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Lost Week – The Top 10 Moments In Lost


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Earlier this week, I posted my list of the best scenes from Lost.

Today, it’s time for my favourite little moments from the show – by which, I mean the brief little incidents, or big action scenes or snippets of dialogue that didn’t necessarily add anything to the ongoing story (though many of them did) but added to the fun and/or the wow factor of the show.

And so, in no particular order, here are the ten best Lost moments:

First up, Dr Leslie Arzt – a cautionary tale. Leslie was one of the more entertaining of the supporting cast of B-list survivors we met. After complaining about not being included in any of the missions carried out by the main cast of survivors, Jack, Kate and co take him along on their expedition to get some dynamite from shipwrecked 19th century sailing ship The Black Rock:

The following scene isn’t really part of my list but was a nice little season six nod back to Leslie’s fate in season one:

Talking of things exploding, there had been much discussion during season two about whether keying those numbers into the compter every 108 minutes did indeed prevent a world-threatening disaster or whether it was just some sort of Dharma Initiative psychological experiment. In the season two finale, we found out:

And here is what happened after Desmond turned that key:

Next Ben at his most vulnerable and wounded:

And here’s Ben at his coldest – specifically,  his response to Locke after killing Keamy, the man who shot his daughter, despite the fact that Keamy had planted a bomb on the freighter, where many of the plane crash survivors had been taken, and rigged it to detonate if his heart stops:

Talking of Ben’s dark side, here’s the moment he sided with The Others and took revenge on his drunken dad and the Dharma Initiative for making his childhood miserable:

That’s enough death and destruction – time for some lurve from the two couples who have, in their different ways, given Lost its heart.

Here’s the heartwarming moment when Rose got her reward for keeping faith that her husband Bernard was still alive somewhere, even though he was not one of the survivors on the beach after the plane crash:

This reunion tops even that:

Next, the island vanishes:

This was Locke’s defining moment in the early years:

And finally, I’m a fan of Glasgow Celtic FC, so these two Desmond moments were just priceless:

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Lost Week: The Top 10 Scenes From Lost


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There have been so many wonderful scenes in Lost over the last six years, it’s tough to pick just 10.

But here goes anyway. This is all from memory – if I did it again tomorrow there might be a few differences but, overall, I think this is a pretty strong representation of the best of Lost. If you think I missed any out, be sure to let me know your favourites in the comments.

The only rule I decided to impose when choosing my list was that the entries had to be proper, full-length scenes that served some sort of purpose in terms of plot or character development. In other words none of the fun little throw-away jokes or brief action-orientated set-pieces – we’ll do that list later in the week.

It goes without saying that the following list contains spoilers if you have not watched up to at least the end of season 5.

So, in descending order:

10. Michael Shoots Anna-Lucia and Libby. We’d seen at least three major characters bite the dust by the time this happened in season two but the way Ana Lucia and Libby died, so sudden and unexpected and at the hands of a friend, means it is still the most shocking death scene in Lost history (though the murder of Ben’s daughter Alex comes close).

9. Ben Saves Locke. Ben Kills Locke. Despairing at his failure to convince the Oceanic Six to return to the island during season four, John Locke decides to end it all. But Ben’s there to save the day. That’s lucky… or not!

8. Destiny Catches Up With Charlie. Despite Desmond’s best attempts to change fate, Charlie was destined to die. But before it happened, in the final episoe of season three, he managed to perform one last heroic deed (though, in saying that, I’ve yet to hear a convincing argument as to why he couldn’t have just shut the door from the other side…):

7. Jack’s Eye and The Crash Site. The opening scene of the very first episode, which hooked us all. Still looks awesome, six years later.

6. Juliet and the Bomb: This one comes in two parts. First, the final scene of season five. Jack believes that detonating an atomic bomb inside one of the island’s weird magnetic pockets in 1977 will return them to their own time and allow everyone to live island-free lives. He drops the bomb down the hole but nothing happens. Then…:

What happened next? We found out Juliet’s fate at the start of season six:

5. Desmond’s Long-Distance Phone Call To Penny. In what may be Lost‘s greatest episode (The Constant: season four, episode five) Desmond is bouncing uncontrollably through time. With the help of Daniel Faraday, he works out that his lost love Penny is his “constant”, who can anchor him to the correct time zone. But for her to do so, he needs to call her from the island in the present, something he can only do if he can persuade her eight years in the past to give him her phone number:

4. Ben Wants Milk. Back in season two, when we didn’t really know whether Ben really was an Other or simple a balloonist who’d been blown off course, this scene provided the first real hint of the darkness within. It also shows exactly why the producers decided that Michael Emerson needed to be added to the main cast instead of their original plan, which was to have him appear for just a few episodes. It comes after “Henry Gale”, as Ben claimed to be called, drew a map showing the location of the remains of his balloon  and Sayid, Ana Lucia and Charlie had set off to find it.

3. Back To The Future With Miles and Hurley. A very funny scene from season five, in which an increasingly exasperated Miles tries to explain the finer points of time travel theory to (the viewers and) a bewildered Hurley… who nonetheless manages to get the final word.

2. Introducing Desmond. The opening scenes of seasons two and three (you can find the latter here) complement each other beautifully. The season two opening gets the nod for this list ahead of the season three intro because it came first, it finally let us see what was inside that hatch they had been teasing us with for most of season one and, of course, it introduced us to Desmond, who would become arguably the show’s most popular character and certainly the most important to solving the riddle of the island (and, I suspect, who will be the key to the story’s resolution). Looking back at this scene, it’s still looks (and sounds) great – but think back to how you felt watching it when it first aired, before you even knew the structure was on the island, before you knew who Desmond was and before you knew what was the deal with that beeping computer.

1. Hoffs/Drawlar: The moment, at the end of season three, that changed everything we thought we knew about Lost

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The Lost Supper… Season 6 Cast Portrait


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The sixth and final season of Lost starts airing in the US on ABC on Tuesday, February 2.

The UK date, on Sky One, is yet to be confirmed but will be later that same week. Some sources are reporting it will begin on Friday, February 5. This would be a bit of a surprise, since it has been airing on Sunday nights since Sky One picked it up and also Friday night is not a night that attracts the big audiences.

In any case, the point of this post is to share with you the official final season promotional cast portraits.

Here they are (click on the photos to see larger versions):

As you can see in the first photo, like Battlestar Galactica and The Sopranos before them, the Lost producers have gone for an homage to Da Vinci’s The Last Supper (click here to see it).

That’s no big surprise, given the biblical allusions and symbols scattered throughout the Lost mythology.

Whether the portrait offers any clues as to plot twists or the fate of the characters remains to be seen. A few observations, however:

1. Claire (Emilie de Ravin, right) is back in the main cast, which isn’t surprising as producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof revealed some time ago that she would return to play a prominent role in Lost‘s final chapter.

2. Given Locke’s (Terry O’Quinn) story arc so far – the revelations in the final episode of season 5 notwithstanding – it’s no surprise to see him in the Christ role here.

3. The photo is not an exact recreation of Da Vinci’s painting of Christ and the apostles… however, the character who appears to be assuming the Judas pose is – surprisingly – Kate (Evangeline Lilly). Are they trying to tell us something?

4. Season-five newcomer Ilana (Zuleikha Robinson) is at the far left, next to the mysterious Richard Alpert (Nestor Carbonell, who, I think, also features in the main cast pic for the first time). Frank the pilot (Jeff Fahey, far right) is also upgraded, it seems, from supporting character to main cast.

5. These main cast returnees and newcomers mean that a few former regulars have been, well… Lost. Most disappointingly, from my point of view, both of my favourite characters are missing: Juliet (Elizabeth Mitchell, left) and Desmond (Henry Ian Cusick). I’m sure they won’t be entirely absent from season six but the portrait suggests that they won’t play a big part (note that I’ve been avoiding any spoilers for the final season, so the extent of their involvment – or lack thereof – may already be common knowledge).

6. Less surprising, but still disappointing, is the absence of Daniel (Jeremy Davies), another of my favourite characters. Charlotte (Rebecca Mader) is also missing. Now, given their fates during the course of last season, it’s perhaps not much of a shock – but we don’t know what effect the explosive ending to last season has had (if any) on the characters’ timelines, so they’re perhaps not gone for good?

7. Most of the characters remain in the same positions in both photos but two change sides (Claire and Miles (Ken Leung)), while Sun (Yunjin Kim) and Ben (Michael Emerson) switch places… is this significant in any way?

Sources/thanks: Dark UFO; io9.

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