Few moments in LOST history heightened the level of mystery as much as the discovery of “The Hatch” in Episode 11 of Season One in the episode “All The Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues”. The episode, written by Javier Grillo-Marxuach and directed by Stephen Williams, was a Jack Centric episode but the discovery of a mystery doorway to the island itself stole the show.
The possibilities for that hatch seemed endless. Was the island some kind of machine? Did a control room lay beyond? Was the hatch the entry way to a secret complex inhabited by observers? Was there danger on the other side, or hope? In fact the first ever post to TheTailsection was a collection of humorous proposals as to what was beyond the hatch.
What was in the hatch would dominate LOST discussion boards for the remainder of the season, and when the answer wasn’t given in the season finale Fans let out a collective and frustrated sigh. Ultimately, The Hatch would become a gateway into a rich chapter of LOST mythology, the Dharma Initiative, and would serve as an introduction to one of LOST’s most colorful and influential characters Desmond Hume (Henry Ian Cusick).
The Hatch continued to be central to LOST throughout season 2 as the question of whether or not “The Numbers” had any meaning was pondered, and the mysterious map of other Dharma locations was revealed. The Hatch was destroyed when Desmond triggered the fail safe in the season 2 finale, “Live Together, Die Alone”, but would remain on fans minds until season 3 as they pondered the fate of Desmond, Locke, and Eko who were trapped inside when “The Discharge” took place.