Lost: Season 1 (2004 - 2005)

Season 1

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Unpredictable and addictive, Lost is a new kind of TV mystery that grips as often as it guffaws.



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Air date: Sep 22, 2004

The 48 survivors of a mid-air plane disaster dazedly gather their wits about them in the opening episode of the ABC hit series Lost. Marooned on an island somewhere in the Pacific, the survivors must now rely upon their inner strength -- and each other -- to stay alive, having been stripped of virtually all vestiges of civilization. Making matters worse is the island's harsh, almost impenetrable terrain and bizarre variety of animal life. Emerging as the most prominent of the castaways in the opener are Jack (Matthew Fox), a somber doctor who frantically helps survivors who are clinging to life, and Kate (Evangeline Lilly), a beautiful and mysterious survivor who seems to be a concerned do-gooder. The two meet when she reluctantly agrees to suture a wound on his back despite having no medical experience. On the first night after the crash, the survivors are terrified by the loud animal-like roar of something large rustling around in the jungle -- even the trees shake with its presence. The next day, along with washed-up rock star Charlie (Dominic Monaghan), Kate and Jack venture out to find the front end of the plane -- and hopefully the plane's transceiver (radio transmitter) -- in the jungle. This two-hour pilot episode was originally telecast in two separate installments.

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Air date: Sep 29, 2004

In the conclusion of Lost's two-part series opener, the individual character traits of the survivors of a mid-air plane disaster come into sharper focus. While Jack (Matthew Fox), a troubled doctor, Kate (Evangeline Lilly), a mysterious, concerned survivor, and washed-up rock star Charlie (Dominic Monaghan) have gone to look for the front end of the plane in the jungle, the others get to know each other. Among the remaining survivors who are trapped on that somewhat surrealistic Pacific island are perennial jokester Hurley (Jorge Garcia), eternally bickering siblings Shannon (Maggie Grace) and Boone (Ian Somerhalder), nervous Korean couple Mr. and Mrs. Kwon (Daniel Dae Kim, Yunjin Kim), hair-trigger-tempered Sawyer (Josh Holloway), former Iraqi Republican Guard Sayid (Naveen Andrews), father and son Michael and Walt, very pregnant Aussie Claire (Emilie de Ravin)...and the secretive and possibly slightly sinister Locke (Terry O'Quinn). Still reeling from a close encounter with a terrifying (though unseen) beast in the jungle, Jack, Kate, and Charlie return to the beach with the transceiver, hoping that someone will be able to get it working. Not only are some of the surviving passengers not getting along very well, but the group later encounters an incongruous animal in the jungle and finds that there may have been a dangerous prisoner on board the plane.

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Air date: Oct 6, 2004

The title of this episode translates as "Blank Slate," which is as good a way as any to describe what the 48 survivors of a mid-air plane crash truly know and understand about one another as they acclimate themselves to their new Pacific-island surroundings. Almost as mysterious as the strange topography and stranger wildlife of the island is the clouded past of Kate (Evangeline Lilly), who, it is revealed through flashback, was a recently a fugitive on the run. Only one passenger, who may be dying, knows her secret...until he passes it on to two other survivors. Meanwhile, the mysterious Locke (Terry O'Quinn) forms a bond with young Walt (Malcolm David Kelley), much to the dismay of Walt's father, Michael (Harold Perrineau).

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Air date: Oct 13, 2004

When Locke leads Kate and Michael on a hunt for food, a tantalizing secret about the island's most mysterious survivor suddenly comes to light. As Locke dreams about the moments just after the crash, Vincent's incessant barking wakes up the entire camp. Something is in the fuselage, and as the group attempts to get a better look by using a flashlight three wild boars come dashing out. Apparently the beasts had been attracted to the bodies that had been roasting in the fuselage for the last few days, leading Jack to recommend that the corpses be cremated. With food supplies running short, Locke recommends that the group go hunting the boars for meat - they can even use his personal collection of knives to slay the swine. As Locke reflects on his past, it's revealed that he was not the military man one would suspect but the average cubicle dweller. Later, Michael and Locke prepare to go out on the hunt while Sun keeps an eye on Walt and Sayid attempts to trace the source of the mysterious French transmission. Back on the beach, Claire collects the possessions of those killed in the crash in order to stage a eulogy. Claire asks Jack to conduct the ceremony but he refuses, leaving her reluctantly saddled with a weighty responsibility. Boone has noticed that a survivor named Rose has been sitting alone on the beach and refusing to east, though when he mentions it to Shannon she tells him to mind his own business. As the hunt continues, Locke hones in on the boar's tracks just as one of the beasts begins to charge. Immediately after, Locke drifts back to the time that he purchased the tickets for he and Helen to take an Australian walkabout and was casually rejected - leaving him more determined to slay the boar than ever. Meanwhile, Shannon attempts to manipulate Charlie into catching her a fish as Jack learns that Rose's husband Bernard is missing. Though she hasn't seen him since the crash, she instinctually knows that he is still alive. After Claire discovers an envelope marked for Sayid and containing a picture of a woman, Kate climbs a tree to attach an antennae to trace the broadcast and sees an enormous monster heading directly towards Locke. Jack too has noticed something in the trees, making a mad dash to find out just what it could be. Much to his surprise, it was just Locke returning with a wild boar for dinner. That night, as the fuselage is ignited and the memorial service begins, Michael asks Locke about the monster. While Locke claims to have seen nothing, it's obvious that he has more than his fare share of secrets.

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Air date: Oct 20, 2004

Veronica Hamel of Hill Street Blues fame makes a guest appearance as the mother of plane-crash survivor Jack (Matthew Fox) as he experiences another of his character-revealing flashbacks during a period of delirium. Elsewhere on the island, the pregnant Claire (Emilie de Raven) suffers from unforeseen complications, and Boone (Ian Somerhalder) gallantly attempts to rescue a drowning woman, only to be nearly drowned himself. It seems that there may be a thief on the island, as the last of the water bottles mysteriously disappear just when Claire desperately needs them. And Jack continues to "see" a mysterious man in a suit at a distance; when he goes to investigate, he finds that the stranger may be, impossibly, someone very close to him.

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Air date: Oct 27, 2004

Only Korean couple Jin (Daniel Dae Kim) and Sun (Yunjin Kim) know the real reason that Jin savagely beats Michael (Harold Perrineau) before the eyes of the astonished survivors, but they aren't talking. Actually, they couldn't talk even if they wanted to, since they are still separated from the others by impenetrable language barriers (or so it seems). Another crisis arises when several of the castaways quarrel over where everyone should pitch camp, leading to a schism between two separate factions. And the truth about Charlie (Dominic Monaghan) is made known to the equally secretive Locke (Terry O'Quinn). Flashbacks in this episode focus on Jin and Sun and reveal that they were once madly in love. He was of a lower social standing, but convinced her powerful, rich father to allow them to marry, if Jin would come to work for him...a job that Jin soon learned required a lot of dirty work.

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Air date: Nov 3, 2004

The reclusive Locke (Terry O'Quinn) is willing to help Charlie (Dominic Monaghan) wean himself away from his drug habit -- but he won't explain why he has suddenly become so generous with his time. Flashbacks reveal how Charlie's life as a rock star and his troubled relationship with his bandmate brother (Neil Hopkins) led to his drug habit in the first place. In other developments, Michael (Harold Perrineau) sets Hurley (Jorge Garcia) straight as to the ethnic origins of Jin (Daniel Dae Kim) and Sun (Yunjin Kim); and the efforts by Sayid (Naveen Andrews), Kate (Evangeline Lilly), and Boone (Ian Somerhalder) to find out who has been sending radio transmissions in French are thwarted by an unknown antagonist. Worse still is the plight of Jack (Matthew Fox), who is buried alive in a collapsing cave.

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Air date: Nov 10, 2004

Jack (Matthew Fox) and Sayid (Naveen Andrews) resort to drastic measures (reminiscent of old Fu Manchu movies!) when Sawyer (Josh Holloway) refuses to surrender one of the inhalers he claims he has to help the short-of-breath Shannon (Maggie Grace). Elsewhere on the island, Charlie (Dominic Monaghan) has made a home for himself in the caves, and hopes that Claire (Emilie de Raven) will join him. And in the obligatory flashback "revelation" scenes, the truth about Sawyer's background is revealed; meanwhile, Kate (Evangeline Lilly) gains some insight into his troubled childhood, and we learn for the first time that killing a man is nothing new for Sayid.

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Air date: Nov 17, 2004

The mystery of those French radio transmissions is revealed to Sayid (Naveen Andrews) -- but he may not live long enough to tell the other survivors. On a less serious note, roly-poly Hurley (Jorge Garcia) comes up with a silly plan to bring a bit of entertainment to the island, involving a set of golf clubs recovered from the wreckage of the plane. And an extended flashback tells us more than we'd like to know about Sayid's previous life as an Iraqi Republican Guard. Mira Furlan guest stars as Danielle Rousseau, a character who was decidedly not on the passenger list.

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Air date: Dec 1, 2004

This episode focuses on plane-crash survivor Claire (Emilie de Raven), and her memories of the man who left her pregnant before abandoning her. We also learn that a psychic had advised Claire to make her ill-fated trip -- and now she is having a premonition of her own, one that may prove disastrous for her unborn baby. And in another part of the island, fun-loving Hurley (Jorge Garcia) is not at all amused to come face to face with another person who wasn't on the passenger list (William Mapother plays the odd man out).

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Oceanic flight 815 from Sydney to Los Angeles crash lands on an island in the South Pacific, with 48 survivors facing uncertain hopes of rescue while getting to know one another—and their eerie new home. Luckily, there's a doctor in the house, as Jack (Matthew Fox) assumes a leadership role for the group while developing an affection for the beguiling Kate (Evangeline Lilly) and philosophical differences with bad-boy Sawyer (Josh Holloway) and mysterious loner Locke (Terry O'Quinn). One by one, flashbacks reveal details to their often-troubled pasts and those of core castaways including lottery winner Hurley (Jorge Garcia); former Iraqi soldier Sayid (Naveen Andrews); the pregnant Claire (Emilie de Raven); drug-addled rocker Charlie (Dominic Monaghan); Korean couple Jin and Sun (Daniel Dae Kim, Yunjin Kim); single dad Michael (Harold Perrineau), son Walt (Malcolm David Kelley) and dog Vincent; and twentysomething siblings Shannon (Maggie Grace) and Boone (Ian Somerhalder). Ever-changing group dynamics are endured while unanswered questions pile up about the island and its existing inhabitants, both human and inhuman. Plotlines throughout the addictive first season include the group's efforts to build an ocean-ready raft; to decipher a voice picked up on the plane's transceiver; and to penetrate an underground hatch.

Cast & Crew

Evangeline Lilly
Kate Austen
Josh Holloway
James "Sawyer" Ford
Jorge Garcia
Hugo "Hurley" Reyes
Terry O'Quinn
John Locke
Daniel Dae Kim
Jin Kwon
Naveen Andrews
Sayid Jarrah
Harold Perrineau
Michael Dawson
Matthew Fox
Dr. Jack Shephard
Maggie Grace
Shannon Rutherford
Ian Somerhalder
Boone Carlyle
Emilie de Ravin
Claire Littleton
Fredric Lane
Marshal Edward Mars
Michelle Arthur
Flight Attendant No. 3
Mira Furlan
Danielle Rousseau
John Terry
Christian Shephard
Christian Bowman
Steve Jenkins
Damon Lindelof
Executive Producer
J.J. Abrams
Executive Producer
Bryan Burk
Executive Producer
Jennifer Johnson
Stephen Williams
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Critic Reviews for Lost Season 1

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (20)

Abrams and his co-creator Damon Lindelof do a terrific job of piling on the plot twists, but they neglect to provide a believably textured world... As a result, Lost is at once heart-stopping and strangely dull.

Oct 24, 2019 | Full Review…

Credit producers J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof with layering on the heavy stuff. In the midst of a tale about relationships, with strong individual back stories revolving around a central mystery, there is room for contemplation.

Oct 23, 2019 | Full Review…

As the story unfolds, Abrams ingeniously - in snippets - recalls what brought them to this place.

Jan 30, 2018 | Full Review…

With all these ways to view the series - human drama, fantasy adventure, gorgeous travelogue - there should be an "in" for most every viewer. The question then becomes, is there a way out?

Oct 31, 2017 | Full Review…

If the series can pull off that feat on a weekly basis, the word Lost could come to mean something more pleasant for Disney-owned ABC than defining the network in recent years.

Sep 27, 2017 | Full Review…

Lost is the sort of rare drama that's more fun to experience the less you know about it.

Sep 27, 2017 | Full Review…

You'll be gripping the arm of the chair like a white-knuckle flier on takeoff.

Oct 24, 2019 | Full Review…

Lost itself has a certain intriguing quality that makes it worth coming back for more.

Oct 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Bound to raise your blood pressure a few points.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

But there's something refreshing about a network TV show that trusts the mental rigor of its audience instead of dumbing everything down to the lowest common denominator. Sometimes it's good to be a little lost.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Its themes often delve into the chaos, dysfunction, and sometimes horrible personal choices made as a result of daddy issues.

May 9, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

The very definition of high-concept television, this addictive survival series turned metaphysical mystery is arguably the most successful and certainly the most richly and deeply woven show of its kind.

Mar 1, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lost: Season 1

  • Apr 22, 2021
    Season 1 of Lost is probably the best season of television ever made
  • Apr 21, 2021
    Non-stop drama. In the past, in the present, in the future. Absurdity is only barely cloaked with mystery. Human stories, soap fest. Season 1 is intriguing. And it's downhill from here. I watched it in the 2000s to keep up with the times. But now the charecters are no longer appealing. And all those interruptions-cut offs every five minutes annoy the hell out of me. Three stars for nostalgia.
  • Apr 11, 2021
    it's excellent! a very binge-worthy season that is both gripping and extremely entertaining. it also puts a lot of time into the character development.
  • Apr 03, 2021
    One of the best tv series in history, the first season is definitely one of the best. Very innovative storytelling.
  • Feb 10, 2021
    This season is a perfect introduction to a big adventure where our soul will travel to splendid places.
  • Nov 03, 2020
    The first season of Lost is amazing. The episodes are striking, full of mystery and have plot twists that surprise.
  • Jul 25, 2020
    It is the mystery that draws people in, but the characters are what keeps you coming back.
  • Jul 02, 2020
    The issue is that there is no issue: the script is limited to the flashbacks of a group of people (more or less crazy) while stumbling through a "botanical garden" near the beach and where, from time to time, "something" happens. However, it's fun, in part because it doesn't fall into every topic that almost every other series falls into.
  • Jun 18, 2020
    Intriguing, mysterious, full of plot twists and with one of the best pilots on TV. This series is incredible, Masterpiece. 10/10
  • Jun 16, 2020
    A very solid start to the show. Probably the best pilot episode I have ever seen. Definitely worth your time.

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