• He's not quite Frankenstein's Monster, either

  • He's definitely not Jesus

  • He tells Miles he experienced none of the typical (I think we can trust Miles' expertise on these matters) dying experiences: bright light, singing, ancestors, angels, etc.

  • His wound is almost completely gone. Even Jesus' wounds stuck around for a while. What's healing him? Sayid assumes Jack did it. That's some serious faith and trust he has in the good doctor.

  • As a result, we don't really know what to do with Sayid. Dogen's own reaction to the news "he's alive" was to stare into the distance and grab the hourglass (?) around his neck. Should we rejoice? Eh… we'd like to be glad one of our favorite characters is alive but… Should we get our torches and pitchforks? That seems to be what some of the Temple folk would like to do. But there again you run into a dead-end of weirdness and head-scratching. Dogen and Lennon want to kill Sayid by giving him poison. But they also tell Jack it won't work "unless he takes it willingly." What? I mean, that line fits really nicely into our recurring "power of choice / free will" theme as it pertains to the Others' way of doing things, and Ben's manipulations, and the game Jacob and his Nemesis have been playing, and religious metaphor and so forth. But if medical science has found a poison that only works if a person chooses to take it rather than having it forced down his throat, it'd be convenient to know about it. It's possible, of course, that this poison/medicine would have only killed the darkness, and not Sayid. But I can't buy that being the case, because if it were, Dogen and Lennon would have had nothing to lose by playing it straight with Jack.

     

    Which brings us to the question of: Why kill Sayid? First, it makes me feel wrong about what I wrote last week, which is that the whole reverse-baptism sequence went exactly as it was supposed to, that Sayid was supposed to "die" during it, and his coming back to life was also as planned. Well, clearly it isn't. Is this all because the pool wasn't clear, which is probably because Jacob is dead? If so, then why did Jacob tell Hurley to bring Sayid to the Temple, and why did he send a note with all their names indicating, as far as we know, that if Sayid dies it would be very very bad? Is it because Jacob knew Sayid would then be "claimed" by the dark side? Is it still possible Sayid has been claimed by Jacob, and Dogen & Co. are too blind to realize this?

     

    It's a bit of a tangent, but this is where I want to bring up a tiny line spoken by Justin to Aldo about why they shouldn't hurt or kill Jin: "Aldo, no, we can't! He's one of them!" One of them? Hold up. First, we've heard this phrase of being "one of us" or "them" (two-sidedness, black/white, the war, etc.) over and over again, but since when has being a non-Other equaled protection from the Others? All I can assume is that "one of them" means "the people on the list" inside Jacob's ankh, which = the Losties Jacob once touched off-island (Jin, Sun, Jack, Kate, Hurley, Sawyer, Sayid (plus Locke, who is dead), which also = the ones Jacob referenced when he said, "They're coming."

     

    If Sayid is one of these, why didn't they just let him die of his bullet wound rather than drowning him in their possibly-broken pool? True, the Others warned of possible "side effects" of the process. But what would ideally have happened to Sayid? All we really know is this: Sayid appears to us to be his same old self, but like the time Frodo was stabbed with a Morgul blade on Weathertop, he will cease to be himself if whatever's inside him reaches his heart. Unfortunately, I haven't seen Hugo Weaving or Liv Tyler wandering around the island, so it looks like he might be doomed. But what would that mean? Craziness? Zombieism? Death? Which brings us to…