"It's just a great
image — of a man in suit, in a jungle, bloodied, dishevelled and clearly
not knowing where he is. Gets up, finds this bottle of vodka, bringing
back some sort of vague thing in his consciousness as he's trying to get
his bearings. And then starts charging through that bamboo jungle and bursts
out on to a beach. Sees this just incredible blue paradise of a beach and
then starts hearing the sound rush in which is this high, whining, very,
very intense engine noise and that's when the whole reveal of the plane
crash is there."
- Matthew Fox (Jack) describing the opening scene of the pilot, "Lost: Revealed"
[Spoiler Warning: Contains quotes up to end of Season 4]
~ Behind The Scenes
~ Season 1 Quotes
~ Season 2 Quotes
~ Season 3 Quotes
~ Season 4 Quotes
~ Theories and Hints
"It's the reinvention
of scripted, expensive, difficult to film, tricky television... real people
just weren't being real enough, so they had to produce something else —
what we have here is the anti-Survivor."
- John Harlow, from "The Times" on "Lost: Revealed"
Lost is a fantasy in
which Americans (and, by extension, America) survive a terrible aeroplane
incident but the society that results is more savage, suspicious and selfish
than what existed before. To sneak so tough and thoughtful a theme into
a mainstream drama series that was created by crossing reality TV with
a disaster movie must be regarded as a major achievement.
- Mark Lawson, reviewing "Lost" in "The Guardian"
Just as it looked as
if things were about to go all Lord of the Flies... what we actually got
was far more like Jaws — in its relentless pace, brooding sense of menace
and delight in scaring the pants off audiences.
- Gerard O'Donovan, "The Telegraph"
A friend has one of
those youth-mentor stories that never gets old. He took a bunch of kids
to see "E.T." ages ago and the kids sat there rapt, soaking up the lovable
alien tale. Then Elliott and "E.T." took that magical bike ride in the
sky -- and the kids were apoplectic with angry disbelief. No way. Bikes
don't fly. Aliens -- no problem. But all bicycles must obey the laws of
physics. See, what you bring to the table -- or the couch, as it were --
in the form of mental baggage is what most informs your opinion of a television
series and whether or not you're able to go with it. Back in the day it
might have been called the "E.T." Flying Bicycle Theory. But we crave modernity
and there's a more relevant example at hand, which we've used before: The
polar bear on "Lost." In the first two hours of the hit ABC series, viewers
had to not only believe that more than 40 people survived a midflight explosion
of an airliner, but also buy into the fact they were on a tropical island
with some kind of Jurassic Big Bad pushing through the trees and one very
random polar bear in the lush greenery. When the Polar Bear Moment was
revealed -- it was shot dead in the scorching heat -- that was it, the
checkout point for a lot of viewers.
- Tim Goodman, "San Francisco Chronicle"
Lost is apparently
the first drama series to be inspired by a reality TV show — Survivor.
Lost may well be pressing some post-9/11 buttons (fear of flying, terrorism,
the unknown) but so far all it suggests is that we’re in a carnivorous
Club Med. The series turns out to be the latest example of tease TV, an
endless come-on that, like The X-Files and Twin Peaks, will end up raising
more questions than it answers. Like most US TV series, Lost is designed
for longevity, with only a third of the cast having proper speaking roles,
leaving the rest to be “red shirts” (those dispensable members of the landing
party in Star Trek) available for substitutions and sacrifice. I bet even
the mysterious monster will munch only on Ugly Guest Stars. But for anyone
who was let down by Mulder and Scully’s final revelations, or stopped caring
who killed Laura Palmer and prefers the urgency of 24, Lost is destined
to be one of those shows that you won’t feel the need to watch but hope
that a friend can keep you posted.
- Ian Johns, "How Long Will You Be Able To Stay Lost", "The Times"
On "Lost", the mystery
island plot is clearly moving in circles. Even though they're concentric
circles that move a bit farther from the center with each pass, the storytelling
borders on manipulation.
And viewers are being manipulated, but into believing that the monster and the numbers are what matter. They make for interesting discussion, imaginative theorizing, and detailed analysis, but they are not powering the series... the series really delivers when it focuses on its characters in their off moments, but the mysteries distract viewers, blinding them — and sometimes the show's creators and writers — from "Lost"'s true power.
- Andy Dehnart, "MSNBC"
Ok, so the plane has
crashed into a secret south pacific island that is home to secreter-than-secret
government research. Or the plot has been liberated from the 1987 Schwarzenegger
movie, Predator, and the island is a theme park-cum-feeding ground for
aliens. Or the 'survivors' are in fact dead and in purgatory. Or they're
all alive but in a kind of weird collective coma. Or they're clones, or
aliens, or brainwashed members of the CIA (the labrador? The little boy?
The Valley princess? Maybe not). Whatever, I just hope it's not all a Bobby
Ewing-style dream. Lost has got to me... Just some of the reasons why Lost
is so transparently fabulous is that it taps into a whole bunch of potent
contemporary fantasies and conspiracies, not unlike 24, but with added
spooky Scooby Doo-style mysteriousness.
- Kathryn Flett, from her review "Isle Seat" in "The Observer"
The airline meals have
run out in Lost (Channel 4). In these circumstances, I thought it pretty
noble of the survivors to burn all the dead bodies last night without a
thought for their, well, calorific value... While hunting, Locke saw The
Thing. The Thing is what Alfred Hitchcock called the MacGuffin. It is the
grappling hook that holds you. Like the hole in a record, the story turns
on it. Like a hole, there is nothing there.
- Nancy Banks Smith, "The Guardian"
What is the monster?
"It is the island's security system," according to Rousseau, a woman much
given to gnomic utterances and partial explanations. Unfortunately, she
apparently also has a clause in her contract forbidding other members of
the cast to belt her across the face and say "Enough with the enigmatic
s**t - tell us everything you know and now."
Why is Kate on the run? There are those for whom the sight of Evangeline Lilley in practical yet alluring beachwear is reason enough for her existence. But to others, intent on completing the backstory jigsaw, the answer to this is of central importance.
Still, at least there's one question we can all answer for ourselves, with nothing more than a few household oddments, a little ingenuity and a trip to the local aquarium: can you really perform a blood transfusion using nothing more than a plastic bag, some rubber piping and a sea urchin spine?
- Lucy Mangan, "Lost's Unanswered Questions", "The Guardian"
On the subject of drugs,
Lost (Channel 4) returned last night. I imagine you dipped in, not because
you intend to get involved, but just because you wanted to see what was
under that hatch. And now you know - well, sort of. But what about the
guys on the raft? And The Others? Be careful though; you'll experiment,
and then you'll be hooked. Remember what happened last time round, how
empty and cheated you felt at the end? What makes you think it'll be any
different this time? It's televisual crack, you know it is. "I can handle
it," you'll keep telling yourself. You can't though. Just say no.
- Sam Wollaston, reviewing season 2 opener in "The Guardian"
What Lost shares with
24 is a self-imposed limitation that calls for unlimited imagination. As
the titles suggest, in the case of 24 the restriction is time and with
Lost it's space. But whereas the time constraint - all the action squeezed
into a day - naturally animates suspense, the space constraint - all the
action squeezed into an island - can serve to suspend animation.
- Andrew Anthony, "The Observer"
If, as hinted, Walt
can affect the material world with his imagination, will the island be
teeming with scantily clad hotties when he hits puberty in Season Three?
- Ian Johns, "The Times"
"Every one is like
a short Roald Dahl story."
- John Harlow, about the character flashbacks
"When I watch Lost
it seems more real to me than an episode of Survivor now."
- Kristen Veitch, of "E! Entertainment" on "Lost: Revealed"
"Whenever they reveal
what the show is about, it better be good."
- Kristen Veitch, of "E! Entertainment"
I wish to God someone
would rescue these people.
- Paul Whittington, fed up previewing the show for "The Irish Independent"
WASHINGTON, DC — Sen.
Bill Nelson (D-FL) announced the formation of a new Senate Subcommittee
for the Watching of Lost and appointed himself its chair Monday. "This
subcommittee's mission is to promote viewing and discussion of this riveting
ABC series every Wednesday night at my house," said Nelson, who lives alone,
adding that membership on the subcommittee is open to both parties, requires
no seniority, and is "fun." "In addition, I have been able to secure funding
for two large pizzas and one two-liter bottle of Pepsi, and have every
confidence that I can acquire more." Sen. Nelson has asked all attendees
to arrive on time, do their best to remain quiet during the show's airing,
and stick around to discuss the plot and backstory for "as long as you
- From "The Onion"
BEHIND THE SCENES
"We do know what the
island is and have all those answers and they lean very heavily into the
scifi category, but those are answers that scare our parent company. While
they are content with the mysteries, they are not content with the answers.
There is an interesting level to that, which I appreciate, but then there
is the challenge of how long an audience will be invested in the show and
in these characters without getting enough concrete answers... We are holding
back, but it's not like we want to burst forth and admit we are a scifi
show in the closet coming out."
- David Fury, "Lost" writer
"This is not a show
about the supernatural, despite the fact that we have a very huge creature
that likes to eat people. Despite the surreal, bizarre aspects of the island,
there will be an explanation for it. It may not come for a very long time,
but certain information about the island will explain how things are possible.
We'll try to root it in real science or real pseudo-science. There will
be no mystical reason or an island of monsters. The island has been around
for millennia, and many people have found themselves on it, and as far
as we know, nobody has ever gotten off. There is also the possibility of
others being on the island, they just haven't seen them yet. And we'll
never know how big this island is. It could be enormous, but odd things
will keep them from knowing the full length and breadth of it."
- David Fury, "Lost" writer
"How will you deal
with the fact that Malcolm David Kelley (Walt) will age and grow much faster
than is reasonable considering the time line of the show?"
"We are building a Malcolm David Kelley robot."
- Damon Lindelof, producer of 'Lost' in an interview
"They don’t tell us
anything. In the beginning I thought how exciting it would be if the character
is discovering things at the same time as the audience. But now I’m frustrated
at wondering what happens. Is there a plan?"
- Naveen Andrews (Sayid), in "The Times"
"We're being forced
to look at ourselves. This island is like a big mirror to your demons."
- Josh Holloway (Sawyer), on "Lost: Revealed"
"When I’m running away
from it, I think of an African elephant with 17 cats stuck to its back."
- Dominic Monaghan (Charlie) on his vision of 'The Beast' in "The Times"
Buena Vista was cynical
to split the series into two for DVD, but it is again generous with the
extras. It’s surreal to see the cast at a live Q&A, trading matey banter
rather than angsty sideswipes. The fomer hobbit Dominic Monaghan’s revelation
that he originally read for the role of the hunky Sawyer arouses particular
mirth in his colleagues, although Monaghan’s claim on another featurette
that he based his rock star character on "an English Jim Morrison" is probably
- Ed Potton, reviewing "Lost Series 1 Part 2" for "The Times"
SEASON ONE QUOTES
"The island gives you
what you need."
"I'm not a leader!"
"And yet they all treat you like one."
- Jack and Locke
"That's can't bear
a polar bear."
"It's a polar bear!"
- Boone, and everyone else
"It's French, the French
are coming! I've never been so happy to hear the French."
- Charlie, hoping to get back to England
Living is easy with
- Charlie's tattoed motto
"If you guys are finished
verbally copulating we should get a move on."
- Charlie to Jack and Kate
"I'm this timebomb
of responsibility waiting to go off."
- Claire, 8 months pregnant
"There's a fine line
between faith and denial. And it's much better on my side"
- Rose, to Charlie
"Hey, did you ever
get that Gulf War Syndrome?"
"That was the other side."
- Hurley and Sayid
"You've always been
in love with me."
"You've always been a self-centered little bitch, but now you're delusional."
"I've always known it."
- Shannon and Boone
"I saw her. I saw her
"How did you feel... when she died?"
"I felt... I felt relieved. I felt relieved."
"Yes. Time to let go. Follow me."
- Boone and Locke
Boone’s starting to
get that faraway look, not the dumb, I ain’t-nothing-but-eye-candy-on-this-damn-show
faraway look, but a thoughtful gaze usually reserved for Locke.
- Matt Baker's review of "Special" for "TNMC"
"Call yourself ladies?
Jane Austen would be ashamed!"
- Charlie, flashing back to a bar
"So where is the old
"I don't know. I think he's buying some paper company up in Slough."
- Charlie and Lucy, preparing for life in an "Office"
"How nice it must be
to not be involved in the bloody insanity that surrounds us at every turn.
It's quite beautiful, really. You take care of your wife, everything else
is someone else's problem. No need to be involved in the decision-making
process. No tree-shaking behemoths, french transmissions, just sweet bloody
- Charlie to Jin
"I only made out with
him because torturing him didn't work."
- Kate to Jack, discussing Sawyer
"If you'll excuse me,
I've got some revenge to tend to."
- Sawyer, seeking out a boar
"Dude, I know how this
works. This is gonna end with you and me running through the jungle,
screaming and crying. He catches me first because I'm heavy and I
- Hurley, as he and Charlie prepare to bury Ethan
"You say 'I never',
and then you finish the sentence. If it's something you did, you drink.
If it's something you never did, you don't drink... Learn by example. I
never kissed a man. Now you drink, 'cause you've kissed a man."
"I never wore pink."
"The Eighties... I never voted Democrat."
"I've never blamed a boar for all my problems."
"I never killed a man."
- Highlights of Sawyer and Kate's game of 'I Never'
"We're in hell, huh?"
"Don't let the air conditioning fool you, son. You are here, too."
- Christian Shephard and Sawyer
"I take comfort knowing
someday this is all gonna be a real nice shopping complex."
- Sawyer, out in the wild
4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and
- Hurley's numbers
"There were no survivors
of Oceanic flight 815!" / "No, we're the survivors of Oceanic flight 815!"
- Possible responses to Boone's mayday
"Picking up on a little
Korean there, Michael?
"Yeah, I'm pretty sure I know how to say, 'faster' and 'idiot'."
- Jack and Michael
"Dude, looks like someone
steamrolled Harry Potter."
- Hurley, commenting on Sawyer's new look
"I know what it cost
you to do what you did. Thank you."
"I did it because I sense you might be our best hope of surviving here. But I don't forgive what you did, and I certainly don't trust you."
- Locke and Sayid
must have spiked when everybody found out that I died in some catastrophic
plane disaster. But when I come back alive ... it's going to be insane!"
- Charlie, looking on the bright side of life
"You're not even worth
what it would cost us to incarcerate you... which is why you're being deported."
- Australian Detective to Sawyer
"Kids are like dogs
— if you knock them around enough, they'll think they did something to
"How exactly does something
like this happen?"
"Are you on the same island as I am?"
- Hurley and Rousseau, at the 'Black Rock'
"I'm sorry that I'm
not cool enough to be part of your merry little band of adventurers. I
know clique when I see it. I teach high school, pally. You know, you people
think you're the only ones on this island doing anything of value. I got
news for you. There were forty other survivors of this plane crash. And
we are all people, too."
"So where are you sitting?"
"42F. Want to trade?"
Ana Lucia and Jack
"Who the hell is Hugo
and how did he get $160 million to leave to his mama?!?"
"Do you think all this,
all we've been through — do you think we're being punished?"
"Punished for what?"
"Things we did before. The secrets we kept. The lies we told."
- Sun and Shannon
"You're a man of science.
I'm a man of faith. Do you really think all this is an accident? That we,
a group of strangers, survived, many of us with just superficial injuries?
You think we crashed on this place by coincidence? Especially this
place? We were brought here for a purpose, for a reason — all of us. Each
one of us was brought here for a reason."
- Locke to Jack
"Everybody wants me
to be a leader until I make a decision that they don't like. You want to
keep second-guessing me, Kate? That's your call. There's something
that you need to know. If we survive this, we survive tonight, we're
gonna have a Locke problem. Now, I have to know that you got my back."
SEASON TWO QUOTES
They survived on luck
They survived on instinct
On the other side of the island
They are not the survivors
They thought they were
- Season 2 Promo
Quotes from Lindelof
and Grillo-Marxuach at a Lost convention: We won't kill Sawyer. The theory
of all the survivors being dead is not true. The plane did not crash by
accident, it crashed for a very specific reason. But he dismissed speculation
that someone aboard the plane caused the crash. What's in the hatch will
have an effect on Locke. The rear section of the plane — and additional
survivors — will be discovered during the second season. The people who
kidnapped Walt, the young boy, are the "Others" on the island.
- from "The LA Times"
"You're lighter. I
can belay you down and bring you back up just as easy. Shaft may be narrower
down there, too."
"You left out the part where you just wanna see if I'm gonna be eaten by something."
- Locke and Kate
"Life's not so bad,
right? Sure the Others are coming to, like, eat us all, and every once
in a while someone blows up all over you, but you do get to sleep in every
- Hurley to Jack
"I guess I know why
the shark is hanging around — your shoulder."
"Oh, well, I'll just stop bleeding then!"
- Michael and Sawyer, adrift
"You have no idea what
it's like to care for somebody else!"
- Michael to Sawyer
"No way. No more human
- Sawyer, giving up on escaping from the pit
"Dude, you've been
crushing on this girl for months and doing nothing. Today you're fricking
Fabio. Seriously, man, what has gotten into you?"
"Nothing, I just wanted to ask her out before..."
- Hurley's about to break his big news back home
- Hurley and Johnny's message for their ex-boss, spelt with gnomes (!)
"The Seoul Gateway
is one of the finest hotels in the country. Do not open the door for people
- Mr Kim, hiring Jin
"So, Seoul... that
in the good Korea or the bad Korea?"
"The... good one."
- Hurley and Sun
"Yeah, yeah, Chewie,
- Sawyer, when Jin talks to him in Korean
"You heard screams
so woke up the baby and ran toward them?"
- Charlie to Claire
"Nathan was not a good
person. That's why he wasn't on the list."
"Go ahead, pick it
up, I deserve it."
"What good it would be to kill you if we're both already dead?"
- Ana Lucia and Sayid, after the shooting
"I have something I
think you should see. If you don't mind, I will begin at the beginning.
Long before Christ the king of Judah was a man named Josiah."
"Boy when you say beginning, you mean beginning."
- Mr. Eko and Locke
"Every time that I
look at Sawyer — every time I feel something for him — I see you, Wayne.
It makes me sick."
"You've got to be kidding
"Airlock's over this way."
- Sawyer and Kate, touring 'The Hatch'
- Sawyer, realising he's still on the island
"Does any of this look
familiar from when you were coming back?"
"Well, yeah, there's my favorite leaf. How could I forget this place?"
- Locke and Sawyer, in the middle of nowhere
"Even if you don't
succeed, you're giving us a chance. That's all we wanted."
- Gabriela to Jack
"That's right, Jack.
I've been running in the jungle toward the sound of gunfire because I don't
care about Michael."
- Locke, with a rhetorical question
"So what do you think's
the story with that Libby chick? She's kind of cute, right? You know, in
a I've-been-terrorized-by-the-Others-for-40-days kind of way... I think
I have a chance with her. I mean, it's the classic desert island scenario.
If I ever had a shot, this is it."
- Hurley to Charlie
"This is not your island.
This is our island. And the only reason you're living on it is because
we let you live on it... We've got a misunderstanding, Jack — your people,
my people. So listen carefully. Right here there's a line. You cross that
line, we go from misunderstanding to something else. Now give me your weapons,
turn around, go home."
- The 'Others' speak to Jack
"You will always need
something to fix. Goodbye."
- Sarah to Jack
"Can I ask you something?"
"How long do you think it would take to train an army?"
- Jack and Ana Lucia
"It looks like the
good folks of Island Town are about to form a posse — get themselves armed
up. Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if Jack didn't find himself that horse
of yours and start leading the charge in a big white hat."
"What are you doing
"One second, I'm like this close to the high score on Donkey Kong."
- Jack and Sawyer, as he mans the hatch computer
"You were so busy worrying
about each other you never even saw me coming, did you?"
- Sawyer, to Jack and Locke
"This is how people
get killed in scary movies."
"If this was a scary movie I'd be with a hot chick not you, Barbar"
"Why don't you shut up, Hammo. Or your ranch disorder's going to be the new lead item on the coconut internet."
"Fine, go ahead. Tell everyone the fat guy's been hiding ranch dressing — the fat guy likes to eat! Yeah, I'm fat. Fat, fat, fat, fat, fat. You think I don't know that? At least people like me."
- Hurley and Sawyer, trekking through jungle
"There's only one reason
to raise an army, Jack. And that's because we're at war. And like it or
not, whatever Sayid has to do behind that door — that's a part of it, too."
"Where are you going?"
"You're not the only one who didn't find what they were looking for."
- Claire and Rousseau, leaving the lab
"If the alarm goes
off, don't tell him what it's for."
"What is it for?"
- Locke and Mr. Eko
"You have good ears."
"You have thin doors."
- Locke and Henry Gale
"Do Jack and Locke
know about this?"
"Jack and Locke are a little too busy worrying about Locke and Jack."
- Sayid and Ana Lucia
"Don't knock the obituaries,
the nicest part of the paper. No one ever says anything mean about people
once they're dead."
- Helen to Locke
"Okay, I'll call you with the aspirin and raise you with a bottle of Amoxicilin."
- Jack and Sawyer, playing some high stakes poker
"I'm done trading.
I got enough food now to open a chain of mini-marts. Hey, you think Sayid
needs a job?"
"I like that I have
a good relationship with my mom. I like making my grandpa, Tito, laugh.
I like chicken."
"Well, that last one wasn't about you, Hugo."
"I like that I like chicken?"
- Hurley and Dr. Brooks
"Can you taste that?
That is freedom, baby. You know what tastes even better than freedom? Cheeseburgers."
- Dave to Hurley
"Everybody on this
island is building something. I'm trying to get us saved."
"People are saved in different ways, Bernard."
"I think I liked you better when you just hit people with your stick."
- Bernard and Mr. Eko
"Yeah, why is that?"
"Because you chose me to go with you instead of Sawyer."
"I asked Sayid first but he turned me down."
- Kate and Jack, on a mission of diplomacy
"How long are you going
to wait, Jack?"
"Until I get my voice back. Then I'm going to yell some more."
"Maybe they can't hear you."
"They can hear me."
"I'm sorry I kissed you."
- Kate and Jack, about to be interrupted
"Where is the question
- Mr. Eko
"Whaddya say Doc? I
figure the Irish always drink when somebody dies."
"I'm not Irish."
"Neither am I."
- Sawyer and Jack, with the last bottle of whiskey on the island
"I figured if we are
going to war we'd want the one guy who's been in a war."
- Sawyer about Sayid
"Set of keys; one pocket
watch, gold plated; one photograph; one book, 'Our Mutual Friend'. Why
didn't you bring that inside?"
"To avoid temptation, brother. I've read everything Mr. Charles Dickens has ever written — every wonderful word. Every book except this one. I'm saving it so it will be the last thing I ever read before I die."
"Nice idea, as long as you know when you're going to die."
- Desmond, being dishonourably discharged from the British army by a Sergeant
"Tell me, Desmond,
why'd you leave that nice old lady's army? Oh, I remember now. You got
kicked out because you couldn't follow orders."
"Why did you leave your army, Kelvin, huh?"
"Because men followed my orders."
- Inman and Desmond
"I don't know what
is more disquieting — the fact that the rest of the statue is missing,
or that it has 4 toes?"
- Sayid, seeing the statue
"Do you not hear me,
brother? I crashed your bloody plane!"
- Desmond to Locke
"Dearest Des, I am
writing this letter to you as you leave for prison. And I've hidden in
the one place you would turn to in a moment of great desperation. I know
you go away with the weight of what happened on your shoulders. And I know
the only person who can ever take it off is you. Please don't give up,
Des. Because all we really need to survive is one person who truly loves
us. And you have her. I will wait for you. Always. I love you, Pen."
- Penelope's letter to Desmond
Did anyone else notice
the weird Desmond coincidence, that Penny's dad was on the OC and Libby's
yacht was from Newport Beach?
- Comment posted on Tim Goodman's blog after Season 2 Finale of "Lost"
For me, the most intriguing
aspect of the show has always been the implicit (and in a number of cases,
explicit) connections between so many of the crash survivors. But if "system
failure" truly was what caused the plane to crash, that would mean that
simple bad luck, not necessarily some grand design, brought everyone to
the island. I still think those connections between the passengers are
real, if only because they've been played too prominently so far to be
dismissed out of hand.
- Rick Porter, "Zap2It"
"What is the Dharma
- Dwight to Ryan during his sales training on "The Office"
SEASON THREE QUOTES
"Goodwin, did you see
where the tail landed?"
"Yeah, probably in the water."
"You run and you can make that shore line in an hour. Ethan, get up there to that fuselage. There may actually be survivors; and you're one of them. A passenger — in shock. Come up with an adequate story if they ask. Stay quiet if they don't. Listen, learn, don't get involved. I want lists in 3 days. Go."
- Gale and Goodwin
"What the hell is going
- Jack, and the audience, to the Others
"I need to know who
"It doesn't matter who he is. It just matters who you're not."
- Jack and Sarah
"You said this dock
"That would be part of the lying you mentioned."
"You're not building this fire for our people; you're building it for the Others."
"I suspect that when they see the smoke they'll send a scout party to investigate. By then it will be night. When they arrive, I'll ambush them. I'll take two of them hostage, and I'll kill the rest."
"One to make the other cooperate."
- Sun and Sayid
"I do this for you,
Sun! I do this because your father expects it. I do this because that's
what it takes to be married to you."
- Jin to Sun, about to deliver 'a message'
"Chain gang looks good
on you Freckles."
- Sawyer to Kate
"You taste like strawberries."
"You taste like fish biscuits."
- Sawyer and Kate
"What's that? You're
not taking drugs are you, John? I only ask because of the strict zero tolerance
policy you've enacted, and I wouldn't want you to have to start punching
yourself in the face."
- Charlie to Locke
"It's an active kill
— meaning that whatever was eating this is going to be back for more."
"If you want to say polar bear you can just say it."
- Locke and Charlie
"We're going to have
to get that guy another button to push."
- Charlie, about Desmond
"We happened... Been on this rock long enough to realize they ain't in the business of shooting each other. We did it. Our team."
- Kate and Sawyer
"We did all this because
the only way to gain a con man's respect is to con him. And you're pretty
good, Sawyer. We're a lot better. Funny thing is, us telling you about
the pacemaker wasn't what kept you in line. It was when I threatened her."
- Ben\Gale to Sawyer
"We looked everywhere.
"There's no trail."
"Not that we, like, know what a trail looks like."
- Hurley and Charlie
"We had such a wonderful
plan to break you, Jack... Wear you down till you were convinced we weren't
your enemies. Get you to trust us. And then of course we'd lead you to
believe that you were choosing to do... whatever we asked you to do. All
of this of course assumed that you would get... invested."
"Invested in what?"
"Has it not occurred to you that Juliet bears a striking resemblance to your ex-wife?"
- Ben to Jack
"You want me to save
"No, I want you to want to save my life. But we're beyond that now."
- Jack and Ben
"I did not ask for
the life that I was given. But it was given, nonetheless. And with it...
I did my best."
"If I were a betting
man, I would have picked her and you."
- Ben with Jack, watching Kate and Sawyer together
"Don't get mad at me
just because you were dumb enough to fall for the old Wookiee prisoner
- Sawyer, after turning the tables on Aldo
"So, you're the boss's
daughter, huh? I never saw that coming."
- Sawyer to Alex
"Well, actually we're
not quite in Portland..."
- Alpert to Juliet
"What did he say that
made you want to save his life?"
"It doesn't really matter what he said."
"It matters to me. After everything that I have been put through, you owe me an answer. I want to know what he said."
"He said that if I let him live and I helped you — that he would finally let me go home."
- Jack and Juliet
"I'm wondering why,
whenever Jack is placed in a position where he can ask things of The Others,
he always asks such terrible questions? I mean, asking Juliet what she
and Ben talked about doesn't seem that useful either to him or to us."
- Pointed question asked at Q&A session for TV critics
Locke is feeling his
oats or losing his mind. I like his dismissive nature now. He's a whatever
guy. "I blew the place up? Whatever. I rammed this guy into the invisible
electric fence? My bad." Probably should have kept that guy alive, though.
By "Lost" standards he was a talkie mofo. I know a lot of people want Charlie
dead and every week that Desmond saves his sorry ass everyone gets exasperated.
I don't mind Charlie. But I definitely don't want Des dying to save Charlie.
If one's gotta go, it's back to the Shire, brutha.
- Tim Goodman, as Lost reaches the midpoint of Season 3
"You know anything
about whiskey? "
"No, I'm afraid not, sir."
"This is a 60 year MacCutcheon, named after Anderson MacCutcheon, esteemed Admiral from the Royal Navy. He retired with more medals than any man before or since -- moved to the highlands to see out his remaining years. Admiral MacCutcheon was a great man, Hume. This was his crowning achievement."
"This swallow is worth more than you could make in a month. To share it with you would be a waste, and a disgrace to the great man who made it -- because you, Hume, will never be a great man."
"Mr. Widmore, I know I'm not..."
"What you're not, is worthy of drinking my whiskey. How could you ever be worthy of my daughter?"
- Desmond's 'interview' with Mr. Widmore doesn't go well
"I don't think my failure
to impress your father is any occasion to celebrate."
"Well, the occasion is I love you."
"Why? Why do you love me?"
"Because you're a good man. In my experience they're pretty hard to come by."
- Desmond and Penelope
"May I ask your price
"I'm not a man of means... I hope to — one day."
"I have just the thing. This won't blind any queens, to be sure, but still has the sparkle of life."
- Desmond, looking for a wedding ring from Ms. Hawking
"Had I warned him about
the scaffolding tomorrow he'd be hit by a taxi. If I warned him about the
taxi, he'd fall in the shower and break his neck. The universe, unfortunately,
has a way of course correcting. That man was supposed to die. That was
his path just as it's your path to go to the island. You don't do it because
you choose to, Desmond. You do it because you're supposed to... You may
not like your path, Desmond, but pushing that button is the only truly
great thing that you will ever do."
- Ms. Hawking to Desmond
"You deserve someone
"I know what I deserve. I chose to be with you. I love you."
"Love's not enough. Being a good man is not enough."
"...If you want me to go — if you want me to leave then don't make this about what I do or don't deserve."
- Desmond and Penelope
"What kind of people
do you think we are, Jack?"
"Oh, I don't know, Tom — the kind of people that would take a pregnant woman; that would hang Charlie from a tree; would grab our people out of the jungle; would kidnap children. That's the kind of people I think you are."
"You see this glass house you're living in, Jack? How about I get you some stones?"
- 'Other' Tom and Jack
"Never thought I'd
be glad to get back to this rock again."
"You got a map you
ain't showing me, Magellan? We've got no food, no water -- and I can't
steer in the dark."
- Sawyer, and Kate suggests a course correction
"'He walks amongst
us, but he is not one of us.' Your tattoos -- that's what they say."
"That's what they say. That's not what they mean."
- 'Other' Isabel and Jack
"The Others take the
bags off our heads and we're, like, on the other side of the island. And
they take Jack, Kate and Sawyer someplace and they sent me back to warn
everyone to stay away. Which I did. And now everyone's freaked out. With
them gone -- and what happened to Eko -- they're all scared. And I'm scared.
But then, I've been scared most of my time here anyway, except when I'm
with you. I miss you, Libby."
- Hurley, 'recapping' for Libby
"So what exactly are
you saying? We simply start shooting people and hope for the best?"
"We came here to rescue Jack and that's what we're going to do."
- Sayid and Kate
"The man from Tallahassee?
What is that, some kind of code?"
"No, John, unfortunately we don't have a code for 'There's a man in my closet with a gun to my daughter's head'. Although we obviously should."
- Locke and a captive Ben
"I never really appreciated
chicken until right now."
- Locke, enjoying the contents of Ben's fridge
"You know something
about boxes, don't you John? What if I told you that somewhere on this
island there's a very large box...and whatever you imagined...whatever
you wanted to be in it...when you opened that box, there it would be. What
would you say about that, John?"
"I'd say I hope that box is big enough to imagine yourself up a new submarine."
- Ben and Locke
"You know he's manipulating
"That's what my father does. He manipulates people. He makes you think it's your idea, but it's his."
"I'll have to keep that in mind."
- Alex and Locke
"Who the hell are you?"
- Sawyer to Nikki
"Ooh, looks like crouching
tiger and hidden dragon got something good. Lay it on me."
"No nicknames. If you lose, no nicknames for anyone for a week."
- Sawyer to Sun and Jin, before the pingpong contest
"What happened to the
"They're all dead, of course. They foolishly initiated a war against The Hostiles, the purge they called it."
- Sayid and Mikhail
"Why are we continuing
to play this little game when we all know it has gone to the next stage?"
- Mikhail to Sayid
"Dude. Nikki's dead."
"Who the hell's Nikki?"
- Hurler and Sawyer
"She stumbled out of
the jungle, face planet. Said something like ply wood. And, and..."
"Actually I think she said power lines."
"Well who the hell knows what she said, she was five seconds from dying. Probably seeing a light at the end of the tunnel..."
"Paulo lies! That's what she said, Paulo lies not power lines, Paulo lies."
"Who the hell's Paulo?"
- Sawyer and Hurley, ace detectives
"That's evidence! You're
messing up the crime scene."
"Crime scene? There a forensics hatch I don't know about?"
- Hurley and Sawyer
"Can you, you know
use your psychic powers?"
"Doesn't work like that. I only see flashes."
"No offence dude but, as far as superpowers go, yours is kinda lame. Thanks anyway."
- Hurley and Desmond
"Oh I see what this
is. Villagers have got themselves some torches."
- Sawyer, confronting by Hurley et al
"OK, I know you have
them. Give me a gun."
"I don't have the guns. A-team took em all... Even if I had a gun I wouldn't give it to you. Judging by the fire you're breathing, I got a feeling no good would come of it."
- Nikki and Sawyer
"Dude you need to know
that, there's been some chatter. After Paulo and Nikki and everything.
Well, tomorrow there's gonna to be a vote."
"A vote for what?"
"To decide whether or not to banish you."
"Banish me!? Where?!"
"Well there's debate about that, but the consensus was half a mile down the beach."
- Hurley and Sawyer
"I ain't gonna get
the Korean vote."
"You tricked me into
being decent. That's gotta be the lamest cons in the history of cons."
"Wasn't a con dude. If you're gonna be our temporary leader, you need to do some damage control."
"Leader? The hell are you smokin?"
"Jack's gone, Locke's gone, Kate and Sayid, you're all we got. And Paulo and Nikki dying, we all look to you. Then again you totally tried to steal the diamonds, but we wanted to look to you."
- Sawyer and Hurley
"I want to know what
you people are doing on this Island. Why you're terrorising us. Making
lists. Kidnapping children. I want to know everything. But the first thing
I'd like to know is, who are you?"
"If I told you who I was. If I told you everything that I know. You'd kill me."
"What you think I'll do if you don't."
- Sayid to Juliet
"Well if it ain't three
men and a baby... I counted Hugo twice."
- Sawyer, coming across Charlie, Hurley and Aaron
"Let's stick our resident
Iraqi on her. Let him do what he does, then see what she says."
"No I don't do that anymore."
- Sawyer and Sayid, about Juliet
"You were standing
right next to me when that submarine exploded. In that moment, I saw it
in your eyes. You wanna get off this Island more than anything else in
the world. That makes you one of us."
- Jack to Juliet
"You two arguing over
who's your favorite Other?"
- Sawyer to Jack and Juliet
"I saw a sequence of
events. Things that are gonna happen."
"What you see?"
"It was, it was like a sorta jigsaw puzzle. Only I didn't have the picture in the box so, I dunno how the pieces fit exactly but, but one of the pieces, the first one... It was you, pulling the cable out the sand."
"So what are the other pieces?"
"If I tell you that, it'll change the picture in the box."
"So what? Isn't that the point? Preventing something bad?"
"Not this time."
"So you're not trying to stop something from happening, you exactly want it to happen?"
- Desmond and Hurley
"We dated for six years,
and the closest you ever came to a religious experience was Celtic winning
- Ruth, not buying Desmond's sudden conversion
"You've got five seconds
to talk, or I fire this gun brother."
"That's a flare gun."
"And how do you think it'll feel? Taking a flare to the chest at this range."
"As your friend pointed out, I already died once this week."
- Desmond and Mikhail
"You stole this."
"How could you respect me if I didn't try?"
"How about I take your other eye? Would you respect that?"
- Charlie and Mikhail
"Ok Tarzan, so now
that you're back from your blow up everything that could get us off the
Island tour, how bout you tell me why you joined up with the damn enemy?"
- Sawyer to Locke
"You told my friends
the wreckage of Flight 815 was discovered. Did you mean the partial wreckage?"
"No. They found the entire plane off the coast of Bali. In an ocean trench four miles deep. They sent down cameras in these little robots to survey the wreck. The bodies were all there."
- Sayid questions Naomi
"What do you want from
"I want for you to find your purpose."
- Locke and Richard
"You sure its an Island?"
"Well what else is it?"
"Little hot for heaven isn't it? ...They found your plane on the bottom of the ocean. One minute I'm in a car wreck and the next minute I'm in a pirate ship in the middle of the jungle. If this isn't hell friend, then where are we?"
- Cooper and Sawyer
"When Juliet told me
they were coming, the first thing I thought was, where the hell are we
gonna hide this time. But hiding's pointless. They're just gonna keep coming
back... For the very first time we know exactly what they want, when they're
coming to get it, and they have no idea that we're gonna be waiting for
em... So tomorrow night, we stop hiding, we stop running, we stop living
in fear of them. Because when they show up. We're gonna blow em all to
- Jack's plan
"Who are you people
about to go to war with?"
- Naomi to Charlie
"I know if we eliminate
Danielle's signal they will hear us."
"No they won't."
"And why is that?"
"We're jamming it. Ben is using one of the DHARMA stations to block all of the signals off of the Island except for ours."
- Sayid and Juliet
"Pardon me while I
have a heart attack. The last time I was in a fight I was eight years old...
And I lost."
"Well that makes you even more of a hero, doesn't it?"
- Charlie, after rescuing Nadia
"You wanna give me
your word that nothing's going to happen to my husband, then I go."
"I'll give you my word that if we don't kill everyone that shows up here in about an hour, its not gonna matter where Bernard is."
"I like you better since you got back, Jack. You're almost an optimist."
- Jack and Bernard
#5 The first time I
heard myself on the radio.
#4 Dad teaching me to swim at Butlins.
#3 The Christmas Liam gave me the ring.
#2 Woman outside Covent Garden calls me a hero.
#1 The night I met you.
- Charlie's "Greatest Hits" list for Claire
"Hey. Why are you sticking
up for Sawyer, he'd never do it for you."
"Because I love you."
- Kate and Jack
"Jack you've just killed
seven of my people, the least you can give me is five minutes."
- Ben to Jack
"That's for taking
the kid off the raft."
- Sawyer, taking Tom out
"OK, I'll tell you
what, you do this. You get my father down here, get him down here right
now, and if I'm drunker than he is, you can fire me... Don't you look at
me like that. Don't you, pity me."
- Jack to Dr Hamill
Not Penny's Boat.
- Charlie's message to Desmond
Last night's "Lost"
season finale was a mind-blower, for sure, a radical two hours that gave
us major fake-outs, an army of dead bodies, the possibility of rescue,
diverse portraits of heroism, and the most touching loss of the series
so far. The producers promised fans a game-changing episode, and they certainly
delivered, even undermining some basic assumptions about the "Lost" format
itself... By the end of the finale, I was back in love with "Lost" in a
big way. No other show has the same power to put the viewer in such a profound,
almost philosophical state of wondering. We tend to feel what the crash
survivors feel — out to sea, unable to figure out what's happening, but
vitally interested in learning the truth. The season began poorly last
fall, but in the past few weeks, "Lost" has been on a great roll.
- Matthew Gilbert, "The Boston Globe"
This episode was a
"game-changer" in my mind. It's either going to take the show to new heights
or it's their "Jump The Shark" moment.
- Shawn, on the "Chicago Tribune" website
The mention of Jack's
father was not a "clumsy feint" to lead us to believe we were in the past
rather than the future. The writers are smarter than that. "Future Jack"
is in an alternate reality that's not his original reality. He knows it.
Something has happened on the island that caused him (and probably everybody
else) to jump time streams. His father is still alive in this new time
- Laura, on the "Chicago Tribune" website
# SEASON FOUR QUOTES
"Rescuing you and your
people...I can't really say it's our primary objective."
- Daniel Faraday to Jack
"James. Look at yourself.
Yes, on this Island, you're brave, daring, handsome. You're someone. But
if you left with them, back in the real world a low-life scam artist like
you could never compete with a first class surgeon."
- Ben, using Kate and Jack to needle Sawyer
"Anyone want to tell
me why we're keeping this guy alive?"
"We're keeping him alive because he's been on this island a lot longer than any of us. Because he has information we need and because apart from his mouth, he's completely harmless."
"His mouth put that hole in your gut?"
- Sawyer and Locke, discussing Ben
"Oh, awesome. The ship
sent us another Sawyer."
- Hurley, after Miles calls him Tubby
"I love Europe. Everybody
- Sayid to Allison
"At least be woman
enough to tell me you want to use me for something."
- Sawyer, seeing through Kate's smalltalk
"Only eight of us survived
the crash, we landed in the water. I was hurt pretty badly in fact if it
weren’t for her I would never have made it to the shore. She took care
of me. She took care of all of us."
- Jack testifying at Kate's trial
"I’ve heard you say
that story so many times I’m starting to think you believe it."
- Kate to Jack
"In about a week you'll
find a reason to get pissed at Jack and bounce right back to me."
- Sawyer, earning a slap from Kate
"And how do we get
"Through the door. Looks like you people have a friend on this boat."
- Sayid and Minkowski
If anything goes wrong,
Desmond Hume will be my constant.
- Daniel's note to himself
"It's very stressful
being an 'Other', Jack."
"Locke is a murderer...
We gotta be the good guys, huh?"
- Bernard to Jin, on why he stayed with Jack
"Where exactly does
one come across 324 dead bodies?"
- Captain Gault, on the 'Other' Oceanic Flight 815
"In all the time they’ve
been here, they’ve talked about a lot of things and none involve rescuing
- Kate, about Daniel and Charlotte
"We gave him back to
you one piece Mike. You're the one who lost him. You told him didn't you?
You couldn't carry the guilt of what you did to those two women all by
yourself so you shared it with a 10 year-old kid? Is that why you want
to kill yourself now Michael? ...The Island won't let you."
- Tom to Michael, about Walt
"How was your trip?
I figure flying can't be too much fun for you."
- Tom to Michael
- Sawyer's name for the Others' camp
"Just wait 'til you
see what I'm about to do."
- Locke to Jack
"Is he talking about
what I think he's talking about?"
"If you mean time travelling bunnies, yes."
- Locke and Ben
THEORIES & HINTS
Go to Mapquest.com or some similar site, and take a look at their maps by latitude and longitude. Note the position of 4.815, 162.342. It's in the Pacific Ocean, near Tarawa Island.
Huge. Mechanical *and*
biological. Godlike and profane. A massive, multi-tentacled robotic beast
resembling a primordial Mapinguari — only partially obscured in a cloud
of acrid smoke.
- Description of "The Beast" from production script
The one thing that
keeps reoccurring is how Walt can make things happen. Michael catches him
looking at a picture of a polar bear in a Spanish comic book and not much
later the castaways face a polar bear. It is also interesting that we have
not yet seen Michael and Walt's backstory. Locke also seems to have this
ability to have the island give them what they most want. For example,
Locke can walk and gets his walkabout, Walt his polar bear and backgammon
wins, Charlie gets his guitar after he gives up the drugs. Perhaps Locke
and Walt are cast in the role of providers on the island
- theory seen on "MSNBC"
My favorite theory
is that Locke is the only one who died in the crash and everyone one else
is stuck between life and death in a sort of purgatory. Locke is the only
character who is no longer “lost.” On the island, he has become the Colonel.
I think it is Locke's role to help them find whatever it is they need to
move on and whether that is to the afterlife or back to reality, only time
(and the writers) will tell.
- theory seen on "MSNBC"
It is difficult to
explain, but I think the black rock is the key and holds a kind of magic
Locke referred to. It granted his wish of walking and having an adventure.
Jack probably had some kind of wish that his father wasn't dead. Kate was
innocent of whatever her past held and now she is free (well, free if you
don't count the plane crash on a weird island). The Korean couple seem
to be getting back to their loving beginnings. Claire's deal is that ever
since the psychic put all that information in her head, strange things
are happening and manifesting themselves into a wish fulfillment thing.
The psychic's warnings have become her dreams and somehow because of the
power of this strange island — the dream becomes truly real and is truly
- theory seen on "MSNBC"
Reminds me a bit of
Bladerunner. False memories could be implanted in all of them to make them
think they are better off not leaving. They could all be clones or experiments
and the year doesnt have to be 2004, just a year they picked to simulate
for them like in the matrix. That would explain the numbers recurring through
their memories, its an artifact of the system that creates the memories.
Like in the Matrix when dejavu was a sign something had changed. That also
explains the focus on their backstories, we are supposed to find more and
more inconsistancy and ridiculous coincidence until we finally admit their
memories are messed up. Maybe they all died in the crash and many years
later something or someone brought them back to life as clones or cyborgs
and staged the whole crash scene to keep them. That might explain how the
island could have advanced nanotechnology on it, assuming it does, and
why for instance Locke can walk now.
- theory seen on Lost Forum
When you get to the
end of this book you realize that my hero or main character (he's a heel
and a killer) has been dead throughout the book and that all the queer
ghastly things which have been happening to him are happening in a sort
of hell which he earned for the killing ... It is made clear that this
sort of thing goes on for ever ... When you are writing about the world
of the dead — and the damned — where none of the rules and laws (not even
the law of gravity) holds good, there is any amount of scope for back chat
and funny cracks.
- Flann O'Brien, describing the plot of his novel (seen in season 2) "The Third Policeman"
The show's producers
say that there is no single explanation and that a simple answer would
leave viewers dissatisfied. "We go on record saying, 'Here's what it's
not,' " says Damon Lindelof, who created Lost with J.J. Abrams. Lindelof
and Carlton Cuse, the executive producers who oversee Lost, say the survivors
are not dead and trapped in some kind of purgatory. Nor does Lost take
place as a dream or hallucination in one character's mind — a concept they
call "the snow-globe theory," after the hospital drama St. Elsewhere, which
was revealed in its 1988 finale to have all taken place in the snow globe
of an autistic boy. "One layer speaks to electromagnetism, another to psychological
experimentation, another to why they can see Walt. Coming up with one answer
that unifies all those things is next to impossible. Hopefully, every sublayer
will be explained" by the end, they say.
- from "USA Today"
1. It's possible to
travel back in time. When you do travel in time, your physical body stays
the same, but you "replace" the old version of yourself. So, if I were
to travel back to 1994, I'd be the hairy, droopy 2008 version of myself
in appearance, but I'd be the young, spry version of myself in action.
2. It's impossible to change the past. Even if you have the intent to change the past, Fate would find a way to make sure you accomplished whatever it is you need to accomplish. This extends to physical ailments as well. For instance, let's say, oh I don't know, your father pushed you out of a window and paralyzed you. When you went back in time, your body would be "healed" because Fate "needs" you to be able to walk to accomplish what you did the first time around.
3. The island on Lost, using the rules stated above, is in a constant time loop set in the year 1996. The process of entering the code every 108 minutes was to reset the time loop. Desmond failed to enter the code at the exact moment a plane was passing over the island in 2004, which allowed the plane to enter into the island, then immediately be sent back to 1996 when Desmond finally does enter the code.
- TVSquad's summary of Jason Hunter's Time Loop Theory
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