Lost: Season 3 (2006 - 2007)


Season 3

Critics Consensus

Lost asks its audience to suspend their disbelief in ways that can be extremely trying for the grounded sci-fi show, but its character-driven plot holds season three together.



Critic Ratings: 12


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User Ratings: 587

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Air date: Oct 4, 2006
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Season 3 chronicles 24 more days on the island (Nov. 28-Dec. 21, 2004) and focuses on the survivors' struggles with the Others and their leader Benjamin Linus (Michael Emerson). Ben, formerly known as captive Henry Gale, was freed by Michael last season, and then Michael delivered Jack (Matthew Fox), Kate (Evangeline Lilly) and Sawyer (Josh Holloway) to Ben in exchange for his son Walt and a get-off-the-island-free ticket. Ben locks Kate and Sawyer in outdoor cages, but that doesn't prevent them from locking lips and taking their relationship to a new level. Jack is imprisoned in the Hydra station, where Ben asks him to remove a tumor from his spine. Jack reluctantly removes the tumor, but uses the surgery to help free Kate and Sawyer. Facilitating their release are Ben's teen daughter Alex (Tania Raymonde) and duplicitous Other Juliet (Elizabeth Mitchell), a fertility doctor recruited by the group's seemingly ageless second-in-command Richard Alpert (Nestor Carbonell) because pregnant women on the island were dying. Back at the beach camp, Desmond (Henry Ian Cusick), who with Locke (Terry O'Quinn) survived the Hatch implosion in the Season 2 finale, has visions of the future, including some that concern and frighten Charlie (Dominic Monaghan); Claire (Emilie de Raven) contracts a mysterious illness; Mr. Eko (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) runs afoul of the Smoke Monster; and Sawyer and Locke clear up their issues with Locke's father (Kevin Tighe). A woman named Naomi Dorrit (Marsha Thomason) parachutes onto the island and tells the survivors that she has come from an offshore freighter sent by British industrialist Charles Widmore (Alan Dale), the father of Desmond's long-lost love Penny (Sonya Walger). Also, Locke appears to forge an alliance with Ben and the Others and meets their supreme leader Jacob, and it becomes clear that Locke is, as Ben puts it, "in communion" with the island.


Josh Holloway
as Sawyer
Jorge Garcia
as Hurley
M.C. Gainey
as Mr. Friendly
Mira Furlan
as Danielle Rousseau
Andrew Divoff
as Mikhail Bakunin
John Terry
as Dr. Christian Shephard
Marsha Thomason
as Parachutist
Nestor Carbonell
as Richard Alpert
Sonya Walger
as Penny Widmore
Brian Goodman
as Ryan Pryce
Byron Chung
as Mr. Paik
Isabelle Cherwin
as Little Girl
Kevin Tighe
as Anthony Cooper
James Lesure
as Dr. Hamill
Nigel Gibbs
as Funeral Director
Loreni Delgado
as Pharmacist
Sonya Seng
as Receptionist
Stephen Bishop
as William Kincaid
Sally Davis
as Teacher
Julie Ow
as Nurse
Bill Duke
as Warden Harris
Tony Lee
as Jae Lee
Dorian Burns
as Prison Guard
Sophie Kim
as Young Sun
April Grace
as Ms. Klugh
Peter Ruocco
as Agent Freedman
Patrick J. Adams
as Peter Talbot
Mark Stitham
as Minister
Barbara Baehler
as Mrs. Talbot
François Chau
as Dr. Marvin Candle
Don Nahaku
as Det. Reeve
Alan Dale
as Charles Widmore
Andrew Connolly
as Brother Campbell
Andy Trask
as Older Monk
Marlene Forte
as Det. Mason
Fionnula Flanagan
as Mrs. Hawking
Eyad Elbitar
as Arabic Man
Julian Barnes
as Dr. Woodruff
Fredric Lane
as Marshal
Cleo King
as Government Worker
Katie Doyle
as Receptionist
Jeremy Colvin
as Deliveryman
John Shin
as Mr. Kwon
Rhett Biles
as Officer Barnes
Alexis Rhee
as Older Woman
Alicia Young
as Blind Woman
David Cordell
as Jimmy Lennon
John Medlen
as Man at Crash Site
Esmond Chung
as Paik's Associate
Shawn Lathrop
as Federal Agent
Tyrone Howard
as Airport Guard
Jon Gries
as Roger Linus
Lillian Hurst
as Carmen Reyes
Danan Pere
as ER Doctor
Jean Chung
as Paik's Secretary
Jacob Witkin
as Howard L. Zukerman
Cheech Marin
as David Reyes
Jeremy Shada
as Young Charlie
Caden Waidyatilleka
as Young Hurley
Zack Shada
as Young Liam
Suzanne Krull
as Lynn Karnoff
Sung Hi Lee
as Tricia Tanaka
Steve Labrash
as Morgue Employee
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Critic Reviews for Lost Season 3

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (6)

No other show has the same power to put the viewer in such a profound, almost philosophical state of wondering.

May 15, 2014 | Full Review…

We've gotten almost nowhere. Old questions remain unanswered, and yet they just keep dumping more and more crap onto our plates.

May 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Everything culminates in what can be described as one of the best season finales in recent memory.

Apr 3, 2018 | Rating: 8.4/10 | Full Review…

What the producers of the show have done with the recent episodes... is bring Lost back to it's season one greatness.

Apr 3, 2018 | Full Review…

It's possible -- maybe -- that a show that was Lost has found its way once again.

Jun 6, 2014 | Full Review…

The result was that the last half of Lost in Season 3 was one of television's great thrill rides.

Nov 13, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The wrinkle in time that the show's sensational season finale laid on us was smaller and more human than our fantasy-soaked imaginations envisioned, and yet it was every bit the capture-the-imagination mindquake we were hoping for.

Apr 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Now Lost is treading water.

Mar 14, 2017 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Quality control on this show has stayed relatively high.

May 15, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

As John Locke might say, you just have to have faith.

May 21, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lost: Season 3

  • Dec 28, 2018
    The character development in this season really blooms and enhances some of the previously established ones, and it also expands on its ever-mysterious mythology.
  • Nov 04, 2018
    Depois das nossas dúvidas terem sido (ainda que pouco) esclarecidas, uma luz surge no túnel. Ainda bem que os escritores sentiram uma necessidade genuína de ampliar a história da série. Já não é mais uma história onde os personagens vêm e vão quando completam o seu propósito.
  • Jul 06, 2018
    The 3rd season of "Lost" is, in my opinion, divided into three: First 1/3 - fantastic Second 1/3 - "meh-ish" Third 1/3 - better than the first 1/3
  • Jun 26, 2017
    Season three has both an amazing beginning and ending. Lots of character depth and intricate storytelling. The entire series is quite wonderful, but only the first three seasons are exceptional.
  • Mar 05, 2017
    The Third Season of LOST is one that always seems to get a bit of a "bad rap". While I will agree that, episode-by-episode, it doesn't quite match up to what came before (and some of what comes after), that probably only speaks to how high the bar had been set for this show, as most of the fare here is still excellent. The only real issue with S3 (hence the 4.5 stars) is that during the middle of the season, it becomes more abundantly clear than at any other time in show history that the writers/producers are stalling, or dragging the story out a bit. This is why we are given episodes like "Stranger In A Strange Land" (where Jack gets the tattoos), "Expose" (the Nikki/Paulo "saga"), or the one where the primary focus is Hurley fixing up an old VW van he finds in the jungle. Taken in isolation, none of these individual episodes are truly bad. But, looking at things as a whole, the middle portion of the season does tread water fairly noticeably until the monumental decision (at least it was at the time) to set an end date for the show (after three more seasons). As soon as that decision was reached, the show gets right back to it's former glory, often even surpassing what came before. Actually, taking a more "macro" view of the season as a whole leads to even more of a positive appraisal, as creatively in S3 LOST continues to push the boundaries of TV drama at that time to their very maximum. In terms of where the main players start the season and then subsequently end the season (both in physical location and character arc), this is the most ambitious slate of episodes yet. Viewers are treated to more backstory on the Ben & Juliet characters, the relationship between the DHARMA Initiative & The Others is finally addressed, and there exists real momentum towards a possible rescue operation (this is a show about people stranded on an island who ostensibly want to get home, after all). The flashbacks also do something pretty sneaky in that, from beginning to end of S3, they really wrap up the character arc backstories that all the flashes have treated viewers to until that point. There's no way for viewers to know that this is happening or why (see my next paragraph about that!), but it happens all the same. This is the last season where flashbacks are used as the primary off-island storytelling device, and as such all those arcs are wrapped up so succinctly and emotionally for each and every character. Then, of course, there is the shocking season finale, in which the entire structure of the show is changed. "Through the Looking Glass" is truly one of the most emotional, challenging, and groundbreaking episodes in the history of dramatic television. After watching, it is clear that the entire season has been building to this, and the big decision to flash forward (instead of backward) opens up entirely new avenues of storytelling possibilities. Of course, in typical LOST fashion, the writers craft the episode in such a way so that viewers likely will not realizing this is happening until the final few epic moments of the episode. I've probably watched this single episode 3-4 times now in its entirety, and each and every time I am amazed by how expertly crafted it is. In all honesty, this was the episode which confirmed to me that LOST was probably my all-time favorite show. So, if anyone tries to tell you that S3 was "the beginning of the end" for LOST, don't believe them! The only reason it dips at all is because such a serialized show as this deserves an end date, and until they got it the production went through its "awkward stage" for 4-5 episodes. To my knowledge, LOST was the first show to ever negotiate its own ending (most shows before it would just bleed viewers until cancelled by the network), so even that was groundbreaking in the world of television. The mystery deepens in S3, many (dare I say almost all) of the character arcs from Seasons 1 & 2 are tied up, and the finale provides the direction which will comprise the "back end" of the show, if you will. For the most part, this is still televised drama at its finest.
  • Aug 14, 2016
    Leaves you questioning and wanting more. You definitely become invested in the characters.
  • Jul 24, 2016
    "Lost: Season 3" improves with plenty from it's season two finale: It give us way more than just a melodramatic turn and show us that the developement of character is required for a hit-show to still re-welcome its viewer.
  • Jun 10, 2016
    Introducing more characters and unexpected twists, the third year of Lost may be the best so far
  • Jan 04, 2016
    Quite possibly my favorite show of all time! Some people said it was too confusing and too out there, but that's what I liked so much about it! Who wants to see the same old stuff over and over? Not me! It's different, exciting, super creative and it can't be beat! The mystery of the show kept me so engaged! And at first I was a little thrown off by the finale like many people, but upon re-watching it the next day and reading about the intentions of the episode, I can truly say it was a pretty great finale and very fitting. And NO they were not dead the whole time! That was made VERY clear in the finale. They were all dead by the end of the show, but not since the beginning. Classic show! I love it! Groundbreaking, heartbreaking, intriguing, beautiful, and fun!
  • Dec 23, 2015
    For a show that has so much to say and show, it has a surprising amount of restraint, slowly dripping new events and information to the viewer to the point of madness. The pace is sometimes a bit more sluggish but every crazy revelation is made real and convincing because the characters develop and learn along with the viewer. This season has a fancy amount of death involved and a hint of horror which I was quite pleased to see. Again, more of the same, but it's how the show owns that fact that makes is so pleasant to watch.

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