"Pilot, Part 1" is the first of the two-part pilot episode of Lost. It was originally broadcast on September 22, 2004, and "Pilot, Part 2" aired the following week. The two parts aired together on October 2, 2004. Jack Shephard, a doctor from Los Angeles, finds himself one of forty-eight survivors of a plane crash on a mysterious island. With the help of other survivors, he begins to treat the injured and attempts to find the cockpit of the plane in the hope of contacting civilization.
The episode establishes the show's use of flashbacks to show characters' lives before arriving on the Island. The one flashback in this episode depicts Jack's view of events on the plane just prior to the crash.
Jack Shephard, sitting in seat 23A on board Oceanic Flight 815, pensively looks out the window to his immediate left. A friendly flight attendant, Cindy Chandler, approaches Jack and asks him whether he enjoyed his drink. His lukewarm response results in her handing him two more bottles of vodka. Following his rapid consumption of one of the drinks, Jack rises and stands in the aisle, where a hurried Charlie Pace passes him, pursued by Chandler and another flight attendant. Responding to this, Rose Nadler, sitting next to Jack in seat 23D, comments about the incident. After Nadler's visible reaction to some light turbulence, Jack attempts to allay her aviophobia, to which she agrees, saying that her temporarily absent husband always reminds her "planes want to be in the air." Jack says her husband sounds like a smart man; Rose responds she'll tell him that when he returns from the bathroom. Shortly after, the plane begins to shake more violently before making a sharp, uncontrolled descent, causing those not seated to strike the cabin roof. Due to the loss of cabin pressure, oxygen masks fall from the ceiling, which all of the passengers quickly put on. After securing his mask, Jack looks out the right window, this time at the approaching ocean.
Jack lies sprawled out under a group of trees in a bamboo grove located on the outskirts of a jungle. Vincent, a golden Labrador, trots through the trees, stopping at Jack for a few moments, before moving on. With great effort, Jack gets to his feet, rests against a tall shoot of bamboo, and pulls a bottle of vodka from his jacket pocket, looking at it for a moment before returning it. Jack then starts running haphazardly through the grove towards the beach, passing a white tennis shoe hanging from a tree to his right.
Emerging near the ruined mid-section of Flight 815, Jack stumbles towards the crash site, while Charlie Pace, still dazed by the crash, stands dangerously close to a still-running engine. Jin-Soo Kwon, oblivious to his fellow passengers, cries out in Korean for his wife, while Michael Dawson similarly shouts for his son, Walt, as he runs through the wreckage. Nearby, a screaming Shannon Rutherford stands beneath the plane's remaining, albeit precariously teetering, wing. With the help of John Locke and another fellow survivor, Jack pulls a passenger with a crushed leg from underneath one of the plane's detached landing wheels. When Jack notices an 8-month pregnant Claire Littleton's cries for help, he orders Locke to keep others away from the engine, before running towards her and asking how far apart her contractions are coming. Jack also notices Boone Carlyle incorrectly performing CPR on Rose Nadler. Meanwhile, Gary Troup, while crossing the path of the still-running engine, is sucked in, causing it to explode.
After shielding Claire from the explosion, Jack tells her to remain absolutely still, before directing a nearby Hugo "Hurley" Reyes to help her escape from the fumes of the burning wreckage and call for him if the situation worsens. Reyes and Littleton move to beneath the plane's wing while Jack orders the well-intentioned but unqualified Boone to go find a pen, thus allowing the former to resuscitate Rose without interruption. Subsequently, Jack urges Hurley and Claire to move from beneath the wing just before it breaks off from the body of the fuselage, causing another large explosion and the destruction of the plane's other engine, a piece of which narrowly misses Charlie as he continues to wander.
After wandering through the wreckage, Jack stops at what remains of the fuselage and peers at the dead bodies within. Boone arrives with multiple pens stating that he didn't know which one would work best, then solemnly looks into the wreckage. Jack takes a sewing kit from a suitcase on the beach and moves away from the wreckage to examine a wound on his left side. He sees Kate Austen walking out of the jungle and asks her to sew his wound. She reluctantly agrees. Terrified, Kate is calmed by Jack during the process by listening to the story of his first solo surgical procedure, where he conquered his fear during an emergency by "letting the fear in," but only for five seconds.
Back on the beach, Jack tends to an unconscious Edward Mars who is badly injured by shrapnel embedded in his torso. Kate asks Jack if he believes the man will live and informs him that she was sitting next to him during the flight.
Sayid Jarrah creates a fire and asks Charlie to assist him. Meanwhile, James "Sawyer" Ford is seen lounging nonchalantly, his back amongst the wreckage, smoking a cigarette. Hurley salvages some meals from the plane's galley and distributes them, giving two to Claire, whose pains have since subsided. Elsewhere, Shannon petulantly refuses a snack offered by Boone, saying she will eat on the "rescue boat" when it arrives. By that time, the growing general expectation among the survivors is that they will be rescued soon. Sayid organizes the cleanup of the beach.
In the evening, beyond the light of their fire, the peacefulness of waiting is interrupted by loud and terrifying mechanical-sounding noises from the nearby jungle, punctuated by the crashing of trees. The source of these noises is later referred to as the Monster. Rose remarks that the sounds seem "really familiar." Someone asks where she is from, and she says the Bronx (in New York City).
By the next day, Jack has decided that in order to increase their chances of being rescued, the survivors should send a radio message using the transceiver of the aircraft, located in the cockpit, which broke off in the air. In doing so, Jack reveals to Kate that he took a few flying lessons but that it "wasn't for him". Jack leaves Boone in charge of the wounded, including Edward Mars. Based on her descriptions of the location of smoke, Jack sets off into the jungle accompanied by Kate, at her insistence, as well as Charlie. As the trio walk away from the beach, they are observed from the brush by Vincent. Kate tells Charlie he looks familiar, and he reveals to her that he is the bassist in the band Drive Shaft.
As the three advance into the jungle, they are drenched by a sudden rainstorm. They find the nose section of the plane, which is sitting at a steep angle in the trees. The three of them, led by Jack, climb into the nose and scale the slanted floor, where Jack pries open the cockpit door. Inside he and Kate discover the pilot, still in his seat, who suddenly awakens. The pilot tells Jack and Kate that the plane had lost radio contact before the crash and had changed course towards Fiji. They were, in his reckoning, 1000 miles off course and thus no one knows where they are. The pilot locates the transceiver, but can't get it to function. At this time, Jack and Kate notice that Charlie is missing, but he promptly emerges from the restroom.
Meanwhile, on the beach during the same rainstorm, a group of the survivors huddles in part of the fuselage. The conspicuous exception is an older fellow, John Locke, who sits alone in the rain on the beach, unbothered, with his arms outstretched in the air, as if glorying in the rain itself. A young Korean couple (whom we later meet as Jin-Soo Kwon and Sun-Hwa Kwon) stay together under part of the fuselage. The man tells his quiet wife in Korean to remain close to him at all times.
In the jungle, the conversation in the cockpit is interrupted by loud noises from outside the plane, accompanied by mechanical thrashing heard by the survivors on the beach. The pilot attempts to investigate by cautiously climbing out of a broken cockpit window. To the horror of the survivors, he is seized by some unseen presence while halfway out the window, his blood splattering upon the plane's front end. Jack quickly grabs the transceiver as he and Kate exit the cockpit in terror. As the three run from the Monster, Charlie trips; Jack runs back to him. Kate continues running, but stops against a tree and calms herself by counting to five. Charlie runs into Kate and the two begin searching for Jack, who is now apparently missing. Moments after, Kate finds the pilot's badge in the mud beneath a tree. Charlie and Kate look up and spot his bloodied body suspended in the treetops, unnaturally twisted. Jack then steps out of hiding, saying that he dodged the Monster, and Charlie wonders what could have possibly done that to the pilot.
|Recurring themes in Lost|
|Black and white • Car accidents • Character connections • Deceptions and cons • Dreams • Eyes • Fate versus free will • Good and bad people • Imprisonment • Isolation • Life and death • Missing body parts • Nicknames • The Numbers • Parent issues • Pregnancies • Rain • Rebirth • Redemption • Relationships • Revenge • Sacrifice • Secrets • Time|
|Cultural references in Lost
(direct references only)
|Art • Books • Cars • Games • Movies and TV • Music • Philosophy • Religion and ideologies • Science|
|Literary techniques in Lost|
|Comparative: Irony • Juxtaposition • Foreshadowing Plotting: Cliffhanger • Plot twist Stock Characters: Archetype • Redshirt • Unseen character
Story: Flashbacks • Flash-forwards • Flash-sideways • Regularly spoken phrases • Symbolism • Unreliable narrator
|Storyline analysis in Lost|
|A-Missions • Crimes • Economics • Leadership • O-Missions • Relationships • F-Missions • Rivalries|
Michael Giacchino's score for this episode relies more on synthesized instruments than later episodes would, but the instrumentation is otherwise very similar. The episode also establishes the basic contrast between quiet, consonant passages and loud, dissonant ones. The show's main "mystery" theme is introduced as Jack runs out of the jungle to the crash site. A 14-bar percussion cue during the chaotic scene at the crash site was appropriated for use in the end credits theme music for the show. After the action settles down, Giacchino introduces the gentle theme for the survivors, which has become a much-used theme throughout the series. Also introduced is the show's first "traveling theme," a quiet and repetitive motif for scenes involving treks across the Island. (A different statement can be heard on the Season 3 soundtrack as "Juliet is Lost.")
The Season 1 soundtrack includes the following tracks written for "Pilot, Part 1":