I started watching Lost because Naveen Andrews was on it. I've loved Sayid for 6 years. He was never a simple character, and Andrews gave some terrific performances--any of Sayid's flashbacks were Emmy-worthy, though sadly, he was only nominated once.
I love lots of other things about the show, like Matthew Fox's terrific acting, and Terry O'Quinn's marvelous creepiness, and our beloved Charlie, but Sayid.......Sayid for me was the hope at the heart of the show, the belief that if you looked in the mirror and found it less than good, you could change what you saw, what the world saw, what you [I]were.[I]That there was redemption out there, even for a torturer, even for a man as broken as Sayid. He didn't change because of the Island--he was already changing before the plane crashed. The Island just gave him an opportunity to explore how much of a hero he truly was.
I've been really disturbed that Sayid went "bad". He fought so long and so hard in the face of immense pain (the deaths of both Shannon and Nadia) to be better than that. To be the person he knew in his heart that he was. To stop letting himself down. And he almost slipped back into killing machine mode. But he couldn't kill Des. In the end, the only thing he could kill was the possibility of being less than he truly was-- a hero.
A lot will be said about Sun and Jin, and rightly, too, but I wanted to take a moment to remember why I got on this ride in the first place, and why I stayed. Sayid Jarrah, torturer, lover, soldier, husband, human being.
Great post! I'll echo everything you just said, Roane. Andrews was brilliant indeed, right till the end. I still marvel how he brought such depth and likeability to a potentially controversial character. He'll be missed.
Thank you so much, Roane, for resurrecting the Sayid discussion. Sayid was ALWAYS my favorite character and I felt strongly that his sendoff was unworthy of him--just an asterisk in someone else's big tearjerker death episode. It was both LOST's most peremptory major-character death (boom, sub sinking, on to the next crisis in 10 seconds flat) and the most drawn-out (because Sayid had been bleeding since season 5, died, got zombiefied, etc.). It was particularly frustrating because we got NOTHING of Sayid's point of view all season except for that sad little scene when he wonders to Hurley what will happen to him when he dies (even more sadly, Hurley has no response). The whole bizarre "zombie" and "snapping out of it" processes were never explained.
I get that Sayid died a hero, but we pretty much knew that was going to happen.
Poor Sayid struggled and suffered perhaps more than any other character, but was always there for the others. Despite the sad end of OUR Sayid, I'm still holding out hope that Sideways Sayid might find his Shannon and live happily ever after.
The whole bizarre "zombie" and "snapping out of it" processes were never explained.
I was just thinking about this - I don't understand why that entire subplot was necessary.
If Sayid was going to die a hero on the sub, why not just keep him alive until then...I truly didn't 'get' his zombie stage at all and can't figure out why he had to die/come back to life without feeling/regain feelings and then die again.
Even now that it's all over, I can't fit that piece of the puzzle. Still makes no sense to me.