Lost (2004–2010)
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Sayid's life is in danger after finding the source of the French transmission, while Hurley hatches a ridiculous plan to make life more civilized.


Greg Yaitanes


Jeffrey Lieber (created by), J.J. Abrams (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Naveen Andrews ... Sayid Jarrah
Matthew Fox ... Dr. Jack Shephard
Jorge Garcia ... Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes
Maggie Grace ... Shannon Rutherford
Josh Holloway ... James 'Sawyer' Ford
Malcolm David Kelley ... Walt Lloyd
Daniel Dae Kim ... Jin-Soo Kwon (credit only)
Yunjin Kim ... Sun-Hwa Kwon
Evangeline Lilly ... Kate Austen
Dominic Monaghan ... Charlie Pace
Terry O'Quinn ... John Locke
Harold Perrineau ... Michael Dawson
Ian Somerhalder ... Boone Carlyle
William Mapother ... Dr. Ethan Rom
Mira Furlan ... Danielle Rousseau


Ashamed with his behavior torturing Sawyer, Sayid Jarrah decides to leave the group of survivors and travel alone through the island, trying to find the source of transmission and map the place. He is arrested and tortured by the French survivor Danielle Rousseau and recalls his beloved Nadia back to his days years earlier in Iraq as part of the interrogation/torturer for the Republican Guard. Meanwhile, Hurley decides to get the survivors spirits up by getting up a golf course in a sunny field. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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English | Korean | French | Arabic

Release Date:

17 November 2004 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

O'ahu, Hawaii, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The note that Sayid is reading from Nadia in the beginning is written in Arabic and translates to: "If you will not see me in this life, see me in the other." It is also interesting to note that although the message is in Arabic, Sayid's name is written in English on the front of the envelope. See more »


Locke says that Ethan exposed some tracks that might be "a rabbit or some other rodent", implying that rabbits are rodents. They aren't, they're lagomorphs. See more »


Sullivan: Hey, Doc! Hey! There you are! Somebody said you went this way. Listen, that rash of mine is starting to spread. It's like the size of a grapefr... What are you guys doing? Are you playing *golf*?
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Written by Michael Giacchino
Performed by The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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A torturous past
10 December 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

When 'Lost' was in its prime, it was must-watch television. Remember first watching it, found it remarkably easy to get into, was hooked from the start and was on Season 3 by the end of one week. The general consensus is that the final season is a disappointment and cannot disagree.

"Solitary" is something of a let down after the great previous episode "Confidence Man", and is not in the same league as far as previous episodes go as "Pilot" and "Walkabout" which are show high points. It is still a very good episode, even if the direction has been more inspired before and since and the writing tighter and more illuminating.

It is great to learn about Sayid's dark past and it does make for harrowing viewing, but the previous episodes with flashbacks for Charlie, Sawyer and particularly Locke said more new things about the character in question than "Solitary's" flashbacks did with Sayid (it is agreed that the Arabic is dodgy) rather than going over things already reinforced.

Rousseau's introduction is more interesting, and the character has only been introduced in this episode and is already a complex individual. The scenes between Sayid and Rousseau are riveting though.

Even greater is learning more about the island and there is a nice light-hearted edge with Hurley and the golf, a good example of the other characters other than the main focus having time to shine.

Visually, "Solitary" is well made with the island as beautiful and mysterious as ever. The music is understated and chilling. The writing still provokes thought and the story absorbs.

Acting is hard to find fault, Naveen Andrews and Mira Furlan being outstanding.

Overall, well done if not up to great or more 'Lost' standard. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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