**BIG Spoiler if you haven't seen the episode** Lost Review- 5.10 'He's our You' - Featured

It's all about captivity and answers for us Lost fans this week as we delve into the story of Sayid's imprisonment in 1977 which was quite captivating throughout.


It was a Sayid-centric episode which not only focuses on his physical imprisonment, but also how he is bound by destiny to never escape what he truly is. A killer.


Yes, Sayid is in a bit of a pickle. His unfortunate position of his teleportation has left him having to now uphold his lie of being a Hostile in Dharma jail. Horace wants answers if Sayid is a spy or has been in trouble with the Hostiles so Sawyer has a new plan to get Sayid to confess to being a defector and join the Dharma party, as it were. Sayid won't play ball which brings us to the title of the episode.


I was curious to what 'He's our You' meant (as I don't watch previews or promos of upcoming episodes), so it all came to light as Horace, LaFleur and Radzinsky all drive off in the van to see Oldham, who is the Dharma interrogator. Ah, now it makes sense. On a sidebar, it was a good cameo from William Sanderson from 'True Blood' and 'Deadwood', but for me he'll always be Sebastian in the classic sci-fi 'Bladerunner'. This is where Sawyer begins to panic as Oldham administers the truth serum to Sayid to get him to talk about the Hostiles. But Sawyer knows he ain't gonna tell that to them.....he's going to tell them the sordid truth. As the Sodium Pentothal (in my experience of television that is what they call truth serum) takes effect, Sayid blabs everything including Sawyer's name, the pearl, the Swan and the Flame. And a harrowing teaser that he knows the Dharma Initiative are all to be killed. Luckily for Sawyer, he is dismissed as crazy and brought back to the Barracks.


In 2007 we have a little information bomb dropped on us. After the meeting at the docks when Ben is convincing the Oceanic 6 to come back, Sayid heads to a bar to drink some expensive scotch and bumps into Ilana, whom he calls a prostitute. Smooth move, Sayid. With that against him, he still manages to get her back to his hotel room where we are shown that she was there to kidnap him and bring him to Guam. Ahhh, so that is why he was on Ajeira 316!


His little profound chat with Ilana makes Sayid highlight the fact that he was only ever good at killing people and that he was trying to change. His says he wants to change but people tempt him not to. This isn't really 'people' but Benjamin Linus. In 2007, tells him he is nothing more then a killer. He used Sayid's guilt for his friends to kill Widmore's organisation and in 1977, Sayid is riddled with temptation to kill Ben. The Dharma folk decide that Sayid is to be executed since he will not talk and Sawyer offers him an escape but he won't take it. Sayid feels his destiny IS to kill and that is why he has been brought back to the island. He uses young Ben's escape plan to fulfill this which is nicely done with the help of a burning VW van colliding straight through the living room of a Dharma house!


This was now the best possible ending to an episode of Lost! In the escape, Jin uncovers Ben and Jin on the run and Sayid disables Jin, rendering him unconscious. And now the answer to the burning question we all had last week; What will Sayid do to young Ben? Answer: He picks up Jin's gun and shoots him in the chest. End Credits.


Questions:-


- (Obvious one here!) Surely Ben is not dead? If dead, will Jacob save him? If not....WTF?!?


- Ilana (or whoever she worked for) knew the destiny of Ajeira 316. Do you believe that or was it a coincidence?


- Where will Sayid go now in 1977?


- Did anyone care about the Sawyer/LaFleur/Juliet/Jack/Kate love pentagon in this episode?


See y'all on the island next week...


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Mar 26, 2009 1:22PM EDT

I would LOVE it if young Ben were really dead because it'd be fascinating to see what happens if you mess with the past which, according to Daniel, you can't change. Either there's no way you can change the past, so young Ben can't die no matter what you do to him, or if he is dead, Sayid may have sent all of them in this messed up version of the past reeling into more island time shift madness!

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Mar 26, 2009 1:48PM EDT

Yep, Daniel says nothing can changed, his mother Mrs Hawking told Desmond all about fate and changing things so how is Ben going to get out of this? I watched the end three times and the shot is pretty direct into the chest which is fatal (Obviously!). Will Jack Shepherd the great surgeon step in and save young Ben's life and thus exposing the lie of who they really are and what time they come from?

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Mar 26, 2009 3:09PM EDT

By the simple flow of what is called physics, we can safely say that "Ben" is, and is not dead, while nothing is exact, in science or otherwise, we never heard the kid ever mention his last name was Linus (At least i did not hear the young boy say it, only Sawyer, and Sieyid), that being said, perhaps the child was infact another Ben? Maybe - Anyways, he can't die - otherwise the basic law of physics would kick in, action warrants reaction, the death of young Ben Linus, would result in a cascade of unwoven fabric within time it'self - (Butterfly effect.), Ben would have never been on the Island, to warrant a ship of commandos to attack, which led in the oceanic 6's rescue, and the island wouldn't have moved in time (Ben turned the wheel), among many other things, that Ben had direct actions resulting in the current point we are at, with him dead, none of it would have happened, and Sieyid would not be back on the island to kill him, thus a infinite loop within time would occur, resulting in a cascade of event fluxs, thus impossible, in science at least, be curious to see where it goes.

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Mar 26, 2009 3:36PM EDT

Yep, also referenced as a time-paradox in Doctor Who as well ;-)
It was Benjamin Linus, as he mentioned to Sayid how he met Richard, his father was Roger....... and it was the same actor who played him before.
All that happened 1977 and onwards can still happen but Jack, Jacob or something else extraordinary (Daniel does something?) must occur to save Ben's life or bring him back from the dead. If he is dead, the Cascade effect would not take place instanteous as time would continue at 393mpr/1700mpsc creating an alternative future without needing the factors which created it to happen in it's own future.
But in Lost, the writers believe nothing can be changed and fate/destiny are unflappable so that is why we are left with our jaws open wondering what will happen next.

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Mar 26, 2009 3:38PM EDT

Of course it's Ben Linus. We know that from episodes in previous seasons where we saw Ben flashback to his childhood.I'm much more interested in what Ben's father did before they came to island. We know he was pissed to become a janitor and the look he gives Sayid when it's implied that Mr. Linus isn't intelligent or educated hints at him maybe being a killer himself.I don't think Ben is dead and I think Ilana was unknowingly working for Ben (who was impersonating the dead man's family in hiring her). He always has so many backup plans.

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Mar 26, 2009 4:44PM EDT

I'm sure Ben isn't dead, the shot in the chest explains Ben's future surgery that he yanks Jack out of the jungle for in the very early episodes. I'm assuming Jack does the surgery in 1977, and then Ben arranges for Jack to come back in 2003/4 so he can carry on the surgery that he must've done a good thirty years ago.
That explains how Ben knew to get him to come back, and why it had to be Jack. To me, this whole time travel explains why the four of them were singled out when they had come to the island the first time round and were captured by the 'others' as Ben remembers them from his childhood.

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Mar 26, 2009 5:09PM EDT

Absolutely min_kin! Well, i think the surgery in 2004 is purely to do with a tumor close to his spine, ahhhh, but would that wound in 1977 explain why he got cancer on the island which cures everyone else but him?
And yes, in season one the others kidnapped survivors who were on the 'list'. Ben claims this came from Jacob but it could be Ben ensuring all things come to pass that needs to be so he can survive in 1977. Good call!

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Mar 27, 2009 9:13PM EDT

I'm inclined to agree with the previous posts, Ben has been extremely clever and conniving ever since we first met him. However there have been rumors of a major characters death. Could this mean Benjamin?I have been exceptionally impressed with season 5 it has created situations which, in any other show, would be far too unbelievable, yet the mystery which first attracted me is still aliveAll credit to the writers for keeping me excited, dumbfounded and tortured throughoutjimmy

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Mar 28, 2009 4:01PM EDT

I thought they gave Sayid acid

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Mar 29, 2009 2:23AM EDT

absolutely superb episode! i always enjoy episodes about Sayyid cos he's truly an enigmatic character and naveen is just amazing at playing him..
i'd love to go back and check if there was a scar in scenes where we could see Ben's bare chest..

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