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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.

Director:

Stephen Williams

Writers:

Jeffrey Lieber (created by), J.J. Abrams (created by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Naveen Andrews ... Sayid Jarrah
Henry Ian Cusick ... Desmond Hume
Jeremy Davies ... Dr. Daniel Faraday
Michael Emerson ... Ben Linus
Matthew Fox ... Dr. Jack Shephard
Jorge Garcia ... Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes
Josh Holloway ... James 'Sawyer' Ford
Daniel Dae Kim ... Jin-Soo Kwon (credit only)
Yunjin Kim ... Sun-Hwa Kwon
Ken Leung ... Miles Straume
Evangeline Lilly ... Kate Austen
Rebecca Mader ... Dr. Charlotte Lewis
Elizabeth Mitchell ... Dr. Juliet Burke
Terry O'Quinn ... John Locke
Sam Anderson ... Bernard Nadler
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Storyline

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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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

O'ahu, Hawaii, USA

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Production Co:

Bad Robot, ABC Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

In the opening scene, Dr Chang's digital alarm clock goes off at 8:15 AM, another reference to the doomed Oceanic Flight 815. See more »

Goofs

(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 »

Quotes

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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Crazy Credits

The Producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of the people of Hawaii and their Aloha spirit. See more »

Connections

References The Andy Griffith Show (1960) See more »

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Main Title
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Written by J.J. Abrams
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Skipping through time
15 June 2018 | 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.

Season 4 was a solid season, with high points such as "The Beginning of the End", the three part finale and particularly "The Constant" and the only disappointments (though they were still decent) being "The Other Woman" and "Eggtown". "Because You Left" couldn't be a better way to start Season 5. Definitely among the stronger 'Lost' season openers and one of the most confident and most settled.

The episode has pretty much everything that 'Lost' is all about. It's taut and thought-provoking, with utterly gripping on-island events. It may be primarily setting up and putting into place what is to come, but does that extremely well, while providing answers and new mysteries and questions.

On top of all that, it advances characters, shows plot progression rather than repeating itself or being filler. There are surprising moments and also illuminating ones. Ben's role demonstrates why he is thought of so highly by 'Lost' fans, myself included. The opening scene is remarkable, one of the show's best and most attention-grabbing scenes and Hurley and Sayid's roles have intrigue, entertainment value and intensity.

Also found "Because You Left" to be a non-stop thrill ride of insane entertainment value, edge of your seat tension and very emotional moments. The exposition, which there is a fair bit of, is a case of it being thought-probing, relevant and adding a lot rather than slowing things down and rambling.

Can't fault the performances, particularly from Michael Emerson, Naveen Andrews and Jorge Garcia once again showing his dramatic chops and with such adeptness.

Nor the stylishness and atmosphere of the visuals, nor the effectively understated and chilling use of music, taut writing and the tightly controlled direction (one of the best of the season and perhaps of the show).

All in all, wonderful season opener. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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