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The Beginning of the End 

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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... Sayid Jarrah
... Desmond Hume
... Dr. Daniel Faraday
... Claire Littleton
... Benjamin 'Ben' Linus
... Dr. Jack Shephard
... Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes
... James 'Sawyer' Ford
... Jin-Soo Kwon
... Sun-Hwa Kwon
... Miles Straume (credit only)
... Katherine 'Kate' Austen
... Dr. Charlotte Staples Lewis (credit only)
... Dr. Juliet Burke
... Charlie Pace
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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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The title references Ben's line in the season three finale. He says to Jack, "Making that call is the beginning of the end." See more »

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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 »

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Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes: I don't think we did the right thing, Jack. I think it wants us to come back!
Jack Shephard: Hurley.
Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes: And it's going to do everything it can...
Jack Shephard: We're never going back!
Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes: Never say never, dude...
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The producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of the people of Hawaii and their Aloha spirit. See more »

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References First Blood (1982) See more »

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Didn't want it to end
27 May 2018 | by See all my reviews

When 'Lost' was in its prime, it was must-watch television. Remember first watching it, found it remarkably easy to get into, was hooked from the start and was on Season 3 by the end of one week. The general consensus is that the final season is a disappointment and cannot disagree.

Season 3 was for me a solid if uneven season, with many brilliant episodes but a few slightly underwhelming ones and containing one of 'Lost's' low points "Stranger in a Strange Land". Season 4 had a good amount to live up, and its first episode "The Beginning of the End", carrying on from where the shocking events of the previous season's finale "Through the Looking Glass", couldn't be a better way to start. Also found it the best 'Lost' season opener since the first season's pilot, if not quite as good as that, and can totally see its universal critical acclaim.

The episode has pretty much everything that 'Lost' is all about. It's taut and thought-provoking, with utterly gripping on-island events. It may be primarily setting up and putting into place what is to come, but does that extremely well.

On top of all that, it advances characters, shows plot progression rather than repeating itself or being filler. There may not be many shocking revelations/moments, apart from Hurley's cabin encounter and with Naomi (slightly contrived but can be overlooked), and other episodes may provide more answers, but you know what? Neither were in any way a problem.

Also found "The Beginning of the End" to be a non-stop thrill ride of insane entertainment value, edge of your seat tension and very emotional moments.

Can't fault the performances, particularly from Jorge Garcia giving some of his best acting of the whole show and some of his best ever even.

Nor the stylishness and atmosphere of the visuals, nor the effectively understated and chilling use of music, taut writing and the tightly controlled direction (one of the best of the season and perhaps of the show).

All in all, wonderful season opener and didn't want it to end. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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