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Because You Left 

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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Jin-Soo Kwon (credit only)
Sun-Hwa Kwon
Bernard Nadler


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 Widmore 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 the beginning of the episode, an alarm clock is shown and its alarm sounds at 8:15 am. However, the dial at the left shows the alarm is set for Noon. See more »


Richard Alpert: The only way to save the island John is to get your people back here.
John Locke: How am I supposed to do that?
Richard Alpert: You're gonna have to die John.
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References The Andy Griffith Show (1960) See more »


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Written by Michael Giacchino
Performed by The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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Great episode to get things going in season five
21 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

"Because You Left" is the second best season premiere so far on "Lost", for various reasons. The most notable difference between this premiere and those which kicked off seasons two, three, and four (we'll leave 'Pilot' out of this because its intentions and purposes were different) is that it is more confident, more direct (and surprisingly straightforward, but we'll get to that later), and just more effective than the others. "Man of Science, Man of Faith" (the season two premiere) is better only because it managed to move the story forward reasonably well, focus on Jack as a character and do an admirable job of it, and set up some of the major conflicts in the series (the titular scene with Locke and Jack defines 'iconic'). Still, we are at a point in the run of the series where the story simply has to be told, and "Because You Left" is a more confident start to the season than any of the previous season premieres, even season four's.

What's the main difference? The main difference is that previous premieres actually calmed things down to start over again, to tell the new season's story. "Man of Science, Man of Faith" not as notably as the two after it, because season one was relatively low-key, but "A Tale of Two Cities" (the season three premiere) not only neglected to answer several of the immediate questions season two's finale posed, but took things in a whole different direction to tell a whole different story. "The Beginning of the End", the season four premiere, followed one of the most talked-about pieces of TV ever made, and while it is very enjoyable and accomplished what it set out to do admirably well, it again served the purpose of basically slowing down the pace from the season three premiere and starting to tell season four's story (the Oceanic 6, the freighters, etc). "Because You Left" feels like a more natural start. We see exactly what happens right after the events of season four, nothing is slowed down, the scope of the battle is as great as ever (although we're not even sure what battles are being fought right now). There is a lot of time spent on recap, but little on slowing down and starting over. I liked that.

This is not a recap, as there are dozens of those on the internet already, so I won't bother going over exactly what happened in the episode all over again. I thought the opening scene was remarkable, and easily the best of the traditional 'surprise openings' we are now accustomed to seeing on "Lost" since Desmond in the hatch in season 2. The scene was deliberately similar, and I also liked that it went on longer and hence gave us more to chew on. It was also great to actually see Marvin Candle (or Pierre Chang, if you're up to speed on the Comic-Con video from 2008) in a scene rather than on a screen in an orientation film/video. The episode was a bravura piece of genre storytelling, setting up the rules for the copious amounts of time travel we are surely going to see efficiently and surprisingly naturally. Considering that "Because You Left featured as much recap as it did of season four's climactic events, and most of the rest was made up of exposition, it was remarkably good in the end, mostly because it moved the story forward and provided some great set-pieces and new mysteries.

I'm very intrigued by Locke's role in the future of this series, and am glad that he is already being given a more significant and interesting storyline than he was given in season four. I loved his scene with Richard, and the compass surely has some sort of future significance. "Because You Left" wouldn't have pleased everyone: it did not focus on any character enough to provide much of interest as far as that angle goes, which is why it worked well shown back-to-back with the second episode "The Lie", and as hectic as it was, it was remarkably straightforward and efficient. The script by Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof set season 5 in motion without taking the time to slow things down and start over. That's refreshing, and as I said earlier, it's surprisingly straightforward and frank about what's to come. The exposition, such as Daniel's explanation of the brand of time travel being used here, is handled extremely well also. One thing "Lost" will never lose is its unpredictability. For everything about this season which I guessed right there was something I guessed wrong. The way Desmond was brought into the events of season five was certainly not something I had thought of before watching the episode.

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