What better way to start a new ‘category’ of posts I’m going to be running, all-time favourite personal clips of Lost at its very finest, with the best opening sequence from the show so far? I doubt they’ll ever get as good as this, the opening scene for Season 3.
The shuddering quake, of course, was caused by Desmond failing to press the button in a timely fashion – which is pertinent as Juliet playing her CD (‘Downtown’, joining the ranks of other indelible tunes that have memorably hit Lost) is reminiscent of Desmond playing his record player during the opening of Season Two. And it’s nice that we got our first mention of Ben, by name, before we knew who he was. That’s the kind of subtlety we miss first time around but gain by viewing the scene in hindsight. Yet, really, this scene – as any opening scene should be – is about the first time impact. The first time impact for me was simply gobsmacking.
I think the first moment my jaw hung open was when Ben (well, Henry, as I knew him then!) emerged amongst the crowd. Instantly my mind was racing, trying to work out what this meant, and then we saw Oceanic 815 crashing (which, frankly, looked amazing the first time and holds up now as one of the best special-effects the show has ever delivered) and then we knew: Holy shit this is on the Island!
Then there’s that bit of information of Ethan and Goodwin being sent out to their respective sides of the Island that gives knowing fans that little bit more insight than they previously had. But the payoff arrives with that awesome pull-back reveal, as we see exactly how this little ‘Otherville’ (sure, it would eventually get a proper name: The Barracks) sits on the Island.
Not for nothing is that image sitting at the top of every page on this blog. It’s amazing. Never fails to continue to be so. Just like this sequence as a whole.