You believe me? You still care about me?

The Constant • season 4 • episode 5

Andrew, 22 – Dallas, Texas (USA) :

In the craziness of the episode “The Constant”, there was one shining moment of wonderful clarity: when Desmond finally speaks to Penny on the phone.
In a show that was so much about longing, yearning, waiting, and hoping, this moment captured the feelings that resonated so deeply in me. We weren’t sure if the islanders would ever be safe or who would make it out alive, but we knew what Desmond knew when he talked to Penny, saying with desperate joy, “You believe me? You still care about me?” The waiting was worth it; the hoping was justified; the yearning and longing, for  just a moment, were satisfied.

Lysa – New England (USA) :

I love Lost for so many reasons but the moments that still give me chills are all about, oh goodness me, the romance!  For so long the story of Desmond and Penny was built up, built up, more and more.  Well, once that scene happens, that scene when Desmond speaks to Penny on the phone for the first time since he had crashed into that damned island –  I cried happy tears and lots of them.

Chris, 30 — New York (USA):

My wife and I have been together ten years (beginning our relationship shortly before the show started). We didn’t get into the show until a few years in but when we did, we immediately fell in love together (and with) Desmond and Penny.
The theme of “My Constant” echoed so true to us and has stuck with us ever since. The moment Desmond connects with his constant was one of, if not, the most powerful moment on television to us.
We would later go on to call each other one another’s constant in our own wedding vows, name our dog Penny and our son Desmond. We’ve had ten years with Lost and we wouldn’t be the same people without it. That moment is forever our favorite moment in the show — second to their finding one another again at the end of Season 4.
Here’s to the “Constants”.

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.

We have to go back!

Through the looking glass • season 3 • episode 23

Elise, 35 – Bellerive (France) :

These are the final minutes of Season 3’s final episode. The Losties may have finally found a way to leave the Island. The flashbacks are Jack-centric, a pretty damaged Jack, devastated, who ends up convincing a mysterious person to meet with him at the airport. In the middle of the night, Jack painfully gets there, as does the other person. Jack drags himself out of his car. In the dark, we can’t see immediately who came to see him. The person comes closer, still undistinguishable. And there she appears. A familiar face. Kate! How come can she be there? In that time span preceeding the Island, Jack and Kate couldn’t know each other, could they? So, what does that mean? This wouldn’t be the past but… the future? The Losties did leave the Island?
Jack tells Kate they weren’t supposed to leave. She doesn’t listen to him and goes back to a “him” we still know nothing about. “We have to go back!“, Jack screams, “We have to go back!“.
This scene blew me away. I received a huge, virtual punch through the screen! And what an incredible performance by Matthew Fox. He amazed me for six seasons. Chapeau!

Joe, 28 – Port Huron, Michigan (USA) :

This, to me, pushed Lost from a great TV show to being an incredibly deep piece of media. I was in love with the show from day one. I remember watching the pilot and thinking “What is this place? What is the monster?” I remember going nuts thinking “What is the hatch?” and I remember being blown away by Desmond being the one in the hatch. Season 3 seemed to be dragging on, and the creators knew they had made a mistake in Nikki and Paulo, but they redeemed themselves with “Through the Looking Glass”. To me that cemented in my mind that Lost wasn’t going to be your standard fare sci-fi show. I knew that it was going to be something awe inspiring and meaningful, and that these characters had more depth that anyone was letting on. I will forever be endeared to this show, and this is the moment that sucked me in.

Loïc, 26 – Clermont-Ferrand (France) :

At first, I had a hard time making my choice, but this scene is undoubtedly  the one that turned me upside down. After a double episode about a bearded, utterly depressed Jack who blast Nirvana in a rubbish SUV, we were all convinced to see a flashback (after all, Jack saw his father in the hospital!), we finally learn that they left the Island… and that Jack wants to go back. I remember my reaction: I was on my bed, laying on the side, and when I saw that the woman he was calling on the phone was Kate, I sat up straight like “WAAAAAAAA!!!“. I then spoke to myself for a few minutes, thinking out loud how amazing this show was. I already knew it, but at that moment, I was blown away. I watched the episode again that same night, and kept thinking about it for days.

Luke, 19 – Bath (England) :

I remember I was on holiday the day that this episode aired in the US, so I had to wait about three days until I got to watch it. I remember the anticipation I had for this episode. Were they going to get off the island? Was Locke alive after being shot by Ben? Little did I know that they were off the island all along during Jack’s flashback! I was sat in shock at what I had just watched. To this day I don’t think I could tell you anything Jack and Kate were talking about. Only one sentence sticks in my head: “We have to go back!

I want it to crash, Kate.

Through the Looking Glass • season 3 • episode 23

Vandermolen, 25 — Chicago, Illinois (USA) :

My Lost Moment came in the last minutes of season 3…
…but first let’s take a step back. I owned a small business called Lombardo Barnyard. Its timeline ran congruent to that first few seasons of Lost. Lombardo Barnyard starting around the first season, and Lombardo Barnyard ending when…
We never made any money and we never had success in the true sense. I was young and it was just something I created with a friend, kind of a joke really, to put on events and impress people. We had fashion shows of transforming dresses and clothes made out of garbage. We hosted dance parties sponsored by Pepsi. We wrote books and created collectable card games featuring our friends as the hero cards. We did this for years all the while losing fans and money until one day, during a poorly attended 24-hour dance party, I just couldn’t take it anymore. I ran home mid-event crying and freezing. I took a nap, but not before sending an email calling it quits to the world. It was over, Lombardo Barnyard was dead.
When I awoke from my nap it was all a rush, I was free, it was over, I was supposed to be happy, right? The next few months I put on a big smile to the world, all my friends, my family, they said, “You look good, more alive.” It was a façade. Inside I was dying. No more events. No more projects. No more standing in front of crowds of people, speaking, dancing, presenting, and having them follow my every word. Lombardo Barnyard was the past. This is when I saw the finale of Season 3.
We find Jack sporting an unkempt beard and sitting on the floor of his apartment surrounded by maps and charts. I saw myself. In the shadows of my own despair, in my moments alone from those who were happy for me, I too would lay facedown and shirtless on the floor. Around me boxes of old clothes I was going to turn into crazy fashions, notes on books I was going to write. Cans of pop were spilled, not from a party, but from my degrading sense of cleanliness. I was falling apart. I was Jack Shepard.
And there he was, a shrived piece of who he used to be. Jack Shepard, going back to the one person who would understand, his partner in all of this, Kate. And he explained the Golden Ticket, wanting the plane to crash, how he’d sacrifice anyone and everything to go back. I’d give it all for one more moment in front of those crowds. On the Island Jack was under so much pressure leading the people. They hung on his every word for survival. People would live and die by his word. How can one man handle such pressure, Jack couldn’t, and either could I, we snapped, both of us. We wanted off the Island. But then we found what was off the Island… Nothing. Nothing is on the other side. I was there. Jack was there. We were there together, same time same place. And he yelled, “We have to go back! We have to go back!” I yelled that to my Lombardo Barnyard partner, and he, like Kate, just walked away. And there we were alone with nothing… with nothing.
When the episode ended all my friends gasped in glee about what treasures were hidden months away in season 4. While they speculated and theorized, I slipped out a side door. No one saw me. I could only stare straight ahead and squinted to keep my tears in. I’ve never felt this way, so connected to a character. He was me, on screen. And I walked for miles alone outside, not able to keep my thoughts and emotions together. After hours of walking I wondered into a gym I had a pass for but seemed to never use. And there, in my street clothes I ran. Tears ran down my face and I just ran.
I ran all night… and I never got back.

My name is Jack Shephard. I’m one of the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815.

Through the looking glass • season 3 • episode 23

Erin, 21 — Southold, New York (USA) :

The season 3 finale of Lost leads us up to this moment that is as exhilarating as it is emotional. My heart was pounding from the moment where Kate, brimming with hope, exclaimed, “It’s gonna work! It’s happening, we’re gonna get off this island!” to the moment where Jack actually contacted the freighter with Naomi’s satellite phone, finding the means of rescue he had been working towards.
Matthew Fox was simply brilliant in this scene. You could nearly see the overflowing of both hope and pride in Jack, as he blinked back tears after the phone call to the freighter. At this exact moment, Jack finally relaxed. It was simply an amazing scene to watch, and I welled up as Jack accomplished the most amazing goal in his life.

Not Penny’s Boat

Through the looking glass • season 3 • episode 23

Nathan, 21 – Mansfield (England) :

I remember, vividly, that the week season 3 premiered, I lost someone very close to me and I had so much trouble getting through this.
It wasn’t something I could overcome, then “Through the Looking Glass” aired.
Charlie had always been my favourite character, one I related to, So seeing his death brought a lot back to me and finally helped me forget of the pain I was holding.
This is something I’ll never forget and I owe Lost so much for helping me let go.

John :

God I loved Charlie. When he sacrificed himself in the Looking Glass. But what I didn’t understand was that when he locked himself in the room, he could of either swam out the window or he could have gotten Desmond, jumped into the ocean and gotten the hell out of there. God rest his soul.

Nicole, 17 – Palm Beach Gardens, Florida (USA) :

“Through the Looking Glass Part II” was my favorite episode. I know alot of people have probably already said that, but it’s true. Watching Charlie put his hand up the flooded window, “Not Penny’s Boat” was the first time I had every cried during a TV show. It was the first time I really cared about someone dying on a TV show (although it was pretty heart-breaking when Boone had to leave us too). Watching Charlie die made me realize that Lost meant something, that if I could feel so much saddness for a fictional character they must have been doing something right.

I want you to give this to Claire for me.

Greatest Hits • season 3 • episode 21

Pat, 20 – New Jersey (USA) :

My favorite episodes in Lost were ones that focused mostly on the characters flashbacks rather than the mystery of the Island. My “Lost moment” comes from my favorite episode, “Greatest Hits”. In the flashbacks, it showed my favorite character Charlie and his brother Liam sharing in happy moments and acting more caring to one another unlike what we had seen in the past. Two other flashbacks showed Charlie step up and take care of Nadia, who was being robbed, and Claire, a pregnant survivor who was all alone. The last one showed Charlie being taught to swim by his father who, we are led to believe, did not have many other happy moments with Charlie.
These scenes each showed Charlie in a positive light, either affecting someone in a good way or being affected by someone in a good way. While I loved these scenes, my favorite scene was when he explained to Desmond why we were seeing these flashbacks. The audience knew we were about to say goodbye to one of the most beloved characters on the show. Right before he leaves, he hands Desmond a list of these flashbacks. He explains to him that these are what he considers to be the greatest moments in his life. He wants the list to go to Claire so she would know that meeting her was the best moment of his life.
This was the ONLY scene I had choked up watching. To me, it sets a good example of what life is supposed to be. The greatest moments in life will not come traveling around the world or doing crazy things, rather when you affect someone else’s life in a positive way. When Charlie jumped into the water, he was getting ready to do something else great for others.
Like Charlie, I am a bass player who has always been the small guy of the group. With these scenes, Charlie showed you do not have to be the biggest or the strongest to do great things.

You can’t go, Hurley. Because… you’re too big!

Greatest Hits • Season 3 • Episode 21

Taro, 40 — Barcelona (Spain) :

It’s hard for me to choose an intense and original Lost moment after so many contributions to your project. They are all “my moments” too… Lost is plenty of great and epic moments, in every season, in every episode and even in every scene.

In Lost we saw many hugs. They leave, they come back and reunite again and every time there are “hugs moments” and we love them… and usually they are happy moments. But there’s one really sad hug for me and it’s in season 3’s episode 21, “Greatest Hits”, when Charlie and Desmond are leaving the shore and Hurley arrives because he’s “sick of trekking” and wants to “help you guys out. I’m a really good paddler” and he doesn’t, but — sigh — we all know that Charlie is going to die. They are friends and it will be probably the last time they will meet together but Charlie has to be rude. He says “You can’t go, Hurley. Because… you’re too big! You won’t fit in the boat” and when Hugo leaves Charlie hugs him and it’s really a sad but nice hug. For me it’s the true “goodbye” of Charlie probably more than the “Not Penny’s boat”. There will be no big celebration for Charlie’s death in season 4 but I consider that little hug the biggest goodbye ever for a main character… and yes that’s my moment. I miss Lost.

Para…lyzed.

Exposé • season 3 • episode 14

Gideon, 21 – Athens (Georgia, USA) :

I came in a little bit late to Lost (I watched seasons 1 and 2 before season 3 aired), so I had already been spoiled for a majority of the twists and deaths. But in “Exposé”, an episode widely panned by a majority of viewers, came two deaths that I wasn’t spoiled for. I actually enjoyed “Exposé”, it reminded me of old Twilight Zone episodes I used to watch on Thanksgiving weekend with my dad. It was little bit of CSI: Lost and a little bit Twilight Zone, with Billie Dee Williams thrown in to give it a bit of class.
The twist ending of the episode, where Nikki and Paulo are buried alive, gave me chills. Every single time I see that scene, it gives me chills. The entire episode is a build up to this moment, when you realize that Nikki and Paulo aren’t dead, but just paralyzed, and these two characters that we have loved for two and half seasons, Hurley and Sawyer, are about to bury these hated newcomers alive. Nikki’s eyes flying open, and knowing that she knows that she’s dead, but unable to do anything is a perfect shot. Giacchino’s score is perfectly suited to the morbid end, building and building as Hurley and Sawyer pile more and more sand on the grave of the living. When the gravediggers pick up their shovels and walk away, Lost does the same to the viewer, forcing the shock and pulling no punches.

You make your own luck. There is no curse!

Tricia Tanaka is dead • season 3 • episode 10

Nick, 20 – Daytona Beach (Florida, USA) :

This episode was full of hope, and the scene near the end of the episode with Hurley, Charlie, Jin and Sawyer remains as one of my all-time favorite Lost moments. I still tense up when they are careening down the hill while Hurley tries to get the van started, even though I know the result. When the van kicks into gear, and the song “Shambala” starts playing, I can’t help but cheer with them. This moment is made all the better by the following scene with Jin bringing Sun a flower, Charlie with Claire, Sawyer holding a beer and wondering about Kate, and Hurley who is still near the van, with the orchestral version of “Shambala” playing in the background. Who knew you could capture the beauty and emotion of hope on television?