"A 12-year-old Ben Linus brought me a chicken salad sandwich. How do you think I'm doing?"
Haaaaaa. I loved this week's Sayid-centric episode of Lost — and not just because it's Sayid-centric (I don't think). The show just keeps squeezing my brains, and I appreciate any episode that provides a few answers (like what the deal is with Ilana . . . if her story in this episode is true) along with the zany, time-warpy confusion.
If you saw the episode and want to chat about it,
- The episode opens with a flashback to the adorable little Sayid easily and calmly snapping a chicken's neck, for which he is praised, as being able to do such things is an indication of manliness. Later, Ben gives a whole speech about how killing is in Sayid's nature.
- Now (or, "now," in 1977), the 12-year-old Ben keeps bringing Sayid sandwiches (chicken salad this time, ugh) and now a book: A Separate Reality by Carlos Castaneda. Castaneda alleges that the book is nonfiction, based on his time spent as an apprentice to a sorcerer, and focuses on the practice of "seeing" while under the influence of mind-altering plants.
- Ben wonders if Richard sent Sayid, and says he's been patiently waiting to join Richard. He tells Sayid, "if you're patient, too, I think I can help you."
- In another flashback, Sayid meets up with Ben after killing a man named Andropow in Moscow, and Ben says they're done. "You've taken care of everyone who posed a threat to your friends." I wonder how Andropow posed a threat? Now there's no one else in Widmore's organization that Sayid needs to go after. He's "free."
- Later, however, we see how Ben manipulates Sayid into doing what he wants once again: He visits Sayid in Santo Domingo and says that Locke's dead, probably as a kind of retribution for all the people Sayid killed, which means that Sayid's in danger and so is Hurley. He thinks Sayid will want to kill the man staked outside Hurley's institution because "you're capable of things that most other men aren't. Every choice in your life, whether it was to murder or to torture, it hasn't really been a choice at all, has it? It's in your nature, it's what you are. You're a killer, Sayid." But Sayid disagrees and claims "I don't like killing." What do you think about this? Is Sayid a natural born killer?
- When Sayid won't say what his deal is, Horace and the other Dharmies think he's a spy. So, they bring him to creepy old Oldham, their torturer guy (or, as Saywer puts it to Sayid, "our you"), who drugs him. In this state, Sayid says he was handcuffed because he was "a bad man." He tells everything he knows — how he got to the island (both times), and all about the Swan station and how they're all going to die. He says he is from the future, and then starts laughing hysterically.
- Ha! Hurley's surprised that Kate didn't foresee Juliet and Sawyer getting together: "I thought it was kind of obvious. I mean, who couldn't see that coming?" I get why the Kate/Sawyer/Juliet stuff was in this episode but I find it kind of blah. Juliet thinks everything's over with Sawyer because Kate's back, but Sawyer assures her he's "got this under control." Later Juliet checks to make sure Kate knows that she's with Sawyer. She does.
- When the Dharma guys are voting on whether or not to kill Sayid, Amy pulls the baby card and says they have no choice. The majority vote for Sayid's death and Sawyer tells him, "They just took a vote. Even a new mom wants you dead." Hahaha . . . sad.
- Ilana seduces Sayid (after enjoying some MacCutcheon whiskey — remember that stuff?), then pulls a gun on him. She says she was hired by the family of the guy Sayid killed on the golf course. She's supposed to bring him to Guam (via Ajira Airways). I think it's funny when Sayid politely asks Ilana, "Can I ask you a favor? Can we take the next plane?" He later asks Ilana if she's working for Benjamin Linus, but she claims not to know who that is. I'd like to know what kind of badge or whatever she flashes to get the handcuffed Sayid on the plane.
- Sawyer: "Why'd you come back?"
Kate: "I don't know why everyone else came back. I just know why I did." And then holy cow a van on fire comes barreling up and crashes into a house. Sawyer growls at Jack, "Three years no burning buses, y'all are back for one day!"
- During a replay of the scene at the docks, Sayid says to Ben: "If I see you again, it will be extremely unpleasant for us both." This . . . is true
- Ben helps Sayid escape, but in the woods they encounter Jin and Sayid grabs Jin's gun. Sayid says to 12-year-old Ben, regarding something he says to him in the future, "You were right about me. I am a killer." Then Sayid shoots the 12-year-old Ben.
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