Lost: Juliet Burke

January 8, 2009

(Indulge me. As we near the Season 5 premiere of Lost, I’m going to run through the current crop of main characters. There are spoilers.)

And here we have Dr. Juliet Burke, who joined the series in Season 3 as one of the Others, then threw in her lot with Jack and the castaways, or maybe she’s a spy for Ben, or maybe she’s Dharma, or maybe … it’s all very confusing. And so is she. Which is why she fits right in on this esoteric brainwarp of a series.

When we last saw Juliet, she was drinking Dharma booze on the beach, watching smoke on the horizon in the wake of the freighter blast. Oh, and shirtless Sawyer sauntered out of the water, but she didn’t sneak a pec-peek. A lot of fans seem to think those two will hop aboard the island love express this season, but I just don’t see it.

We’re not supposed to like Juliet, and Elizabeth Mitchell is such a good actress that it’s easy to hate her. Not sure why; her backstory makes it clear that she’s not actually a bad person, just very strongwilled and willing to do whatever it takes to get what she wants. But she is very clearly not a “good guy;” it will be interesting to see how things play out now that she’s away from Jack’s protection.


  • The death by bus of her creepy little ex-husband. I always like seeing that actor (Zeljko Ivanek) smucked.
  • Telling Jin about Sun’s affair just to win an argument. That was cold.
  • Slave-driving Kate and Sawyer in the rock-picking field.
  • Taking out Jack’s appendix on the beach, with stone knives and bearskins, almost.
  • And, of course, mud wrestling with Kate. I hated that scene, really.


  • She is taken to the island by submarine and doesn’t think that’s odd. In fact, nothing ever fazes her. There’s cool, and then there’s cooooool.
  • I never understood why she kept spying for Ben after moving to the beach. Or was she? It wasn’t clear what she was really up to. If you’re pretending to spy, why provide actual facts?
  • This is another example of how Lost characters switch sides too easily. Take Sawyer, for instance; he went from villain/asshole in Season 1 to good guy in the space of a couple of episodes. Same with Juliet. It just wasn’t realistic that Jack would sign her up so soon after she imprisoned him. And Ben? He’s the king of the switcharoo, but that’s part of his appeal, I guess.
  • She has a stupid walk. Seriously, go back and watch again as she lumbers around.

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