Lost

Season 1 Episode 19

Deus Ex Machina

7
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 30, 2005 on ABC
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  • The best of season 1, and one of the finest episodes of Lost overall

    10
    Deus Ex Machina is everything a Lost fan could wish for. It had all of the elements that makes Lost so great.

    1. Superb character development with Locke in the center
    2. Mystery... with the hatch in the central point
    3. Unpredictable plot with the bizarre visions and the plane full of drugs...

    This is the first time where the island literally talks to Locke. He's having odd visions telling him what to do. Until he doesn't get it done, he's slowly losing his ability to walk.

    It's not said directly as in "John, you won't be able to walk until you finish your mission" but it was pretty obvious. The island seemed to demand Boone to help John - only to eventually demand Boone himself. The sacrafice the island wants? Possible, as far off it sounds.

    Locke's flashbacks this time around are incredible, one of the most powerful of the entire show... such a depressing, shocking and tear jerking story this man has. He gets conned by his never seen before father - he takes his kidney then completetly ignores him. If that doesn't define tragedy, nothing does.

    The episode comes to a full circle in the end. With Boone seriously injured and left alone with Jack, Locke is banging on the hatch door, all frustrated - Boone died for nothing?

    Not so. The hatch lights up. Locke's faith is restored.

    Best episode of the season, best ending too. Incredibly powerful and emotional... until Locke lifts his head up in relief. Then you get goosebumps. And that's something a TV show rarely does.
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