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Lost: One of Us

by Erin Martell, posted Apr 12th 2007 12:30AM

Lost Season Three cast(S03E16) "One of Us" has added yet another layer to Juliet's past and to her current motives. She's a tough one to read, with those "Who, me?" innocent eyes. We also got to watch what was, hopefully, the last Lost beach reunion scene. How many reunions have there been this season, honestly?

Juliet's flashback picked up right where "Not in Portland" left off, giving us a clear idea of how she got to the island, and a less-than-clear idea of what kept her there. We'll have to wait until next season to learn how Juliet became such a good fighter, though. A pretty intimidating countdown has also been started, and I cannot wait to see what the next Lost week holds.

The Flashback

The flashback caught up with Juliet outside Mittelos Bioscience's private, high-security airport. So far I cannot find anything on Herarat Aviation, the airline that Juliet was supposedly flying with, but some enterprising young Lost fan will undoubtedly find something. Mittelos was still all about secrecy, taking Juliet's vitals before the trip and drugging her.

At the time of her departure, Juliet was still under the impression that she would return in six months. She was also willing to make the mysterious journey without knowing any of the details, and in spite of Mittelos' super-private status. Juliet's conversation with Alpert was very telling. A person would have to be a little shady to take a job under such suspicious circumstances, "special" or not.

One of the flashback's biggest revelations was the island's pregnancy problem. Pregnancy is fatal to women on the island, which will certainly be a major issue for Sun in upcoming episodes. The Others were conducting research on this issue, and Juliet had guessed that "it" happens at conception. After asking Ben to let her leave the island to continue her work, Juliet was given some bad news. Rachel's cancer was back, and Ben promised that Jacob would cure Juliet's sister. This was, of course, on the condition that Juliet stayed on the island. These people are good.

We also learned that Juliet has incredible taste in men, after a nice little bedroom scene with Goodwin. I am not sure what purpose this detail serves, or how it fits in with Juliet's supposed "history" with Ben. Not that I mind more scenes with Brett Cullen; I'm just posing a question or two. Juliet's discovery of Ben's tumor freaked out both her and Ben. The real source of Ben's fear was not discussed (it has to be more than just a fear of death), but Juliet was worried that Ben lied to her about Rachel's recovery. She made a second, desperate request to go home, which Ben denied.

In order to defend himself, Ben took Juliet to the Flame station's communications center (operated by Mikhail) to prove that Rachel was alive. Juliet did her best impression of Liv Tyler in Aerosmith's Armageddon video while watching Rachel and Julian at the playground. Meanwhile, Mikhail was busy watching news coverage of the 815 crash, and doing research on the passengers.

The biggest revelation of the episode: Juliet is still with the Others, and all of her actions in "Left Behind" were part of a larger plan. Juliet's role in Claire's illness and recovery was also set up by the Others. And set your island calendars; Ben plans on meeting up with Juliet in one week, Lost time!

The Beach

Poor, unfortunate Claire was made ill by the Others in order to help Juliet "save the day" and gain the crash survivors' trust. Apparently Claire still has some implant inside of her that the Others can manipulate. If Sayid and Sawyer are any indication, Juliet will have to do a lot more than cure Claire to win everyone over. Sayid was awesome, as usual, and did not take his eyes off Juliet for a second. He'll have to find another way to separate Juliet from Jack if he wants to get any answers out of her.

How much do I hate Jack and his Other-trusting ways? His rationale for trusting Juliet was absolutely ridiculous. At this point, I'm not sure who's dumber: Jack, for trusting Juliet, or everyone else for trusting Jack. At least Sun and Jin didn't jump on the bandwagon. Sun even translated Jin's snarky comment for Juliet, which was the funniest part of the whole episode.

I'm still trying to figure out how much of Juliet's story to believe. She claimed that Ethan took blood samples, and that the Others used Claire as a "control" case for their fertility research. The kidnapping was, apparently, not part of the plan. The second part of the story is definitely true, since Tom's conversation with Ethan in Claire's flashback already revealed this.

Ultimately, Juliet "cured" Claire's illness, and won over...who, exactly? I didn't look like she was invited to join the ping pong league after that. There has to be more to her plan, and it seems to involve the return of Ben and the Others. I'm glad that Juliet turned out to be more than just a banished Other, but I would love to learn how she became such a manipulative schemer. I suppose that's for another episode.

Final questions/thoughts:

  • Hurley let it slip to Juliet that Charlie was the one who killed Ethan. Will this put Charlie in danger?
  • Was Ben completely lying about Rachel's cancer returning? It could have been another way to keep Juliet on the island, like the video of a now-healthy Rachel and Julian.
  • Sawyer may not be able to use nicknames, but he did manage to call Ben a "bug-eyed bastard." Lovely.
  • After the plane crash scene, Ben mentioned that the Others might find more mothers on the p6 Ratinglane. What will they do to Sun once they find out about her pregnancy?

On a scale of 1 to 7, I would give this episode a 6.

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@ # 86 duhman

No!
Read. The previous. Comments. Above.
Ignorant...





April 19 2007 at 9:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
duhman

am i the only one to notice???
why is NO ONE!!! asking the most obvious question? didn't we learn that Rouseau gave birth on the island ALONE!!! and she survived. that was potentially 16 years ago
any comments?

April 17 2007 at 1:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
vacelts

I really enjoyed this episode. I think it was one of my favorites.

Since her first appearance on Lost as a member of the Others’ camp, Juliet Burke (Elizabeth Mitchell) has quickly become one of my favorite characters. The recent episode, “One of Us,” gave us a little more insight into Juliet’s background, but in true Lost fashion left us with even more questions. But based on the tidbits they did throw us, I have a few theories on Juliet and Lost in general.

To view my theories, visit http://redlightnaps.wordpress.com/2007/04/16/lost-juliet-theories/

April 16 2007 at 2:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jonathan Harford

I don't understand why any of the Losties think Juliet is worth trusting. I don't understand why any of the audience thinks she's worth trusting.

She tells us (via telling Sayid) explicitly that she can't be trusted: “If I told you what we were trying to acheive, you'd kill me right now.”

One of my big Lost pet peeves is how when our heroes get a chance to chat with one of the Others, they get all taciturn. I loved when Sayid started rapid-firing questions at Juliet (“Finally!” I exclaimed, “We'll get some answers!”) but then ended his list with, “but first... tell me where you got that fabulous blouse.” (His question might not have been about her blouse, but it was so boring I can't remember it.)

April 16 2007 at 2:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cheryl

I have been questioning why Ben seems so desperate to find the cure for the fertility problems of the women on the island. He especially seemed that way when for the last time, Juilet told him she wanted to go home. He insisted that she stay and finish what she came there for.

Then I thought about the most precious possession that Ben has and that is his adopted daughter, Alex. Alex wasn't born on the island, but she has been there since infancy. Since Alex has a boyfriend, we can assume that she is about to become or already has become intimate with Karl and the possibility of becoming pregnant is real.

Ben's nobel cause of finding a cure for the women of the island is a selfish one. He is doing it because of Alex. That is the hold he is putting on Juilet and having Sun and maybe Kate pregnant may be the answer to finding the cure.

That also explains why he wants Juilet infiltrated into the losties. She needs Jack to help and I wouldn't be surprised that he is helping the cause.

April 16 2007 at 10:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Henry

I'm Jacob

April 16 2007 at 9:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Peter

This episode was a solid 10/10 your review left something to be desired though I would have to give it 6/10 simply because it lacks any insight and didn't capture how solid this entire episode was from start to finish, the end with Ben pulling the strings was totally great as the whole episode set up Juliet to be a victim of the the others forced to stay on the island until her works complete,but in reality she was a willing mole taking part in the master plan to infiltrate the losties camp. Or is she, one never knows with Juliet.

April 15 2007 at 6:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
A Viewer

#70: How could Goodwin have been running a splinter group of Others if he was living at the Barracks the whole time? And remember that Ben sent Ethan and Goodwin out to "make lists"? I don't see how your idea can make sense, therefore....

#79: I agree with you; I think that Ben has been on the island so long that he has become immune to its healing powers somehow.
Also, your idea about time not moving at a normal rate on the island would be a clever way for Walt to return to the show next season and look way older than he did in Season One even though only a few months had passed -- he aged off-island and now he's returning, older than before! It's like Narnia, only in reverse. Only problem: I don't think that the writers would do something like that.

April 15 2007 at 11:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dharma bum

If time does not move normally on the island as has been regularly suggested, and if the Biblical naming of these characters is indeed accurate, there are two major potential implications. One is that Ben may actually be Rachel's son, and that Rachel dies giving birth to her. Jacob may actually be in the off-island world sowing his seed in Rachel's once infertile loins at some other point in time that we currently are incapable of seeing or comprehending. Also, Aaron would, according to the Biblical allegory (see the Book of Sirach), grow up to be the true authority and enlightener of those on the island.

I also want to respond two questions from poster #52 (BC). If Sawyer was fleeing from Australia immediately after murdering someone, it's likely he fled because he would have been caught otherwise. We know that the Others had detailed access to information and news from the real world; don't you think it would be pretty easy to put the pieces together for the Others if an American confidence man murdered another person in cold blood, fled the country, then disappeared mysteriously on a highly publicized, televised airline incident and they just happened to have that man's name and life history? That would be a hell of a lot easier to get a hold of than Christian Shephard's autopsy report or a live feed to the island from a hidden one-man video camera crew in Miami, FL. All it would take is a couple of brain cells and Google.

As to your other question, which has been posed over and over again, and which I agree deserves scrutiny: "Why don't the Losties ever ask (the right) questions?" I think it's too easy to let the show's writers off the hook by saying that it's a TV show.

I prefer to think of the problem being a sociological phenomenon called "anomie." Anomie occurs in extreme situations when all social rules have been thrown out the window by a society-overwhelming incident. A plane crash on a remote island is the ideal fictive incident/environment for writing about anomie and its consequences. Suddenly it no longer matters if you were once a war criminal, a murderer, a respectable teacher, a felon, a drug runner, a priest, etc. Those rules no longer apply. The old patterns of thinking get thrown out with the old social roles. A "Lost" person no longer sits up late at night wondering whether or not they are sitting on a quantum singularity that may or may not be where Moses crashed and that the children around them have been kidnapped by utopian scientists perhaps for experimentation in time/space travel/displacement. No, a "Lost" person tries to get as much sleep as possible before waking up at dawn to gather freaking nuts, berries, water and firewood; worries about whether or not Jin will catch enough fish that day; wonders if they'll ever leave the island; and wonders if they are going to be safe from these absolutely bugged-out insane child-napping freaks. Just because we can sit at home in front of our computers comfortably and ponder these issues in our free time does not mean that these people do or possibly can. These people are struggling just to keep their heads above water.

Look at it this way: if the Others indeed are so advanced as to have healing powers, some mastery including practical applications with quantum physics, the understanding and ability to bend time and/or space, then their society may as well be from the year 2200. Now compare their society to that of the Losties. The Losties may as well be from the year 1900 or earlier. They are living as hunter/gatherers and are only slightly agrarian (Sun's garden); they only have rudimentary medical abilities even with a doctor because they don't have the tools or facilities. If someone from 1900 saw technology from 2200, he wouldn't even begin to understand what he saw much less be able to form coherent questions about it. Imagine an average person from 1700 trying to grasp the concept of stem cells and cloning if they witnessed evidence or results of experiments from the year 2000! The only question he would ask is: "Should we use pine or sandalwood to burn the witch?"

Because of anomie, the Losties are in their reality more like the children from The Lord of the Flies than they are a bunch of adult bloggers; the old rules no longer apply. We just saw two of them accidentally kill each other because the "Lostie" society's is not cohesive or stable like it would have been before the crash; it was because of greed and ignorance that Nikki and Paulo died. It was their greed that went unchecked because the Lostie's society has no laws, rules, or enforcement to prevent such actions. It was the ignorance of Sawyer, Hurley, etc. in not even knowing how to properly deal with paralyzed bodies/the dead; before the plane crash surely they would have done at least a minimal medical test (such as checking t

April 15 2007 at 6:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ThirdMan

Should have said: loved this episode. If you watch it again, the ambiguity in the dialogue is brilliant, especially between Juliet and Jack.

And, going way back to #40, the Others didn't know who'd died in the crash (I assume this is what you meant by the 'fake' passengers, David), therefore Ethan couldn't assume anyone's identity quickly enough.

April 14 2007 at 10:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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