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Live Together, Die Alone 

After discovering a sailboat just offshore containing former hatch oversee Desmond, Jack and Sayid come up with a plan to confront "The Others" and hopefully get Walt back. Meanwhile, Eko and Locke come to blows as Locke makes a potentially cataclysmic decision regarding the "button" and the hatch.



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Jack, Sawyer and Sayid swim to the boat and find a completely wasted Desmond. His traumatic past experience before sailing to the island is disclosed through flashbacks. Sayid plots a plan with Jack to surprise "The Others" in case Michael is double-crossing the group. John Locke convinces Desmond to invade the hatch, which is protected by Mr. Eko, and not press the button of the computer to see what will happen. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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24 May 2006 (USA)  »

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After Desmond is released from military prison and dishonorably discharged from the Royal Scots Regiment of the British Army, Penelope's father reveals Desmond's last name when they have a talk in the limo. Desmond's full name is Desmond David Hume. David Hume, like John Locke, was an important philosopher of the 18th century. Hume was a Scotsman, just as Desmond is (hence he was in the Royal Scots Regiment). Both were Empiricists, and Hume was heavily influenced by Locke. This would serve to explain the friendship between John and Desmond on the show, and why Desmond goes along with John's plan to stop pressing the button without having seen the Pearl Orientation tape. It appears the show's writers have a habit of naming characters after famous philosophers in history. Rousseau is named after Jean-Jacques Rousseau, also of the 18th century, a French-Swiss philosopher of the Enlightenment whose political ideas influenced the French Revolution. Fleeing criticism in Switzerland, Rousseau took refuge and lived with Hume in Great Britain for a time. See more »


When Sawyer, Jack and Sayid are swimming towards the boat, you can clearly see that Sawyer loses his gun when he is underwater. However, when he gets on the boat, he has his gun back. See more »


[Charlie plays the guitar]
Mr. Eko: Charlie! Do you know how they got the hatch door open?
[Charlie stops]
Charlie Pace: No, but if you hum it, I can probably play it.
[Charlie plays again and Eko holds him]
Mr. Eko: How did they open it - the door that says "quarantine"?
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Chains and Things
Written by B.B. King
Performed by B.B. King
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An epic season finale, one of the show's greatest achievements
19 October 2008 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

"Lost" is quite well-known by now for pulling out all the stops for the season finales. "Live Together, Die Alone" was, when it aired, the greatest episode of "Lost", and one of the all-time TV greats in general. It still stands out as one of the show's greatest achievements in every way- writing courtesy of showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, direction by Jack Bender, cinematography by Michael Bonvillain, music by Michael Giacchino, and striking performances from just about the entire cast, but in particular Terry O'Quinn as John Locke. To say that this episode (and, in fairness, all the other season finales) are on par with some of the best feature films being produced would be a gross understatement.

Even though the latter stages of every season of "Lost" follow a sort of formula (set up big confrontation, pull out some surprise and twists, etc.), the writers always have something unexpected up their collective sleeve. For those of us who avoided spoilers, the very fact that they had the audacity to center a season finale on a minor character who made a couple of appearances early in the season and did little more than yell at people. Not only that, but they actually pulled it off, making Desmond, over the course of just one episode, one of the most interesting and popular characters on "Lost", and one of the most likable. The flashbacks here are tremendously well-written, setting up what is perhaps the only truly well-executed romance on "Lost", between Penny and Desmond, and eventually taking Desmond to the island, where we learn a bit more about the history of DHARMA, see some new areas of the island, and see why the plane crashed (although many will disagree that was a definitive answer). The strength here again is the focus on character. If we don't have an emotional connection to the characters, the mythology means very little.

The island events are focused on two different story lines. Upon Desmond's return Locke convinces him that the button is worthless, and eventually they succeed in locking Eko out of the room where the computer is, which sets up Desmond turning the failsafe key. That is, of course, a very shortened version of the events, and we get some more outstanding interaction between Locke and Eko, with Desmond added in for good measure. Come on, how can you resist that? Meanwhile Michael is leading Jack, Kate, Sawyer, and Hurley right to the Others, and Sayid, Jin, and Sun take Desmond's boat as backup. The four-toed statue is still one of the most annoying mysteries, because it feels like ages since it was introduced and it hasn't even been mentioned again.

Like all the season finales, and many other episodes of "Lost", "Live Together, Die Alone" is meditative, philosophical, intelligent, and character-focused beneath all the running around and action/adventure stuff. That is what truly sets "Lost" apart from the majority of genre television. This episode is one of the show's most brilliant achievements, and given its 87 minute length, one can rightfully compare it to some of the finest films ever made. The quality of the production from every angle, from something as general as the direction to more detailed aspects like sound editing and mixing, is quite an astonishing achievement.


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