Lost (2004–2010)
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Meet Kevin Johnson 

Michael's journey from escaping the island to working as Ben's spy on Widmore's ship is revealed, as well as his mission. Ben tells Danielle and Alex to leave Locke's camp and go to the island temple, but they are ambushed on the way.


Stephen Williams


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




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Naveen Andrews ... Sayid Jarrah
Henry Ian Cusick ... Desmond Hume
Jeremy Davies ... Dr. Daniel Faraday (credit only)
Emilie de Ravin ... Claire Littleton
Michael Emerson ... Ben Linus
Matthew Fox ... Dr. Jack Shephard (credit only)
Jorge Garcia ... Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes
Josh Holloway ... James 'Sawyer' Ford
Daniel Dae Kim ... Jin-Soo Kwon (credit only)
Yunjin Kim ... Sun-Hwa Kwon (credit only)
Ken Leung ... Miles Straume
Evangeline Lilly ... Kate Austen (credit only)
Rebecca Mader ... Dr. Charlotte Lewis (credit only)
Elizabeth Mitchell ... Dr. Juliet Burke (credit only)
Terry O'Quinn ... John Locke


In the freighter, Sayid presses Michael to tell him what happened to him since he left the island. In a long flashback, Michael is in despair in Manhattan, since Walt refuses to talk to him after discovering the truth about the deaths of Ana Lucia and Libby. When Michael decides to commit suicide in an alley, he is saved by Tom Friendly who convinces him to work for his people by infiltrating the Kahana freighter to save the lives of the survivors in the island. Michael commits sabotage in the radio room and in the engine of the vessel following direct orders of Ben. After the explanations, Sayid delivers the traitor to Captain Gault. Meanwhile on the island, Ben is released by Locke and convinces Alex, Karl, and Rousseau to leave the camp and move to a hidden sanctuary. But they are ambushed by unseen killers. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

20 March 2008 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

O'ahu, Hawaii, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Bad Robot, ABC Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Michael is attempting suicide again in his hotel room, the game show question is asking who wrote Slaughterhouse Five and who it's protagonist is. Billy Pilgrim is the protagonist who became "unstuck" in time. Similarly, Desmond became unstuck in time in the episode "The Constant". See more »


During the scenes at the Suva port, a large airliner is shown nearby taking off or landing. In fact there is no major airport near Suva capable of handling that size of aircraft. In Honolulu, the international airport is close to the harbor and was probably the source of that airliner. See more »


Ben Linus: My spy on the freighter is Michael.
James 'Sawyer' Ford: I'm sorry. You mean the same guy that killed two women in cold blood to set this little bastard free, and then sold all of us out so he could get off the island? That Michael?
John Locke: Yes, James. That Michael.
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Crazy Credits

The Producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of the people of Hawaii and their Aloha spirit. See more »


References The Shining (1980) See more »


It's Getting Better
Written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil
Performed by Cass Elliot
Album "Bubblegum, Lemonade, and... Something for Mama" 1969
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The return of Michael
7 June 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.

Season 3 was for me a solid if uneven season, with many brilliant episodes but a few slightly underwhelming ones, an inconsistent first part of the season and containing one of 'Lost's' low points "Stranger in a Strange Land". Season 4 had a good amount to live up, and its first episode "The Beginning of the End", was a brilliant start. The following episodes between that and this were generally strong, with "The Constant" being a season and show high-point although "Eggtown" and "The Other Woman" disappointed.

The episode has much of what 'Lost' is all about. It's taut and thought-provoking, with utterly gripping and beautifully developed events. There are a fair share of revelations, ones that are not foreseen or clumsy, and shows plot progression rather than repeating itself or being filler.

Found that the ending, while shocking, happens agreed too suddenly and out-of-the-blue.

"Meet Kevin Johnson" has a great deal of tension and that there are little present-day island events doesn't matter outside of Ben and with Locke's camp. Michael's return is handled beautifully and intriguingly and doesn't waste the potential it had at all. The flashbacks are actually illuminating and very emotionally investable and avoid falling into soap-opera territory.

Can't fault the performances, particularly Harold Perrineau and Michael Emerson.

Nor the stylishness and atmosphere of the visuals, nor the effectively understated and chilling use of music, taut writing and the tightly controlled direction (one of the best of the season and perhaps of the show).

Overall, great. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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