We’ve come to expect the end of a Lost episode to shock and awe us. The hour-ending twist has been utilized over and over. It is to Lost’s credit that the twists remain surprising, even if their general existence isn’t anymore. What Sayid went and did last night in Lost’s waning moments was (for me) completely unexpected and harder than hardcore. Who goes and shoots a kid in the chest, no matter how evil they might turn out to be? There’s a forgotten little 90’s film called “The Last Supper,” where a group of graduate students invite notable locals over for dinner, and ultimately ask them one question: “If you traveled back in time to Germany and ran into a young Hitler, before he was Hitler, would you kill him?” It’s a good little movie, all about free speech and fate and tolerance, whose moral, if you will, is espoused at the end by the great Ron Pearlman. When posed with the Hitler question, Pearlman says no, he would not kill a young Hitler if he had the chance. Instead, he would sit down with him, talk to him, try to change his mind, alter his worldview while he was still impressionable. For obvious reasons, “The Last Supper” came to mind during “He’s Our You.” Sayid, clearly, would not have hesitated in killing a young Hitler.
It’s not even worth discussing time travel, separate timelines, the ramifications of the Oceanic 815ers actions, whether Ben was always shot by Sayid, etc., because we don’t even know Lost’s rules regarding time travel. Faraday has obliquely discussed time travel, that the future cannot be changed, but who knows if he’s a) telling the truth, or b) even knows the truth in the first place.
Naveen Andrews has been nothing short of spectacular over the last two episodes. While taking notes during the episode, I jotted this down during Little Ben and Sayid’s conversation about the Hostiles: “Do you think Sayid is thinking about murdering Ben then and there?” You could see the look on his face that he was at least already considering the murder.
What the flashbacks last night accomplished (aside from filling in some plot gaps) was show us that Sayid was at a point where he just didn’t give a crap. With the love of his life gone, and his life without any semblance of meaning, he has no reason not to mess around and see if he can change the future. Playing house with everyone in the Dharma camp was never going to be an option.
I liked the Oldham character, but Sawyer and everyone else shouldn’t have made Oldham out to be some brutal torturer. I’d hardly call being fed LSD torture.
Would it explain a lot if we found out that Ben remembered Kate, Jack, Sawyer, Sayid, Jin, Juliet and Hurley from his childhood? Maybe it would make sense. Just thinking about it makes my brain hurt, though.
For supposed hippies, the Dharmas are remarkably violent and bloodthirsty. In fact, under Ben’s leadership, the Others were far more civilized (book clubs?) than the Dharmas during their time in New Otherton.
There’s no way Little Ben is actually dead, right? Does the island save him? Is Ben really a Christian Shepherd-type entity?
I find it hilarious that Sayid would assume that any random girl who talks to him at a bar is a prostitute.
“A ten year-old Ben Linus brought me a chicken sandwich.”
So, what does Sayid do next? Seek out Alpert? What do you all think Sayid’s next move is?
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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