Lost takes place on an island with polar bears, a giant four-toed statue, and about 108 other mysteries. The one mystery that is not as pressing as the others is how a main character got his tatoos.
That being said, I ended up liking tonight’s episode more than I thought I would.
I’m not saying “Stranger in a Strange Land” is a great episode. After hearing it would be about Jack’s tats, I expected to hate it. I didn’t hate it. I thought it was slow and built up a lot of things that never paid off, like the reappearance of the flight attendant, or even the whole bit with Jack’s tatoos.
What I liked: The Jack-Ben scene, the Kate-Sawyer stuff, the Juilet-Jack scene near the end and the musical montage. I’m a sucker for musical montages.
I think my biggest problem, and this is a recurring frustration for me, is castaways being in close proximity to the Others and not asking “big picture”-type questions. And in this episode, both Jack and Kate and Sawyer were in a place, or had the leverage where they could demand answers.
One last thing about this episode- and it’s more about that tatoo (the mystery of mysteries) Is “one who walks among us but is not one of us” (or whatever) supposed to have some religious signifigance? I always thought that the Chinese on Jack’s shoulder were a permanent order for General Tso’s Chicken. Speaking of the tatoo, if Jack got it in Thailand, and a Thai woman (for all we know) gave him the tatoo, then why is it written in Chinese?