The hatch

Man of Science, Man of Faith • season 2 • episode 1

Matt, 34 — Toronto (Canada) :

I had missed the first few episodes of the first season of Lost, so rather than try to find the missed episodes somewhere, I decided to watch it on DVD. Little did I know I would become hooked so quickly. So when I finished the DVD’s and had to wait for Season 2 to begin in the fall, I was ready.
The episode began with a record playing a tune by the Mamas and the Papas, and appeared to be a flashback… but whose was it? When the reveal was, well, revealed, I knew this was not only my new favorite show, but a brilliant new method of serial storytelling at it’s best. Amidst the compelling emotional scenes, the richness of the characters backstories, and the full mythology of the island, the Season 2 hatch-reveal remains one of the most incredible moments I experienced with the show.

I’ll do it.

What they died for • season 6 • episode 16

Javier, 19 — Maracaibo (Venezuela)

Lost was, is, and will continue to be my life. It may sound like a cliché, but I mean it literally. It all started when I was just 13 years old, and six years later, there isn’t a single friend who doesn’t make the connection of Javier = Lost. There isn’t a single situation I can’t reflect on Lost. There isn’t a single Lost character I don’t feel identified with.
Choosing a single moment pains me. Say, I’m now a medical student, all because of “Do No Harm” — and Jack, my single hero. Or say, crying on the floor, punching it with all of my might, after I saw three of my best friends die on a submarine (saddest day of my life, by the way). But when it comes to picking one, I have to go with Jack taking on Jacob’s job.
Why this moment? Because right there, even before the church scene, is when Jack finally let go. You can see it on his face, hear it in his words. When Jack steps up and says “I’ll do it“, he finally comes to accept everything that has happened in his life. And at the same time he did it, I let go too.
Ever since around the time I started watching Lost, my life had been filled with suffering, and the “show” (I hate that word for it) was the only thing keeping me up. I had cried, yelled, even inflicted harm on myself. But at that right moment, as Jack let go, I was able to do it too. It was exactly the same thing he had told John before — that they could let go at the same time.
Ever since that day, I have never been a miserable person. Of course, I have cried, I have yelled again, but I’m not that miserable dude anymore. Lost fixed me. Jack and all of the others were able to do something I had tried and tried for a lot of years.
Every character death made me feel something breaking in myself. Then comes the final episode, and everything changes: everytime one of them awakes in the Flashsideways, I felt the exact opposite: I felt pieces of myself coming together. I literally felt myself being fixed.
There’s one thing I’ll never let go, and it’s Lost. I couldn’t be more grateful for it. Lost changed my life, made me a better man, and more importantly, Lost fixed me. Live together, die alone.

I have always been with you.

The Little Prince • season 5 • episode 4

Anna, 15 — Munich (Germany) :

Marina started watching Lost a long time ago. She was always talking about it and when we watched a movie together in which an actor from the show appeared, she was always like, “Oh my God, s/he is from Lost!” And I was just like, “I don’t really care…
Last year, when we had no school for a few days, almost everyone made a little trip. But I stayed at home and had no idea what to do. Before Marina had to say goodbye, she gave me the first season of Lost on DVD. And she promised me, I would like it. After I’ve watched the pilot, I was totally addicted to it. Now, we are re-watching it together. It’s the best show ever.
The “I have always been with you” scene means so much to me, because I always wanted Jack and Kate to be together. And I was very sad when Kate and Sawyer were close but Jack was alone. In this scene, Kate finally admits she always loved Jack! This made me so happy that I started crying.

I know that we’re supposed to be together, you and me.

Maternity Leave • season 2 • episode 15

Marina, 16 — Munich (Germany) :

I watched Lost a very long time ago for the first time. I was so fascinated by the show that I was talking like day and night about it. When I bought the seasons on DVD I just said to my friend Anna: “You HAVE TO watch it!” Well then she watched it and just got as obsessed as I was — actually I made five other classmates watching this show. Now we’re rewatching it again. Lost is the best show I’ve ever seen — well, we‘ve ever seen. [Laughs]
My Lost moment is at the end of episode “Maternity Leave”, when Claire gives to Aaron the socket she made while she was with the Others. It’s such a heartbreaking moment when she tells him secretly that she wanted to leave him with the Others, but she now has realized that they are meant to be together and that they have to protect each other. When she starts crying, you can’t hold back your tears.

You wanna go to hell?! You wanna go to hell?!!

The Brig • season 3 • episode 19

Jack, 19 – Portsmouth (England) :

To me, this is one of the most important and emotional scenes for Sawyer. In this Lost moment, Sawyer finally meets the man that ruined his life by conning his mom and dad when he was a kid.
When I was watching this scene my eyes were glued to the TV, I started to feel what Sawyer was feeling, I could see the emotion in his face, and after he killed Antony Cooper, I felt happy for him but at the same time I worried that we might not have the Sawyer we all love anymore and that this moment might change him as a person. I think we did see a new Sawyer. What’s extra special is that this guy who Sawyer just killed was John Locke’s father, and killing him helped Locke move on with his life too. Overall this is a tense, emotional moment that sums up what Lost is… Character redemption, and moving on.

The End

The End • season 6 • episode 17

Matt, 31 — New Jersey (USA) :

It was THE end of “The End”. I had watched all six seasons of Lost with my parents; it started when I was a single college student living at home, and it ended with them joining my wife and me in our own home.

I had spent the six seasons living and dying with every episode. Usually I would pause and think out loud, my mother joining in to the half-baked, literary discussion, my father patiently waiting. During the course of the six seasons my girlfriend-then-wife had been brought up to speed in the beginning, then her interest waned, then she came back for the final few episodes.

So there we were, my wife, parents and I, watching the finale conclude. Since the end date had been announced three years earlier, we had all asked ourselves “How will it end?” And then, in what seemed to be a single moment, it was explained: they lived, they died, they were together, they moved on. The love they felt for one another on this world would keep them together in the next.

It had been daylight when we started watching; it was deep dusk as our characters faded to white, as Jack died, and as the white “LOST” appeared on blackened screen, a resolved, happy, harmonic cord playing. We sat in stunned silence; my cheeks were wet with my tears.

There was no discussion while the credits played. We were stunned —we were heartbroken— we were fulfilled.

As I turned the TV off (and kept the lights off, for I didn’t want my father to see that I had cried), I shared aloud a personal flashback aloud: standing in a convenience store in September 2004, seeing in a magazine that one of those hobbits was in the plane crash show… deciding to give it a try.

Lost had found me. I’ll be eternally grateful.

Yes, you do. You just don’t know it yet.

Exodus, Part 2 • season 1 • episode 24

Natalya, 16 — Brussels (Belgium) :

There are so many great scenes in Lost, that’s been hard to choose one moment but I would say one of my favorite scene is the dialog between Jack and Locke in the final episode of Season 1 : “Exodus”.

JACK: Look, I need for you — I need for you to explain to me what the hell’s going on inside your head, John. I need to know why you believe that that thing wasn’t gonna-

LOCKE: I believe that I was being tested.

JACK: Tested?

LOCKE: Yeah, tested.

LOCKE: I think that’s why you and I don’t see eye-to-eye sometimes, Jack — because you’re a man of science.

JACK: Yeah, and what does that make you?

LOCKE: Me, well, I’m a man of faith. Do you really think all this is an accident — that we, a group of strangers survived, many of us with just superficial injuries? Do you think we crashed on this place by coincidence — especially, this place? We were brought here for a purpose, for a reason, all of us. Each one of us was brought here for a reason.

JACK: Brought here? And who brought us here, John?

LOCKE: The Island. The Island brought us here. This is no ordinary place, you’ve seen that, I know you have. But the Island chose you, too, Jack. It’s destiny.

JACK: Did you talk with Boone about destiny, John?

LOCKE: Boone was a sacrifice that the Island demanded. What happened to him at that plane was a part of a chain of events that led us here — that led us down a path — that led you and me to this day, to right now.

JACK: And where does that path end, John?

LOCKE: The path ends at the Hatch. The Hatch, Jack — all of it — all of it happened so that we could open the Hatch.

JACK: No, no, we’re opening the Hatch so that we can survive.

LOCKE: Survival is all relative, Jack.

JACK: I don’t believe in destiny.

LOCKE: Yes, you do. You just don’t know it yet.

I thought this scene was very interesting when we consider Lost as an ensemble. This fight between Jack and Locke has been one of the major themes of Lost: during six seasons we’ve had this tension between faith and science, before faith finally overcome reason in the final episodes. And the last sentence of Locke couldn’t be more warning of Jack’s conversion to a man of faith.
In my opinion, this scene is very powerful: it’s incredible to see how Locke was right from the beginning. They were brought here for a reason: they were brought by Jacob because they were candidates. But it’s funny to hear Locke say “The path leads to the hatch.” Because the hatch was just a tiny thing, a tiny piece of the puzzle. And when Locke is going to realize there’s no hope in the hatch, that it is just a hatch, he will be broken. Beautiful scene.

You may not like your path, Desmond, but pushing that button is the only truly great thing that you will ever do.

Flashes before your eyes • season 3 • episode 8

Pacôme, 35 — Paris (France) :

At that moment, I burst into tears. Those tears weren’t of joy or sorrow. Those were tears of gratitude because at that moment, Lost wasn’t talking about human will anymore, about how men end up getting what they want, about the necessity to fight for what seems right, as in so many fictions. Lost was speaking about the impossibility to think History in conditional terms — the show was always about that, and season 6 is a long meditation on the fact that everything that we do matters, that there’s no shortcuts, no do-overs, that “whatever happened happened”.
Lost was speaking about the impossibility to think the human will independently from the totality of the world, and thus the submission of the individual opinion to the Law — the Dharma Initiative-centered Seasons 2 and 5 tried in any way possible to play with this idea. Lost was implying the superiority of contemplation over action and the necessity to submit action to knowledge (from Locke’s Michelangelo monologue in season 1 to the “non-action” of Jacob in seasons 5/6, the submission of action to contemplation will be a constant in Lost).
So at that moment, I burst into tears, because I understood the need to accept everything I had gone through so far, independently from what I reckoned to be right or wrong, because it was impossible to keep on thinking otherwise. At that moment, I felt like Lost was speaking to me directly, and would never stop speaking to me. I didn’t doubt I would go from one wonder to another, and I had already the nostalgia of the moment that had just passed, because Lost would eventually stop, and each episode would bring me closer to the end. Before that moment, Lost was an excellent series that fascinated me. From that moment on, Lost became a destiny.

You don’t have a son, Jack.

The End • season 6 • episode 17

Tony, 24 — London (United Kingdom) :

Each episode of Lost gave an example of great storytelling, whether it had to do with the mythology or the characters. But as Lost ended, despite me not wanting to believe what the writers were telling us, I had to agree the only bit that mattered in this show was the characters and their relationships with one another. Through seeing flashbacks every week for six years, we all became invested with what these characters had been through. The finest example of all those tragic backgrounds was John Locke.
The ultimate contrast and the driving force of the show was Locke vs Jack, Faith vs Science. As a man of science myself, perhaps I should have felt cheated and angry, like many other viewers, with the religious ending to the show, but I honestly thought it was perfect. I felt one scene in particular resonated with me. At this point in the finale we could see that the characters that had died in the island-time were waking up and remembering their lives. Now although deep down I knew what was coming, especially concerning Jack’s fate – because, let’s face it, being the hero, he had to die – I, like Jack, didn’t want to let go.
What we need to do is go… Will you come with me?” John asks, to which Jack snaps back: “WE are not going anywhere.” The smile Locke then gives Jack was one of the saddest/happiest moments of the finale for me. He looked at him like it was the good old days, them disagreeing, a flashback to season one. Terry O’quinn, undoubtedly my favorite actor throughout the series, managed to display the sense of companionship and friendship Locke felt towards Jack. He was enjoying the fact they were still disagreeing even here, wherever here was. The fact that he wanted to go with Jack again was a really touching moment. And at the end of the scene, when Locke says “You don’t have a son, Jack“, I could see the signs that Jack himself knew this, that it was obvious he couldn’t deny what was happening for much longer, that he would remember and Lost WOULD end. This scene really sums Lost up for me.
At its best Lost was a story about love and friendship, about sacrifice and fate. I can understand some people NEED answers to every question but I don’t. I think what we all need to remember looking back on this show was what it was like to watch it at the time! The suspense and the not-knowing and theorising was the fun of it, but in “The End”, the characters’ stories needed to be concluded. True fans should be proud that the writers ended it on their terms and didn’t milk it for all it’s worth. No matter how much I want more, I hope they never make anything Lost related again. Then it will go down as one of the greatest television shows ever created.

We’re all convinced sooner or later, Jack.

316 • season 5 • episode 6

Taylor, 17 — Arcadia, Florida (USA) :

It is nearly impossible for me to pick one moment in this beautiful series. But this scene simply is too stunning to go unnoticed.
Ben Linus: Thomas the Apostle. When Jesus wanted to return to Judea, knowing that he would probably be murdered there, Thomas said to the others, “Let us also go there and we might die with him.” But Thomas was not remembered for this bravery. His claim to fame came later when he refuses to acknowledge the resurrection. He just couldn’t wrap his mind around it. The story goes that he needed to touch Jesus wounds to be convinced.

— Jack Shephard: “So was he?
— Ben Linus: “Of course he was. We’re all convinced sooner or later, Jack.

This story explains Jack so perfectly. “He just couldn’t wrap his mind around it.” This one scene show’s Jack’s growth, show’s how far he has come sense September 22nd, 2004. It gives me chills every time Michael Emerson delivers this line.