Lost (2004–2010)
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Rose is opposed to Bernard's plan to create an SOS signal. Jack and Kate propose a trade with the Others.


Eric Laneuville


Jeffrey Lieber (created by), J.J. Abrams (created by) | 3 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ... Mr. Eko
Naveen Andrews ... Sayid Jarrah (credit only)
Emilie de Ravin ... Claire Littleton
Matthew Fox ... Dr. Jack Shephard
Jorge Garcia ... Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes
Josh Holloway ... James 'Sawyer' Ford
Daniel Dae Kim ... Jin-Soo Kwon
Yunjin Kim ... Sun-Hwa Kwon
Evangeline Lilly ... Kate Austen
Dominic Monaghan ... Charlie Pace
Terry O'Quinn ... John Locke
Harold Perrineau ... Michael Dawson
Michelle Rodriguez ... Ana Lucia Cortez
Cynthia Watros ... Libby Smith
L. Scott Caldwell ... Rose Nadler


Bernard tries to convince the survivors to build a S.O.S. signal with rocks on the sand, hoping to be seen by a satellite or an airplane. His first encounter with Rose, who was terminal, and their romance, are disclosed through flashbacks. Bernard never gives up searching for the cure of Rose before crashing the island. Meanwhile, Jack invites Kate to join him in the woods to propose to "The Others" a trade between Henry and Walt. John Locke is intrigued with the words of Henry about the unnecessary use of the computer. Is Henry playing him for a fool? Elsewhere, Charlie assists Mr. Eko in building a proposed church for the rest of the survivors. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

12 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

O'ahu, Hawaii, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The inspiration for this Rose and Bernard's flashback story came from L. Scott Caldwell. In real life, her relationship with her husband was cruelly cut short by terminal cancer. See more »


The restaurant where Bernard proposes to Rose in Niagara Falls, NY is at an impossible location, given the view out the windows. The shot seems to be from the Observation Deck, on which there is no restaurant. See more »


Kate: How long you gonna wait, Jack?
Jack: Until I get my voice back. And then I'm gonna yell some more.
Kate: Maybe they can't hear you.
Jack: Oh, they can hear me.
Kate: [pause] I'm sorry I kissed you.
Jack: I'm not.
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References Dr. Giggles (1992) See more »


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Written by Michael Giacchino
Performed by The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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Deserving of more credit
8 March 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

When 'Lost' was in its prime, it was must-watch television. Remember first watching it, found it remarkably easy to get into, was hooked from the start and was on Season 3 by the end of one week. The general consensus is that the final season is a disappointment and cannot disagree.

Can see why fans may dismiss "S.O.S.", with it often dismissed as a filler episode. It is slower in pace from the relatively general tautness of the previous episodes, more low-key and intricate in tone and is not the most character or plot-advancing of all 'Lost' episodes, there are signs of it with the Jack and Kate story-line and the surprising ending but they were more setting up what was to follow.

However, count me in as another person who likes "S.O.S." and considers it one of the most underrated 'Lost' episodes. It is not 'Lost' at its best by any stretch, or even Season 2 at its best, but there are a lot of pleasures and interest points (it's far from Season 2 at its worst, that distinction will always go to "Fire + Water").

"S.O.S." isn't flawless as such. The Mr Eko and Charlie stuff doesn't add an awful lot and is not as memorable as the rest of the episode, and Jack and Kate's dialogue can be very cheesy in spots.

On the other hand, everything with Henry Gale continues to delight (at points even he's creepy here) as does the interaction with Locke. Where "S.O.S." deserves most credit is giving minor characters up to this point more exposure and development and in a way that makes one identify and emotionally invest in Bernard and Rose, as well as giving Jack and Kate something to do that is crucial to the goings on and worthwhile (something that many previous episodes didn't achieve). There are many delightful character moments, and the flashback scenes are among the show's most poignant.

Acting is uniformly good, with the best performances going to Michael Emerson (that shot with the grin indeed will haunt one for days), L. Scott Caldwell and especially Sam Anderson who moved me to tears in his most emotional moments (i.e. the proposal).

Visually, 'Lost' continues to be stylish, atmospheric and beautiful in "S.O.S.", as always making the most of the island setting. The music is as always chilling and understated, everything is well directed and the script is very well written.

Summing up, very good episode deserving of more credit. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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