So because I have some free time on hand I bring to you my Top 10 LOST episodes.
Season 2 Episode 3 Orientation
The first of many Lockecentric episodes in this list. Here we have the Swans computer damaged forcing Sayid, Locke, Jack and Kate to fix it or the world could possibly end. In flashback we have Locke trying to keep his relationship with Helen stable while also coming to grips with his father stealing his kidney. All this sounds very stupid to non-viewers but this really is a great episode.In the end you know the world won't end but nonetheless the race against the clock can still put you on the edge of your seat. The reasons for this tension working is the down right brilliant scene of Jack vs. Locke or Logic vs. Faith scene. Since season 1 these two have never seen eye to eye but the situation they have been forced upon creates some truly excellent acting moments. The chemistry between Mathew fox and Terry O’Quinn is dynamite and I think every Lost fan would consider this scene to be the best or one of the best.
Season 1 Episode 20 Do No Harm
The first episode in which a main cast member dies. Boone is suffering from mortal wounds that Jack frantically and obsessively tries to fix, so much so that he takes a sea urchin needle and uses it to transfer his own blood into Boone jesus christ! Meanwhile Claire goes into Labor leaving Kate the only one to assist her in having a safe birth. Mathew Fox is fantastic in this episode and props to the makeup department for making Jack look like he did actually transfer a lot of his blood into Boone. I’ll admit the last scene is a bit over the top in the cheese factor but overall I love this episode and it was the 1st of many in which those actors that we see in the opening credits might not make it to the end.
Season 2 Episode 10 The 23rd Psalm
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje scares the shit out of me. His portrayal of Adebisi in Oz is possibly the scariest character to ever be put on TV. But with Eko he created without a doubt the best character this side of Locke. Ever since we saw Eko beat the living pulp out of Michael and Sawyer we were very intrigued. After finding Charlie’s Virgin Mary Statue Eko forces Charlie to show him where he found it while in flashback we get to see Eko the drug Lord. But this episode will forever be remember as the first time we got a real good look at the now famous smoke monster. Since episode 1 this thing was and still is on the minds of Lost fans. So what does Eko do when he sees the monster? He just stares back not even blinking until the monster goes away. Now that is badass.
Season 3 Episode 13 The Man from Tallahassee
This is one of the few Lost episodes in which the off islands events are better then the on island events. What made the off island stuff more important? Well we got to see how Locke was made into a cripple. This revelation didn’t disappoint. The wheelchair has been a bane of John existence and watching Terry O'Quinn being sat onto it for the first time is simply heartbreaking. This episode got Terry O’Quinn the emmy for best supporting actor and it’s not hard to see why.
Season 3 Episode 19 The Brig
This episode is simply badass. When I say badass I’m taking Lee Marvin, Charles Bronson, Lee Van Cleef and Clint Eastwood badass. Here we have another episode that gives closure to one of the characters past. In season one we learn that Sawyers real name is actually James Ford. Since the death of his Parents James has used every single moment of his life to find the man responsible for his parents murder suicide. I bet he didn’t think that he would find him on the island. The delivery of the line "Sawyers my name to" is so perfect that you can close your eyes and almost picture Clint Eastwood clad in a poncho with cigar in mouth saying it. If Lost were to end up in some Elseworlds universe then this would have been set in the American West. When James choked the life out of Cooper I couldn’t help but cheer. But even with James being such a hard as nails character in the end killing a man is still a hell of a thing you take away all he's got and all he's ever gonna have and it's the subtle conflicted feelings that James has at the end of this episode that makes it so perfect. All it takes is for Locke to sum it up simply with “he (Anthony) had it coming” he sure did Locke he sure did.
Season 3 Episode 20 The Man Behind The Curtain
Or “Meet the Dharma Initiative”. For the previous two seasons the Dharma Initiative has been abandoned workstations, deteriating orientation films and Oreo Cookies. But in this episode we see them in their prime and more importantly why they aren’t on the island anymore. What’s more significant is this is Ben’s first and so far only flashback. This episode is basically our Star Wars new trilogy (only not sucking). Here we get to see just how Benjamin Linus became “Darth Vader” and it's summed up in one word Purge. Ben along with The Hostile nerve gasses the Dharma Initiative. What also makes this episode great is Terry O'Quinn and Michael Emerson. Watching you can tell these two actors just love working off each other and the entire second half of this episode is both of them trying to outwit each other and shockingly Locke comes off second best. We had already known that Ben was a smart mofo but this episode solidifies it. With an episode that ads to the Lost mythology and leaves you with a cliff hanger of an ending it's easy to see why this makes my Top 5.
Season 3 Episode 22 Through The Looking Glass
Without a doubt this is the most epic Lost episode to date. Watching it for the first time you could mistake it for the series finale. The Oceanic survivors kill most of the Others, we have gotten all of the information to their past and it’s looking like their getting rescued off the island. But in the final 3 minutes the creators pull out one hell of a twist. The whole time you have been watching jack with a beard contemplating suicide, visiting unknown coffin and getting shitfaced off prescription medicine thinking it was a flashback were wrong you were actually watching a flash forward. Holy Jesus. So they actually do get off the island but was it for the best? For 8 months loyal viewers were haunted by the last line of this season “We have to go back!” Other highlight was the unfortunate but inevitable death of Charlie. Even though prior to this we had some main characters die this was one of the big characters and I cry like a baby every time damit. In my opinion the best season finale for any television series.
Season 4 Episode 9 The Shape of Things To Come
In Through the Looking Glass Ben pleaded with Jack not to let the helicopter come to the island claiming it to be the beginning of the end. In this episode we learn that not everything Ben says is a lie and for Ben himself he paid the biggest price of all by watching his daughter be murdered. What makes Alex death so impacting is that it just happens. Alex was always an innocent and when it comes to Lost characters being innocent that's a rare thing. When Ben after seeing his Daughter be murdered say's "He broke the rules" I sometimes wonder if he is talking about the writers of Lost. So with his adoptive daughter dead what does Ben do? He simply summons the smoke monster to kick the living shit out of the mercenaries. AWESOME!!! Outside of this story is Ben in the future trying to gain Sayids trust so together they can get revenge on the man who stole the lives of the women they loved. Part of me also likes to think that Ben’s retractable club is a nod and wink to Agent 355 in Y: The Last Man which Brian K Vaughn wrote before joining Lost.
Season 4 Episode 5 The Constant
One thing LOST is good at is mind fucking the audience. What’s the best way to fuck with the audience? That’s right Time Travel. In any form of Time Travel you will no doubt find plot holes but with lost though they set up some rules that so far have worked. In this episode we find Desmond having his mind literally shift back and forth between the present and past. If he doesn’t find his constant, something that exists in both times then he will die. The use of match frames to cut from present to past is genius. You could take this episode out of lost and it would simply be great science fiction story telling. The pay off of Desmond and Penelope after all these years finally being in contact again makes me well up every time.
Season 1 Episode 4 Walkabout
This was the Lost episode that started it all for me. The Pilot was great but this episode had me hooked. The flashback showing Locke prepare for a Australian walkabout being victimised by one of his co-workers and being so alone that he has to talk to a phone sex worker. The payoff in the end was something that Television hadn’t done for me. It shocked me. Seeing Locke in the wheelchair I just had to re-watch the entire episode again. Other highlights of this episode is Jack looking after Rose which ends with the question that maybe they’re not the only survivors of the crash? Also the haunting image of Jacks long dead father watching him from afar is burnt into my brain.