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.

It’s all meaningless if I have to force them to do anything.

Ab Aeterno • season 6 • episode 9

Mikel, 22 – Gilmer, Texas (USA) :

Jacob and Richard on the beach, Jacob revealing why he brings people to the island:

That man that sent you to kill me believes that everyone is corruptible because it’s in their very nature to sin. I bring people here to prove him wrong. And when they get here, their past doesn’t matter.
Richard asks, “Before you brought my ship, there were others?
Yes, many,” Jacob replies.
What happened to them–
They’re all dead.
Well if you brought them here, why didn’t you help them?
Because I wanted them to help themselves: to know the difference between right and wrong without me having to tell them. It’s all MEANINGLESS if I have to force them to do anything. Why should I have to step in?

For me, this exchange had major spiritual and moral significance. As a non-religious humanist, I philosophically strive to argue humanity has the capacity to good for the sake of good. At the time, Jacob was seen as an archetypal analogy for God, the benevolent force for good. For us, the people, Jacob has no roadmap or greater plan for divine intervention. If we are to become capable of making the right choices, it must be of our own accord, not because we coerced or threatened with eternal damnation by the Bible or other ancient tomes. Jacob says here that what we do is all about choice, not blind instutionalized faith.

This statement has reaffirmed my belief that if any unseen benevolent force exists out there, in the best interest of human-kind, it would be more like Jacob and less like every other man-made religious constructs.

This statement has literally changed the way I look at the world today, and for me, that makes Lost legitimate literature.

Now that’s what life’s all about. Laughin’ and lovin’ each other.

Recon • season 6 • episode 8

Ashley, 27 – Dallas, Texas (USA) :

My mother struggled with chronic health problems for the last five years of her life. In March 2010, she was in the ICU at the local hospital, and it became clear that her days with us were nearing an end. Lost had been a huge part of my life, and the one respite that I had during this particular storm.

On what would turn out to be the last week of my mother’s life, I could not wait for the Tuesday night hour of escape that I knew Lost would bring. I spent the four days leading up to Tuesday, March 16 saying goodbye to my mom, not knowing if she’d still be there the next day when I woke up.

That Tuesday the episode “Recon” aired, where one particular scene greatly stood out to me. Sawyer silently made a frozen dinner and watched television. His program of choice was Little House on the Prairie. This is a show that was my mother’s absolute favorite. Her hearing was bad, and I distinctly remember overhearing that damn theme song blasting from her room daily, from my childhood up until the days before her final admittance into the hospital.

Not only was my mom’s favorite show featured as a part of my favorite show that week, but the Little House clip that they included spoke directly to my aching soul. It told me that people aren’t really gone when they die, and that life is about the connections you make with those you love.

Less than two days later, my mom was gone.

I felt as if that moment was placed in that episode specifically for me to see and witness. It was there to comfort me, and only me. Lost is the one thing that I gave any attention to besides her hospital room that week, and while turmoil and chaos raged inside of me, the message that I so desperately needed to hear was given to me, placed in the one spot I’d be sure to see and absorb it. My mother was unable to speak to me during that week, so her favorite characters spoke for her, while one of my favorites watched and learned alongside me.

I needed that.

That was my Lost moment.

I’ll have you.

Dr Linus • season 6 • episode 7

Ed, 44 — Colorado (USA) :

Near the end of the series, Iliana asks a broken Ben, “Where will you go?
To Locke,” Ben resignedly replies.
Because he’s the only one that’ll have me.

Ilana says, “I’ll have you.”  And walks away.

Best scene of emotion encompassing the human need for belonging and acceptance I’ve ever seen.  Still brings goosebumps.

I just found out that my entire life had no purpose.

Dr. Linus • season 6 • episode 7

Emily, 20 – Marlton (New Jersey, USA) :

My Lost moment was when Richard and Jack are inside the Black Rock discussing how Jacob gave Richard a gift. Jack has just been to the Lighthouse, where he saw that Jacob had been watching him for his entire life. Richard asks Jack to help him kill himself and begins to explain his life to Jack. He tells Jack how Jacob gave him a “gift” that has become his curse. The show took on an entirely new meaning to me when Richard says “I devoted my life longer than you can possibly imagine, in service of a man who told me that everything was happening for a reason, that he had a plan, a plan that I was a part of. And when the time was right, that he’d share it with me. And now that man’s gone, so I want to kill myself Jack, because I just found out that my entire life had no purpose.” Not only did I feel even more connected to the show than ever, but I began to think about my own life and the people in it.

I came back here because I was broken. And I was stupid enough to think this place could fix me.

Lighthouse • season 6 • episode 5

Nick, 25 – Cleveland, Ohio (USA) :

Kate came back for Claire, Sayid was brought back in handcuffs, Hurley was told to by Jacob, and Sun came back for Jin.  But Jack came back because it was his only hope to kill the despair and heartbreak he had of leaving the Island and losing the person he was meant to be with.  Yet stepping foot on that island didn’t solve a single problem, so he tried to blow his problems away.  That just caused more problems to emerge.  It wasn’t until he let go, that he truly became the person he was meant to be.  This episode made him realize how important he was and gave him the definition he had been searching for throughout the series.  My life has mirrored Jack Shepherd’s and I’m just searching for my lighthouse.

In my eyes, you can NEVER fail.

Lighthouse • season 6 • episode 5

Rebecca, 30 – Smyrna (Georgia, USA) :

I have SO many favorite Lost moments.  Charlie fighting his addiction and becoming a hero in “The Moth” made me like the show. Desmond and Penny’s phone call in “The Constant” made me proclaim it was the greatest TV show ever made.  But, the moment that connected with me (and makes me cry) more than any other is the scene with Jack and David at the end of “Lighthouse”.

I grew up the daughter of a gifted musician (a pianist like Jack and David).  Through my dad’s love of music, I grew up loving and learning to play it.  He and I played duets (him on the piano and me with my bassoon), he would come to my concerts (as Jack tries to make it to David’s audition), and we both had a love for handbell ringing.  There were times when even though I loved playing instruments, I didn’t think I was all that great at any of them, but he encouraged me to keep playing.

My dad passed away in 2006 (when I was 25-years-old).  Two months later, I was introduced to Lost.

So, when “Lighthouse” aired, four years after I lost my dad, seeing Jack talk to his “son” hit home because it was like it was my dad, saying those words to me.

– David:  I didn’t want you to see me fail.
– Jack:  You know, when I was your age, my father didn’t wanna see me fail, either.  He used to say to me that…he said that I didn’t have what it takes.  Spent my whole life carrying that around with me.  I don’t want you to ever feel that way.  I will always love you.  No matter what you do, in my eyes, you can NEVER fail.  I just wanna be a part of your life.

Jack’s words made me think back to one of my last big memories of being with my dad, a year before he died.  I was moving to another city for a job and on the last night I was with him and our handbell choir at church, he told the whole room how proud he was that I had picked up and had come to love handbells as he had.  Still makes me tear up to remember that because even though I felt like I struggled with music, it was just enough for my dad that I developed a love for it as he had.

My dad was no saint and neither am I.  He had his flaws.  I have my flaws.  We had our disagreements, but we also had going out for pizza moments like the Shephards decide to do at the end of this scene.  Hearing and seeing Jack tell David that he will always love him felt like my dad was still with me and continuing to encourage me through my TV.As I carry on living after my dad’s death, I still have feelings of inadequacy and fears of failure, but as a Christian, I also felt like Jack’s words were my Heavenly Father’s.  I may have lost my earthly dad, but my Heavenly Father still wants to be a part of my life, I can never fail in His eyes, and He will always love me.

Just as David’s existence helped Jack with his father issues, I felt like this scene helped me with my own, in an emotionally profound and spiritual way.

Yeah… I’m fine.

The Substitute • season 6 • episode 4

Kelley, 54 – Mason, Ohio (USA) :

Half-way through season 2 I was struck with a spinal stroke that left me paralyzed from the lower part of my chest on down. Like John Locke, I probably spent too much time trying to be or feel normal in a world that is not designed for wheelchairs. Despite my best efforts, and those of John Locke, reality often meets us in the most unfriendly of ways. Sometimes it’s a set of steps and others it is being denied the “Outback Walkabout” you’ve desired so long. I’ve spent five years wishing I could find an island like John Locke, where I could wiggle my toes, stand up and resume the life I once knew.
All that said however, redemption comes less in the getting up and walking and more in the acceptance of what cannot be changed and learning to live, love, thrive and give of yourself to those in need and in worse condition than you. Perhaps most importantly, one must learn to accept the dependence they now require from loved ones. I felt like John was catching that in his sideways world with Helen. His growth there moved me. When John could chuckle after landing face first in the grass to be greeted only by a water sprinkler was a gift of grace, one that I think he was learning how to share, and an inspiration for my daily life.

If this thing goes down, I’m sticking with you.

LA X • season 6 • episode 1

Ken – Seattle (Washington, USA) :

There were many moments that I enjoyed in the show, but I’d have to say my Lost moment was in “LA X” when Boone has the conversation with John Locke and he mentions the phrase, “If this thing goes down, I’m sticking with you.” Nothing too exciting about that moment if taken out of context.  It’s just two strangers on a plane chatting. However, for me it was quite a funny revelation.

In January of this year I was on a plane and we hit some minor turbulence. The guy sitting next to me, who I hadn’t spoken to the entire flight, leans over and says, “I hope we don’t crash on the island of Lost.” I immediately burst out in laughter, as did the people in the seats in front and behind us. We then spent the rest of the flight exchanging Lost theories for season 6, which hadn’t started yet as this was still in the hiatus between seasons 5 and 6.

The fact that an off-hand Lost reference was the ice breaker for two strangers to strike up a conversation on a plane, and then a similar event would be portrayed a few weeks later in the season opener was quite funny and quite a bizarre twist of “fate” for me. I had a good laugh over the conversation Boone and Locke had as I thought of how much I enjoyed this show and how art was strangely imitating life and vice versa.

Come on, you son of a bitch!

The Incident • season 5 • episode 17

Grace, 20 — Singapore :

This is hard, because I can’t exactly pinpoint the one moment that has captured my heart. I guess I will have to go with one of my favourites, which is a Juliet moment.
It is the final scene in “The Incident”, right after she falls down the shaft. She wakes up all bloody and she is alone. She is broken inside, in physical pain, in emotional pain. I imagine all the people flashing through her mind as she lies there, crying. Sawyer, Rachel, Julian.
Then she sees the bomb, and she makes the decision to set it off. In Season 6, we learn that the reason behind her action is so Sawyer could get off the island. Not that she could go home, as we know it has been her desire since her introduction to Lost.
Juliet has had many selfless moments on Lost, from letting others leave the island first and saving Ben, but this is the one scene that hits me the hardest. In her last dying moments, she is still trying to put others first.