Tuesday, 7 April 2009

The LOST board's top 50 LOST moments

INTRO: The list is a compilation of several user’s top 10 moments. I created the list by collecting people’s lists from various “Post your top 10 moments” threads and put it together by figuring out which ones came up the most often and how high etc. I had a lot of fun making it, and I hope LOST fans are happy with the results. I took lists from the following users: canon 108, Deathly Hopsicle, Ilyrias Acolyte, Walter Eagle, Bish-Fiscuit, Optical Allusion, Dr Yes, the sandheaver, Luhks, Katieziew, AdnanZ, Movee fan, Lindsey t15, Chackington, Contarl, j1977, jayroh, Stopyfueh, Margaery Tyrell, Nepenut, Rthhcd, T3cii, Evildead93 and probably more. If you retrospectively wish you could've taken part in this but didn't, I might do an updated list after season 5 finishes so look out for that.

50. Jack and Kate break up
(Season 4, Episode 10 – Something Nice Back Home)

KATE: If you have problems, you need to figure them out. I can't have you like this around my son.
JACK: Your son? You're not even related to him!

This is the scene where Jack and Kate’s blissful union comes to an end after Jack finds out Kate is doing a favour for Sawyer and reacts angrily. It starts a downward spiral for Jack and is the origin of Drunk Bearded Jack.

49. Henry Gale exposed as an Other
(Season 2, Episode 17 - Lockdown)

BEN: Couldn't you find my balloon?
ANA: Yeah, we found it.
SAYID: We did find your balloon, Henry Gale, exactly how you described it. We also found the grave you described -- your wife's grave. The grave you said you dug with your own bare hands. It was all there. Your whole story -- your alibi -- it was true. But still I did not believe it to be true. So I dug up that grave and found that there was not a woman inside, there was a man. A man named Henry Gale.

One of season two’s best storylines, the “is he or isn’t he?” debate about Henry Gale reaches its climax when Sayid and Ana Lucia return with the news they busted his cover story. A prime example of Sayid’s badassness.

48. Hurley’s speech to Danielle
(Season 1, Episode 18 - Numbers)

HURLEY: Ok, that thing in the woods, maybe it's a monster, maybe it's a pissed off giraffe, I don't know. The fact that no one is even looking for us, yeah, that's weird, but I just go along with it because I'm along for the ride, good old fun time Hurley. Well guess what? Now, I want some friggin' answers.

Hurley confronts Danielle about the numbers she has written down, as they are the same numbers that have played a part in his past. Like all Hurley monologues it does a great job of speaking for the audience.

47. Nikki and Paulo are buried alive
(Season 3, Episode 14 - Expose)

Unlikeable newbies Nikki and Paulo are given a grisly and terrifying demise in the form of being buried alive, after Sawyer and Hurley et al believe the paralysed duo are actually dead. Creepy!

46. Monster kills the Pilot
(Season 1, Episode 1 – Pilot part one)

Captain Seth Norris (Greg Grunberg, later of Heroes fame) becomes the first victim of the monster in rather gory fashion, in a suspenseful scene taken straight out of a horror movie.

45. Charlie shares his greatest hits
(Season 3, Episode 21 – Greatest Hits)

CHARLIE: It's the five best moments of my sorry excuse for a life. My greatest hits. You know, memories. They're all I've got.

Greatest Hits hits a big emotional beat even for people who weren’t that fond of Charlie Pace. The scene where Charlie turns over his list of his life’s best moments (number one being when he first met Claire) is some of Dominic Monaghan’s best acting. What become of the list? Well, Desmond soaked it, the stupid Scot bastard!

44. Charlie visits Hurley
(Season 4, Episode 1 – The Beginning Of The End)

CHARLIE: Hey man. Don't run. I wanna talk to you. Cmon, don't do what you did in the store, ok? There's no need to freak out.
HURLEY: No need to freak out? I'm trying to buy some jerky and a slushy, and suddenly you're standing over there by the Ho Hos. You're dead, what do you expect me to do?
CHARLIE: Can we just sit down?
HURLEY: I may be in a mental hospital, but I know you're dead and I'm not having an imaginary conversation with you.
CHARLIE: I am dead. But I'm also here.

Hurley shares a last moment with the ghost of Charlie outside Santa Rosa. A nice reunion for one of the shows best double acts, and also furthers the plot of the O6 having to go back.

43. The Oceanic Six come home
(Season 4, Episode 12 – There’s No Place Like Home part one)

Jack, Kate, Sun, Sayid and Hurley step off the plane to be greeted by their families in an emotional reunion.

42. Jin beats up Mike
(Season 1, Episode 6 – House Of The Rising Sun)

Jin launches a seemingly unprovoked attack on Michael and nearly kills him. One of Jin’s best fights.

41. Blast door map
(Season 2, Episode 17 - Lockdown)

Radzinksy’s creation is unveiled for the first time when Locke, trapped under the door, is witness to a UV light revealing the invisible map of the Island. An intriguing and suprising revelation – this scene was analysed the hell out of by freeze framers!

40. Sayid meets Kevin Johnson
(Season 4, Episode 7 – Ji Yeon)

MICHAEL: Kevin Johnson
SAYID: It’s nice to meet you, Kevin

Doc Ray orders the janitor to clean a blood stain in Desmond and Sayid’s new room. When he comes closer, Sayid sees the man is a familiar face, Michael Dawson. The payoff to the man on the boat mystery and also a great return for cast member Harold Perrineau.

39. Ben shoots Locke
(Season 3, Episode 20 – The Man Behind The Curtain)

BEN: What did Jacob say to you?
LOCKE: Why did you do this?
BEN: Because you heard him. Now, I need to know what he said.
LOCKE: Help me...
BEN: John, I'm not going to ask you again. What did he say to you?
LOCKE: He said, "Help me."
BEN: Well, I certainly hope he helps you, John.

Threatened by Locke, Ben takes his gun, puts a bullet in him, and leaves him to die in the Dharma death pit. It’s one of the shows biggest shock endings.

38. Arzt blows himself up
(Season 1, Episode 24 – Exodus part two)

ARZT: Any of you ever hear about the guy who invented nitroglycerin? Probably not -- because he blew his freaking face off. His lab assistant came into the room, saw that his mentor detonated, and he said, "Huh, I guess this stuff does work." Alright, we're not going to take any more of this stuff than we need because nitroglycerin is extremely temperamental, so we…

Irritating high school teacher Dr Arzt blows himself up during a (failed) demonstration of how to use dynamite safely. It’s a moment that makes you jump out of your seat and is comical in a very dark way.

37. Boone dies
(Season 1, Episode 20 – Do No Harm)

BOONE: Tell Shannon…

Clumsy Boone has fallen out of a plane and Jack is unable to save him. This scene is the moment of his passing, and the first significant death of the series. Interestingly this scene is contrasted with Claire giving birth at the same time – a comment on the circle of life.

36. The plane boarding
(Season 1, Episode 24 – Exodus part two)

A montage shows the 14 survivors getting on the fateful flight, before their lives change forever. A very moving moment, with great music from Giacchino.

35. Sayid beats up Ben
(Season 2, Episode 14 – One Of Them)

SAYID: Listen to me. You said you buried your wife. Tell me where.
BEN: What are you going to...?
SAYID: Where!?
BEN: In the jungle. By the balloon, in the jungle.
SAYID: How deep? How deep did you dig the grave?
BEN: I don't -- it was...
SAYID: How deep? How many shovelfuls of earth? Did you use your hands? How long did it take you?
BEN: I don't remember.
SAYID: You would remember! You would remember how deep. You would remember every shovelful, every moment. You would remember what it felt like to place her body inside. You would remember if you buried the woman you loved. You would remember -- if it were true!

Still grieving for Shannon, Sayid lets all his rage out on new prisoner Henry (who we now know as Ben). On the other side of the door, Jack forces Locke to let him in or he’ll let the timer go down. One of Naveen Andrews’ finest scenes.

34. Hurley’s dash to the airport
(Season 1, Episode 24 – Exodus part two)

HURLEY: Uh-oh, what uh-oh?
TICKET AGENT: It appears that your flight is already boarding in the Oceanic international terminal. Well, this is the domestic terminal. I don't think you're meant to make this flight, dear.

Season one has many comedy Hurley moments (the scene where his house burns down in Numbers was one of my picks that missed out.) But one of the best is definitely Hurley trying everything to make it to the airport on time despite fate not wanting him to. The music is great. We see the numbers…twice, actually…and the punchline (Flight attendant: “It’s your lucky Day!”) is hilarious. The ultimate irony is Hurley gets on the plane, and then the plane crashes, so he still didn’t make his mom’s birthday party.

33. Eko stares into the smoke
(Season 2, Episode 10 – The 23rd Psalm)

An epic face-off when Nigerian Warlord Mr Eko stands his ground against the black smoke cloud, demonstrating his fearlessness. Freeze framers found hidden treats in the form of images of Eko’s past, which reveals a lot about the Monster’s nature.

32. “Kate Dammit Run!”
(Season 3, Episode 6 – I Do)

JACK: If I don't get a call from you in the next hour, I'm going to 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!

The cliffhanger to the mid-season hiatus that ensured we all wanted more, Jack cuts Ben open to allows his friends to go free.

31. Sawyer kills Sawyer
(Season 3, Episode 19 – The Brig)

SAWYER: Read it.
COOPER: “Dear Mr Sawyer”. What is this?
SAWYER: Just read it.
COOPER: “You don't know who I am, but I know who you are. And I know what you done. You had sex with my mother, and then you stole my dad's money all away, so he got angry and he killed my mother, and then he killed himself” blah blah blah blah. So what? Is this supposed to be you, you wrote this letter? Hey wait a second. Did you take my name because you were on some kind of revenge kick?
SAWYER: Keep reading.

Sawyer gets the vengeance he’s been wanting all his life when he kills Locke’s dad, the man who ruined his life. Probably the biggest moment in his character arc.

30. Jack’s “live together, die alone” speech
(Season 1, Episode 5 – White Rabbit)

JACK: It's been six days and we're all still waiting. Waiting for someone to come. But what if they don't? We have to stop waiting. We need to start figuring things out. A woman died this morning just going for a swim and he tried to save her, and now you're about to crucify him? We can't do this. Everyman for himself is not going to work. It's time to start organizing. We need to figure out how we're going to survive here. Now, I found water. Fresh water, up in the valley. I'll take a group in at first light. If you don't want to go come then find another way to contribute. Last week most of us were strangers, but we're all here now. And god knows how long we're going to be here. But if we can't live together, we're going to die alone.

Jack stops everyone fighting eachother and brings them together as a team, taking charge at last. A classic speech that has been referenced many times on the show since.

29. The purge
(Season 3, Episode 20 – The Man Behind The Curtain)

We get to see an important part of Island history as The Others wipe out Dharma and take back the Island, whilst on a personal level, Ben kills his mean drunk of a dad. It’s by far the most chilling thing Ben has ever done.

28. “You guys got any milk?”
(Season 2, Episode 16 – The Whole Truth)

BEN: Of course, if I was one of them -- these people that you seem to think are your enemies -- what would I do? Well, there'd be no balloon, so I'd draw a map to a real secluded place like a cave or some underbrush -- good place for a trap -- an ambush. And when your friends got there a bunch of my people would be waiting for them. Then they'd use them to trade for me. I guess it's a good thing I'm not one of them, huh? You guys got any milk?

One of Ben’s finest lines, and a great little scene from Michael Emerson.

27. Barracks siege
(Season 4, Episode 9 – The Shape Of Things To Come)

ALEX: Dad... They're serious. They killed Karl and my mother.
BEN: Alex... I have this under control. Everything's gonna be okay.
KEAMY: You have ten seconds, Ben.
BEN: She's not my daughter. I stole her as a baby from an insane woman. She's a pawn, nothing more. She means nothing to me. I'm not coming out of this house. So if you want to kill her, go ahead and do it--

The Barracks come under heavy fire from Keamy’s military men, and it’s up to Sawyer to save Claire and take her back to the house. Keamy threatens to kill Alex. Ben tries to bluff that he doesn’t care about her, and tells Keamy to kill her. Keamy obliges. One of the show’s most shocking and uncomfortable scenes.

26. The fightback against the Others
(Season 3, Episode 22 – Through The Looking Glass)

Sawyer and Juliet are about to take on Tom, Ryan and Jason unarmed. Suddenly, Hurley bursts onto the beach in the Dharma van and runs over Ryan. Sayid introduces Jason’s neck to his feet, and Tom surrenders, who is then shot by Sawyer.

25. Wonderwall
(Season 3, Episode 8 – Flashes Before Your Eyes)

DESMOND: Where do I know you from?
CHARLIE: Look, I don't know, but I'll remember if I could get some help.
DESMOND: You're Charlie.
CHARLIE: Yeah, name's on the sign.
DESMOND: It -- it was in the hatch. I remember seeing you. There was a -- there was a computer. There was a button. We -- we were on an island.
CHARLIE: We are on an island, mate. This is England.
DESMOND: No, it was real, man. I remember.
CHARLIE: Hey, alright. This is why we don't do drugs.
DESMOND: No this -- I remember this. This all happened before. I remember that he said I wasn't worthy -- and then I came down and I took off my tie and I -- and then I lost my tie and Penny said where was it and then it started to rain and...

Desmond confronts Charlie in the streets of London as he starts to get the memory of his past (or should that be future?) life back. Watching the frustrated Desmond play against the wisecracking Charlie is a great moment. Part of Henry Ian Cusick’s best performance, but also a sly in-joke (Driveshaft are heavily based on Oasis) and some nice foreshadowing (Desmond will be the one to save him like the lyrics suggest)

24. Eko’s death
(Season 3, Episode 5 - The Cost Of Living)

EKO: I ask for no forgiveness, Father. For I have not sinned. I have only done what I needed to do to survive. A small boy once asked me if I was a bad man. If I could answer him now, I would tell him that... when I was a young boy, I killed a man to save my brother's life. I am not sorry for this. I am proud of this! I did not ask for the life that I was given. But it was given, nonetheless. And with it... I did my best.

The smoke monster has come to judge Eko in the form of his brother Yemi. Eko refuses to accept his actions have been sins. And for that, the smoke monster takes his life. Eko departs with one of the show’s best speeches, ensuring a great ending to a great character.

23. Trapping Ethan
(Season 1, Episode 15 - Homecoming)

The A-team (Jack, Locke, Sayid, Kate and Sawyer) all work together for the first time and manage to stop Ethan from taking Claire again. However, just as Jack demands answers, Charlie shoots him in order to keep Claire safe.

22. Ethan revelation
(Season 1, Episode 10 - Raised By Another)

HURLEY: We've got a problem. The manifest, the names of everyone who survived, all 46 of us. I interviewed everyone. Here, at the beach, got their names. One of them isn't in the manifest. He wasn't on the plane.

Hurley runs up to Jack at the caves to tell him the troubling news. Cut to creepy Ethan staring down on Claire and Charlie. The First real twist of the season.

21. Hurley gets the van going
(Season 3, Episode 10 – Tricia Tanaka Is Dead)

Hurley proves to himself there is no curse by managing to jumpstart the Dharma van he found in the jungle down a hill. Cue a montage of a smiling Hurley, Jin, Sawyer and Charlie as they ride around in the van. You may be interested to know number 51 on this list was Hurley making the golf course from Solitary, a similar feelgood moment.

20. The Others witness the crash
(Season 3, Episode 1 – A Tale Of Two Cities)

Juliet’s bookclub is interrupted by Oceanic 815’s flightplath straight over the Barracks. It’s an awesome moment that reveals the real living conditions of the Others, who we all thought were hillbillies.
19. Jack makes the call
(Season 3, Episode 22 – Through The Looking Glass)

LOCKE: I don't wanna shoot you. Please. Put the phone down.
JACK: No. You're done keeping me on this Island.
LOCKE: I will kill you if I have to.
JACK: Then do it, John.
LOCKE: Jack. You're not supposed to do this.

Three seasons of Jack / Locke conflict finally came to the boil as Locke, who has just killed Naomi, threatens to shoot Jack if he doesn’t drop the phone. Jack stubbornly stands his ground and calls Locke’s bluff. A really intense climax.

18. “We’re not the only people on this Island and we all know it!”
(Season 1, Episode 17 – In Translation)

LOCKE: They've attacked us, sabotaged us, abducted us, murdered us. Maybe it's time we stop blaming us and start worrying about them. We're not the only people on this island and we all know it.

Just after the revelation that Sun can speak English, Locke steps up to defend Jin and pose his theory that the Others burned Michael’s raft. One of Locke’s best speeches.

17. Hurley and Libby’s kiss
(Season 2, Episode 18 - Dave)

HURLEY: This isn't happening. None of it. I'm just imagining it. This isn't real life.
LIBBY: Why would you say that?
HURLEY: Because in real life -- no girl like you would ever like me.
LIBBY: What was the man's name who broke his leg? The day of the crash on the other side of the Island, Eko brought a man with a broken leg to me for help. What was his name?
HURLEY: I don't know.
LIBBY: You don't know. You know why? Because it happened to me. His name was Donald, and I buried him. I buried a lot of people, Hurley. So don't tell me that that wasn't real. And don't tell me you made me up. It's insulting. Hurley, look at me. I am real. You're real. The way I feel about you -- that's real.

A tender moment from the couple, where Libby convinces Hurley that the Island is real and Dave was just fucking with him. Yep, I hope Libby and Hurley last forev…oh wait.

16. Locke meets Jacob
(Season 3, Episode 20 – The Man Behind The Curtain)

LOCKE: You're putting on a show for me? Or do you really think there's someone there?
BEN: I know there's someone there!
LOCKE: You don't know anything.
BEN: I'm sorry you feel that way, John. And I'm sorry that you're too limited to see.
LOCKE: You're pathetic.
JACOB: Help me.
LOCKE: What did you just say?
BEN: I—I didn't say anything.

Ben takes Locke to see Jacob, but all Locke sees is an empty chair. As he walks out angrily, Locke hears a voice. Suddenly, the whole cabin starts to shake – what the hell did we just see? One of the most creepy and weirdest moments in LOST history. With lesser actors, the scene would fall flat. Instead, Michael and Terry give possibly their strongest performances of the series.

15. Ben moves the Island
(Season 4, Episode 13 – There’s No Place Like Home part two)

Ben goes down into the Orchid basement, to turn a giant wheel which will banish him. But it’s not the Donkey Wheel reveal that makes the scene special. The scene gives sympathy to a generally unsympathetic character. Possibly the best scene involving a giant Frozen Donkey wheel in the history of television, or at least in the top three.

14. Sawyer tells Jack about his father
(Season 1, Episode 23 – Exodus part one)

SAWYER: Going into the jungle after the boom sticks, huh?
JACK: Yeah.
SAWYER: By the time you get back, we'll be in the water. Guess this is pretty much goodbye, then.
JACK: Yeah, I guess it is. Good luck, Sawyer.
SAWYER: Jack. -- About a week before we all got on the plane, I got to talking to this man in a bar in Sydney. He was American, too. A doctor. I've been on some benders in my time, but this guy -- he was going for an all time record. So, it turns out this guy has a son. His son's a doctor, too. They had some kind of big time falling out. The guy knew it was his fault, even though his son was back in the States thinking the same damn thing. See, kids are like dogs, you knock them around enough they'll think they did something to deserve it. Anyway, there's a pay phone in this bar. And this guy, Christian, tells me he wishes he had the stones to pick up the phone, call his kid, tell him he's sorry, that he's a better doctor than he'll ever be -- he's proud, and he loves him. I had to take off, but -- something tells me he never got around to making that call. Small world, huh?

Just before he leaves in the raft, Sawyer tells Jack about the time he met his father in a bar, who told him that he loves Jack and doesn’t blame him – the news Jack has wanted to hear for ages. An emotional moment that makes great use of the flashback connections.

13. Charlie drowns
(Season 3, Episode 22 – Through The Looking Glass)

Moments after Charlie contacts Penny, Mikhail detonates a grenade from outside that breaks the window, flooding the room. Charlie closes the door to save Desmond and just manages to write on his hand “NOT PENNY’S BOAT” before drowning. It’s a touching death. Though I still don’t understand why he didn’t just swim out the window.

12. Desmond turns the failsafe key
(Season 2, Episode 23 – Live Together, Die Alone)

The whole world inside the hatch is crashing down, and Desmond’s last shot at saving it is to turn the key. As he prepares to turn, he recalls Penny’s inspirational words “All we really need to survive is one person who truly loves us”. Then Desmond uses THE POWER OF LOVE to save the day. A dramatic and intense climax to the 2nd season. Let's not forget also the moment where Locke realises he was wrong.

11. Jack revives Charlie
(Season 1, Episode 11 – All The Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues)

Kate and Jack find Charlie hanging from a tree, nearly dead. Kate cuts him down and Jack starts performing CPR. Kate thinks Charlie is gone but Jack just won’t give up, and eventually he revives him. Says a lot about Jack's character and his "never-say-die" attitude, and a sobbing Kate is great too.

10. Ben confronts Widmore
(Season 4, Episode 9 – The Shape Of Things To Come)

WIDMORE: I know who you are, boy. What you are. I know that everything you have you took from me. So... Once again I ask you: Why are you here?
BEN: I'm here, Charles, to tell you that I'm going to kill your daughter. Penelope, is it? And once she's gone... once she's dead... then you'll understand how I feel. And you'll wish you hadn't changed the rules.

Ben issues a threat to Widmore. A cold exchange between two mortal enemies, made creepier by the lighting.

9. The raft is launched
(Season 1, Episode 23 – Exodus part one)

I think the pictures speak enough for this one. Great moment. Doesn't your heart just break when Vincent swims after them?

8. Mad Mike’s double homicide
(Season 2, Episode 20 – Two For The Road)

Ana Lucia is unable to kill Ben. Michael asks Ana Lucia for the gun, because he’ll do it. Then he turns the gun back on Ana and shoots her. Libby walks in at just the wrong time, and Michael shoots her too. He lets Ben free and turns the gun on himself. A classic LOST twist that really comes out of nowhere to shock you.

7. Desmond calls Penny
(Season 4, Episode 5 - The Constant)

DESMOND: I love you, Penny. I've always loved you. I'm so sorry. I love you!
PENNY: I love you too.
DESMOND: I don't know where I am, but--
PENNY: I'll find you, Des--
DESMOND: --I promise--
PENNY: --no matter what--
DESMOND: --I'll come back to you--
PENNY: --I won't give up--
BOTH: I promise. I love you.

Desmond finally gets to contact Penny when Sayid repairs the radio room long enough for Desmond to find his Constant and stop his brain exploding. A dramatic and emotional union between one of the shows best couples.

6. “We have to go back!”
(Season 3, Episode 22 – Through The Looking Glass)

JACK: I've been flying a lot.
KATE: What?
JACK: That golden pass that they gave us. I've been using it. Every Friday night I, I fly from LA to Tokyo or, Singapore, Sydney. And then I, I get off and I, have a drink, and then I fly home.
KATE: Why?
JACK: Because I want it to crash, Kate. I don't care about anybody else on board. Every little bump we hit or turbulence, I mean I, I actually close my eyes and I pray that I can get back.
KATE: This is not gonna change.
JACK: No, I'm sick of lying. We made a mistake.
KATE: I have to go. He's gonna be wondering where I am...
JACK: We were not supposed to leave.
KATE: Yes, we were.
JACK: We have to go back, Kate. We have to go back!!

It's the scene that changed the show's direction for good, as a drugged up Jack meets up with Kate and tells her he wants to go back to the Island...in a FLASHFORWARD! the scene is a perfect end to the season - confusing, surprising and also rather eerie.

5. Locke sees the light
(Season 1, Episode 19 – Deus Ex Machina)

LOCKE: I’ve done everything that you asked me to do so why did you do this to me??

Beginning with a flashback to Locke confronting his father over his stolen kidney, the scene cuts to a defeated Locke sobbing at the hatch. All of a sudden, a light turns on. Emotional and intense.

4. The initial crash site
(Season 1, Episode 1 – Pilot part one)

The very first scene of the very first episode. Jack walks onto the crash site to see a chaotic scene. People are injured, people are running round, and the deafening noise from the plane engine still going drowns them out. Jack gets to work and saves as many people as he can. It’s a scene full of action that hooked many viewers instantly.

3. The Others bomb the raft
(Season 1, Episode 24 – Exodus part two)

TOM: What are you folks doing this far out here?
MICHAEL: We were -- the plane crashed. We were on the Island for months, man.
TOM: Plane crash, huh? Well, how about that?
MICHAEL: Yeah, yeah, we survived and there's a whole group of people on the...
TOM: Well, ain't that something?
TOM: Only, the thing is, we're going to have to take the boy.
MICHAEL: What? What'd you say?
TOM: The boy, we're going to have to take him.

As season one draws to a close, the raft crew catch up with another boat that will surely rescue them. However, it soon emerges the people on the boat are actually the Others. They shoot Sawyer, beat up Michael and kidnap Walt. A shocking twist made creepier by the sudden change in atmosphere.

2. Desmond makes his own kind of music
(Season 2, Episode 1 – Man Of Science, Man Of Faith)

The scene begins with a stranger doing his normal daily routine in his house (?). At first, we don’t know where we are, or how it’s relevant, but then when Desmond goes to investigate an explosion from above, we see we are in the Hatch. A great reveal that was so good the trick was repeated for the season 3 opener.

1. Don’t tell Locke what he can’t do!
(Season 1, Episode 4 - Walkabout)

AGENT: The Walkabouts we arrange here are not just some stroll through the park. It's trekking across vast stretches of desert, rafting bloody treacherous waters.
LOCKE: Look, you've got no idea who you're talking to. I'm well aware of what's involved, believe me. I probably know more than you on the subject.
AGENT: In any case, it's a trying ordeal for someone in peak physical condition, let alone …
LOCKE: Look, I booked this tour a month ago, you've already got my money. Now, I demand a place on that bus.
AGENT: You misrepresented yourself …
LOCKE: I never lied.
AGENT: By omission, Mr. Locke. You neglected to tell us about your condition.
LOCKE: My condition is not an issue. I've lived with it for 4 years. It's never kept me from doing anything.
AGENT: Look, unfortunately it is an issue for our insurance company. I can't keep the bus waiting any longer. It isn't fair to the other people.
LOCKE: Hey, don't talk to me about fair.
AGENT: I can get you on a plane back to Sydney on our dime. That's the best I can do.
LOCKE: No. I don't want to go back to Sydney. Look I've been preparing for this for years. Just put me on the bus, right now, I can do this.
AGENT: No, you can't.
LOCKE: Hey, hey, don't you walk away from me. [The wheelchair reveal]. You don't know who you're dealing with. Don't ever tell me what I can't do, ever. This is destiny. This is destiny. This is my destiny. (yelling) I'm supposed to do this, dammit. Don't tell me what I can't do. Don't tell me what I can't...

Locke is angry that he doesn’t get to go on a Walkabout because he is in a wheelchair, and is left behind, angrily shouting at the tour Agent about his destiny. It’s the original LOST WTF moment, a surprising and unique twist which is also has heavy emotional power. As with all great scenes, it gives previous scenes - such as Locke staring at his toes – new meaning.

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