Lost: Season 2, Episode 11

The Hunting Party (18 Jan. 2006)

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Jack, Locke and Sawyer follow Michael who left to look for his son. They meet "the others". More is shown about Jack's back-story.



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The deranged Michael locks Jack and Locke in the ammunition storage room and leaves the shelter to go looking for Walt. Sawyer joins to Jack and Locke in an expedition to find Michael, but Jack asks Kate to stay with the computer at the hatch. While hiking in the jungle, Jack remembers the death of a patient, his comforting of the patient's daughter Gabriela, and how Sarah left him because work was always taking him away from the house, and her. The group is surrounded by "The Others" where their emissary, known as "Mr. Friendly" tells them that they must return to their beach camp without their guns, otherwise Kate, whom the others now have captive, will be executed before them. Meanwhile at the hatch, Hurley and Charlie pass the time playing old records, while Sun argues with Jin about wanting to help out Jack and the rest of the search party. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Mr Friendly uses the quote "Since the dawn of our species, man has been blessed with curiosity", and mentions it is from 'someone a whole lot smarter than anybody here'. The quote comes from Alvar Hanso, the (fictional) founder of the Dharma Initiative in the Lost universe. See more »


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"Who are we to tell anyone what they can or can't do?"
29 September 2008 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

"The Hunting Party" is actually really good, considering that it was written by Elizabeth Sarnoff and Christina M. Kim, the two worst regular writers on "Lost" by some distance. Still, when not faced with the insurmountable challenge of writing something emotional and character-driven without resorting to sappy soap-opera rubbish, Sarnoff is a professional enough writer to take plot points given to her by people with superior imaginations and make a solid script out of it, even throw in a couple of good lines. The flashbacks in "The Hunting Party" never reach the potential they have to enhance the audience's understanding of Jack's character, resulting in them being tolerable medical drama scenes with some slips into the sort of mediocrity one should expect from a Sarnoff/Kim episode, including the big emotional moment, which really ends up being a Sarah Shepard Bitchfest Extravaganza.

All that said, "The Hunting Party" is so tremendously involving whenever it focuses on the island that I simply must admit to it being good. It's fast-paced, quick, funny, thrilling, and just plain fun. The episode focuses on a 'hunting party' leaving to go after Michael, who is pursuing Walt. On the way there's some really fun dialogue building up to the big encounter with 'Zeke', which is one of the best-executed thriller set-pieces on "Lost", no matter how gleefully over-the-top some of it is. My favorite scene in the episode is the hilarious scene between Charlie, Hurley, and Sayid in the hatch which interrupts the tense showdown between the 'hunting party' and the Others.

The episode benefits from excellent direction courtesy of Stephen Williams and some outstanding cinematography from Michael Bonvillain. "The Hunting Party" is, overall, a success in spite of some glaring flaws.


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