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Lost: 1st Season - d4-5/7

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
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Running Time: 343m.

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 4 Episodes (172m):

13 Hearts and Minds - Is Shannon's (Maggie Grace) life really placed in danger by a secret shared by her brother, Boone (Ian Somerhalder), and the enigmatic Locke (Terry O'Quinn) -- or is someone merely overreacting? Whatever the case, there are a few unsavory facts about the siblings' past relationship that come to light in this episode. Elsewhere, that apparently prehistoric island beast is due for a return "appearance." And while Hurley (Jorge Garcia) plans to repay Jin (Daniel Dae Kim) for past favors, Jin's wife, Sun (Yunjin Kim), accidentally reveals a secret while gardening with Kate (Evangeline Lilly). (allmovie.com)

14 Special - Walt's father, Michael (Harold Perrineau), is very unhappy with the close friendship that is developing between the somewhat creepy survivalist Locke (Terry O'Quinn) and Walt, and tries to put an end to it. And, once again, a ferocious animal that is unfit for tropical climates makes an appearance in the jungle...this time attacking young Walt (Malcolm David Kelley) when he runs off on his own after yet another disagreement with Michael. Flashbacks in this episode give insight into the strained relationship between Michael and Walt -- and indicate that there may be something "different" about the boy. In other events on the island, Shannon (Maggie Grace) finally starts to use her knowledge of French to help Sayid (Naveen Andrews), and Charlie (Dominic Monaghan) wants to know much, much more about the still-missing Claire (Emilie de Ravin). (allmovie.com)

15 Homecoming - Having been kidnapped several episodes back, Claire (Emilie de Raven) suddenly re-emerges. The other survivors pump her for information, but she can remember nothing of her ordeal -- nor of anything that occurred since even before the plane crash. Meanwhile, Claire's self-proclaimed abductor, Ethan (William Mapother), threatens to methodically kill the others unless the girl is returned to him, forcing Charlie (Dominic Monaghan) into violent retribution. And more flashbacks reveal just how low Charlie had sunk in his heroin addiction prior to the plane crash. (allmovie.com)

16 Outlaws - The death of Ethan Rom has removed one of the biggest threats to the well-being of the survivors, but they still aren't completely out of danger yet. As for Ethan's killer, Charlie (Dominic Monaghan), he has become unhinged by his violent act, compelling Hurley (Jorge Garcia) and Sayid (Naveen Andrews) to ponder a strategy to save Charlie from himself. And in an incredible onslaught of soul-cleansing, several dark secrets about Kate (Evangeline Lilly), Sawyer (Matthew Fox), and Jack (Matthew Fox) are revealed. In particular, more flashbacks to Sawyer's troubled past detail his misguided quest to avenge his mother's murder. A prior connection between Jack and Sawyer is also revealed during the flashbacks to Sawyer's time in Australia. (allmovie.com)

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Disc 5 Episodes (171m):

17 ...In Translation - During this episode, the raft that Michael (Harold Perrineau) has been hard at work on goes up in flames, and accusations are flying as to who is responsible. Further insight into the marriage of Korean passengers Jin (Daniel Dae Kim) and Sun (Yunjin Kim) is given via flashbacks showing the violent work that Jin had been doing for her father. When Sun reveals a secret to everyone that she has been keeping from even her husband, there may be unwanted consequences. Also, Sayid (Naveen Andrews) has something to tell Boone (Ian Somerhalder) about his sibling Shannon (Maggie Grace), and it may not be good news. In one of the flashback sequences, Hurley (Jorge Garcia) pops up on a TV screen -- but whose TV screen? And what is he doing on TV in the first place? (allmovie.com)

18 Numbers - Now that Hurley's (Jorge Garcia) CD player has finally "died," neither the survivors nor the viewers will be treated to those pop music snatches that have capped the previous episodes of Lost. This does not mean, however, that Hurley's importance to the series has diminished: in fact, this episode is all about him -- or rather, his fascination with the Frenchwoman who has been transmitting radio messages from the jungle interior of the island. Also, an extended flashback finally explains why Hurley had popped up on Korean TV in a prior episode's flashback. A boon of good luck had recently drastically changed Hurley's life; however, things were not as fortunate as they at first seemed, and Hurley had set off on a quest to determine the meaning of it all. And in another development, Locke (Terry O'Quinn) commits another act of largesse, with Claire (Emilie de Raven) and her baby as the recipients. (allmovie.com)

19 Deus Ex Machina - As any college theater student will tell you, the title of this episode translates as "god from the machine," a theatrical device whereby everyone's problems are solved by a single, miraculous and highly unlikely climactic act of divine intervention. In this case, the deus ex machina is literally a "machine" -- an airplane found in the forest that may or may not prove a means of escape for the survivors. But there's more to the story than that, especially when an extended flashback reveals some traumatic events from Locke's (Terry O'Quinn) past. As an adult, Locke made contact with his biological father, whom he'd never known, and the two started to bond, but there was more to the situation than there seemed to be. In other events, Sawyer (Josh Holloway) is suffering from extreme headaches, and Jack (Matthew Fox) and Sayid (Naveen Andrews) come up with a solution that he most certainly does not like. (allmovie.com)

20 Do No Harm - Boone (Ian Somerhalder) has been seriously injured in his efforts to use the crashed plane's radio to contact the outside world. As a doctor, Jack (Matthew Fox) is the most likely person to provide aid and comfort for Boone, but Jack receives unexpected assistance from another. Flashbacks cut back to a time when Jack was set to marry a former patient of his (Julie Bowen). Meanwhile, the relationship between Sayid (Naveen Andrews) and Shannon (Maggie Grace) heats up considerably. And with only three very nervous and inexperienced survivors at her side, Claire (Emilie de Ravin) finally goes into labor -- while Locke (Terry O'Quinn) suddenly goes missing. (allmovie.com)
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