Ladies of LOST: Juliet

May 22, 2010 at 7:57 pm 2 comments

Next in my Ladies of LOST series: HBIC Juliet.

Needless to say, there will be *SPOILERS* ahead! I would highly recommend NOT reading further if you’re not caught up on the series. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Sawyer Potter welcomes you in…

Ladies of LOST: Juliet

Our first introduction to Juliet Burke (played by the fantastic Elizabeth Mitchell) is in a bit of a fakeout scene in the intro of the Season 3 premiere “A Tale of Two Cities,” which initially makes us think it’s some sort of off-island flashback:

How’s your book club going, J?

That fakeout has to be the only explanation for this sweater. She’s on the island. The hot, muggy island. Why in God’s name would she be wearing a lavender sweater, other than to make us think this scene was taking place off-island and shock us all the more when we see Oceanic 815 split apart in the sky above?

In going through Juliet’s looks, I was really surprised actually to see how soft and feminine she used to dress, given her later general badass-ness. For instance:

Same episode: soft print.

Same ep, off island flashback: floral V-neck with soft curls.

Same ep, off island flashback again: sheer top, long skirt, curls framing her face.

I would think all these soft, ultra-feminine looks were chosen for the exact reason I mentioned above – to contrast sharply with the cold, detached, tough woman we later come to know. This is her first appearance, though, and for quite some time we questioned her character and her motives. It makes sense that we were given these looks to digest alongside her actions.

Seen here in the Season 4 episode “The Other Woman,” Dr. Burke even looks good in her labcoat. You’ll notice once again she has a soft print underneath it coupled with her curly hair.

Same episode – this is maybe the prettiest Juliet has ever looked. I believe she just got to the island here and was excited to be doing work for what she thought was the greater good. This soft blue top literally sparkles, just like her eyes, full of optimism and promise. But they lied to her. Poor Juliet. You have to feel at least a little bad for her.

For the majority of the series, though, she looks a lot like this:

Same ep – tanks, cargo pants, sweaty & dirty.

In that respect, she and Kate (her post is coming) often look pretty similar. While I know clothing was limited on the island, I definitely think this was intentional:

Juliet and Kate were designed to be opposites and foils in many ways: brunette vs. blonde. Green eyes vs. blue. The runner vs. the fighter. And of course, in the love triangle(s) – rectangle? – Jack vs. Sawyer.

But they’re also alike in being confident, strong-willed, and even manipulative.

Funny story: I originally hated Juliet. I mean HATED her. And then somehow, in fewer than 3 seasons, I grew to love her – strong, complicated, stubborn, smart. If that’s not a sign of a great show with great writing, I don’t know what is.

Bloody & still beautiful as hell – R.I.P. Juliet.

(Screencaps from Fanpop, Lost-Media and


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. bkhauser  |  May 22, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Very interesting write-up, Cara! Definitely one of my favorite characters! Why do my favs always die?!

    • 2. Cara  |  May 22, 2010 at 10:01 pm

      Thanks! Yeah, I’m with you – she was so compelling. I really hope we see her again tomorrow! I think she’s gotta be Jack’s babymama in the Sideways world!


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