LOST OBSERVATIONS: 1.01 Pilot (Part 1)


Welcome to LOST Observations: your guide through the clues and easter eggs scattered throughout ABC’s LOST. In this first edition, we’re going back to the very beginning to see what we can find.

First, an introduction:

Hi everyone! Seriable’s newest contributor and long-time serialized television fan here. You can call me Jim (also known as Jim108, FringeMusic108 and LostMusic108 around certain parts of the Internet). I’m a huge LOST fan from Holland, and have decided to share my love and knowledge of the show with you guys, here at Seriable.com. No time to waste. Let’s start from the very beginning; the first part of the Pilot episode. Hope you enjoy. Oh, and beware – major plot spoilers for Seasons 1-6 ahead.


  • Right after the classic “whoosh” of the LOST title sequence, we start our show with… An eye. Jack’s eye, to be exact. I’m sure by now you all know the show ends with Jack closing his eye in the exact same bamboo forest, and if you don’t… You might not want to be reading these posts.
  • Eyes are an important part of the show. Most of the episodes from season 1 (even from the LOST: Via Domus video game!) opened with a shot of that episode’s central character. A tradition that faded away, but was never fully abandoned.
  • A glass eye was found inside The Arrow station. Mikhail Bakunin was missing his right eye. Richard Alpert put extra attention on his eyes by wearing eyeliner (just kidding). Locke has a scar above and below his eye as a result of plane crash, looked into the island’s and saw… something beautiful. Just a few examples of important eyes on the show.
  • Walt’s dog Vincent is the second character we meet. He comes out of the jungle to join Jack for a moment, like he does in the final episode. Mobisode “So It Begins” (canon or not) reveals that the Man In Black, posing as Christian Shephard, sent Vincent to his son to wake him up.

  • While running through the jungle, Jack passes a white tennis shoe. His father’s. Or technically, his own. In 316, Jack explains to Kate that his father “wasn’t worth a nice pair of shoes to [him], or the time it would take to go out and get them.”  In that same episode, Jack gives a pair of his father’s shoes to Locke in an attempt to recreate the original flight.
  • Locke is watching while Kate takes shoes off of a dead body later in the episode.

  • Locke helps Jack save a man’s life. This moment is revisited in Walkabout, when it’s revealed Locke was paralyzed before the crash.
  • Characters notably missing from the scene are Sawyer, Sayid, Kate, Walt and Sun. Since Jack woke up in the jungle it’s not a reach to say others did too. We also know Kate ditched her handcuffs in the jungle before joining the group. Jack may actually be the first person she meets after waking up on the island.
  • Boone tells Jack he’s a licensed lifeguard. Considering all the times he’s gotten himself into trouble, I’m with Jack on this one – he should seriously think about giving that license back.
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  • Jack’s tattoos are clearly visible. The tattoos are actually Matthew Fox’s, but were incorporated into the character of Jack. As revealed in Stranger In A Strange Land, the Chinese writing says “He walks amongst us, but he is not one of us”.
  • When we first see Kate, she is rubbing her wrists, foreshadowing the fact that she was wearing handcuffs moments before.
  •  Jack tells Kate his story about fear:

“Well, fear’s sort of an odd thing. When I was in residency my first solo procedure was a spinal surgery on a sixteen year old kid. A girl. And at the end, after thirteen hours, I was closing her up and I accidentally ripped her dural sac, shredded the base of the spine where all the nerves come together, membrane as thin as tissue… And so it ripped open. Nerves just spilled out of her like angel hair pasta, spinal fluid flowing out of her and I… and the terror was just so crazy. So real. And I knew I had to deal with it. So I just made a choice. I’d let the fear in, let it take over, let it do its thing, but only for five seconds, that’s all I was going to give it. So I started to count: one, two, three, four, five. Then it was gone. I went back to work, sewed her up and she was fine.”

  • Of course, he leaves out the part where his father told him to count to five as a time-out. He also forgets to mention that he met a strange man that gave him an Apollo bar and set him on a path that led him to the island (The Incident).
  • Jack uses the story in I Do and Not In Portland to help Kate and Sawyer escape. It’s also referenced in The End, after Jack is stabbed by the Man In Black.
  • Kate will use the “count to five” technique later in the episode, when she is afraid Jack got eaten by the Smoke Monster. She does the same thing before entering the hatch in season 2.
  • Jack tells Kate “You’re not running now”. If only he knew…

  • FATE. Charlie’s iconic bandages spell out a sign of themes to come.
  • Jin lays down the rules to Sun, telling her to live together with him or die alone (paraphrased). Although they lose each other quite a few times, they do end up dying together and finding each other again the flashsideways world.
  • Jack takes care of Edward Mars. “He was sitting next to me,” Kate tells him. Yes, he was. She also says she “saw some smoke” in the jungle, near the cockpit where they would later be attacked by the monster. Hmm.
  • Meanwhile, Boone hands Shannon a chocolate bar. Even though it’s never fully visible in screen, the blue, red and yellow of the packaging tells me it’s an Apollo bar. It’s quite the popular brand – even though Hurley appears to have never heard of it before he finds them in The Swan – appearing not just on LOST, but episodes of Scrubs and Once Upon A Time too.

  •  The Monster comes and knocks down some trees to greet the new guests. Locke looks like he’s been waiting for the sound his whole life, while Walt wonders if the monster might be Vincent. Cue the “Vincent = Smokey” theories! We also get our very first use of the word “terrific”.
  • Rose tells the group the sound of the Monster seems familiar to her. It’s probably an inside-joke, since the DVD commentary reveals that a NYC taxi cab printer was used for the sound effect.

  • There’s a bruise on Boone’s cheek that he didn’t get in the crash. It’s explained twelve episodes later, in Hearts and Minds, when Boone gets punched in the face by Shannon’s boyfriend.

  • The pilot, Seth Norris, is alive, but not for long (definitely NOT a Candidate). Would that have been Frank Lapidus, had he not overslept?
  • Seth, played by J.J. Abrams’ friend Greg Grunberg, tells us and the survivors that they won’t be rescued anytime soon because they were flying in the wrong direction without anyone knowing. The fact that the island is always moving doesn’t exactly help either (316).
  • In a nice bit of continuity, Seth is wearing his wedding ring, like Frank said he would in Confirmed Dead.
  • Charlie goes to the bathroom to retrieve the bag of heroin he dropped in the toilet.
  • Fans that own the DVD may know that it was originally going to be Jack that would end up dead in a tree. Lucky for us, the network was against that idea.
  •  The original air date of the episode (September 22, 2004) is also the date of the plane crash in the show’s storyline.
  • 48 people survived the crash. 4 and 8 are two of the Numbers.
  • The first word said in the episode – not counting the random screams – is “WAAAALLLLTTT”. Coincidentally, it’s also the last word said in the first season finale. From that moment on, it would be known as Michael’s catchphrase, besides “they took my son!” and “I’m his father!”.
  • Hurley is seen collecting meals from the plane. Some new viewers might think he’s keeping it all for himself, but we know better by now. It won’t be the last time Hurley shares meals with the rest of the group, although the second time Hurley finds himself in charge of the food, he is not able to resist the temptation and keeps some for himself.
  • Meanwhile, Locke is seen staring out at the ocean, not unlike Rose a few episodes later. As we know now, both were “healed” by the island.
  • We are introduced to Cindy, our favourite Australian flight attendant. The next time Jack sees her, he’s not half as fun as he is in this episode.
  • Jack is sitting in row 23; his Candidate number.
  • Kate tells Charlie she knows him from somewhere; our first hint at the connections between all the survivors before the crash. The DS-ring Charlie shows Kate was given to him in Finland, but has nothing to do with the band DriveShaft. As revealed in Greatest Hits, the letters stand for Dexter Stratton, Charlie and Liam’s great-grandfather who inspired them to name their band that way.
  • “We have to go back for him,” Kate says to Charlie about Jack.

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  1. ToxicCrusader says

    Great feature, wondered if there were observations for Lost like had been done with Fringe but obviously not, alas this! Welcome also Jim, awesome to see that you are FringeMusic108 on YouTube who uploads some of the awesome soundtracks from the show!

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  2. says

    Awesome!! It’s so great to remember all the incredible LOST scenes. It would be great if you do some Easter Eggs or Observations of first episodes or inicial seasons.

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    • Choekaas says

      Already following you on YouTube, but looks like I’ll be reading these too. I’m in the middle of a rewatch myself (bought the Collection set a couple of weeks ago), but I’m done with season three right now.

      One thing I find interesting is that when Jack tells Kate about the plane crash he only remembers that it hit turbulence. He says he blacked out after that. He didn’t know that the tail section went out or the front section, even though Kate sat two rows behind him (only on the other side of the plane). And in “316” we know Jack (and others) were zapped/teleported to the Island. Jack even gets the same eye opener and whoosh-sound. I don’t think he fell out of the plane when it cartwheeled through the jungle and crashed on the beach. I think the Island zapped him onto the Island during the original crash, to the most important place on the Island.

      Anyway, Jim, keep up with these. It’s a cool read.

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  3. says

    I watched Lost for the first time earlier this year and immediately begged Roco to do an observations series! Thanks so much Jim! I can’t wait to read the rest. This is going to be awesome!

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    • Jim says

      If you posted that request in the comments on this website, I think you actually may have been the one that inspired me to volunteer! :p

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  4. says

    I bugged Roco on Twitter and in the comments here (just last month I think) so I’ll take full credit for the inspiration! Thank you again for doing this. I’m excited!

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  5. lost_stef says

    I was also another person asking for the Observations to be done! Thanks for the great read Jim, look forward to all your upcoming posts!

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  6. Danny says

    Dude these are so epic!!!! I love LOST and it’s one of the reasons I want to be a filmmaker when I get older. But there is something really cool you may or may not have noticed in the Pilot:

    When The Pilot wakes up, Jack hands him an Oceanic water bottle. One very similar looking bottle would one day be used by Hurley to become the new man in charge of the Island. 
    They were epic with their continuity 😀

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