Previously, on Lost…

As the Best Show on Television is about to return next week, we here at Counterforce thought it a good time to throw a little love Lost‘s way. First, I went and watched the opening to The Economist and got a boner, then I started writing. Marco and I argued and clawed our way to compiling what we consider to be the Top 5 episodes of the show, but before we get to those later in the week, I thought I’d talk to the intertubes about the episodes that just missed the cut, and why they’re awesome.

Before the episodes, though, a quick, bold, declarative statement: Lost has the best title sequence on TV ever.

Simple. Brilliant.

Simple. Brilliant.

Anyone want to dispute that? Name one better. Never has a simple type effect and an ominous chord so effectively captured the essence of a show. Okay, the best of the rest (in no particular order):

Exodus - Season 1 finale

The first, tantalizing glimpse of Cerberus?

The first, tantalizing glimpse of Cerberus?

Great because: Dr. Arzt gets esploded, they open the hatch, Locke meets the Monster a second time, with unexpected results, WAAAAALLLLLLLTTT!, the flashbacks could still reveal character moments without feeling stale, Sayid staunches Charlie’s wound with gunpowder, etc.

Famous reveals: The Smoke Monster, The Black Rock, The Others.

Lockdown – Season 2

The mystery deepens.

The mystery deepens.

Great because: “But still I did not believe it to be true, so I dug up that grave.” Sayid fucking owns.

Famous reveals: The Map, The Lockdown, Henry Gale is an Other.

Pilot – Season 1 premier

What an opener. Most expensive pilot ever filmed, at the time.

What an opener. Most expensive pilot ever filmed, at the time.

Great because: This is the best pilot episode in the history of television. Ever. Think about some of your favorite shows and then think of the pilot episode: sure, some of them are decent, but usually shows take a while to find their footing. Lost hit the ground a fully-formed masterpiece.

Famous reveals: The Monster, The Polar Bear, The fucking Plane Crash, The French Woman, etc. etc. etc.

Confirmed Dead – Season 4

It doesn't scatter quite right.

It doesn't scatter quite right.

Great because: We finally see the outside world’s reaction to the crash of Oceanic 815, Faraday and Miles especially are excellent new characters, the Boat People become even more ominous.

Famous reveals: Miles the Ghostbuster, The Polar Bear in Tunisia, Oceanic 815 at the bottom of the ocean.

The Shape of Things to Come – Season 4

It's a little known fact that white picket fences are bulletproof.

It's a little known fact that white picket fences are bulletproof.

Great because: “Oh, so you do speak English?” Keamy actually executes Alex, the hilarious red shirt slaughter/Sawyer ducking for cover behind a barbeque, possible death of Claire, Ben confronts Widmore, etc.

Famous reveals: Did I mention Ben summons the fucking monster? And Time Travels? And has a shotgun in the piano seat?

Exposé – Season 3

Razzle freakin' Dazzle

Razzle freakin' Dazzle

Great because: A controversial pick, but this remains the only thing close to a stand-alone episode of Lost and the writing and winking ret-con acrobatics are genius. “Who’s Paulo?” This is one of those episodes, like Buffy’s season six ep “Tabula Rasa,” where the writers are clearly having tons of fun and just tossing off gold at the audience.

Famous reveals: Mr. Lashade is the Cobra!

The Economist – Season 4

Please, let me repay you.

Please, let me repay you.

Great because: Sayid is a hitman in the future, James Bond-style. Faraday’s rocket hints at time anomalies on the island.

Famous reveals: Naomi and Elsa’s bracelets. Sayid is one of the Oceanic 6, and working for Ben. The Rocket Clock.

The Man Behind the Curtain – Season 3

The Purge

The Purge

Great because: We finally get the back-story of the mysterious and tastefully-named Benjamin Linus, and learn what happened to the Dharma Initiative. Oh, and we kinda meet Jacob.

Famous reveals: The Mass Grave, Dharma in general, The Ageless Richard Alpert, Jacob’s Cabin.

Orientation – Season 2

Welcome to The Swan

Welcome to The Swan

Great because: This could really be a shout-out to the first three episodes of Season 2, since they all take place more or less concurrently. But Orientation holds a special place because of Desmond, the Orientation film, and:

Locke: Why do you find it so hard to believe?

Jack: Why do you find it so easy?

Locke: It’s never been easy!

As well as Jack’s underrated “I married her!” Jackface off the charts. I still get shivers.

Famous reveals: The Tailies, The Button, details of the Hatch, Dr. Marvin Candle, and the purpose of the…

Numbers – Season 1

4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42

4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42

Great because: This is when the show really started introducing elements that encouraged the audience to look closer and search for hidden meanings in the text. To get millions of fans obsessing over numerology is no small feat, and the story of Hurley and the numbers had the timeless fatalistic quality of a good Greek myth.

Famous reveals: The Numbers, Hurley’s a millionaire!

That’s all for now. Starting tomorrow we’ll start counting down the Top 5, and then after we get to #2, we’ll do a recap of what we’ve said so far, just like on all those annoying list shows on TV. Booyah.

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5 responses to “Previously, on Lost…

  1. yay lost! january 25, yes? i feel like we should get advertising stipends or something. i don’t know what channel that is for me down here. can you look into it? mkkay thanks.
    wait, is jacob that sleezy hippie guy that got ben’s dad the job there? i can’t remember, that was a season or so ago.
    poor paolo….all he ever wanted to do was be brazilian and kinda stupidly sexy.
    and the lotto numbers, hell, all good things are linked to numbers. i get stuck watching(falling asleep to) the history channel and watching shit on the mayan calendar. 2012. i won’t get all crazy and launch into that shit, but mathematical people know their shit. which means we need to lock some asian brainiacs in a computer lab and have them figure shit out for us. i’m just saying. to get an edge. on shit. sorry.

  2. Remember, Dec. 21, 2012 isn’t necessarily the end of the world, it’s just the end of the world as we know it. Barbelith, the breaking down of the pre-natal system as we fall into the supercontext, and, of course, galactic alignment!

    Another thing: Sayid!

    And man, anyone who hasn’t seen it in a while, really needs to go rewatch “The Shape Of Things To Come” to watch the redshirts seemingly to line up to ask Sawyer, “Hey, whats’ going on?” and then get promptly shot. And of course, the picnic table, barbecue, and picnic fence that provide ample cover for Sawyer from bullets.

  3. either way, we are all toast. at the hands of angry pandas. hopefully before shit goes wrong, lost will have come to a conclusion!

  4. Fuck yes. So are we. I was so excited to see the repeat of “There’s No Place Like Home” on last night. Especially for Michael exit. Christan: “You can go now, Michael.” Michael: “Who are you?” BOOM!

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