Lost: Season 4, Episode 9

The Shape of Things to Come (24 Apr. 2008)

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The team from the ship attacks Locke's camp looking for Ben, with Alex as a hostage. Meanwhile, the doctor from the ship washes up on shore at Jack's camp, and Daniel Faraday provides some distressing news to Jack.



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Bernard finds the body of a man on the beach and Daniel identifies that he is the doctor of their ship. Meanwhile, Alex is captured and forced to shutdown the defense system of the housing compound, releasing a warning code. Ben organizes the defense of house and when Alex is executed by her captors, he releases the smoke monster to destroy the enemies. Meanwhile, in the future, Ben escapes from Tunisia to Iraq where he helps Sayid in the funeral of his wife Nadia; later Ben has an unexpected meeting with Charles Widmore in his suite late night in London. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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When Alex deactivates the security fence she uses the combination 1623. 16 and 23 are both part of the shows prominent number sequence 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, and 42 See more »


The desk clerk in Tunisia was wearing Hijab (cover of the head that Muslim women wear). However, the Hijab is illegal in Tunisia. See more »


Ben Linus: [after Sayid shoots his whole gun empty on the man who killed his wife] That should do it.
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The Producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of the people of Hawaii and their Aloha spirit. See more »


Performed by Brothers of the Baladi
Traditional Arabian Folk Melody
Adapted & arranged by Michael Beach & J. Michael Kearsey
Arrangement published by Berkshire Snow Music
Courtesy of Baladi Productions & MS-Pro
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Ny Favourite Ben Episode
17 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

This is a Ben-centric episode and it's one of the few great episodes of a somewhat crap season 4. This and the episode The Constant are the top two episodes of season 4 and if you're watching them on DVD, you can't skip them.

It's about a year into the future and Ben wakes up and finds himself in the middle of the Sahara Desert. How did he get there you might ask? The answer is revealed later down the track.

I never trusted Ben when I was watching the show on TV but now I appreciate him and he's just an awesome character. If you love Ben, then I guarantee you'll love this episode.

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