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"One of Them" is a truly great character-focused episode, and the first
episode in season two since "Orientation" to be a classic, well-drawn,
well-rounded script which examines the actions of a character in depth
while building a strong bridge between the flashbacks and the on-island
events, creating a complete, whole narrative that flows much better
than many other episodes in the first half of season two. This should
come as no surprise since the showrunners and key creative forces on
"Lost", Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, wrote the episode.
The flashbacks show in detail how Sayid became a torturer, and feature an excellent guest turn from Clancy Brown. The flashback scenes are all excellent and show a good understanding of the psychology of soldiers in war, in addition to good handling of Sayid as a character. We see how troubled he is by his actions, how devastated, and Naveen Andrews brings this to life brilliantly. There was also care taken to have Sayid speak only Arabic when speaking to other Arabs without American company, as this was an annoying inconsistency in earlier Sayid flashbacks.
The flashbacks are only a small part of the sheer intensity and power of "One of Them", however. The episode sees, of course, the introduction of the highly entertaining *cough* Henry Gale. Michael Emerson is terrific in this guest-starring role and really makes the character his own. Later developments are not surprising considering Emerson's wonderful performance here. Like "Confidence Man" with Sawyer it's not easy to watch Sayid torturing Fenry, but the violence is used effectively and is necessary. One of the other key moments is the button being pushed a fraction of a second too late resulting in not a catastrophe but the appearance of hieroglyphics where the numbers should be. Henry Gale is a lot of fun, and I have to admit completely sympathizing with him at this point when I originally saw it. "Got any milk?" was coming right up, though.
I was waiting for Sayid to get a bigger part,or his episode.
This hour of manly and amazing TV show gathers the finest actors of the serial ("Sayid","John","Sawyer","Hurley").I missed Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje/"Eko".
"One of Them " is one of my favorite episodes of "Lost"'s second season (the others are:"Fire + Water " and "The 23rd Psalm ").An hour of pure delight and unequaled fun.The script is intelligent and original.
"Sawyer" and "Hurley" draw some kind of a funny buddy film .(Jorge Garcia is a very skilled and interesting actor,and,of course,his role is fine written.)
Visually,this episode is amazing,and astonishingly well-done."Lost" is great cinema.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
The Sayid-centered episodes of LOST are usually strong, and "One Of Them" is no exception. His flashbacks are compelling because they contrast his basically humane nature with the awful things he is forced (or manipulated) to do. But "One Of Them" is a can't-miss episode for another reason as well: the introduction of "Henry Gale", a character who, needless to say, will become hugely important as the series progresses. There are some absolutely awesome moments here: a new Danielle appearance, "Sayid, what are you doing?" - "What needs to be done", the Jack-Locke conflict about pushing the button, and our first glimpse of what might happen if the button does NOT get pushed, when Locke is late about a second in entering the code and the numbers on the clock momentarily turn into some strange symbols. In short, the best Season 2 episode since "Orientation". ***1/2 out of 4.
Ana Lucia shows Sayid a person hidden in the woods, and Sayid
identifies Danielle Rousseau, who tells him that she has captured one
of The Others. She convinces Sayid to go with her into the forest and
Sayid releases the prisoner, who claims to be Henry Gale (Michael
Emerson) from Minnesota. When Henry escapes, Danielle shots him through
his shoulder with an arrow. Sayid brings Henry to the shelter decided
to interrogate him with the support of John, but Jack opposes to the
torture. Meanwhile, Sayid recalls the American invasion to Iraq and how
he became a torturer. Sawyer blackmails Hurley to help him to chase a
In "One of Them", it is finally disclosed how Sayid was convinced to torture by the American Joe Inman (Clancy Brown). Jack is ridiculous with his attitude, risking the lives of the other survivors to protect an unknown man that may be their enemy. The sequence of Sawyer and Hurley is very silly and unnecessary. My vote is nine.
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Note: On 29 March 2013, I saw this episode again.
Locke's actions in this episode seem completely out of character. I
know he's a survivalist and has hypocritical tendencies, but he also
seems to see himself as a sound moral and ethical judge. So why does he
support and assist the torture of Henry Gale?
I can only assume that the writers had to make Locke do so because (1) Locke can change the combination of the armoury and seal Sayid and Gale in there, and (2) the first reason sets up the dramatic conclusion where Jack forces Locke to choose between keeping the armoury locked or entering the computer code.
Furthermore, why does Sayid go to Charlie to talk everything over, explaining that everyone else is forgetting how ruthless The Others can be (Charlie hasn't forgotten, because of his experience when Claire was kidnapped). What about discussing it with Locke, who helped Sayid with the torturing; or Jack & Ana Lucia who wanted to train an army to defend everyone against The Others; or Sawyer and Jin who faced The Others on the raft; or Kate who's head The Others put a gun to; or any of the Tailies?
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