Lost: Season 3, Episode 1

A Tale of Two Cities (4 Oct. 2006)

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Jack, Kate and Sawyer are kidnapped by the Others, who reveal themselves as more sophisticated and savvy than anyone guessed.

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Jack, Kate and Sawyer are kidnapped by "The Others" and put in different environments. Kate has a shower, gets a dress and is invited to have breakfast on the beach with the leader Henry Gale (who identifies himself under his real name of Ben Linus); Sawyer is locked in a cage for wild animals and without food or water, being "awarded" when he hits a lever as if he were an animal; and Jack is locked in a sort of aquarium, being interrogated and controlled by his handler and the Others doctor, Juliet, who has a complete report about his life. Meanwhile, Jack recalls his divorce process with Sarah and how his desperation and rapid meltdown affected everyone around him, including his father. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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This was the first episode that J.J. Abrams was directly involved in since the show's first season. See more »

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In the last episode of season 2, Locke is shown to be caught in the explosion of the hatch, hence leaving a doubt whether he is alive. However, in the opening credits of this season debut, Terry O'Quinn is mentioned even if he doesn't appear in the episode, therefore telling the viewer that he is still alive even if we are not supposed to know See more »

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Ben Linus: I want you to want to save my life.
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The producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of the people of Hawaii and their Aloha spirit. See more »

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And That's Just The Beginning.
5 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Many people got hooked on the 30sec. and/or 1min spots ABC was running for "Lost" prior to the premiere. The night before Season Three began, I saw an ad that said, "The first five minutes will leave you breathless, and that's just the beginning." The first five minutes lived up to the expectations I had, and passed them with flying colors. This was a great lead into the rest of the season and it can only get better. There is so much mystery and intrigue about who The Other's really are and many fans get angry if we don't find out all the information right away. But it's a slow burn, unraveling mysteries, the reason for why things are taking place, and bringing up more questions. Jack's flashbacks were wonderful. Each episode we'll peer into the mind of the those on this Island, to discover more truth and more past, which all add up to who they are now. The survivors have already changed, but with more time, things will be different. "A Tale of Two Cities" was neither underwhelming nor overwhelming, but done with a great amount of care and love and completely thought out. This season will be far better than the second. Slowly we'll find out what the entire meaning of "Lost" is. And I do mean Slowly.

The answer to why Kate was wearing that dress. Ben, "Because the next two weeks are going to be unpleasant". Now, doesn't that alone just grab your attention?


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