I am well aware that it looks like Sayid has killed the 12 year old Benjamin Linus, but I am 99.9% sure that he will survive. As my brother and I were watching the episode and debating what would happen, I predicted correctly that Ben would help Sayid escape and he predicted that Sayid would try to kill Ben. I didn’t disagree, but I thought that the gun would jam if he tried to shoot him, similar to what happened when Michael tried to kill himself a few times.
The fact is – each character on this show has a purpose and if Ben was to die at the age of 12, it would cause too many paradoxes. The executive producers have said as much and they base their time travel theory on the basis that “What Happened, Happened.”
Interestingly enough, that’s also the title of the next episode. Of course the following episode is titled “Dead is Dead”, so that’s where the 0.1% chance of me being wrong comes in.
I’m glad we got to see how Sayid came to be on the plane. Of course, if Ilana kicked me in the face with those boots, I don’t think I would have woken up for at least a week. Sayid can sure take a beating.
Being that I’m a big fan of his character, I’m conflicted with his life path. Obviously he doesn’t want to be a killer and is conflicted himself, but when he questions Ilana on the plane about whether she is working for Ben after describing what type of man Ben is, she simply replies, “Why would I want to work for a man like that?” That line sums up Sayid’s guilt and his internal struggle because he DID work for Ben after the love of his life, Nadia, was murdered. Let’s not forget that he once said, “The day I trust him is the day I sell my soul.” See my blog from February of 2008 for more information – https://cjblost.wordpress.com/2008/02/17/the-day-i-trust-him-is-the-day-i-sell-my-soul/.
The scene with Oldham, the guy who gives Sayid what we presume to be sodium pentathol, was hysterical to me. He references Sawyer, the incident, the fact that the DHARMA folks are all going to die and that he is from the future all in one scene. They obviously didn’t believe any of it based on their reluctant unanimous decision to kill him later on.
A couple of my favorite lines from this episode:
Sayid: “A twelve year old Benjamin Linus just brought me a sandwich, how do you think I am doing?”
LaFleur: “Sweet kid, huh?”
Roger Linus: “You got caught by a bunch of idiots”
Sayid: “I’m the idiot and yet you mop the floors.”
LaFleur: “Three years, no burning buses. Y’all back one day…”
Sayid: “Are you sure we’re going to Guam?”
– The book young Ben handed to Sayid was titled, “A Separate Reality” written by Carlos Castaneda.
– Based on what young Ben said, he must have met Richard Alpert in the jungle in 1973 when he was only 8 years old. This is based on the fact that Sayid said he’s 12, they are currently in 1977 and Ben said he’d been waiting patiently for four years.
– When Sayid executed the last man on Ben’s list in Moscow, he walked outside a building with a sign that read, “Олдхэм Фармасьютикалс”. The sign translates to “Oldham Pharmaceuticals”. Oldham is the psycho DHARMA guy who gave Sayid the drug…pretty funny! [Credit LOSTpedia]
If you want some spoilers for next week, check out the special guest stars listed in TV Guide and other. Hint: I think we’ll finally learn what Sawyer said to Kate before he jumped off the helicopter.