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.
- (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...