ten-ish episodes to rewatch before season six

salut mes LOSTies,

The end of the year is upon us. For some, that means a delightful break from the monotonies of work or school; a time to gather with loved ones to celebrate what you’re thankful for; a time for a box of DHARMA wine. I propose that while you are gathering/imbibing/sloppily insulting your relatives (in that order) that you ditch the Yule Log and instead sit in front of the warm glow of LOST, basking in its turning-the-sky-purple light.

With twelve consecutive days off myself, I plan on rewatching the following ten(ish) episodes in order, from season 1-5. One could organize these episode thematically as well (on island time; Locke-centric; shirtless Sawyer-centric), however the LOST experience as viewers has lead us on a path from a 2004 plane crash, through flashbacks, flashforwards, DHARMA-time, pre-crash time and so on. As Locke himself would say, “what if everything that happened here, happened for a reason?”

Since Season 1, I have been a big believer in the sequence of cause and effect in LOST. e.g. Claire gets kidnapped –> Locke and Boone find the Hatch–> Boone dies –> Locke finds Des –> eventually, the failsafe key gets turned. Whether you are in the “predestined” or “make your own destiny” camp, there are definitely significant sequences of causes and effects. Weird coincidences throughout the series have proven that the survivors are all connected to each other (even in ways they are not aware of); in that sense, each of the LOSTies is either/or/both a cause and an effect themselves. Without each piece of the puzzle, there would be something important missing.

Who’s behind this giant game of Mousetrap (see Doc Jensen’s column this week for more on that)? Hopefully that final missing piece will come together sometime this season. It seems the further get along in the series, the more our assumptions of who’s controlling the game are proved false. (Rousseau? Nah. Ben? Not so much. Widmore? He wishes. Jacob? Erm, not sure. MIB? Possibly).

So without further ado…


  • Pilot: Parts I and II – if it all turns out to be a reboot, you’ll want to remember exactly what happened on September 22, 2004.
  • Walkabout – DON’T TELL ME WHAT I CAN’T DO.
  • Exodus Parts I and II – I still cry when watching the raft scene at the end of Part I (Vincent, my love!). Rousseau takes the baby to the black smoke; “We’re going to have to take the boy.”
  • Orientation – Desmond shows Locke and Jack the Swan orientation film featuring Dr. Marvin Candle and his fake arm. “We’re going to have to see that again.”
  • One of Them – The Artist Formerly Known as Benry Gale is caught in a net and shot with a crossbow by Rousseau and then tortured by Sayid. Either way, Ben kind of deserved it, non?
  • Live Together, Die Alone – Des returns and turns the failsafe key. “I LOVE YOU, PENNAH!”
  • The Man Behind the Curtain – THE key Ben episode. Seeing young Ben’s transformation, purge and all, was explosive. Not to mention that little trip to Chateau Jacob.
  • Through the Looking Glass – aka “The Flashforward” episode. “We have to go back, Kate. We have to go baaaaaaack!”
  • The Constant – Oh, hello, Faraday’s crazy hair from the past!
  • There’s No Place Like Home, Part III – the island did WHAT?
  • The Incident Parts I and II – Oh, Jacob, WHO ART THOU? Also, “What about you?”

 Honorable Mentions: Heartwarming/Gut wrenching Category: LaFleur; Greatest Hits; Deus Ex Machina followed by Do No Harm; Ji Yeon

Honorable Mentions: Sheer Intensity Category: Lockdown; Two for the Road; He’s Our You; The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham; The Brig

happy re-watching and merry merry!


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