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 »


The Oceanic airplane is supposed to be a Boeing 777, but when you see Jack running through the wreckage you can see that the main landing gear of the plane has only 4 wheels instead of the six a B-777 would have. Also, when Kate, Jack and Charlie reach the front section of the plane, in several shots where you can see the instruments of the cockpit, there are 3 engine indicators instead of the two a 777 would have See more »


Jack: Jack.
Kate: I'm Kate.
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References The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition (1990) See more »


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"5..4..3..2..1", A Great stone, but not in line with the rest of the path.
6 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Lost's" first outing, which resulted in forty five minutes of thrills, is not a fair and accurate representation of the "Lost" to follow, albeit standing as a wonderful moment in television for its images and the long road it paved by setting down, one can say, the first few bricks. For example, who can forget the shot of Jack's eye opening in the jungle? The hugely expensive plane crash recreation and all of its stunning effects? The many things that "Lost" fans hold dear to their hearts, such as they do with this episode. Nostalgic, yes. Perfection, no.

Despite proving successful in much of its aspects, it can be noted there is not much ground to cover. It is carrying the burden that all openings do, and, in a sense, seems to sporadically get weighed down with the conventional simplicity that comes with straightforward introductions and the necessities that follow. However, its greatness lies not in what it did, but the many sprinkles it had throughout. A quick shot of Locke with a peel in his mouth tantalized me for his story, a flashback made me want to see more and more of the pre-crash background, and the growl of the "monster" brought up, perhaps, the first mystery of the show. Thus, what we have is just what it intends to be, an opener. One with pitch perfect directing by J.J. Abrams, nice writing that makes the characters interesting and each holding a distinct and different "voice". In this, it succeeds. In predicting the future (as in "Walkabout") complexity and suspense of the show to follow, it glides with turbulence, but does not crash. However, that is why there is the greater "Part 2".

One thing I wanted to praise, though, is how natural, not only the script, but the characters feel. They do not seem like fake, artificial characters invented by a money hungry writer, but actual, modern, people, like any you can meet. All very diverse, and with their own qualities. (It is magnificent how they add a couple who do not speak English).

Though, so often, I underrate this episode, and misleadingly, most of the time, for that first scene alone creates great hysteria and shows us the unpredictability that the show is known for. Though it is not an episode that is great on its own, as it requires not only the second part, but the show to back it, and so it is a good "installment".

My Favorite Moment- The first flashback in Lost history, setting the wonderful formula for the show to follow.

Best Acting in The Episode- I am saying Jack, for his frantic assistance on the beach.

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