Lost (2004–2010)
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The Shape of Things to Come 

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 »


When Ben is watching the TV in the hotel and Sayid's name shows up in Arabic at the bottom of the screen, it's clear that the Arabic is written wrong and that his last name is misspelled. Arabic letters are supposed to be connected together, while on the screen each letter is on its own. The first 3 characters (starting from the right not left) is Sayid's first name and should all be connected as one, the last 4 characters are his last name (which is misspelled) and should say Jarrah, but instead say Jara. The 5th and 6th character should be swapped around and the last character is the wrong form of the Arabic letter "H". Also the second line under his name makes no sense, it seems like they used random characters to make up something or totally misspelled the word they were intending to use. See more »


Sayid Jarrah: I have no life. They took it from me.
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The Producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of the people of Hawaii and their Aloha spirit. See more »


Referenced in CHIKARA: the Shape of Things to Come (2017) See more »


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Written by Michael Giacchino
Performed by The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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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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