LOST: Down the Hatch | Season 1, Episode 14: “Special”

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LOST: Down the Hatch | Season 1, Episode 14: “Special”

Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) and Mike Bloom (@AMikeBloomType) hate Susan and Brian so. Freaking. Much. And they’re going to tell you all about it in their recap of season one, episode 14, “Special.” But first, let’s get one thing off the chest:

*deep inhale*


*deep exhale*

Okay! So, in “Special,” Michael (Harold Perrineau) gets the flashback treatment, as does his son, Walt (Malcolm David Kelley). We come to find why they were estranged before the crash, how Michael has attempted to father Walt from a distance, and why he’s faring so poorly now that they’re together — at least until they find a way to reconnect over a polar bear.

There’s additional drama on the island: Michael threatens to kill Locke (Terry O’Quinn), for one, and manages to get one over on Boone (Ian Somerhalder) as well. He also decides to start building the raft, the beginning of one of the most important story arcs of the season. Meanwhile, Charlie (Dominic Monaghan) gets punched in the face and reads Claire’s diary because he’s “bloody scum.” But how can he be both bloody scum and a bloody rock god? A mystery for another time.

Also, Brian and Susan Porter are in this episode, and they are the worst.

“Special” was directed by Greg Yitanes and written by David Fury. It originally aired on January 19, 2005.

About Down the Hatch …

LOST: Down the Hatch is a full-tilt spoiler-filled rewatch of LOST. Every week, Josh and Mike break down an episode of LOST with the benefit of knowing the series’ full trajectory, using the following structure as a guide:

  • We Go “Fourth” – Josh and Mike begin each podcast with a deep-dive into the story both in front of and behind the camera, and they do so with the assistance of…
  • 8 Sounds – The events of LOST pop right off the camera and straight into your ears with eight memorable moments replayed on the podcast, helping us guide through the story;
  • 15/16 Others – Josh and Mike answer questions and comments sent their way through the official e-mail address: downthehatch@postshowrecaps.com
  • 23 Points – Each week, Josh and Mike hand out points for the best and worst characters of the episode in question, in a foolhardy attempt to determine the most and least valuable players in the LOST pantheon.
  • 4.2 Stars – Josh and Mike will attempt to create an official Down the Hatch ranking of every episode of LOST, by rating them all on a scale from 0 – 4.2. Josh and Mike will offer their individual scores, listeners’ scores will be averaged as a third data point, then the three points will be combined for the podcast’s official score on each episode.

Each episode of Down the Hatch clocks in at no less than 108 minutes. If the podcast falls short of that runtime, Josh and Mike have triggered a crisis! Consequences may (and almost certainly will) ensue thanks to the Frozen Donkey Wheel.

Additional reading/listening/viewing from the podcast:

The 23 Points Character Tracker, as of “Special” …

  • Kate: 8
  • Locke: 4
  • Sayid: 4
  • Charlie: 4
  • Sun: 4
  • Jack: 3
  • Monster: 2
  • Claire: 2
  • Hurley: 2
  • Jin: 2
  • Walt: 2
  • Rose: 1
  • Peach Man Ray Mullen: 1
  • Bpo Bpo the Dog: 1
  • The Moth: 1
  • Danielle Rousseau: 1
  • Nadia: 1
  • The Stewart family: 1
  • Trucker: 1
  • Michael: 1
  • The Polar Bears: -1
  • Seth Norris, Brother of Chuck and John: -1
  • The Marshal: -1
  • Margo Shepard: -1
  • Chrissy the Oceanic Agent: -1
  • Allison Janney: -1
  • Liam Pace: -1
  • Driveshaft: -1
  • Anthony Cooper: -1
  • The Family Sawyer Conned: -1
  • Omar: -1
  • The French crew AKA the Blowfish: -1
  • Richard Malkin: -1
  • WTCMB Bank Robbers: -1
  • Mr. Manager: -1
  • Bryan (Hearts & Minds): -1
  • Brian (Special): -2
  • Susan: -2
  • Da Boars: -2
  • Gawkers: -2
  • Sullivan AKA Rashole: -2
  • Shannon: -3
  • Boone: -3
  • Randy Nations: -3
  • Thomas: -3
  • Sawyer: -4
  • Christian Shepard: -4

The 4.2 Star Episode Rankings, as of “Special” …

  1. “Walkabout” (Season 1, Episode 4)
  2. “Pilot” (Season 1, Episode 1 + 2)
  3. “White Rabbit” (Season 1, Episode 5)
  4. “All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues” (Season 1, Episode 11)
  5. “Solitary” (Season 1, Episode 9)
  6. “House of the Rising Sun” (Season 1, Episode 6)
  7. “Confidence Man” (Season 1, Episode 8)
  8. “Raised By Another” (Season 1, Episode 10)
  9. “Tabula Rasa” (Season 1, Episode 3)
  10. “Hearts and Minds” (Season 1, Episode 13)
  11. “The Moth” (Season 1, Episode 7)
  12. “Special” (Season 1, Episode 14)
  13. “Whatever the Case May Be” (Season 1, Episode 12)

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