We’ve made it to the end! Oh man… This endeavor has been tougher than I anticipated. If you’ve followed alongside me for this rewatch, then I commend your patience especially if Lost is unknown to you or not your cup of tea. I’ve tried to format this long finale in a comprehensive way without sticking too much to the weeds. I wanted to hit the major points and moments, and brush off the fluff. We know these characters pretty well by now so the minor moments are omitted. Let’s go!
Walt wakes up in the morning and goes to do his business when he sees Rousseau walking around and entering the camp. He wakes up Michael and before we know it, everyone is enthralled by this stranger they’ve no doubt heard of but never seen. Sayid interacts with her, just as surprised by her visit and she tells them the Others are coming.
Left in confusion, Rousseau explains that after her team was on the island a week, she had her baby, the Others lit a fire inland that released a pillar of black smoke, and then they came to steal her baby, Alex.
There’s not a lot to take from Rousseau’s warning as Jack and Locke seem to question the validity of her claim. Jack’s focus is the raft and Michael tells him they need everyone working to launch that day. Jack makes that happen but as things go awry while trying to guide the raft into the water, Walt calls out for everyone to look at a pillar of black smoke inland (well, that’s not good).
Taking Rousseau’s warning more to heart, Jack thinks the hatch is their best shot at hiding and providing protection for all forty members of their group. They take Rousseau to the hatch but she’s never seen anything like it in all her time on the island. Sayid continues to argue against going inside but Locke asks Rousseau about the explosives she used to rig her hideout. She tells them that if they mean to use the dynamite, then they must leave immediately to reach the Black Rock where she got it from.
Flashbacks: All the flashbacks for the finale show our survivors the day of Flight 815. We see a lot of moments that are good but not important to the central plot. It more so shows us who they were before crashing onto the island. There’s been a lot of growth in some and little in others. All in all, it shows us they were strangers before the flight and ended up together, putting hope and trust (most of the time) in each other in order to survive their circumstances.
Jack puts together a team to go to the Black Rock which includes Locke, Kate, Hurley, and our weather man from the previous episode, Arzt, who learns from Hurley about the dynamite. He convinces Jack to let him tag along because he knows how unstable dynamite is and knows how to handle it. He leaves everyone else to help with the raft launching. We get some goodbye moments but the most important is between Jack and Sawyer. Jack hands over one of the guns so Sawyer has some protection for the raft and Sawyer tells Jack about a man he met in Sydney. He conveys Christian’s remorse and love for Jack and it absolutely helps Jack have closure (such a good moment).
Rousseau leads the group to the “dark territory” which is where the Black Rock is and she mentions one of her crew mates losing his arm. This leads Arzt to turn back, changing his mind quickly. He doesn’t get far though after the group hears him whooping (this is the best word I can think to describe the sounds he makes) and tells them to run. Soon after, our friend the monster starts pulling up trees making its weird mechanical growling sounds. Everyone runs besides Locke, who tells Hurley it won’t hurt them (hmm, yeah okay). Rousseau leads the others into a group of trees to hide and when Kate asks about it, our she states the monster is a security system meant to protect the island (interesting…).
When Rousseau finally gets them to the Black Rock, the group is flabbergasted because the Black Rock is in fact an old timey ship. No, seriously, it’s a ship in the middle of the jungle!
Back on the beach, the final touches to the raft are being set in place. Walt leaves Vincent with Shannon because he helped Walt when his mom died. Sayid installs the salvaged radio equipment on the raft, giving instructions when and how long to use. Sun and Jin reconcile and she gives him a parting gift of phonetically written out words to help him learn English. The raft launches without another hitch and there’s much joy and happiness (yay!).
Before leaving the group at the Black Rock, Rousseau tells them where to find the dynamite. Hurley and Arzt stay outside the scary ghost ship while the others go inside and find many fun things: skeletons chained to the hull, mining tools, and dynamite! Yep, looks like the Black Rock was a slavers ship. When Jack and Locke get one of the crates of explosives outside, Arzt freaks out. He then gives them a history lesson on dynamite and instability and wraps a stick in muddy cloth to stabilize it. Then he explodes. No, really. Not making this up. Arzt gets blown to smithereens. That just happened! That leaves the group to reluctantly follow his lead and wrap several sticks (very carefully) and separate them into different packs and return to the hatch slowly but quickly. Time is against them. Remember, the Others are coming!
Everyone on the beach is packing and getting ready to make their way to the caves. Claire’s having a tough time with her baby crying and being stressed herself. Charlie wants to help and eventually goes to Sayid to request a gun (Jack left Sayid in charge of the gun case) but gets denied one and goes back to help Claire. Rousseau must have booked it because she shows up and tells Charlie she needs to talk to Sayid. Charlie runs off to get Sayid and they overhear a commotion shortly after. Turns out Rousseau knocked Claire out and took the baby! What?! (yeah, this show gets crazy in these last episodes). Charlie and Sayid run to get the guns and then head off to track down Rousseau. Claire tries to go too but can’t and begs Charlie to get Aaron back. Who? Yep, she finally named her baby in that strenuous moment.
The rafters are doing what they do, realizing the true size of the island, and almost lose the rudder to a piece of driftwood. Michael and Jin have come a long way and seem to have become friends. Jin gives Michael the watch (remember that thing?) and they try the transceiver equipment but get nothing. A funny moment takes place while Sawyer reads notes written for loved ones and he wonders who Hugo is and how he has 160 million dollars.
Jack’s group is making progress back through the dark territory but things get weird fast when Jack and Kate hear some kind of chittering sound and see what can best be described as a fast moving black smokish thing. Trees get pulled up in the distance and everyone runs again except for Locke who moves towards the chaos. When a tree gets pulled up right next to him, we see terror replace his curiosity. He gets up and runs but eventually gets grabbed by the leg and dragged. Before being pulled into a pit of some sort, Jack catches him and calls for Kate to throw some dynamite inside the pit. Locke pleads to be let go, believing he won’t be hurt but Jack refuses. The explosion is deep and in response, the smoke thing we saw earlier rises up and flees. Yep, that’s the monster. It’s some kind of smoke-like entity to which the fans call “Smokey”. I wish my description could be more menacing but it is what it is.
Sayid and Charlie stop to rest briefly at the beach craft Boone climbed into. Sayid gives Charlie the run down of the plane and points out the Virgin Mary statues filled with drugs (oh no!). Charlie’s face says it all as he’s sober and suddenly come into the mother-load. Running again, they come across a blanketed bundle. Charlie goes for it and in doing so trips a trap that drops stones on his head. Sayid fixes him up using gunpowder to cauterize the wound on his head. When they finally get to the source of the Others’ pillar of smoke, they find no one there but hear Aaron crying. Rousseau hands over the baby, hoping to have made a trade for her daughter, and says she heard the whispers of the Others saying they were coming for the child, for the boy.
It’s nighttime on the raft and Sawyer turns the transmitter on. They get a blip on the radar and after arguing, Michael eventually gives in and shoots the signal flare. The blip moves away but eventually comes back into range and as the rafters wait, a spotlight turns on. The boat is small but there are four people aboard asking questions. Michael tells them who they are and the leader on the other boat shifts suddenly and says they are going to have to take the boy (aha! Rousseau was not lying!). A scuffle takes place resulting in Sawyer getting shot, Michael and Jin going overboard, Walt being taken, and an explosion destroying the raft. We watch in shock as the boat drives off with Walt screaming for help and Michael in the water unable to do so.
Finally back at the hatch, the group starts to place the dynamite around the hatch to blow the door. There’s a great moment between Jack and Locke where they discuss a difference in philosophy with Jack being a man of science and Locke being a man of faith. Locke believes they were brought to the island to serve a purpose; it’s their destiny to be there and the answer is in the hatch. Jack disagrees and cares only about keeping their people safe.
After Hurley takes the backup sticks of dynamite a safe distance away, he walks to join the group as they prepare to light the fuse. Dropping his flashlight, Hurley sees the numbers on the side of the hatch and does everything he can to put out the fuse after Locke lights it. The explosives go off and the door is off. Jack and Locke look down and we get the iconic camera pan down and away from them as the first season of Lost ends.
Woo!!! Yep, we’ve made it!!! Okay, I hope you’ve enjoyed this rewatch. I am actually going to continue watching the show (without recapping though; no more). My next blog post will be the latest Shoals to the Hallowed flash fiction piece. After that, we will see where to go. I’ve got some announcements coming and I’ll try to figure out how and when I want to share those. Thanks again! It’s been fun, exhausting, and special to rewatch Lost Season 1 with you.