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Weekly Lost Chronicles: Sundown

March 3, 2010

Man in Black/Fake Locke has a new recruit.

For such a violent episode (being a Sayid one, no shock there), it had some heartbreaking moments. In the flash sideways, Sayid was a translating contracts for an oil company, not the hit man that Ben Linus turned him into. Nadia had married Sayid’s brother, Omar. Apparently never hit by the car during Sayid’s encounter with Jacob, she lived a normal life with two children in a suburban house. Well…maybe not quite normal. Omar was a store owner, opening up a second shop using money borrowed from loan sharks. Omar’s problem wasn’t in repaying the loan, but the lifetime interest on what was borrowed (call it what it is, protection money). Omar came to Sayid, knowing he was an Iraqi torturer, looking to have him get these guys off his back. Knowing Sayid wouldn’t just get up and go, Omar pulled his ace:  the lifetime payments would drain their life savings, that it would affect Nadia. Sneak! Knife twister! However, it worked, only after Omar found himself in the hospital at the hands of the hitmen. Sayid paid his visit and one of them wound up being <drum roll please> Martin Keamy! Everyone’s favorite snake, the same guy who shot Ben Linus’ daughter in the head. A mean looking set of poached eggs and an award winning smile couldn’t save his life this time, Sayid taking care of Keamy, along with everyone else in the room. How interesting was it to see a non-English speaking Jin tied and mouth taped in a room just off to that kitchen?

Particularly heartbreaking was the reason Sayid didn’t answer Nadia’s letters, nor sought her hand in marriage. Spending 12 years trying to clean his hands of the sins he committed, one of them being Nadia’s torturer, he felt he wasn’t deserving of her. He had pushed her to his brother, possibly to keep her close to him. A woman he’ll forever want, but never have.

Sayid’s character is complex. On one hand he insists that he’s a good man, but when he had the chance to let Keamy go, especially after Keamy forgave the rest of the debt, Sayid still shot him. When Keamy said, “You can let me go,” Sayid insisted, “I can’t.” A huge statement, coming from a place far deeper than someone who couldn’t allow one man to live. Sayid has the good in him, proven by the love he still has for Nadia, as well as the love he has for Nadia’s children. Still, his nature is dark, something Dogen was very much correct on.

The island turned into Sayid’s violent playground. Sayid got his answers as to why Dogen tortured him. Dogen confused me here. He told Sayid that the torture tactics were a dark and light measuring scale, and that Sayid’s was off the chart dark. Why he still gave Sayid the chance to prove there’s good in him, sending Sayid to kill Fake Locke, will remain a mystery. Dogen called Fake Locke “evil incarnate,” he had to have known Fake Locke’s tactics, yet still sent Sayid on a mission to kill him. Sayid’s failed attempt at killing Fake Locke changed everything. Fake Locke showed another clear side of Sayid, a man who can be easily tempted, even by a someone who clearly isn’t what he appears to be.

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Sayid’s transition from light to dark was extremely smooth, and how thrilling an ending was it? Sayid coming back to warn everyone to leave at sundown or they all die. Sayid killing both Dogen and Lennon (I liked Lennon, too!), Lennon telling Sayid, “You let it in.” Smoke Monster wrecking havoc throughout the temple. Fake Locke’s army slowly being assembled, some by Trojan Horse mentality. Even Ben Linus made an appearance, although he now knows trouble is either on the way, or already there.

And the island dynamic came into play as well. This arbitrary set of rules that everyone had in place are breaking down with each death. The ash that kept the Smoke Monster away no longer applies after Dogen was killed. That Fake Locke/Man in Black could kill Jacob only after he inhabited John Locke’s body. When Jacob died, Jacob’s rules went out the window. It’s almost as if the island has this “if you cross this line, game over” ideaology. Which I’m sure is supporting anyone’s theory that we’re watching the human version of a board game play out, even though that still seems too obvious. If that is the case, then someone’s cheating.

Coming Next Week: Dr. Linus

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