EDITOR’S NOTE: It is important that we warn you now that this article does contain some Lost spoilers. If you have not watched this week’s episode, you may want to do that, then come back to read the review and comment on the episode yourself in our comment section. You’ve been warned…
Lost, ABC, Airs Wednesdays 9/8c
Episode: “He’s Our You” (Season 5, Episode 10)
Synopsis: Things begin to unravel when one of the survivors goes rogue and takes matters into their own hands — risking the lives of everyone on the island.
Review: Relax, everybody. young Ben (Stuart Beaumon) isn’t going to die. I received a few text messages last night with people asking if we had seen one of today’s best TV villains’ premature demise. Do you think that the writers of Lost would really allow this to happen? The scene where Sayid (Naveen Andrews) kills a young Ben was more about revealing a change in character and less about lasting consequences. Ben will be fine, although he might be sporting a hell of a scar and grudge against Sayid. What goes around comes around, I suppose.
The opening flashback was a great way to introduce the conflict within Sayid. A killer didn’t originally exist but time has shaped him into a weapon. We had grown tired of the constant flashbacks in the second season, but the show can deliver with them again now that there has been enough separation and so many unconventional flashbacks with the time jumps on the islans.
Ben (Michael Emerson) and Sayid’s relationship throughout the show has been one of the more twisted and better couplings, a bizarre study in mutualism. The choice of sending Sayid down the path as a man willing to kill a child definitely changes the rules. Are Sayid’s actions forgiven considering the pain Ben will cause in the future? Is there ever really an excuse to kill a child? I mean would you go back and kill Adolf Hitler as a child if it meant you could prevent the Holocaust?
The He’s Our You title helps define how far Sawyer’s (Josh Holloway) allegiances have moved, or have they? Sawyer may be a member of the Dharma Initiative. He may be with Juliet now. He may even have a desire to make Jack pay for his impulsive leadership, but deep down he has a loyalty to the Oceanic 6.
There were interrogations galore for Sayid, which offered us the chance to enjoy the acting of William Sanderson, Doug Hutchison and our good old Uncle Rico, Jon Gries. As soon as I saw Gries I wanted to hear him ask Sayid, “How much you wanna bet I can’t throw that pigskin over them islands?” The interrogations didn’t quite have the payoff we had hoped for but they remind us that Lost spares no expense, even when it comes to choosing supporting actors.
We wonder where Lost will go in terms of answering the question of the time paradox they have created this season. Daniel Faraday (Jeremy Davies) has already stated that you can’t truly change anything in the past. So if nobody can die, and the laws of time travel make it clear that this is the case, then we know Ben can’t die. In fact, nobody can die for that matter. So do we have much to worry about for the islanders while they’re stuck in the boogie wonderland of the 70’s? Probably not. That doesn’t mean that the show can’t still provide reason for us to watch. we’ve gone this far, right? You know we will see it through to the end.
Up Next Week: Kate goes to extreme measures to save Ben’s life when Jack (Matthew Fox) refuses to help. Meanwhile, Kate (Evangeline Lilly) begins to tell the truth about the lie in order to protect Aaron (William Blanchette).
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