The writers did a very strange thing when they wrote this episode. They chose to have Hurley as the central character. Hurley is rarely a driving force in a storyline and when you look back it hardly seems like he’s around for most of season 4. But I believe having him open the season was a genius idea. It did what a season premiere should do, it took the insanity down a notch. Luckily for us taking it “down a notch” doesn’t mean much in Lost. This episode opened up many a new mystery.
The Oceanic Six was introduced, which was enough to keep us all buzzing around water coolers (I think I need a better office job, that could never happen where I work). The intro of the O6 kept us guessing for a long time, but it wasn’t a lasting mystery. That is what we asked for so we should be thankful for that.
Jacob was seen, and more importantly Christian was seen in Jacob’s cabin. It was all crazy stuff, I’ll talk about it more below.
The survivors and their on-island friends were split into two distinct and slightly opposing groups. This allowed us, the fans, to divide ourselves into Locke supporters and Jack supporters (guess who I went with).
And right at the very end we met the second of the Freighter Folk, and my new favorite character, Daniel Faraday.
Quite the eventful episode. And it was only the beginning of the craziness.
This episode had everything we could ask for in an episode, new mysteries, new characters, divisions, engaging flashes, and intense emotion. The perfect start to an amazing season. As far as premieres go, I think this one was very good. Compared to the season 2 and 3 premieres this one was a classic.