THE 'LOST' EPISODE OF THE DAY
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The episode: Exodus Part 1
Original Airdate: May 18, 2005
Written By: Damon Lindelof & Carlton Cuse
Directed By: Jack Bender
Content (from lostpedia.com): Rousseau arrives at the camp with the warning that the Others are coming, meaning that everyone is in danger. To protect the group, Rousseau leads Jack and a team of survivors to the Black Rock, where there is dynamite. Jack hopes that with it they can blow open the Hatch door, and hide inside until the threat passes. Back at the camp, the survivors prepare the raft for launching.
Why It's Worth Re-Watching: It's the first part of the first epic season finale LOST would throw at their viewers. Little did the audience know what a shocking cliffhanger the writers had in store. The first part has a nice balance of hope and dread. Hope because the raft takes off and dread because the black smoke that supposedly is a war signal by the Others (according to Rousseau) can be seen. Here's a few words that should further your desire to re-watch it: Black Rock, Montand and his arm, the dark territory, etc. Yes! The Black Rock is finally seen for the first time after being discussed in earlier episodes. As fun as the trip to the Black Rock is with Hurley, Jack, Kate, Rousseau, and Arzt, the gem of this episode is preparing the raft to launch and the character moments. The best scene in the episode is when the raft actually launches because of the emotion of it and the musical score that Michael Giacchino composed but there are ton of magnificent scenes like the Sun/Jin reconciliation, Sawyer's story that he tells Jack involving Jack's father, Walt giving Vincent to Shannon, etc. I won't write too much more. It's just a fantastic character episode. The episode is one I'd point to when explaining why I think this show is the best show of all-time. Below are two YouTube videos. One is the raft launch and the other is a deleted scene from the Exodus finale. Grab a kleenex box for the raft launch.