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After each episode has aired, critics give their reviews of each episode. The critiques used on this page are from certifiable and major sources. Please note that some of the reviews were reviewed several years after the episode aired, see the link for additional details.

Season One

"Pilot, Part 1" and "Pilot, Part 2"

The script for the pilot moves along at a brisk pace, never forcing its hand and giving the audience just enough to keep the interest piqued without giving up too much, too early. It will be interesting to see how Abrams and company manage to keep the audience interested once the new show smell wears off and we get into the week to week trials of the survivors. Like Alias, the series is built for story arcs and viewers who decide to tune in for the start of the ride won't be disappointed. Lost delivers on every promise it makes to its audience and is simply the best new show on any of the networks this season. - IGN

Lost is the kind of show that could go anywhere. Then I realized that's exactly why I should commit to the ride. - Entertainment Weekly

...an outlandish Saturday-serial setup...imbued with real characters and honest emotions, without sacrificing any of the old-fashioned fun. - USA Today

"Tabula Rasa"

Tabula Rasa" is Lost's first Kate-centric episode and one of the better episodes featuring her character. It holds up surprisingly well considering that we've learned so much about the circumstances surrounding Kate's criminal past over the years. - IGN

"Walkabout"

"Walkabout" is best remembered for the shocking final act in which it's revealed that John Locke was paralyzed from the waist down before the crash of Flight 815...It's a well-rounded and brilliantly told story that assured audiences that they would continue to receive the same quality of entertainment as shown in the pilot of the series. - IGN

"White Rabbit"

There are several emotionally heavy scenes that introduce us to the rocky relationship between Jack and his father Christian...Jack's speech (the first of many) is handled perfectly and is the first time we hear the phrase 'live together, die alone. - IGN

"House of the Rising Sun"

The beauty of the Lost cast of characters is their diversity...."House of the Rising Sun" delves into that clash of ideology and culture and gives us a glimpse of the relationship between Jin and Sun before crashing onto the island. - IGN

"The Moth"

..."The Moth" does a great job of utilizing screen time for most the major characters on the show....Charlie's development throughout the episode is striking. - IGN

"Confidence Man"

It's a well-written, fascinating character piece that does an excellent job of bringing Sawyer into the spotlight and creating a character who is not only fun to hate, but someone who ultimately deserves our pity once we learn his devastating childhood story....The success of this episode begins and ends with Josh Holloway. - IGN

"Solitary"

Rousseau's first appearance is great simply for the amount of hints she delivers towards things we'll learn about in the future....Thanks to Hurley, Lost finally finds its funny bone. The introduction of the golf course couldn't have come at a better time. - IGN

"Raised by Another"

"Raised by Another", while not one of the best that season one has to offer, is noteworthy for its memorable reveal of the show's first Other....Emille de Ravin does an exceptional job of portraying a young woman who has...had her life transformed due to her pregnancy...Unfortunately, after the exceptional character work done in the last few episodes, I found this to be a little too much about the build up and not enough about the characters; at least on the island. - IGN

"All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues"

"'Raised by Another' had a great conclusion but was lacking a lot of the great character moments that made the first half of Lost's inaugural season great....'Daddy Issues' is a swift return to form and features plenty of striking and emotional moments, both off the island and on, that make this one of the better episodes of season one." - IGN

"Whatever the Case May Be"

"...doesn't have quite the impact of the first....it's rather forgettable and shorter than most of the flashbacks we are use to....The trouble with 'Whatever the Case May Be' is that it takes a step back after the conclusion of the last episode." - IGN

"Hearts and Minds"

"It's awkward and uninspired but thankfully saved by some great John Locke character development....The rest of the episode is filled with some great character moments. The comic relief is provided by Hurley and Jin who had me laughing quite a bit." IGN

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"Special"

"Michael's flashback is a heart wrenching look at the relationship, or lack-there-of, between him and his son Walt....As Michael's life crumble around him, it's Harold Perrineau's brilliant performance that really shines through....The shocking conclusion is actually a little underwhelming." - IGN

"Homecoming"

"...it is yet another excellent character study that also manages to build on the intriguing narrative that has developed concerning the others on the island....Seeing Jack, Locke, Sayid, Sawyer and Kate work together to trap Ethan is a lot of fun to watch." - IGN

"Outlaws"

"'Outlaws' revolves around Sawyer's hunt for a boar through the jungle....what we have here is an intelligently written series of conversations that deal with revenge, murder and what really happens to a person when they take another human's life." - IGN

"...In Translation"

"'…In Translation' takes another look at the origins of Jin and Sun's troubled relationship....Jin's flashback is definitely the highlight of the episode and does a good job of representing his transition from good-hearted son of a fisherman to Mr. Paik's personal muscle....it fails at really moving the story forward at all." - IGN

Season Two

"Live Together, Die Alone, Part 1"

"...Intriguing revelations; some tense and thrilling moments; somewhat random and frustrating new developments; and characters who often act like idiots. All in all it was a much better finale than last season, which aside from Walt's kidnapping, was a pretty big non-starter in the excitement arena. Much more happened this time..." - IGN

Season Three

"A Tale of Two Cities"

While 'A Tale of Two Cities' does not pack the punch the series pilot had, it is certainly a strong beginning for season three....Seeing Jack's jealousy, stubbornness and rage on screen is important and will fundamentally change how the audience perceives the character. - IGN

"The Glass Ballerina"

...the series takes a step back and the 'The Glass Ballerina' delivers nothing new or substantial....this week the relationship woes of Sun and Jin felt a lot more like filler than the basis for compelling television....Sun and Jin's flashbacks, while emotional, were predictable and they added little to the events taking place on the island. - IGN

"Further Instructions"

The episode certainly offers its fair share of excitement, but as with any typical Lost episode we are presented with more questions than answers....focuses on resolving; er, prolonging story threads from the conclusion of last season. While, story wise, this is probably the soundest choice, the absence of Jack, Sayid, Sawyer, etc. is noticeable. - IGN

"Every Man for Himself"

'Every Man for Himself' offers a healthy mix of plot and character development with a fair share of revelations thrown in for good measure. - IGN

"The Cost of Living"

...keeps you glued to your seat for 60 minutes straight, wondering how you could have ever doubted the series...a shining example of why this series keeps people coming back week after week. - IGN

"I Do"

"I Do" succeeds...by delivering some key moments in the series' history and leaving viewers with a spectacular cliffhanger ending. - IGN

"Not in Portland"

If the series can continue to churn out episodes like this one, Lost will have no problems retaining its audience and even bringing new fans into the fold. - IGN

Season Four

"The Beginning of the End"

Returning with a heart-stopping, perfectly pitched episode that fulfills all the promise of last season's stunner of a finale, Lost is an oasis in a strike-parched TV desert. - USA Today

...my mind was blown. Again. At freakin' last! After eight months of waiting, our mutual friend (and bad influence on my mental health) is back. - Entertainment Weekly

...easily one of the best hours of TV so far this season. -Michael Ausiello, TV Guide

Lost engrossingly kicks off its strike-shortened fourth season still riding the wave of last spring's dazzling twist introducing a flash-forward component. The season premiere continues to offer tantalizing clues about what that future holds, while dealing with fallout from the suspect rescue party's arrival and a key character's heroic sacrifice. -Variety

"Confirmed Dead"

For me, Confirmed Dead was downright alive with fascinating new characters, mind-blowing new possibilities, and exciting new theory fodder. - Entertainment Weekly

...would've merited a solid three and a half stars were it not for two annoying blunders — one of which should've been caught by Lost's typically crackerjack continuity police, and another that dumbs down the 815ers to the point where the castaways on Gilligan's Island look smart by comparison. -Michael Ausiello, TV Guide

"The Economist"

...an episode about the internal corruption that occurs when romantic idealists are forced to become cutthroat businessmen. - Entertainment Weekly

Sayid Jarrah is a badass who would give Jack Bauer, James Bond and Jason Bourne all a run for their money. - IGN

"Eggtown"

"Eggtown" was [...] the best episode so far this season. - Michael Ausiello, TV Guide

We were treated with some tantalizing new questions and some payoffs on some long-standing Kate mysteries. - Entertainment Weekly

The problem with "Eggtown" was that if you didn't care about Kate, there wasn't much else there. - NJ.com

After three episodes of increasingly mind-blowing revelations, this week's "Lost" settled into a bit of a lull. - Los Angeles Times

"The Constant"

...arguably the most highly praised episode of a well-received fourth season... - USA Today

"The Constant" will be remembered as a pivotal turning point for Lost as a series. - IGN

This episode worked beautifully as a showcase for Henry Ian Cusick as the tormented Desmond. It was almost a stand-alone episode, a Twilight Zone/X-Files-style adventure with a start, middle and killer finish. And yet it also advanced our knowledge and teased the mystery of what’s happening on the “rescue” freighter, while giving us a rapturously romantic climactic reunion (on the phone, but hey) between Desmond and his impatiently waiting lady love, Penelope (he’s her Odysseus). - TV Guide

...given the intensity of passion and interest that many fans continue to have in the episode, arguably the best single outing since season 1's Walkabout. - Entertainment Weekly

"The Other Woman"

Bottom Line on "The Other Woman:" Yet another brilliant outing by TV's best drama. "Lost" keeps getting better and better and better and... - Newsday

Having gotten rid of the deadweight flashbacks, the sixth episode of season 4 manages to give us one that actually fills us in on a story we want to know more about: what happened to Juliet with the Others. In retrospect, the flashback didn't really reveal much stunning about Juliet and Ben---we knew that he manipulated her, and from the first scene they shared screen time it was evident they had some kind of history. - Time

And yet, in spite of all that, "The Other Woman" wasn't a total waste of time, because it wasn't a sole-focus hour. - NJ.com

"The Other Woman" doesn't succeed, but it's still a good episode of Lost that has all the action, suspense and excitement that this show consistently delivers. It also sheds a little light on the motives of the freighter crew who, like the Others, adore their sense of secrecy. - IGN

...probably the weakest episode of the new season so far. - LA Times

The best thing I can say about The Other Woman is that it tried hard to deliver the goods I wanted — maybe too hard. The whole thing felt forced to me — the sudden transformation of Charlotte and Faraday into Mission: Impossible secret agents; the overheated melodrama of Juliet's flashback; the groaningly contrived kiss between Jack and Juliet (Juliack?); the cliché ticking-clock climax in which catastrophe is averted with a proverbial second to spare. The story was kinda all over the place, as if trying to find something, anything to hook us... - Entertainment Weekly

"Ji Yeon"

I feel like they purposely manipulated us with Jin's flashback and the reveal really wasn't even all that interesting as a result. And the reveal of Michael being the man on the boat was as un-suspenseful as it was predictable. [...] one of my least favorite "Lost" episodes ever. - TMZ

"Meet Kevin Johnson"

All in all, I'd say we got a solid, but not spectacular episode of "Lost." I give it a C+. - TMZ

"The Shape of Things to Come"

I expect Emerson to win [The Primetime Emmy Award for Drama Series - Best Supporting Actor]'-Patrick Kevin Day of the Los Angeles Times

[About Michael Emerson] no one has ever done better work humanizing a supervilian. - Jennifer Godwin of E!

Was overflowing with manna from post-strike heaven: lots of action, lots of intrigue [and] the odd answer or three"; however, he criticized the deaths of the three 815 survivors played by extras and survival of main characters, saying that "that sequence with Sawyer dodging bullets was supposed to be tense and frightening; instead, it was funny - Alan Sepinwall of Star-Ledger

[About Widmore being the antagonist and Ben's seeking of revenge] looks a little too much like Alias' - Jamie Poniewozik of Time

"Something Nice Back Home"

...the kind of hardcore castaway survival plotline we haven't really seen since season 1. Combined with a strong character-driven flash story, it was very old school Lost. - Entertainment Weekly

Another fine, fine "Lost"... - Newsday

I thoroughly enjoyed this episde -- B for sure -- but I have the same odd feeling after this one that I have had after nearly every episode this season. - TMZ

"Cabin Fever"

"Cabin Fever" delves into this relationship that stretches back much farther than anyone could have anticipated and throws in a few surprise guest appearances along the way. - IGN

"There's No Place Like Home, Part 1"

"There's No Place Like Home, Part 1" is a good opening to what should be an exciting season finale. - IGN

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