One more post on Lost. Here's a ranking of all 113 episodes. Just a few notes:
Certain episodes like "Stranger In A Strange Land" and "Fire + Water" are always ranked low, and I can see why (though even they aren't so bad), but "Some Like It Hoth" at 108? I love that episode.
In general, a lot of the flashbacks started to run out of steam. I can see why they changed the format. But no matter how weak the flashback, if the episode moved the Island story forward that made it well worth watching (except maybe sometimes in the final season).
Also, while a lot of season 1 eps are rated low, the whole concept and all the characters were so interesting and fresh that I don't think there was anything that season that wasn't riveting.
"Tabula Rasa" 88? This was the first real episode, and it must have had something. We were hungry to find out about these characters, and finding out that Kate was a fugitive was cool--probably the last time a flashback of hers really worked.
"This Place Is Death" at 85. I'm a huge fan of season 5, and this is one of the best with the time flashes. (And "The Lie" at 84 is a worse episode, but better than the ranking.)
We're getting to the middle-ranked eps. "The Hunting Party," where we meet Mr. Friendly, is probably a bit too low at 64. And "Orientation" at 61, which revealed so much, is probably too low as well.
"Expose" at 58, in the middle? The episode doesn't exactly stink (though I don't like how it undercuts some of the first season), but way too high for Nikki and Paulo.
"The Moth" is 36. Maybe, though I thought it stood out in season one, even if it was a bit stand-alone.
"The Cost Of Living" is a mid-range episode with an Eko flashback--ranked too high at 25.
"The Other 48 Days," where we learned what happened to the tailies, is pretty good, but not the 23rd best.
I kept waiting to see "The Long Con." This episode is in my bottom five. And it finally appears at 11!! The whole thing makes no sense. When you pull a con, the idea (as Sawyer knows) is to make the victims either not know they've been conned or at least not know who did it. Failing that, the con man must slip away into the night, never to be heard from again. For Sawyer to con Jack and Locke out of their gun stash when everyone knows he did--he even brags about it--is worse than pointless. Now everyone's pissed at him and all they have to do is keep a watch on him to get the guns. Jack says in a later episode he can always get the guns when he wants, and he's correct. A completely washout. (The best thing, in retrospect, is the whole series is arguably a long con from MIB.)
Season 6 is generally ranked too high. I'm not sure if any episode should be in the top ten. I recognize the finale is a special episode, but love it or hate it (and many hate it), I don't think it's so special that it should crack the top ten, even though I recognize it had a certain power.
Even worse, "Ab Aeterno"--Richard's flashback, which should have been much better--is ranked 6. By the way, that makes five season six episodes in the top 25, when there should probably be zero.
I can live with "Walkabout" at 5--it's the episode that turned me into a Lost fan. But no other season one episode should be higher, yet the pilot makes 3.
I've got no problem with "Through The Looking Glass"--the third season finale--at 2. It's got a lot of great stuff and the ending was one of the best moments ever on TV.
Number one is "The Constant." I certainly like it, but it almost seems more like a highly emotional stand-alone dealing with Des and Penny than anything else. Probably wouldn't make my top ten.
By the way, here are how many episodes each season got into the top ten:
Season one: 2
Season two: 0
Season three: 1
Season four: 2
Season five: 3
Season six: 2
This is ridiculous. Two might not be the best season, but it had some great stuff and is far superior to season six. And three had its ups and downs, but one of the best runs the series ever had was in the second half of that season.