Lost (2004–2010)
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Stranger in a Strange Land 

A power play ensues between Jack and Ben as Juliet's future lies in the balance. Kate and Sawyer deal with the consequences of their escape.


Paris Barclay


Jeffrey Lieber (created by), J.J. Abrams (created by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Naveen Andrews ... Sayid Jarrah (credit only)
Henry Ian Cusick ... Desmond Hume (credit only)
Emilie de Ravin ... Claire Littleton (credit only)
Michael Emerson ... Ben Linus
Matthew Fox ... Dr. Jack Shephard
Jorge Garcia ... Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes (credit only)
Josh Holloway ... James 'Sawyer' Ford
Daniel Dae Kim ... Jin-Soo Kwon (credit only)
Yunjin Kim ... Sun-Hwa Kwon (credit only)
Evangeline Lilly ... Kate Austen
Elizabeth Mitchell ... Dr. Juliet Burke
Dominic Monaghan ... Charlie Pace (credit only)
Terry O'Quinn ... John Locke (credit only)
Kiele Sanchez ... Nikki Fernandez (credit only)
Rodrigo Santoro ... Paulo (credit only)


Sawyer, Kate, and Karl reach their Island at night, and a reluctant Kate wishes to return for Jack. Meanwhile, Jack is interrogated by "Others" constable, Isabel about the incident with Juliet. When she mentions the meaning of his tattoo, he recalls his vacation in the paradisaical island of Phuket, in Thailand, where he dated the sexy, mystic, and mysterious local Achara. Ben has an infection in his spinal column, and Jack negotiates the freedom of Juliet, who was going to be sentenced to death for Pickett's murder. Later Jack recalls what happened to him when he forced Achara to disclose her innermost secret. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

21 February 2007 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

O'ahu, Hawaii, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The kite is an authentic Thai kite master's signature piece. The swirl patterns were modeled after Van Gogh's 'Starry Night'. The kite itself is named "Starbird" and was created by Buteo Huang. See more »


Jack's tattoos don't actually mean "He walks among us, but he is not one of us." In fact this is nowhere near correct. A word by word explanation of the four Chinese characters on the tattoo: The first character means "eagle". The second character means "strike", as a verb. The third one means "long". The final one means "sky","space","void","empty". These characters are pronounced "ying ji chang kong" (in PinYin) These four characters are taken from a famous poem written by Chairman Mao Tse-tung (Mao Zhedong) and can be roughly translated as "Eagles cleave the air". But the poem itself has a deeper meaning. In the end of the first stanza, the poet asks, "who masters fate's rise and descent?" See more »


James 'Sawyer' Ford: I've been with a lot of girls. Some of them worth the trouble, some - not. Every now and again there's one... One You name dumb stars with.
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The producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of the people of Hawaii and their Aloha spirit. See more »


References The Brady Bunch (1969) See more »


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Written by J.J. Abrams
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Strange...and not in a good way
16 April 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

When 'Lost' was in its prime, it was must-watch television. Remember first watching it, found it remarkably easy to get into, was hooked from the start and was on Season 3 by the end of one week. The general consensus is that the final season is a disappointment and cannot disagree.

Despite my love for the show, almost every show has misfires and "Stranger in a Strange Land" is one of those for 'Lost'. After such exceptional episodes in "Not in Portland" and "Flashes Before Your Eyes", "Stranger in a Strange Land" was an enormous disappointment. It is one of the worst received episodes from 'Lost' fans and often considered the worst of the show, and the negative reception is more than understandable and personally agreed with. Although "Further Instructions" was disappointing and Season 2's "Fire + Water" was plain weird, this is definitely the worst episode up to this point of 'Lost', the first rough misfire episode for me and a very strong contender for the show's low-point.

Not everything is bad. Can't fault the stylishness and atmosphere of the visuals, nor the effective use of music.

Considering what they had to work with, the acting, excepting an ill at ease Bai Ling in an uninteresting role, was pretty good. Not many standouts and there is nothing award-worthy, but Elizabeth Mitchell has the best material and she is excellent in delivering it.

However, "Stranger in a Strange Land" is ruined by a story that is dull, rarely compelling, very dumb and even manages to out-strange "Fire + Water". There is no tension, suspense, tautness or even emotion here, which makes it also a stone cold experience and sometimes a confused one, everything with Achara didn't make sense or ring true to me.

Basically, it is a pointless and drawn out transition episode that does nothing to develop the characters, forward island events and actually makes one nervous about what's to follow and debating whether to bail on the show. Only Juliet is halfway interesting of the characters, sadly marred by that her story just didn't have enough to it to make it investable. The sheriff character was ridiculous. The writing is some of the show's sloppiest and blandest, was really not expecting writing this weak from a show as good as 'Lost'.

Overall, really strange and disappointing. 4/10 Bethany Cox

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