Lost: Season 5, Episode 10

He's Our You (25 Mar. 2009)

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Sayid is held as a prisoner by the Dharma Initiative, presumed to be a Hostile. However, during his capture, he believes he has discovered the reason why he's back on the island.

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Having been captured by the Dharma Initiative on the island in 1977 after being mistaken for a "hostile", Sayid meets a young Ben Linus who offers to help him escape, while Sawyer and the Dharma members try to interrogate him for information. Sayid flashes back to his days as an assassin for Ben who releases him from his contract, and how Sayid later met the manipulative adult Ben in Dominica who persuaded him persuade him to return to the island, and how Sayid met Ilana, a private investigator/contract killer, who abducted him to return to Australia for his past crimes. Written by matt-282

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Ben refers to the man Sayid kills in Moscow as Andropov. This last name is well known to Russian viewers. Yuri Andropov was the Chief of the KGB for 15 years (1967 - 1982) and made KGB the notorious omni-powerful and omnipresent organization. After the death of Leonid Brezhnev, Andropov was the Soviet leader for 15 months and died from diabetes in 1983. See more »

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In the scene where Sayid kills a Russian guy, the latter is seen entering the house with a paper groceries bag. Russian stores and supermarkets ONLY use plastic bags, usually with the store/market logo on it. Paper bags have never been used in Russia/USSR. See more »

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Ilana: I like sad men.
Sayid Jarrah: I'm sorry to hear that.
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Dull filler
26 March 2009 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

Few episodes of "Lost" are as dull and inconsequential as "He's Our You", and coming from writers as accomplished as Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz it's quite shocking how mediocre this script is. There is none of their usual humor or their knack for great character-driven drama here. Their last episode before this was "This Place is Death". If you compare both scripts and think this is even in the same league you need to correct your taste and get checked for mental health issues. Even the ending to this episode isn't all it's cracked up to be. Sure it'll keep us chattering for a week but we know they'll solve it easily. If they don't I'll edit this out but until then I find nothing special about this ending, aside from an initial moment of surprise.

The episode is character-centric, but all "Lost" episodes are. It has become a common defense for some "Lost" fans to use when describing mediocre episodes with no action, regardless of whether or not the characters are interesting in the episode or not.. "He's Our You" will be defended by some as a great character episode, or a good character episode. It is not. It is a dumb, simplistic rehash of themes which have been present in Sayid episodes since season one's "Solitary". It adds nothing new to the mix and where it could have done so, in the relationship between Sayid and Ben, it didn't. At least not until near the end of the episode.

All the other character interactions are boring and pointless. The conclusion of Sayid's hit-man missions for Ben is perfunctory and uninteresting, same goes for Ilana's background and how her and Sayid ended up on the plane. When did "Lost" turn into "24"? The truth-telling drug was probably one of the silliest bits "Lost" has ever done. Poorly-written, poorly-conceived, extremely convenient, and a total disaster when it comes to the handling of tone in a scene. I blame director Greg Yaitanes for that bit. (edit: after seeing the episode again, I must disagree with myself on that point, but I don't like the episode much as a whole).

This episode is as close to 'filler' as we've gotten on "Lost" since the abominable Hydra island storyline.


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