Follow along! The episode guide to "Pilot, Part 2" is in Finding Lost, pp. 15-18.
Check out Sayid: he grew a mustache and full beard in one day!! That is one hairy guy. OK, so I pointed out that continuity error in my Finding Lost book (there are many of them: Sawyer’s hair is longer and he has some stubble; Walt’s like a year older…)
Fun stuff I noticed:
• Sayid’s got that signature move down pat: he says something shocking while looking down, and then suddenly snaps his head in the direction of the person he says it to so he can see their rection.
• Between Shannon sunbathing and Kate just bathing, there was a lot more T&A in these early episodes. ABC probably had a mandate…
• When the camera showed Locke setting up the backgammon board, I cheered. It’s so exciting to rewatch his first lines on the show.
• Anyone who thinks Hurley hasn't lost any weight since he crashed onto the island hasn't been paying close enough attention. He's a lot bigger in the pilot than he is now.
Things that are different in retrospect:
• Sawyer’s first line to Jack: Whatever you say, Doc, you’re the hero.” By season 5, Sawyer will be the hero.
• Sawyer and Sayid are beating the hell out of each other at the beginning; in “He’s Our You,” Sawyer is trying to save Sayid’s life, and when he tells him to punch him, Sayid refuses.
• Kate tells Jack she’s going on a trek and he tries to stop her. She asks him what makes him think they’re safer on the beach than in the jungle? Now we know that Smokey never comes up onto the beach. Again, this could be a clue that links the monster to the Man in Black, who emerged from the jungle in the finale and returned to it after talking to Jacob.
• Jack tells Kate, “If you hear anything, run.” This is what Ben told Rousseau when he kidnapped Alex.
• Sawyer’s first line to Kate: “I’m a complex guy, Sweetheart.” The line was meant to be ironic at the time – as in, there was NO complexity to Sawyer. Now, it’s absolutely true.
• Locke’s first dialogue on the show is talking about how they’d found backgammon boards in the ruins at Mesopotamia that were 5000 years old. He says, “That’s older than Jesus Christ.” Could this be a hint that there are things on this island that are also older than Jesus?
• Despite everyone talking about how Sawyer went from being a selfish ass to becoming a hero, when everyone runs away during the polar bear scene, Sawyer stops and faces it head on, shooting the gun without blinking. That’s pretty heroic to me.
• Hurley tells Jack he’s not so good around blood, and then passes out when Jack pulls the shrapnel out of the marshal. And yet we left him at the end of S5 holding bandages on Sayid’s wound, showing how different he is now.
• After Sawyer explains where he got the gun, he says he also grabbed the badge of the U.S. Marshal. He holds it up, and it’s exactly what the logo was on his Dharma uniform: a star with a circle around it.