Lost: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot: Part 1 (22 Sep. 2004)

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Forty-eight survivors of an airline flight originating from Australia, bound for the U.S., which crash-lands onto an unknown island 1000 miles off course, struggle to figure out a way to survive while trying to find a way to be rescued.



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Marshal Edward Mars (as Fredric Lane)


Following a horrific plane crash, 48 survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 from Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles, California, USA, find themselves on an uncharted tropical island in the South Pacific Ocean that is full of secrets, as they come to learn. The first day on the island is full of monsters, countdowns, screams, stories of the past and an unfolding love story between the quick-thinking Jack Shepherd, a doctor, and the level-headed Kate Austen, a mysterious young woman. Jack, Kate and Charlie, a former British rock music player and heroin junkie, venture into the jungle to locate the pilot cockpit to find the transciever and come up against a mysterious and unseen island "beast". Other survivors with mysterious pasts are introduced: The Iraqi with personal demons Sayid; the bumblingly awkward Hurley; the determined John Locke; the unpleasant and unfriendly self-serving swindler and sociopath Sawyer who tests everyone's patience; the very pregnant Australian teenager Claire ... Written by JohnnyDtheLost

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The still-turning jet engine on the beach was added in digitally later. During filming, all that was on set was the cowling. See more »


During the flashback sequences for both the pilot and the finale, different characters are meant to be traveling through different sections of the plane, although it appears that, with the exception of business class, the same section was used for filming but with different people. This becomes a problem when spoken lines referring to seat numbers as well as the footage from right before the crash doesn't match at all to the boarding footage in the finale. See more »


Jack: You can do this, I'm telling you... If you don't mind.
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Written by J.J. Abrams
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Not quite representative of the road to come, but who can blame them?
4 June 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

"My husband keeps reminding me that planes want to be in the air."

At the time that I'm writing this review, season 4 has just finished. This was the first half of the pitch of the series to ABC, and overall it appeared to sum up what the series was going to be about. The monster (and the reason it killed the pilot), the location of the island and the reason the plane crashed (arguably) are all still mysteries, 4 whole seasons later.

For an what's meant to be an ensemble show, the first part of the pilot is perhaps a little Jack-heavy, though I suppose "Pilot, Part 2 cancels that out. That said, Jack's character is introduced spectacularly. Although Jack has some questionable actions in later seasons, the Pilot reminds us that he is a hero at heart, and ultimately helping everyone on the island is his main objective.

The other characters are all given decent introductions too. A particularly brilliant night section of the episode switches between short scenes with Sayid&Charlie, Jack&Kate, Michael&Walt, Hurley&Claire, Jin&Sun and Shannon&Boone, all the while showing shots throughout the episode of the then-mysterious John Locke. Similar to Jack's good side being addressed first, Michael's parental flaws are not elaborated on in the first half of the Pilot, accentuating instead his well-meaning nature when he gives Walt blankets. The writers made a special attempt to ensure the viewers love Hurley, too, when he returns to give Claire an extra snack. Conversely, Jin is introduced as overprotective of Sun and isolated, and we're left to learn the more romantic side of his character later on. Strangely, Jin is introduced as one of the least likable characters on the show, and in time he transforms into the nicest of the bunch. Charlie's "willingness to help" is another important part of the series introduced in the Pilot, a part of his character that is key to his actions much later in the future. Lastly, Kate is eager to go off into the jungle, as she is many, many times in the future.

The show's first flashback is naturally from Jack the protagonist's perspective. The event in the flashback makes even more sense: the plane crash is the most important event in the show's history; not only is it the reason for the premise, but it also appears to have been more than a coincidence, as we learn later on.

All in all, while exceeded in quality from several other season 1 episodes, this excellent first hour sets viewers' minds in gear for what's to come. Nonetheless, first time viewers may be just as easily or more easily hooked by later gems such as "Walkabout", "Confidence Man" and "Solitary". Laced with Michael Giacchino's brilliant score and put together by J.J. Abrams' top notch directing (God, I wish he'd direct again), The Pilot, while pitching an ensemble show, is still a Jack-centric episode, and in that sense it sets him up brilliantly as a fearless leader.

"So I just made a choice. I'd let the fear in, let it take over, let it do its thing, but only for five seconds, that's all I was going to give it. So I started to count: One, two, three, four, five. Then it was gone."

Standout performances: Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia, Dominic Monaghan.

Standout scene: Jack's flashback.

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