Lost: He's Our You
(S05E10) "A twelve-year-old Ben Linus brought me a chicken salad sandwich. How do you think I'm doing?" - Sayid
Hands down, no doubt about it - best episode of the season. "He's Our You" was much more of a traditional Lost episode, in the sense that we had regular ol' flashbacks. There's been a lot of questions about Sayid (we haven't seen too much of him this season), and this was probably the most sensible way to do it - lay out his current predicament while flashing to all the moments that got him there. Who likes sandwiches?
For the most part, all of Sayid's flashbacks were fairly straightforward. No punches pulled. Everything made sense and filled in the holes that I think, for the most part, most fans had sort of filled in on their own anyway. Seeing young Sayid kill a chicken without flinching came as no shock, but it did add fuel to the overarching theme - Sayid is a killer. Period.
I was slightly disappointed with the way things ended between Ben and Sayid circa 2007. Ben really was just using Sayid to pick off Widmore's men one by one (big surprise, I know), and his nonchalant "You're done" was classic Linus. What was surprising? Sayid didn't see it coming. He looked as if he were going to cry when he asked "What do I do now?" But when he added up all of Ben's past actions - the purge, his resulting tenure as leader, enlisting Sayid as a hitman - it all became much clearer. Sayid's atonement as a Habitat for Humanity gopher suddenly made much more sense. Too bad Ben showed up and pulled the wool over Sayid's eyes again. Locke was murdered! Hurley's in trouble! It got Sayid back to LA, though, and that was the goal all along.
The burning question - why was Sayid on flight 316 - was a bit of a letdown, too. But again, it made perfect sense, and for that, I'm satisfied. Ilana was nothing more that a bounty hunter, sent to track down Sayid by the family of the guy (Peter Avellino) Sayid killed on the golf course in "The Economist." Obviously, Ben set it all up. Sayid is a pro. There's no way he would have left a clue that could link him to the murder. Ben was the only one who knew. Plus, Ben made sure Ilana took him on flight 316, too. More lies, more deception. Once he saw everyone, Sayid's favor (can we take the next plane?) was hilarious, though.
On the island, things got very interesting. I've been wondering all along if a unifying reason for the O6 returning would ever be revealed, and it's looking more and more like they're all going to have individual paths to follow. We now know Sayid's. Meeting young Ben Linus. Deceiving young Ben Linus. Shooting young Ben Linus.
Apparently, Mr. Jarrah missed Professor Faraday's Island 101 lesson.
OK, so obviously young Ben will not die. But Sayid did shoot him and since "whatever happened, happened," that was the exact moment that Ben learned Sayid was, in fact, a killer. It lends a lot more weight to Ben's future actions in orchestrating Nadia's death (you know he did). Not only was he doing it to recruit a man who eats, sleeps, and breathes murder, but on some level it had to be revenge, as well. You shot me, so I killed your wife.
What's going to be interesting is to see how this affects young Ben's view of the hostiles. As far as he knows, Sayid is one of Richard's men. Obviously, the purge is still years away and there's time for Ben's views to change again, but I wonder if we may be seeing a pro-DHARMA Ben Linus for at least a little while anyway.
A few more thoughts...
Is Kate really so dense that she didn't realize Sawyer and Juliet were an item? I'm guessing that whatever Sawyer whispered in Kate's ear has something to do with that. Kate didn't come right out and say it, but it seems clear that she came back for James and whatever he told her three years ago is still giving her hope.
William Sanderson was Oldham! He'll always be E.B. Farnum to me. Anyway, Oldham's drugs were pretty effective, huh? Sayid's whole "I'm from the future" rant was arguably one of the best scenes in the series to date. The looks on Radzinsky and Horace's faces were sheer terror as Sayid started prattling on about things they hadn't even finished yet (like the Swan).
Anyone else notice that Sayid was drinking McCutcheon scotch? A favorite of Desmond, Charlie, and Charles Widmore. $120 for a glass though? Damn.
If you're curious, the book Ben gave to Sayid was A Separate Reality by Carlos Casteneda. According to Wikipedia, it's "an allegedly non-fictional book written by anthropologist/author Carlos Castaneda in 1971 concerning the events that took place during an apprenticeship he claimed to have served with a self-proclaimed Yaqui Indian Sorcerer, Don Juan Matus, between 1968 and 1971." Hmm. Sounds sort of similar to Ben's future and the "relationship" he has with Jacob.
I can't wait to see Juliet go bonkers when Kate inevitably makes a play for Sawyer. Those two have fought before don't forget.
Here's the official description for next week's installment:
"Whatever Happened, Happened" - Kate goes to extreme measures to save Ben's life when Jack refuses to help. Meanwhile, Kate begins to tell the truth about the lie in order to protect Aaron, on "Lost," WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1 (9:00-10:02 p.m., ET) on ABC.