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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James 'Sawyer' Ford (credit only)
Jin Kwon (credit only)
Michael Dawson (credit only)
Ana Lucia Cortez (credit only)


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 »


Desmond is seen taking a Beretta and a Kalashnikov from the armory. When he aims at Locke in the end of the episode, he holds a completely different pistol and the Kalashnikov is gone. See more »


Hurley: You should go ahead man, you don't want Locke making time with your girl
Hurley: joke, dude.
Jack: I'm not really in the mood, Hurley
Hurley: Really? Wow, usually you're like Mr. Haha
Jack: [laughs]
Hurley: There you go! Life's not so bad right? I mean sure the others are coming like to eat us all and every once in a while someone blows up all over you but you do get to sleep in every morning...
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Inside the hatch
30 November 2010 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Three months and a few Emmys after the end of the first season, fans were (quite reasonably) expecting the second year of Lost to begin in a satisfactory way, especially in regards to answering the question that had kept many people awake following the finale cliffhanger: what's inside the hatch? Naturally, this being Lost, answers are provided one slow bit at a time. The rest, however, is far from filler: once again, this is amazing television.

Bravely enough, the episode (written by series co-creator Damon Lindelof and directed by Jack Bender) begins inside the hatch, with a brief introductory scene showcasing the routine of a mysterious man working there. These proceedings are interrupted when he hears noises outside - Jack and Locke opening the hatch door and looking inside. Jack decides it's best to wait until morning, while Locke politely disagrees. On his way back to the camp, Jack is warned by Hurley about the numbers but refuses to believe him, while Sayid and Shannon have their own peculiar experience in the jungle.

The flashbacks are, like in the previous season premiere, Jack-centric, this time depicting his first, rather tragic, encounter with Sarah (Julie Bowen), the woman he later married (and divorced). She comes to the hospital with a serious back injury after a car crash, and Jack tries his best to restore her lower body function, with disappointing results. After a discussion with his old man (John Terry), he goes for a run and bumps into a stranger, an optimistic Scotsman named Desmond (Henry Ian Cusick).

Continuing as it always has, Lost kick-starts its second season by introducing new intriguing mysteries (Walt in the jungle) and characters (Desmond), while slowly but confidently getting to the bottom of older subplots. The one notable aspect of this season premiere is the raft and the fate of its passengers is completely sidelined in favor of the hatch storyline, but that's no big problem: the cliffhanger ending of this episode makes sure viewers will want to stay tuned...

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