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Lost: Season 5 - He's Our You (Review)

Lost, Naveen Andrews

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 3.5 out of 5

INDIELONDON singles out notable episodes from our favourite television series for stand-alone reviews. On this occasion we take a look at the fifth season episode of Lost: Season 5 entitled He’s Our You.

What’s the story? Everyone on the island is at risk when Sayid (Naveen Andrews) decides not to comply with Sawyer’s plea to pretend to be a defector from The Others.

Was it any good? Lost, for my money, is becoming increasingly uninteresting thanks to its loopy time-travelling concept, shifts in time and repeated insistence on introducing new characters.

He’s Our You did, however, temporarily halt the decline and pose some interesting questions. It concentrated on Sayid (Naveen Andrews) and found him being held captive, in the ’70s, by members of the Dharma Initiative, led by Sawyer (Josh Holloway).

Sawyer pleaded with Sayid to pretend to be a member of The Others who wanted to defect, or face being made to reveal his true identity and reason for being there by other, less tolerant members of the Dharma Initiative.

But Sayid refused… opting instead to remain silent, bide his time and liaise with a young Ben (Sterling Beaumon), who offered him the chance of escape.

In between all this, we were treated to flashbacks of how the older Ben (Michael Emerson) had used and then discarded Sayid to eliminate members of Charles Widmore’s organisation, before Sayid had, in turn, been seduced and caught by a bounty hunter posing as a bar crawler and potential one night stand.

During these flashbacks, Ben referred to Sayid as a born killer, while Sayid – in turn – accused Ben of mass genocide.

It was only late in the episode that Sayid’s true motives for holding his tongue became clear… and that was only after he’d been drugged and forced to reveal that he was “visiting from the future” by this week’s guest star, Oldham (played by Blade Runner‘s William Sanderson in a nice cameo).

The reason: to kill the young Ben. Hence, the episode came to its shock conclusion with Sayid informing the teenager that he was right about his killing capacity, and then pulling the trigger. Ben then flopped to the ground, motionless.

And here’s where the interest level rose. If Sayid has succeeded, then everything we thought we knew about Lost should change. He has now changed the course of history. Events, even people, should alter dramatically. And viewers may finally get to see if all the previous events of this season have any chance of making sense.

Alas, if Sayid has failed – and the suspicion must be that he has – then we’re being led the same merry, prolonged dance as before… albeit in a fleetingly more interesting way.

Sayid didn’t aim for the head, as every good killer/assassin should. So, it’s quite probable that the presence of Jack and Kate on the island will lead to a resuscitation attempt. We kind of hope not as Sayid’s shock action was a good surprise that will be undermind by any survival. It won’t have lasting value and will only lead to the feeling that we, as members of the audience, have been conned yet again.

Let’s hope for Lost‘s sake that the follow-up episode proves as eye-opening and forward looking as this one… rather than marking yet another backward step that takes us in even more circles.

This episode aired on Sky 1 on Sunday, March 29, 2009.

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