LOST: Down the Hatch | Season 1, Episode 9: “Solitary”

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LOST: Down the Hatch | Season 1, Episode 9: “Solitary”

Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) and Mike Bloom (@AMikeBloomType) are pleased to welcome you to the first ever Island Open, as they dive headlong into Lost season one, episode nine, “Solitary.”

In “Solitary,” Sayid Jarrah (Naveen Andrews) explores the island amid his period of self-imposed exile, still ashamed over torturing Sawyer (Josh Holloway). He discovers a cable on the beach, which brings him on a collision course with the mysterious French woman Danielle Rousseau (Mira Furlan), the first non-Oceanic survivor introduced in the Lost mythos. In a series of flashbacks, Sayid recalls falling in love with Nadiya (Andrea Gabriel), and the sordid path they traveled during their time together.

Meanwhile, the rest of the Oceanic 815 survivors become obsessed with a new island mystery: the curious case of the new golf course. Hurley (Jorge Garcia) has taken it upon himself to set up a tournament in order to take everyone’s minds off of their awful situations. It’s an early sign of his eventual leadership status, as even Jack (Matthew Fox) can’t help but crack a smile.

“Solitary” was directed by Greg Yaitanes and written by David Fury. It first aired on November 17, 2004.

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 “Solitary” …

  • Kate: 6
  • Sayid: 4
  • Jack: 3
  • Locke: 3
  • Sun: 3
  • Monster: 2
  • Jin: 1
  • Claire: 1
  • Hurley: 1
  • Charlie: 1
  • Peach Man Ray Mullen: 1
  • Bpo Bpo the Dog: 1
  • The Moth: 1
  • Danielle Rousseau: 1
  • Nadia: 1
  • Seth Norris, Brother of Chuck and John: -1
  • The Marshal: -1
  • Christian Shepard: -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: -1
  • Da Boars: -2
  • Shannon: -2
  • Gawkers: -2
  • Boone: -2
  • Michael: -2
  • Sullivan AKA Rash-o-Man: -2
  • Randy Nations: -3
  • Sawyer: -4

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

  1. “Walkabout” (Season 1, Episode 4)
  2. “Pilot” (Season 1, Episode 1 + 2)
  3. “White Rabbit” (Season 1, Episode 5)
  4. “Solitary” (Season 1, Episode 9)
  5. “House of the Rising Sun” (Season 1, Episode 6)
  6. “Confidence Man” (Season 1, Episode 8)
  7. “Tabula Rasa” (Season 1, Episode 3)
  8. “The Moth” (Season 1, Episode 7)

Previous Down the Hatch episodes:

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