Season 4 Episode 1

The Beginning of the End

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jan 31, 2008 on ABC

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  • Lost is back; after shooting up the Others, capturing Ben and making contact with the Boat in last season's finale. Welcome Back Lost!

    In it; with rescue looming, the lines are drawn between those who choose to believe Charlie's last words that the people on the boat are bad and those who want to be rescued. After successfully overpowering the Others; the people stationed on the beach meet up with the group who proceeded to the Radio Tower. The episode is centered on Hurley whose future looks dark as he's somehow freed from the island but is sent to a mental asylum as he sees Charlie everywhere; on the island his mental health is not much better. As opposed to the opener for the previous season which was a lot more subdued; this one starts with a bang. The scenes are often put in a weird order with suspenseful, dramatic and funny scenes being put together but this just adds to the unpredictability of the show. The Flash-forward's prove a lot more engaging than the flashbacks as they show that everything on the island really does happen for a reason but they're also quite confusing as they tie together threads that haven't been introduced yet.

    There isn't much humour in this episode even though the blood - soaked Ben has his moments, the death of Charlie has muted both Sawyer and Hurley's sense of humour. Throughout the episode you get the sense that something scary will happen as there's a strong undertone of suspense and there is a climax that takes place in the spooky Cabin of Jacob but sadly it relies on the lazy "boo" tactic.

    The drama is the most solid theme of the episode and once you see Hurley burst into tears while informing Claire of the news it'll take a heart of stone not to be moved.

    The acting is first - rate but the episode really belongs to Jorge Garcia who flexes his funny, dramatic and unstable muscle and is worth every square inch of an Emmy nomination. All of the main characters appear in this episode whether it's a major or minor role, the only character who doesn't appear is Harold Perrineau who is still credited even though he left the island almost two seasons ago. This episode is a perfect Lost instalment; funny, sad, mysterious, gripping and overall winning and with it's semi - cliffhanger ending; it looks like this is going to be the best season yet.