Lost: Season 5, Episode 1

Because You Left (21 Jan. 2009)

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As a result of Ben moving the island, the survivors left on the island begin skipping through time. Meanwhile, three years later in Los Angeles, Ben starts convincing the Oceanic 6 to return to the island.



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As a result of Ben moving the island, time displacements begin to happen to those left behind, whom include Faraday, Miles, Charlotte, Locke, Juliet, Sawyer, Bernard and Rose, among others begins to skip through time as they appear and disappear at various times and encounters with various "Others" in various time periods as well as Dharma Initivive members. Back in Los Angeles, Ben tries to convince Jack to return to the island with the dead Locke to correct things. Kate deals with strange men who appear at her house wanting to know the origins of her baby. Sun has an encounter with Charles Whidmore who warns her about returning to the island and about dealing with Ben Linus. Also, Sayid breaks Hurley out of the mental hospital as they go on the run from unknown assassins out to get them where Sayid is wounded and Hurley gets arrested. Written by matt-282

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It is revealed that Hurley lived at the mental hospital for 2 years before leaving with Sayid. See more »


(at around 21 mins) When Sun is checking out at the airport you can clearly see on the agent's screen that the opened application in the Windows taskbar is Adobe Photoshop. The passport image is on full screen view and you can see the Photoshop toolbar at the top of the window. See more »


Juliet Burke: So that's why our camp is gone? Because the island is moving through time?
Daniel Faraday: Yeah, either the island is or we are.
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The Producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of the people of Hawaii and their Aloha spirit. See more »


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Paradoxical and Messy
24 January 2009 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

After a long period without "Lost", in a total lack of respect of the producers with the fans, this cult-series finally returns with a paradoxical and messy episode à la David Lynch. The plot goes backward and forward in time and using ellipsis, and what was only mystery in the previous seasons, now is confusion. For an average viewer like me, that does not spend time researching in Internet or watching the episodes again and again and see other movies and series, it is almost impossible to follow the storyline with such confusion. The writers have never resolved many intriguing situations from the last seasons, and now they seem to be really lost. My vote is six.

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16 April 2013

Dr. Pierre Chang records a tape for the Dharma Initiative and Daniel Faraday is among the workers in the island. Jake and Ben are with the body of Locke in a Funeral Home and they plan to return to the island. Three years before, the camping in the island is gone and Daniel explains to the group that was left in the island that they need to go to a landmark made by man since they are dislodged in time and jumping in time. Locke sees the accident with the plane of the drug dealers and Ethan shoots Locke on the leg. However, Richard removes the bullet and gives a compass to Locke. Daniel meets Desmond in the hatch and tells that he is special and needs to go to the Oxford University and meet his mother since he is in danger. In the future, two men from a law firm visit Kate requesting a blood sample from Aaron and her. Sun is hold in the airport by Charles Widmore and she tells that she wants to kill Ben Linus. Sayid brings Hurley from the mental institution to a safe house in a motel but they are attacked by killers. .

On 24 January 2009, I saw this episode and I hated it. Recently I decided to see all the episodes of "Lost" again on DVD and now I liked much more than four years ago. There are many mysteries that have not been explained yet but I decided to give another chance to this series that was my favorite when it was released. My guess is that the Machiavellian Ben is behind this request of the blood sample of Kate and Aaron, to motivate her to return to the island. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Because you Left"

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