Lost (2004–2010)
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The Candidate 

With Jack's help, Locke rescues the candidates from Widmore's compound, but their plans for leaving the island are forced to change. In Los Angeles, Jack tries to convince Locke to try an experimental surgery for his paralysis.


Jack Bender


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Fox ... Dr. Jack Shephard
Terry O'Quinn ... John Locke / Man in Black
Josh Holloway ... James 'Sawyer' Ford
Naveen Andrews ... Sayid Jarrah
Evangeline Lilly ... Kate Austen
Emilie de Ravin ... Claire Littleton
Daniel Dae Kim ... Jin-Soo Kwon
Yunjin Kim ... Sun-Hwa Kwon
Jorge Garcia ... Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes
Henry Ian Cusick ... Desmond Hume (credit only)
Michael Emerson ... Ben Linus (credit only)
Jeff Fahey ... Frank Lapidus
Nestor Carbonell ... Richard Alpert (credit only)
Ken Leung ... Miles Straume (credit only)
Zuleikha Robinson ... Ilana Verdansky (credit only)


Sawyer and his group are arrested by Widmore's group. Meanwhile Jack awakes in the Hydra Island and Sayid tells to Jack that Locke saved him. Now there are only the three against Widmore and Locke asks Jack to help him to rescue Sawyer's group from the cages. Sayid turns off the generator and the smoke monster attacks Widmore's camp; Jack opens the cages to release the group. Locke kills the guards that are protecting the plane and removes the explosives but he tells that the plane is not safe. Locke tells that they will need to use the submarine to leave the island. Jack pushes Locke into the water, but they are attacked by Widmore's group. Locke and Claire are left behind and he tells to her that she would not like to be in the submarine. Jack finds explosive in his backpack but Jack tells that nothing will happen to them. Sayid runs with the bomb to save the group; however Sun is trapped in the debris and Jin stays with her and only Jack, Kate, Sawyer and Hurley survive. In the ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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When Jack is talking to Locke he says "what happened, happened." This is the name of a Season 5 episode. See more »


In the scene in the sub, after it starts to fill with water, and Sun is trapped, Jin, Jack and Sawyer are trying to save her. Sawyer gets hit on the head. Each time the camera angle changes, the water level changes with each shot. It starts at chest level, then at the neck line, and then back to chest level. Since Sun is pinned against the wall and can't move, these scenes have to be shot at different times. See more »


Sayid Jarrah: Listen carefully, There's a well on the main island, half a mile south of the camp we just left. Desmond's inside it. Locke wants him dead which means you're going to need him for something. You understand me?
Jack Shephard: Why are you telling me this?
Sayid Jarrah: Because it's going to be you, Jack.
[runs off with the bomb]
Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes: Sayid!
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References Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) See more »


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Written by Michael Giacchino
Performed by The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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The explosive candidate
25 October 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.

It, Season 6 that is, started promisingly enough with "LA X", both parts, but the season since up to this point was variable, mostly somewhere in between of being decent and great. There were disappointments like "Lighthouse", "The Package" and particularly "What Kate Does", but there were excellent episodes such as "Sundown", "Dr Linus", "Happily Ever After" and the season's high point "Ab Aeterno" too.

Season 6's eleventh episode "The Candidate" is a great episode. For me, it's among the season's best, alongside "Ab Aeterno", "Happily Ever After", "Sundown", "The Last Recruit" and "Dr Linus".

Pace is tight mostly, if occasionally rushed leading up to the gut-wrenching last third and throughout the writing is taut and not soapy. There is more story clarity than some of the previous episodes and character motivations are not as vague as some of the previous Season 6 episodes.

The story is gripping, full of suspense and has emotion. The story and character development feels advanced rather than going backwards, being reiterated or ground to a halt.

Loved that it feels like things are moving forward, as well as things being set up for what's to come. There were some shocking revelations and twists that enhance the intensity, with an ending that one doesn't predict and some truly brutal and emotional goodbyes. Like "The Last Recruit", many characters have much more to do than they have done for a while and that they serve crucial and relevant roles in the story, also that they behave like themselves and not lost what made them the strong characters they are. Jack and Locke are written beautifully and the interaction and performances both tense and moving.

As always, the acting across the board is on the money. Matthew Fox, who gives some of his best ever acting here, and particularly Terry O'Quinn (no surprise as he was one of the best and most consistent actors on the show from the very beginning) being standouts.

Cannot either fault the stylish production values, the chilling and understated music score and some of the best direction of the season. As said already, the writing is also taut and never less than fascinating.

In summation, great and one of the season's best. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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4 May 2010 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

O'ahu, Hawaii, USA

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