Lost: Season 1, Episode 17

...In Translation (23 Feb. 2005)

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When the raft the survivors have been building burns down, Michael accuses Jin of sabatoge. Sun makes a surprising revelation.



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When Jin Kwon is having a serious quarrel with his wife Sun Kwon, Michael Dawson defends her. Later, when Michael's raft is set afire and Jin has his arms injured by heat, Michael and Sawyer blame him for the incident. Sun finally reveals her secret when she speaks in English to defend her husband and he feels ashamed leaving her. Jin recalls how his love for Sun was destroyed by her evil and unscrupulous father. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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In the episode "In Translation", when Jin comes to the secretary's house for the first time, in the background the secretary's kid is watching television. On that television you can clearly see Jorge Garcia. See more »


"In translation, we see a large blood stain on Jin's right elbow (on his shirt) when he is washing the blood off his hands. In the next shot the stain has disappeared. See more »


Sawyer: [to Jin] It's Lord of the Flies time.
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"It's Lord of the Flies time."
5 November 2010 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Besides the horrible pun in the title, the seventeenth episode of Lost has the ungrateful job of being the second Jin-centric story, after House of the Rising Sun which was rather light on fresh insights regarding the Korean survivor and his wife (even the revelation that she speaks English wasn't that shocking). However, with the arc plot gaining importance and the season reaching its end, ...In Translation proves to be a more solid and compelling piece of work.

Like many times before, the first glimpse we get of Sun and Jin is a scene of the two arguing because of her allegedly inappropriate conduct (she was wearing a bikini). A fight ensues, and Michael gets involved, causing Jin to be jealous. Similar feelings are in the air when Boone sees Shannon getting closer with Sayid, and the two men have a conversation on the topic. Everyone else is busy trying to build a raft, which gets burned during the night. The survivors suspect Jin, who is found with burns on his arms, and Sun has to break her silence in order to protect him.

Jin's violent behavior gets some kind of explanation in the episode's off-Island scenes: after asking Sun's father for permission to marry her, Jin was offered a job in the man's company. Having accepted the offer so he could fulfill his dream (being with Sun), the young man quickly realizes he's made a mistake, as his new job requires him to do all the dirty work for the man upstairs, leading to marital difficulties and a wish to "start over" (sound familiar?).

With Sun's secret finally out in the open, the couple gets the shot in the arm they needed in terms of characterization, and Daniel Dae Kim, no stranger to action-packed roles (he previously guest starred on 24 and Angel), takes his role in a new, thrilling direction. Other noteworthy cast members in this episode are Andrews, Grace and Somerhalder, involved in a love triangle (well, sort of) that's bound to have some kind of tragic outcome. Oh, and the answer to the question "Who burned the raft?" is a very interesting one...

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