The Top 30 “WTF?!” Moments in LOST History

Posted on June 19, 2008 @ 12:38 pm

 
Lost is a television show known for its convoluted plot twists, enduring mysteries, shifting alliances, bizarre coincidences, shocking reveals, and its ability to make viewers take a step back every few episodes and ask a simple question: “WTF?!” Below, you’ll find my picks for the top 30 “WTF?!” moments in Lost history. Enjoy!

WARNING: The following post contains spoilers for all four seasons of Lost. Proceed at your own risk.

#30: International jewel thieves Nikki and Paulo are buried alive

Episode: “Exposé” (Season 3)
 
Why it’s a “WTF?!” moment: Let me get this straight. Lost introduced a couple of new cast members at the beginning of Season 3, quickly turned them into the most annoying characters ever, and then went into Twilight Zone territory and buried them alive? That’s hardcore, man. Oh, and for a bonus “WTF?!” moment, what was Sawyer thinking when he threw those perfectly good diamonds into “Nina and Pablo’s” grave?

 

 

#29: Jack plays football with the Others

Episode: “Par Avion” (Season 3)
 
Why it’s a “WTF?!” moment: Typically, when you set out on a rescue mission, you don’t expect to find the captive playing two-hand touch with his captors. Yet, that’s exactly what Sayid, Locke, Kate, and Rousseau witnessed they hiked to the barracks to retrieve Jack from the “clutches” of the Others. Had Jack sided with the Others? Had he been brainwashed? Was he suffering from a case of Stockholm Syndrome? Perhaps most importantly, was it a DHARMA-issued football?

 

 

#28: Sayid is revealed as Ben’s hitman in the future

Episode: “The Economist” (Season 4)
 
Why it’s a “WTF?!” moment: Sayid becoming an assassin after leaving the Island didn’t seem so far-fetched, but Sayid working for Ben of all people? That definitely qualifies as a “WTF?!” moment in my book.

 

 

#27: Sun gives birth in the future, Jin rushes to the hospital in the past

Episodes: “Ji Yeon” (Season 4)
 
Why it’s a “WTF?!” moment: Very tricky, Lost writers! Considering Sun was busy delivering her baby girl, it only made sense that Jin was rushing to the hospital to be with her. It wasn’t until the end of the episode that we realized Sun’s delivery-room scenes were flashforwards, whereas Jin’s scenes were actually flashbacks. Why wasn’t Jin at the hospital when Sun gave birth to Ji Yeon? Well, for an added “WTF?!” bonus, Sun visits Jin’s grave in the episode’s closing scene.

 

 

#26: The drug smugglers’ plane falls, killing Boone

Episodes: “Deus Ex Machina”/”Do No Harm” (Season 1)
 
Why it’s a “WTF?!” moment: Unless you count the pilot or the federal marshal, Boone was the first main character to perish on Lost. Even if Locke maintained that Boone was “a sacrifice that the Island demanded,” his shocking death drove home the message that nobody was safe on this show.

 

 

#25: Christian Shephard appears on the Island

Episode: “White Rabbit” (Season 1)
 
Why it’s a “WTF?!” moment: Jack was in Australia to retrieve his father’s remains, so what is Christian Shephard doing strolling around the Island, seemingly alive and well? Jack would eventually find Christian’s coffin intact, yet with no body inside. Christian’s apparition/zombie went on to lead Jack to a source of fresh water at the caves, before reappearing just as mysteriously in Jacob’s cabin a few seasons later.

 

 

#24: Daniel confirms that time doesn’t work quite right on the Island

Episode: “The Economist” (Season 4)
 
Why it’s a “WTF?!” moment: We all had our suspicions that time was a little out of whack on the Island, but it wasn’t until physicist Daniel Faraday arrived that we received confirmation. After conducting his rocket experiment, Daniel discovered a 31-minute time differential between the Island and the rest of the world. A few episodes later, we would see this differential in action…when the corpse of the freighter’s doctor washed ashore on the Island before he was killed and thrown overboard back on the freighter.

 

 

#23: Richard Alpert doesn’t age

Episodes: “Not in Portland,” “The Man Behind the Curtain,” and “Cabin Fever” (Seasons 3/4)
 
Why it’s a “WTF?!” moment: When Richard Alpert first showed up in the episode “Not in Portland,” he appeared to be nothing more than DHARMA’s smooth-talking recruiter. Of course, that’s before he appeared a few episodes later in Ben’s flashback — looking like he hadn’t aged a day from the early ’70s to the present day. Oh, and by Season 4, we spotted the seemingly ageless Alpert back in the 1950s, visiting John Locke as a child. Does Alpert really not age, or is he traveling through time somehow? It’s a mystery yet to be revealed.

 

 

#22: Sayid, Sun, and Jin discover the four-toed statue

Episode: “Live Together, Die Alone” (Season 2)
 
Why it’s a “WTF?!” moment: I think Sayid put it best when he said, “I don’t know what I find more disquieting: the fact that the rest of the statue is missing, or that it has four toes.” If nothing else, what’s left of the statue seems to suggest that the Island has been inhabited long before the DHARMA Initiative — much less the survivors of Oceanic 815 — got there.

 

 

#21: The Losties open the Hatch…and find a Scottish guy living inside

Episodes: “Exodus, Part 2″/”Man of Science, Man of Faith” (Seasons 1/2)
 
Why it’s a “WTF?!” moment: The second season opened with an average guy having what appeared to be a typical morning — rolling out of bed, putting on some music, working out, and eating breakfast. Suddenly, an explosion rocks his apartment. It’s then that the viewer realizes he’s not in an apartment at all; he’s inside the Hatch. After Locke spent half the first season trying to gain access to the Hatch (the man built a trebuchet, for Christ’s sake), what does he find inside? A guy named Desmond, charged with pushing a button every 108 minutes in order to “save the world.”

 

 

#20: Ana Lucia shoots and kills Shannon

Episode: “Abandoned” (Season 2)
 
Why it’s a “WTF?!” moment: Shannon’s death came out of nowhere — even more so than her stepbrother’s. After seeing visions of the missing Walt, Shannon ran into the jungle in search of him. Unfortunately, she stumbles across Ana Lucia, who mistakes Shannon for an Other and shoots her. She dies in Sayid’s arms as the Tailies stand nearby, shocked. Frankly, I’m shocked Sayid didn’t lay a serious beat down on Ana Lucia.

 

 

#19: Dr. Arzt blows himself up

Episode: “Exodus, Part 2″ (Season 1)
 
Why it’s a “WTF?!” moment: Poor Dr. Arzt — shockingly blown up while lecturing the “A-Team” on the dangers of handling dynamite. Even more shocking? The Losties’ indifference to his death. “Dude…you’ve got some Arzt on you.” Poor Dr. Arzt.

 

 

#18: The Losties encounter a polar bear in the jungle

Episode: “Pilot, Part 2″ (Season 1)
 
Why it’s a “WTF?!” moment: The unexplained appearance of a polar bear in the middle of a jungle was one of the first clues that something wasn’t quite right about the Island. Good thing Sawyer was around to shoot it. Interestingly, we saw a polar bear skeleton pop up in the Tunisian desert in Season 4 — the same place Ben apparently teleported when he moved the Island in the Season 4 finale.

 

 

#17: Ethan’s name doesn’t appear on the flight manifest

Episode: “Raised By Another” (Season 1)
 
Why it’s a “WTF?!” moment: By this point in Season 1, Rousseau had already made mention of the mysterious Others, but it’s Hurley’s impromptu census that reveals an outsider — Ethan Rom — has infiltrated the Losties’ camp. Ethan would go on to kidnap Claire before being shot and killed by Charlie a few days later.

 

 

#16: The Others live in a idyllic little town on the other side of the Island

Episode: “A Tale of Two Cities” (Season 3)
 
Why it’s a “WTF?!” moment: We already had reason to believe that the Others’ primitive appearance was all an act, but it wasn’t until the Season 3 premiere that we realized just how much of an act. Not only were the Others not “hillbillies” (as Michael once described them), but they seemed to be living a fairly mundane suburban existence — complete with weekly book club meetings — before the crash of Flight 815. Clearly, there was more to the Others than we had been led to believe in the previous two seasons.

 

 

#15: Locke’s dad shows up on the Island

Episode: “The Man from Tallahassee” (Season 3)
 
Why it’s a “WTF?!” moment: When Ben told Locke to imagine a “magic box” on the Island that could produce whatever someone wanted, seemingly out of thin air, he probably meant it as a metaphor. That still doesn’t explain how Ben was able to produce a gagged and bound Anthony Cooper — a.k.a. Locke’s father — in “The Man from Tallahassee.”

 

 

#14: Oceanic Flight 815 crashes

Episode: “Pilot, Part 1″ (Season 1)
 
Why it’s a “WTF?!” moment: Sure, the opening minutes of Lost’s pilot don’t seem quite so shocking four seasons later, but just think back to the first time you saw the episode. A man in a suit — looking curiously like Charlie from Party of Five — wakes up in the middle of a jungle. After seeing a Labrador trot by, the man stands up and rushes through the jungle, eventually arriving at a beach…where he discovers the wreckage of an airliner and a few dozen panicked survivors. Not only did these opening scenes give us our first glimpse of characters who would go on to become some of our favorite Losties, but seeing that guy sucked into the plane’s still-running engine still packs a wallop four years later. Why did the plane crash? How did these people survive? Where are they? These opening scenes did a spectacular job of setting up the meta-”WTF?!” that has driven the entire series ever since.

 

 

#13: Locke meets Jacob

Episode: “The Man Behind the Curtain” (Season 3)
 
Why it’s a “WTF?!” moment: Ben gets his orders from a mysterious higher authority only that only he can see or talk to? I don’t know about you, but to me that suggests that either: 1) Ben is crazy, or 2) Jacob doesn’t exist. Ben simply made him up to legitimize his leadership over the Others. Locke seemed to reach the same conclusions when Ben took him to visit Jacob’s cabin…until the whole place started shaking and a mysterious figure appeared appeared sitting in a nearby chair, imploring Locke to “help” him. Either Jacob exists, or that’s one heck of an imaginary friend.

 

 

#12: The Orientation Film

Episode: “Orientation” (Season 2)
 
Why it’s a “WTF?!” moment: After finally gaining access to the Hatch, Desmond sits Jack and Locke down to watch an orientation film that spells out the purpose of the Swan station. The film — produced by a mysterious group called the DHARMA Initiative — explains that due to an unspecified “incident” in the past, it is of utmost importance that a code (4-8-15-16-23-42, naturally) be entered into the Swan’s computer every 108 minutes. Of course, “man of science” Jack assumes the Swan is little more than a psychological experiment, whereas “man of faith” Locke dedicates himself to pushing the button. Of course, we wouldn’t find out who was right until the end of the season.

 

 

#11: Oceanic 815 is found at the bottom of the ocean…with no survivors

Episodes: “D.O.C.”, “The Brig,” and “Confirmed Dead” (Seasons 3/4)
 
Why it’s a “WTF?!” moment: Not long after parachuting down to the Island in Season 3, Naomi dropped the bombshell that Oceanic Flight 815 had been found with no survivors. By Season 4, we had seen news coverage of the plane’s recovery, as well as footage of the wreckage lying on the ocean floor. Who was responsible for staging the crash site? Perhaps even more disconcerting, where did the bodies come from? Fingers have been pointed at both Ben Linus and Charles Widmore as the perpetrators of the ruse, but we still don’t know for sure.

 

 

#10: Michael shoots Ana Lucia and Libby

Episode: “Live Together, Die Alone” (Season 2)

 
Why it’s a “WTF?!” moment: Michael is supposed to be one of the good guys, right? Sure, the Others had struck a deal with Michael — free Ben, and we’ll return Walt — but nobody said anything about murdering Ana Lucia. And poor Libby? She was simply unfortunate enough to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. The shootings seemed to come out of nowhere, further cementing Lost’s reputation as a show where anything could happen.

 

 

#9: Locke was in a wheelchair before he came to the Island

Episode: “Walkabout” (Season 1)
 
Why it’s a “WTF?!” moment: On the Island, John Locke was a quasi-mystical knife-throwing badass. One could only assume that prior to the crash, he had a military background or special forces training or something that would explain his survival skills. As we discovered in Lost’s fourth episode, before coming to the Island, Locke worked…at a box factory? Of course, that wasn’t the half of it. It wasn’t until the end of the episode that we reached the big reveal: before the crash, Locke was confined to a wheelchair. What forces allowed him to be running around, hunting boars on the Island remains a mystery four seasons later.

 

 

#8: Ms. Hawking knows all about Desmond’s future

Episode: “Flashes Before Your Eyes” (Season 3)
 
Why it’s a “WTF?!” moment: Desmond’s consciousness hopping around through time in “Flashes Before Your Eyes” was a “WTF?!” moment in and of itself, but even more bizarre was his encounter with jewelry store clerk Ms. Hawking. When Desmond tries to change his past and buy an engagement ring for Penny, Ms. Hawking informs him that he will do nothing of the sort. Instead, he will break Penny’s heart, enter the boat race to prove her father wrong, and end up stranded on the Island where he will push the button for the next three years. History, it seems, has a way of “course correcting.” How Ms. Hawking knew about Desmond’s future — or even that Desmond’s consciousness was traveling through time — remains a mystery.

 

 

#7: Anthony Cooper shoves Locke out of an eighth-story window

Episode: “The Man from Tallahassee” (Season 3)
 
Why it’s a “WTF?!” moment: How Locke lost the use of his legs was one of the show’s longest-enduring mysteries — that is, until we found out the rather tragic answer in Season 3. While Locke was confronting his father, Anthony Cooper, about a con job he was running, viewers were surprised by Cooper’s sudden — and brutal — response. Seemingly out of nowhere, Cooper lunged at Locke and pushed him out an eighth story window, paralyzing Locke from the waist down and leaving him confined to a wheelchair.

 

 

#6: The Smoke Monster kills Flight 815’s pilot

Episode: “Pilot, Part 2″ (Season 1)
 
Why it’s a “WTF?!” moment: The Monster wouldn’t appear on screen until the Season 1 finale, but it made its presence felt early on in the pilot episode, knocking over trees and making its now-familiar mechanical noises. And it wouldn’t be long before the Monster claimed its first victim. When Jack, Kate, and Charlie set out in search of the cockpit, they found the pilot alive, but badly injured. After informing the Losties that the plane had flown hundreds of miles off-course, the pilot was abruptly pulled out of the cockpit by an unseen force. His bloodied corpse was found high in a tree a few moments later, leaving the Losties — and the viewers at home — wondering what could have caused his gruesome death.

 

 

#5: Locke is in the coffin

Episode: “There’s No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3″ (Season 4)
 
Why it’s a “WTF?!” moment: Well, for starters, it’s a “WTF?!” moment because Locke (a.k.a Jeremy Bentham) is dead. Since he wasn’t a member of the Oceanic Six, it only stood to reason that Locke had remained behind on the Island. When did he leave? Why did he leave? How did he die? Hopefully, we’ll begin to unravel this mystery in Season 5.

 

 

#4: Locke decides not to press the button

Episode: “Live Together, Die Alone” (Season 2)
 

Why it’s a “WTF?!” moment: Following the discovery of the Pearl and its surveillance screens, John Locke lost faith in the button and decided it was nothing more than a psychological experiment. So, in the Season 2 finale, he resolved to stop pressing the button and went so far as to destroy the Swan’s computer monitor. Bad idea. The 108-minute timer counted down to zero, some creepy hieroglyphics appeared on the clock, and the system began to fail. While Desmond was ultimately able to avert disaster by using the failsafe key, the resulting electromagnetic pulse turned the sky purple, imploded the Swan, nearly killed Eko, left Desmond with precognitive abilities, and briefly made the Island visible to a listening station in the Antarctic. I guess the Swan wasn’t a psychological experiment after all.

 

 

#3: Ben moves the Island

Episode: “There’s No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3″ (Season 4)
 
Why it’s a “WTF?!” moment: Behind the scenes, Lost’s producers referred to the “big twist” of Season 4’s finale as the “frozen donkey wheel.” How were we supposed to know they were being so literal. As Season 4 drew to a close, Ben descended into an icy cavern below the Orchid station, turned a giant wheel, and moved the freakin’ Island. It was there one minute, and the next…gone. In my experience, islands don’t usually do that. Given the unique nature of the experiments conducted at the Orchid station, can we assume that the Island has moved not only in space, but in time as well?

 

 

#2: The Others kidnap Walt

Episode: “Exodus, Part 2″ (Season 1)
 
Why it’s a “WTF?!” moment: As Season 1 drew to a close, Michael and Jin had finished construction of their raft and set sail in search of rescue. Instead, they found the Others, who demanded that they turn over “the boy.” Then, just for good measure, they blew up the raft. Three seasons later, we’re still not entirely sure why the Others wanted Walt, but getting him back would become one of the pivotal plot points of Season 2.

 

 

#1: Jack and Kate are off the Island…and in the future?!

Episode: “Through the Looking Glass” (Season 3)
 
Why it’s a “WTF?!” moment: Talk about a game-changing moment! After three seasons of the familiar flashback format, the Lost writers threw us a curveball and flashed forward to the future — where a bearded, self-destructive Jack is intent on returning to the Island. “Through the Looking Glass” not only offered a spectacular twist ending (dubbed the “snake in the mailbox” by Lost’s producers), but the episode also introduced a new narrative structure that opened up a whole new world of storytelling possibilities for Season 4.

 

 

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51 comments so far...

  1. Michael June 19, 2008 12:59 pm

    Yes! Very cool list. I was psyched to read through it if only to re-familiarize myself with some of these twists. It’s an amazing show, thanks for reminding us.

  2. Thom June 19, 2008 2:57 pm

    Great list. I completely forgot about some of them. The amazing thing is how many of them seem “mundane” at this point.

  3. Jess June 19, 2008 4:12 pm

    @Michael: Glad you enjoyed the list. About halfway through writing it, I realized just how badly I needed a Lost refresher course. Thank goodness for Lostpedia!

    @Thom: Thanks! I was thinking the same thing about how “small” some of the stuff from Season 1 seems in comparison to, say, Ben moving the entire Island in Season 4. At the time, when the Losties encountered a polar bear in the jungle, it was pretty darn shocking. Nowadays, a polar bear could tap dance into camp wearing a tuxedo and explain in a Danish accent that he’s the reincarnation of Alvar Hanso, and we’d be like, “Meh. What else ya got?” ;)

  4. EBone June 19, 2008 6:45 pm

    Even before the smoke monster killed the pilot, the scene on the beach the first night the survivors are on the island, when they hear the monster roar, and look off to the jungle and see the trees crash down as a result of “Smokey,” everyone at my house watching went… WTF?

  5. Aly June 19, 2008 10:01 pm

    WTF Jess, you’ve outdone yourself;) This is an awesome list, epic dare I say!! Thank you for tiding over my LOST-obsession=)

  6. Jess June 20, 2008 12:35 am

    @EBone: I vividly remember hearing those sounds and seeing the trees crash down during the pilot episode. My first thought: “Dinosaurs? They crashed on an island with dinosaurs?” ;)

    @Aly: Thanks! It was my pleasure compiling the list. After all, I have to occupy my time somehow until the next season of Lost-vivor. ;)

  7. Katie June 20, 2008 10:26 am

    Dude I love LOST!!!!!!!

  8. Fiona June 20, 2008 3:13 pm

    If you could add a #31, how about Sun revealing she could speak English back in the 1st season?

    Great list btw!

  9. dude June 20, 2008 3:52 pm

    Here’s another: why did the Others dress up in tattered clothing in the first couple of seasons?

  10. hippyville June 20, 2008 3:56 pm

    What an outstanding list! A great refresher and highly entertaining, thanks for the read. :)

  11. Bryan June 20, 2008 4:11 pm

    Good list, reminding me about the early stuff.

    How about finding out about the time travel in the Desmond/Penny episode?

  12. izikavazo June 20, 2008 4:24 pm

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  13. Jess June 20, 2008 5:12 pm

    @Fiona: The Sun reveal came close to making the final list, but I just couldn’t figure out what to get rid of in order to include it. The list actually began as a Top 10. Then it grew to a Top 16 (since 16 is one of the Numbers). Then to a Top 23. Then a Top 25. Finally, I settled on 30. :)

    @izikavazo: Sure, you’re more than welcome to link to the list. Thanks for stopping by!

  14. Luke June 20, 2008 8:01 pm

    GREAT idea for a list, and well done - Lost is chocked full of great WTF? moments. For me, my top ones are the start of Season 2 with Desmond in the hatch (I had no idea what was going on) - and these other 10:

    10 - We’re on another Island, + quoting ‘of mice & men’ (Every man for himself)
    9 - “If I WAS one of these people you seem to think are your enemies … you guys got any milk?” (The whole truth)
    8 - Locke throws Mikael into the ’sonic weapon fence’ (Par Avion)
    7 - “Oh, and Eko … bring the axe” (”?”)
    6 - Libby in the mental institution (Dave)
    5 - The wall map (Lockdown)
    4 - Miles’ comment about Charlotte “coming back” to the island (There’s no place like home)
    3 - “I love you Aaron” (Eggtown)
    2 - Alex’s execution (The shape of things to come)
    1 - The Hatch lights up (Deus ex machina).

    For me, the scene where John pounded his fists into the hatch, yelling “Ive done all that you told me to do … now why did you do this to me???”
    then the hatch lights up - I had chills watching it. Great idea, very well shot, and brilliantly acted.

    Maybe expand the list to 40 or 50?

  15. Julep June 20, 2008 10:30 pm

    Terrific list, Jess! I really enjoyed this. The only change I would personally made would be to move #9 - Locke was in a wheelchair to the #2 slot. That was the moment that truly blew me away, and absolutely hooked me on my Lost addiction! Thanks so much for putting this together!

  16. Katie June 20, 2008 10:59 pm

    “it is of utmost importance that a code (4-8-15-16-23-42, naturally)”
    Oh Jess! That made me laugh endlessly :D

    Thanks for the list! As someone who took a Lost break (after Kate saw that horse, it just got too weird), this is actually a very helpful and educational recap. Keep finding ways to kill time and we will keep reading, promise!

  17. Seth June 21, 2008 2:53 pm

    Another big one … Ben ‘controlling the smoke monster and taking out Keamy and crew’

  18. Jandy June 21, 2008 4:37 pm

    Your list left me with some further “WTF” moments of my own. For instance: The day the plane crashed, some of the “Others” were gathered for their book club meeting when the island seemingly quaked. After the quaking stopped and everyone gathered outside on the lawns, it was “then” that they looked skyward and saw the plane flying intact, then breaking up and falling to earth — or to the island anyway. (LOL) “WTF” was the quacking beforehand all about? Also, do we know which Steven King book was the read for that week’s book club members? Would it could give some insight if we knew? (Thanks for a great list! I have bookmarked it and will be checking back to see if you have added more or changed any of the “Top WTF?!” moments.)

  19. Libbe June 22, 2008 4:33 am

    I also have some other WTF moments to add…

    - When Tom tells Michael that the island won’t let him die
    - When Walt makes that bird fly into the window
    - When we see 4 8 15 16 23 42 engraved on the side of the hatch for the first time (do you guys remember this? I’m talking about the first time it appears, before Hurley discovers it, there was a moment when only us as the audience saw it…I was like, “Whaaaa?”
    - When we discover in Eko’s flashbacks that he is not only a gangsta (rather than a priest), but also that he was connected to the plane that had crashed on the island
    - When Ben gets off the ferry at the docks (Season 2 finale)and we suddenly realize that he is the leader of the Others
    - When we see the “Black Rock” for the first time…We realized that it was a ship (rather than a rock), and that it was somehow planted in the middle of the jungle
    - When “taller Walt” appears to Locke in the Dharma dead body pit.
    - When Locke throws a knife into Naomi’s back in the Season 3 finale. I totally didn’t see that coming!

    I know I could think of more, but I think this will do for now…and I have to say, this list could prolly be a top 100, and every single entry would be worth it.

    Great list, thanks for stirring all of this up. It’s nice to reminisce during the hiatus. I think I just might have to have myself a LOST marathon now. ;)

  20. Anshul June 22, 2008 1:22 pm

    niceeee… the list is almost perfect…
    but some moments r missing… like hurley seeing those nos… also when he saw his imaginary frnd and thought the island was his imagination… also wen echo confront the smoke monster face to … well smoke

  21. daye June 22, 2008 2:48 pm

    Well done sir! A pleasant respite in our LOST free funk. BTW, have you realized…we will have a new president BEFORE season 5 starts? I am so impatient!

  22. Jess June 22, 2008 3:15 pm

    @Luke: Thanks for the suggestions. Some of those moments you listed were in my master list (before I narrowed it down to 30) — specifically, Libby in the mental institution and Keamy shooting Alex. I hadn’t considered the Hatch lighting up, but that’s another good one.

    @Julep: Yep, the Locke wheelchair reveal blew me away, too. I hadn’t seen “Walkabout” in a couple of years, and I forgot what a punch that closing scene packed.

    @Libbe: Awesome list! I forgot all about Walt making the bird fly into the window, and Eko’s reveal as a drug lord was classic.

    @daye: I hadn’t thought about it from the “new president” angle. Sigh…silly production schedules.

    Thanks again to everyone who’s taken the time to read the countdown and commented. I had a blast compiling it. :)

  23. Leah June 22, 2008 5:51 pm

    Darnit! I never comment in time to get a coveted “@ Leah” comment back from Jess! LOL, I think that last batch of “@” was the last for a while! :)

    Anyway, I love the number one moment…I was scrolling through and thinking what number one must be…and that immediately came to mind! Awesome job as always.

    Another “moment” to add to the list…Sawyer diving out of the chopper. Or how about the reveal that Locke’s dad was Sawyer’s namesake (Tom Sawyer alias)? Like someone above said…there are SO many moments to choose from! I figured the winner of Lost-vivor should have more moments, hee. Plus, I just like Sawyer! I was even desperate enough to try the “Sawyer Nickname Generator” on ABC’s website. My nickname: Ladybug. Huh. Not exactly what I had hoped for.

  24. Taylor Blue June 22, 2008 7:27 pm

    I love this list so much I want to copy it and put it on my blog…but I won’t because the work on this one is amazing. (But I would still love to steal it…LOL)

  25. Jess June 22, 2008 10:22 pm

    @Leah: Oh, I always have a few extra @’s lying around. ;) Until I read your comment, I wasn’t familiar with the Sawyer Nickname Generator. I gave it a whirl and came up with…”Grimace.” Love it.

    @Taylor: Thanks!

  26. Mike June 22, 2008 11:23 pm

    i dont agree with number 15. thats way too high on th list. that should be near the bottom

  27. Goyo June 23, 2008 10:55 am

    What?? And Jin’s death, and Claire in the season 4 finale…there is more of WTF moments in LOST. Can’t wait for season 5!

  28. Gimarvic June 23, 2008 6:11 pm

    Great list. I would add the moment in witch Locke finds Claire in the cabin.

  29. Kate June 24, 2008 8:42 am

    Desmond: “I think I crashed your plane.” - Awesome
    “Dave is not your friend…because Dave does not exist”

  30. fotn June 24, 2008 12:05 pm

    the only WTF of this list, is why the number 21 is not top 1

  31. Ranvi June 24, 2008 12:50 pm

    Thanks for this great list! Like everyone else , I can think of 30 more wtf?? moments, but you did a pretty good job narrowing it down to 30!

    I took the Sawyer name generator test too, he would call me Barbie!! lol
    I just love how he calls Kate freggles… so cute..

    Can´t wait to start with season 5! But as I am Dutch I have to wait a bit longer then you guys…

  32. Trint June 24, 2008 4:47 pm

    Once again… SO glad I never got into that show.

  33. Laurita June 25, 2008 10:05 am

    Absolutely, a very good list. I love Lost, it´s a great tv show full of WTF moments. I should write 70 more moments O.o

  34. Ray Bradbury June 25, 2008 1:41 pm

    This is a great list. Having said that, there’s definitely a difference between WTF?! moments and big plot twists on the show. When Walt got kidnapped it didn’t make me say ‘What the F**k’, it made me say ‘Oh shit what a great twist for the show’s plot to keep this thing going.’ When Locke shows up in a coffin at the end of season 4 after 17-some episodes of speculation as to who is in the coffin. Now that’s a WTF moment for sure.

    P.S. Jack and Kate is definitely an awesome choice for number 1, I think Locke in the coffin should’ve been 2.

  35. Jess June 26, 2008 10:17 am

    Thanks for the comments, everyone!

    @Trint: Any reason in particular that you’re glad to have skipped Lost? I can sympathize; I wake up every morning absolutely thrilled to have never started watching American Idol. ;)

    @Ray: I’ll stick by my classification of the Others kidnapping Walt as a “WTF?!” moment. Of all the things I imagined might happen to the raft as it sailed away from the Island, encountering a tugboat full of “bearded” “hillbillies” intent on abducting Walt was pretty low on the list. Factor in that we had been led to believe that “the boy” the Others were interested in up to this point was Aaron — not Walt — I think that qualifies as a “WTF?!” moment. That’s just me, though. Thanks for commenting!

  36. Mon June 26, 2008 10:24 am

    the more i read about lost the more i love it. and…the more ticked I am that it’s not on until FEB!

  37. Jules in SD June 26, 2008 4:46 pm

    Found this link on The TailSection and have now book marked you Jess! Fantastic top 30 but I would have expanded to 42 (or even 108?) to include some WTFs already mentioned(Kate as Aaron’s mommy, Claire looking creepy in Jacob’s cabin, Smokey as attack dog etc.) as well as:
    *Mikhail-the Other who would not die!
    *Anything about the ep ‘The Constant’, especially Des/Faraday meeting in past.

    Thanks Jess, I’ll be at ComicCon in July for LOST updates from Carlton/Damon.

  38. Vertigo June 27, 2008 5:53 pm

    Best WTF?! list ever!
    The only change I would make if I ever made one list like yours:
    I would put “The Losties open the Hatch…and find a Scottish guy living inside” on the 2nd place. Awesome scene, WTF music, totally unexpected.
    1st place definitely for Jack’s “WE HAVE TO GO BACK”. Supreme WTF moment :)

  39. brittany June 27, 2008 10:53 pm

    #4 locke decides not to press the button…lol.

  40. Nancy July 1, 2008 3:31 pm

    Great site! A very good review.

  41. Lori July 3, 2008 2:06 pm

    I agree with most of them, but what about Charlie??

    - when he writes ‘not pennys boat’ and just dies!

    - when he gets to ‘the looking glass’ station and meets bonnie and greta

    - when desmond tell’s him that he’s trying to save him.

    were very wtf moments for me. :B

  42. Gabi Spinola July 4, 2008 5:47 pm

    Claire surviving to a Rocket Launcher shot was a very “convincent” WTF moment…

  43. Sheikia July 30, 2008 2:48 pm

    What?! the didn’t include claire and jack being related!!!! that was the biggest wtf moment ever!

  44. Danny August 3, 2008 10:21 pm

    I just got home after a two month stay at a camp I work at and this is what I came back to! What a homecoming! Thanks so much Jess, this was the 2nd site I checked (sorry, facebook still has you beat) and this didn’t disappoint! Big Ups go to Jess for this post!!!

  45. lostnerd3 August 17, 2008 7:44 pm

    absolutly right!
    i kept going down the list and everyone i saw i was like
    yeah!that was a diffenite wtf?! moment
    the only one i didnt agree with was 26 i thought it was pretty obvious the plane would fall but i guess not to some people

  46. lostnerd3 August 17, 2008 7:57 pm

    ive been having a lost marathon its the first time ive ever watched all the seaons in a row and it seems to go by so fast
    there are so many wtf moments in lost i dont think i could even remember them all even though ive recently watched so many episodes good work jess!

  47. Stann October 16, 2008 4:38 pm

    Personally, I find that a list ‘o’ thirty is quite a feat, considering that the major appeal of the series is the “WTF?”factor. WTF? There’s a hatch on the Island? WTF? Desmond’s teleporting via Island-proximity-weirdness? WTF? Claire won’t let Charlie near the baaby, then she does… then she doesn’t again… then she does…. then she doesn’t… and… uh… so-on. Very well done down the line.

    Feb’s just around the corner! And season 4 DVD out in December, right?

  48. Ange October 26, 2008 7:53 pm

    Great list — thanks for the good reminders!
    Here are a couple more:

    - When Hurley sees 4 8 15 16 23 42 on his mileage of the mustang.
    - When Hurley sees Charlie at the Mental Hospital in the future.
    - When Claire and Charlie were kidnapped in season 1 and returned…
    - When Karl was found in room 23 with the water goggles and watching that bizarre video!
    - Oh — and for me, one of the craziest WTF moments for me was was Alex, Danielle, and Karl were shot!!!! WTF!?!?

  49. Lost Fan December 15, 2008 4:53 am

    Great list - one thing I really want to know is can the island bring people back to life? If so, if you die on the island - what then happens? Are you really dead? Is there hope for Mr Eko? I heard Libby is coming back in….

  50. Alex January 2, 2009 4:11 pm

    I had a great time reviewing this list. :D Haha to add another i’d definitely say, for me, the biggest WTF?! moment was when we learned that Claire was Jack’s sister.

    For reals? WTF!?!?!

  51. Alex January 2, 2009 4:14 pm

    ooo! And when we saw that Libby was in the same Mental Hospital as Hurley. But then we NEVER found out why… WTF?!


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