As we delve into our hiatus-long rewatch of the first 5 seasons of Lost, I feel that it’s only fair that I mention, this will be the first time I’ve rewatched Lost since it first aired. Now, don’t get me wrong, I help run Lost websites, and as such, I’ve certainly gone back and rewatched single episodes here and there, as well as rewatching certain scenes over and over. For example, I’ve probably rewatched the scene’s where Oceanic 815 breaks apart, from Jack and Kate’s point of view, over 50 times. But I’ve never rewatched even two episodes of Lost, back to back. I know, I know, some of you may be screaming blasphemy, but that makes this rewatch even more spectacular for me, and my comments will be reflective of that, I’m sure. Now on to some Lost…
I was almost giddy rewatching the pilot, filled with a level of excitement I really didn’t expect. I immediately found myself thinking about the other things happening on the island as flight 815 was crashing. Ben is giving orders to Ethan and Goodwin at that very instant to infiltrate the camps. It also seems as though Jacob might have been providing lists of the people that they were supposed to be grabbing to join their little band, though I’m still a bit unclear whether the lists from Jacob were something Ben fabricated, or if Richard brought those lists to Ben, since we know that Ben never actually saw Jacob. Also, Kelvin had just been killed in his scuffle with Desmond, and of course Desmond getting back to the hatch late is what ultimately brought the fated plane down.
On the first night after the crash, the smoke monster is heard in the jungle, and a thought crossed my mind that I hadn’t considered before…was Ben controlling Smokey? We know that he can call him, but it doesn’t seem like every move Smokey makes is controlled by Ben, so my first instinct is to say no, Ben had nothing to do with Smokey’s appearance that first night. But that certainly doesn’t mean that Mr. Dark Shirt (also being referred to as Esau) wasn’t Smokey in disguise that whole time. I’ve also never been able to shake the fact that Rose said the noises Smokey makes sounded familiar. But I still don’t have any better explanation for her comment than I did 5 years ago.
There were tons of other great moments that I won’t comment on only because these four episodes, and specifically the first two, are without a doubt some of the best television I will probably ever see in my life. I could go on for days and days about how fantastic they were. However, there are a few thing that I’d like to mention, beginning with Kate. I didn’t remember how well the writers had done with the foreshadowing of her running. I found small little comments hidden all through these first four episodes that foreshadow the runner that we know Kate to be now. It starts in the first episode when Jack gives Kate his story about counting to five and then letting the fear go. She tells Jack that she would have just run, and he says, “You’re not running now.” Later he even comments “Every time there’s an expedition into the jungle you go running off,” or something along those lines. I got a lot of enjoyment out of it.
I also found it interesting to look at each of the characters and think about their individual journey as people. Jin surprised me the most, as I had forgotten what a giant ass he was in the beginning. It’s amazing that the writers we able to make us fans of such a character, but I love Jin now. Jack, however, hasn’t changed much until recently. For most of this series he’s been the same guy, the hero that seems to be reluctant, but yet still can’t stop being the hero. It makes the impact of the changes he’s gone through in Season 5 to be all the more impressive. And then there’s Locke, who had the most unique perspective of all of the other survivors, which I have no doubt is why Mr. Black shirt (Esau), chose him, if that’s even a fair assumption. Locke saw the miracle that the island had to offer and knew he was somewhere very special. The foreshadowing in Walkabout was fantastic, with the big reveal of Locke being in the wheelchair not coming until the very end. It was quite genius and reminded me why this show made it so big, so fast.
Finally, of these four episodes, the item that hit me the hardest and related most closely to what we’ve all just seen this past season was Locke’s interaction with Walt, and his description of the game, Backgammon. Who would have thought such a little scene would have such long standing significance to the show, but it very obviously does, and is the kind of foreshadowing that shows that the producers have had this in the works since day one. Locke tells Walt, “Backgammon’s the oldest game in the world. Archeologists found sets when they excavated the ruins of ancient Mesopotamia. 5000 years old. That’s older than Jesus Christ.” He goes on to give this great overview of the game, and possibly the whole story behind Lost, “Two players. Two sides. One is light … one is dark.” After seeing Jacob (in his white shirt) speak with his nemesis (in his black shirt) in the season 5 finale, it’s difficult to not be able to see the comparison between the game backgammon and the obvious feud between Jacob and his Nemesis. It’s also kinda cool to think about the fact that Jacob and his black shirted nemesis might have actually been playing backgammon together 5,000 years ago!
That’s all I’ve got for the DocArzt crowd this week, but there’s far more to read about the Lost Rewatch, happening across the web. The links below will take you to other great articles from other Lost sites. Tomorrow (today actually, since its after midnight now) stars week 2 of the rewatch, so don’t forget to find the time this next week to watch the next 4 episodes of season 1, and I promise to have this post up next Sunday at a reasonable hour! Now here is some more Lost goodness.
Visit the Lostpedia Rewatch page for all of the most up-to-date Rewatch information, as well as their blog.
More articles will be added, including Sledgeweb ReInvestigations, tomorrow!