Sayid, John and Kate find another Dharma station on their way to rescue Jack. In the meantime Sawyer tries to get his stuff back in the camp.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Desmond Hume (credit only)
Claire Littleton (credit only)
Ben Linus (credit only)
Jack Shephard (credit only)
Juliet Burke (credit only)


Locke, Sayid, Kate, and Danielle find a communication center, another Dharma Initiative station called 'The Flame', in an isolated cabin in the woods and they capture the Russian sentry Mikhail Bakunin who claims to be the last surviving member of the Dharma Initiative. But Sayid immediately suspects that Bakunin is not who he claims to be. Sayid recalls his past while residing in Paris, France, when he was invited to work as a chef of a Iraqi restaurant, but actually he had been recognized as the torturer of the wife of the owner. Meanwhile, Sawyer plays ping-pong game against Hurley to try to win back his possessions, and loses his bet. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The man they encounter at the Flame station is named Mikhail Bakunin. This is actually the name of a 19th century Russian political theorist who was very influential in the development of anarchism as a political movement. See more »


When John beats the computer in a chess game, the computer flashes the message "CHECKMATE" then "YOU WIN." The position on the board is not a checkmate, although John has a forced mate in two. See more »

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The producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of the people of Hawaii and their Aloha spirit. See more »


References Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) See more »


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Written by J.J. Abrams
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A game of chess
12 December 2008 | by ( – See all my reviews

"Enter 77" is a widely-loved episode, but I have reservations in calling it one of the best episodes of the show only due to the flashback, which does a decent job of exploring Sayid's character and manages to make a convincingly emotional story out of rather simplistic metaphors, but does strike me as more than a little redundant and stagnant. On the other hand the on-island events are all absolutely enthralling with Kate, Sayid, and Locke meeting Mikhail at the Flame. There's a nice light-hearted diversion in the ping pong tournament, and the final conversation between Hurley and Sawyer is excellent and nicely understated.

The whole episode is basically about strategy. Mikhail and his visitors are playing a game, the Iraqi woman and her husband are playing a psychological chess match with Sayid (regardless of whether or not that was their intention), one which he eventually loses, and Locke literally plays chess on the computer at the Flame. One aspect of the episode which tends to amuse me on repeat viewings is trying to figure out if Mikhail or the survivors won the 'chess game' by the end of the episode. Sometimes I think it's a stalemate, most of the time I pick a side. Ultimately the answer would be provided by the rest of season three.

An extremely action-packed and entertaining episode with enough emotional content to keep the audience invested in the characters, and a good script. The only issue is the stagnant, redundant flashbacks but that was a general problem with the show at this point and would only be overcome later.

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