Charles Dicken's classic tale of a man who gives his life for his friend to ensure the happiness of the woman they both love.

A Tale of Two Cities - Netflix

Type: Scripted

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 25 minutes

Premier: 1980-10-05

A Tale of Two Cities - A Tale of Two Cities (Lost) - Netflix

“A Tale of Two Cities” is the third season premiere, and 50th episode overall, of the American Broadcasting Company (ABC)'s serial drama television series Lost. The episode was written by co-creators/executive producers J. J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof, based on a story by Lindelof and directed by executive producer Jack Bender. The episode begins with the introduction of Juliet Burke (Elizabeth Mitchell) and The Barracks. The character of Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox) is featured in the episode's flashbacks. This is the only episode of the series other than the pilot to have been co-written by J.J. Abrams. When the episode first aired on October 4, 2006, in the United States, it was watched by an average of 19 million American viewers, making it the fourth most watched episode of the week. It premiered to generally positive reviews, with many praising Mitchell's new character.

A Tale of Two Cities - Writing - Netflix

Co-creators and executive producers Damon Lindelof and J.J. Abrams wrote the premiere's teleplay based upon a story by Lindelof. The episode was Abrams' first Lost writing credit since the pilot. They laid out the third season with the idea of “us versus them”; Carlton Cuse, a showrunner, explained, “And who is us? And who is them? I mean I think we all tend to objectify people who we don't know much about and I think that's the audience's view of The Others right now -- they are bad, they are the malevolent force on the island. But over the course of the stories we're going to be telling this season on the show we expect the audience's view of The Others to change a lot.” The opening sequence of the episode was meant to replicate the same idea of season 2's premiere “Man of Science, Man of Faith”, where what seems to be a flashback is instead set on a new part of the island. Director Jack Bender questioned what Jack's goal was when he pulled on the chain, but Lindelof told him not to worry, because “Fox will sell it, and he did”. Lindelof described when Jack attacks his father at the AA meeting as “pot-committed... it basically means you put so much money on the bluff, you can't fold your cards”. The scene with Kate in a dress was inspired by Raiders of the Lost Ark, where Belloq gives a dress for Marion Ravenwood to wear, and was intended to make “tom-boyish” Kate feel vulnerable. The title, inspired by Charles Dickens' eponymous novel, refers to the reveal of another “city” on the island with the place where the Others live, in addition to the castaways' beach camp. The episode has only three characters of the second season's main cast, Jack, Kate and Sawyer. Lindelof later described this limited scope as “a mistake, when the audience is away from the show for that long, they want to see everybody”, causing the following season openers to have scenes with most of the main characters. In the episode, Tom tells Kate that she is not his type. This comment resulted in online discussion in regard to Tom's sexual orientation, and Lindelof and Cuse hinted that a Lost character would later be outed. Gainey joked, “if [Kate's] not your type, you're gay”, and began playing the character as such. After the broadcast of “Meet Kevin Johnson”, Lindelof and Cuse confirmed that the line from the third-season premiere is an allusion to Tom's sexuality, but felt that it needed to be explicitly confirmed in the show, although Lindelof noted that the confirmation scene in “Meet Kevin Johnson” “was not subtle, to say the least”. The beginning of the episode featured a scene where Juliet and Amelia discuss Ben's feelings for Juliet, which was shot but deleted. This scene was later made into the twelfth “Lost: Missing Pieces” mobisode, “The Envelope”.

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