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Lost: 1st Season - d2-3/7

Director(s): various

Theatrical Release: 2004

Cast: Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly, Dominic Monaghan, Terry O'Quinn, Josh Holloway, Emilie de Ravin

Genre(s): TV, Drama, Adventure, supernatural, Thriller, Dean's List

Countries: USA


Location in store: Television

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Ant Rating
7.0
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Running Time: 344m.

The runaway hit of ABC's 2004-2005 TV season, the weekly, hour-long drama series Lost began at a point that in any other case may have been an ending: a passenger jet was torn apart in mid-air, crashing on an uncharted Pacific Island. Stripped of all vestiges of the civilized world, the 48 survivors were forced to fend for themselves in their new tropical surroundings, which departed from the "norm" for similar castaway dramas by boasting a bizarre and frequently incomprehensible topography, not to mention a most unusual variety of wildlife -- include at least one polar bear! Among the principal survivors were Dr. Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox); fugitive Kate Ryan (Evangeline Lilly); has-been rock star Charlie Pace (Dominic Monaghan); the reclusive and mysterious John Locke (Terry O'Quinn); hot-tempered and self-serving James "Sawyer" Ford (Josh Holloway); chauvinistic Korean husband Jin Kwon (Daniel Dae Kim) and his much-put-upon wife, Sun (Yunjin Kim); resourceful former Iraqi Republican Guard Sayid (Naveen Andrews); estranged siblings Shannon Rutherford and Boone Carlisle (Maggie Grace, Ian Somerhalder) -- she's a bitch, he's a control freak; dad Michael Dawson (Harold Perrineau) and his sullen young son, Walt (Malcolm David Kelley); roly-poly comic relief Hugo "Hurley" Reyes (Jorge Garcia); and very pregnant Aussie Claire Littleton (Emilie de Raven). Forced to rely upon one another to stay alive, this diverse group shares a number of sinister secrets and oft-unsavory interrelationships, with the truth behind each character revealed piecemeal via flashbacks and little-unexpected twists of plot. Adding to the suspense, at least during the series' first season, was the apparent presence of a person not on the passenger list, who seemed determined to bump off the hapless castaways one by one, and a mysterious, terrifying yet unseen monster-like creature. Co-created by J.J. Abrams of Alias and Felicity fame, Lost debuted on September 22, 2004. -- Hal Erickson (allmovie.com)

Disc 2 Episodes (172m):

05 White Rabbit - Veronica Hamel of Hill Street Blues fame makes a guest appearance as the mother of plane-crash survivor Jack (Matthew Fox) as he experiences another of his character-revealing flashbacks during a period of delirium. Elsewhere on the island, the pregnant Claire (Emilie de Raven) suffers from unforeseen complications, and Boone (Ian Somerhalder) gallantly attempts to rescue a drowning woman, only to be nearly drowned himself. It seems that there may be a thief on the island, as the last of the water bottles mysteriously disappear just when Claire desperately needs them. And Jack continues to "see" a mysterious man in a suit at a distance; when he goes to investigate, he finds that the stranger may be, impossibly, someone very close to him. (allmovie.com)

06 House of the Rising Sun - Only Korean couple Jin (Daniel Dae Kim) and Sun (Yunjin Kim) know the real reason that Jin savagely beats Michael (Harold Perrineau) before the eyes of the astonished survivors, but they aren't talking. Actually, they couldn't talk even if they wanted to, since they are still separated from the others by impenetrable language barriers (or so it seems). Another crisis arises when several of the castaways quarrel over where everyone should pitch camp, leading to a schism between two separate factions. And the truth about Charlie (Dominic Monaghan) is made known to the equally secretive Locke (Terry O'Quinn). Flashbacks in this episode focus on Jin and Sun and reveal that they were once madly in love. He was of a lower social standing, but convinced her powerful, rich father to allow them to marry, if Jin would come to work for him...a job that Jin soon learned required a lot of dirty work. (allmovie.com)

07 The Moth - The reclusive Locke (Terry O'Quinn) is willing to help Charlie (Dominic Monaghan) wean himself away from his drug habit -- but he won't explain why he has suddenly become so generous with his time. Flashbacks reveal how Charlie's life as a rock star and his troubled relationship with his bandmate brother (Neil Hopkins) led to his drug habit in the first place. In other developments, Michael (Harold Perrineau) sets Hurley (Jorge Garcia) straight as to the ethnic origins of Jin (Daniel Dae Kim) and Sun (Yunjin Kim); and the efforts by Sayid (Naveen Andrews), Kate (Evangeline Lilly), and Boone (Ian Somerhalder) to find out who has been sending radio transmissions in French are thwarted by an unknown antagonist. Worse still is the plight of Jack (Matthew Fox), who is buried alive in a collapsing cave. (allmovie.com)

08 Confidence Man - Jack (Matthew Fox) and Sayid (Naveen Andrews) resort to drastic measures (reminiscent of old Fu Manchu movies!) when Sawyer (Josh Holloway) refuses to surrender one of the inhalers he claims he has to help the short-of-breath Shannon (Maggie Grace). Elsewhere on the island, Charlie (Dominic Monaghan) has made a home for himself in the caves, and hopes that Claire (Emilie de Raven) will join him. And in the obligatory flashback "revelation" scenes, the truth about Sawyer's background is revealed; meanwhile, Kate (Evangeline Lilly) gains some insight into his troubled childhood, and we learn for the first time that killing a man is nothing new for Sayid. (allmovie.com)

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Disc 3 Episodes (172m):

09 Solitary - The mystery of those French radio transmissions is revealed to Sayid (Naveen Andrews) -- but he may not live long enough to tell the other survivors. On a less serious note, roly-poly Hurley (Jorge Garcia) comes up with a silly plan to bring a bit of entertainment to the island, involving a set of golf clubs recovered from the wreckage of the plane. And an extended flashback tells us more than we'd like to know about Sayid's previous life as an Iraqi Republican Guard. Mira Furlan guest stars as Danielle Rousseau, a character who was decidedly not on the passenger list. (allmovie.com)

10 Raised By Another - This episode focuses on plane-crash survivor Claire (Emilie de Raven), and her memories of the man who left her pregnant before abandoning her. We also learn that a psychic had advised Claire to make her ill-fated trip -- and now she is having a premonition of her own, one that may prove disastrous for her unborn baby. And in another part of the island, fun-loving Hurley (Jorge Garcia) is not at all amused to come face to face with another person who wasn't on the passenger list (William Mapother plays the odd man out). (allmovie.com)

11 All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues - The presence of malevolent forces on the island is made obvious to the survivors when Charlie (Dominic Monaghan) and Claire (Emilie de Raven) are kidnapped. The number one suspect is Ethan Rom (William Mapother), the "interloper" whom Hurley realized had not been a passenger on the plane in the previous episode. Even so, a search party makes a foray into the jungle...where anything can happen and already has! More of Jack's (Matthew Fox) troubled past is revealed through flashbacks, with John Terry making a guest appearance as Jack's father, Dr. Christian Shephard. Elsewhere, Boone (Ian Somerhalder) and Locke (Terry O'Quinn) stumble onto a surprise while they are searching for Charlie and Claire. (allmovie.com)

12 Whatever the Case May Be - The secret behind Kate's past may be revealed when a sealed briefcase is found -- and Kate (Evangeline Lilly) isn't about to let anyone open it, least of all Sawyer (Josh Holloway). In flashback, we learn more about Kate's checkered past. In other developments, a pouty Shannon (Maggie Grace) won't use her knowledge of French to help Sayid (Naveen Andrews) decipher a mysterious missive. With Claire (Emilie de Raven) still missing, an unlikely friendship begins to develop between Charlie (Dominic Monaghan) and Rose (L. Scott Caldwell). And the plane's remaining fuselage may disappear without a trace as the result of an unpreventable force of nature. (allmovie.com)
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