Lost (season 5)

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Lost (season 5)
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Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 17
Original network ABC
Original release January 21 (2009-01-21) – May 13, 2009 (2009-05-13)
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The fifth season of the American serial drama television series Lost commenced airing on the ABC network in the United States and on A in Canada in January 2009, and concluded with a two-hour season finale on May 13, 2009.[1] The season continues the stories of the survivors of the fictional crash of Oceanic Airlines Flight 815, after some of them are rescued and those still stranded seemingly disappear to an unknown location and time with the island that they inhabit.

According to Lost's co-creator/executive producer/writer/show runner Damon Lindelof, the season "is about why [the people who have left the island] need to get back".[2] Lost returned on January 21, 2009, on ABC with a three-hour premiere consisting of a clip-show and two back-to-back new episodes. The remainder of the season aired on Wednesdays at 9:00 pm EST.[3] The season began in the UK and Ireland on January 25, 2009, on Sky1 and RTÉ Two, respectively. The season was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc under the title Lost: The Complete Fifth Season – The Journey Back, Expanded Edition on December 8, 2009.[4]


The season was produced by Bad Robot Productions and Grass Skirt Productions and was aired on the American Broadcasting Company network in the United States.[5] The show was primarily filmed in Hawaii with post-production in Los Angeles.[6] Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse continued to serve as the show runners.[7] Lindelof and Cuse's fellow executive producers were co-creator J. J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Jack Bender, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz.[8] The staff writers were Lindelof, Cuse, Kitsis, Horowitz, co-executive producer Elizabeth Sarnoff, supervising producer Paul Zbyszewski, producer Brian K. Vaughan, co-producer Melinda Hsu Taylor and Kyle Pennington.[9] The regular directors are Bender, co-executive producer Stephen Williams and Paul Edwards.


The cast features 14 major roles with star billing, all of whom return from the fourth season. Because the storyline follows two different time periods, the cast is largely broken into two groups. The first storyline follows the group of people who have left the island: the survivors' leader Dr. Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox), ex-fugitive Kate Austen (Evangeline Lilly), mentally unstable millionaire Hugo "Hurley" Reyes (Jorge Garcia), former torturer Sayid Jarrah (Naveen Andrews), grieving wife Sun-Hwa Kwon (Yunjin Kim), three-year islander Desmond Hume (Henry Ian Cusick) and Ben Linus (Michael Emerson), former leader of the island's native population, known as the Others. The second follows those who remain on the island as they erratically jump through time, following the island being moved in the fourth season finale. They are crash survivor and con man James "Sawyer" Ford (Josh Holloway), former Other and fertility specialist Dr. Juliet Burke (Elizabeth Mitchell), crash survivor and former enforcer Jin Kwon (Daniel Dae Kim), who survived the explosion of the freighter,[10][11] and three members of a science team from a freighter offshore, who have joined the crash survivors: medium Miles Straume (Ken Leung), anthropologist Charlotte Lewis (Rebecca Mader), and physicist Daniel Faraday (Jeremy Davies). The only main character to be involved in both storylines is John Locke (Terry O'Quinn), who, at the end of the fourth season, leaves his fellow crash survivors to become the new leader of the Others. However, following the first jump through time, he rejoins the crash survivors and eventually leaves the island and dies, which prompts the other survivors who have left the island to return with his body.[10][12] The character of Charlotte is written out in the fifth episode of the season,[12] as well as Faraday in the fourteenth and overall one hundredth episode.[13]

Those who previously received star billing in season four, but did not in season five include Claire Littleton (Emilie de Ravin), who followed an apparition of her deceased father into the forest and later appeared in Jacob's cabin and Michael Dawson (Harold Perrineau), who died when the freighter exploded.[14][15][16] Emilie de Ravin returned as a regular cast member in season six.[17][18] Furthermore, former main cast member Malcolm David Kelley, who portrays Walt Lloyd, Michael's son, makes guest appearances in the fifth season.[18] Second season main cast member Michelle Rodriguez portrays the deceased Ana Lucia Cortez in one episode.[19]

From left to right: Ben, Desmond, Hurley, Juliet, Sawyer, Jack, Faraday, Sayid, Sun, Kate, Locke, Jin, and Miles

Several of the guest stars from past seasons reprise their roles in season five. Nestor Carbonell appears as the apparently ageless Richard Alpert in nine episodes; Cheech Marin returns as Hurley's father, David Reyes; François Chau portrays Dharma Initiative scientist Dr. Pierre Chang; Lance Reddick continues to appear as the mysterious Matthew Abaddon; Sonya Walger plays Desmond's wife, Penny Widmore; William Mapother portrays deceased Other Ethan Rom; Jeff Fahey returns as pilot Frank Lapidus; and L. Scott Caldwell and Sam Anderson continue to play married couple Rose Henderson and Bernard Nadler, respectively.[19][20] Recurring guest stars Alan Dale and John Terry who play billionaire Charles Widmore and deceased Christian Shephard, respectively reprise their roles. The character of Danielle Rousseau is present in the fifth season as a younger version, played by Melissa Farman. Mira Furlan, who previously portrayed an older Rousseau, asked for her character to be written out of the series because she did not want to travel to Hawaii to film her scenes.[21] Tania Raymonde returns as her daughter, Alex. Fionnula Flanagan also returns as Eloise Hawking. Patrick Fischler plays Phil, a member of the DHARMA Initiative. Brad William Henke portrays Bram, a survivor of Ajira Airways flight 316. Sterling Beaumon reprises his role of young Ben for four episodes in the second half of the season. Marsha Thomason also returns briefly as Naomi Dorrit. The final recurring character is Vincent, Walt's yellow lab. The producers stated that Vincent survives to the series' conclusion.[22]

Several new recurring characters are introduced in the fifth season. Two characters introduced in the premiere are Lara, Dr. Chang's wife and Miles' mother, who is portrayed by Leslie Ishii, and Dan Norton, an attorney who is given the task of performing a maternity test on Kate and Aaron, portrayed by Tom Irwin.[19][23] Another pair of recurring characters, Caesar played by Saïd Taghmaoui and Ilana, played by Zuleikha Robinson, are introduced in the sixth episode, "316". Ilana was upgraded to the main cast in the sixth season. Reiko Aylesworth guest-stars in three episodes as Amy, a member of the Dharma Initiative, a scientific group that did research on the island in the 1970s.[24] Eric Lange portrays Radzinsky, a member of the Dharma Initiative, in seven episodes.[25] Two new recurring characters appeared in the fifth season finale: Jacob, the well-known and unseen leader of the Others, played by Mark Pellegrino, and his unnamed nemesis (nicknamed "Samuel" in the casting call), whom Ausiello likened to J. R. Ewing and is portrayed by Titus Welliver.[26] Sean Whalen, who previously portrayed Neil Frogurt in the Lost: Missing Pieces mobisodes, reprised his role in the first two episodes of season five.[19]


Season 5 received mostly positive critical reception. On Rotten Tomatoes, the season has an 88% approval rating, with average rating of 8.9/10, based on 17 reviews. The website's consensus reads, "Though it introduces yet more unanswered questions, Season 5 of Lost also moves quickly, covers more character development, and fleshes out its rich world further for hungry fans."[27] Metacritic gave the season a score of 78 out of 100 based on 17 reviews, making it generally favorable.[28] Season 5 continued Lost's decline in ratings, with the two-hour season premiere being watched by 11.37 million American viewers; the lowest season premiere in the series' history.[29] Overall, the entire season averaged 11.05 million viewers.[30]

The season was also nominated for five Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof for the episode "The Incident", Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Michael Emerson, Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series, and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour).[31] The only winner among the nominees was Emerson, after being nominated for the same award two years previous.[32] Emerson was later nominated at the 67th Golden Globe Awards for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.[33]


The number in the "No. in series" column refers to the episode's number within the overall series, whereas the number in the "No. in season" column refers to the episode's number within this particular season. "U.S. viewers (million)" refers to the number of Americans in millions who watched the episode as it was aired. "Lost: Destiny Calls", a clip-show recapping the first four seasons preceded the premiere.[34] A second clip show, "Lost: The Story of the Oceanic 6", aired on April 22, 2009 (before the 14th episode of the season, which is the 100th episode of the whole series),[35] and a third, "Lost: A Journey in Time", was aired before the finale on May 13, 2009.[36]

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Featured character(s) Original air date U.S. viewers
87 1 "Because You Left" Stephen Williams Damon Lindelof & Carlton Cuse none January 21, 2009 (2009-01-21) 11.66[29]
The remaining survivors begin to erratically jump through time after the island is moved. Jack and Ben begin their quest to reunite the Oceanic Six. Hurley and Sayid are ambushed at their safehouse. Kate and Aaron flee their house, after being ordered to submit to a maternity test by two lawyers. Sun has an interesting conversation with Mr. Widmore.
88 2 "The Lie" Jack Bender Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Hurley January 21, 2009 (2009-01-21) 11.08[29]
Hurley and Sayid are on the run from the police. Hurley confesses to his mother that the Oceanic Six have been lying. The island survivors are attacked by armed men. Ben learns that he only has seventy hours to reunite the Oceanic Six and return them to the island.
89 3 "Jughead" Rod Holcomb Elizabeth Sarnoff & Paul Zbyszewski Desmond January 28, 2009 (2009-01-28) 11.07[37]
Desmond goes in search of Daniel Faraday's mother and learns from Charles Widmore that she is in Los Angeles. The island survivors jump to 1954, where Locke is unable to convince Alpert he is from the future and Faraday is given the task of defusing a hydrogen bomb.
90 4 "The Little Prince" Stephen Williams Brian K. Vaughan & Melinda Hsu Taylor Kate February 4, 2009 (2009-02-04) 10.98[38]
While on their way to the Orchid Station, the island survivors jump to the day Aaron was born, and then to 1988, where Jin is found by Danielle Rousseau's science team. In 2007, Jack, Kate, Sayid and Ben meet and Kate realizes that Ben sent the lawyers after her and Aaron.
91 5 "This Place Is Death" Paul Edwards Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Sun & Jin February 11, 2009 (2009-02-11) 9.77[39]
In 1988, Jin and Rousseau's team are attacked by the smoke monster on their way to the radio tower. Charlotte confesses that she grew up on the island before dying. John Locke leaves the island by turning the wheel in the frozen chamber. Off the island, Ben brings Jack and Sun to Eloise Hawking, Daniel's mother, at the same time that Desmond finds her.
92 6[40] "316" Stephen Williams Damon Lindelof & Carlton Cuse Jack February 18, 2009 (2009-02-18) 11.27[41]
Eloise Hawking tells the Oceanic Six how to return to the island. Jack, Kate, Hurley, Sun, Sayid, and Ben board Ajira Airways Flight 316, which is piloted by Frank Lapidus, with Locke's body. After a flash of white light on the plane, Jin finds Jack, Kate and Hurley back on the island.
93 7[40] "The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham" Jack Bender Carlton Cuse & Damon Lindelof Locke February 25, 2009 (2009-02-25) 9.82[42]
Locke, who is suddenly alive following the crash of Flight 316 on the island, is questioned by the other survivors and finds Ben among the injured. In flashback, Locke's off-island mission to reunite the Oceanic Six and return them to the island is aided by Charles Widmore and Matthew Abaddon before Ben murders Locke.
94 8 "LaFleur" Mark Goldman Elizabeth Sarnoff & Kyle Pennington Sawyer March 4, 2009 (2009-03-04) 10.61[43]
The remaining island survivors are left in 1974, following the end of the time jumps. They join the Dharma Initiative after rescuing one of their members, Amy, from the Others. After living with them for three years, Juliet helps Amy give birth and Sawyer, who is in love with Juliet, is reunited with Jack, Kate, and Hurley.
95 9 "Namaste" Jack Bender Paul Zbyszewski & Brian K. Vaughan none March 18, 2009 (2009-03-18) 9.08[44]
In 1977, Sawyer arranges for Jack, Kate and Hurley to join the Dharma Initiative. Sayid is found by Jin, however, he is forced to pretend he is an Other and is subsequently imprisoned by Dharma. In 2007, following the crash of Flight 316, Sun and Frank learn from Christian Shephard that the other survivors are trapped in the past.
96 10 "He's Our You" Greg Yaitanes Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Sayid March 25, 2009 (2009-03-25) 8.82[45]
In 1977, Sayid does not cooperate with Sawyer and members of the Dharma Initiative vote to execute Sayid. A 12-year-old Ben frees Sayid in his effort to join the Others. However, once they have escaped, Sayid shoots Ben. In flashbacks, Sayid is caught by Ilana, a bounty hunter, who has been hired to take him to Guam.
97 11 "Whatever Happened, Happened" Bobby Roth Carlton Cuse & Damon Lindelof Kate April 1, 2009 (2009-04-01) 9.35[46]
Juliet is unable to treat Ben's gunshot wound and Jack refuses to help, leading Kate to take Ben to the Others to be healed. Richard explains that the process will change Ben forever. In flashbacks, Kate decides to return to the island and leaves Aaron in the care of his grandmother.
98 12 "Dead Is Dead" Stephen Williams Brian K. Vaughan & Elizabeth Sarnoff Ben April 8, 2009 (2009-04-08) 8.29[47]
In 2007, Ben and Locke travel to the main island so that Ben can be judged by the smoke monster for letting Alex die. Meanwhile, Frank returns to Hydra Island and is taken hostage by the survivors of Flight 316. Flashbacks show Ben's abduction of Alex in the late 1980s and his confrontation with Desmond and Penny prior to boarding Flight 316.
99 13 "Some Like It Hoth" Jack Bender Melinda Hsu Taylor & Greggory Nations Miles April 15, 2009 (2009-04-15) 9.23[48]
In 1977, Roger, Ben's father, begins to suspect Kate in Ben's disappearance. Miles is given the task of taking a body from the construction site of the Swan Station, to his father, Dr. Chang. In flashbacks, Miles learns of his ability to speak with the dead and is hired to travel to the island on the freighter.
100 14 "The Variable" Paul Edwards Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Faraday April 29, 2009 (2009-04-29) 9.04[49]
In 1977, Daniel Faraday returns to the island in order to warn its inhabitants of a catastrophe involving the Swan Station. Jack, Kate, and Daniel start a gun fight with the Dharma Initiative, leading Dharma to go after Sawyer and Juliet. Daniel has a plan to change the future by detonating the hydrogen bomb at the same time as the Incident at the Swan Station. However, when he goes to the others to find out where the bomb is, he is shot in the back and killed by the younger version of his own mother. In flashbacks, Daniel's relationship with his parents, Eloise Hawking and Charles Widmore, is shown.
101 15 "Follow the Leader" Stephen Williams Paul Zbyszewski & Elizabeth Sarnoff none May 6, 2009 (2009-05-06) 8.70[50]
In 1977, Jack decides to follow Faraday's advice to detonate the hydrogen bomb, however Kate disagrees. Dr. Chang convinces Dharma to evacuate the island, allowing Sawyer, Kate and Juliet to board the submarine and leave the island. In 2007, Locke reunites with the Others and Richard, who accompany him on a journey to kill Jacob.
"The Incident" Jack Bender Damon Lindelof & Carlton Cuse Jacob May 13, 2009 (2009-05-13) 9.43[51]
In 1977, the survivors succeed in detonating the modified nuclear bomb at the construction site of the Swan station, the finale ending when the bomb is detonated. In 2007, Locke and the Others travel to the base of the four-toed statue, where Jacob lives. Locke is revealed to be an impostor: an old acquaintance of Jacob who manipulates Ben into killing Jacob. In flashbacks, Jacob visits several of the main characters at key moments in their lives prior to crashing on the island.

Home media release[edit]

The DVD and Blu-ray box set of season 5 was released on December 8, 2009, in Region 1,[4] on October 21, 2009, in Region 4, and on October 26, 2009, in Region 2. It includes all episodes in the season and bonus features including:

Lost: The Complete Fifth Season – The Journey Back, Expanded Edition
Set details Special features
  • 17 episodes
  • 5-disc set
  • 1.78:1 aspect ratio
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround) – DVD
  • English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Surround) – Blu-ray
  • Audio commentaries
    • "Because You Left" by Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse
    • "He's Our You" by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz
  • "Lost on Location"
  • "Building 23 & Beyond"
  • "An Epic Day with Richard Alpert"
  • "Making Up for Lost Time"
  • "Mysteries of the Universe: The DHARMA Initiative"
  • "Bloopers"
  • "Deleted Scenes"
  • "Lost Starter Kit"
  • Blu-ray exclusive
    • "Lost 100"
    • "Lost University"
Release dates
 United States
 Australia  United Kingdom
December 8, 2009 October 21, 2009 October 26, 2009


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