It was not all misery.

Follow the Leader • Season 5 • Episode 15

Nicolás, 18 — Barcelona (Spain):

I’ve known about this website for ages and I thought about contributing and sharing my Lost moment with all of you, as Lost has been, is and will always be extremely special for me. So here it goes.

I didn’t have an absolute favorite Lost moment until I rewatched it for the fifth time (I used to have a life before Lost…). It was on 05×15, “Follow the leader”, right before “The Incident”. Eloise just killed Daniel, and Jack and Kate are caught by Eloise’s people, and they are in a tent, waiting for Eloise. And, here’s my moment:

KATE: You know, before we were caught… [panting] you said that we needed to put things back the way they were supposed to be. What did you mean by that?

JACK: If we can do what Faraday said… [sniffs] our plane never crashes… Flight 815 lands in Los Angeles. And everyone we lost since we got here… [chuckles] they’d all be alive.

KATE: And what about us? We just… go on living our life because we’ve never met?

JACK: All the misery that we’ve been through… we’d just wipe it clean. Never happened.

KATE: It was not all misery.

JACK: [Sighs] Enough of it was.

OK, so let me break it down for you. You may very well remember the reason why they want to detonate a bomb in The Swan Station, as you may infer by the quote or remember from the show, they want to put things back where it were supposed to be. By doing that, everything that happened in the island will disappear, as it never happened. The bad things (all the deaths, suffer, misery), and the good things (joy, laugh, LOVE). That’s why Kate says “It was not all misery“, referring to her relationship with Jack. Jack’s answer devastates her “Enough of it was“, meaning that it was worth not meeting Kate if by that, everyone who died on the island and all the pain they’ve been through would never happened.

I burst into tears every time I remember that scene… It’s so powerful and sad, and, as a Jate fan, I love all the Jack/Kate scenes, but this one is just so powerful…

Damn, now I’m nostalgic, I guess it’s time for the sixth rewatch…

No matter what you hear, don’t come up.

The Beginning of the End • Season 4 • Episode 1

Raymond, 34 — Glasgow (Scotland):

My Lost moment is one that perfectly encapsulates the show. It didn’t reveal the identity of the smoke monster, or who The Others were, or where Jack got those rad tattoos. Instead the moment introduced a single character, but did so in a typically Lostian way.

Miles Straume made his first appearance on the island in a confrontation with Jack and Kate. But this is Lost, after all, so it was time for a  flashback.

Whoosh.

(That was the flashback noise, by the way)

—–

Inglewood, California

Miles arrives at the house of Mrs Gardner, whose grandson, we learn, had been murdered. As Straume enters, the camera dwells on photos hanging on the walls—images of a teenage boy, presumably the dead grandson, staring back from inside wooden photo frames.

Whatever this Miles guy is here to do, he’s given $200 for it. Straume heads upstairs to the dead boy’s bedroom, warning Mrs Gardner, “No matter what you hear, don’t come up.

Miles enters the room and sits on the bed. The camera fast-pans—a sign something weird is happening. Miles looks around, then speaks to someone unseen, “Tell me where it is.

There’s a rumble; something falls. Miles pulls open a vent on the wall, finding behind it a banded wad of cash and a pouch of yellow powder. He sniffs the powder, says “You can go now“, and leaves the room.

Miles goes back downstairs, the camera again pausing on those same metal-framed photos. He gives Mrs Gardner half her money back, and leaves. End of flashback.

Miles appearance on the island raised some questions: who is this guy, and what skills does he possess that make him suitable to land on my island? As was often the Lost way, the flashback answered some questions but generated many more: so this guy can speak to the dead? Was he supposed to exorcise the dead boy’s spirit? How did he know there was a stash in that room? Why is he stealing from a dead boy? Is it still stealing if the boy is dead? Should I know who Mrs Gardner is? What is this show doing to my mind?

Lost would go on to make Miles’ talent for necrocommunication part of the show. The other questions I had? They didn’t get answered. Which was fine. I didn’t obsess over them.

Well, except one.

There was another mystery in that moment that, six years after the episode aired, still picks at my brain. And that, more than anything else, is what makes this scene classically Lostian.

When Miles went upstairs, those photos were in wooden frames. When he came back down, the frames were metal.

Say what now?

There are some who consider this not a mystery, but a production error, a simple mistake in set design. Yet twice in that scene the camera deliberately paused on those photos. As viewers we were definitely supposed to focus on… something. Who Mrs Gardner’s grandson was didn’t appear to matter, so what other reason could there be to focus on those images unless to highlight a change?

As is the Lost way, one question leads to another. If we’re supposed to realise the frames had changed, then why did they change? Did Miles’ visit in some way affect Mrs Gardner’s past? If metal photo frames are more expensive than wooden ones, then did Straume’s appearance make the old woman retroactively wealthier? After Miles gave Mrs Gardner $100 back, did she hop in a time machine and go spend that money on some new home furnishings? I do not know.

This scene encapsulates my experience of watching Lost. Because it was weird, exciting, and unpredictable. Because it answered questions with more questions. Because there were lots of things I didn’t understand.

Because I’m on the internet wondering about weird theories when I should be in bed.

Because six years after this episode aired, and four years after the show ended, I still regularly think about both.

That, to me, is what Lost was all about.

You felt it.

Happily Ever After • Season 6 • episode 11

Sydney, 15 — Orlando  (Florida, USA):

My “Lost moment” is in the episode “Happily Ever After” in season 6, which depicts and explains Desmond’s “other life”. He has just spoken with Eloise about losing track of Charlie and is about to drive off with George as his chauffeur when Daniel “Widmore” (Faraday is his last name in his original life) approaches him and explains how, after seeing Charlotte (whom he hasn’t met in this lifetime) in a food court, he “felt it”, how he felt love, and how it was like he already loved Charlotte. He proceeds to tell Desmond that after waking up the next morning he wrote a series of equations about releasing an extreme amount of energy, and tells Desmond he couldn’t possibly know these quantum mechanics equations due to his career choice: a pianist. At the end of the scene, Daniel explains to Desmond that this “Penny” IS real, and that she is actually his half sister.

Lots of scenes mean a lot to me, some equal with this one, but I chose this one because at my stage in life, I am trying to figure out what really matters, and Lost has certainly made it clear, and couldn’t have come at a better time. This scene features Desmond’s uncertainty with the whole scenario, because he pretty much is a man of logic shown when he states that Penny is just an idea, and can’t wrap his head around it. I’m typically the same way, and when Daniel was speaking to Desmond, he also spoke to me.

Also, I ponder death quite a bit, and the possiblity of the whole “second life” scenario has touched me. “What if this wasn’t SUPPOSED to be our life?” really hit me in ways I cannot even explain.

This scene, and Lost in general, taught me at a most critical time what truly is important. That trust and love are what really matter, and to make the most of the short life we are graciously given. I was always someone who thought logic was all that counted in life, it was the only way to get somewhere. Thanks to Lost, I now know how wrong I was.

Let’s go find out.

The End • Season 6 • Episode 17

Amy, 44 — Troy (Alabama, USA):

When Jack is finally awakened to the memories of his life, his conversation with his father became my favorite Lost moment. Jack’s very last words of the series are “Where are we going?“, which sums up my experience in watching Lost for six years.

Christian’s answer, “Let’s go find out“, brought me cathartic hope. After watching Lost for five years, I was diagnosed with cancer in the summer before the last season. A brutal year of treatment followed, ending in May and just in time for the finale. Hearing those words and seeing Jack die and simultaneously reunite with his loved ones helped heal my battered spirit. It wasn’t coincidence that Jack hugged people who he learnt the most from on the Island: Locke (his foe/teacher), Desmond (the man he saved), Boone (the man he couldn’t save), Hurley (the friend) and Sawyer/James (the man who set him back on the path toward forgiving his father).

Seeing Jack take courage, let go and find out gave me perspective on death that continues to help me.  Lost is the only TV Series to speak so truthfully and eloquently on death… and life… and finding out…

Are you sure
you want to do this?

Tricia Tanaka Is Dead • Season 3 • Episode 10

Jon York, 38 — San Diego (California, USA) :

My 10-year-old daughter got her first Lost moment.
She loves music, asked me for a song I like to play on YouTube, so I said “Shambala” by Three Dog Night. I explained to her why I liked the song, that it was from Lost and it came at a moment when two people felt they were surrounded by bad luck. These men got in a car and ran it down a hill to jump start it – and if it didn’t start they would crash. I explained that it was about faith… She asked to see that video and and now watches that scene over and over. It opened a dialogue about the show, and faith, and redemption. She now knows the names of the characters and has asked to start watching the show with me… So proud…

It’s going to be fine, John. Come on.

The Man from Tallahassee • Season 3 • Episode 13

Cathy, 26 — Santa Monica (California, USA) :

A heartbreaking moment for me was when John Locke is in the hospital in a flashback, after his father pushes him out of a window.  John sees his nemesis — that wheelchair — for the first time.   The nurse wants to put him in it, and carries him over to the wheelchair, while John is TERRIFIED and pleading for him not to place him there.  He then breaks down into tears.  Ah, it killed me.

I hope you’re happy now, Jacob.

There's No Place Like Home, Part 2 & 3 • Season 4 • Episode 13 & 14

Skyler, 24 — Seoul (South Korea) :

Back in university I lived with my three roommates, a dysfunctional couple and my best friend, Daniel. There were many instances of tension in our small three-bedroom duplex household, everything from whose turn it was to do the dishes, pay the bills, or take out the trash,  to friendly debates over religion or politics that escalated into full-blown raging arguments. Lost was always there however, and was a constant that seemed the extinguish all current feuding in our lives.

On May 29th, 2008, we and millions of other Lost fans sat down to watch the Season 4 finale “There’s No Place Like Home”. Everything had been planned weeks in advance; snacks, food, beers. We all huddled around the television eagerly awaiting the rescue of the Oceanic 6 and the revelation of who laid in the coffin.

I remember Benjamin Linus, clad in his DHARMA parka, in that cold, unseen room with what would soon be known worldwide simply as “the frozen donkey wheel”. He huffed and puffed, feet slipping yearning from traction as he slowly inched the wheel round. My eyes began to well up with tears, overcome by the emotions of the struggling Linus on the television screen in front of me. “I hope you’re happy now, Jacob“, Linus spoke, right as out television flicked once and went black.

Initially, I thought this was some sort of Sopranos-esque play, an attempt to capture the audience, as Lost typically did, in equal parts wonder and frustration, but we collectively realized the lights on our satellite box had began flashing an unknown sequence of lights.

Accusations began flying over who had, or rather hadn’t mailed off the satellite bill, but it was quickly agreed upon that the bill had in fact been mailed as it was supposed to have been. Together we began scrambling, one person resetting the satellite box, one checking the upstairs television to see if it was encountering the same problem, one person on the phone calling various other Lost fan around our small little university town to see if they too had lost service.

We were the only ones.

It seemed like an eternity before the television flickered and Lost appeared again on our screen, Ben Linus now in the Hoffs-Drawlar Funeral Parlor speaking to an emotional Jack, hunched over the coffin. We all breathed a sigh of relief, before we had our breath taken away, seeing John Locke, dead in the coffin.

The next day we caught up on the fifteen or so minutes we had missed the night before. Just as we did the night prior, this time with a laptop, we all came together, as a household, as friends, as fan to watch the Island move.

We’ve all since moved on now and out of that duplex. The four of us have all graduated from university, the couple is set to be married in September, my best friend has a solid job in this ever so shaky economy, and I am currently teaching English in Seoul, South Korea. The four of us still talk Lost whenever possible, showing that Lost, like the Island itself, has a way a bringing people together despite the situation.

My name is Benjamin Linus. I believe you’re looking for me?

There's No Place Like Home (Part 1) • Season 4 • Episode 12

Jérôme, 25 — Melun (France) :

To me, Lost was a great show since season 1, but something made the fans crazy at the end of season 3: the use of the Flash Forwards, Damon Lindelof & Carlton Cuse’s new toy. A lot of us expected to see the survivors getting off the Island at the end of the show, but we were WRONG! We would knew mid-season 4 who were the six passengers who made it off the Island: Aaron Littleton, Sun Kwon, Kate Austen, Sayid Jarrah, Hugo “Hurley” Reyes and Jack Shephard.

At the end of “There’s No Place Like Home part 1″, the ♫ “Of Mice and Ben” ♫ music is playing, showing all the Oceanic 6 in terrible situations, all split across the Island. Sun with Aaron on the boat, leaving Jin and Michael to deal with the C4 on the boat. Kate and Sayid captured by Richard and his people. Jack and Sawyer still in the forest, going to the Orchid. Hurley with Locke and Ben in the Orchid.

The first part of this episode ends with Ben asking to Locke “How many times do I have to tell you, John? I always have a plan!” just before confronting Keamy: “My name is Benjamin Linus. I believe you’re looking for me?“.

Even though this season finale lasted three episodes, this was a very nice cliffhanger for the first part. It opened the following question: how all of these six people will be able to get off the Island together?! How will that be possible?!

We got our answer at the end of part 3. We also learnt, finally, the identity of Jeremy Betham in the coffin (!), leaving us speachless for the next eight months. WHAT A SHOW!

Kate, dammit, RUN!

I Do • Season 3 • Episode 6

Jess, 19 — Lower Austria (Austria):

JACK: You remember what I told you on the beach? The day of the crash. You remember what story I told you when you were stitching me up? DO YOU REMEMBER IT?!

KATE: YES! Yes, I remember!

JACK: When you get safe, you radio me, and you tell me that story.

KATE: Jack, please.

JACK: If I don’t get a call from you in the next hour, I’m gonna know something went wrong, and HE DIES!

KATE: I can’t leave without you!

JACK: Yes, you are. Go!

KATE: Jack! I can’t!

JACK: Go, now!

KATE: I CAN’T!

JACK: Kate, dammit, RUN!

This has always been probably one of my top five favorite moments on Lost. It is so powerful and emotional. Every time I watch it, I could tear up. How Jack has to convince Kate that she has to leave without him and how she doesn’t want to accept it is just heartbreaking to me. “Kate, dammit, RUN!” will forever be one of my favorite lines on the show, especially since Kate is always on the run, but this time, she had to be convinced to run. I think that makes it very special.

I just love this scene so much.

A Tale Of Two Cities

A Tale Of Two Cities • season 3 • episode 1

Claire, 35 — Auckland (New Zealand) :

There are so many moments that defined the series for me and got me more and more hooked, right up to the end. I think one of the most significant moments was the start of Season 3. Very much like the start of Season 2: an “unknown” and strange location, music, the back of someones head… was this a flashback? So captivatingly intriguing. Questions flicked into my mind: pre-island? Who are these people? And then the realization: THE OTHERS LIVE IN HOUSES.  ON THE ISLAND.
Oh, the georgousness of it all! Then the shot with the plane overhead splitting and crashing.  Such a pivotal moment.  I introduced my best friends to Lost and there were certain episodes that I wanted to watch with them to see their reaction (“The Constant”, Charlies’ death, “Flashes before your eyes”, etc.) and this was one of them. They sat there stunned and then both exclaimed THE OTHERS LIVED IN HOUSES!
I wonder how many others around the world had the same reaction. For me it was pure bliss. The show had changed direction and my perceptions were wrong, there was a whole new concept. Thanks Lost for so many great moments!