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"The Others" bring Sawyer to a room, injects a needle in his sternum
and when he wakes up, Benjamin Limus tells him that a pacemaker has
been implanted in his heart and any physical effort for him will be
lethal, since his heart will blow-up. Sawyer recalls his period in
prison, when he betrayed another prisoner to commute six years of
sentence and be released earlier. Colleen, the women shot by Sun, is
submitted to a surgery, has complications and Juliet calls Jack on to
help her, but it is too late. Paulo is playing golf on the beach, and
Desmond asks for a club to build a weird apparatus. Benjamin brings the
controlled Sawyer with him to the top of a hill to show where they are.
"Every Man for Himself" is one of the best episodes of "Lost". The coward and despicable behavior of "The Others", leaded by the Machiavellian Benjamin Limus (aka Henry Gale), irritated me. Sawyer shows through flashback how low she may go to take advantage on a situation, which is the reason of the title of this show ("Every Man for Himself"). The attitudes of Desmond are intriguing, and Paulo has again another short participation, but now at least with a few lines. The reference to a submarine increased the mystery about who "The Others" are. Evangeline Lilly is really a very pretty woman. My vote is ten.
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Note: On 6 April 2013, I saw this episode again on DVD.
'Every Man For Himself' is easily one of the best Sawyer-centric
episodes. It contains both elements of Sawyer's deceptive past and
elements of exactly what the Others are capable of. This episode proves
once again that the first six episodes of the third season mean
business. They didn't exactly follow the normal Lost season opener
time-line, which EMFH proved. Sawyer's struggle between escape and the
dark clutches of Ben had me on the edge of my seat during the entire
episode. Ben and Sawyer showed wonderful chemistry episode, because of
their opposite mannerisms and intentions. Watching them try to top each
other led to one of the best hours in television history.
Another beautiful, jaw-dropping hour of Lost.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Focusing on Sawyer and his con abilities, we learn in this episode that beneath his layers of deceit, he has a conscience. The flashback takes us to the time where Sawyer did time in prison, and reveals how he conned his way out. Through this flashback, we understand why Sawyer is very emotional, towards Kate, even though he tips a new cell mate at the beginning of the flashback, and tells Kate that: "It's every man for himself". The others leader, Ben, reveals his con on Sawyer and tells him that: "The only way to gain a con artist's respect is by conning him". More is revealed about the role of Jack among the Others. He is called to save the woman Jin shot in S03E02. In that operation room he discovers why he is kept by the Others - to save someone's life. Finally, we get more scenes with Desmond - and how he predicts the future. 8 of 10.
"Every Man for Himself" is everything wrong with the first six episodes
of season 3 (other than "The Cost of Living", perhaps). The Hydra
island storyline is the worst ever on "Lost", a completely useless
example of prolonging the plot for the sake of prolonging the plot.
Moreover, the episode barely even has enough good characterization in
it to be worthwhile. The flashback is okay, though not great, and
there's enough of Desmond and the regular island folk to make this
watchable, but the Hydra island stuff is intolerable, especially Kate
and Sawyer growling at each other from their cages, Pickett making
faces, and (oh joy!) lots of shaky-cam which is apparently supposed to
substitute for any actual tension. Also, Sawyer falls for Ben's con a
bit too easily.
It's tough going, getting through five of these first six episodes. Luckily season 3 would rebound with "Not in Portland" and with one exception remain tremendously engaging and enjoyable.
Favorite Scene The only really good scene in the episode. The scene
with Boone in the sweat lodge.
Episode 3.4 Every Man for Himself 6/10
Island Plot Ben goes to drastic means to get Sawyers cooperation. Jack tries to save an Others life.
Flashback In prison Sawyer tries to con another inmate.
This is the episode where the Hydra Island subplot started to get tedious and a little to dark for my taste. If seeing Sawyer get beat up and emotionally and physically abused for an hour seems fun to you than this is your episode. For me it grows only more tedious with each viewing. Having said that, I have to admit there is a certain perverse pleasure in seeing Ben kick Sawyers rear end. Who knew he had it in him?
The flashbacks are OK and do give an interesting fact about Sawyer personnel life that I didn't see coming. The Jack and Juliet scenes are very good as usual and the subplot with Desmond, Charlie and Claire is mildly interesting. The "surprise" reveal at the end of the episode was pretty lame at the time and hasn't gotten much better.
All and all, not a bad episode but definitely not a classic.
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