Jack and Achara.
3.9 Stranger in a Strange Land
“What is your least favorite episode of Lost?
Damon Lindelof: Oh, my god. (Pauses) I think my least favorite episode is this episode that we did the first season called “Homecoming.” It’s when Claire comes back from having been in the jungle for a couple days after she was abducted by the Others, and Ethan comes after her. The backstory is Charlie is trying to go straight and he’s selling copiers. At the end of the episode, he shoots Ethan. I wrote that episode, and it’s my least favorite episode of the show ever.
I’m surprised by that answer. It’s not an episode fans usually name as their least favorite.
The episode fans bring up most often is “Stranger in a Strange Land,” which is the episode with Bai Ling and Jack and his tattoos. And basically, I feel like it’s unfair to bag on that episode. Am I a huge fan of it? No. But at the same time, there were so many different circumstances that led to that episode that needed to be written and so many ideas that didn’t work. The fact that it all coalesced … There was a bad casting decision made. There was a bad premise decision made. There was a bad flashback story. Just everything that could go wrong did, but I don’t think it was because the script was terrible. “Homecoming,” I think, was flawed on almost every single level that an episode of Lost could be.
• At 9:20am on the 8th of February 2011, Damon posted the following message to his official Twitter account, possibly indicating he has changed his mind:
On further reflection, I’m willing to admit that STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND was little bit pitchy.”
I might have to go with 4.4 Eggtown.
Whats your vote?
P.S. It would have been Expose as the worst if not for the excellent catch phrase, Razzle Dazzle!
3.9 Stranger in a Strange Land.
J. Wood is just….too much,
Excerpt from his episode review: Lost in a Strange Land
“Isabel claims the Chinese characters read “He walks among us, but he is not one of us.” An enterprising person at Lostpedia who knows Chinese already translated the characters as a section from Chairman Mao Zedong’s 1925 poem “Ch’ang-sha,” which reads “Eagle high up, cleaving the space.” Maybe Isabel’s translation was a poetic interpretation, and Jack informs her that what she read isn’t what the words mean. But the tattoo came with the actor; Matthew Fox was inked up when he joined the cast, and rather than cover the marks, the writers decided to work them into the storyline; Lost has always had a flexible narrative. Even though we don’t have the full tattoo story, we know that they came from Achara, the artist in Phuket whose work “is not deprivation, it is definition.” Achara, Jack’s lover in Thailand, has a gift to see who a person really is, and she engraves that into the person’s skin.
In Hinduism, Achara is also the highest form of Dharma,
which suggests the person Achara may be connected with the Dharma Initiative. As a tattoo artist, perhaps she inked up Tom, who has a tattoo on the left side of his chest near his shoulder. This hasn’t really been shown, but in the final episode of season two, Tom’s tattoo can be glimpsed as the wind blows his shirt about while he stands on the dock. At any rate, Jack is marked, not unlike Juliet and her seared brand….”
Promo for 3.9 Stranger in a Strange Land
This is when the promos started lying to us. They said 3 of the biggest questions would be answered. I think by Season 3 it was pretty clear we weren’t going to get a lot of answers. But, except for Jack’s tattoos, I have no idea what they are referring to.