Friday Five - Favorite Episodes of "Lost"

Since I made reference to my favorite episodes of "Lost" multiple times in this week's recap, now seems like as good a time as any to revisit my favorite episodes list. This was actually the very first "Fave 5" topic on, way back in 2007, so obviously there have been some changes since then.

5. Numbers
Season 1, Episode 18
Remember when the numbers - 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42 - were the biggest mystery on the show? What did they mean? Where did they come from? Were they really cursed? Why THOSE numbers? Well, this is where it all started. This is also Hurley's first real episode to shine, and it established him as something more than the guy we saw on the Island.

4. The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham
Season 5, Episode 7
Last season's Locke-centric episode was the stage-setter for getting everyone back to the Island. It also did a great job filling in the gaps between the Oceanic Six's arrival back in the U.S. and the first "flash-forward" episode we saw. But really, it was about Locke's final step as a character, embracing his destiny (in this case, dying) one last time.

3. Through the Looking Glass
Season 3, Episodes 22-23
The two-part season 3 finale was both uplifting and heart-wrenching at the same time. It was a true game-changer for the show, with Widmore's freighter arriving and the Faraday/Charlotte/Miles crew landing on the Island. The moment that always gets me is when Charlie puts up his hand with "Not Penny's Boat" to the glass, then pushes away and dies, and Aaron starts crying on the Island. And when Jack was at the airport and the women got out of the car and it was Kate. "We have to go back!" Mindfuck much?

2. The Constant
Season 4, Episode 5
Desmond's second time-travel centered episode (after Season 3's "Flashes Before Your Eyes") really moved the show from Drama into Sci-Fi, thanks to Faraday's kind of weird but kind of making sense explanations of what was happening. But this episode was really about Desmond and Penny, and that phone call at the end of the episode was just amazing. Then there was the little twist at the end with Faraday and his journal, that just added to the intrigue for the next few episodes.

1. Happily Ever After
Season 6, Episode 11
I already wrote about this episode extensively this week, so I'll keep this short. It was amazing. Desmond is awesome. Desmond and Penny as a couple are awesome, and now the flash-sideways scenes are starting to make some kind of sense.

With six episodes left (including the two-part series finale), this list could easily change. In fact, I'd be kind of disappointed if the series finale itself didn't crack my list, and I'm pretty sure the upcoming Hurley-centric episode is going to be amazing.