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Back to the Island is a LOST rewatch podcast started in February of 2014. It is hosted by punk musicians Jeff Rosenstock and Chris Farren, usually along with a rotating third guest host. Each episode of the podcast centers around a single episode of LOST, and episodes are watched in no particular order, which only adds to the general confusion of the hosts and guest hosts.
The concept for the show came about in early 2014 while Chris was in New York working with Jeff on the debut release of their band, Antarctigo Vespucci. The origin was explained by Chris and Jeff in response to a listener question in episode 18 “Dave (2x18)." Chris answered,
“The genesis of it was, when we were making the Antarctigo record we started talking about how it would be cool to have a podcast together, and that it should be some sort of like, TV related podcast. Originally we were going to binge watch a show—a whole series… We were thinking Game of Thrones or Scandal… and there was like, a lot of things that we couldn’t figure out, like that Jeff hadn’t seen that I had seen, and vice versa. And we wanted to have something that neither of us had seen and then somehow that turned into something that both of us had seen.”Jeff continued the thought,
“Then one of us said ‘back to the island,’ and then we were like, ‘That’d be a funny name for a podcast about LOST,’… That’s what I remember happening.”On episode 69 "The Hunting Party (2x11)" they offered a slightly different and expanded explanation,
"I think we were smoking weed... and we were talking about how it would be fun to do a podcast anyway. And then we just thought that 'Back to the Island' would be a good name for a LOST podcast. And then we were like, 'OK, let's do a LOST podcast.' And then, since we were stoned we decided to watch it all out of order. And then we thought of 'LOST My Report Card' which is segment where we rate the episode... I think we thought the name was a good bit, and watching it out of order was a good bit, and then we thought 'LOST My Report Card' where we rate it on a scale of 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42 was a good bit. And so we decided to watch 121 hours of a television show we've already watched, and then talk about it for 121 hours."
In addition to the main discussion of the episode, Back to the Island features several regular segments, each with their own accompanying theme music or sound effects.
Chris and Jeff Talk About LOST for Four Minutes Straight
This segment was created by Jeff in episode 50. Occasionally, when one of them feels like they've gone too long without discussing the episode of LOST they just watched either Jeff or Chris (usually Jeff) will start this segment in which they can only talk about LOST for at least four minutes.
There is also a version of the theme song that is slightly sped up, due to a misunderstanding the first time Jeff suggested the segment.
Chris and Jeff look through the Lostpedia.com entry for interesting facts and mistakes from the episode. This segment usually ends with one or both of them annoyed with the lack of interesting trivia. They call it Lostapedia even though the website is Lostpedia.
The theme is from a 1988 Food Emporium commercial with the word “Lostapedia, Lostapedia” layered over the original lyrics “Food Emporium, Food Emporium.” Otherwise the theme is unchanged from the original. There have been several variations/parodies including "Mousapedia" and "Farrenpedia."
In episode 44 Jeff stated his desire to discontinue Lostapedia as a segment, but seemed to forget by the next episode.
Lost My Report Card
Near the end of each episode Jeff, Chris and their guest(s) will rank the episode of LOST they watched on a scale of 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 or 42 with 4 being the lowest score and 42 being the highest. Chris is the most frequent violator of this ranking system, rating “Expose (3x14)” a 23.5, “Collision (2x08)" an 18 and ”Something Nice Back Home (4x10)" a 43. Jeff has only strayed from the numbers once, rating "Orientation (2x03)" a 32.
There are special themes for when all three hosts give the same rating (“3-fr-3’s Day”) or, if there are four hosts, when all four hosts give the same rating (“4-fr-4’s Day”). There has also been a “2-fr-2’s Day” from an episode without a guest host, but Jeff called it horrendous and expressed a desire that it never be played again. So far it's been used two more times, along with several other versions of a 2-fr-2's Day theme. Jeff and Chris have each contributed their own version of a “1-fr-1’s Day” theme for their solo episodes.
Back to the Mailbag
Occasionally they will check the show’s e-mail inbox and read and respond to fan emails. The theme song for Back to the Mailbag is the main podcast theme with additional vocals layered over top to change the words to “Back to the Mailbag at gmail.com.”
Some episodes end with the hosts apologizing (or refusing to apologize) for things they said during the episode that they feel were offensive, insensitive or embarrassing. Sometimes the apologies are to the listeners in general, but often they are directed at cast or crew members from LOST. Occasionally one host will apologize to another and there is a special “Apology Accepted” theme song if the apology is accepted.
Bonus clips come at the very end of an episode and usually include a short and often out of context audio clip recorded at the same time as the episode, but not included in the main body of the episode. Bonus clips are not included in every episode.
Back to the Island has featured many guest hosts, usually musician friends of either Jeff, Chris or both. The following is a list of every guest host, along with the number of episodes they have been credited on, ordered by number of appearances.
- Tim Daniels, 21
- Casey Lee, 5
- Christine Mackie, 3
- Mike Campbell, 2
- Laura Stevenson, 2
- Jonah Bayer, 2
- Amy Glickman Brown, 2
- Christine Hooker, 1
- Marie Miller, 1
- Dave Garwacke, 1
- John DeDomenici, 1
- James Brown, 1
- Larry Kwartowitz, 1
- Ginger Alford, 1
- Corey Mitchell, 1
- Vinnie Fiorello, 1
- Eric (the tattoo artist), 1
- Mike Huguenor, 1
- Kelly-Dawn Kelso, 1
One of the hallmarks of Back to the Island is the abundance of music found throughout the episodes. Jeff and Chris are musicians so they both have the ability to easily create short themes based around topics of conversation during the episode. New themes can be called out at any time and are occasionally done by one host (usually Chris) as a joke on the other host (usually Jeff) knowing that they will now have to write and record that theme for the episode, although Jeff has gotten very skilled at deflecting these themes back at Chris.
The show has included over 115 different original songs and themes to date including live, improvised songs and variations on regularly used themes. The following is a list of all original songs used during the show. (Song titles are assumed, as official titles are only sometimes given)
- Main (Quiet)
- Main *AFTER DARK*
- Main (Chris)
- Main (Night Boys)
- Main (Christmas)
- Main (New Year)
- Main (YESSBABY Cover)
- Main (Jonathan Lee Byrd Cover)
- Lostapedia (Chris)
- Lostapedia Autotune
- Back to the Mailbag
- Back to the Mailbag (Chris)
- End *AFTER DARK*
- End (Chris)
- End (Night Boys)
- End (Christmas)
- 1-fr-1's Day (Chris)
- 1-fr-1's Day (Jeff)
- 2-fr-2's Day
- 2-fr-2's Day (Beatbox Improv)
- 2-fr-2's Day (What D'ya Say?)
- 2-fr-2's Day (YESSBABY Cover)
- 3-fr-3's Day
- 4-fr-4's Day
- Apology Accepted
- Bonus Clip
- Bonus Clip pt. 2
- Bonus Clip (Fuzzy)
- Bonus Clip (Xtreme)
- Technical Difficulties
- Lobster Watch
- Behind the Magic Scene Work
- Funky Love
- Gettin' the Door
- Back to the Audience
- Answers from the Audience
- Birthday Texts
- Birthday Tweets
- Beauty Tips With Christine
- It's My Birthday, Baby (Hallelujah) *Daughtry*
- Back to Late April
- There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
- Requiem for Walt
- Lobster/Crab Watch
- Best Cameo
- Pooping Cough
- Croc Rock
- New York Thitty Seem
- Cassie's Poppin' In
- Drinkin' a LaCroix (Chris)
- Go to Google (Jeff)
- Screw You, Brian! (Jeff)
- Grandma's Day
- Questions That Can't Be Responded To
- Mystery Dust
- Amy's Trivia Corner
- Callin' You Out
- Phone Bit
- Happy Birthday Jeff
- Little Gems
- Anyone Can Get Along
- Witchy Aunts
- Bright Eyes Rocks
- Weenie Boy Theme Song
- Marc Maron's A Screw Ball & His Podcast is the Least Favorite One
- Wrapping It Up (Live)
- Do You Think That’s a Thing?
- Frozen Covers (Chris)
- Chris' Nicknames For Sawyer
- Weenie Boy From Outer Space Theme
- Our First Disagreement on the Podcast
- Christmas Joke Theme (English)
- Christmas Joke Theme (Spanish)
- Thing to Say
- Jack Back
- I'm In Love
- Sound Check
- Top 5 Blondes
- Mozart/Shakespeare/Slipknot Supergroup ft. Chris Farren
- Ding Ding Dong, Decade Song
- List of Fruits Mentioned (Laura Stevenson)
- Guards Her Body Theme (Shelby Jacobson)
- This is an Episode of LOST Theme
- Chris and Jeff Talk About LOST for Four Minutes Straight
- Chris and Jeff Talk About LOST for Four Minutes Straight, Faster
- LOST Episode Freestyle Rap
- Controversial Opinions (Jeff's Version)
- Controversial Opinions (Chris' Version)
- Meat Coat (Chris)
- Big Comeback Theme
- Quiet Boys Theme
- Jack Back Yourself
- Do You Think That That's a Thing?
- Total 180 Theme
- Cheshire Cat (Chris)
- Boom Boom Baby (Perfect Guys) (Chris)
- Back to the Normal Lostpedia (Jeff)
- Tyler the Creator (Chris)
- Back to the Episode (Jeff)
- Sidebar with Mike Huguenor
- Truly Official Sidebar with Mike Huguenor
- Celebrity Story Theme
- My Name is Chris (Coolest Guy Around) (Freestyle)
- Jeff & Chris' New Year's Tips
- Chris' Frank Sinatra Impression
- Ladies Night Theme
- Hey Ya (Live Cover)
- "The Undertaker" by Chris Farren by Jeff Rosenstock
- Dead Musicians Tribute
- Answer Me Theme
- 4 Leather Jackets (Chris & Joyce Manor versions) (Live Improv)
- I Don't Like 'Em & I Don't Miss 'Em
- Gone Fishin' in Heaven
- Gone Fishin' in Heaven (Nu Metal)
- Memorial Theme
- Ethan's Dead
- Waiting for Jeff (Freestyle Rap)
- LOST Theme Song by Chris & Jeff (Live)
- Gun Story Theme
- Up the Mountain and Through the Creek
- New Year's Resolution Theme
- Behind the Scenes: A Closer Look
- Wedding Bells Are Ringing
- Boyfriend Killer (The Killers)
- Funeral March (Chris Live)
- First Reference to Kid Rock Theme
- Locketoberfest Theme
- Good Theory Theme
- Good Thought Theme
- B Story or C Story Theme
- Groovy Dudes
- Beauty Tips With Cassie
- Hail to the Chief (Chris Live)
- Big Bang Theory Theme
- Chris Farren Gigs Advertisement
- Back to the Island Super Bowl Special Advertisement
- Theme For an Ad Free Rest of Back to the Island
- My Life is Crazy (Chris Freestyle)
- Jeff's LOST Music Impression
- The Stars at Night (Are Big and Bright) (Jeff Live)
- Information That We Put Together Theme
- Thinking Theme Song
- Back to the Island: A Look Back
Special Episode Original Songs
- No Show Show Theme
Though it's rare, non-original songs have been used on the show.
- "Smells Like Teen Spirit" - Nirvana (eps. 2 & 5)
- "Why, Oh Why, Oh Why (Oh Oh Oh Oh)" - Bomb the Music Industry! (ep 6 cold open)
- "I'll Be There For You (Theme From Friends)" - The Rembrandts (ep. 11)
- "Crack the Code" - 311 (ep. 16)
- Marc Maron's WTF Podcast Intro Theme (ep. 40 (used in place of the main theme))
- "Time To Pretend" - MGMT (ep 43 at the beginning of the Shannonpalooza ad, eps 44 & 45 opening and closing, ep 46 briefly after the Colgate commercial and ep 47 opening)
- "Kids" - MGMT (ep 46 opening)
- "VI" - Antarctigo Vespucci (ep 46 Colgate commercial)
- "Freedom" - Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five (ep. 52)
- "Zodiac" - Boogie Boys (ep. 52)
- "Emo Revival Christmas 2014" - Chris Farren (ep. 58 "Like a Gift From God or Whatever" commercial)
- "Beers Again Alone" - Jeff Rosenstock (ep. 58 Jeff Rosenstock tour commercial)
- "Living In Hell" - Antarctigo Vespucci (ep. 58 "Leavin' La Vida Loca" commercial)
- "Serial" Theme Song (ep. 78)
- "Seasons (Waiting on You)" - Future Islands (ep. 78)
These are themes that were specifically called out in the episode, but were never created.
- Sawyer Theories (ep 6)
- Interesting Kisses (ep 12)
"The Incident" was a harrowing and uncertain time for fans and hosts alike. It spanned a total of 6 episodes from episode 27 to episode 32.
At the end of episode 26 "Some Like it Hoth (5x13)" Chris teases a very special apology for Tim Daniels. Tim guest hosts the following episode, "The Whole Truth (2x16)," and during the apologies section Chris reveals that when he was in New York a month earlier he saw Tim on the street after exiting the subway but didn't say hi or catch Tim's attention. The episode ends with Jeff and Tim discussing Chris' duplicitous nature and calling for him to reflect on his behavior. Tim decides not to accept Chris' apology immediately and asks instead for some time to think about it.
Episode 28 "Solitary (1x09)," opens with the series' only "Previously on..." segment recounting Chris' apology from the week before. Chris then leaves Jeff a voice mail saying it's time to record the podcast and that he hasn't been able to reach him or Tim since recording the last episode. Chris proceeds to record episode 28 on his own, featuring more somber sounding acoustic versions of the theme songs. This is also the shortest episode of the series.
Episode 29 "Because You Left (5x01)" has Chris hosting with Casey Lee. For the majority of the episode Chris repeatedly redirects the conversation to Jeff and even writes him a birthday song. Chris rates this episode a 4 because, "LOST sucks," and he's, "sick of doing this podcast."
Episode 30 "Happily Ever After (6x11)" begins with a phone conversation between Chris and Jeff where Jeff explains that he didn't have his phone because he was in Japan and Korea and that he's worried about Chris after listening to the last two episodes. Chris replies that he thought Japan and Korea were boroughs of New York. Jeff then further explains that Tim was also out of the country. The rest of the episode follows normally with a much more happy and energetic Chris.
Episode 31 "? (2x21)" has Jeff hosting alone while Chris is out of town. This episode is almost the complete opposite of Chris' solo episode with Jeff speaking very fast and energetically, as a stream of consciousness, for almost the entire episode.
Episode 32 "Whatever Happened, Happened (5x11)" wraps up "the Incident" story-line with Jeff and Chris hosting together with Tim Daniels as the special guest again. During the episode Tim is noticeably still upset, making almost constant, subtle, passive-aggressive digs at Chris. Chris doesn't seem to notice and recounts how he made it up to Tim by flying to New York and taking Tim to dinner at the Times Square Red Lobster, boasting that he picked up the $65 check and only made Tim pay the tip even though he only had a salad.
"The Incident" ends with everything going back to normal.
Shannonpalooza is a series of episodes starting with the second episode of season 2 (episode 44) and ending with the fifth episode of season 2 (episode 47). According to the hosts, Shannonpalooza is a summer concert series centered around Shannon/Maggie Grace. Shannonpalooza was teased in episode 43 of the podcast with a commercial. The Shannonpalooza episodes feature a different opening theme ("Time to Pretend" by MGMT(except for episode 46)) and "Shannon Trivia" segments hosted by Chris (except for episode 47).
It's possible that the idea of Shannonpalooza came from an early episode of the podcast when they were complaining about Shannon and Jeff suggested that they should watch all of Shannon's episodes back to back and get them out of the way.
It's also possible that they just thought it would be funny.
LOCKEtoberfest is a block of episodes centering around Locke during October 2015, beginning with episode 54 and ending with episode 57. Traditionally Jeff and Chris have showed open disdain of the character of John Locke, but during the beginning of season 2 and "Shannonpalooza" their attitudes shifted somewhat, even so far as to cause Chris to exclaim "Locke rocks!" During episode 46 Chris announced LOCKEtoberfest without consulting Jeff, and seemingly just because he liked the pun on Oktoberfest/Rocktoberfest.
So far the only unique segment has been "Shannon Trivia: Locke Addiction" which, like Shannon Trivia from Shannonpalooza, is announced by a harmonica tone. Shannon Trivia: Locke Addiction questions center around Terry O'Quinn.
Jeff also stated that there's "music everywhere" at LOCKEtoberfest and "you can't escape it," but the music only consisted of a harmonica jam between Jeff and Chris during episode 54.
Episode air dates are estimated based on iTunes dates, Facebook posts and the idea that new episodes were supposed to premiere on Wednesdays even though that didn't always happen.
Links in the "#" column will take you to the soundcloud page for that episode of the podcast.
Links in the "Episode Title" column will take you to the corresponding Lostpedia page for that episode of LOST.
Links in the "Original Songs" column will take you to the Soundcloud page and time stamp where this instance of the song is found. Due to differences between Soundcloud on a Mac vs. a Windows computer these links may not line up exactly, but they will be close.
Season 1 is 42 episodes long and ran from February 2014 - December 2014.
|#||Date||Episode Title||Hosts||Ratings||Original Songs||Special Notes|
|001||February 26, 2014||The Constant (4x05)||
|002||March 5, 2014||Numbers (1x18)||
|003||March 12, 2014||The Shape of Things to Come (4x09)||
|004||March 19, 2014||Exposé (3x14)||
|005||March 26, 2014||Walkabout (1x04)||
|006||April 2, 2014||Further Instructions (3x03)||
||-This is the first episode to receive a rating of 4 by any host.|
|007||April 9, 2014||All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues (1x11)||
||-This is the first episode to have a 3-fr-3's Day.|
|008||April 17, 2014||LaFleur (5x08)||
|009||April 23, 2014||What Kate Does (6x03)||
|010||April 30, 2014||Ji Yeon (4x07)||
|011||May 5, 2014||Stranger in a Strange Land (3x09) LIVE!||
||-This episode was recorded live in front of an audience at Union Hall in Brooklyn, NY on April 25th, 2014.|
|012||May 14, 2014||Greatest Hits (3x21)||
||-This episode was supposed to include the theme "Interesting Kisses."|
|013||May 21, 2014||One of Us *AFTER DARK* (3x16)||
|| -This is the first *AFTER DARK* episode.
-This episode was recorded in the early hours of April 29th, 2014 which is Chris Farren's birthday.
|014||May 28, 2014||What They Died For (6x16)||
||-This episode is a 3-fr-3's Day but they forgot to play the song.|
|015||June 4, 2014||The 23rd Psalm (2x10)||
|016||June 12, 2014||Ab Aeterno (6x09)||
||-This episode features the only 4-fr-4's Day.|
|017||June 22, 2014||Jughead (5x03)||
|018||June 25, 2014||Dave (2x18)||
|019||July 3, 2014||Special (1x14)||
|| -This is the first episode to not feature a guest host.
-This is the first episode to not feature a Lostapedia segment.
|020||July 10, 2014||Collision (2x08)||
|021||July 16, 2014||SOS (2x19)||
||-This episode is mistakenly labeled 2x10 on iTunes and SoundCloud.|
|022||July 23, 2014||Outlaws (1x16)||
||-This is the first of two episodes Jeff recorded from Australia.|
|023||July 30, 2014||The Greater Good (1x21)||
||-This is the second episode Jeff recorded from Australia.|
|024||August 6, 2014||Cabin Fever (4x11)||
|025||August 13, 2014||The Last Recruit (6x13)||
|| -This episode features the most guest hosts in a single episode.
-Despite having three ratings the same, it was determined not to be a 3-fr-3's Day because the ratings weren't unanimous, but they played the theme anyway.
|026||August 20, 2014||Some Like It Hoth (5x13)||
||-At the end of this episode Chris teased a very special apology for Tim on the next episode. This would be the beginning of "The Incident."|
|027||August 27, 2014||The Whole Truth (2x16)||
|| -This episode was mistakenly labeled 6x13 on iTunes and SoundCloud
-This episode marks the true beginning of "The Incident."
|028||September 3, 2014||SOLITARY (1x09)||
|| -This is the first episode to not feature both Jeff and Chris.
-This is the first episode to feature a single host.
-This is the only episode to begin with a "Previously on..." segment.
-This is the shortest episode.
|029||September 10, 2014||Because You Left (5x01)||
|030||September 17, 2014||Happily Ever After (6x11)||
||-This episode marks Jeff's return after a two episode break while he toured Korea and Japan with the Bruce Lee Band.|
|031||September 24, 2014||? (2x21)||
||-This is the only episode Jeff hosts alone, and the only episode Chris is not featured on.|
|032||October 1, 2014||Whatever Happened, Happened (5x11)||
||-This episode brings "The Incident," which spanned a total of 6 episodes, to a close.|
|033||October 7, 2014||The Economist (4x03)||
|034||October 16, 2014||Left Behind *AFTER DARK* (3x15)||
|035||October 23, 2014||Raised By Another *AFTER DARK* (1x10)||
||-Jeff has stated multiple times that this is his least favorite episode of the podcast and he'll never listen to it again.|
|036||October 29, 2014||Tricia Tanaka Is Dead LIVE! (3x10)||
||-This episode was recorded before a live audience a Union Hall in Brooklyn, NY on October 19, 2014|
|037||November 19, 2014||Born to Run (1x22)||
|| -This episode is mistakenly labeled 1x20 on iTunes and SoundCloud.
-This episode marked the return of the show after an unscheduled 2 week break while Jeff and Chris were touring with their band, Antarctigo Vespucci. It was the longest break between episodes in season 1.
|038||November 26, 2014||Not In Portland (3x07)||
|039||December 4, 2014||This Place is Death (5x05)||
|040||December 10, 2014||Something Nice Back Home (4x10)||
|| -Nothing discussed in this episode of the podcast actually happened on an episode of LOST. It's debatable whether they even watched this LOST episode before recording.
-This is the first episode to not use some variation of the main theme song to start the show.
|041||December 18, 2014||LAX Pt. 1 (6x01)||
||-Though he's listed in the episode title, Larry only appears in the episode as a short recording at the end giving his explanation of the final season of LOST. He doesn't give a rating for the episode.|
|042||December 24, 2014||The Other Woman CHRISTMAS SPECIAL (4x06)||
|| -While recording the original 42nd episode Chris' computer shut down before he saved his Logic file and his half of the episode was lost. They were forced to rerecord the episode.
-This is the worst rated episode of LOST so far based on average host ratings.
-This was not a true 3-fr-3's Day, but they played the theme anyway because "It's Christmas."
In episode 42 "The Other Woman CHRISTMAS SPECIAL (4x06)" Jeff and Chris stated that they were taking a break, but they would probably be back in February. Later in the episodeJeff jokingly said "We did 42 of these, and in four to two weeks we're gonna come back and do 42 more." During his AMA, Jeff answered that the plan was for the show to return in May 2015. The reason for the delay was that he "wanted to come back with some episodes that were me Chris and Tim live in the same room instead of over Google Hangouts." This intention was repeated on Twitter.
On June 19th, Chris stated via Twitter that they recorded two new episodes, but "things have been hectic with mixing [the new Antarctigo Vespucci record] and [Jeff's] wedding so we haven't been able to edit or do more yet".
On July 22, 2015 the official Back to the Island twitter account tweeted a link to a stream of the new Antarctigo Vespucci album "Leavin' La Vida Loca" with the comment "Pt. 1 of cool news today:..." followed by a winky face teasing the release of the Season 2 premier later that night.
|#||Date||Episode Title||Hosts||Ratings||Original Songs||Special Notes|
|043||July 22, 2015||Man of Science (2x01)||
||-This is the second season premier of the Back to the Island, as well as the second season premier of LOST.
-This episode was released almost 7 months to the day after the previous episode
-The actual title of this episode of LOST is "Man of Science, Man of Faith"
|044||July 29th, 2015||Whatever the Case May Be (1x12)||
||-This episode is Week 1 of "Shannonpalooza"
-This episode is the first 3-fr-3's Day of season 2.
|045||August 5th, 2015||Hearts and Minds (1x13)||
||-This episode is Week 2 of "Shannonpalooza"
-This episode of LOST follows the episode from the previous podcast, making this the first time they've watched an episode in order.
-This is the first episode to feature a song by someone not guest hosting.
|046||August 12th, 2015||...In Translation (1x17)||
||-This episode is Week 3 of "Shannonpalooza"
-This is the only "Shannonpalooza" to use a different opening theme ("Kids" by MGMT). All other "Shannonpalooza" episodes opened with "Time to Pretend" by MGMT. "Time to Pretend" can still be heard very briefly after the Colgate commercial.
-This is the first episode to feature an Antarctigo Vespucci song ("VI").
|047||August 19th, 2015||Abandoned (2x06)||
||-This episode is Week 4, and the last week of "Shannonpalooza."
-This is the only "Shannonpalooza" episode featuring a LOST episode not from season 1.
-This is the only "Shannonpalooza" episode to not feature any Shannon Trivia segments.
-This episode marks the 42nd time the Lostapedia theme has been played.
|048||August 26th, 2015*||Confirmed Dead (4x02)||
||-*This episode was accidentally released on iTunes late Tuesday, August 25th, followed by the tweet "Oops I thought it was Wednesday". The Soundcloud file was released Wednesday afternoon.
-This is the first episode in 23 episodes to feature a new guest host, not including episode 41 which credits Larry Kwartowitz, but who doesn't actually appear as a guest host during the episode.
-This is the first episode to feature three hosts recording from three different locations.
|049||September 2nd, 2015||Dr. Linus (6x07)||
||-This is the first episode of season 2 to not feature a Lostapedia segment, despite Jeff expressing a wish to end the segment after episode 44.
-This, combined with the previous episode, makes the first true back-to-back 3-fr-3's Day. Previously, episodes 13 & 14 were 3-fr-3's Days, but they forgot to play the theme in episode 14. And episodes 24 & 25 were 3-fr-3's Days, but episode 25 had a total of 5 hosts and only 3 of them had matching scores (all the scores weren't unanimous) but they played the theme anyway.
-This episode combined with the previous episode has the widest possible range of scores (all 42's last episode, all 4's this episode).
-This might be considered to be the lowest ranking episode, even though episode 44 also earned three 4's, because initially in episode 44 Chris said he wanted to give it an 8, but then changed his mind. Episode 42 also earned all 4's, but because there was no guest host, it only earned two 4's, not three.
|050||September 9th, 2015||The Man Behind the Curtain (3x20)||
||-This is the 50th episode of Back to the Island!
-This is the second episode to feature a credited guest who doesn't actually guest host the show or provide a "LOST My Report Card" rating. The first was episode 42.
-Despite Chirs' doubts, this is the first time they've called someone during the show.
|051||September 16th, 2015||The Moth (1x07)||
||-As Chris mentions in the episode, this is the first time both hosts have unknowingly created unique themes for the same reference. The only other similar instance was in episode 42 where Chris sang the Christmas Joke song in English and then Jeff sang it in Spanish, however they were still performing the same song other than the language difference.|
|052||September 23rd, 2015||I Do (3x06)||
||-This is a special *wedding themed* episode and was released a few days before Chris' wedding.
-This is the first time a theme from season 2 has been repeated (Lockeabout).
-This marks the first time there have been two perfectly scored episodes in a row.
|053||September 30th, 2015||Lighthouse (6x05)||
||-Jeff recorded this episode from California shortly before leaving to play a series of shows in Japan with the Bruce Lee Band.
-Despite the "Chris Farren Public Decree" Chris actually has given a 42 to an episode in which Sawyer didn't appear--Ab Aeterno - episode 16.
-This is the last episode before the planned LOCKEtoberfest series starts.
|054||October 7th, 2015||Deus Ex Machina (1x19)||
||-This is the first LOCKEtoberfest episode.
-This is seemingly the first time they have unintentionally called out a theme song title that was previously used, and written a new theme for it (Do You Think That's a Thing?/Do You Think That That's a Thing?)
|055||October 14th, 2015||Orientation (2x03)||
||-This is the second LOCKEtoberfest episode.
-This is the first time the Apology Accepted theme has been heard in season 2.
-This is the first time Lostapedia has used a new theme. Previous variations were used for other bits (Farrenpedia, Mouseapedia), but not for an actual Lostapedia section.
|056||October 21st, 2015||The Brig (3x19)||
||-This is the third LOCKEtoberfest episode.|
|057||October 28th, 2015||The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham (5x07)||
||-This is the final episode of LOCKEtoberfest
-Jeff recorded this episode while on a beach in Virginia
-This is the shortest episode to feature both Jeff and Chris, and the second shortest episode overall (Chris' first solo episode--number 28--clocks in at 14:32).
|058||November 4th, 2015||House of the Rising Sun (1x06)||
||-This is the first completely "on location" episode of the podcast not including live episodes.
-This is the first episode to be intentionally recorded in several sections (not due to technical difficulties).
-Chris claims that he gives every episode from season 1 of LOST a 42. That is obviously not true.
|059||November 13th, 2015||The Cost of Living (3x05)||
||-Jeff recorded this from a venue in Tucson, AZ on November 12th, 2015.-This is the halfway point in Jeff & Chris' quest to rewatch every episode of LOST.|
|060||November 26th, 2015||Eggtown (4x04)||
||-This episode premiered on Thanksgiving (U.S.), one day late
-This is the first episode back after No Show Show #1
-This is the first time the show has had three perfectly rated episodes in a row.
|061||December 17th, 2015||The Variable (5x14)||
||-This was the first episode to be intentionally released on a Thursday, the new release day.
-Initially this episode was missing the Main, Lostapedia and Ending theme music, but was reuploaded later that day with the themes included.
-Chris gave the episode a 4, but Jeff said it's an 8 because Chris watched the episode twice and he agreed.
|062||Decemeber 24th, 2015||Homecoming (1x15)||
||-This episode was released on December 24th, even though Soundcloud and iTunes list the date as December 21st, because that's the day the episode was uploaded, before it was made public.
-This episode was released one year to the day after episode 42, the season one finale.
-This is their Christmas episode, but they don't mention Christmas at any point.
-During this episode Jeff and Chris announce they'll be watching The Little Prince (5x04)
-The last Mailbag segment was episode 28 (August 13th, 2014), which was Chris' solo episode. The last Mailbag episode with both Chris and Jeff was episode 25 (September 3rd, 2014). Either way Jeff is right when he says it's been over a year since they last checked the Mailbag.
|063||December 31st, 2015||Everybody Loves Hugo (6x12)||
||-This is the last episode of 2015 and was recorded on New Year's Eve of 2015.
-In the previous episode they said this episode would be The Little Prince (5x04).
|064||January 7th, 2016||Lockdown (2x17)||
||-Chris says that Tim hasn't been on the show for a year. His last appearance was actually episode 50, 4 months earlier, though he only appeared in a phone call and didn't rate the episode. His last appearance as a regular guest host was episode 44, about 5 and a half months earlier.
-This marks Tim's 20th appearance on the podcast.
-Chris ends up naming 24 bald actors if you count the questionable submissions like Frank Sinatra, Lex Luthor and the Six Flags Guy.
|065||January 21st, 2016||Exodus Pt. 2 (1x24)||
||-This episode came after a one week break, during which Jeff promised a super-sized episode. This episode comes in at around 38 minutes, which is about average.
-The reason for the confusion on the episode counts is because there were 3 longer-than-usual episodes of LOST, and Netflix splits two of them into two episodes. So the actual produced episode count is 118, but Netflix has 120 listed.
-The version of the LOST series finale on Netflix used to be a shorter, edited version and it's possible it used to appear as two episodes as well, accounting for Google listing 121 episodes.
-This is the first episode to not be rated by any host.
*In episode 67 Jeff and Chris rated "The Exodus" as a whole, so those ratings have been retroactively applied even though parts 2 & 3 weren't rated in their episodes.
|066||January 28th, 2016||Exodus Pt. 3 (1x25)||
||-This is listed as Exodus Pt. 3 (1x25) though in the original airing this episode was the second half of double episode, Exodus Pt. 2 (1x24). Because of that a rating this episode was expected to cover this week, as well as the previous week's content, and that may have been the original intention, but the episode ended without a rating.
-At one point Jeff tries to throw to Lost My Report Card, but they get sidetracked and never return to rate the episodes.
-The episode description on Soundcloud and iTunes incorrectly states that this is the first time they've watched two episodes in order, but in the episode Chris says he thinks they've done it one other time which is correct. Weeks 1 & 2 of Shannonpalooza (episodes 44 & 45) followed the production order of the show.
*In episode 67 Jeff and Chris rated "The Exodus" as a whole, so those ratings have been retroactively applied even though parts 2 & 3 weren't rated in their episodes.
|067||February 11th, 2016||Exodus Pt. 1 (1x23)||
||-This episode completes "The Exodus" season 1 finale.
-This episode was more about LOST than any episode has been in a long time, and most of what they discussed actually happened.
-During the "Lost My Report Card" segment Jeff and Chris rated the Exodus storyline as a whole, retroactively giving ratings to episodes 65 and 66.
|068||February 25th, 2016||Everybody Hates Hugo (2x04)||
||-This episode is a frustrating phone call between Jeff & Chris, featuring a forgotten theme ("Technical Difficulties") and segment ("Bonus Clip").
-Though there is no official Apologies section, the episode ends with Jeff and Chris apologizing to each other while the outro music plays.
|069||March 17th, 2016||The Hunting Party (2x11)||
||-On Soundcloud and iTunes the episode guest is listed as KellyDawn Helmrich, but her real name is Kelly-Dawn Kelso.
-This was recorded while Jeff & Chris were on tour in Australia and is the first truly international episode of Back to the Island.
-This is the 69th episode of Back to the Island, but they didn't make any jokes about it.
The break between season 2 and 3 was unplanned and is the longest gap in episodes to date. 2016 proved to be a very busy year for both Jeff & Chris with both of them releasing albums and touring almost non-stop, which made it difficult for them to find time to record new episodes. Ironically the release date of Jeff's album "WORRY." (October 14th, 2016) also marked the longest gap between new episodes to that point (6 months, 27 days/211 days).
There were rumors that several episodes had been recorded during the Summer/Fall of 2016, but they hadn't been released yet for unspecified reasons.
On December 21st, the day before releasing episode 70, Chris tweeted a picture of Jack taken off a TV. The screenshot was quickly identified as taken from the season 5 episode "316" which was first episode they discussed on their return with episode 70.
Total there was a gap of 9 months, 5 days/280 days between the release of episode 69 and episode 70.
|#||Date||Episode Title||Hosts||Ratings||Original Songs||Special Notes|
|070||December 22nd, 2015||316 (5x06)||
||-This is the third season premier of the podcast, though it's not referred to as that in the episode.
-This episode was released just over 9 months after the previous episode. The hiatus was unplanned.
-This is the episode of LOST where the characters go "back to the island".
-*Chris gives his rating as "thirty-..." which Jeff says is not a Number and interprets it as a 42. It's revealed in episode 71 that Chris went back and edited in his rating of 23 after the fact, which explains the reverb effect on his voice when he says "I give it a 23".
|071||December 29th, 2016||Maternity Leave (2x15)||
||-This episode was either released late on 12/28 or very early on12/29 depending what time zone you are in. Shortly after releasing it Chris tweeted that he couldn't remember if the podcast episodes normally released on Wednesdays or Thursdays.
-During the "Lost My Report Card" segment Chris falsely claims that he rates all episodes featuring Sawyer a 42, and any episode without Sawyer cannot earn a 42. Jeff uses this Lostpedia page to disprove him almost immediately.
-While discussing his rating of the previous episode Chris reveals his decision to go back and change his episode 70 rating before the episode is released (which he does).
-*Chris never actually gives a rating for this episode on the podcast, but later tweeted that it was 42 when asked about it.
|072||January 5th, 2017||The Little Prince (5x04)||
||-This episode was recorded on January 3rd, 2017.
-There is a forgotten theme in this episode around 5:27 where you can hear Chris and Jeff making loud noises to mark the point in the track where they would normally insert the song. It seems like the theme they intended to include was the Main theme again, so this isn't on the list of forgotten themes.
-The couples massage Jeff & Chris are discussing was brought up in episode 014 "What They Died For" (6x16). The discussion starts around the 27:15 mark and includes several "on the field" segments.
-Jeff says that Chris' rating of 18 is "unprecedented", but Chris also voted episode 020 "Collision" (2x08) an 18.
|73||January 12th, 2017||Flashes Before Your Eyes *AFTER DARK* (3x08)||
||-This episode features the second "behind the scenes" themed song. The first being "Behind the Magic Scene Work". You can hear Chris try to lead Jeff into calling out that theme instead of a new one.|
|74||January 19th, 2017||Catch-22 (3x17)||
||-There are references in episode 74 & 75 that suggest they were recorded and released out of order, such as Jeff talking about driving to Washington DC the next day but that the episode wouldn't be released until the next week, as well as the inclusion of the seemingly unrelated Libbypedia theme which is explained in episode 75.
-Despite what the lyrics claim, this is the first time the Locketoberfest has been played.
-Jeff expresses regret that they didn't have a third chair for the possibility of having a 3-fr-3's day, so Chris pretends their friend Lindy has just arrived and wants to rate the episode. He gives it a 16, so no 3-fr-3's day theme is played.
|75||January 26th, 2017||Three Minutes (2x22)||
||-There are references in episode 74 & 75 that suggest they were recorded and released out of order, such as them discussing using the Night Boys theme so there's not two *AFTER DARK* episodes one after another. Chris also throws to Libbypedia in this episode, although they use the theme in episode 74.
-Both Jeff & Chris' wives now how "Beauty Tips" themes.
-Chris claims that no episode featuring Sawyer can receive less than an 8, which is the third time he's made false claims about his ranking rules.
|76||February 2nd, 2017||The Package (6x10)||
|77||February 9th, 2017||Across the Sea (6x15)||
||-This episode was recorded while Jeff & Chris were in the mountains working on the next Antarctigo Vespucci project.
-Jeff has discussed owning a Blackberry Pearl in another episode where they talk about the Pearl Dharma station.
-Jeff and Chris have listened to "House of the Rising Sun" already. It was episode 58 from Season 2 of the podcast.
-This is the first episode where they mention selling ad space for $50.
|78||February 16th, 2017||White Rabbit (1x05)||
||-This episode was supposed to be a "reboot" to make the podcast more popular and profitable. It ended up being a joke and they reverted to the old format the next episode.
-This episode featured the first theme song cover by a non-host.
-Chris refers to the podcast "Serial" several times when trying to figure out how to make their show successful which is why the Serial theme is used throughout the episode.
-The Lostapedia theme is similar to the regular version, but with noticeably more reverb and autotuned.
-This is the first episode both hosts have intentionally rated the episode something other than one of the LOST numbers.
|79||February 23rd, 2017||One of Them (2x14)||
||-This episode marks a return to the original format after their "experimental podcast".
-Jeff tells Chris to play the "Jeff and Chris Talk About LOST for Four Minutes Straight" theme to close the segment, but in reality about 16 minutes had already passed. That entire time wasn't spent talking about LOST, however.
-Sayid was in Operation Desert Storm.
-Jeff wonders why the Survivors don't bring Rousseau to live with them in the Dharma houses. They only occupy the houses for a short time and Rousseau is killed shortly after they move in.
-The Thinking Theme Song is a cover of the Jeopardy "Final Jeopardy" music.
-Chris wonders for the second time in this episode where Ben's accent comes from. It's a modified version of the Transatlantic accent which is not native to any place, but is learned and was a popular method of speaking for early 20th century stage and film actors.
Some episodes are not centered around an episode of LOST for one reason or another.
|Episode Title||Date||Hosts||Original Songs||Special Notes|
|No Show Show #1||November 18th, 2015||
||-This is the first special episode released in lieu of a regular episode (though it's not the first time they have missed posting an episode at the regular time).
-This No Show Show aired between episodes 59 & 60, shortly after Jeff's van had been broken into, and all the bands guitars and clothing were stolen while on tour.
-The Wing Nuts episode 9 follows directly from this recording.
|No Show Show #2||December 3rd, 2015||
||-This No Show Show aired between episodes 60 & No Show Show #3.
-It mostly features Chris asking his friends for stories while walking around Naples in the rain and wind.
|No Show Show #3||December 10th, 2015||
||-This aired between the No Show Show #2 and episode 61.
-This is the first time the No Show Show has been put up in place of a regular episode twice in a row.
-This episode was recorded shortly after Chris' first Stage-It show.
- ↑ https://soundcloud.com/backtotheisland/018-dave-ep-2x18-w-casey-lee#t=40:56
- ↑ https://soundcloud.com/backtotheisland/069-the-hunting-party-ep-2x11-w-kellydawn-helmrich#t=31:57
- ↑ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKAqIt6f5Zc
- ↑ https://soundcloud.com/backtotheisland/039-this-place-is-death-ep-5x05#t=34:57
- ↑ https://soundcloud.com/backtotheisland/028-solitary-ep-1x09#t=12:56
- ↑ https://soundcloud.com/backtotheisland/031-ep-2x21#t=25:02
- ↑ https://soundcloud.com/backtotheisland/029-because-you-left-ep-5x01-w-casey-lee#t=24:40
- ↑ https://soundcloud.com/backtotheisland/042-the-other-woman-ep-4x06-christmas-special#t=13:15
- ↑ https://soundcloud.com/backtotheisland/042-the-other-woman-ep-4x06-christmas-special#t=29:49
- ↑ http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/2xuhwx/iama_jeff_rosenstock_ama_i_dodid_the_things_for/cp3hpb9
- ↑ http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/2xuhwx/iama_jeff_rosenstock_ama_i_dodid_the_things_for/cp3iiwz
- ↑ https://twitter.com/jeffrosenstock/status/595434833914023936
- ↑ https://twitter.com/chrisfarren/status/611983287658131456
- ↑ https://twitter.com/Back2DaIsland/status/623858533600227328
- ↑ https://twitter.com/Back2DaIsland/status/623858949368975361
- ↑ https://twitter.com/Back2DaIsland/status/636412333204439040
- ↑ https://twitter.com/jeffrosenstock/status/687881653893656576
- ↑ https://twitter.com/chrisfarren/status/811590762039164928
- ↑ https://twitter.com/chrisfarren/status/814342870962466816
- ↑ https://twitter.com/chrisfarren/status/814552147433902081