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    Lost is an American drama/thriller TV series that looks at the lives of a group of plane crash survivors stranded on an island. The series, produced by Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof, comes back for yet another season with its first episode titled ‘A Tale of Two Cities.’

    It begins with a scene in the suburban home of the Others on the island. A loud noise of a plane tearing through the sky grabs their attention. Soon the viewer finds out that he or she has just witnessed the crash of Ocean Flight 815. The characters Jack Shepard, Kate Austen and James ‘Sawyer’ Ford soon find themselves face to face with the Others. Jack finds himself on a steel table in a room with a Plexiglas panel separating him from the outside world. He tries to get out, but discovers that the door is locked. Kate, on the other hand, awakens to a man (Mr. Friendly) in a locker room. He tells her to take a shower and gives her new clothes to wear. Outside in the open, Sawyer awakens in a bear cage with a food dispenser. Jack is continuously visited by a woman named Juliet who offers him food. However, Jack, a stubborn individual, refuses to eat and wants to know why he is there.

    As the episode progresses, we see the flashbacks that Jack has of his bitter divorce and wanting to know who the other man is in his ex-wife’s life. Soon Kate is also put into a cage across from Sawyer after having breakfast in handcuffs with Henry. Henry is a character who is leader of the Others. After Sawyer throws a fish biscuit to Kate, both reconnect over the food.

    As this love episode is progressing, Jack jumps and threatens to kill Juliet when she comes into the cell to give him food. In an attempt to escape, Jack opens a door that lets in a flood of water. After hitting the emergency button to drain the water, Juliet punches Jack. Once Jack regains consciousness, Juliet tells him that the folder that she holds contains information on him. Upon hearing this, he becomes subservient to her orders. Throughout the episode, the viewer is kept in suspense due to the fact that we don’t know why the Others captured them. This is one of the reasons that this show is appealing and addictive.

    We repeatedly contemplate the intentions of the Others and want to know what will happen next. Also, it is a bit confusing to think about how the Others, stranded on an island, were able to collect so much background information on these individuals.

    There is ample amount of foreshadowing that tells the viewer that something ominous is going to happen. For example, this is seen when Henry greets Juliet by saying, ‘Good work’ as she walks out of Jack’s room. The Others are up to something that we will simply have to wait and watch.

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