Lost: Season 1, Episode 24

Exodus: Part 2 (25 May 2005)

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(Part II of II) The castaways on the raft are surprised at sea by something unexpected. Meanwhile, remaining islanders attempt to blow open the hatch, and a visitor to the encampment might be a threat to Claire's infant son.



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Marshal Edward Mars (as Fredric Lane)


The four castaways on the raft are surprised at sea by something unexpected: the appearance of four of the "others" from the island who abduct Walt. Meanwhile, Jack, Kate, Hurley and Locke attempt to blow open the mysterious hatch. The French woman, Rousseau, abducts Claire's infant, forcing Charlie and Sayid to chase after her in the jungle. Also, more background stories of the survivors final hours before boarding their doomed flight which led them to the island are shown. Written by Anonymous

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Hope. I think hope is inside the finale.
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"It appears that your flight is already boarding in the Oceanic international terminal. Well, this is the domestic terminal. I don't think you're meant to make this flight, dear."

In an episode famous for its major introduction of ideas relating to destiny through the preaching of John Locke, this subtle flashback moment in which Hurley refuses to have his own destiny dictated to him is the cornerstone for many similar moments to come involving Hurley, Locke and numerous other characters making their own luck, and carving their own destinies. Even Sun takes the words of Jin into consideration, asking Shannon if she thinks fate is punishing them for prior sins. Hurley's long, frankly hilarious flashback sequence is a relieving break from the action; something so lengthy and frankly filler is delightful here, but such a moment would never be granted to viewers in later seasons. The flashback shows the end of Hurley's bad luck in the real world; the island plot appears to show the end of Hurley's good luck on the island, as evidenced by the famous "The numbers are bad!" quote, which kept us wondering what exactly lies in the hatch.

As the finale is, after all, ultimately one episode, Part 2 offers many of the same type of past/present contrasts through the characters' flashbacks, and Hurley's escapades are no exception. Jin goes from being a prisoner due to his marriage to a free man, not held back by a thing, which in turn makes him a better husband. This is beautifully illustrated by the shot of him embracing the wind on the raft following his flashback, in which he is told "You are not free. You never have been, and you never will be." The Jin/Michael relationship is at its pinnacle in "Exodus"; the tension between them is over, and I'm sure Humphrey Bogart would agree that the moment when Jin gives Michael his watch could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Amidst the misadventures of Jin, his flashback also includes a brief glimpse at Sayid: the least trusted person in the airport, yet the most trusted individual on the island.

Charlie has a less optimistic contrast. In present, he is clean, but his flashback has him at the worst stage of his heroin addiction. However, the island plot has Charlie rediscovering the substance that once enslaved him, and it has not lost its appeal. We can still appreciate his development though, since his priority is now helping Claire, and he openly insults Rousseau, even though he was once as much of a mess as she appears to be, although not at all for the same reasons.

Michael is one of the people who benefited most from being on the island, and ironically, he became most desperate to leave it. The relationship between Michael and Walt reaches its highest point in "Exodus"; their closeness would grow into a fine relationship, were it not for the wrench the Others throw into their plans, in what I would call Lost's greatest scene to date. The doubt and terror in the viewers' minds as this unexpected event occurs to the raftfolk ensures heavy anticipation of season 2; no other cliffhanger was needed, but since we got another great one anyway, the episode is plummeted even higher into perfection. M.C. Gainey steals the episode in his horrifying performance as the seemingly friendly man aboard the raft.

All of these characters, however, are overshadowed by John Locke. His flashback provides the ultimate contrast; Locke was a weak man nobody would give a second glance to, who became a rogue, brave leader, whose power and influence on the island has become so great, Jack and Kate begin to fear whether or not they can even handle him. The episode foreshadows a dynamic between Jack and Locke that will be central to season 2, defined by Locke's assertion that Jack is a man of science, while Locke himself is a man of faith. The scene is a highlight for both men; Jack brings up Locke's responsibility for Boone's death, and questions Locke's motivation and certainty of destiny, but Locke retaliates by claiming Jack will be a man of faith to someday, and by standing by his devotion to get inside that hatch. Locke solidifies his stance as season 1's most compelling character, and it wouldn't be possible without Terry O'Quinn.

Michael Giacchino's score and Jack Bender's direction reach new heights in the episode. The flashback montage of everyone boarding flight 815 may have looked average or unnecessary on paper, but the combined work of these two men and a talented cast make it one of the most emotional and memorable scenes of the entire show. Bender also shines with every shot of the raft, and Sayid and Charlie's side-quest is a beautiful excuse to show off many parts of the island. Giacchino's other moments of extreme pride come in his comedic soundtrack to Hurley's rush to and through the airport, and (foremost) the eerie tone that ended the season, as Jack and Locke peer into the mysterious hatch.

And of course, the death of Arzt a brilliant beginning to a chain of comedic deaths in season finales to characters the audience doesn't particularly care about.

In terms of sheer thrills, I am of the opinion that Lost has still not topped the final 2 TV hours of "Exodus." In terms of developing the diverse cast of characters in interesting ways, no episode comes close to the season 1 finale in my eyes. It is in my opinion the strongest episode for both Locke and Sawyer, who alternate as my favourite character, but also treats the entire ensemble better than any other. No episode has a more impressive script. "Exodus" is my favourite episode of Lost to date.

"Survival is all relative, Jack."

Standout performances: Terry O'Quinn, Harold Perrineau, Matthew Fox.

Standout scene: Walt is taken from the raft.

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