'Lost' Island - Remote, mysterious island somewhere in the South
Pacific featured on the supernatural/sci-fi adventure LOST/ABC/2004+.
The 'Lost' Island is home to a group of 48
castaways who are the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 that crash-landed when an
electromagnetic pulse coming from the island caused the plane's electrical
systems to fail.
At the time, the 815 aircraft was 1000 miles off course from Sydney to Los
Angeles. The flight had just made a course correction towards Fiji (six hours
into the flight) when it began to crash towards the island.
The most prominent among the island survivors are:
- Matthew Fox as Dr. Jack Shepherd
- Terry O'Quinn as John Locke
- Jorge Garcia as Hugo "Hurley" Reyes
- Evangeline Lilly as Kate Austen
- Harold Perrineau as Michael Dawson
- Malcolm David Kelley as Walt Lloyd
- Dominic Monaghan as Charlie Pace
- Maggie Grace as Shannon Rutherford
- Emilie De Ravin as Claire Littleton
- Michelle Rodriquez as
Ana Lucia Cortez
- Daniel Dae Kim as Jin Kwon
- Junjin Kim as Sun Kwon
- Josh Holloway as James "Sawyer" Ford
- Adawale Akinnuoye-Adbaje as Mr. Eko
- Naveen Andrews as Sayid Jarrah
- and a Labrador retriever dog named
'Lost' Island Coastline
Remains of a Giant Statue
Other island residents are an enigmatic French woman named
(Mira Furlan) who appears from time to time to offer council and warning to the
815 survivors ("You've only got three choices: run, hide... or die."); a
mystical boar; a wandering polar bear; the remains of a man and a woman (dubbed
"Adam and Eve") found in a cave; a bearded young man living in an underground
tunnel complex named Desmond (Henry Ian Cusick) who holds the "key" to the
island's failsafe system; and an eerie cloud of black smoke ("The Monster") that
rocks the treetops and frightens the island inhabitants. A few of the
inhabitants have had face-to-face encounters with this strange smoky entity, but
the reason for its existence is still unknown. There is also the remnants of an
old sailing ship called "The Black Rock" on the island whose cargo hold houses
unstable sticks of dynamite.
The main threat to the 815 survivors, however, is a group of people called "The
Others" who live on the other side of the island. They have targeted members of
the Flight 815 crash by kidnapping or killing them. Who they are and what their
true purpose is has yet to be discovered.
The Others thwarted the 815 passengers from leaving the island by attacking
their raft and kidnapping a young black boy named Walt. The boy's father,
Michael Dawson, frantic to save his son, later betrayed his fellow castaways to
gain their own freedom from the island via a boat supplied by The Others.
Oceanic Flight 815 Crash site
Hidden among the island's landscape are hatches that lead to underground
tunnels. They connect to what appears to be an abandoned facility created by
The Dharma Initiative (based on documents and films left behind). Housed within
these areas are food supplies, and computer technology from the 1960s.
In one hatched area, ("The Swan Complex") there is a computer that needs to
reset every 108 minutes. Initially, no one knew why, but it was later discovered
that the reset prevented an overload of electromagnetic energy. It was one such
overload that brought down Flight 815.
The Dharma Initiative facility seems to have been created as a psychological
studies arena where people were given specific tasks to monitor various groups
and then document their observations in black copybook like journals. When a
journal was filled, it was sent via a pneumatic vacuum system to a main base for
But the 815 survivors later discovered that all the journals traveled to the
surface of the island only to be dumped into a
large pile. Apparently, no one
was ever meant to read the results.
Over time, the 815 survivors have nicknamed the island and its jungle with such
phrases as Haunted Damn Jungle, Heart of Darkness, Middle of Damn Nowhere, The
Wild, The Magic Forest, Jungle of Mystery, Bloody Island, Craphole Island,
Mystery Frickin' Island, This Rock, Mt. Vesuvius and, until they are rescued,
"home sweet home."
815 Survivors Exploring the Island Jungle
Excerpt from "Lost' Script
[explaining why he wanted to let the island monster drag him off] I
believe that I was being tested.
||Yeah, tested. I
think... that's why you and I don't see eye-to-eye sometimes, Jack because
you're a man of science.
|| Yeah, and what
does that make you?
||Me, well, I'm a
man of faith. Do you really think all this...is an accident? That we, a
group of strangers survived, many of us with just superficial injuries? Do
you think we crashed on this place by coincidence, especially this place?
We were brought here for a purpose, for a reason, all of us. Each one of
us was brought here for a reason.
||Brought here? And
who brought us here, John?
||The island. The
island brought us here. This is no ordinary place, you've seen that, I
know you have. But the island chose you, too, Jack. It's destiny.
||Did you talk with
Boone about destiny, John?
||Boone was a
sacrifice that the island demanded. What happened to him at that plane was
a part of a chain of events that led us here that led us down a path, that
led you and me to this day, to right now.
||And where does
that path end, John?
||The path ends at
the hatch. The hatch, Jack all of it. All of it happened so that we could
open the hatch.
|| No, no, we're
opening the hatch so that we can survive.
||Survival is all
|| I don't believe
||[pause] Yes, you
do. You just don't know it yet.
TRIVIA NOTE: Location shots for the series were filmed along Oahu's famous North
Shore. Jungle scenes were filmed in the Kaaawa Valley located some 30 miles away
on the island's east coast. The Oceanic 815 plane wreckage scenes were filmed at
Mokuleia Beach near Oahu's northwest tip (Kaena Point).
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