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Lost 3×16 “One Of Us” | 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.///

This is one of our fav episodes (obviously).  This scene with Ben is one of the best of the entire show:

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Go at the minute 1.10 of the clip. The power of this scene is indescribable. Elizabeth conveys so many different emotions in this. We love how she goes from being very upset to that high rage and then desperation.

There are so many wonderful scenes in this episodes like the one when Ben make her see Rachel and Julian on the screen….the joy in Juliet’s eyes and then the pain of being there against her will… it is impossible not to feel for her and not to love her…  seriously. Elizabeth is magnificent! We’ve just rewatched them all

We still wish we had another ending for Juliet, we love Lost so much, we loved the finale, but we still think that Juliet deserved better.

Anyway here’s the review of Lost 3×16 “One Of Us”. Oh we wrote a few more comments after the review.

About Liz:

2007 was a year where the Emmys actually revealed the Top 10 in each category, and somehow Elizabeth Mitchell failed to even crack the Top 10 in Supporting Actress, which is just absurd. She’s good throughout the season, but she goes through such a range of emotions here, putting her scene in the mirror in the premiere into dynamic context.

Full review:

Lost’s third season started with Juliet. As much as the opening sequence became a crucial “reveal” of the Others’ encampment in the grand scheme of the season, the first person we see is Juliet, preparing for her book club meeting. The last person we met in this context was Desmond, who over the course of the second season was transformed from a short-term antagonist to one of our “heroes,” so we could ask ourselves: Is Juliet on the same path? She may be an Other, but is she a different kind of Other?

That question drives “One Of Us,” picking up from the strong work setting up the uncertainty surrounding Juliet’s allegiances in “Left Behind.” From the moment Sayid gets Juliet alone, he has questions about everything, but most of all about Juliet herself: Who is Juliet Burke? The Others know everything about the castaways, as Juliet demonstrates later in the episode when she throws Sayid and Sawyer’s flashbacks in their faces, but they know nothing about her. “Not In Portland” gave us some insight into what brought Juliet to the island, but only Jack has any sense of what motivates Juliet. Everyone else—including, perhaps, the audience—has every reason to be suspicious.

For much of its running time, “One Of Us” plays out as a perfectly constructed redemption arc. Putting Juliet front and center, the episode continually works to assure the audience and the castaways that Juliet is on the level. Further flashbacks fill in the gaps between her discovery that she wouldn’t be traveling to Portland and the crash of Flight 815, as she says goodbye to her sister and travels to the island to save young women who are dying before they are able to give birth. Those flashbacks reframe Ethan’s “attacks” on Claire as an experiment designed to help her carry Aaron to term, whilst simultaneously giving context for Claire’s mysterious illness that Juliet claims is related to the injections. They also show Juliet battling with Ben regarding her future on the island, with Ben convincing her to stay by promising to cure her sister’s relapsed cancer. By the time Juliet is cutting down Sayid and Sawyer’s moral righteousness as she gets the medical supplies necessary to save Claire’s life, it’s hard not to be rooting for Juliet, who shows great resolve in an incredibly difficult situation.

Yet if you start to watch the flashbacks closely, you’ll start to get suspicious. After Juliet calls Ben a liar after discovering his cancer—which she thinks he’d have cured if he had the power to do so—and demands to go home in an incredibly melodramatic and emotional confrontation, we can logically read that as context for Ben and Juliet’s coldness in the season’s opening scene, which is the subsequent flashback. However, that flashback then continues, as Ben takes Juliet on a trip to the Flame Station, where he shows her live footage of Rachel and her two-year old son Julian. While the rest of the episode’s flashbacks showed us what we presumed was the backstory for Juliet’s distrust of Ben and the Others, here we see a moment where Ben proves the Others’ power to her. She still wants to go home, and he still refuses to allow her to do so, but it complicates the idea that Juliet has cut all ties from the Others. It’s a complication that comes to life in the final flashback, where the audience sees Ben and Juliet working through the entire episode’s narrative, which was perfectly constructed because it was a plan all along.

We know certain things about Juliet. We know she asked Jack to kill Ben, something that definitely wasn’t part of his plan. We know that she wants to leave the island. However, we learn in this flashback that what she’s leaving the island for is something that only exists because of the mysterious “Jacob,” meaning that she may feel a certain debt to Ben and the Others. Jack isn’t wrong that Juliet wants to leave the island, but what makes him so sure that the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 are the best way to achieve this? Wouldn’t Ben still represent her best chance of returning home, even if she did want him dead, and even if she still holds a grudge?

“One Of Us” is one of the season’s sharpest character studies, benefitted by our interest in learning more about a new character and a tightly-focused episode. There is no B-story here—Claire’s illness is technically introduced as its own storyline, but it quickly merges with Juliet’s, and is retroactively taken over by hers given that it was caused by an implant activated as part of the plan. Despite being a new character, Juliet serves as a strong anchor, with emotional flashbacks and compelling island scenes that mark out the character’s distinct place within the island framework. She is neither “one of us” nor “one of them”: she is a wild card, whose complicated relationship with both sides positions her at the heart of the conflict between the castaways and the Others moving forward.

This is an episode interested in moving forward. By bringing us full circle to the opening scene, “One Of Us” signals that we are entering the final act of the season. The second act has fleshed out our understanding of the Others, shifting away from mystery toward specific plans based on a specific history. They have been humanized without being defanged, remaining a threat while nonetheless moving closer to the castaways in terms of their relationship with The Island and the larger narrative. They might still know more, and they might still be hatching a nefarious scheme, but they are doing so for reasons that are not that dissimilar from the reasons that drive the characters we’ve known for three seasons. Juliet tightening that knot leading into the closing title card is a bit on-the-nose, perhaps, but it symbolizes the tightening of the show’s storytelling, which now begins the gradual but thrilling march to the season’s conclusion.

Stray observations:

  • 2007 was a year where the Emmys actually revealed the Top 10 in each category, and somehow Elizabeth Mitchell failed to even crack the Top 10 in Supporting Actress, which is just absurd. She’s good throughout the season, but she goes through such a range of emotions here, putting her scene in the mirror in the premiere into dynamic context.
  • The idea of Juliet and Goodwin sleeping together is interesting, if only because it feels so extraneous—what function does it serve? Was his death supposed to be added to the tragedy pile, expanding her feeling of being alone? It would seem there is a scene missing to really drive that point home, no?
  • After Noel discussed the way “Exposé” functions as a clip show last week, we get a version of that in the scene where Juliet explains Ethan’s actions with Claire. It also frames Ethan’s kidnapping as a renegade act, although he doesn’t get a chance to explain why he’s so desperate as to make that particular move.
  • Loved the way the use of “Downtown” in the premiere is seeded in the flashback as the song Juliet and Rachel are listening to as they arrive to Mittelos.

Spoiler Station (only read if you’ve seen the entire series):

As with any scenes regarding the Love Rhombus, I love how Sawyer’s reaction to Juliet plays in light of their future relationship. As much as I believe Sawyer and Kate’s connection is genuine, Sawyer’s relationship with Juliet is just so much richer, and feels less arbitrary.

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The only connection between Sawyer and Kate was their similarity about how not worth it they felt about themselves and how that feeling made them act towards others. When Sawyer grew up, thanks to Juliet, there was nothing left between them because they were two completely different persons, that is why in the flash-sideways he was the detective and Kate was the criminal.
Juliet was the missing part of Sawyer and somehow she was the missing part of Jack (beside how specular they were of each others in a lot of aspects of their personalities). The fact that David was Juliet’s son was mostly due to the fact that Jack felt guilty for Juliet’s death (and probably for what he did to her before), but somehow he knew that the answer (David) to what tormented him his whole life (getting his father’s approval) had to be connected to Juliet and not to anybody else.

We both joke every time about the fact that Jack didn’t want to wake up in the last episode and prefered to be Juliet’s ex husband, rathen that being Kate’s soulmate. In fact it was Christian’s coffin to make him remember, he refused to do it when Kate touched him. If it is not evident … we are not fans of skater or jater. Haha! 😀

 


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