“He’s Our You” solves all of Sayid’s mysteries. That’s nice. It shows more of his work with Ben, I don’t think we’ll be seeing anything beyond that. It shows how and why he stopped working for Ben. It shows why he went to get Hurley at the end of Season 4. And it shows how he got onto flight 316. These aren’t minor mysteries, and I’m glad we finally filled in all of Sayid’s blanks.
What I liked about the episode was the part with Ilana. It’s nice to finally figure the character out a little. And it’s great to find out that she’s dangerous. I also enjoyed watching more scenes with Ben as a child. He’s always an intriguing character, and seeing him being damaged by his experiences and his upbringing was fun (I’m having flashes of Walt).
What I didn’t like about this episode was the fact that it centered on Sayid. I think I’ve come to hate the character more and more as time went on. Last season I was desperately hoping that he would be the body in the coffin. I was wrong and I was disappointed. It’s not that the character is useless, that’s my usual reason for wanting people to die, he’s very useful. Sayid just annoys me with his purposes, he’s never part of the team and he’s always doing the “right thing” and it’s never what I want to happen. If he was evil I would find him interesting, but he’s not he’s just eternally conflicted but still doing the wrong thing.
I also didn’t like the fact that no one fully addressed the obvious tension in the Love Square (it’s not a quadrangle, it’s a sqaure). They kinda started to talk about it, but it didn’t get too far. I also really didn’t like the “He” in “He’s Our You’. That guy was disappointing.
So what do I give a season 5 Sayid episode? 4.0/10.0
-The point of this episode was clear since the end of the last episode. Sayid wanted to kill or at least do something to Ben. After the first scene in the episode it was also clear that the episode would be a study of Sayid’s morals. In the end Ben was right, Sayid’s nothing but a killer. It doesn’t matter that he doesn’t enjoy it, he still does it with ease and with skill. If only Sayid would come to terms with that and stop having these ridiculous internal struggles with himself. Sayid really would be a good villain.
-Why the deuce would Sayid not go for Sawyer’s idea? He knows nothing about the situation and he still thinks that he has a better way of doing things.
-How could Sayid not feel sorry for Ben after watching his father abuse him? How could you shoot a little boy like that who thinks he’s finally found a way to a better life.
-Sayid certainly looks and acts like a Hostile. And that whole spiel he said while under the truth serum certainly made him seem even more powerful. Not only did he seem to be all knowing but he could see the future and he seemed to be able to beat the serum.
-I wonder what The Hostiles reaction would have been to Sayid’s whole future speech.
-So it was really just destiny that brought Sayid back to the Island. Nothing but bad luck and coincidences.
-A friend of mine was hoping that Sayid was going to try to improve Ben’s state of mind instead of killing him. If Ben was Luke Skywalker that might have happened.
(-Sayid did his best Joker impression in this episode.)
-I’m pretty sure that Ben proved to us that he hasn’t talked to Richard since he met him in the jungle that time. That’s good, it leaves less of a blank between Ben’s flashback in season 3 and this timeline.
-So Ben never sent Sayid after Widmore. I expected him to. I thought that would be Sayid’s turning point. I thought that Sayid would fail and Widmore would convince him to turn against Ben. (Ben also didn’t send Sayid after Abaddon, but I don’t think that means anything.)
-The little kid who played Ben did such a good job in the scene with his dad. That was impressive.
-“John Locke is dead, I’d say he’s been murdered.” Hilarious, he can tell the truth in such a hilariously twisted way.
-How the hell did Ben organize the burning VW Van? That’s some impressive work.
-Well he wasn’t Oldham. It was a relief at first, but that character was so dull that it might have been more fun if it was Daniel.
-Was Ilana pretending to be a prostitute or was she just seducing Sayid? I liked this intro to Ilana, up until now she almost seemed innocent and naive, but now that we saw the real her, with a gun and knee-highs, it’s very easy to like her. Will she be a danger? I doubt it.
-So what is Ilana exactly? Is she as Sayid says, a bounty hunter? Is she some sort of assassin?
Maybe she’s some kind of foreign Marshall. Does that even exist? Are the US the only country with Marshalls?
-I’m 90% sure that Ilana isn’t working for Ben. But that 10% is still bothering me.
-I was expecting/hoping that Sayid would meet Ben at the wharf where Desmond and Penny were. I hoped that he would be responsible for Ben’s condition after he went to the wharf.
-Hurley has a good job. And he’s happy as a clam in his new life.
-About Sawyer and Juliet being together, “who couldn’t see that coming?” Hahaha.
-Juliet finally came clean about her worries about Kate and Jack coming back. She actually said that she expects her relationship with Sawyer to end now.
-Juliet kinda told Kate to “stay away”, but not forcefully enough. I don’t think Kate got the point.
-Kate was actually going to tell Sawyer why she came back to the island.
-The ol’ premature sorry technique might be used too much on Lost. You know when someone says sorry right before they punch or in some other way iunjure another character. “Sorry for what?” Whoa, didn’t see that coming.
-Did they have tasers back in 1977?
-Yay Jack! He said that he wasn’t going to do anything regarding Sawyer and his plans. I think he might have learned his lesson.
-Jin doesn’t trust Sayid. Wow.
-I really wanted to see Horace try to torture Sayid, that would have been fun.
-Why would Horace keep Radzinsky around, he’s so terribly annoying. He must be a good scientist or something.
-I thought Phil would be trouble, it seemed like he was suspicious of the survivors, but it seems like Sawyer’s got him wrapped around his finger.
-I want to hit Amy. “I can’t sleep with one eye open.” What a fear mongerer.
-It’s possible that Amy has a secret to life. Maybe The Hostiles know something about her that she doesn’t want to get out. Perhaps there’s more of a story behind her picnic.
-First of all, the name? Seriously? That’s the best they could think of?
-Secondly, there was too much buildup. All he had was a truth serum, and he wasn’t a psychopath he was just old and ugly. That translated to creepy, but that only lasted until it became clear that all he was going to do was feed Sayid a sugar cube.
Flashes (what we know now):
Interesting Dharma reference. Ann Arbor is where Dharma was originated. A group of scientists from Michigan found the island and started to research it. Apparently some of the big wigs are still over there.
What Dharma Deserves
I don’t want to say that Dharma deserved the Purge, I don’t really think they do, and we don’t really know enough about them yet. But that scene with the vote was quite chilling. They easily decided to kill a man they knew nothing about simply out of fear. If that was a choice by the leaders then you could say that the average Dharma member was innocent, but even Amy voted to kill Sayid.
On the other hand the Hostiles did the same thing, they killed Amy’s first husband for apparently no reason and they probably would have killed her too. So what’s the conclusion? Neither group is good, so let’s take the side of the people we know, the 815 suvivors.
Other Dharma Folk
I’m a little disappointed with the Dharma camp. We haven’t met many interesting people. I was hoping that we’d be able to see more of their scientific stuff rather than just life at the Barracks. And where’s Pierre, he showed up for a minute in Namaste but he hasn’t done anything interesting yet. I was hoping to see the Degroots again too. I guess there’s still time.
Sayid shot Ben as a child. I didn’t actually think that the gun would shoot. But i was wrong about that. Let’s see what else I can get wrong.
I don’t think Ben’s dead. I don’t think I actually have to say this, but if I don’t then it might come back to bite me in the ass. I believe Ms. Hawkins and Daniel, you can’t change the past and all that you will cause is “course corrections”. So somehow Ben didn’t die. Maybe he had a bible in his shirt pocket. Maybe he had his heart removed and the bullet passed through his body (it would explain a lot, but it might cause a few problems). Perhaps it was all staged, maybe it was a blank in the gun and Ben had a squib on him. I really have no idea how Ben didn’t die, but I’m sure he didn’t.
Who’s with me? (The ridiculousness of this is really just too much.)
Sayid made a point of mentioning the Incident at The Swan. Good foreshadowing there.