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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Lost: "Sundown"

Now, who here thought this was a Jin/Sun episode? The episode title made it seem that way. And for those who have been tracking the similarities between Season 1 and 6, the sixth episode of Season 1 was "House of the Rising Sun", a Jin and Sun centric. But, we were tricked. For this episode was not a Jin/Sun centric. It was a Sayid centric. With a cameo by Jin.

If any of you watch ABC's sneak peeks, you were probably happy to see Sayid getting out of a taxi with flowers and walking to Nadia's house, where they embraced. However, the clip was misleading. Soon after, Sayid's brother is revealed to come out of the kitchen, and is married to Nadia. They both have two cute children, as well. It would later be explained that Sayid pushed them together because he couldn't be with Nadia after what he had done.

Sayid travels alot because his boring job, which I really can't remember off the top of my head. But, his brother Omer approaches him. Apparently, the man got into some trouble with a guy he borrowed money from, and needs Syaid to send him a message. Sayid refuses, saying he's not the kind of man anymore. Throughout the show, Sayid has been struggling with this, and in Sundown, it comes to a shocking conclusion. But more into that later...

The next morning, after sending the kids off to school, Nadia rushes to Sayid to tell him that her husband was attacked by the men who gave him money. Omer is rushed to the hospital, and the gang briefly passes Jack. Sayid is furious, but Nadia convinces him not to seek revenge. Later that night, Nadia informs Sayid Omer is recuperating, and the two talk about their relationship. Sayid insists that he doesn't deserve Nadia.

The next day, Sayid is taken by Omer's beaters and is taken to a kitchen where Martin Keamy (what a shock!!) and his goons from the freighter are revealed to be bad guys. Keamy explains the situation, but Sayid doesn't buy it. A bullet fight ensues, and Sayid manages to kill the goons, and is about to kill Keamy, when the evil man begs for his life. He says he will forgive the debt, but Sayid said he can't forgive him and shoots him. I was glad to see Keamy's death for a second time, and this time was better because no one else's life was at stake.

Well, we'll have to see about that one. Because as Sayid was leaving, he heard a man trapped in the freezer. And this man was... Jin!!

On the Island, we were treated to a terrifc fight between Sayid and Dogen. Sayid is furious about the tests he underwent, but Dogen argues that his scale, which is supposed to balance good and evil, is balancing the wrong way. I assume this to be the evil side, since Sayid was somehow claimed. Dogen was the only person to ever beat Sayid in a battle, as far as I can remember. And just as Dogen was about to kill Sayid, that mysterious baseball dropped, and Dogen merely told Sayid he was banished.

As Sayid is preparing to leave, Miles confirms to him and the audience that Sayid was indeed dead for over 2 hours, leaving us to contemplate what brought him back. Just then, Claire enters the Temple. Flocke sent her in to send a message to the Temple Dwellers in exchange for getting Aaron back.

Claire notifes Dogen that Flocke wants to see him, but she is taken. Dogen instructs Sayid that he changed his mind on banishment. He offers Sayid a redeption plan- to kill the Man in Black, who is "evil incarnate" and is posing as a dead man (Locke). He must be stabbed before any words come out of his mouth.

But the plan doesn't work. Flocke appears and says "Hello, Sayid" at which point Sayid stabs Flocke. Nothing happens. Flocke talks to Sayid, and is once again manipulating someone to join his team. His offer- to give him anything he wants. Sayid wants Nadia, who is dead. But Flocke makes it appear that he can, indeed have her.

Sayid reports back to the Temple and relays a message to the Others from Flocke: Jacob is dead, so now you can leave, or stay and die. They must decide by sundown. (I guess that's where the title comes from!).

Kate also comes back to the Temple and finds Claire singing "Catch a Falling Star". Kate tells Claire about what really happened to Aaron. She also warns Kate that "He is coming, and you can't stop him!".

As a large group of Others prepare to leave (including Cindy and the kids), Sayid goes to the Temple, where Dogen sheds some light on his backstory. He was once a businessman, and after a promotion, went partying and drinking. Dogen had to much, and then proceded to pick his son up from a baseball game. Big mistake. They got into a terrible accident. Dogen was ok, but his son was in terrible condition. Was he dead, or just seriously injured? We are left to wonder that as Jacob approaches him with a proposition. He can save his son, as long as Dogen goes to The Island and will never be able to see him again.

After the story, Dogen asks if the Man in Black made a similar propisition. He also notices it is sundown, and Sayid must now choose. Sayid says he would "like to stay", but plunges Dogen in the pool and drowns him. Lennon runs in, screaming at Sayid that Dogen was the only thing keeping "him" out. Just then, the Smoke Monster floods the Temple as Sayid kills Lennon. Looks like Sayid has finally descended into evil.

Havoc breaks loose in the Temple, and the Smoke Monster kills many people. Kate goes to rescue Claire, but she insists "he" will not harm them as Kate jumps into the whole. Above, they see the Monster pass over them, carrying many bodies in it.

Miles runs into a back room, and meets Ilana, Frank, Sun, and Ben, who just got to thr Temple and are trying to find a way out. Ilana is looking for Hurley, Jack, and Saywer, but they aren't there. While the reunion was pretty cool, there is no time to discuss things because they have to move quickly. Ben tries to bring Sayid with them, and in their first encounter since shooting him in '77, Sayid tells a visibly frightened Ben he cannot escape.

Ben, Frank, Ilana, Miles, and Sun escape the devistation in the Temple through a secret passage. In the final scene, Claire, Kate, and Sayid are seen walking out of the Temple while The Man in Black (as Flocke) is scene leading a large group out of the Temple after giving an odd look to Kate. And folks, it appears the teams have been made. Part 1 of the Final Season is finished, and Part 2 looms in our midst.

Top 3 Questions I Want Answered:
1). What is going on with Sayid?
2). Why is Kate not a Candidate?
3). What the hell was with the promor for "Dr. Linus"?

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