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"Lost" Pilot: Part 1 (TV Episode 2004) Poster

(TV Series)

(2004)

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It cost $250,000 just to ship the wrecked plane pieces to Hawaii. The wreckage was clearly visible to aircraft landing at nearby Honolulu airport, so airlines were advised to tell concerned passengers that they were actually seeing a TV set.
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The numbers: Jack's seat on the plane was found on row 23, one of the mythical, recurring numbers. It is visible during the flashback when he stands as Charlie rushes past him. This marks the first appearance of any of the numbers.
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The scene where Jack asks Kate to sew up his back injury was the audition scene used to select the two actors to play Jack and Kate.
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The cast were not allowed to see the set of the cockpit leaning against some trees. They were made to cover their eyes until the cameras rolled so the look of shock in their eyes would be genuine.
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Jack was meant to die in the pilot. The "pilot" in the trees after Jack, Charlie, and Kate were chased was actually supposed to be Jack.
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In the original pilot, in which Jack dies when the group finds the cockpit, Kate was to emerge as the leader for the survivors, motivating them to build shelter and begin considering life as permanent residents of the island.
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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.
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Note that there is hardly any red in the opening crash, including on the plane and its logo. This was J.J. Abrams' wish as he didn't want to desensitize audiences with too much gore, and also to make the full revelation of Jack's injury more impactful.
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The plane crash site is barely 25 yards off the highway on the north shore of Oahu.
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Jack's speech about counting to 5 to face his fears was written well before Matthew Fox was cast in the role - who coincidentally has a large 5 tattooed on his shoulder.
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The production budget for the two-hour pilot was $12 million, far greater than the cost of most television shows. This led to Disney firing ABC Entertainment Chairman Lloyd Braun for greenlighting the show, which went on to become ABC's biggest hit in years.
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The retrieval of the transceiver from the cockpit of the plane took 3 days to film.
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J.J. Abrams was originally going to cast Michael Keaton for Jack Shephard before the pilot was finally scripted, when Jack was going to be killed off halfway through. When it was changed that he would be a regular, in fact the star of the show as opposed to a guest spot, Keaton declined.
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On 19th of November 2005 the Lost numbers (4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42) almost came up in the Irish lottery; however the 42 a 24. So many people had been playing these same numbers that they only received EUR341 each for matching 5 numbers, instead of the usual EUR12,000.
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48 people initially survived the crash. 4 & 8 are prevalent throughout the series as part of 'The Numbers'
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During its original airing, the first half of the pilot was shown without commercials.
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Jorge Garcia was the first actor cast for the first season.
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The episode won 4 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series, Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore), Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series and Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series.
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Matthew Fox's dilating pupil in the opening shot was achieved through digital effects.
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Boone frequently wears a t-shirt with Chinese characters meaning 84, which are two of the numbers that frequently appear throughout the show.
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"Black and white" myth: Charlie puts white tape on his fingers, and writes "Fate" with a black marker.
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For the first flashback in the series - set on board the plane before it crashes - the interior fuselage set was the same one that was used in the feature film Soul Plane (2004).
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The flight that crashed was Oceanic 815, or O815. In German speaking countries, 08/15 (spoken as "null-acht-fünfzehn") casually describes something ordinary or routine.
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Vincent the (boy) dog is actually played by a female.
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Coincidentally a year earlier in the season three premiere of Smallville the character of Lex Luther wakes up on a deserted island with a shot of a single eye opening just like Jack in the opening scene.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

When the passengers first hear the noise of the monster in the jungle after the crash they begin discussing the sound while the camera closes up on Jack's face. Rose says that she thinks the sound seems so familiar to her and someone asks where she's from. She replies "from the Bronx." The sound effect used for the smoke monster's "ticking" sound was provided from the sound made by a New York City taxi receipt printer.
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