S1E04 – Walkabout

When I think back on the first time I watched Lost, I mostly remember the broad strokes of what I enjoyed about the show. I remember the gripping pilot episode. I remember the evolution of the characters and the clever use of flashback to slowly pull back the curtain on the many mysteries that get peppered throughout the show.

I also distinctly remember Walkabout as the episode that made me sit up, take notice, and fall in love with the show. In some ways, this episode is the payoff to all the tense, foreboding establishing shots of John Locke over the past three hours of Lost. In others, it is a master class in subverting expectations. Walkabout is Lost learning to do what it does best. Continue reading “S1E04 – Walkabout”

S1E02 – Pilot, Part 2

I suppose I could have lumped this episode in with the first and written about the pilot in all of its two-hour-long glory, but it broadcast as two separate episodes and I have opinions for every hour of LOST and so here we are.

Once more, there’s a lot here. While the first half of the pilot set the tone for the series, hinting at its intoxicating mix of familiar real-life tragedy and supernatural mystery, this second half invests in what will become the lifeblood of the series: the histories, motivations, and foibles of the unlikely cast of characters stuck on this island together.

Are you going on the hike? I’m definitely going. When we get home, I’ll get you a new dog. Continue reading “S1E02 – Pilot, Part 2”