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House of the Rising Sun 

Jin tries to beat up Michael for no reason at all; Jack wants to move the survivors over to the caves, although some people disagree; Sun reveals to Michael that she can speak English.



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Jin jumps Michael and tries to beat him to death for no apparent reason, which gets him handcuffed to the wreckage until "why" can be figured out. While gathering water, Jack starts to talk about moving the survivors to the near-by cave for safety and practicality, but is met with resistance and reluctance. The survivors are torn between having a better, safer place to camp, or staying on the beach to watch for a possible rescue. Flashbacks by Sun, reveal pieces of her life with her husband, Jin, before the plane crash, and she reveals a secret to Michael that even her own husband is unaware of - she speaks English. Locke confronts Charlie about his drug use. Written by Lynne Boris Johnston

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27 October 2004 (USA)  »

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Some memorable moments in a script that doesn't gel as well as it could have
19 June 2008 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

What struck me most about "House of the Rising Sun" is how many memorable moments there were that I didn't quite place in this episode based simply on memories. I did, of course, remember the Jin and Sun flashback, which is strong on character development but is also problematic in terms of plot, coming off as something lifted out of a soap opera, albeit with better writing. Still, this episode remains a solid enough early offering thanks to the many memorable moments- Locke's interaction with Charlie, the then-unoffensive love triangle being introduced, and especially Adam and Eve.

Adam and Eve is one of the most talked-about points in "Lost" mostly due to the producers suggesting that it was key to the solution of the show in some manner. The speculation on this matter is never-ending but I frankly don't think it's worth discussing at this point, at least until the two are mentioned again.

"House of the Rising Sun" is almost entirely a character episode of "Lost". In this sense it really is very strong- Charlie, Locke, Jack, Kate, Jin, Michael, and Sun all get important character development. One thing that jumped out in this episode is the abysmal direction- it's really, really bad. 'Shaky cam=tension' bad, a complete departure from the general quality of the work on this show.

When it comes down to it, this episode isn't great, mostly because of the flashbacks, but it is enjoyable, with Michael Giacchino introducing "Credit Where Credit is Due", an absolutely stunning piece of music.


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