about a group of survivors known as the Others.



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Danielle Rousseau arrives in the camp of survivors at the beach and advises that "The Others" are coming. There is black smoke in the sky, and they have three choices: run, hide, or die. Jack recalls his meeting with Ana-Lucia Cortez in the airport. Meanwhile, the group is about to launch the raft. Sawyer tells Jack the conversation he had with his father in a bar in Australia. Jack, Kate, Locke, Hurley and Leslie Arzt go on an expedition to bring explosives from the Black Rock to blow the hatch. There they can shelter the survivors against "The Others". Meanwhile, Jin and Sun make peace and there are farewells to Michael, Walt, Sawyer and Jin as they finally set sail on their makeshift raft to find help and safety. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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This is the first episode since the pilot that didn't center on one individual character for the flashbacks. Instead in this one we get flashbacks from Michael, Walt, Kate, Sawyer, Jack, Sun, Jin, Shannon, Boone and Sayid, all showing what each one was doing before they got on the plane. See more »


(at around 45 mins) When the raft is taking off, a cameraman floating in the water is visible on the right side of the screen. See more »


Danielle Rousseau: You have only three choices: run, hide... or die.
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A brilliant, breathtaking setup for the finale
2 August 2008 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

I remember being absolutely wowed by "Exodus: Part 1" when it aired. It was the most majestic episode of "Lost" at the time, only challenged by the second half of the Pilot. The breathtaking scenery as the Losties trekked to the Black Rock, the encounter with the smoke monster, the Black Rock itself and the mystery surrounding it, the scene at the end with the raft leaving the island... Just a brilliantly-written episode and enough of a tease regarding the double-length season finale that I could hardly stomach the wait.

The script is the first truly great script by writing team and current showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse. I don't think there are any serious flaws in this script, not at all. Jack Bender's work as director is impeccable and Giacchino's composition is flawless.

"Exodus: Part 1" is about as good as any episode setting up a season finale could ever be, and is a masterpiece in its own right. The flashbacks in Australia are all outstanding and key to the development of the characters they feature. Not a moment is wasted in this episode.


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