Lost: Season 2, Episode 1

Man of Science, Man of Faith (21 Sep. 2005)

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One of the castaways is chosen to descend into the mysterious hatch, and Shannon stumbles upon a shockingly familiar face in the jungle.

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After blowing the hatch open, Jack recalls the accident of Sarah, as well as a meeting with a guy called Desmond and how successful the surgery was. Kate shows the word "Quarentine" in the hatch door. While looking for the dog Vincent, Shannon has a vision of Walt telling her to beware of the "others". Jack returns to the caves and gives hope to the other survivors. Kate descends in the shelter and vanishes, and Locke tries to find her when she is captured. Jack comes back to the shelter trying to find Kate and Locke and finds a familiar face: Desmond. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The world premiere of season two took place at Waikiki beach on the island of Oahu one week before ABC aired the episode. The first episode was projected on a screen 30 feet tall and the cast walked a red carpet to greet fans before the episode played. The producers requested that the viewers not disclose the events of the episode before it aired. See more »

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When Desmond plays the song "Make Your Own Kind Of Music" by Cass Elliot, he does so by playing an album (not single), starting it on the first/outside track (we cannot tell which side). In its album release, however, the song is the listed as the 12th and last song on the album of the same name, making it the innermost track on side B. See more »

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Shannon Rutherford: What are you doing here?
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Outstanding season opener
7 August 2008 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

The first thing that must be said about "Man of Science, Man of Faith" is that the opening scene is brilliant. No, it's more than just brilliant- it's one of the best-executed scenes in television history. After a few months with no "Lost" you sit down with the cliffhanger from "Exodus" still very much in mind, and you get this almost surreal scene instead of what most season openers on other shows go for. Everything about the scene, especially Jack Bender's direction and the use of music, is absolutely outstanding, and when the camera goes up and reveals that we were inside the hatch... It's still a great moment even if you know what happens and the initial 'WOW' isn't there anymore.

Everything that follows the opening scene is also pretty much perfect. As good as season one certainly was, it was nothing more than an introduction and a tease. In many ways this episode was where the actual narrative story of "Lost" really got going, and it doesn't hurt that this is a definitive "Lost" script by Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse. It's got literally everything you could want out of "Lost"- great character moments, great handling of the show's massive thematic mythology (a mythology less-discussed than the narrative mythology, but one that certainly exists in its own right), and some really surprising moments. The flashback is possibly my favorite Jack flashback, a beautiful examination of his character unfortunately marred slightly by one of the worst wigs seen on modern television.

"Man of Science, Man of Faith" also features some great visuals. Outstanding direction by Jack Bender and photography by Michael Bonivillain, and Giacchino's score here is especially good. The performances by the entire cast are simply flawless, as well.

This is great drama if there ever was such a thing. Still one of the best episodes to date and one of the best scripts Lindelof and Cuse have written.

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