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Lost: A Tale of Two Cities (season premiere) - live blog

by Keith McDuffee, posted Oct 4th 2006 8:55PM
lost(S03E01) Here it is, as promised -- the TV Squad live blog of the third season premiere of Lost! I'll be doing my best to keep this post updated with my own observations on the episode as the events happen. I'll also see all of your comments as you post them below and will respond within the post if it seems the right place to do so.

So keep coming back to this page for updates as the night goes on. It's showtime! Actually, it's ABC, but you know what I mean...

(UPDATE: If you're looking for more of a review, check out the TV Squad Lost discussion post)

-- In true Lost fashion, a very complete 'previously on' sequence, as if we've all forgotten what happened last time.

9:02 -- Deja Vu with the oldie song playing, eh? I thought at first it was the same song Desmond listened to last season, but nope.

9:03 -- Henry Gale! And the plane! In a neighborhood! On island!

9:05 -- Gale's clearly the leader, as we've already seen before. And now we see where they are in relation to the plane crash. What did Henry mean by being out of the book club? Because he wouldn't have time to read now, with a plane having crashed with survivors?

9:06 -- OK, commercial break. Already this is nothing I could have predicted would happen so soon in the episode.

9:07 -- Jack! In a car! On isla...oh wait. Flashback.

9:09 -- Kristin of E! said the door Jack opens isn't a "hatch" but it is a five letter word starting with 'H'. Any ideas?

9:10 -- Live blog over -- shower scene with Kate.

9:11 -- Kidding.

9:12 -- Wait, did that guy admit he's gay? Not his type? Oh! He's a robot! Nope, still wouldn't make sense.

9:13 -- Oooh nice call. Is it a "house" Jack walks into? Hmmm.

9:15 -- So, have we seen Juliette before? She does look familiar.

9:16 -- (Oh be quiet about the chat -- Ryan put you all up to this, didn't he?)

9:19 -- Jack's wife was with his father, wasn't she?

9:20 -- These writers sure like to write shower scenes for Kate, don't they? God bless 'em.

9:22 -- Man, if the Losties ever had any idea of who they had captured back when they had him...

9:24 -- "Very unpleasant" two weeks. Let the speculation begin. Dear LORD what's with all of these COMMERCIALS?!

9:27 -- "Hotel?" Nah. Hey wait, maybe "hedge"?

9:28 -- "Why is Sara calling you, dad?" D'oh!

9:32 -- Interesting the Others don't know where the Oceanic flight originated from. Then again, maybe it's just Sara Juliette who doesn't know.

9:34 -- That kid was a plant, wasn't he? Either that or he used Sawyer as bait so he could get away himself.

9:35 -- OK, so Carl was just another monkey in a cage like Sawyer.... and ANOTHER commercial. What is that, five now?!

9:37 -- OK, this is off-topic, but you HAVE to stay tuned for The Nine after Lost. It's that good.

9:39 -- I hope these companies didn't pay a lot for these commercials, because they are stooopid.

9:41 -- Maybe there is something to be said for the twin theory -- how can Juliette (the woman talking to Jack from behind the glass) be in all those places at once?

9:42 -- Now I don't think Jack's father slept with Sara, but why isn't be being straight with Jack?

9:45 -- Why the heck didn't Juliette just say "there's a wall of freakin water behind that door! No!"

9:46 -- Is it just me, or is this episode losing you as well? Started out with a bang, and now ... not so much. Come on now, lessen up the commercials and give us something juicy!

9:48 -- Is this what we have to look forward to all season? An hour plagued with a gazillion commercials? Maybe I should change the title to this post: Lost commercials: live blog.

9:51 -- Wait, I was right! Sawyer is a monkey in a cage!

9:52 -- Ah, so this is where the polar bears were kept.

9:54 -- This also seems to be where the weird sharks with the Dharma symbols came from. One big aquarium with attached zoo.

9:57 -- Does Julie Bowen (Sara) look like she had work done?

9:58 -- Hey, was that Michael of Desperate Housewives that Sara went to? Nah...

9:59 -- So, the big reveal ending: Henry is actually "Ben". That's it?!

10:00 -- At least the rest of the season looks pretty exciting. OK, so this wasn't a chat like we used to have last season, but right now we lack the resources to have them every week. Maybe things will change ... we'll see. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the live blog tonight, even though half the episode was commercials.

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Amaro R.

I am tired of JJ Abrams screwing with the "Jack" character. He has a problem with Mathew Fox...And come on, making Juliett knock him out like that! She was baking when the show opened up. Are you telling me a girl like that could not knock him out with "one punch". Even Kate and Ana Lucia could not do that, so why am I suppose to believe Juliette can...P.S. The episode started hot (with the exploding plane in the opening) , but then it cooled itself off. And as for "Tom", Kate is any guys type...

October 06 2006 at 11:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The start of this episode was awesome! Plus, I was so happy to see Kate ask about Sawyer first :D
It's good that the two of them will get some quality time in their cages.

For those that are interested I made a quiz for this episode. I know there was a lot to take in in this episode but see if you were paying attention or not ;-)

I'm gonna make one each week.
Enjoy :D

October 06 2006 at 2:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Just rewatched on abc.com. At the beginning, the guy working on the plumbing under Julie's house was Ethan. Perhaps he and she were together or he could have just been the Others' plumbing specialist. Ben was in a different house while the book club was meeting. Alan was the guy complaining about "Carrie" and Stephen King and made the comment about Ben not even wanting it for bathroom reading. They all had different versions of it---some the original first edition, others the paperback and others, like Julie, yet another version of it (hers is newer as it has a byline above SK's name stating he's a bestselling author which he wasn't when "Carrie" was published as it was his first book).

Interesting caputures of the village here: http://lost.cubit.net/forum/gallery/1_04_10_06_11_08_22.jpg

Especially the bottom one which shows where the village is in regards to the 2 survivor camps. Looks like it is in a crater. Am guessing Hydra is not near it.

October 05 2006 at 8:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Aaron Peck

I loved the episode. But, I hope that this isn't going to be the actual "review". Is there going to be a review or not?

October 05 2006 at 7:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The premier was almost a huge disappointment - except for the opening sequence - I agree with dpratt - The Others are boring - too many questions - not enough information to keep me interested - and why is Jack such a sap - stranded on an island with little hope of ever getting off means there's nothing to fear from people who are likely in the same situation that he is - why not fight - resist - but he wilted under Juliette's pressure - Where is Sayid when you need him

October 05 2006 at 5:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ok, few things:

Can anyone say "The Village" !!!! That first scene was CRAZY!
Few Predictions:
Sarah or whatever her name is (the one talking to Jack) will become his new love interest.
The actress who plays her was also in the Santa Claus 2 w/Tim Alan...
Could see by the last scene on Henry Gail now 'Ben' that he is distrustful of her and will probably catch on if she tries to help Jack.
I think the whole flood/Ben shutting the door on her was a show for Jack so he will see her less as the enemy and more as a person he can trust.
Jack file: I think they some how have satellite connection to the internet and that' how they got their info...

October 05 2006 at 4:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

For the couple of posters (and others who may be interested) who have asked where the season premier can be watched, it's on ABC's Website. View it for free.

October 05 2006 at 3:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ellen bern

what happened on lost on 10/4-i missed it

October 05 2006 at 2:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Did anyone notice that Ms. Bea Klugh was at Juliette's Book Club? Or did I incorrectly see that?

October 05 2006 at 2:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


In an interrogation situation the "water" door would either have been solidly LOCKED (if really dangerous), or unlocked if a part of a sureal interrogation. Hence it must have been a deliberately created scenario as was Juliette's being left in the room by Henri. i.e. no gaffe IMHO.

Also while the request for Jack to be submissive, in order to gain food and drink is realistic. The lack of an accompanying "minder", of Juliette, looks purely added confirmation that his attempted escape and consequences was a pure set up, in order to break him and make him more submissive. It worked 100%.

All 3 survivors are being given separate types of conditioning.

Jack: Extreme mind games.
Kate: Good cop, bad cop type treatment.
Sawyer: Behavioral rewards.
This indicates an understanding of the likely individual fragilties of the three.
Jack is crumbling quickly, Kate is fighting but is fragile. Sawyer is quicly learning to use the techniques for his advantage and gaining praise from his captors and likely he will fool them.

October 05 2006 at 1:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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