Continuity: In season 2, episode 5, Jin and Mr. Eko are searching for Michael. Jin gets attacked by a boar and rolls down a hill to find the corpse of Goodwin. In this scene they are in the middle of the jungle. Two epiosdes later ("The Other 48 Days"), when Ana-Lucia confronts Goodwin they are on top of a mountain without trees surrounding them. This is confirmed in Juliets flashbacks in later seasons when Ben takes her to see Goodwins body.
Continuity: Jin is handcuffed in season 1, "House of the Rising Sun" and the cuff remains on his left wrist until season 2, "What Kate Did" when Locke removes it. The handcuffs have a distinctive shape - a single strand connected via pivot to a double strand with the lock area. When Jin is initially cuffed to the plane wreckage, the single strand faces out at his wrist, but in following shots, in this and all the subsequent episodes, the handcuff actually switches sides repeatedly, going round his wrist the opposite way.
Other: The Monster appearing in the pilot and causing the turbine to explode is a mistake (not trivia). This is actually an artefact of poor CGI effects that was left in the show in error. It was confirmed by the producers. You can see it best here: http://www.lostpedia.com/wiki/Image:Turbine_Explosion.gif.
Continuity: When Charlie, Kate and Jack are in the nose wreckage, to find the transceiver, there is a shot in first class, facing the cockpit, showing the glass wall with the decorative circular design. When Charlie is aboard the flight, running from the stewards, he stands beside that glass wall, and the circular pattern is reversed. Neither shot is flipped.
Continuity: When Jack drops to his knees, after removing the undershirt, one white shirt lies stretched out horizontally on the ground directly in front of him, with both knees centered in front of it; the other shirt is off to his right (viewer's left), with the undershirt he drops. Three shots later, still on his knees, all three shirts lie rumpled to his right; eleven shots later, the single white shirt once again lies horizontally directly in front of him, in the very same position as the earlier shot.
Continuity: In the very beginning of the pilot episode, Jack runs out of the jungle. He looks around and hears distant screams. While he is looking around, you can see through the bushes that there is nothing but beach on the other side. But when he turns around, the entire beach just on the other side of that bush is filled with wreckage. The wreckage would have been visible from the other side of the bush had it been there.
Continuity: When Charlie leaves his seat on the airplane, as he is followed by the stewards, he walks through economy (blue stripe seats), then walks through business class (grey stripe seats and roomier) - where Boone and Shannon sit. But, in Charlie's next close-up, when the plane shakes, he leans on the blue seat in front of him, which he already passed and is farther back in the plane's cabin.
Continuity: When Jack, Charlie and Kate are walking through the woods and Jack is holding the transceiver, Charlie ask if he hears anything. Jack then answers "You keep asking if there's anything", while holding the transceiver with his right hand and his left hand down. When it cuts he holds on to the transceiver with both hands.
Continuity: On the airplane, when Kate lifts the glass of juice with her handcuffed hands, in this close-up the cuff round her right wrist has the single bar facing out. However, when the turbulence hits, in another close-up of her hands, the same cuff is on the opposite way, it now has the double bar facing out.
Continuity: When the marshal and Ray drive their vehicles down the long road, the endless line of telephone poles are on their left as they drive, with barren land on their right. However, when they pass the third vehicle the poles are on their right and then repeatedly change sides in the following shots. (This has nothing to do with camera angles.)
Deliberate "mistake": As Ray drives the pickup truck, an oncoming vehicle beeps and the marshal heads behind Ray's pickup. In the shot through the cab's rear window facing the bed, as the marshal pulls behind, the bed's side wall interior is seen (note the metal loop tie down on top) and the entire tailgate is gone; yet the tailgate is intact later, when the pickup flips over. The tailgate was removed for the shot to allow visibility of the marshal's vehicle.
Revealing: With Marshal Mars in pursuit, as Ray drives his pickup, he holds the steering wheel with his left hand, and his stiff prosthetic right arm is down at his side. When Kate grabs for the steering wheel, in the side exterior shot the stunt driver is quite noticeable, as he grips and turns the steering wheel with his good right hand/arm.
Continuity: When Jack removes the paper with Kate's mugshot from the marshal's jacket pocket, in the close-up of the paper there is no writing at the top center of the paper, only at the sides. However, in the previous shot the center writing is visible from behind, and is also perfectly seen when Hurley finds the paper.
Continuity: When Kate leans over the unconscious marshal he wakes and chokes her, and when Jack subdues him the marshal's large head bandage falls off. When Jack squeezes water into the marshal's mouth, the bandages are wrapped perfectly round his head, yet when Kate stands up the bandages are off again.
Continuity: When Ray and Kate are in the pickup, in the shot facing the oncoming vehicle as it beeps, Ray is driving in his right lane. In the next shot, whilst the vehicle still beeps, as the marshal pulls behind Ray, the marshal and Ray are both driving in their left lane. However, in the next shot, facing the beeping vehicle, Ray is driving in his right lane and then starts to pull over to his left.
Revealing: When Kate is with Ray in his pickup, he wears his wedding band on his left hand, and his right arm is prosthetic. After the wreck, when Kate pulls him from the cab and onto the grass, he wears his ring on his right hand, the door and Kate's bracelet are also on the wrong side - obviously a flipped shot.
Continuity: After Locke whispers to Michael, "I thought you should be the one to bring his dog back to him," when Locke points in the wide shot, Walt, who is sleeping on his stomach, has his head facing away from Michael. But when Michael says, "Hey thanks," Walt's head faces the opposite way towards Michael, and in the next shot he faces away again.
Revealing: When Kate is in Ray's pickup, as they drive down the road, she looks into her side view mirror twice, over a minute apart. Firstly, the road that passes in the view reflected in the mirror is perfectly identical in both instances that Kate looks at it, which is impossible - the same shot is used twice. Secondly, the road that passes Ray's truck is completely different to the road that passes in the view reflected in the side mirror, they are obviously edited together.
Revealing: When Sayid, Kate, Sawyer and the others make camp for the night, on their way back from hearing the French woman's transmission, they sit around the fire talking. Sawyer has a cut over his right eye, but in every other close-up of Sawyer the cut is over his left eye. The shots are flipped.
Continuity: When Jack sees the casket, things lying on it change between shots. When he flips it open the ripped interior lining differs in the following shots, depending on camera angle. Then, as Jack destroys the coffin, the broken wood differs greatly between shots. Such as when the shot faces the coffin the entire top is destroyed, but when facing Jack the side frame remains intact.
Continuity: When Jack, Hurley and Charlie discuss water situation, the suitcase filled with water bottles repeatedly changes. One example: when Charlie carries the stuffed suitcase, then sets it down, it is open just a couple of inches, but when Jack walks away the suitcase is bursting with bottles, and is open at least 18-20 inches.
Revealing: When Jack and Kate run from the bees, they enter the cave, and when they remove their tee shirts Jack's back and sides are perfectly visible. There is not even the slightest hint of any kind of scar, on the left side of Jack's back, from the nasty cut that Kate recently sewed up with the black thread.
Continuity: As Kate and Jack head back to the beach, while Jack explains why they should move to the caves, when Kate lifts the bag and slings it round her shoulder, opposite sides of the bag face out between the first and second shots. Then, in the third shot it hangs from her shoulder very differently.
Continuity: When Jack is packing water bottles in to the sack and Locke says "I think one of us should stay and help Charlie salvage the wreckage", you see Jack putting a bottle in to the sack. His hands are now empty, but when it cuts he suddenly has a new bottle in his hand which he puts in to the sack.
Revealing: After Sayid stabs Sawyer, in the wideshot when Jack pushes Sayid away, as Sawyer lies with his right arm outstretched the knife is nowhere to be seen. In the next close-up, the large, long-handled knife is protruding from Sawyer's upper arm at about a 90º angle. Given the angle and position of the knife, it should have been seen in the previous shot.
Continuity: When Sayid stabs Sawyer, in the close-up there are considerable blood stains on Sayid's white shirt, yet when Jack pushes Sayid off Sawyer all the blood has vanished. This continues to happen in all the following shots, when Jack tells Sayid to get his bag, and the amount and pattern of blood also significantly changes.
Continuity: After telling Danielle what is written on the back of Nadia's photo, Sayid steps closer to Danielle. When Sayid says, "The only way off this place..." in the shot facing him Danielle holds the gun up high and points it straight at Sayid's chest. Yet, in both the previous and following shots facing Danielle, the gun is pointing down towards Sayid's legs. She then lowers the gun and sits down.
Visible crew/equipment: After Kate cuts the "noose" line, Charlie and Jack fall, and when Kate jumps down a large piece of white equipment pops up on the left of the screen, just as she lands on the ground. Then, when Jack refuses to give up and resumes CPR, in Kate's close-up as she cries, "Stop," some more equipment is visible behind her on the left of the screen.
Continuity: After Kate and Sawyer find the corpses underwater, the marshal's Halliburton case that Sawyer retrieves has two protruding wide silver clasps to the handle's sides, and a thin, narrow handle with flat pivots at its base. The case that Kate tries to steal from Sawyer, and in all the following shots, has a very different style top - NO clasps whatsoever, and it has a round, wide handle with raised round pivots. The Halliburton with clasps is also seen in "Exodus 1" with the airport security officer.
Continuity: When Kate and Sawyer find the deceased crash victims underwater, as Sawyer takes the man's wallet and heads for the surface the corpse's tie floats up freely, his suit jacket is pulled way up, and his legs are spread apart. Yet, when Sawyer and Kate go back for the case, the neat tie and suit are on properly, and now the corpse's legs are suddenly crossed, albeit in a twisted sort of way. There are other changes in both the female and male corpses' positions between shots.
Continuity: After Kate and Jack dig up the marshal's body, Kate opens his wallet. In this close-up, as the pocket for bills is at the top, the vertical slit with his ID is on the right and the horizontal slits with laminated cards are on the left. However, in the close-up when Jack holds it, as the pocket for bills is again at the top, this time the vertical slit with his ID is on the left and the horizontal slits are on the right. Surprisingly, neither are flipped shots. Two different wallets were used in each close-up, though similar in style, the storage slits are on opposite sides.
Continuity: When Kate and Sawyer go underwater to retrieve the case, in a close-up it is easy to see that the male corpse is barefoot. But in a following close-up, when Sawyer swims up with the Halliburton case - just as the words "Production Designer Carlos Barbosa" appear onscreen - in this specific shot the man is actually wearing a black shoe on his left foot.
Continuity: When Kate and Sawyer begin their swim, Kate is not wearing a bracelet on either wrist, as she heads into the water. In a few following shots, including when Sawyer goes to "See what they got on em," Kate wears a bracelet on her right wrist, but when they head down to retrieve the case, the bracelet is gone as she pulls on the case. After Sawyer frees the case, in Kate's close-up the bracelet reappears, but now it's on her left wrist, yet when they reach the surface the bracelet's on her right wrist. Whew!
Continuity: When Boone is tied up, with the goo in his hair, Locke has only his backpack slung over his left shoulder, when he holds the sheath in his left hand as he raises his right arm to throw the knife. After a brief cut to shocked Boone, Locke is in mid-throw and suddenly his second bag is slung diagonally across his chest and shoulder.
Revealing: In Boone's flashback in the hotel, you can see the Sydney Opera House out the window which looks nice, except that in order to see the it from that perspective the hotel would need to be EXACTLY where the Harbour Bridge is, but there are no hotels in Sydney that could provide this angle of view.
Continuity: When Sayid opens the lid of the compass to show Jack, in the close-up, all of Sayid's fingernails are short and trimmed, yet, in previous and following shots (including next episode "Special") some of his fingernails (such as the thumbs) are very long again. This occurs in many other episodes, such as "Exodus 2".
Other: Ethan kills one of the survivors. Sawyer thinks it's Steve but Hurley corrects him and tells him that it was actually Scott. They make a point of Scott being the deceased and Steve being the one people mix him up with. According to the actors playing Scott and Steve it was in fact Steve who got killed but the producers messed it up.
Continuity: When Jack shows Locke the suitcase full of guns, you can see a stick visible in Locke's right hand. However, when Jack asks if Locke knows how to use a gun, you can see that after the camera has panned around, Locke is now holding the gun with both hands, with the stick nowhere to be seen.
Visible crew/equipment: When Sawyer finds his blue tarp that the boar ran off with earlier, Sawyer hears the whispers, then the boar reappears and chases him. When the mean old boar flips Sawyer over, the chain link fence (used for the stunt) is clearly visible beyond the grass, at the top right corner of the screen. (Also seen on Disc 7.)
Continuity: Once Sun leaves the bathroom, Jin's hands begin to shake as he washes the blood off, in fact there is much more blood on his hands now to wash off. Suddenly there is a silver/red soap dispenser on the right of the faucet (this isn't the gold/red one on the left), where the bar of soap was earlier, and there are also two large white towels hanging on the bar, whereas there was only one in all the previous shots. The early part of this flashback is in "House of Rising Sun" and the additional last shot was filmed at a later date.
Continuity: When Jin is packing to leave the cave, his backpack is wide open and unzipped when he swings it onto his right shoulder and then carries the fishing net. After a brief cut to Sun shouting in English, Jin is walking away carrying the net, and the backpack is still on his shoulder, only now it is zipped closed.
Continuity: When Boone tosses the statue out of the plane, in the close-up the entire statue shatters, and the heroine bags spill out as the head flies off to the side. But in the following shot, Locke picks up a large unbroken piece - the head and torso are intact with some bags still inside, and even that piece changes in the next shot.
Visible crew/equipment: When Boone climbs up the vines toward the plane, in the first wideshot there is a rather conspicuous round CG blur at Boone's left hip that moves as he moves. Then in some following wideshots the black stunt belt at Boone's waist is perfectly visible as he makes his way up. In Boone's close-ups no such aids are on his body.
Continuity: Sayid wears a black tank top when he speaks at Boone's burial, and it has a wide shallow tear and small hole at the collar. When he walks away with Jack, who is complaining about Locke, though the style of top is identical, now the tear is narrower and deeper, and the hole is bigger. Throughout this episode the tear, on the tank top Sayid wears, alternates, and the hole even disappears.
Continuity: Just as Sayid walks out of the building (number on both doors is 815), the white van pulls up. When Sayid gets in, in the exterior shot, the door he opens is opened to Sayid's left, but in the next interior shot, the door is opened to Sayid's right (the door to his left is closed). In this shot the building is seen behind Sayid - note the number 815 on both doors have vanished, and the chipped wall paint differs.
Continuity: When Sayid speaks to CIA Agent Melissa Cole after Essam's death, in the first shot the body laden stretcher is wheeled to the vehicle and the back door is opened. When Agent Cole says, "Plane ticket and walking around money," in the background the stretcher is gone and the door is closed. But when Sayid asks, "What happens to his body?" the stretcher reappears as the body is being put into the open back door.
Continuity: At the motel, when Kate asks for the envelope addressed to Joan Hart, the employee searches through the box with many envelopes sticking out of the box. However, in the next shot, as he finds it no other envelopes are visible, and when he hands it to her, her sunglasses are now upside down.
Continuity: When Tom removes the toy airplane from the lunchbox, the three propeller pieces are completely broken off of the left wing engine (all are intact on its right wing). Yet, earlier on the island, when Kate twirls the airplane in the air, before Charlie joins her, the left wing engine has grown one piece of propeller that is unbroken. There are other moments such as this, in other episodes.
Continuity: When Sun and Jin sit at the table at the airport, both cups' lids are on properly, yet for the "spill shot" one lid is askew, and Sun's hand changes between shots to be in perfect position to knock the cup over. Things on the table instantly change positions, such as the clear plastic croissant container that jumps back onto the red tray. This applies to Exodus 2, as well.
Revealing: On their way back to the hatch with the dynamite, Kate, Jack and Hurley run from the "monster" but Locke runs toward it. When he lands on his back the shot cuts away to the "Lost" logo floating onscreen. When it cuts back to Locke, in this shot the bruise is over his right eye, instead of his left. The shot is flipped.
Factual error: Hurley arrives at the departure gate and calls to the woman to wait and let him board. As he goes through the gate, a sign with the word 'authorized' is visible to the left. This scene supposedly takes place in an Australian airport, but this is the American spelling - in Australia, the word is spelled 'authorised'.
Revealing: When Shannon carries and drags the luggage (some of Boone's) she breaks down and Sayid speaks to her. When he says, "It won't be too much if I carry it for you," he strokes her cheek with his left hand - note the watch. After he says, "I have a hike to lead," in the next wideshot he's still holding her face with his "left" hand. But, note the lack of watch, and her large suitcase is now backwards. They flipped the shot so his right hand would appear to be his left, to keep hand continuity, but it doesn't work.
Factual error: In the flashback that reveals the phone call Michael makes to his mother about Walt, Walt is seen playing a Nintendo Gameboy Advance SP before the phone call. After the phone call, when Walt stands behind Michael, Walt tells Michael that he needs new batteries. However, The Gameboy Advance SP works with a rechargeable battery which cannot be replaced with common batteries.
Continuity: In the Oceanic Int'l departure lounge, Locke sits in his wheelchair near the large window, with the doomed plane in the distance. The attendant's desk is on the left, but the black lounge chairs, which are normally situated toward the center of the lounge, are gone in this shot; the chairs at the end of each row should be visible at this angle. These chairs are also seen when Hurley crashes the scooter into them.
Continuity: When Michael sits with Walt at the airport, Michael says, "If you're worried about Vincent," and the newspaper in his hands is folded and held straight up with the blue Oceanic envelope. Yet, when he says, "Dogs fly in the luggage compartment all the time," the newspaper is sideways and there is no blue envelope.
Revealing: After Sawyer jumps into the water to retrieve the rudder, Michael tosses him the rope then shouts, "Tie it around the rudder and we'll pull you in." Three shots later, in Sawyer's close-ups, mountains are visible at the right of the screen, whereas in the previous and following consecutive shots they are surrounded only by water at this point in time.
Revealing: After Charlie receives a large gash on his forehead, from Danielle's trap, Sayid tries to seal it. When Sayid pours gunpowder in the cut, he leaves a large thick trail beside Charlie's eye and on his cheek, which he does not wipe away. There is a tight close-up of Sayid igniting the gunpowder with the flame. The gunpowder beside his eye and on his cheek should have seared his skin, but it does not. The only severe wound Charlie has later is the closed charred wound on his forehead, and though he does wipe his face back at the cave, the skin on his cheek and beside his eye are fine.
Continuity: Just before Michael says "You're going to pull the bullet out with your bare hands?", Sawyer's hair is very wet and pulled back, as if it were in a pony tail. When the camera switches back to Sawyer saying "You got a better idea?" his hair is a lot drier and covering his face. In the next shot, it is pulled back again.
Revealing: As several camera angles show, Sawyer's makeshift stretcher was made by drilling multiple holes in the upper frame struts, through which was threaded rope made from dried roots or vines. The cast who supposedly constructed it were not carrying power drills among their primitive implements.
Continuity: In the scene where Sawyer collapses from his bullet wound, he collapses onto his knees and then twists so that his good arm is towards the ground. From there, he rolls to his back. Then the camera angle changes so we're looking at Michael and Jin running towards Sawyer from the front. Sawyer is now on his good arm's side.
Continuity: Ana-Lucia says that she never saw Nathan during the two hours the plane was in the air, which Cindy the flight-attendant agrees with, saying that she has a photographic memory for passengers. But the plane was actually in the air for eight hours before the crash, as revealed in the pilot, so, not only should Cindy remember him after that long, but they all should be able to tell the difference between two and eight hours.
Continuity: When Jack and Ana-Lucia are talking on the rocks by the beach at the end of the episode, Ana-Lucia's hair is pulled back and is completely off her face. However, in two of her close-ups, there are two small forelocks loose in the wind near her temples, which are not present in any other shots during this scene.
Continuity: At the end of the scene in the gym of the mental hospital when Hurley and Dave talk, in the background there is a guy sitting on the floor in a yoga-like position. His exact location changes between shots, as you can tell by the ground-lines. First he sits on the red line, next to where the blue and the yellow lines cross, then he sits about 5 feet further to the right, and finally he is back exactly on the same spot as in the beginning.
Revealing: In Season 2, Episode 18 - Dave: When Ana Lucia is threatening "Henry Gale" in the hatch cell; every time he moves and his makeshift shirt slips, you can see a line on his right upper arm where they applied make-up. Apparently he's wearing makeup on all the exposed parts of his face and neck to make him look sunburned, exposed to the elements etc. This is not just a normal suntan line, as his shirt wouldn't normally fall down that much out in the open and he's been inside for days now.
Continuity: When Libby kisses Hurley at the cliff, there is a strand of Libby's hair which you can see hanging freely over her left cheek when the camera is on Hurley. When the camera is on Libby you see the same strand pinched between their heads. Then as the camera switches back on Hurley the strand hangs freely again. It's not possible that this happened only through the force of wind as their heads are stuck together quite tightly throughout the whole kiss.
Continuity: In episode 2-19 SOS When Bernard is talking to Rose after she questions him in front of the group about his "sign" when the close ups are on Bernard you can see that it is raining quite heavily in the background, but when it's close up on Rose it is not raining. It doesn't begin to rain in the episode until much later.
Factual error: The prison Desmond is released from looks nothing like any British prison, let alone the British military prison (the "Glasshouse"), which is more of a training camp than a traditional prison. The guards wear no cap badges on their berets (all British service personnel wear cap badges) and their berets are worn almost vertically on their heads, whereas British berets are pulled hard to the right. The NCO who releases him is credited as a "master sergeant" in the episode credits - an American rank which has never been used in the British Army.
Continuity: Penny's letter to Desmond changes as he reads it. The text stays the same, but the handwriting and position of the words on the page change between the two shots where you can see the letter from the front. Also, for the audience the letter is read aloud with Penny's voice. Interesting is the fact that there is one sentence omitted: "Sorry to be so dramatic, but these are dramatic times, are they not?" (You can read this sentence in both "versions" of the letter though).
Revealing: Season 3, episode 1, "A Tale of Two Cities.": In the scene where Ben/Henry is presenting a breakfast table to Kate, he mentions coffee which we can see is in a French press. Ben/Henry "finishes" the coffee by pushing down on the plunger of the french press, but uses only one finger with barely any pressure. In reality, a french press takes a significant amount of pressure to get the plunger from top to bottom, more than could be generated by just one finger. Additionally, we can see that the mesh-screen component of the French press stays at the top, rather than plunging down, which it should in order to filter out the grounds.
Continuity: Episode 3-16, "One of Us". When Juliette and Ben are talking towards the end, Ben is first seen with his hands folded (fingers interlocking) in front of him. Just after Juliette says "I'll admit to it, tell her it was the only way to gain her trust", Ben's hands are in the same position, but are not folded, his right hand is just lying on top of his left. Cut to a close-up of Ben, and his hands are once again folded.
Continuity: Ep. 4-12 "There's no place like home". In the first flashforward, the Oceanic representative talks to the survivors about meeting the press. As she finishes by saying, "See you on the ground", you can see baby Aaron on Kate's lap, and she is holding his left hand in hers down by his side. Cut to a close-up of Kate, and Aaron suddenly has both hands free and is holding them up to his mouth.
Continuity: Ses. 5, ep. 5, "This Place Is Death". When Daniel is telling Charlotte that he has a plan, and explains, "When we were back at the hatch, I talked to Desmond", he places his left hand on top of his right, holding Charlotte's hand between them (seen at bottom of the screen). When the angle changes to a shot above his shoulder, his left hand is suddenly back under Charlotte's head, with no time to move between shots.
Audio problem: When Desmond, Locke and Jack are standing outside the cave with light, Desmond says "maybe I can find a way out for you too," or something like that. Jack replies, "there are no do-overs." The camera then goes to over Jack's right shoulder as he says, "I tried that once." However, the words don't match what his mouth is saying.