Lost: Season 4 (2008)

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Season 4
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Lost regains its mojo in a fourth season that reaffirms the show's place as one of TV's most unique undertakings.

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Critic Ratings: 25

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User Ratings: 610

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Air date: Jan 31, 2008

The castaways await rescue by the people with whom they have made contact, but are troubled by Charlie's final warning about them.

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Air date: Feb 7, 2008

The survivors begin to question the intentions of their supposed rescuers when four strangers arrive on the island.

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Air date: Feb 14, 2008

Locke's hostage could be the key to getting off the island, so Sayid and Kate search for their fellow castaway in an attempt to negotiate a peaceful deal. Flash-forwards follow Sayid.

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Air date: Feb 21, 2008

While Locke tries to get information from Ben, Kate's need to get information from Locke's other hostage, Miles could jeopardize her standing with both Locke and Sawyer. And back at the beach, the castaways haven't received word on Sayid and Desmond. Flash-forwards follow Kate.

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Air date: Feb 28, 2008

Sayid and Desmond run into turbulence on their way to the freighter, causing Desmond to suffer unusual side effects.

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Air date: Mar 6, 2008

Juliet receives an unwelcome visitor from her past and is told to track down Charlotte and Faraday and stop them from completing their mission; Ben offers Locke a deal he finds enticing.

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Air date: Mar 13, 2008

Juliet reveals startling news to Jin when Sun threatens to go to Locke's camp; and Sayid and Desmond begin to get an idea of the freighter crew's mission when they meet the ship's captain.

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Air date: Mar 20, 2008

Ben, who knows about an impending attack, prompts daughter Alex to escape from Locke's camp. And on the freighter, Sayid confronts Ben's spy.

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Air date: Apr 24, 2008

Locke's camp comes under attack, and Jack tries to identify a body that has washed ashore.

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Air date: May 1, 2008

Jack has an appendicitis attack, and Kate and Juliet work together to save him; Sawyer, Claire, Aaron and Miles are interrupted during their trek from Locke's camp to the beach.

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The survivors choose sides (Jack or Locke?) in Series 4, which spans nine days (Dec. 21-30, 2004) and opens with the castaways awaiting rescue by the offshore freighter crew. But when four strangers arrive on the island via helicopter, Jack (Matthew Fox) and others begin to question the intentions of their supposed rescuers: physicist Daniel Faraday (Jeremy Davies), cultural anthropologist Charlotte Lewis (Rebecca Mader), medium Miles Straume (Ken Leung) and pilot Frank Lapidus (Jeff Fahey). All four have a personal motive for coming to the island---and it soon becomes clear that rescuing the castaways is not their top priority. The primary objective of the freighter crew, sent by Charles Widmore (Alan Dale), is to capture Benjamin Linus (Michael Emerson) and bring him back alive. Some castaways, including Hurley (Jorge Garcia), Claire (Emilie de Ravin) and Sawyer (Josh Holloway), are troubled by Charlie's final warning about the freighter folk and decide to follow Locke (Terry O'Quinn), who has no interest in leaving the island, to the Dharma barracks. Sayid (Naveen Andrews) and Desmond (Henry Ian Cusick) eventually find their way to the freighter, where Desmond deals with strange side effects related to his travels. Upon their arrival, they are surprised to see a familiar face among the crew members. Long-gone Flight 815 survivor Michael (Harold Perrineau) has infiltrated Widmore's freighter and is acting as a mole for Ben. Off the island, frequent flash-forwards (first employed during the series-changing Series 3 finale) reveal six castaways do finally make their way home. The identities of the Oceanic Six, as they're dubbed by the media, are gradually unveiled throughout the season, as are the lies they told regarding the fates of their fellow passengers. They may have made it home safely, but it's certainly not a happily ever after for the Oceanic Six. It soon becomes evident that the island is not yet finished with them, and neither is Ben.

Critic Reviews for Lost Season 4

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (16)

Gripping, vivid, beautifully executed and loaded with answers to the little mysteries of "Lost" life.

Oct 24, 2019 | Full Review…

Only in the current season... has Lost achieved complexity and intricacy worthy of the critical attention it's been receiving all along.

Oct 24, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

ABC's dense, unblinking and occasionally surreal tale moves into its fourth season Thursday with its compass still in good working order.

Jan 31, 2008 | Full Review…

The show has got its mojo back.

Jan 31, 2008 | Full Review…

How great is it that "Lost" can still make the pulse race and the brain tingle?

Jan 31, 2008 | Full Review…

Lost is a show that has long required surrender, to the creative process if nothing else -- I often found myself rooting for the writers as much as for the characters.

Oct 24, 2019 | Full Review…

Lost capitalizes on the fascinating nature of complex people in extreme situations, and we're all blessed by the thrilling process.

Apr 9, 2020 | Full Review…

I still don't know where it's headed, but it feels, finally, as if we could be getting somewhere.

Oct 24, 2019 | Full Review…

Under the least desirable of circumstances, Lost has managed to pull off one of its very best seasons to date.

Oct 24, 2019 | Full Review…

Lost is not a show that progresses as much as it evolves and spreads out. Season Four is a fascinating waypoint in this expansion as the series begins to fully realize its mythic character.

Oct 24, 2019 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Lost continues to be one of the most confounding series in TV history. Its fans are legion, and they are loyal, willingly following every twist, turn, and dead hobbit thrown their way. But I'm not one of the ones the island is calling back.

Apr 26, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

I won't for a second pretend that I understand what's happening. But Lost is once again one of the most fascinating, involving and flat-out fun-to-watch shows on TV.

Jun 5, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lost: Season 4

  • Jul 25, 2020
    The show remains compelling but the mystery is starting to unravel.
  • Dec 22, 2019
    An actually heartbreaking season that, instead of going backwards in time, goes forward to show us what happened to the people who left. It was such a well done season! They could have simply had more flashback and then make a whole other season about what happened to the Oceanic 6. But instead they go forward and answer questions we didn't even know to ask yet! At the end of the season, every question that we had about the people who got off was answered. Ah, I miss those days. The days where Lost would actually answer questions... But it feels so structured with every flash forward and present story being told corresponding. I would go as far as to say this is the most structured season of Lost. Yep! There are a lot of very minor details though that mounted up into me taking half a star off. But still wonderful!
  • Dec 31, 2018
    You know how you can really tell if a show is good? You rewatch it every other year and make others watch it with you just so you can talk about it with them lol... Yes I do that :P
  • Dec 28, 2018
    Although some of JJ Abrams notorious "mystery boxes" keep unraveling new ones, Lost still flourishes as a character-first drama, and still keeping the audience mesmerized by its thrilling endings and cliff-hangers.
  • Nov 04, 2018
    Para mim, a quarta temporada teve um rumo estável, diferentemente do que muitos dos espectadores pensam. A produção fez um ótimo trabalho com as histórias que foram criadas, mas os "flashes forwards" fizeram-me ficar perdido em muitos momentos.
  • Aug 17, 2018
    The fourth season of "Lost" got four stars from me because of two words: "thrills" and "answers."
  • May 30, 2018
    I love this show, there's so much I could say this show but it might take a while lol! John Locke is my favorite but I love the rest so much as well, Never lost in my heart and brain, see what I did there lol.
  • Mar 05, 2017
    Before my current re-watch of LOST, if you would have asked me what my favorite single season of the show was, I would have said "Season Four" without much hesitation. I remember watching that season live while the episodes were airing and just being blown away at the new twists and turns and revelations being thrown at the viewers week after week. What I found going back and soaking it all in again, however, is that this may be the first season of LOST that is actually better enjoyed in that format (rather than binging all the way through). Though starting in the S3 finale ("We have to go back, Kate!"), LOST is a definitively different show starting this season. There is a reason why the premiere is titled "The Beginning of the End". Gone are the days of it being a show primarily about a group of plane crash survivors trying to get off a deserted island. The show has gotten so much bigger by this point that it has now morphed into "what does it all mean" instead of "will they survive". This was completely uncharted territory for network TV at the time (similar fare today plays out pretty routinely on cable and streaming outlet shows), and I have tremendous respect for the show runners in how they handled it all. One might think this show would end with the fate of whether the Oceanic 815 survivors get off the island, but here we are roughly half way through the show's run and that question has essentially been answered (now we just get the pieces of how it all happens). For three seasons, viewers had been watching what was essentially a survivor/mystery show. In S4, it moves more confidently into the realm of "sci-fi", introducing more paranormal elements (such as time-travel) into the mix, while still always making sure to circle back and keep the show about the characters. This season produced some of the most iconic images and scenes of the entire show. Bearded future-Jack, the Oceanic Six, Ben waking up in the desert, Desmond & Penny's phone cal...these were all great, iconic show moments that transpired during the course of this groundbreaking season. Yes, the show had a bit of a different feel to it, but make no mistake: this is still dramatized television at its finest. Like I said, I think the main reason I have to drop this season to 4.5 stars is because it doesn't necessarily hold up quite as well as its predecessors in terms of episode-by-episode fast viewing. Another one of the changes the show makes (besides the philosophical one described above) is that it really focuses more on each individual episode telling its own unique story. Whereas the flashbacks of Seasons 1-3 always did that, the on-island stuff was usually pretty linear (or at least always charging forward as put of one continues narrative). Here in Season 4, that doesn't always happen. There is a decent amount of "sitting around waiting" from both the Jack/Locke camps on the island, the even the flash-forwards hit a bit of a dry patch in the middle episodes (one problem being that only new character Daniel Farraday is truly great...Miles, Charlotte, & Lapidus are not as interesting yet as perhaps set up to be). So, while the revolutionary change in storytelling tactic felt huge when watching these episodes live, it is dulled slightly with the passage of time due to the fact that the episodes aren't quite as "bursting at the seams" like previous seasons. Also, in terms of full disclosure here, this was the season kind of jerked around by the Writers Guild strike, so one can't help but wonder how that may have affected week-to-week cohesiveness both in front of and behind the camera. Ultimately, though, S4 represents the complete transition of LOST from "survival show" to "epic saga". We do start to get some answers and brought up to speed about a lot of events that had transpired in the previous three seasons. Sure, more questions are raised too, but the show runners were also aware that two more seasons were on the books. I always give the writers of this show the benefit of the doubt, because I can appreciate how difficult of a task they had and how brilliant their solutions often were. This is a show that always subverts expectations, which was something almost impossible to do on network TV at that time. It can be a bit jarring to see such a shift in story and tone, but ultimately it is for the better, as it opens up so many new story avenues and possibilities.
  • Jan 13, 2017
    Incrível Melhor temporada de Lost, por todas as reviravoltas, viagens no tempo e tensão constante do primeiro ao último episódio.
  • Oct 28, 2016
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