The US television drama Lost first aired in the United States on September 22, 2004 with the most expensive pilot in TV history.The series went on to attract US audiences of just under 24 million viewers and, before long, Lost had become an unprecedented hit, winning Emmys and keeping fans enthralled with a litany of tantalising plot twists and mysteries.Explanation: The Monster is, in fact, a character referred to as The Man in Black; first seen alongside his brother Jacob more than a hundred years previously, his character represents evil incarnate.
Over time, however, some viewers tired of the expanding web of mythology and the lack of concrete answers.
Despite fans' frustrations, Lost formed a cult fan base to rival that of The X-Files and, if you had the patience, it became one of the most gripping high-concept US TV shows of the past decade.
His main aim is to leave the island, but to do so involves destroying and killing everybody on it – something he is intent on doing.
Healing Power The Mystery: The island’s healing properties are established early on with the revelation that survivor John Locke, the adventurous bald knife-throwing hunter, was in a wheelchair before the crash.
Other hatches include communications station The Flame, medical station The Staff and The Orchid, which specialised in experiments on time travel.
Dharma were responsible for drilling into an electromagnetic pocket, which in turn caused 'the incident'.
A season five twist saw the time-travelling survivors find themselves part of the island's history as members of the Dharma Initiative back in 1977.
Explanation: Dharma was founded by two scientists, Gerald and Karen De Groot, in the Seventies, and the initiative was depicted as a "large-scale communal research compound" where scientists worldwide could converge to research many subjects, including parapsychology, electromagnetism and zoology (which can explain the much-maligned presence of a polar bear on the island back in the show's Pilot).
Imprisoned on the island – and unable to kill Jacob – the Monster can only take the form of the dead.
Flashforward to the final season and The Man in Black takes the form of the deceased John Locke (Terry O'Quinn), successfully manipulating others under his guise to perform actions that, unbeknownst to them, have cataclysmic consequences.
Explanation: No clear answer is provided as to what the numbers could actually be, but there are a few explanations if you go looking.