Season Five of Lost is already confusing enough to people who have watched every single episode. But for casual viewers who missed a few Lost episodes, or seasons, the new year may be especially difficult. At long last, long time answers are being given, putting new light on long ago Lost events and episodes. To fully follow along with the new Lost season, viewers must take another look at several past episodes, or go back to watch them for the first time. Here are the episodes that must be reviewed again in order to follow Lost this season, and for the weeks to come.
“White Rabbit” Season One, episode five: The first Lost episode featuring Jack’s famous “daddy issues” and the late Christian Shepherd walking around on the island. This past week’s “316” episode cleared up why Christian was wearing white shoes on the island. The mystery behind Christian’s resurrection on the island started here, and has only gotten bigger in recent years.
“Solitary” Season One, episode nine: The debut episode of crazy Frenchwoman Danielle Rousseau where she first told Sayid how she landed on the island, and had to kill everyone. This episode had to be reviewed before this season’s “This Place Is Death” which backed up Rousseau’s story through Jin’s time traveling.
“Numbers” Season One, episode 18: The episode where the Lost numbers – 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42 – first cursed Hurley. The numbers show up less on Lost nowadays, but are still extremely important. “This Place Is Death” revisited how Rousseau crashed on the island after hearing a transmission of the numbers.
“Live Together, Die Alone” Season Two finale: The episode where Desmond’s past in the hatch was revealed, which also introduced his beloved Penelope Widmore, and her now arch-villain father. Desmond’s destruction of the hatch kicked off the series of events that brought Charles Widmore’s freighter to the island, and set off the frozen wheel-turning, island moving aftermath. The hatch was already revisited in Lost’s season five premiere “Because You Left”
“Flashes Before Your Eyes” Season Three, episode eight: Lost’s very first time travel episode, and the first one to star Desmond. But the episode is now even more important for introducing a mysterious old woman, who warned Desmond that his destiny was to be on the island, and not to marry Penelope. That woman has since been revealed as Eloise Hawking, Daniel Faraday’s mother and the person who may know more about time travel, and the island, than anyone.
“The Man Behind The Curtain” Season Three, episode 20: The Lost episode with more unanswered questions than any. Ben’s childhood, Richard Alpert’s age, Ben’s visions of his dead mother, Ben’s childhood friend Annie, the DHARMA Purge, Horace Goodspeed and Jacob are all major Lost mysteries introduced from this episode. It must be reviewed immediately, since these mysteries and the DHARMA era may take up much of the rest of the season.
“The Constant” Season Four, episode five: Already one of the most beloved Lost episodes of all time, but also the episode where the time travel rules first got introduced. Daniel Faraday and Desmond’s connection, introduced in this episode, was revisited again to start Season Five, as was Daniel’s time experiments.
“The Shape Of Things To Come” Season Four, episode nine: The episode where everything changed for Ben Linus, after his fake daughter Alex was killed. The murder put a new light on Ben’s war with Charles Widmore, which first got introduced in this episode and will be a major part of the remainder of Lost. Ben subsequently promised to kill Penelope – which could have been carried out before a bloodied Ben got on board Ajira Airways 316 last week.
“Cabin Fever” Season Four, episode 11: Locke was confirmed as the island’s original man of destiny all throughout his life. Richard Alpert mysteriously visited Locke when he was born – which we now know happened because the older Locke told him to do it in 1954. Locke encountered Christian Shepherd for the first time in Jacob’s cabin, then got further orders from him this season. But Locke wouldn’t have got on the island if he didn’t try to get on his Australian walkabout – an idea planted into him by the mysterious Matthew Abaddon in this episode. This makes their upcoming reunion in this week’s “The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham” even more important.
“There’s No Place Like Home” Season Four, episodes 12-14: Lost viewers obviously need to remember how the Oceanic 6 left the island, what the Orchid and the frozen donkey wheel are, and how Locke was revealed as the man in the coffin. If they haven’t done this right before going into Season Five, they’ll have some problems.