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He’s Our You Recap

March 26, 2009
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He’s Our You” is the tenth episode of Season 5 of Lost and the 96th episode of the series as a whole. It was originally broadcast on March 25, 2009. The DHARMA Initiative struggles to discover the identity of Sayid Jarrah, while Sawyer tries to make sure that his secret remains safe. (Lostpedia.com)

  1. But we must strongly consider the possibility that Sayid’s discovery of heroic will was actually nothing of the sort. According to the ”whatever happened, happened” theory of time travel, history is fixed. It can’t be changed. This means Ben grew up with the castaways living around the corner from him in Dharmaville, and more, that his list of Greatest Hits (Not!) includes ”The time that captured Hostile in the purple shirt who promised to take me to live with Richard in the enchanted forest betrayed me and shot me.” Seen from this perspective, the Ben-Sayid relationship takes on a provocative new spin, because it means that while Ben was ruthlessly cultivating Sayid into a seething ball of I HATE BENJAMIN LINUS! during those off-Island years, he did so keenly aware that one day, Sayid was going to fall down a wormhole into his childhood and try to kill him. Which, in my book, makes Ben complicit in the assassination attempt on his own life, and maybe even the plot’s chief architect. He wanted this to happen. And suddenly, I am reminded of one of the maxims in the Dharma brainwashing film that Kate and Sawyer stumbled upon in Season 3: ”We are the causes of our own suffering.”
  2. ”He’s Our You” was certainly fixated on the theme of free will and the lack thereof. We saw the idea expressed through the abundance of handcuffs, restraints, and prison bars; through psychotropic drugs that eliminate choice and compel obedience; through the Dharma leadership sweating the interference and control of ”Ann Arbor,” as in the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, homebase for Dharma founders; through Ben’s bitter, angry father, blasting his son for bringing Sayid a sandwich and yelling, ”I’ll tell you what to think!”
  3. The challenge of personal transformation and the competition between material security and spiritual evolution is at the heart of the conspicuous literary reference that Lost gave us last night. ”A Separate Reality” should probably not be interpreted by us as a clue nodding toward an alternate reality theory, because that misses the point of the book. Of course, its author, Carlos Castaneda, is a controversial guy, and the serious Lostologist would be wise to apply his work to the show with extreme caution. (Doc Jensen)
  4. So Ben never sent Sayid after Widmore.  I expected him to.  I thought that would be Sayid’s turning point.  I thought that Sayid would fail and Widmore would convince him to turn against Ben.  (Ben also didn’t send Sayid after Abaddon, but I don’t think that means anything.)
  5. I don’t think Ben’s dead.  I don’t think I actually have to say this, but if I don’t then it might come back to bite me in the ass.  I believe Ms. Hawkins and Daniel, you can’t change the past and all that you will cause is “course corrections”.  So somehow Ben didn’t die.  Maybe he had a bible in his shirt pocket.  Maybe he had his heart removed and the bullet passed through his body (it would explain a lot, but it might cause a few problems).  Perhaps it was all staged, maybe it was a blank in the gun and Ben had a squib on him.  I really have no idea how Ben didn’t die, but I’m sure he didn’t. (from Not Confused Just Lost)
  6. In fact, the whole episode is geared toward showing us exactly how Sayid is forged and tempered into a heartless killing machine… the writers have 40+ minutes to really, really convince us of this if they want to pull off the cold-blooded shooting of an innocent kid.

    But in reality, it’s not the viewers who really need the convincing: it’s Sayid. And as this episode unfolds, it quickly becomes obvious that Sayid’s hunting down and killing of Widmore’s golfing buddies never really meant Jack or Squat in the grand scheme of things. Not only were these killings unnecessary, they might not even have been related to anything other than planting the seeds of murder deep within Sayid’s brain.

  7. We’ve seen many, many record players throughout LOST, but none as antique as Oldham’s Victrola. This means something, and I think it’s a not-so-subtle clue as to how this creepy new character is in keeping with the island’s ancient ways. He’s living very oldskool, deeper in the jungle, dwelling in a tepee with no electricity far from the civilized Dharma compound. He’s using old methods and listening to old music on an old recording device, and he even has ‘old’ in his name. Go figure.
  8. I think the closer you get to the island’s spiritual roots, the more attuned you are to it’s true nature. Even more important, the deeper into subconscious a character’s mind can journey, the closer they get to achieving the island’s true enlightenment. All throughout LOST, the island has spoken most directly and pointedly to those who have been unconscious, semi-conscious, or drugged out of their minds. Boone tripping out on Locke’s magic paste… Eko’s dreams of Yemi while half-conscious… Locke using his sweat-tent to commune with the island. Last season I pointed out how Jack even took a nice trip to see dad after being knocked out during his appendectomy. These things are highly important.
  9. So what do we have? We have Ben sending Sayid all over the world to kill people for three straight years. Did these people really matter? Did their deaths really keep Sayid’s friends safe? Shit no. I’m even sketchy on them being related to Widmore at all, but if so I’m sure Ben was just playing fun games inside Charles Widmore’s head. The deaths of these men meant nothing in the grand scheme of things other to reinforce one thing that I’ve always said: Sayid Jarrah is an absolute death-magnet.

    Then we have Ben reminding Sayid that he’s a killer… telling him that he’s a killer… over and over, beating it into his skull. We also have Sayid driven to an intense hatred for Ben and a complete mistrust in him by the time he gets on the Ajira airways flight. Add all of this together and what do you get?

    Alright, I’ve built it up enough: Ben wanted Sayid to go back to the past and shoot him. He fine-tuned Sayid into enough of a killing machine and instilled enough hatred in his heart for him so that Ben knew he would shoot even a young child version of himself. Yeah, I know it’s crazy. I know it’s out there. But if you examine this episode and really delve into why Ben spent so much off-island time honing Sayid into the killing tool he’s now become… it makes a lot of sense.

    Notice I said ‘shoot him’ and not ‘kill him’. I’m pretty sure young Benjamin Linus will live. But I think Sayid shooting Ben is going to have serious repercussions on the 1977 timeline that might result in big changes to the way things originally would’ve played out. Maybe Ben getting shot in 1977 will somehow delay or prevent him from joining the hostiles? Maybe the purge will be avoided? I won’t pretend to know those answers, but somehow 2007 Ben understands that getting shot in the past will cause ripples through time that will change things in a direction favorable to his master plan. (DarkUFO)

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