Monday, November 2

Stranger In A Strange Land (S3, ep. 9)

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  1. I fully agree with your comment about siding with Jack and Company in their response to the Others' proactive violence. This is what bugged me the most about season 3 at the time. Upon first watch I almost chalked it up to poor writing, but I'm convinced there is some method to the madness, and I hope it's discussed or fleshed out in the final season.

  2. I don't think it's poor writing on the part of the show, I think it's an intentional choice designed to show, thematically, the conflict between philosophical 'Others,' and to show how people use justification to keep one group 'good' and another group 'bad,' according to their own definitions.

  3. Great recaps so far. I've followed them on the Chud boards since you started and am never not impressed with the research and thought you put in. That being said, I have to point out a small mistake in this one.

    You say that Moses was Egyptian by birth, but Exodus 2:1-10 states he was born from a pair of Levites, Levi being one of Jacob's twelve sons and one of the twelve tribes of Israel. He was adopted into the Egyptian royal family after his mother put him in a basket and put it in the reeds on the edge of the Nile.

    And while I'm at it, there are several parallels I noticed between Locke and Moses just in Exodus 2, though not all are completely the same. Both were adopted. Both were taken in as one of their own by "the Others" (the Egyptians and the Island natives).

    Both were responsible for a death and then called out on it by his own people later. Boone and Naomi for Locke and Exodus 2:14, where a Hebrew beating on another said to Moses, "Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?" Moses had killed an Egyptian the day before for beating on a Hebrew. In fact, I think I remember someone saying someting similar to Locke regarding both Boone and Naomi at different points.

    And of course, to top it off, Exodus 2 is the same chapter where Moses says he is a "stranger in a strange land." Looks like the LOST writers spent some time thinking about Exodus 2 as well.

  4. Griff,

    That's a nice catch, and I appreciate your correcting me. Apologies for the slip-up! The larger point, I think, still remains - Moses walked among them (both the Egyptians and the Israelites) but was not one of them.

    Interesting thoughts re: Locke and Exodus. Please continue to swing by and drop your knowledge on me/us. Thanks for reading!

  5. I feel like Tom is actually hurt by Jack's approximation of his people. He has a look on his face like he actually wants to explain some of it, but instead goes with the glass house metaphor/insult.

    Had Ben given up on Juliet at this point? In "The Other Woman", he goes out of his way to make the point that she's his. Here he makes no effort to spare her life until Jack intervenes.

    During the Dharma days, I wonder if Sawyer ever asked Juliet about that mark. He'd be bound to notice it at some point during their . . . coupling.

  6. Resident01, I'd say that's accurate. Although whether it has to do with his people or just Jack's general venom isn't clear to me. However, Jack is most certainly much more Tom's type and Tom has always been a little extra friendly to him once he was operating on Ben. In fact, if I remember correctly, he introduced himself by first name to Jack like a school boy when Jack was trying to get Kate and Sawyer off Hydra Island by hostaging Ben's Kidney. Later on, after their football game, Tom will let Jack in to see captive Kate and in the rec room and warn him about listening devices.

    Jeez, why is this the second post i've written in a week about a prominent recurring male character hitting on Jack?