LOST Marathon, Milepost 25: Why Did You Quit?
- Monday, February 01, 2010
Note: This blog is counting down to the premiere of LOST's final season on Feb. 2 by spending the month leading up to it racing through every one of the previous 103 episodes. We're looking specifically at Christian/religious themes, other important or interesting concepts, literary references, and the theory that it's largely been about a game in which someone has won, and someone has... LOST. To follow us from the start, click here.
"All I could think was... 'It's about time.'" -- Kate Austen
In the first scene of this season, the foreman at the Orchid asks Dr. Chang if time travel capabilities will let them go back and time and kill Hitler. It's the age-old time travel cliche about changing the past. And we laugh. But then we watch as Sayid Jarrah somehow ends up back on the island, 27 years before he left it, feeling like there's no purpose to it... until a 12-year-old "Hitler" of his own - the sadistic monster of his life - is staring him in the face. Does he have the courage to go through with it? Is he absolutely 100 percent convinced Ben should never have been allowed to live? Will he somehow manage to survive a straight shot to the heart by a trained killer in order to satifsy Faraday's predictions that you can't change the past? Let's find out!
LOST Season Five, Episodes 8-12: Why Did You Quit?
5.8 LAFLEUR (Sawyer-centric); 5.9 NAMASTE; 5.10 HE'S OUR YOU (Sayid-centric); 5.11 WHATEVER HAPPENED, HAPPENED (Kate-centric); 5.12 DEAD IS DEAD (Ben-centric)
Things That Stuck Out
UNDETERMINED: SOMEWHERE IN THE RATHER DISTANT PAST ("I'd say WAY before that well was ever built" -- Miles)
On the day Locke went down the well and Sawyer was left holding the rope, our remaining time skippers look up and see what used to be standing where now there is only a four-toed foot - the back view of a massive Egyptian god.
Killing always came easy to Sayid. It wasn't because he enjoyed it, he just finds it easier than most. We learn how as a youth he was able to easily lure in a rooster and kill it when his older brother could not bring himself to do so, and how his father felt this earned him passage to manhood.
In Moscow, probably in late 2006 or early 2007, Sayid killed a man named Andropov, and afterwards Ben told him that was the last of Widmore's associates who posed a threat to Sayid's friends (whether this was ever true, who knows, but all of the people Sayid killed did seem to know who he was, were nervous about his O6 story, and tried to get away from him). Ben leaves Sayid feeling purposeless and used and empty. Ben even tells him he's "free," and it's true, he's not beholden to anyone or anything, but he couldn't feel more imprisoned in his own skin right now.
Sometime after Locke visited Sayid in Santo Domingo, and after Ben killed Locke in Los Angeles, and just before Ajira 316, Ben went to Sayid and told him of Locke's death, suggesting someone sought retribution for the killings Sayid has done. This is probably also the story behind Ilana when Sayid believes her story of having been hired by a victim's family -- an Italian family that just happens to want vengeance served in Guam (yeah, right). But, Ben succeeds in plying Sayid's mind when he tells Sayid of the man who's watching Hurley (everyone has a mission to protect Hugo). Whether that man is a Widmore guy or whether Ben planted him there to be sacrificed, doesn't matter much.
The Marina scene with Ben and most of the O6 again, from yet another perspective. And every time it's just slightly different. This time, Sayid only warns Ben - not Ben and Jack - about how he never wants to see him again. Is this a mistake, or do these slightly different recalls remind us how each person sees and remembers the same event just a tad differently because of how things may have changed since then?
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