The first few moments of the series remain some of the craziest ever seen on TV. The crash landing of Oceanic Flight 815 was and is one of the most ambitious scenes ever created as we see Jack (Matthew Fox) go from victim to victim trying his best to aid them while taking in the chaos for himself.
The Polar Bear
As if a plane crash wasn’t major enough, fans were introduced to the quirky reality of Lost early on when survivors came face to face with a polar bear on the tropical island. The moment was truly wild and marked the beginning of a long list of questions.
Desmond’s Phone Call
Throughout one Season 4 episode, Desmond (Henry Ian Cusick) undergoes flashes between his present timeline in 2004 and the past of 1996. His mission? Get Penny’s (Sonya Walger) number so he can call her on Christmas eve. The stressful buildup led to a rather wild phone call filled with declarations of love.
Not Penny’s Boat
This scene, also known as Charlie’s (Dominic Monaghan) death was shocking and later became iconic in the memory of Lost fans. Sacrificing himself, Charlie saved Desmond and helped his friends in one final heroic act. His last relayed message of writing “Not Penny’s Boat” on his hand is often met with emotional responses still.
“Come On, Charlie”
In Season 1, Charlie had a brush with death when Ethan (William Mapother) hung him. Luckily, Jack and Kate (Evangeline Lilly) found him shortly after and following a rather rough CPR session, Charlie gasped for air and came back to life.
Desmond in the Hatch
In a reveal no one could have seen coming, fans learned at the beginning of Season 2 that someone actually lived inside the mysterious hatch on the island. The discovery introduced us to Desmond who was living rather comfortably underground.
Early on in the series fans were introduced to John Locke’s (Terry O’Quinn) backstory which also revealed the character was previously immobile, requiring a wheelchair for every daily activity. In a brief moment towards the end of the installment titled “Walkabout,” we revisit the plane crash which is the moment when Locke discovers he can walk and stand again. The realization had viewers believing like Locke that the island may be capable of miracles.
There were many insane deaths during Lost‘s run, but when Michael (Harold Perrineau) turned on Ana Lucia (Michelle Rodriguez) and Libby (Cynthia Watros), jaws were dropping across America. Although his shooting of Ana Lucia was intentional, his startling by Libby caused him to shoot in her direction.
“We Have to Go Back”
It’s all in the quote uttered by a desperate Jack to Kate in what people thought had been a flashback of Jack’s life before he meets up with her. The realization that they actually managed to get off the island remains one of the show’s biggest twists, making it a definite crazy moment.
Before shows likeBreaking Bad or Game of Thrones, there was one series that sparked a curiosity into digging deeper when it comes to story and meaning. Lost took TV by storm on September 22, 2004 when it debuted on ABC with the crash landing of Oceanic Flight 815.
Now, 15 years later and fans still spiral into hours-long conversation about the questions raised, answers given and overall themes. Airing for six seasons from 2004 to 2010, Lost captivated its viewers in a way that TV hadn't quite before.
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From varying timelines, alternate dimensions and spiritual plots to the significance of "4 8 15 16 23 42" and the Dharma Initiative, the universe created by J.J. Abrams, Jeffrey Lieber and Damon Lindelof offered viewers so much to sift through and think over. In the gallery above, we're taking a look back at some of the show's more insane moments.
Go back to the island and take a walk down memory lane with nine examples proving Lost is a show worth remembering.