April 23, 2010 By: Kim Potts
It remains one of -- if not the -- best TV drama pilots ever, and in celebration of the May 23 'Lost' series finale, ABC has decided to replay the show's incredible, $10 million, two-hour series premiere on May 22.
As reported by The Wrap, the pilot repeat adds to an already 'Lost'-packed week at ABC between May 17-23. The penultimate episode of the show premieres on May 18, the pilot re-airs on May 22, and on May 23, the finale night kicks off with a two-hour recap of the entire series, followed by the two-hour finale and then a special 'Jimmy Kimmel Live: Aloha to 'Lost'' show that will feature 'Lost' cast members and showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse.
The pilot episode, directed by series creator J.J. Abrams, debuted on ABC on Sept. 22 and 29, 2004, and hasn't been aired on the network since 2006.
The most expensive pilot in TV history, the two-hour introduction to the show that would have 'Lost'-ies obsessed with the secrets of the island, the Oceanic 815 flight, the plane crash victims and Hurley's (Jorge Garcia) numbers -- 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42 -- for the rest of the decade, cost so much because Abrams purchased, shipped and had set designers manipulate an actual decommissioned airplane to use in the pilot.
A reminder of the pilot's awesomeness: It opens with Jack (Matthew Fox), battered and bruised from the crash, waking up in the jungle and catching a glimpse of Vincent, the yellow Lab pooch of Walt (Malcolm David Kelley). In quick order, we'd then meet the rest of the cast, including Hurley, Claire (Emilie de Ravin), Rose (L. Scott Caldwell), Kate (Evangeline Lilly), Michael (Harold Perrineau), Sawyer (Josh Holloway), Sayid (Naveen Andrews), Shannon (Maggie Grace), Boone (Ian Somerhalder), Charlie (Dominic Monaghan), Jin (Daniel Dae Kim), Sun (Yunjin Kim), Locke (Terry O'Quinn), Smoky the Monster and, RIP, the pilot (guest star Greg Grunberg).