Lost was created by J.J. Abrams who is probably best known as the screenwriter for the 1996 David Schwimmer classic "The Pallbearer" — other than that I'm not familiar with Abrams' work. Lost started as a show about a remote island and some people who crashed there and a possible monster in the woods. Then somehow it morphed into a something about time travel and a mysterious set of numbers and an esoteric society. No one really knows, especially the writers.
Right from the pilot episode the entire series was foreshadowed by the rotund, yet lovable, character Hugo "Hurley" Reyes who said after hearing a mysterious shuffling and growling from the woods, "Okay, that thing in the woods: maybe it's a monster, maybe, it's a - pissed-off giraffe! I don't know! The fact that *no one* is even looking for us, yeah, that's weird, but I just go along with it, because I'm along for the ride! Good old fun-time Hurley! Well, *guess* what! Now, I want some friggin' answers!" And goddamn it, Lost fans are still asking for answers.
Now, there are a lot of scenes in television history that make you sit back and say, "What the fuck!?" or, "Holy shit, I can't believe that just happened." Other scenes grant you relief, which is precisely what Lost fans needed. Unfortunately, that alleviation didn't come until well into Season 2 (ten episode in to be exact) when the smoke monster stared down a man who would make my wife clutch her purse tighter. [Note: There was a brief shot of the "smoke monster" in the Season 1 finale]
You see, Eko first saw the monster briefly as a wisp of smoke in the woods. But when the monster returned, uprooting trees and throwing dirt around, Eko stood his ground. As the monster hovered inches in front of Eko's face, several images from Eko's past flashed within the cloud, almost like lightning.
This SHIT was INTENSE! Mostly because you had no idea what the hell a seemingly cognitive floating cloud of black smoke was going to do BECAUSE YOU'VE NEVER FUCKING SAW ONE BEFORE! Then to have it just flash a few pictures of your family members and your deep-seeded, repressed memories as a child, only to slowly float away moments later blew me and you the hell away. Just check out the video...