It was two years ago this week that millions of us tuned in to the 2.5 hour series finale of Lost, which to me is one of the best shows ever created. Do not try to argue with me about this. I know; haterz gon hate, but please stay away. So many shows have come and gone since claiming to be “the next Lost“, but let’s be honest, they could not even compare to the greatness of The Oceanic Six or the Smoke Monster or “WAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLT!”
To celebrate Lost on this special anniversary, I’ve picked out my 8 favorite episodes of the entire series. Why 8? Well, I could have picked 4 or 15 or 16 or 23 or 42. But, I’ll stick with 8.
Note: SPOILER ALERT. I talk about people who die! But really, if you haven’t seen every episode of Lost, you should just go ahead and stand in the middle of a busy street.
JK, you guys! JK. But please, stop what you’re doing and watch it now. Then come back and read this. You’ll be a better person. Promise.
Without further ado, here are my top eight favorite episodes of Lost. Ever. Along with some memorable scenes from each episode!
1. Pilot – Season 1
In which we meet the passengers from Oceanic Flight 815. Sometimes a Pilot episode is super awkward and you wonder how it got the greenlight to be made in the first place. Sometimes it’s so-so and you can see the solid potential for the rest of the season. Then, sometimes you are blessed with a piece of work so great that it makes you want to hug your TV or take it out behind a middle school and get it pregnant. (I couldn’t resist) The Lost pilot, directed by co-creator J.J. Abrams, is so well done it makes one laugh in the face of most other pilot episodes. And it’s a pricey one too, being the most expensive pilot episode ever made until just a couple of years ago. Who knew?
Here we get to see the wreckage and carnage of the plane crash just as our resident Mr. Fix-It, Jack, is seeing it for the first time:
Things just got real, y’all.
2. The Constant – Season 4
I’m not alone in thinking this is one of the best episodes of the entire series (it’s on every top 10 list I could find). Say what you will about the polarizing character Daniel Faraday, but without him and his “Constant” theory we never would have had this moment between those crazy love birds Desmond and Penny.
Christmas is so romantic.
3. Through the Looking Glass – Season 3
Charlie Pace’s life had a mission and in this episode we found out what that mission was. Dive down to the Looking Glass station! Punch some keys to the tune of “Good Vibrations”! Flip a switch! Then.. drown? All for the greater good of the rest of the castaways. Ugh. Now, I know Charlie’s story had been told and there wasn’t much more he had left to give in the grand scheme of Lost, but COME ON. This could have been prevented, am I wrong in thinking so? Please, tell me.
It’s a great way to go, don’t misunderstand. He did a good thing. Had he not died this way he probably would have choked on a berry or gotten sun poisoning. That would have been sad.
Another reason this epsiode is a favorite is because of the twist ending in which we realize the flash backs of Jack throughout the episode are really flash forwards, giving us a new narrative for season four and beyond. It also gave us the line “We have to go back!” that we’ve all come to know and love. We all say it on a regular basis, right? Right?!
We have to go – oh you know the rest.
4. Everybody Hates Hugo -Season 2
Hurley’s a bajillionaire! And it’s all thanks to those numbers 4 8 15 16 23 and 42! But they’re bad luck for Hugo, you guys. Nobody believes him when he says he’s mega rich and he screws up everything and blabs to Rose about the hatch and Jack is PISSED. But it’s ok, because he’s in charge of the giant stash of food in the hatch that they found. What does he do with it all? He gives it away to all the castaways! One might not be able to buy love, but you can trade some peanut butter and Apollo bars for it, sho nuff. Also, we meet Rose’s husband Bernard!
Who doesn’t love a good montage?
5. Expose – Season 3
I KNOW! This episode is almost so bad it’s great. People call it unnecessary or filler. You know what’s unnecessary and filler? Nikki and Paolo, the two ridiculous characters that meet their fate by getting buried alive at the end of the episode. They steal diamonds! They get bitten by paralyzing spiders! There’s a Billy Dee Williams cameo! WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE?
THAT’S a bad way to go. Also, Hurley and Sawyer are total murderers!
6. The Man Behind the Curtain – Season 3
Ben Linus is one screwed up fella. Is he good? Is he bad? Are those wire glasses he wears comfortable at all? We may never know. But he’s one compelling character, to say the least. In this episode we meet Richard Alpert, we find out that Ben gets way jealous that Locke can talk to Jacob, why his father hates him, why he kills his father in later years, and how he takes over The Dharma Initiative. There’s a lot going on here! And it makes Ben all the more interesting.
Meet Jacob, Mayor of Creepsville.
7. Walkabout – Season 1
This is my absolute favorite episode and John Locke is my absolute favorite character. His unwavering faith that they’re on The Island for a reason, that it is his destiny, and how it was portrayed by Terry O’Quinn is nothing short of brilliant.
In this episode we find out that before the crash Locke had been in a wheelchair for four years. But, according to Locke, The Island had magical powers and gave him the ability to walk again. We’ere also given another quotable in the form of “Don’t tell me what I can’t do!” A motto we should all adopt.
He also shows off his killer knife set and his boar-hunting abilities.
8. The End – Season 6
I still can’t watch the last ten minutes of the series finale without completely losing it. I just hate saying goodbye, you guys!
I love everything about how this show ended. Were all the questions answered? No. But did the important questions get answered. I believe they did. All we needed to know was that “everything that happened was real” and that “the most important part of your life was the time that you spent with these people. That’s why all of you are here. Nobody does it alone.”
And adding a dog to a death scene might make me cry the hardest.
There you have it! I was going to list some honorable mentions, but I feel like I would just name every other episode ever made.
Did I make a good list? What are your favorites? Do you miss these guys as much as I do?