Lost: Season 1, Episode 9

Solitary (17 Nov. 2004)

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Ashamed with his behavior torturing Sawyer, Sayid Jarrah decides to leave the group of survivors and travel alone through the island, trying to find the source of transmission and map the place. He is arrested and tortured by the French survivor Danielle Rousseau and recalls his beloved Nadia back to his days years earlier in Iraq as part of the interrogation/torturer for the Republican Guard. Meanwhile, Hurley decides to get the survivors spirits up by getting up a golf course in a sunny field. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Solitude is both a state of mind and a state of being
4 July 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

"You'll find me in the next life if not in this one."

Nadia's words hold significance to the show as a whole, even four seasons later. Nobody can escape their past, and in this show, nobody does. A new life on the island is still no means of being forever distant from the people and events in one's past. This has already rung true to Jack, and later in the series, Sayid, Claire, Locke, Sawyer, Kate, Hurley, Eko and all the others all find pieces of their past on this island (some of them even find pieces of the island in their pasts). In most cases, these are even more meaningful than the symbolic ties their everyday stories on the island have with situations from their pasts.

This is one of a run of extremely well-made episodes in early season one. It serves as a brilliant follow-up to Confidence Man, in which we saw the formerly rational Sayid lose control unpredictably. Now we get some insight into who he is, but at the same time we're not ignoring the island and its mysteries. The light-hearted golf subplot contrasted with Sayid being tortured by Rousseau makes for an episode that reaches to both extreme atmospheres.

So who exactly is "Solitary" in this episode? Nobody is alone forever. Sayid has exiled himself to solitude after torturing Sawyer, but eventually he gets caught by Rousseau. Sawyer himself has chosen to be an outcast all the time, because he appears to enjoy being hated, and yet Kate's words "One outcast to another -- I'd think about making more of an effort," resonate in his ears, and he eventually joins the gang out at the golf course. Michael and Walt are having difficulty forming a close relationship with one another, each feels alone since their relationship is incomplete. But Michael finds some much-needed guys' time at the golf course, and gets a sense of togetherness. Consequently, Walt found solace in Locke's company, as the two of them both have a connection to the island, and "like it here". Rousseau has been alone for 16 years, and only now does she get company from Sayid. In flashback, Nadia is put in solitary confinement, but she ultimately doesn't want to leave because she enjoys Sayid's company.

This is a character piece for Sayid though, more than anything. Yes, the Rousseau mystery is being introduced, but she is most effective as a comparison to Sayid. Even after being found, Sayid is still alone at heart, and we learn that he has really been alone the whole time he's been on this island, and for seven years, and the whole time he's been separated from Nadia, despite never even being her lover. But Sayid reacts differently to solitude than Danielle. She at first wants to hold on to him, but when he suggests she accompany him back to his camp, she refuses, confining herself in solitude. Sayid, meanwhile, understands the need for togetherness, and heads back, not to latch on to others, but to do what he does best: trying to help everyone survive. Sayid is Survivorman. He's in the wilderness, and he's making the best of it, putting his full trust in only himself. Eventually, Sayid's loneliness will get the better of him, but until then, he is a hero at heart, and is looking out for everyone's best interests: getting off the island.

"I know what it's like to hold on to someone. I've been holding on for the past 7 years to just a thought, a blind hope that somewhere she's still alive. But the more I hold on, the more I pull away from those around me. The only way out of this, this place, is with their help. Come with me. You don't have to be alone, Danielle."

Standout performances: Naveen Andrews, Mira Furlan, Harold Perrineau.

Standout scene: Sayid and Danielle part.


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