Season 1 Episode 2

Pilot (2)

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Sep 29, 2004 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • Goof: When Sayid says that he fought in the Gulf War, Hurley says he had a buddy who also fought there, stating "He was in the 104th Airborne." There was no unit designated "104th Airborne" that fought in the Gulf War. There was, however, a 104th Airborne that fought in Chechnya for the Russian Federation in 2004.

    • When Sayid and Sawyer are fighting, Sayid says "Ibn al-kalb" to him. This translates to "Son of a bitch".

    • When Kate, Sayid, Boone, Shannon and Charlie are leaving the camp to test the tranceiver, Sawyer is reading a letter and we can see that he is not shaved. A couple of seconds later, when he joins them he is shaved, which wouldn't be possible in this time frame.

    • Numbers: 8

      The ring charlie has in his right hand has 8 point-lane.

    • Boone had no way of knowing that the pilot was killed on Charlie, Kate and Jack's trip to the front of the plane? When asked if there were any survivors, Jack replied no while Charlie and Kate looked away.

    • Numbers: 16

      The message the survivors pick up has been repeating itself for 16 years.

    • As stated by Locke, backgammon is (probably) the oldest game in the world, being over 5,000 years old and dating back to ancient Mesopotamia.

    • When Jack was about to pull out the shrapnel from the marshal, you can see the marshal's legs are crossed. Someone unconscious couldn't do this and I don't think anyone else would have thought to cross an unconscious person's legs.

    • The french on the radio was not really as Shannon translated, but rather: "It is outside, they are all dead, please help us". And then "If anyone hears this, I'll try to reach the Black Rock".

    • Though Sayid's calculation is merely an estimate, the message would have only repeated for approximately 8 years. This is calculating based on the fact that the message was only about 21 seconds long and that the iteration at the end of each message would have been a few seconds shorter when it was initially started playing by the french woman. However, based on a static length message of 30 seconds, Sayid's calcuation is dead on at 16 years.

  • Quotes

    • Shannon: (Translating the message from the radio) She's saying, Please help me. Please come get me... I'm alone now. On the island alone. Please someone come. The others, they're... they're dead. It killed them, it killed them all.

    • Hurley: (to Sawyer) We're all in this together man, let's treat each other with a little respect.
      Sawyer: Shut up, lardo!

    • Sayid: Polar bears don't live near this far south.
      Boone: This one does.
      Sawyer: Did. It did.

    • Sawyer: I know your type.
      Kate: I'm not so sure.
      Sawyer: Yeah, I've been with girls like you.
      Kate: Not girls exactly like me.

    • Marshal: You look worried. I'd be worried, too, if I was you. But you've got to stay positive, kiddo. You know, there's always that off chance that they'll believe your story. I know I sure did.
      Kate: I don't care what you believe.

    • Sawyer: Oh, now's a good time to check the radio. Not before, but now.
      Sayid: We're up higher.
      Sawyer: Yes, we are!

    • Kate: What is that?
      Sayid: Feedback.
      Kate: Feedback from what? What would do that?
      Sayid: I don't know.
      Sawyer: I'll tell you what would do that. This guy not fixing the radio. This thing doesn't even work.

    • Sayid: It's a loop. Iteration, it's repeating the same message. The counter- the next number will end 533.
      Sawyer: Does anyone know what the hell he's talking about?
      Sayid: It's a running count of the number of times the message has repeated. It's roughly 30 seconds long so, how long...? (we see him trying to figure it out in his head)
      Sawyer: Don't forget to carry the 1, chief.

    • Shannon: (about the French transmission) She's saying, she's saying: "Please help me, please come get me."
      Sawyer: Or, she's not! You don't even speak French!

    • Kate: Look, everybody can come, but we're leaving now.
      Charlie (to Shannon): You can't tell from that, but she's actually really nice.

    • (About hiking to higher ground to get a better signal for the transceiever)
      Kate: What makes you think that we're any safer here than we are in the jungle?
      Jack: Alright, well, wait for me.
      Kate: Sayid said the signal won't last.
      Jack: Alright. But, Kate, if you hear...anything, run.

    • Kate: I'm glad you came, Charlie.
      Charlie: Every trek needs a coward.
      Kate: You're not a coward.

    • Kate: (to Sawyer) So you decided to join us.
      Sawyer: I am a complex guy, sweetheart.

    • Boone: Someone else was stranded here?
      Kate: Maybe they came for them.
      Sawyer: If someone came why is it still playing?
      Charlie: Guys, where are we?

    • Boone: You spent a year in Paris!
      Shannon: Drinking, not studying!

    • Charlie: That's French! The French are coming! I've never been so happy to hear the French!

    • Shannon: Are you going?
      Charlie: Yep, I'm going. Are you going?
      Shannon: Yes.
      Charlie: Yep, I'm definitely going.

    • Shannon: (to Boone) Shut up and stop trying to be charming.

    • Shannon: You know, that guy from the gate, he wouldn't let us have our seats in first class. He saved our lives.
      Boone: Come on, Shannon, we're trying to clear some of the wreakage. Why don't you help out? You're just being worthless over here anyways.
      Shannon: What?
      Boone: What do you want me to say? You're sitting on your ass staring at bodies.
      Shannon: I've just been through a trauma here!
      Boone: We've all been through a trauma! The only difference is that since the crash you've given yourself a pedicure!

    • Hurley: (to Jin) What, eat that? Look, I'm starving, but I am nowhere near that hungry.

    • Jack: Give it a break.
      Sawyer: Whatever you say, Doc. You're the hero.

    • Claire: (About Boone) Is that your boyfriend?
      Shannon: My brother. Boone. God's friggin' gift to humanity.

    • Shannon: (translating) Please help me... the others, they're dead. It killed them all.

    • Hurley: Uh, I'm not so good around blood.
      Jack: Then don't look
      Hurley: Yeah...but...I'm not so good around blood...
      (passes out)

    • Locke: (talking about backgammon) Two players, two sides. One is light, one is dark.

    • Hurley: How do you know how to do all that?
      Sayid: I was a military communications officer.
      Hurley: Oh yeah? You ever see battle?
      Sayid: I fought in the Gulf War.
      Hurley: No way! I got a buddy who fought over there. He was in the Hundred and Fourth Airborne. What were you, Air Force? Army?
      Sayid: The Republican Guard.

    • Charlie: Anything?
      Jack: You keep asking if there's anything.
      Charlie: Pardon me for appearing desperate, but before the pilot was ripped from the cockpit, he did say that no one was gonna find us unless we get that transceiver working.So is there anything?
      Jack: No.
      Charlie: Ok.

    • Boone: Do you think that's what killed the pilot?
      Charlie: No, that's a tiny, teenie version compared to that.

    • Kate: Does anyone know how to use a gun?
      Charlie: I think you just pull the trigger.
      Sayid: Don't use the gun.
      Kate: I wanna take it apart.
      Charlie: Oh.

    • Hurley: You sure he's out?
      Jack: He's out.
      Hurley: How do you know he won't wake up when you yank that thing out?
      Jack: I don't.
      Hurley: (to the unconscious marshal) Hey guy you awake? Yo! There's a rescue plane, we're saved. Yayyyyyy! (pause) Yeah, he's out.

    • Locke: Do you play checkers with your Pop?
      Walt: No. I live in Australia with my Mom. She got sick, she died a couple of weeks ago.
      Locke: You're having a bad month.

    • Kate: Where did that come from?
      Sawyer: Probably Bear Village. How the hell would I know?
      Kate: Not the bear, the gun.
      Sawyer: I got it off one of the bodies.
      Sayid: One of the bodies.
      Sawyer: Yeah, one of the bodies.
      Shannon: People don't carry guns on planes.
      Sawyer: They do if they're a U.S. Marshal, Sweet Cheeks. There was one on the plane.
      Kate: How do you know that?
      Sawyer: I saw a guy lying there with an ankle holster, so I took the gun. Thought it might come in handy. Guess what. I just shot a bear!
      Kate: So why do you think he's a Marshal?
      Sawyer: Because he had a clip-on badge. I took that, too. Thought it was cool. (shows her the badge)
      Sayid: I know who you are. You're the prisoner.
      Sawyer: I'm the what?
      Sayid: You found a gun on a U.S Marshal? Yes, I believe you did, you knew where it was, because you were the one that he was bringing back to the States. Those handcuffs were on you, that's how you knew he had a gun.
      Sawyer: Piss off!
      Sayid: That's who you are, you son of a bitch.
      Sawyer: You're as suspicious of me as I am of you.
      Sayid: But you are the prisoner.
      Sawyer: Fine, I'm the criminal, you're the terrorist. We can all play a part. Who do you wanna be?

  • Notes

    • International Airdates:
      Denmark: January 14, 2005 on Kanal 5
      Québec (Canada): March 24, 2005 on Radio-Canada
      Greece: August 5, 2008 at 23.00 on ANT1

    • 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".

      - Casting Society of America's 2005 Artios for "Best Dramatic Pilot Casting".

      - *2005 VES (Visual Effects Society) Award for "Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program"*. The episode was also nominated for the 2005 Emmy Awards for "Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series", but didn't win. *Not along Part 1.

    • The scene where Sawyer shoots a polar bear became very problematic, as discussed on the Season 1 DVD special, "Welcome to Oahu". The original test screening preview of the episode showed a stuffed bear that looked unrealistic when frozen in screen capture; this was later replaced with a much more realistic CGI animation.

    • The French transmission was dubbed in German for the French version.

    • Aired in Sweden on February 9th, 2005.

    • A Charlie and Kate-centric episode.

    • J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof & Jeffrey Lieber received a 2005 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for their work on this two-hour pilot episode.

    • J.J. Abrams won the 2005 Emmy for Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series for his work on this two-hour pilot episode.

    • This two-hour pilot episode won the 2005 Emmy for Outstanding Special Visual Effects For A Series.

    • This episode scored 5.9 million viewers when it aired for the first time in the UK.

    • Re-aired: Saturday, October 2, 2004 at 9 p.m. ET

    • It cost $250,000 just to ship the wrecked plane pieces to Hawaii.

    • In the pilot episode of Lost actress Emilie de Ravin was listed as a guest star and supposed to be on a recurring basis. After the series was picked up for the fall by ABC she became a regular cast member.

    • Although the Lost pilot is 2 hours long, network ABC decided to air both hours seperately, one on Sept. 22 and Sept 29.

    • Filming of the 2-hour pilot of Lost began on Monday, March 22 and lasted through Saturday, April 24.

    • Before being picked up for the fall season ABC had already order six additional scripts beyond the pilot episode of Lost.

    • Lost filmed its first two days in the rain and bamboo forest along Old Pali Road where three survivors of a plane crash -- actors Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly and Dominic Monaghan--- on an unnamed and deserted Pacific island find the dead pilot hanging in a tree, a dog (which suddenly vanishes) and a child's shoe. They also shot at Waikane Valley filming, when six of the survivors, while hiking, are attacked by a charging polar bear.

    • The 2-hour pilot episode of "LOST" cost approximately $10 million to make, one of the most expensive pilots produced in television history.

  • Allusions

    • Event: Walt reading a comic book

      Before being approached by his father, Walter is reading a comic book in Spanish. This comic is called Faster Friends, featuring DC Comics heroes The Flash (Jay Garrick and Wally West) and Green Lantern (Alan Scott and Kyle Rayner). The comic does make reference to a polar bear and two generations of people uniting, but the total significance of the comic book is unknown.