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Lost 3×09 “Stranger In A Strange Land” | AV Club Review

///We noticed that someone at AV Club was rewatching Lost and posted some reviews about the show. We’re going to post here all the parts about Juliet and Elizabeth.///

EMFC_LOST_3x09_04035.jpg“Stranger In A Strange Land” (originally aired 02/21/2007)

I realize we can’t entirely strip an episode of context: this hour had to follow the time-bending “Flashes Before Your Eyes” and doesn’t even feature Desmond or Charlie, and is technically a direct follow-up to the tremendous “Not In Portland” and almost completely sidelines its best character in Juliet. It’s as if the writers were on the road to getting the season started, but then realized they left the stove on back on the other island, requiring them to make up a reason to go back. Jack remains important to this story, but the episode works too hard to design a plot around him being left behind when a subtler set of scenes would have sufficed.

While departing from the Hydra offers promise for the Others’ future, the episode itself offers nothing tangible, making sure its small gains—a stronger bond between Jack and Juliet, who are now in it together—are shrouded by nonsense to no particular end.

In retrospect, though, some of this works better than it would have at the time. Now that I know Juliet better, her struggles here resonate more, even if the episode doesn’t do much but turn her into a damsel in distress (particularly in those shots of the meeting we don’t understand, as she peeks out the door in terror).

Honest question: does Juliet’s brand ever come up at any point after this? Was it just there as a thematic link to Jack’s tattoos? It just ends up feeling so random and disconnected from anything else we learn about the Others.

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