What I Liked:
- There’s no such thing as a bad Sayid episode. It’s one of those things you can just count on.
- Have I ever mentioned how much I love have loved Zuleikha Robinson (since Rome)? So any extra bit of her helps.
- This was the closest thing we’ve had to a traditional Lost episode in awhile (present day – relatively speaking – flashbacks to fill in gaps about circumstance and motivation and a shock ending). It’s been awhile since my phone started ringing at 10:02 PM.
- William Sanderson was Oldham. They really loved Deadwood, I guess. Nothing wrong with that.
- Great shock ending (despite the fact that they provided themselves an out two episodes ago)
What I Didn’t Like:
- Ok. It’s a personal pet peeve but I hate when the name of an episode or a movie comes from a line from said episode or movie. “This Place Is Death” was the worst one.
Lines of the Night:
- “Three years with no burning buses. Y’all are back for one day…” – Sawyer
- “A 12 year old Ben Linus bought me a chicken salad sandwich. How do you think I’m doing?” – Sayid to Sawyer
- “How did you find me?” “I looked.” – Sayid and Ben (How does Michael Emerson take things that seem innocuous and make them seem so creepy and/or menacing? How does this man not have an Emmy?)
- “Can you do me a favor? Can we get the next plane?” – Sayid to Ilana before boarding Aijra Flight 316
- “Because, Sayid, to put it simply: you’re capable of things that most other men aren’t. Every choice you’ve made in your life — whether it was to murder or to torture — it hasn’t really been a choice at all, has it? It’s in your nature. It’s what you are. You’re a killer, Sayid.” – Ben to Sayid
- Was the other boy Sayid’s brother? Will we ever see him again?
- Where is Daniel Faraday?
- Why does Oldham live in a tent?
- Who would the DHARMA folks have contacted in Ann Arbor?
- How did Ilana find Sayid?
- Is Ilana really working for the family of Peter Avellino (he’s the guy Sayid killed on the golf course at the beginning of “The Economist”) or is she another unwitting pawn of Ben’s?
- How did young Ben light a bus on fire and send it into DHARMAville by himself?
- Is Daniel Faraday right in his “Whatever happened, happened” assessment of their affect on the 70’s meaning that whatever the castaways do, that’s what was supposed to happen and the future as we know it isn’t affected (including Sayid shooting Ben)?
- If Daniel is wrong, what are the consequences of Sayid’s actions temporally speaking? Does future Ben disappear? Has a new timeline opened up?
- If Daniel is correct, does Ben remember Sayid? Has he known this whole time that Sayid was going to go back in time and shoot him?
- Seriously, what kind of hair product was Sayid using in his assassin days? He should be in shampoo commercials?