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  • TV Series: Lost
  • Episode: 316
  • Starring: Jorge Garcia, Mathew Fox, Josh Holloway, Evangeline Lilly, Yunjin Kim, Terry O’Quinn, Michael Emerson, Naveen Andrews
  • Written By: Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse
  • Directed By: Stephen Williams
  • Network: ABC
  • Series: Lost

Lost: 316

Ben Gets Beat Down on His Way Back to the Island

By Stephen Lackey     February 19, 2009

Ben (Michael Emerson) bruised and ready to fly on LOST: 316(2009).


The true magic of Lost happens when the show answers the right questions at the right time while sneaking in new intriguing questions at the same time. Some of the failed episodes of previous seasons answered nothing and pounded you over the head with more questions that just made the series even more convoluted. This week was an “edge of your seater” with some of the show’s most exciting questions getting answered. The creators of Lost are a clever bunch. They’ve wiggled in some hardcore science fiction elements and horror elements into a series that actually has a large mainstream fan base along with the rest of us geeks. Hopefully the character moments of the series will keep those fans hooked to the series and help them through the heavy sci-fi moments. The solution to how the island was originally discovered is fairly typical to any fan of sci-fi and the way back to the island makes perfect sense within this world. Jack knew it all along; he just didn’t know exactly which plane to ride and when to ride it.
At the beginning of the episode, the whole plan to bring the original Oceanic Six falls apart leaving Jack, Ben, and Sun the only members of the Oceanic Six dedicated to return to the island. Hawking reveals the process by which the island was discovered and how Jack and the rest will return to the island. Jack even gets a few minutes of alone time with her when she tells him he must give something of his father’s to Locke’s body to help the body take the place of his father from the original flight. What’s odd is that Jack leaves Hawking only to ask Ben some more questions about the woman that he of course can’t answer. So, why didn’t he just ask these questions of her directly? At any rate, Jack, Sun, and Ben decide to take a flight the next day that will be in the right place at the right time to get them back to the island.
Hawking warned them that if they don’t replicate the original flight exactly that their return to the island may be unpredictable to say the least. A whole new set of questions arise at the airport the next day as everyone shows up for the flight. Even Kate who came to Jack the night before and agreed to get on the flight has an air of mystery around her as she refuses to talk about what happened to Aaron. Ben shows arrives beat up and Sayid has a member of law enforcement with him. As I mentioned earlier, tons of new questions.
There’s no island time this week other than the great stinger ending. The Oceanic Six’s return to the island needed to be epic and it was. There was really no time for island stories this week,, we’ll get back to that soon enough. Along with all of the science fiction elements and suspense there were those all too important character moments that keep Lost balanced and grounded. The most important ones come from Jack finally reading Locke’s suicide note and Kate’s scene with Jack where she agrees to go to the island. This is as near a perfect episode of Lost as there has ever been. This is how the show should be for the rest of its time on the air.


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bennyhill 2/19/2009 12:30:10 PM

A lot of good one-liners from Ben this week.  What about the rest of the people on the plane?  "Who cares?"  How can you be reading? "My mother taught me"

Bryzarro 2/19/2009 12:31:25 PM

Welcome back to reviewing Stephen.  Always enjoy your take and sumary.

Onto the episode.  I have to say as straightforward as this episode was (Usually never in LOST) It was fantastic.  I won't complain about not know how all the O6 (5 really) got together on the flight as they only had an hour to tell what they did.  And the ending was great.  Every week I have been looking forward to what lies next and this one written by Lindoff and Cruise just set the tone for the type of excitment we are due for.

And WTF did Ben do!!!  I can't wait for the mini flashback on what took place before the flight!  I love this show!!


tjs13 2/19/2009 12:54:29 PM

What happened to Ben?  I thought it was obvious...he either killed Penny or was injuried trying "keep a promise to an old friend."  Heck, he made the call from a dock...Penny and Des are living on a boat, seemed obvious to me.

I was wondering what Kate did.  I imagine Aaron is with his grandmother now. 

Why would Sun risk leaving her child to go back to the island?

JarrodSarafin 2/19/2009 1:11:36 PM

Jeff Fahey had the best line of the episode.

Dead pan facial expression..

"We're not going to Guam, are we?"

AMiSHPiRATE 2/19/2009 1:18:36 PM

tjs13, I'm thinking the same thing about Ben attacking Penny, but I don't think they'd do her death as a flashback.  I'm guessing he tried and got the snot kicked out of him by Desmond.

Anyone else think it was awesome that Hurley bought 70-odd plane tickets to keep it clear as possible?  And does anyone else think the Oceanic 6 time-flashed when they were over the island (possibly leaving Ben behind to venture to Guam) and the plane didn't crash?

Nice review, Stephen, but is Joe doing a review on this episode, too?  He tends to have a lot of interesting (if not off the wall) theories.  

JarrodSarafin 2/19/2009 1:40:27 PM

Joe is cruising, Amish..

He will be back with more Maniacal Lost action next week. Same Bat time. Same Bat Channel.

Sanity 2/19/2009 2:39:44 PM

"tjs13, I'm thinking the same thing about Ben attacking Penny, but I don't think they'd do her death as a flashback. I'm guessing he tried and got the snot kicked out of him by Desmond."

Couldn't agree more.  I can't wait to see that flashback.  I'm also qurious as to whether or not Ben made it back to the island.  And whether or not any of the other people on the plane got taken (Sayid's escort, the guy who gave Jack his condolences about losing a friend).

And Jarrod, that was deffinately the best line of the episode.  Grade A for sure.

LittleNell1824 2/19/2009 3:13:28 PM

I didn't think about the Penny connection. Wow. It does look like scratches on Ben's face. I guess I just never thought of him doing the dirty work himself.

I also noticed that it looks like our survivors (including Jin) ended up in the past when Dharma was in power. Which means that Ben would already be on the island as a child... making it impossible for adult Ben to transport to the island in that time frame?

hanso 2/19/2009 3:53:40 PM

I love Lost, I want to kiss it, make sweet love to it and then have Lost babies, raise a Lost family, grow old with Lost and then die. 

This episode was awesome!!!  They are finally back, my boy Jack is back to his hero status.  Jack episodes are sweetness.

I loved this episode for the little moments.  The Doubting Thomas conversation between Ben & Jack I thought was particularly great.  But the best moment for me was when Jack read the Locke suicide note.  "I wish you had believed me".  By the end of the episode and thanks to all the coincidences in the flight  you could see Jack who was always based on science had finally gone the faith route of Locke.  I thought it was freakin awesome. 

I too thought of Ben going after Penny, his promise to an old friend seems to refer to his conversation with Charles Widmore in the episode last season where Widmore has Alex killed and broke the rules.  Plus he had seen Desmond in the church so he must have assumed Penny would be nearby.

Who sent the rest of the 6 to the airport? Kate says just because they were together didn't mean they are together.  WTF does that mean?  Did Widmore sent them to do his own bidding?

Lapidas line was funny, so was Ben's "Who cares".  I thought another Ben line was interesting, his "my mother taught me" line when Jack asked him to read.  Why would he lie to Jack about that?  His mother died giving birth to him.

I was off with my prediction that Locke had restored the Island back to present time but I think I may have hit my other theory that when Sawyer, Juliet and the rest found that raft with the Ajira water bottle, it was because it was the Oceanic's 6.  Not sure that it was the Oceanic 6 though because as we saw last night we met two new characters that will play out the rest of the season.  The chic with Sayid and the guy that spoke to Jack in the airport line.

Looking foward to seeing more from them next episode entitled "The life and death of Jeremy Bentham"!  Finally it's Locke's time baby!!!!

almostunbiased 2/19/2009 4:01:11 PM

Ok, I thought the writing this episode was horrible.  Bad ideas and so so dialogue in a few scenes.  I wasn't happy with how easy it was to get to the island.  And way to many coincidences, though I'm sure they'll explain them somehow, I thought I was cheated as the viewer.

Still love the show.

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