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By Nikki Stafford, Jennifer Hale
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SEASON 3 — October 2006–May 2007
Recurring characters: M.C. Gainey (Tom), Tania Raymonde (Alex), Michael Bowen (Danny Pickett), Mira Furlan (Danielle Rousseau), Nestor Carbonell (Richard Alpert), Blake Bashoff (Karl), Andrew Divoff (Mikhail Bakunin), Marsha Thomason (Naomi Dorrit)
3.1 A Tale of Two Cities
Original air date: October 4, 2006
Teleplay by: J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof
Story by: Damon Lindelof
Directed by: Jack Bender
Guest cast: Julie Adams (Amelia), Brett Cullen (Goodwin), William Mapother (Ethan), John Terry (Christian Shephard), Julie Bowen (Sarah), Stephen Semel (Adam), Alexandra Morgan (Moderator), Julie Ow (Nurse), Sonya Seng (Receptionist)
Flashbacks: Juliet and Jack
As Jack, Sawyer, and Kate deal with the reality of being kidnapped by the Others, Jack recalls what happened to him after his marriage dissolved.
In season 1, we followed the adventures of a group of people who had crashed on an island and watched as they fought for survival against a mysterious environment, trying to find rescue. By season 2, we'd discovered the Tailies, another group of people who were in the rear section of the plane, and learned about a tribe of "hostiles" the Losties referred to as "the Others." Season 3 will be about how that first group of people learns to cope with the Others — the civilization native to the island — and what happens in a warlike situation. We'll see imprisonment, torture, trickery, and previous alliances falling apart while new ones are made. Season 3 presents us with a very different Lost than the one we were watching in 2004. The title of this premiere episode points to the reality of two worlds on the show. We've got the survivors of Oceanic 815 versus the Others. We see, more clearly in this season than any other, how the present and the past come together. But we also see how the time on the island has changed everyone. These characters are very different people than they were when they arrived, and in some cases, they seem to have become the opposite of who they once were.
Jack started out as the only person with a level head in a chaotic situation. He ran around the crash site saving everyone he could, and immediately established himself as the reluctant alpha leader of the group. By the second season, his authority had broken down with the appearance of the hatch, with Locke questioning his philosophical motivations, and with Ana Lucia arriving on the scene as another leader. Now, in season 3, he's angry, belligerent, and has pretty much given up. The island seems to have gotten the better of him. Matthew Fox is brilliant in this episode, featuring the first of many outstanding performances the cast will give this season.
On first viewing, the flashback in this episode seemed contrived, as if it were being shoehorned into an episode that was more island-centric. But it showed that Jack, who until now had seemed to be an honest, good person, had been driven to near madness and to hurt everyone around him when his marriage fell apart. From his perspective, his wife and father were working against him; from their point of view, they were trying to help him. Now, with the Others, circumstances have pushed Jack to that same breaking point. In both cases, he asks all the wrong questions, blames the wrong people, and mistrusts everyone. From his point of view, Jack has no reason to trust any of these people. But as his father told him in the past, he needs to "let it go" and start asking the right questions. It's not a coincidence that the Communicate button in Jack's cell doesn't work. In this flashback, Jack realizes that maybe the blame no longer rests with his father or with Sarah — maybe he is to blame for the problems he brought upon himself.
We also see a small flashback of Juliet (played by the fabulous Elizabeth Mitchell). The episode opens on Juliet's eye, immediately signaling that this season will focus on the Others. The scene echoes the opening of season 2 — we see a person we don't know, in a place we don't recognize but which seems to be off the island. The person puts on a song from the 1960s that turns out to be ironic. In Desmond's case, he can't make his own kind of music when he's beholden to a computer that forces him to enter a code every 108 minutes. In Juliet's, even though she's alone and life is making her lonely she cannot go downtown, because she's trapped on an island in the middle of nowhere. She can pretend to be somewhere else, holding book clubs and baking her muffins, but in the end, there's a man named Ben who controls Otherville and everyone who lives there.
Yes, the other question answered is that Henry Gale is actually Ben, and it would seem the Others don't like him much more than the Losties did. Michael Emerson continues to be fantastic in the role of "Benry," as fans called him for the first few episodes of season 3.
Meanwhile, Kate and Sawyer are also stuck in cages, but unlike Jack's cage, which is indoors and appears to have been an aquarium at one time, Kate and Sawyer's cages are metal, outdoors, and housed bears. Sawyer is put into his cage immediately, as if the Others don't consider him to be as important as the other two. Kate, on the other hand, is taken down to the beach where she meets with Ben, who warns her that the next two weeks will be very unpleasant for her. When she returns to Sawyer's area, there's something a little different about her. With Sawyer, what you see is what you get, but Kate has spent her entire life playing roles — is she about to play a much bigger one?
Highlight: Sawyer getting a fish biscuit, and how thrilled he is when it happens.
Timeline: The crash we see in the opening happens on September 22, 2004. The rest of the events happen on Day 68, November 28, 2004.
Did You Notice?:
One of the book club members, Adam, complains about Juliet's book choice, which is Stephen King's Carrie, and says Ben wouldn't read the book in the bathroom. In the second season episode, "Maternity Leave," Locke hands "Henry" Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov, and Henry replies, "Dostoevsky? You don't have any Stephen King?"
When Ben sends off Goodwin and Ethan to go to the two camps, he tells them he wants lists in three days, which finally explains who was ordering the lists, though we still don't know why they chose the people they did. (Goodwin was the man that Ana Lucia impaled with a spear.)
In the first flashback where Jack is sitting in the car watching Sarah, he's listening to Glenn Miller's "Moonlight Serenade," which is the same song Hurley and Sayid picked up through the radio when they were sitting on the beach at the end of "The Long Con" in season 2.
Jack is working on a crossword puzzle in the car, and the words he's filled in all have something to do with the island: "raft," "necessary evils," "prenatal," "ensemble," "essential facts," "heroes," "area," etc., yet if you look at the words reading down, they don't make any sense at all, as if he was just filling in words that fit without paying any attention to the clues. (The bridge game underneath the crossword puzzle was identified by one online fan as being from the July 31, 2006, issue of the Los Angeles Times.)
In the scene where Christian is talking to Jack in his office, you can see several books on a bookshelf behind Jack. Aside from the expected medical textbooks, dictionaries, and encyclopedias are: Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen, Dark Horse by Tami Hoag, Pale Horse Coming by Stephen Hunter, Nighttime is My Time and No Place Like Home by Mary Higgins Clark, Valhalla Rising by Clive Cussler, Domes of Fire by David Eddings, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling, Easy Prey by John Sandford, The Scottish Bride and The Eleventh Hour by Catherine Coulter, The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw, The Power of Beauty by Nancy Friday, Redemption by Leon Uris, Two Dollar Bill and Dirty Work by Stuart Woods, and — surprise surprise — Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King.
When Jack gets out of jail in the flashback, he walks past a Wanted poster on the wall and the guy on it looks a lot like Hurley.
Interesting Facts: Sawyer's cage is a reference to an experiment established by B.F. Skinner, where a rat in a cage was trained to learn that it would receive food after pushing a lever, and worked to figure out how many times it would have to push the lever to make something happen.
As I explain in more detail on page 187 of the original Finding Lost book, Skinner believed in positive reinforcement, that if a rat believed something good would come of its efforts, it would learn how to achieve the reward. Where Pavlov believed in electrocuting the rat when it hit the lever a certain number of times — thus making the animal scared of continuing — Skinner instead focused on experiments where the rat would work toward something. It would seem the Others have combined the thoughts of the two scientists, but the experiment ultimately proves Skinner's theory, that humans could also be trained to do something over and over if they thought there was a reward at the end of it.
The sign on the door of Christian's meeting, which reads "Friends of Bill W.," is a common sign on the door of AA meetings. Bill W. is Bill Wilson, the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Julie Adams plays Amelia, the older lady who comes to Juliet's book club at the beginning of the episode. Adams has dozens of film acting credits to her name, but she will always be remembered best as Kay Lawrence in 1954's Creature from the Black Lagoon.
Juliet's favorite book is Stephen King's Carrie. This book will take on more significance as the season progresses (see page 133).
Jack's cell is in the Hydra Station. In Greek mythology, the Hydra is a many-headed water beast with poisonous breath that guarded the water entrance to the Underworld. Heracles killed the Hydra as the second of his Twelve Labors.
Nitpicks: Jack goes through all of Sarah's cell phone bills and is shocked when he dials a number and his father's phone rings. Wouldn't he know his father's cell number, especially considering how closely he works with him and probably contacts him that way?
Oops: The CD case that Juliet opens is Talking Heads' Speaking in Tongues, but she puts in a Petula Clark CD. The writers admitted that they changed the song at the last minute, and didn't have time to switch the CD case prop.
4 8 15 16 23 42: Juliet was making a dozen muffins (4 + 8) and 4 of them rolled onto the floor. When Jack is waiting outside the school, he looks down at his pager and it says 7: 15:23. Kate's dress was hanging in locker 8 11. When Juliet brings Jack the grilled cheese sandwich, she's cut it into 4 pieces. Christian has been sober for 50 days (42 + 8). When Jack leaves the jail cell, there's a 64 on a box behind him (8 × 8). When Sarah leaves Jack standing on the street and returns to the car, we can only see the first two letters of the plate, which is 2F (F is the sixth letter of the alphabet, so 2 + 6 = 8).
It's Just a Flesh Wound: Sawyer is electrocuted by the button in his cage, and then hit with a dart. Kate's wrists are severely chafed by the handcuffs. Jack and Kate have been injected with something. Jack tackles Juliet, and Juliet punches him. Karl is beaten by the Others.
Where did they get so many copies of Carrie for the book club? Is there an island Barnes & Noble we haven't yet seen?
How long has Otherville been established? How did they get all the amenities onto the island (stoves, furniture, CD players, etc.)? How do they have working plumbing and electricity?
When Jack and Kate wake up there's a Band-Aid on each of them. What did the Others inject them with? Why didn't they inject Sawyer?
Karl, the kid in the cage across from Sawyer's, warns Sawyer not to hit the button a third time. Who is Karl? Has he been in the cage before, and why? Why does he ask about their camp and how long it would take to get there?
What did Tom mean when he said Kate wasn't his type? Is he gay?
All of the shampoo products have big Dharma symbols on them. Are the Others somehow affiliated with Dharma?
Why are there chains hanging from the ceiling of Jack's aquarium cell? Did they keep sharks for experiments and the chains held them in place?
Ben tells Kate that the next two weeks will be very unpleasant. What does he mean?
Have the Others put Kate up to something?
Was Jack just hallucinating when he heard Christian saying, "Let it go, Jack," through the communication device, or are the Others somehow manipulating him? Could Christian be alive?
Jack clearly decides he's not going to make Juliet's interrogation easy on her, but of all the jobs to choose, why did he say he was a repo man?
Juliet tells Jack he can trust her. Can he?
When Jack sees his father laughing while talking on a cell phone in the hallway, the nurse that is with him is the same woman who was Locke's nurse in "Deus Ex Machina." Was Locke at the same hospital where Jack works?
Juliet punches Jack and knocks him unconscious. Does she have some sort of superstrength like Ethan, or is Jack just extremely weak right now?
Tom tells Sawyer the bears figured out how to get a fish biscuit in two hours. Is he referring to the polar bears?
When Jack's cage was used as an aquarium, was his side filled with water and the other side was the observatory room? How could they have fit large creatures through the door to get them in?
How did the Others get Jack's file? How did they get Christian's autopsy report when Jack didn't have it to get onto the plane? Do the Others have similar files on Kate and Sawyer?
Is Juliet a willing participant in the Others' plan, or is she acting against her will?
Music/Bands: In the opening scene, Juliet listens to Petula Clark's "Downtown" (available on any Clark greatest hits compilation). Jack listens to the Glenn Miller Orchestra's "Moonlight Serenade." When Sawyer scores a fish biscuit, the loudspeaker plays John Philip Sousa's "The Thunderer."
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (1859)
The book opens with one of the most famous lines in English literature, and one can't help but think of Lost when reading it: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way...." The passage points to the eternal struggles of good and evil, light and darkness, hope and despair, all of which do battle on the island every day.
The story opens in 1775 with Jarvis Lorry traveling by mail coach when the coach is stopped by a messenger telling him to wait at Dover for a woman. Lorry responds with an enigmatic "Recalled to Life" and sends the messenger on his way. When Lorry arrives at Dover and meets with Lucie Manette, the person who had sent him the message, he reveals to her that her father — believed to have been dead for many years — has been found alive, and he will take her to him.
The book's setting shifts to Paris, where Dickens illustrates a city full of hungry peasants who are desperate for social change. Lucie and Lorry enter a wine shop, where they overhear men referring to each other as "Jacques" (the code name for revolutionaries, and the French version of Jack), whispering about a rebellion. The wine shop is owned by Monsieur and Madame Defarge, and the former, who refers to himself as Jacques, takes Lucie and Lorry up to a room where her father, Doctor Manette, is sitting. He has clearly gone mad, his clothes in tatters, his voice quiet and feeble from years of disuse, his hair white, and he is busily making shoes. When asked his name, he replies, "One Hundred and Five, North Tower." Lucie insists that they move him back to London, and Lorry at first disagrees, worried about Manette's health, but gives in when Lucie argues that he'd be safer traveling home than staying where he is.
The book jumps five years ahead to the trial of Charles Darnay, who is being charged with treason for allegedly tipping off the King of France to the British Army's intention to send troops to the American colonies. The lawyers for the prosecution parade several witnesses to the stand to see if any of them remembers seeing Darnay on a boat ride from Paris to London five years earlier. Among the witnesses are Lucie and her father. Lucie recalls having a conversation with Darnay, but Dr. Manette says he was too ill to remember the man. Midway through the trial, Darnay's attorney Stryver calls attention to Sydney Carton, his assistant, and his uncanny resemblance to Darnay. The witness on the stand realizes the two men look so much alike it would be difficult to ascertain that Darnay was in fact the man on the ship, and the jury returns with a verdict of not guilty. The group leaves the courtroom, with Lucie expressing her compassion for Darnay, and Carton rudely showing his contempt for the man by arguing with him the entire time. Despite Darnay and Lucie being set up as the upright heroes of the story, Carton is a far more memorable character in the book because of his flaws and inward goodness. As Carton and Stryver return to the latter's apartment, Stryver comments on the fact that Carton has so much potential, but is throwing it away, instead remaining mired in his own depression. Stryver has his suspicions that Carton is in love with Lucie.
Excerpted from Finding Lost by Nikki Stafford, Jennifer Hale. Copyright © 2007 Nikki Stafford. Excerpted by permission of ECW PRESS.
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