Pilot (1)

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 9/22/04
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  • Episode Description
  • A sudden plane crash leaves at least 48 survivors stranded on a jungle island, forced to scavenge for survival from the wreckage of the plane. As they get their bearings and pin their hopes on a quick rescue, the band of strangers begin to learn the island holds deep and dark secrets. A group of strong-willed survivors: Jack, a spinal surgeon; Charlie, a former rock star; and the enigmatic Kate venture into the dark heart of the jungle to try and recover the airplane transceiver. But even heroes have secrets, as the survivors will soon learn.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Terry O'Quinn

    John Locke

  • Harold Perrineau Jr.

    Michael Dawson

  • Emilie de Ravin

    Claire Littleton

  • Naveen Andrews

    Sayid Jarrah

  • Dominic Monaghan

    Charlie Pace

  • Fan Reviews (171)
  • Fantastic

    By hossamnassar169, Apr 24, 2015

  • One of the absolutely best

    By sremnes, Dec 25, 2014

  • Brilliant

    By thetvshowcritic, Oct 12, 2014

  • ggfrttg

    By leon665, Sep 28, 2014

  • Count to five...

    By Michael_Mythos, Jun 14, 2014

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (23)

    • (after hearing crashing noises from the jungle) Charlie: (quietly) Terrific.

    • Jack: Kate, you showed me where the smoke was. I can get there myself. Kate: I'm coming! Jack: (smiling) Well, you're going to need better shoes.

    • Jin: (In Korean to Sun) You must not leave my sight. You must follow me wherever I go. Do you understand? Don't worry about the others. We need to stay together.

    • Jack: Hey, can you hear me? (to Kate) I need that water. (He gives the pilot some water) Here you go, take it. Pilot: How many survived? Jack: At least 48. Does anything feel broken? Pilot: No. My head's a little dizzy, that's all. Jack: It's probably a concussion. Pilot: How long has it been? Jack: 16 hours. Pilot: 16? Has anybody come? Jack: Not yet.

    • Cindy: So, how's the drink? Jack: It's good. Cindy: That wasn't a very strong reaction. Jack: Well, it's not a very strong drink. Cindy: (hands him two more bottles) Shhh! Just don't tell anyone. Jack: This of course breaks some critical FAA regulations.

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    Notes (36)

    • The scene where Jack asks Kate to sew up his back injury was the audition scene used to select the two actors to play Jack and Kate.

    • The character of Sawyer was meant to be a slick New Yorker but the writers liked Josh Holloway's audition so much they changed him into a Southener.

    • In Latin America, this episode was known as "Piloto: Parte 1", which is an exact translation.

    • Awards won: -2005 Emmy Awards for "Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series", "Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore)", "Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series" and *"Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series"*. -*Motion Picture Sound Editors's 2005 Golden Reel Awards for "Best Sound Editing in Television Short Form-Sound Effects And Foley" and "Best Sound Editing in Television Short Form-Dialogue And ADR"*. -Casting Society of America's 2005 Artios for "Best Dramatic Pilot Casting". Awards nominations: -2005 Emmy Awards for "Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series" and *"Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series"*. -*2005 DGA (Directors Guild of America) Award for "Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series-Night"*. -*2005 Hugo Award for "Best Dramatic Presentation-Short Form"*. -2005 ASC (American Society of Cinematographers) Award for "Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Movies of the Week/Mini-Series/Pilot for Broadcast TV"*. -*Art Directors Guild's 2005 Excellence in Production Design Award for "Television-Single Camera Television Series"*. -*2005 C.A.S. (Cinema Audio Society) Award for "Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Television-Series"*. *Not along Part 2.

    • Matthew Fox originally read the part for Sawyer, but J.J. Abrams saw him as Jack.

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    Trivia (23)

    • Goof: The Oceanic airplane is supposed to be a Boeing 777, but when you see Jack running through the wreckage you can see that the main landing gear of the plane has only 4 wheels instead of the six a B-777 would have. Also, when Kate, Jack and Charlie reach the front section of the plane, in several shots where you can see the instruments of the cockpit, there are 3 engine indicators instead of the two a 777 would have.

    • "Black and white" myth: Charlie put white tape on his fingers, and write "Fate" with a black marker.

    • There's a deleted scene that takes place during the night: Hurley approaches Locke, and asks him if he wants to eat chicken or lasagna (food he recovered from the plane). Locke doesn't answer, and stares at the sky. Hurley leaves.

    • Numbers: 8: Claire says she's 8 months pregnant. The pilot has 8 stripes on his shoulders. 16: Jack's first surgery was done on a 16 year old girl. When Jack, Kate and Charlie find the pilot of Oceanic Flight 815, Jack tells the pilot that they crashed 16 hours ago. 23: The number of the seat that Jack was seated on in the plane was 23. The plane's flight number, "eight-fifteen", totals 23 when adding 8 and 15. 4, 8: Jack says that there are 48 survivors. 815: The crashed flight's number is Oceanic 815.

    • The production budget for the two-hour pilot was $11.5 million, making it the most expensive pilot in TV history and far greater than the cost of most television shows. This led to Disney firing ABC Entertainment Chairman Lloyd Braun for greenlighting the show, which went on to become ABC's biggest hit in years.

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    Allusions (1)

    • Locke does the orange peel trick that Don Corleone does in the movie The Godfather.

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