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To Celebrate 'Lost' Day, Here's 108 Reasons Why We Still Miss 'Lost'

By Cindy Davis | Seriously Random Lists | April 8, 2015 | Comments ()


Have you bought your lottery ticket today? This afternoon, Lost fans the world over celebrate the mysteriously magical, Hurley-related moment we’ve been waiting for since we were first introduced to those blasted “Numbers.” Today, 4/8/15 at 16:23:42 marks full use of all the digits that haunted the islanders (and us) throughout the series. From that “bad luck” ticket Hurley bought, to their repetition in the castaways’ candidate numbers; from the flight identifier (Oceanic 815) to radio transmissions, DHARMA videos, door, hatch and rabbit markings; from time of death notations and asylum ramblings to the buttons Locke *had* to push on the Swan station computer every 108 (their sum) minutes, those numbers became as significant to us as they were to the show. So, let’s raise a glass and toast Lost day with a look back at all the reasons we still miss it.

Few shows have swallowed me whole, the way “Lost” did. As the first season aired, I became unable to simply watch an episode and—as with many other shows—move on to the next thing. Wednesday nights, my head would be left spinning and my emotions, aflutter, I would immediately run as fast as my fingers could carry me to Television Without Pity, read what other people were thinking and throw out my own barely coherent ramblings. By the time we were a few seasons in, there was a group of us chatting through every episode, from eight or nine o’clock on. Some nights, it was impossible to find sleep— my mind would keep racing. The next morning I’d get up and read multiple recaps and discuss further on forums or facebook, my private messages and emails bursting with this theory or that. I can’t recall ever being so completely immersed in a program’s mythology or culture before or since. I was strung out, hanging around The Fuselage squinting at screencaps, then Wikipedia, looking up literary or musical references…replaying key scenes, analyzing facial expressions, or trying to figure out who was sitting in that rocking chair in Jacob’s cabin. And you know what? I really miss it. Television doesn’t hold much challenge since “Lost” signed off.

There are shows that bring us in emotionally to connect with its characters (“Six Feet Under”) or to study them in their habitats (“The Sopranos”). Others like “Doctor Who,” give us mysteries and a rich, mythological history spanning over many years. “Battlestar Galactica” set us down in a science fiction universe and gave us incomprehensible beings in a strange new world—infusing the show with religious undertones. But “Lost” delivered us all those things, mixed together so furiously, we sometimes didn’t know which way was up. How many nights did we sit with our mouths hanging open, punctuated by that knowing *thump*  that left us either enthralled, or in despair. Its visceral two-part opener exploited our collective fear of plane crashes; it exploded onto our screens, leaving our hearts in our stomachs and filling us with the same terror the Oceanic 815 passengers were experiencing. We were introduced to unforgettable characters, our impressions were gathered, and then tossed to the wind as people we thought we knew were exposed to be someone else entirely. The island’s would-be mystical shaman John Locke hid his gullibility and shame behind bravado and a box of knives. “Rock Star,” Charlie Pace tried to conceal his struggles with addiction and spent his life trying to convince everyone—including himself—he could be a worthy human being. Sawyer played bad boy to shield his own heart; Henry Gale was a bad, bad man. There were horses and monsters and polar bears (insert obligatory “Oh my!”). We flashed forward and backward and sideways, we traveled time and the island skipped. We saw heroes and killers, doctors and priests, scientists and Others, Tailies and Dharma drops and therapists and book clubs and Stations, experiments and torture, duplicating bunny rabbits, killer fences and a Purge. And that’s only scratching the surface. As each episode would start this funny feeling would come over me—some strange sense of wonder—as I’d feel myself sinking completely into this other world, like the way it feels as you go under anesthesia. “Lost” was taking me somewhere I’d never been before. I was sure one day everything would all come together like the tiny pieces of in impossibly complicated mosaic; little bits of smashed tile would suddenly begin to make sense as they magically fused into the finished picture. *I* couldn’t figure it out because these people running the show were just that much smarter than me, but when the picture was complete, all my synapses would suddenly fire and I’d have a sort of full-body knowledge orgasm.

All those years ago when J. J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof went in and cobbled together some starting bits of a story, working it into the thing it became—I truly believe their intentions were good. So even though they promised everyone wasn’t dead or in purgatory, on this second anniversary of “The End,” let’s remember all the things and people we still miss.

Thank you “Lost,” for…

108. A lasting first image.


107. Drawing us right in with this chill-inducing crash aftermath.

106. Filling our hearts with fear, early on.

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105. Terry O’Quinn’s glorious John Locke.


104. Don’t tell him what he can’t do.

103. A spoiled, screaming girl to dislike…


102. Who knew enough French to decode a terrifying transmission.

101. Her pretty, pretty brother.


100. A former Iraqi Republican Guard man, who’s good with a radio.


99. A snarky con-man with a quick wit and a killer smile.


98. Couples to root for and against.


97. Sun and Jin


96. Rose and Bernard


95. Kate and Sawyer


94. Juliet and Sawyer


93. Jack and Kate


92. Jack and Juliet


91. Locke and Helen


90. Hurley and Libby


89. Sayid and Shannon

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88. Desmond and Penny


87. A haunting.


86. A successful language immersion program.

85. A drug rehab (and anti-smoking) retreat.

84. Good prenatal care?


83. Saving Charlie so many times.


82. Giving us (and them) hope and anxiety when the survivors began building a raft.


81. Lottery numbers for life.


80. Sawyer in glasses.


79. A poignant, yet not-too-painful first major character death.


78. The birth of Aaron Littleton.

77. The Smoke Monster.


76. Experienced islanders with helpful information.


75. One of television’s most awesome, cool, intriguing first season finales.


74. Walt’s kidnapping.


73. My Constant (not yours), Desmond and this glorious introduction to Season 2.

72. Dharmashark!


71. Dr. Marvin Candle.


Part 1: 108 - 71 || Part 2: 70 - 41 || Part 3: 40 - 1

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  • kirbyjay

    I will miss Vincent

  • Melissa D

    I have just started reading this, and so far it's magnificent:

    I really must rewatch LOST.

  • narfna

    Just to make it clear, they WEREN'T dead, and they WEREN'T in purgatory. There are still people who don't understand that. The island was real and everything that happened on it actually happened. Hate the finale all you want, but don't hate it for either of those reasons.

  • dizzylucy

    I love this, thank you.
    I've been putting off rewatching the series until I had a solid block of time, but this makes me want to start it right now.
    Lost remains the most ambitious show I've ever seen, and even when the storyline got a little off track, the characters always kept me engaged. It was a perfect blend of almost every genre, and somehow balanced all of that intense drama and action with really wonderful character studies.

  • Lauren_Lauren

    I would immediately run as fast as my fingers could carry me to
    Television Without Pity, read what other people were thinking and throw
    out my own barely coherent ramblings.

    Me toooooooooo! God I miss that. Being on the west coast I had to speed-read through 30 pages of commentary by the time an episode finished.

  • Addy

    Thank you so much for this reminder of how amazing Lost was. I don't think I will ever love a show the way I did Lost. And just seeing images and clips of it I remember how beautiful it was and how much I loved it. Now I just want to watch it all over again.

  • John W

    Best pilot of any show in recent memory.

    Desmond & Penny= OTP.

  • stella

    They actually were my first experience with shipping.

  • cox

    God, Kate was the worst, wasnt she? and yet, pair her with Sawyer - and your tv is in danger of melting. Sawyer was just ridiculously attractive and charismatic character. put Juliet with him - well adjusted and lovely relationship. put Juliet with Jack, and oatmeal looks fun in comparison. Sawyer just made things better when he was around.

    I think i'm in the monority here, but i loved lost more when it went full batshit insane in the latter seasons. when you, plebs, peeled off, and things got really weird. also, i loved the series finale, so there.

    not pennys boat.

  • Melissa D

    I loved the series finale too. Solidarity, sister.

  • Zirza

    Kate and Jack totes deserved eachother.

    I still miss Sayid and his biceps.

  • cox

    totally. to both things. loved Sayid and Shannon too. the big bad Iraqi soldier, on US tv of the 00's no less, reforming a spoiled rich girl? gorgeous and ballsy as fuck story telling. and yet - worked.

  • Temmere

    Juliet and Sawyer forever!

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  • charlottebrontesaurus

    If you watch any type of television show, at some point you or your significant other will ask "Wasn't he/she in Lost?"

  • LadyUncool

    This was unbelievable, thank you for putting this together, it's remarkable. I rewatched season 1 last year and the finale scene with the launching of the raft had me in tears. I loved this show so much and am a complete apologist. I was there for the characters more than the mystery so even the ending I was ok with(except for Sun & Jin's on-island demise!). It isn't the best show ever, or even in that conversation, but it's one of my all time favorite shows.

  • fate.scion

    Awesome stuff. I loved that show from week to week, but retrospectively I just become angry at some of the story arcs.

  • Maydays

    Thank you, Cindy. I know Breaking Bad is the best show I've ever watched, but Lost was my most immersive viewing experience. I miss feeling that engrossed in a story!

    We didn't even miss an episode while in the hospital for my second child's birth...we kept our plan of Lost and takeout and told the nurses to give us an undisturbed hour. (This being one of a zillion differences between having your first and second baby. "Wait, miracles aside, I'm going to be able to watch Lost, right!?")

    ETA: Still the best pilot I've ever seen.

  • thatsmrsnyder

    Yes, I know, the show didn't make a damned bit of sense in the end, nor did it appear that they even tried to answer the myriad of questions thrown at the viewer every episode. But hot damn did Lost nail the character moments.

    Oh, and I must say that your list, exaustive as it may be, is missing Mr. Eko and his Jesus Stick.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Hell yes. All of this. God I loved this show. I'm even relatively cool with the ending.

  • janetfaust

    I loved Lost (not so much the ending). But I also love the Simpsons episode where Homer discovers it:

  • kirbyjay

    Loved the first few seasons, but then it got stupid. When I realized that the writers had no original plan and were making it up as they went along, they lost me.

  • Danar the Barbarian

    Amazing recap! Thank you. I think I, too, am ready to start watching Lost over from scratch. While I did feel it dropped off in quality after the first 3 seasons, and the ending still makes me a little bit crazy, it was a new, brilliant show that offered so much to viewers. (I admit to being swallowed whole, as you put it, by "True Detective", but I'm not sure they can keep it up for Season 2. Still, hope abides.)

  • Mrs. Julien

    WOW! That was absolutely freaking glorious. It must have taken you hours. I was all ready to say "too soon!", but now I think it is time for a marathon rewatch. Thank you. THANK YOU!

    P.S. KEAMY!

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