3.09 "Stranger in a Strange Land"

Episode Title: "Stranger in a Strange Land"

Flashback Character: "Jack"


Episode Number: 3.09 (Overall: #56)
Production Number: 309
Air Date: 2/21/07


Synopsis: "A power play ensues between Jack and "The Others" as Juliet's future hangs in the balance. Meanwhile, Kate, Sawyer and Karl continue on their journey away from "Alcatraz." " (ABC Press Release, February 5, 2007)

Guest starring are M.C. Gainey as Mr. Friendly/Tom, Tania Raymonde as Alex, Blake Bashoff as Karl, Kimberly Joseph as Cindy, Bai Ling as Achara, Diana Scarwid as Isabel, Shannon Chanhthanam as Thai boy, Siwathep Sunapo as Thai man and James Huang as Chet.

"Stranger in a Strange Land" was written by Elizabeth Sarnoff & Christina M. Kim and directed by Paris Barclay.



Flashback: Jack


OMG Moments:


New Clues: Sources in Hawaii saw a set built to look like Thailand for a Jack flashback... could we find out why the doctor got those sexy tattoos?


The Surrealism of Stranger in a Strange Land: First..This was another episode that seemed very much like reading a Andre Breton novel. Last weeks episode was an exposition of Illusions. This episode was an exposition of METAPHOR. Look the word up if you are not sure what it means....It started in metaphor,," Moving" meaning being killed..,people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones..,,etc etc..the Whole Flashback was a version , an abstraction ,a metaphor, of the Melusine Myth..and with it peaking with " Who Am I" ( the openng line to Andre Breton's classic Surreal Novel " NADJA}, which includes discussion on the Melusine Myth, because the Myth meant so much to Breton and his Surrealism) ties LOST to Breton's " Nadja" and if one can see surreally..answers the Big Question of LOST....At the end ,as in Breton's style..Jack says,, yeaa, thats what they say..but thats not what they mean...METAPHOR..LOST...
The ending is sublime in its Surreal...Not one word said,,yet so much communicated....Jack and Julie....Carl and Alex,,and yes,,the otherside of the surreal coin..Kate and Sawyer....and btw...imho...Bai Ling stole the show.....Just know that..when being Surreal..one is indeed , an outsider amongst the others..a stranger in a strange land.

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Trivia:
This episode's title, "Stranger in a strange land" is also the title of science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein. The novel is about a human raised by Martians on Mars and returns to Earth in his early adulthood. It is also the name of a U2 song from their second CD, Gloria. It is also a song by Iron Maiden from the "Somewhere in Time" Album


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Previous Episode:
Flashes Before Your Eyes


Next Episode:
Tricia Tanaka is Dead



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Anonymous 3 Secrets revealed 3 May 4 2007, 8:07 AM EDT by mattGamer
 
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What 3 secretes were revealed in this episode?
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Anonymous Sexy Tattoos? 2 Mar 9 2007, 4:59 AM EST by Anonymous
 
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I wouldn't say they were sexy tattoos, maybe Jack needs to have sex with Juliet.
Then he can get Kate back for her cheatin heart.
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Alvar_Hanso The Surrealism of Stranger in a Strange Land 1 Feb 25 2007, 12:54 PM EST by Anonymous
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I enjoyed the commentary by whomever left the Show Synopsis entitled "The Surrealism of Stranger in a Strange Land".
I thought your analysis of the show was great, also a good reason why many other Lost fans were disgruntled by tis episode.
As an artist I enjoy surrealism on another level(and not just "Dali prints hanging in a dorm room"), especially the dream nature that the early surrealists brought into thier artwork.
The metaphores that you mention are great.
I was researching the title on Wikipedia, and the book of Exodus was listed as a link to the title of this episode. Could the massive Exodus of the Others and the Biblical tie to the book of Exodus be related?
Thanks for your synopsis whoever!
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