Lost (2004–2010)
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Born to Run 

Jack suspects foul play when Michael becomes violently ill while building the raft. Meanwhile a secret from Kate's past is revealed, the mysterious hatch is shown to a few of the survivors, and Walt gives Locke a warning.


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Jeffrey Lieber (created by), J.J. Abrams (created by) | 4 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Naveen Andrews ... Sayid Jarrah
Emilie de Ravin ... Claire Littleton
Matthew Fox ... Dr. Jack Shephard
Jorge Garcia ... Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes
Maggie Grace ... Shannon Rutherford
Josh Holloway ... James 'Sawyer' Ford
Malcolm David Kelley ... Walt Lloyd
Daniel Dae Kim ... Jin-Soo Kwon
Yunjin Kim ... Sun-Hwa Kwon
Evangeline Lilly ... Kate Austen
Dominic Monaghan ... Charlie Pace
Terry O'Quinn ... John Locke
Harold Perrineau ... Michael Dawson
Ian Somerhalder ... Boone Carlyle (credit only)
Mackenzie Astin ... Dr. Tom Brennan


Jack suspects foul play when Michael becomes violently ill while building the raft and the suspects include both Kate and Sawyer. Meanwhile, more of Kate's background story is revealed involving her continuing fugitive status and her old school friend and the events leading up to his death. The mysterious hatch is shown by Locke to Jack and Sayid, and Walt gives Locke a warning not to open it. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

11 May 2005 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

O'ahu, Hawaii, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


As children, Kate and Tom buried their time capsule on August 15th, 1989, or 8/15/1989. The plane that crashed in the pilot was flight 815, and 8 and 15 are two of "Hurley's numbers." See more »


The car Kate and Tom get into just before the shootout with the Iowa State Patrol does not have a front license plate. By Iowa law, all passenger vehicles are required to have both front and back tags. As Tom owns the car, he would have no reason to omit front tags. See more »


James 'Sawyer' Ford: Yo chief, dumb question; we're sailing out in the ocean, right?
Michael Dawson: Do you mind?
James 'Sawyer' Ford: Sulu over here is packing a suitcase full of salted fish!
Michael Dawson: Yeah?
James 'Sawyer' Ford: We can't catch fish?
Michael Dawson: Do you know anything about surviving at sea? Sailing? Navigating? Steering a raft?
James 'Sawyer' Ford: Do you?
Michael Dawson: It doesn't matter what I know; I built it! Maybe you are the wrong guy to go on the raft.
James 'Sawyer' Ford: You're gonna vote me off, "Mickie"? And who the hell's gonna take my place?
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »


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Written by J.J. Abrams
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More of Kate (and Walt)
7 November 2010 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

After a glorious streak of rich and moving episodes, the writers of Lost take a bit of a step back with Born to Run, a filler episode that, no matter how interesting, is merely used as a basic set-up for the season finale.

The major incident that occurs on the Island is that Michael gets seriously ill while working on the raft. While everyone suspects Kate and/or Sawyer, Jack looks elsewhere to determine the cause of the apparent sabotage. He also has to deal with finally being shown the hatch: despite Sayid's skepticism, he agrees with Locke that they should try opening it. Even an explicit warning from Walt who, like Locke, seems to understand the power of the Island, is ignored.

The flashbacks focus on Kate, revealing more of her story in light of her fugitive status being brought up as a possible motive for attempting to poison Michael. In this chunk of back-story, which takes place before her trip to Australia, Kate, already on the run and with few people to trust, relies on the assistance of an ex-boyfriend to get a chance to see her hospitalized mother. She also teams up with the ex to recover something important, with unpleasant results.

Considering the events taking place in the present time, it's surprising that the flashbacks add so little to this episode's specific development, despite the mythological hints provided by a new appearance of the numbers. The main problem is that the episode focuses on Kate when the key characters are Locke and Walt. In particular, the latter comes off as an increasingly more important player in the mythology arc, and Kelley makes the most of it in his scenes with Terry O'Quinn and Harold Perrineau, providing a satisfying payoff to an old subplot (the burning of the raft) and planting the seeds for new ones, obviously looking beyond the confines of the finale towards the following season. Most shows would be afraid to think that far ahead. Then again, Lost is a different breed of genre TV...

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