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Jack, Kate and Hurley wind up on the island in 1977, where they meet up with Sawyer and also join the Dharma Initiative. Meanwhile, Sun is stuck on the island in the present with Ben and the other passengers after the plane crash.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Naveen Andrews ... Sayid Jarrah
Henry Ian Cusick ... Desmond Hume (credit only)
Jeremy Davies ... Dr. Daniel Faraday (credit only)
Michael Emerson ... Ben Linus
Matthew Fox ... Dr. Jack Shephard
Jorge Garcia ... Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes
Josh Holloway ... James 'Sawyer' Ford
Daniel Dae Kim ... Jin-Soo Kwon
Yunjin Kim ... Sun-Hwa Kwon
Ken Leung ... Miles Straume
Evangeline Lilly ... Kate Austen
Elizabeth Mitchell ... Dr. Juliet Burke
Terry O'Quinn ... John Locke (credit only)
Reiko Aylesworth ... Amy Goodspeed
Sterling Beaumon ... Young Benjamin Linus


Jack, Kate, and Hurley find themselves back on the island, in the year 1977 when the Dharma Insitiaive was still in existence, with Sawyer, Jin, Juliet, and Miles working as employees who try to keep the truth about their return a secret from the rest. Sayid, meanwhile, is captured after he is mistaken for a "Hostile". 30 years in the future in the year 2007, Sun, Ben, the pilot Frank Lapitus, Caesar, Ilana, and other survivors of Ajira Flight 316 try to survive on the island while Sun travels with Ben and Frank to the main island to search for Jin and they find Christian Shepherd, Jack's father, in the ruins of the old Dharma village who tells them "when" their friends are. Written by matt-282

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Release Date:

18 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

O'ahu, Hawaii, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Bad Robot, ABC Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Jin visits Stuart Radzinsky at the flame station to see where the Ajira plane landed, Radzinsky is building a model of the 'hatch', or the swan station. See more »


Hurley is flying next to his guitar. It is extremely improbable that an airline would let him take such a big piece of luggage on board. It'd have to go to the cargo bay. However, it is stated in the episode previous (Lafleur) that Hurley had purchased 78 additional seats. Perhaps he used one of those tickets for his guitar. See more »


[first lines]
Co-Pilot: Do you want to hear something crazy?
Frank Lapidus: What's that?
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References King Kong (1933) See more »


End Title
Written by Michael Giacchino
Performed by The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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Keeps things moving
18 March 2009 | by ametaphysicalsharkSee all my reviews

"Namaste" holds no power as a self-contained episode. There is no clear centricity, no clear focus, but the episode works as what it is, another week of "Lost" and a setup for the events to follow. All things considered not only is this all handled very well (even the love quadrangle aspect wasn't focused on for too long), but there is a lot of cool stuff for fans in this episode. For example we get to see Radzinksy (finally!) building a model of the Swan, Jack being processed by Pierre Chang/Marvin Candle/Edgar Halliwax, and find out who Ethan's parents were, as well as get a fabulously creepy appearance from Christian Shepard.

The episode opens with us seeing how 316 landed on the Hydra island, and where Sun and Ben and the rest ended up. Overall the dynamic of this group of survivors has yet to really take form and I expect won't really. Ilana and Caeser simply haven't been developed as actual characters yet, but they aren't really annoying on a Nikki and Paulo sort of scale, mostly because they were brought into the story for a reason. Scaredy cat Lapidus on the main island and destroyed barracks was hilarious, not that I blame him at all. I nearly jumped when Christian appeared in that doorway. Great Christian appearance this time too, but like the rest of the episode it's more hints of greatness to come in the future than greatness in and of itself.

In 1977 we see how Hurley, Kate, and Jack become part of DHARMA. This is handled quite well by writers Brian K. Vaughan and Paul Zbyszewski. There is occasionally some grating dialogue but overall the interpersonal drama is effective. Jack's conversation with Sawyer was fantastic, and it feels so oddly satisfying to see Sawyer finally get the better of Jack, and I don't really even like Sawyer more than Jack. After Sawyer was almost totally useless for the entirety of the first few episodes of season 5 it is so great to see the writers giving the character a great story for the first time pretty much since the first two seasons. Good stuff.

Hopefully "LaFleur" and "Namaste" have finished off the setup portion of this second half of season 5. "316" and "The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham" felt like a season finale, and these two have felt very much like the first two episodes of a brand new season. I enjoyed both episodes a lot but look forward to getting to the bigger, more important stuff now.

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