Friday, May 21, 2010

The Top 25 Most Unfrogettable Moments of 'Lost'

 See, promised it would happen.  Lost, in many ways, got me through High School, and I know I'm not alone on that one. Now this old friend will be leaving us. Remember when we found out Jack was supposed to die in the first episode? Ah, memories.

Well, I've changed my mind from my original idea.  Here's what I will do now.

Here is my list of the Top 25 Most Unforgettable Moments on Lost.  Get your tissues now. Unfortunately, I was unable to get moments for every character, most notably Mr. Eko.  I know, I know! I tried, believe me I did. But I just couldn't get him on here.  If I made a #26, is would be Mr. Eko Meets The Monster...but nobody likes a Top 26 list.I picked the picture as his honorable mention.

Nevertheless, I think most will be happy with my list.  Perhaps you'd switch the order around a bit, but I think any Lost fan will enjoy reliving these moments in preparation for Sunday's big night.

 I was unable to make a slide show, so for the full dramatic effect, I'd move slowly. But that's just me.

Enjoy yourselves.

25.) Hurley and Libby
Over the years, Lost has showed us some great relationships. But I don't think any are as heartbreaking as Hurley and Libby. Their romance was short-lived...very short-lived.  I guess that's what happens when you get yourself kicked off a TV show. This moment on the cliff, right after Dave (one of the best minor characters, in my opinion) jumps over the edge, stands as the definitive moment of their relationship.


24.) Seeing the Statue
There has been some big questions that sneaked themselves in there unexpectedly, and the first appearance of The Statue is perhaps the definitive example of this technique on Lost. Literally coming out of nowhere, this short scene kept us guessing at the answer for literal years.


23.) Ben Moves The Island
A wonderful moment alone with one of the best actors on the show. This scene would leave us very confused over the season break. Still so many questions exist about The Wheel.  We know that The Man In Black had the idea, but who finished it? Why is it so cold?  What effect does it have on The Heart of The Island? Why is the person who moves it transported to the Tunisian Desert? All these questions spawned from this unforgettable scene.

The clip also has the beginning of the next episode, but it was the only one I could find with an embedding ability.


22.) The Death of Juliet Burke
Perhaps the standout scene from Season Six, not counting The Finale of course. It took me a long time to like Juliet, but I don't think anyone was ready for her to die, especially not Sawyer.  A painful goodbye.  


21.) The 'Live Together, Die Alone Speech'
 The moment that Jack took control of the Losties. Without a doubt one of the most memorable quotes from the series. A small side note, I tried to find a way to get Boone into this list, but he, like Eko, just couldn't make the cut.  So his appearance in the clip serves as good shout-out to him.

20.) The Reunion
 There has been many 'reunions' on Lost but none compares to when the Talies and The Losties were reunited, specifically Rose and Bernard. 

19.) Sawyer Tells Jack About His Father
 Sawyer and Jack have not had many bonding moments, and that makes Sawyer's story all the more touching. For a long time the 'Lost Connections' were not known to the castaways, and this was perhaps the first real reveal in the series.

The embedding didn't work so take a quick detour:

18.) Ben Kills Jacob
 In one episode we were introduced and then had to say goodbye (sort of) to a character we'd been speculating about for ages. What's most memorable about this to me is not the actual killing so much as Ben's speech to Jacob. The man who is always in control and always has a plan, is left utterly hurt and low. Michael Emerson, this show owes you a lot.

17.) The Death of Alex Linus
No one could believe that it happened. Nobody knew what to say. Audiences everywhere, I imagine, could only sit in disbelief.

Once again, YouTube fails me.  Here's the link: 

16.) Jacob's Cabin
For a very long time the world was convinced that mysterious figure who, for a moment, appears in that chair was Jacob.  Now, with one episode left, we still do not know who this Shadowy Figure is. At the time, popular belief was that it was Alvar Hanso, leading of The Hanso Foundation who sponsored the Dharma Initiative. then again, that was when we thought understanding Dharma was the key to this show. I believe that Locke was a popular candidate for the figure as well  Oh how wrong we were... This is one of the chief questions I hope will be answered on Sunday.


15.) Michael Kills Ana Lucia and Libby
 If I were to have made a list of the most shocking moments on Lost, this would probably be number one.  No one. No one expected this.

14.) Who's In The Coffin
 Without a doubt this was the biggest question between the season three finale and this moment. The answer was hard to accept, and we wouldn't really understand the answer until the beginning of season six.

13.) Locke Falls
 Ever since we answered the question of Who Was in The Wheelchair, I think the biggest question did he get there.  And, in true Lost fashion, we found out with a jolt. the end is slightly cut off, my apologies. 

12.) The Man From Tallahassee
 Throughout the episode we wondered just who was 'the Man From Tallahassee. the answer sent everyone theorizing for the rest of the week as to how he got there, but raised the bigger question: How did the others become so powerful, and how do they have this power off the island?

11.) "Let's Just See What's Gonna Happen"
 You could only say the phrase 'Push the button' so many times before anyone who had seen a small clip of the show would want to know what happens when you don't push it.  Eventually we got the answer, but in this moment, the taste Damon and Carlton gave us intrigued us more than anything we could have hoped for.

10.) Henry Gale
For a long time after we found out his real name, everyone still refused to call Ben anything other than Henry Gale. We never got to learn the story of the real Henry Gale, but Sayid's introduction made a lasting impression. 

9.) The Light In The Hatch
 For me, this is one of the defining moments of John Locke's character, and one of the first things I think about when I hear the word 'Hatch'. Throughout the first season all anyone wanted to know was what was in that hatch.  The answer, of course, was even more memorable, but this taste intrigued us and reinvigorated our friend Mr. Locke. 

8.) "Got Any Milk?"
 Before we found out that our good friend Henry Gale was not named Henry Gale, we more or less found out in this wonderful clip. It is also worth noting that it was this scene that convinced Damon and Carlton that they needed to sign Michael Emerson for a long-term contract, and not any of this three-episode nonsense. True story.

7.)  Desmond Calls Penny
 The ranking of this could be disputed, I would guess. However this must be one of, if not the most heartwarming moment in the show.  i clearly remember crying, and I'm not the least bit ashamed to say it. Pure joy, that's what this clip is.  Unfortunately, YouTube is not letting me embed any of the clips.  So here's another link, i know you wpn't skip it.

6.) "We're The Good Guys, Michael"
 Perhaps the quote is more memorable than the scene, but considering Lost ran a billboard campaign that was all black with just this quote in white lettering...I think it is safe to say it is worth it's rank.  I apologize for the alterations made to the scene. 

5.) The Death of Charlie Pace
 Charlie.  A beloved character from the very beginning.  Another scene at which I cried and am not the least bit ashamed. There's no real way to enjoy the clip

4.) The Others Take Walt
The first huge bombshell lost threw at us. Everyone was shocked, everyone was talking about it, everyone had theories. I think the theories are what i'll miss most about Lost, all the plotting and planning and speculating. I remember after The Numbers episode drawing a huge diagram with equations involving the numbers on a blackboard during a study hall. Oh, those were the days...but I digress. 


3.) Season 2 Intro.
 Throughout the scene I speculated that the man we saw was Jack, or perhaps Sawyer. And, if memory serves, i think I tossed the name Boone out there. It was a very happy-go-lucky start to the show's sophomore year...until, of course, everyone was shocked beyond belief. Best season opener...without a doubt.  Not to mention Mama Cass' sales shot up immensely following the episode...I certainly contributed. "Make Your Own Kind of Music" remains one of my favorite songs...purely based on the memory of this episode.

2.) Walkabout
 In my opinion, 'Walkabout' remains the best episode of Lost, with some close competition of course.  The Walkabout scene, however, remains one of the first moments that we knew we would be with this show til the bitter end.  No bombshell can compare to the one dropped in this scene... except maybe, the next one.

1.) "We Have to Go Back" 
I've seen many parodies and mockeries of this quote and this scene. My typical response is a polite chuckle, concealing my inner laughter at the fool's lack of understanding of the scene (not to mention my rage at their blatant disrespect for great writing and acting). This reveal turned everything we knew about Lost on it's head, and made damn sure that everyone knew 'getting off the island' was not the point of the show. It also, for me, changed how I felt about Jack. Just...go ahead and enjoy the whole thing.

So that's my list folks.  Try to keep it together Sunday, alright?  I mean, don't call me for comfort...because I guarantee I'm going to be a mess.  I have nothing but love for this show, and it'll be very hard to say goodbye. 


  1. "Not Penny's boat" is definitely my #1.

    Some others that should make the list, IMO: the opening to season 5, when the Black Rock is heading toward the island and MIB tells Jacob he's going to "find a loophole"; any number of Vincent cameos; Sayid shooting lil' kid Ben; and (a more recent one) when Richard tries to blow himself up and Jack has to... defuse the tension.

  2. I approve, lots of great moment, Though I agree "Not Pennys Boat" is my number one, but I completely respect your list the way it is