100 things I love about 'Lost', Part 3
You know the drill by now: I'm counting down 100 things I love about "Lost" in anticipation of this week's 100th episode. Today: 20 things from Season 3! 'Cuz we like to roll sequentially up in here.
If you missed them, be sure to check out Season 1 and Season 2 before moving on.
41. The Others have a book club. And somehow this makes them even creepier.
42. Kate and Sawyer help build a runway, which in and of itself is pretty lame. However, in retrospect, the show was building an important piece of the narrative puzzle to deploy years later. Then? Bored to tears. Today? I stand in awe. Long live long-form narrative.
43. Locke's creepy crazy sweat lodge sequence, in which Boone guides him through an Australian airport full of familiar faces. God's Friggin' Gift to Humanity was never better employed than here.
44. "You speak to me as if I am your brother." Not only creeptastic, but helped provided possible context for the various people, items, and Kate's horses seen on the Island to date.
45. Ben uttering the potentially most important line in show's history. In response to Jack's question, "You want me to save your life?", Ben replies, "No, I want you to want to save my life." "Lost" isn't about mind over matter, but mind INTO matter. And that matters.
46. A bus greeting Edmund Burke at roughly 50 MPH. Fate, Others' intervention, or Sandra Bullock? You decide!
47. All of "Flashes Before Your Eyes," an episode that started us down the long rabbit hole towards time manipulation, paradox, and the sense that we would have to recontextualize every event of the show at some point.
48. Hurley, Charlie, Sawyer, and Jin as giddy as schoolgirls riding around in a restarted Dharma van. This came at a point where they audience needed a victory as much as the characters did, and this simple character moment reinvested many of us into the show.
49. Locke's "Blow Up Everything Useful Towards Leaving the Island '04" tour. Personally, I want a t-shirt as a memento.
50. Locke and Ben's interactions throughout Season 3. Hell, every interaction between these two actors is gold. Try looking away when these two engage each other in verbal and mental combat. Yea, didn't think so.
51. Smokey CLANGing into the sonic fence. Not only did this moment suggest a history between the DI and the monster, but was possibly the first thing I ever correctly predicted about the show. Also, possibly the last. So I hold this moment near and dear.
52. Hurley's first scene with Juliet upon her arrival at Lostaway Beach. A touch of humor to start, with Hurley coldly pointing out Ethan's gravesite to end it. Deftly written, deftly played.
53. Juliet's mixture of relief and terror upon determining Sun's D.O.C. Not like I needed this moment to cement Elizabeth Mitchell's fairly miraculous work on the show as a whole, but damn, it sure didn't hurt.
54. The almost unbearably claustrophobic confrontation between Sawyer and Anthony Cooper inside the bowels of the Black Rock. I need some air just thinking about it.
55. Speaking of not breathing, how many of you unconsciously held your breath as Benjamin Linus returned to the Barracks to see the aftermath of The Purge? Because I certainly did.
56. Annie's interactions with a young Benjamin Linus. Oh, Annie, are you OK? Are you OK, Annie?
57. Charlie's final scene with his best friend on the Island, Hurley. Textbook definition of "heartbreaking," right there.
58. Jack's beatdown of Ben after he thinks Sayid, Jin, and Bernard have been murdered. As cathartic as they come, with Jack doing the very thing most of the audience had wanted to do since the end of Season 2.
59. "Not Penny's Boat." Moment of silence, people.
60. "We have to go back!" The single most important moment in "Lost" history, the make-or-break scene from which it emerged not only unscathed but emboldened and invigorated.
OK, that's 20 things I loved in Season 3. Tomorrow: Season 4! Be
sure to leave your favorite Season 3 moments in the comments below.
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