If anybody was alive and sufficiently old to recollect the TV commercials for Lost again in 2004, they may know that the advertising crew determined to stay very cryptic and obscure about what the present was about or what the “monster” on the island was. The commercials had been mysterious and had been undoubtedly a ploy to get folks to look at. That’s in all probability as a result of on the time, it was the most costly pilot episode of all time.
The two-part pilot episode (merely referred to as Pilot Part 1 and Pilot Part 2) value between $10 and $14 million collectively—which is the equal of over $14 to $20 million at this time, in 2021. It just isn’t the most costly pilot episode anymore, however it’s nonetheless some of the costly. That cash was put to good use (arguably) within the buying and transport of a Lockheed 1011 airliner to Oahu, Hawaii, the place the present was filmed. The airplane was decommissioned and dressed to seem like an enormous wreck for the long-lasting and critically acclaimed present’s opening sequence.
It’s been 17 years for the reason that present first aired, however the results, story, and appearing are nonetheless adequate to rewatch—particularly the primary two episodes—and it’s a present even first-time viewers will get enjoyment out of. The story is now a traditional, and the primary season particularly is timeless due to the large funds and implausible writers, with particular due to co-writer and director of the present, J. J. Abrams. The story began to go off the rails a bit in the direction of the tip of season 4, however it’s nonetheless higher than half the reveals being made at this time.
The crew for the present was clearly phenomenal with the quantity of labor and dedication they put into the story, however the solid was additionally excellent. Star of the present, Matthew Fox, is a good lead with a plausible efficiency of a physician who has only recently misplaced his father and now has to place apart his emotions to save lots of the folks on the island in any approach he can. Evangeline Lily—who’s now a famous person due to her roles in The Hobbit and Ant-Man and the Wasp—carries the present as the feminine lead with a tragic and mysterious background.
Dominic Monaghan—Merry of The Lord of the Rings—performs a heroin-addicted Rockstar who’s battling and overcoming his dependancy, whether or not he likes it or not whereas looking for his place on the planet. Terry O’Quinn (John Locke) performs some of the well-written characters in TV historical past with a stunning twist nobody noticed coming. Josh Holloway performs a menacing antihero, additionally with a tragic previous. And the listing goes on. Unlike different reveals, Lost doesn’t put any of its characters on the again burner and offers every particular person a function for being trapped on an island.
The present Lost doesn’t current itself as a simple narrative and continuously progresses the story via a collection of flashbacks diving into the backstory of every character because the seasons go on. Some are extra fascinating than others, however each character is handled with care, and the story is woven collectively piece by piece like a puzzle. In 2004, there weren’t any streaming providers out there, so having every episode be entertaining was essential to the success of any present since viewers needed to wait every week and generally months in between episodes. If it wasn’t fascinating, nobody would hassle ready for the subsequent episode.
Instead, Lost was capable of stay one of many most-watched and talked about reveals—particularly after the primary pilot episode was launched, which was bigger than life. The chaos of the airplane wreck was unhealthy sufficient, however realizing they had been astray once they crashed and wouldn’t be capable of be rescued except they labored collectively made the stakes a lot greater. Not to say the necessity to discover meals and water on an island in the course of nowhere with a pregnant lady days away from having her child. This premise alone would have been fascinating to look at, however the pilot episode makes positive its viewers will preserve watching by introducing an unseen beast within the woods massive sufficient to bend and shake all of the timber.
It’s nearly a assure that if new (and outdated) viewers watch (or rewatch) half 1 and a couple of of the pilot episode, there’s no going again. They’re in for the journey. That’s how good these two episodes are. It’s onerous for a present to dwell as much as the hype the primary episode creates as a result of that’s when the viewers is being launched to the world, the characters, and the scenario. Everything is new and thrilling. But Lost—though it falters in later seasons—is ready to give a number of seasons of nice content material price watching or rewatching attributable to it continuously elevating the stakes amongst a bunch of survivors from all totally different walks of life coming collectively.