Lost: Season 4, Episode 1

The Beginning of the End (31 Jan. 2008)

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Charlie's dying message casts doubt on the intentions of the people that Jack believes to be their rescuers. A power struggle ensues between Jack, who wants to leave the island, and Locke, who thinks that they're supposed to stay.



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Desmond returns to the castaways' camp on the beach where he relays Charlie's message which casts suspicion and doubt about the rescuers that are approaching the island on a freighter 80 miles away. Meanwhile, Jack and Locke argue about Jack wanting to leave the island, while Locke wants to stay and build a new life for them. Meanwhile, flash forward into three years in the future show a mentally disturbed Hurley having visions of the dead Charlie telling him to return to the island. Written by Anonymous

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Did You Know?


The Oceanic "lawyer" that visits Hurley in the institution is played by Lance Reddick. His character's name is Matthew Abaddon, and is later shown to have visited other Oceanic survivors such as Locke. Lance Reddick also plays Agent Phillip Broyles on J.J. Abrams' FOX endeavor, Fringe (2008). See more »


When the detective tells Hurley that he can put him in the nut house, Hurley respond by hugging him. Over the detective's right shoulder, during the over the shoulder shot of Hurley, you can clearly see the left hand of the camera operator, and most of the lens. See more »


James 'Sawyer' Ford: You wanna talk about it?
Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes: Talk about what?
James 'Sawyer' Ford: Charlie. I mean, you two were buddies, I just thought...
Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes: We'll probably get to Jack faster if we don't talk.
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The producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of the people of Hawaii and their Aloha spirit. See more »


References First Blood (1982) See more »


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Written by Michael Giacchino
Performed by The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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"Lost" is back... feels so well
1 February 2008 | by (Poland) – See all my reviews

"The Beginning of the End" isn't one of those episodes that makes you fall down from your chair. It doesn't shock you like the last episode of Season 3 would. But it's still a great piece of movie work. The acting is great (with Jorge Garcia reaching his career high), the pace is snappy, and the scenario uses all the disturbed chronology fun for its own advantage. You get a chance to see all of the show's most important characters, a few main threads combine together well - it's a great introduction to a new season, considering we've had so long, 8-month hiatus.

"Lost" is still "Lost", so don't suppose you won't get as much emotions and mysteries as possible. There are a few new questions that you'll wonder about for some time. You also meet a new character, which is definitely evil and unsetting. "Lost" remains American TV's unique show

  • good to see it back, it's the only one of its kind.

My vote is 9. I really enjoy and appreciate it, but I am sure we'll see some better episodes this season.

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