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Lost 5.10 “He’s Our You” – Review

Friday, March 27th, 2009

There is no doubt in my mind that “He’s Our You” is one of the best episodes of “Lost” that I have seen since the season 4 finale. It was an introspective voyage into the cyclical journey of Sayid Jarrah, intertwined with wider perspective on his antagonist Ben Linus, the Dharma Initiative, the “Hostiles”, and of course, the very nature of fate and freewill.

"We're The Good Guys"

Change is a major theme of this episode, we are reminded of the change that young Ben underwent during his rise as leader of the “Others” — He went from an abused Harry Potteresque child, to the man that we see today — a man of knowledge, sacrifice, ruthlessness and compassion — A man hated by the Losties for much of this journey. It’s hard not to think that 1977 Sayid didn’t play a part in Ben’s future direction. We are also reminded of the change in Sawyer (sorry, “LaFleur”). Gone are the days when he embraced the life of savagery = “We’re in the wild!”, he’s now a man of responsibility, of love..a man who bucks against the trend of his Dharma buddies to bring civility to the truce – “since when did we start acting like them!?”. (although I wasn’t impressed by the raising of his hand for the vote to execute Sayid). But for Sayid, change has never come easy, and when it has come, it’s rarely lasted for very long. Whether it’s through fault of his own, or the fickle nature of the Universe, Sayid has always lived in a cyclical existence of love and death. It follows his around like a bad smell. Nadia, Shannon, Nadia again, Elsa – all gone, all dead. No matter what he does, Sayid can’t seem to change himself or his circumstances. He is capable of love, but he can never hold on to any happy existence; whether it’s the woman of his dreams, or doing some redemption building work in the Dominican Republic.

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