After 121 episodes, over 5,000 minutes and thousands more moments, here we are at the end of Lost. It’s been a grand journey and I’ll miss it greatly.
But instead of mourning, why not celebrate all the great moments Lost has given us over its six incredible seasons? We here at Screen Rant have come up with a list of 25 of those best moments and present them to you below.
Now there was debate behind-the-scenes about whether or not we should put the list in order of a countdown, but we quickly realized that would turn the list into something other than what it ought to be. Instead of a countdown, we thought we’d just list these moments in chronological order – that way it’s less of a competition between the moments and more of a celebration of them.
[NOTE: Some of the moments have been combined together because they’re linked in some way. So don’t berate the article with “Those ares two separate moments!” comments :-P . It goes without saying there’s a MAJOR SPOILER WARNING for those who haven’t seen the show from start to finish.]
Without further ado, join us as we look back on the top 25 moments of what has to be one of the most popular, talked about, thought about, theorized and just pain obsessed about shows in the history of television. Enjoy:
Jack wakes up in the jungle – Season 1, “Pilot, Part 1”
The moment that started it all – Jack’s eye opens (just one of the show’s many iconic images), he finds some mini-bottles of alcohol in his pocket, sees Vincent the dog and runs through the jungle. When he emerges from the trees onto the beach everything seems peaceful for just a few seconds. But in true Lost style, nothing is what it seems and suddenly we’re in the hellish aftermath of a plane crash.
Even with the amount of diverse characters on the show, Jack has always been at the center of it and this is solidified by the fact he’s the first person we see. A great start that hints at a lot of what’s to come: mystery, excitement, intrigue, high stakes. Not to mention it added to what was the most expensive pilot of a TV show in history to date.
Locke revealed to be in a wheelchair – Season 1, Episode 4 “Walkabout”
Even though this happens just four episodes into the show, this was undoubtedly one of the most surprising Lost moments. The writers did a great job of disguising the fact that Locke was in a wheelchair, while at the same time hinting at something we had yet to see.
The actual moment when we find out Locke is a paraplegic is simultaneously heart-breaking and uplifting: In his flashback he argues with the walkabout guide, shouting the now-classic “Don’t tell me what I can’t do!” line, when we finally see that he’s actually in a wheelchair. Cut to Locke just after the plane crashed, wiggling his toes, standing up and then running to help the other survivors. Classic.
Many people point to this as the moment when they where truly hooked on the show and although I was hooked from minute one, I can certainly see their point.
Jack’s “Live together, die alone” speech – Season 1, Episode 5 “White Rabbit”
Yes, that line of dialogue has since become overused in the years of promos and whatnot (something which the show made a “wink wink” moment out of in season 3, with Jack and Rose), but that doesn’t stop the line and the rest of Jack’s speech to the castaways from being any less iconic or impactful. Along with helping to unify the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815, it also helped mark Jack as a leader.
Michael, Walt, Sawyer and Jin sail off on the raft – Season 1, Episode 22 “Exodus, Part 1”
In a show filled with death, destruction, pain, suffering and frightening occurrences, it was great to finally get a truly inspirational moment filled with hope, as some of our Losties sail off in a homemade raft in search of rescue. The scene is milked for all it’s worth (if you watch it back it does go on for quite a while), but deservedly so.
This was back when we didn’t know all the craziness that was to come; back when we truly thought everything was as simple as finding rescue and getting off that island.
The destiny debate between Jack and Locke – Season 1, Episode 22 “Exodus, Part 2”
One of the fundamental questions/debates in the Lost mythology is fate versus free will. In one decisive moment, two of the show’s best characters, Jack and Locke, butt heads over the issue. At the time, Jack couldn’t have been more of a man of science, while Locke was the complete opposite: A man of faith.
Jack perhaps changed more than any of the other characters over the course of the series. Little did he know at that point that Locke’s words, “Yes you do, you just don’t know it yet,” would turn out to be completely true.
The Others take Walt – Season 1, Episode 23 “Exodus, Part 2”
One of the best and most memorable twists in Lost was when the mysterious “Others” appear out of ink-black night at sea, leading us to believe that rescue had finally been found. However, just when we think things are going to turn out well, we hear the dreaded words, “We’re going to have to take the boy.” After that, we were left to wonder between seasons who took young Walt, where they took him and why.
Desmond down in the Hatch – Season 2, Episode 1 “Man of Science, Man of Faith”
Although not as effective upon repeat viewings as it was upon the first, the opening of season 2 when it’s revealed what’s down in the mysterious Hatch is still easily one of the top moments of Lost. I don’t know about you, but I honestly thought it was a flashback of Jack, before he became a doctor and all that (what with the long hair).
The use of the Mama Cass song “Make Your Own Kind of Music” was pure genius and I really love the way the camera makes its way up the Hatch shaft to reveal Jack, Locke and Kate looking down – exactly how we were left at the end of season 1.
Talk about opening up a can of worms.
Jack/Locke Faith Debate Pt. 2 – Season 2, Episode 3 “Orientation”
The second science vs. faith head-butting between Jack and Locke on our list occurred when Jack returned to the Hatch and told Locke the numbers. Locke said that Jack had to be the one to push the button but Jack didn’t want to, because he didn’t think anything would happen if he didn’t (something which is mirrored in the season 6 episode “The Candidate”).
Locke asked Jack why he found it so hard to believe and Jack replied by asking why Locke found it so easy. Locke replied that it’s never been easy for him. Before the timer ran down, Jack made a leap of faith and pushed the button. Electrifying stuff.
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