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The Variable Air Date: 04/29/2009 60 minutes EP: 514
Written by Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis
Directed by Paul A. Edwards


View Poll Results: Rate The Episode:
10 - Excellent Episode!!! 37 21.51%
9 46 26.74%
8 41 23.84%
7 13 7.56%
6 9 5.23%
5 4 2.33%
4 5 2.91%
3 6 3.49%
2 5 2.91%
1 - Very Bad Episode. 6 3.49%
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Old 04-30-2009, 02:24 PM   #21
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Did we watch the same episode? I have never rated Lost anything less than a 5 and usually a 7+. . This time a 2 almost a one. I felt like it wasn't even Lost. Daniel's character was not in character. It was creepy. Many of the scenes were mindless. It felt choppy and disjointed. Almost like a high school play. (maybe jr. high) Daniel is one of my favorite characters as is Desmond and I felt cheated somehow. I waited til this morning to see if I had changed my mind before voting, I hadn't.
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Old 04-30-2009, 04:35 PM   #22
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I gave it a 7. I always suspected Widmore was Faraday's father, and it was good to finally hear it said, but some things need to be explained still: the accents and the eye color, among others (perhaps Widnore really isn't Faraday's biological father?). I'm also not crazy about the pairing of Juliet and Sawyer, they seem so mismatched, a genuine odd couple. Most of all, I'm just getting tired of "We have to get off this island," "We have to go baaack!" and now "We weren't supposed to come back." Make up your minds already.
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Old 04-30-2009, 05:07 PM   #23
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One out of ten.

What a clumsy, awful way to write out Daniel. He was clearly carrying the idiot ball the entire hour, because nearly everything he did was out of character. And the flashbacks...they left so many questions unanswered.

Easily one of the worst episodes of the series, if not the worst.
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Old 04-30-2009, 08:51 PM   #24
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That was an amazing hour. Another season highlight! I gave it a 10, even thou
they killed off (supposedly) a favorite charactor. But I knew that was coming.

Jeremy Davis is great in anything.
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Old 04-30-2009, 09:16 PM   #25
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Re: Rate the Episode!!!

Review: Lost 5.14: "The Variable"

Overall, this was another dense but thrilling step towards the season finale, and events are spinning out of control. The character focus is particularly compelling, and while the episode is a bit short on major revelations, it makes up for it in major implications.
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Old 04-30-2009, 09:46 PM   #26
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Gave it a 7...

Shocked at Daniel's death and hugely disappointed at the same time. Seems like such a waste. Faraday, we hardly knew ye.

That said - what a massive set-up for the next couple of episodes!!
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Old 04-30-2009, 11:56 PM   #27
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It was a solid episode, but could have been a lot more powerful and moving. Some of the flashbacks could have been replaced, so we could have seen the experiment on Theresa. It did feel a little disjointed, and the gun battle part didn't feel natural. The guns weren't necessary in this episode at all. I had expected a spectacular episode like "The Constant". It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. Overall, I gave it a 7.
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Old 05-01-2009, 01:30 AM   #28
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I want to give it a 10 but I can't give a 10 to an episode that likely killed off one of my favorite characters.
EXACTLY my feeling. The ep was full of interesting backstory, and I was very excited for a Daniel-centric episode but feared it would be the end of him. My favorite for the first seasons was Charlie, so someone out there in Lost-land hates me.
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I will give this episode a 9, it was quite entertaining for a Daniel Faraday episode.

(Quite unexpectedly good.. always love it when the characters bite the dust)
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Old 05-02-2009, 12:15 PM   #30
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Gave it a 9. Great episode, but I'm sad that Dan is dead.
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