We are introduced to more characters next as Sayid is building a signal fire and asks Charlie for help. Charlie writes F-A-T-E on pieces of tape around each of his fingers and Sayid mentions a rescue should have come by then as night falls. We are also introduced to Boone and Shannon where the former thinks they could be on the island for a while and the latter mentions the plane having a black box and a rescue will arrive at any moment. Next comes the lovable Hurley who gives food to Claire, who is the pregnant woman. Finally, we meet Michael and his son Walt, followed by Korean husband and wife, Jin and Sun, with Jin instructing Sun not to interact with the other survivors.
Jack is examining a wounded man whose unconscious and has a gnarly piece of shrapnel in his gut. Kate mentions that he was sitting next to her in the plane. Jack talks about the turbulence and blacking out before waking up in the jungle but Kate describes how the plane broke apart in midair. Jack tells Kate that he’s thinking about going to find the cockpit to find a transceiver. Kate says she saw smoke deeper into the jungle and a mission is afoot!
As the survivors wait in the dark, a loud, alarming sound comes from within the jungle and yeah, it’s a freaky sound. Trees are moving and automatically it’s hard not to think of the T-Rex from Jurassic Park. What’s stranger about the growls though is that it sounds mechanical at times. (Side note: There were commercials for the show seeing as it ran on ABC so it definitely takes advantage of stops and starts.)
We get our first flashback (coming out of the commercial break) and it takes place on the plane before the turbulence hits. Remember, flashbacks are a big part of this show. Jack is interacting with a flight attendant getting his buzz on with those little bottles of alcohol (he got an extra one from the flight attendant which might have saved his life as he put that one in his jacket pocket and later used it to clean his rib wound). He gets up from his seat and Charlie moves past him rather quickly while being pursued by the flight attendants. Jack talks to the woman, Rose, he saved who wasn’t breathing. Next, the plane goes all shaky shaky. People fly out of their seats and this flight is going down.
Back on the island the next morning, the survivors are discussing the scary jungle sounds and whatever the “monster” is that was making them. Jack and Kate are getting ready to leave to find the cockpit but first Kate has to collect shoes from the dead. She gets a very creepy smile from another survivor who smiles with an orange peel in his mouth (more on him later).
Michael is sitting around with his son Walt joined by Charlie, Shannon, Boone, and Hurley. The group is talking about random things before Hurley brings up doing something about the bodies of the dead which he hilariously misspells to save young Walt from the horror of the dead. Jack and Kate show up and mention their mission and ask the others to keep an eye on the wounded while he’s gone. Charlie mentions his going with Jack and Kate, not wanting to sit about all day (what else is there to do on a beach waiting for rescue?).
Our three heroes head off and Kate recognizes Charlie from somewhere where he reveals his being in a band called Driveshaft, which has a well-known hit. Jack’s less impressed (he doesn’t strike me as the rock music listening type).
Back on the beach with the others, a downpour occurs and the trees start moving again, announcing the monster is back.
Jack, Kate, and Charlie find the cockpit propped up against the trees during the downpour. They investigate and find the pilot alive who tells them they were off course and any rescue attempt is looking in the wrong place. The pilot tries the transceiver but it doesn’t work. We also learn there were 48 survivors and they’ve been on the island for 16 hours. Just to call out a point of interest, numbers are a big deal in this show. They show up often and act as references and connections, which we’ll see more of as we get deeper into the show. I’ll do my best to call these out when they happen.
The monster arrives, making its strange sounds and in a very gruesome way, the pilot is killed, ripped from the broken windshield as he (stupidly) climbs out to see what the monster is. Jack, Kate, and Charlie make a run for it (Jack wisely grabs the transceiver) and get separated (a recipe for certain death in any horror movie). Kate hides in a tree and counts to five before trying to find Jack and Charlie. She finds Charlie and they see something in a reflection of a puddle after the rains stops. Jack arrives and says its the pilot and they see the pilot’s bloody body has been left up high in the trees (not Predator style but pretty close). Gross. But at least they have a transceiver!
Except it doesn’t work…
End of Part 1. Onto Part 2!
Jack, Kate, and Charlie are returning to survivor beach, seeming to be in no real rush which is odd considering what they just encountered with the monster killing the pilot. To each their own, I suppose. Kate asks what Charlie was doing in the bathroom (I failed to mention this happening previously) while they were in the cockpit and he says he got sick and was a bit of a coward.
Flashback: In the plane before the crash, Charlie is acting very antsy and not looking all that great, sweating and fidgeting. He sets off some alarms in the flight attendants and he proceeds to the bathroom where he moves past Jack (remember when we saw that last episode?) and crawls over Shannon and Boone in their seats as well. Once in the bathroom, Charlie removes his shoe and grabs a baggy of something. Drugs (good job TSA!). He gets his fix just as the turbulence strikes.
To the present, Shannon is sunbathing (because why not) and her and Boone argue about helping around the “camp”. Claire is there and we find out Boone is Shannon’s brother. Claire mentions she hasn’t felt the baby move since the day before (bummer…).
Jin is fishing for sea urchin (is it still considered fishing if he’s just collecting them from shallow pools?) while Sun watches. Michael shows up asking if they’ve seen Walt. Sun speaks in Korean and Jin says something to her and she buttons up the top button of her shirt. This marriage dynamic is raising a few flags. Walt is out looking for his dog, Vincent, and finds handcuffs (uh oh! that’s not good!). Michael finds Walt soon after and we get a good look at their relationship and there’s some contention there between them (the show does a good job of introducing these character relations and providing answers slowly rather than all at once).
Sayid and another survivor—Sawyer—are fighting (fisticuffs in action). Bad blood between them is due to Sayid being blamed for the plane crash by Sawyer because he is of Middle Eastern descent (reminder, the show started shortly after 9/11). Jack and Kate get in the mix and Michael tells them about the handcuffs and Sawyer accusing Sayid of being the one handcuffed. Jack and Kate tell everyone they found the cockpit and the transceiver omitting the part about the pilot being alive and then killed by the monster. They ask if anyone can fix the transceiver. Sayid says he can and Sawyer is quick to question trusting him. Hurley talks to Sayid away from the group and we learn Sayid was a communications officer with the Iraqi Republican Guard during the Gulf War.
Kate and Sayid talk next and he shares that the transceiver needs to be used on higher ground. Queue the adventure music as they look to the mountains of the island, knowing a hike is in order.
Kate checks with Jack about the man with shrapnel. Jack knows time is running out for the man if they don’t get rescued. She tells Jack that a hiking expedition is going to take place and Jack tells her to run if she hears or sees anything (probably referencing the monster).
We get a brief moment between Jin and Sun and see Jin’s quite the jerk to her. There’s still a sense of mystery involving them, which we will get answers to soon. Jin takes prepared sea urchin to Hurley as food. Hurley refuses leaving us with a comedic moment (Hurley provides a great deal of comedic moments in this show).
Walt is looking through a comic book (looks like a Justice League comic with a polar bear in it) but can’t read it because it’s written in Spanish. Michael approaches and tries to have a conversation and tells Walt that they can get another dog when they get home and Walt takes off (it’s sore subject). Jack is searching through some baggage and asks Michael about Walt and we find out that Michael isn’t so sure of Walt’s age at first (interesting…). Michael mentions the dog and Jack says he saw it in the jungle.
Shannon and Boone get into a fight and Shannon decides she’s going to go on the hike with Sayid and Kate to prove she’s not worthless to the group. Boone tags along and so do Charlie and Sawyer who we see is reading what looks like a letter of some sorts before joining (more on that later). Cue the adventure music!
Walt comes across the survivor who smiled at Kate with the orange peal in his mouth (remember him) playing backgammon (somehow that survived the crash). The man’s name is John Locke and they have a conversation where we learn Walt’s mom died (we also learn that the plane was traveling from Sydney, Australia). Locke tells Walt about backgammon and how it’s the oldest game in the world. Locke explains that there are two players and two sides—one light and the dark. Finally, Locke asks Walt if he wants to know a secret. This exchange comes off creepy at first but trust me there are no ill intentions here.
In a small moment, Jin continues his offer of urchin to the other survivors and Claire agrees to eat some. This causes the baby to kick! Yay! Jin has a priceless reaction too.
Jack asks Hurley to help him find antibiotics and also lends Jack his help with the man with shrapnel. We get some more comedic moments with Hurley when Jack pulls the shrapnel out and Hurley passes out.
Back with the hikers, an argument ensues in the jungle and the group is interrupted by a very loud growl. Is it the monster? Doesn’t sound the same but something is coming closer to them and at a fast speed. Everyone runs except Sawyer. Gunshots sound off and everyone discovers that Sawyer killed a polar bear. Yep, a polar bear in the jungle. The shock of the dead bear wears off as Kate asks Sawyer where he got a gun. Sawyer reveals he took it off a U.S. Marshall.
Sayid thinks Sawyer is the prisoner on the plane and while he’s distracted, Kate takes the gun. She asks how to unload it and Sayid instructs her. Kate gives the gun back to Sawyer and he grabs her saying he knows her type—girls just like her.
Flashback: Kate and the passenger—shrapnel man—sitting next to her are talking but not as friends or even acquaintances (she made it sound like they were strangers to Jack). Big reveal! We learn that Kate was handcuffed and shrapnel man is the U.S. Marshall. Turbulence starts and we see the plane break apart in midair.
The marshall comes to while Jack is working on him, grabs Jack by the collar, and asks “Where is she?”
The hikers finally turn on the transceiver and get a transmission that blocks them from sending anything out. It’s a recorded message with a strange robotic voice saying “iteration” and then a number followed by a French woman speaking. Shannon knows some French and translates the message as a distress call saying everyone’s dead, something killed them, and the French woman needs help. Sayid does the math and estimates the recorded message has been on a loop for 16 years.
Charlie aptly asks, “Guys, where are we?”
End of episode!
Okay, so if you watched the episodes or are familiar with them, there are very memorable moments, which I try to call out in the pics I use. I’ll be doing this quite a bit because these are also things that become symbols and/or motifs in the show. Very important as we explore the mysteries of the island.
The mysteries are big. What’s the monster on the island? What happened to the French woman? How has her message been playing for sixteen years? Then we have the mysteries with the characters. What’s Kate’s story? What’s the story behind the contentious relationships between Michael and Walt and Jin and Sun? Mysteries are important to the show’s appeal and the characters themselves.
Let me know your thoughts and please remember to keep these posts SPOILER FREE. I’ll remove your post quickly if you let anything slip. Focus your comments on the episode itself.