Lost: Season 1, Episode 14

Special (19 Jan. 2005)

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A mysterious island beast reappears when Michael and Locke clash. Sayid enlists Shannon to help decipher the French woman's map.



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John Locke is teaching Walt Lloyd to throw knives, and Michael Dawson feels jealous with the situation. He forbids Walt to meet Locke, and recalls his romance with Walt's mother Susan Lloyd (Tamara Taylor), an overachieving executive who took the infant Walt away, and having an awkward reunion 10 years later with the uncertain and spoiled Walt in Australia. Walt becomes upset with the situation and decides to hike with his dog Vincent into the woods. At the end, Locke and Boone Carlyle find Claire Littleton wandering in the forest. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Massively under-appreciated episode
17 July 2008 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

"Special" is an episode I find hard to get through, due to its quality. To say the least, "Special" is a bafflingly unappreciated episode of "Lost" and just an excellent script in every way imaginable. I find it hard to get through because the drama is so involving and because Michael is such an intensely involving character in my opinion. The scene where he has a phone conversation with Susan and then gets hit by a car is one of the most intensely effective scenes in "Lost" as a whole.

"Special" is almost entirely character-based. There is a minor subplot dealing with Charlie and Claire's storyline, but for the most part it revolves around Michael. Before the season two Michael-hate spread through fandom like a wildfire, "Special" seemed to be held in reasonably high esteem. Since, it has become, like anything else involving lots of Michael, the subject of much derision. David Fury's script is really superb and convincing in terms of its handling of character and dialogue in particular, and once again made me wonder what would have happened had he stayed on with the show.

Greg Yaitanes, responsible for the horribly-directed "Solitary", takes a mellower approach and displays a sizable amount of talent here. Consistently well-shot, "Special" moves at a fast pace with no truly annoying moments on a visual level. Giacchino's score for this episode is particularly good, although I know that is not a popular opinion.

"Special" is an intensely dramatic, stunningly well-acted, and involving piece of drama. The fans of "Lost" who have no time for anything but the dense mythology of the show get a reward for sitting through the episode with the surprise ending of the episode, but it's a shame they couldn't enjoy the rest of it.


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