LOST 1.02 Pilot – Part 2

This was part 2 of the two hour premiere episode.  It aired September 22, 2004 – the exact day that Oceanic flight 815 left from Sydney for LA, only the passengers never made it there (Or did they? as Miles would say).

The pilot was ripped to shreds by some thing.  Jack, Kate, and Charlie head back to the beach.  They got the transceiver but its not working.  Hopefully they can make it work to send a signal for rescue.  Charlie lies to Kate and says he was puking in the bathroom and that he’s a coward.  We flashback to Charlie on the flight before the crash.  Charlie drums his DriveShaft ring on the seat. The stewardess asks if he is okay, which he is not.  He is afraid he will be caught with the drugs, so he runs to the bathroom to get rid of them in the toilet.  Just as he is about to flush, the plane hits turbulence which sends him airborne into the ceiling (this shot reminded me of how he died in the Season 3 finale – he was floating away in the same position). He then leaves the bathroom, crawls his way to a seat and braces for more turbulence.   Now we know the real reason he went to the cockpit with Jack and Kate, it was to retrieve the drugs he left there.

Shannon restoring Vitamin D to her system

Shannon restoring Vitamin D to her system

Back on the beach Shannon is sun bathing in a skimpy bikini (now we really are watching Survivor).  Claire asks if Boone is her boyfriend, she says no, he is her brother.  Actually both are true but we will get into that complicated relationship later.  Claire jokes about her stomach being gone because of the pregnancy.  We see Jin and Sun.  This whole episode we see Jin telling Sun what to do and to not talk to the castaways because they are Korean and don’t speak English (or so he thinks).  Michael is looking and screaming for Waaalt!  We see Walt looking for his dog Vincent, instead he finds some handcuffs.  Michael then must show the cuffs to Sawyer, who thinks the cuffs belong to Sayid.  The two guys fight until Kate tells them to stop.  The blame and totally mistrust the other (A big theme in season 1).  Kate wants someone to fix the transceiver, which Sayid agrees to.  Sawyer is incensed that they would trust him, he says “You are the hero, Doc” a snide remark at Jack.  Hurley introduces himself to Sayid and finds out that he was in the military service, the Iraqi military service.  We see Kate in her underwear cleaning up in the ocean.   We see Kate… (okay I just lost my train of thought).

Sayid tells Kate he has fixed the transceiver but they need to climb higher to get a signal.  The man with the shrapnel is dying.  Jack tries to get medicine to save him.  Kate is going up the mountain.  Jack tells her if she sees or hears anything to Run!  (This echoes a scene from episode 3.06 when he wants her to run but she won’t leave him).  Jin and Sun talk again, but this time Sun unbuttons her top button in a small defiance of her husband.  Jin tries to give some fish to Hurley to eat, but Hurley doesn’t know Korean and does not want the fish anyway.  Walt is reading a spanish comic book (the same one Hurley brings to the island on Ajira flight 316).

Shannon breaks down emotionally when the man who kept them out of first class is seen dead in front of her.  She credits him for saving her life by keeping her out of her first class seat. Is this man a friend of Jacob’s? Boone calls Shannon worthless. This is a great scene of intense but awesome acting that I liked between those two.  The worthless comment motivates Shannon to go on the mountain hike.

Sawyer reading the letter he wrote as a child

Sawyer reading the letter he wrote as a child

Sawyer reads the letter we see him write in the Season 5 finale when he was a boy at his parents funeral.  To give this even more emotional heft, we need to remember that in Sydney he killed a man out of acting out what he wrote in the letter.  Sawyer gets up and joins the party going up the mountain.  Jack talks to Michael and mentions that he has seen the dog he is looking for.

Now one of the most fascinating scenes in all of Lost.  Locke is setting out the white and black pieces on the backgammon board (I used to play this for hours in college).  I really need to quote the dialogue here:

WALT: What is it, like checkers?
LOCKE: Not really, it’s a better game than … checkers. You play checkers with your Pop? WALT: No. I live in Australia with my mom. LOCKE: You have no accent. WALT: Yeah, I know. We move a lot. She got sick. She died a couple of weeks ago. LOCKE: You’re having a bad month. WALT: I guess. LOCKE: Backgammon is the oldest game in the world. Archeologists found sets when they excavated the ruins of ancient Mesopotamia. Five thousand years old. That’s older than Jesus Christ. WALT: Did they have dice and stuff? LOCKE: [nods] Mhhm. But theirs weren’t made of plastic. Their dice were made of bones. WALT: Cool. LOCKE: Two players. Two sides. One is light … one is dark. Walt, do you want to know a secret?

What is the secret? Don’t worry we only have to wait one episode to find out.

A key theme of Lost - Light and Dark

A key theme of Lost - Light and Dark

Claire is so cute.  She freaks out Jin when she eats the fish he gives her.  Her baby kicks (its a “he” she thinks) so she puts Jin’s hand on her stomach which freaks him.  This is so ironic because Jin and Sun have wanted a baby for a long time.  The pregnancy theme has lasted on Lost up until nearly the end of Season 5 when Juliet delivers Ethan on the island.

The mountian trekkers hear a noise and stop.  Kate tells them to run, thinking its Smokey.  They all run but Sawyer, who pulls out a gun and shoots a polar bear.  A polar bear on a tropical island.  How did it get there? Well we know now that some scientists were studying these bears on the island (but that story will have to wait).  There is a fight over the gun and Kate takes it from Sawyer.  She tells him “I am not like every girl you know”.  Which leads to our first off island flashback.  A very important story device on Lost.

Kate flashback:   On the flight she is in handcuffs (the same cuffs that Walt found). She asks for a favor.  Just then the plane breaks up, the marshall is hit on the head and all heck breaks loose.  She places an oxygen mask on the marshall and the plane goes down.  How can you not like Kate, she even saves her enemies.

Back on the island:  The trekkers reach the mountain.  The transceiver is working but they can’t send a signal because its blocked by another Transmission.  It’s a French woman’s recording on a loop for 16 years. She says she is alone now on the island.  It killed them all.  The others are dead.  They all look at each other in fear.  Charlie says “Guys, where are we”  LOST.

Thoughts:  So much is happening and there is so much setup for the upcoming season(s) of LOST.  We see dark and light (another Dark Locke apprearance?).  Kate is the fugitive, that was a huge surprise.  What’s worse is that she is now a leader on the island and people trust her.  Except the marshall who tells Jack not to trust her.  I never in my wildest dreams thought we would meet the person on the Transmission, but we do. She ends up telling us practically nothing about it until Season 5.  We get the beginning of everyone’s story lines : Hurley’s numbers are heard, Jin/Sun tension and pregnancy, Kate on the Run, Jack fixing people, Sawyers revenge and “loner”ness.  It’s all here, its all LOST.

Please feel free to comment on anything in Episode 1.01 or 1.02.  We will be blogging soon and we love to talk about the comments from the readers and listeners.

One Response

  1. Funny how Locke (white guy) is teaching Walt (black boy) how to play backgammon. There are many references to the two colors. White dog, white polar bear. Just look at those wearing white and black clothes, and what side they are representing.

    Remember Ben’s reference to the magic box, whatever you want to wish for it comes true. Sun/Jin want a baby, Claire knows the baby will be a boy. Are things manifesting because they are wanting it to happen?

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