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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mr. Eko (credit only)
Sayid Jarrah (credit only)
Desmond Hume (credit only)
Claire Littleton (credit only)
Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes (credit only)
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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 »


Early in season 3, flight 815 is seen on the island breaking up in-flight only a few 100 metres off the ground by Ben and Juliet. However in season 1, when the tail breaks off the plane is at cruising altitude well above the cloud layer. See more »


Sawyer: You okay, Freckles?
Kate Austen: Yeah.
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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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Written by Michael Giacchino
Performed by The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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11 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the best, most unusual, most emotionally intense episodes shown thus far.

From its dazzling opening, the tension is ratcheted up and the tone darkens to the final scenes, which hint that things will get far worse for our friends before they get better -- if they get better at all.

For all its range, the episode is really about Jack and the surprisingly ugly and dark corners of his psyche. Matthew Fox, who has been excellent throughout the show's run, really shines here. He is performance is quite powerful and extremely moving. If this episode is an indicator of where the series is headed this season, we're in for quite a ride.

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