Lost: Season 1, Episode 21

The Greater Good (4 May 2005)

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After burying one of their own, tempers flare as the castaways' suspicions of each other grow -- and an unlikely survivor vows revenge. Meanwhile, Claire and Charlie struggle to calm her newborn.

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After the death of Boone, tempers flare as the castaways' suspicions of each other grow, while an unlikely survivor (Shannon) vows revenge against Locke, unfairly blaming him for Boone's death leading her to steal the keys to the late marshal's briefcase containing the guns. Meanwhile, Claire and Charlie struggle to calm her newborn baby boy. Sayid meets with Locke in the jungle and learns of the existence of the mysterious hatch, leading to more of Sayid's background story about why he came to Australia and was blackmailed by the CIA to nab an old friend whom was a terrorist suspect. Written by Anonymous

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Sayid and Essam are sitting in a plaza, and you can see newspaper boxes over their shoulders. Australia doesn't have newspaper boxes. See more »

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Charlie: [singing to baby Turnip Head] The Itsy Bitsy Spider climbed up the spout. Down came the rain and drowned the spider out!
Hurley: Dude, it's washed. Washed the spider out. Unless there's some kind of British version.
Charlie: Oh ok. Down came the rain and washed the spider... oh bollocks.
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A great, massively underrated episode
2 August 2008 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

The reputation that "The Greater Good" has is absolutely bewildering. Leonard Dick's script creates a fair, realistic view of Muslims and possible motivation for terrorism (I should know, I lived in the Middle East for many years) while staying faithful to Sayid's character and provides some of the most interesting events we had seen up to this point on the island.

Scriptwriter Leonard Dick had the tough task of dealing with the aftermath of Boone's death in the previous episode and handles it very well. The real danger here is keeping the relentlessly unpleasant tone of "Do No Harm", which Dick avoids by injecting some memorable humor into the script featuring Charlie, baby Aaron, Sawyer, and Hurley (who does a rendition of "I Feel Good" which is vaguely embarrassing even for the detached viewer). Some of the dramatic scenes here featuring Locke are quite memorable and very good.

The flashbacks are the aspect most people attack, and apart from a hint of 'dumb spy show' sneaking in, it's actually a very realistic and honest depiction of the mindset of frustrated Muslim youth, and raises some interesting questions in addition to providing some key character development for Sayid.

A tastefully directed and very well-written episode, "The Greater Good" is far better than its reputation among fans of "Lost" suggests and features an excellent guest turn by actor Donnie Keshawarz.

9/10


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