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The Variable 

Faraday returns to the island and tells Jack that his mother, Eloise Hawking, lied to them--they don't belong on the island. He then initiates a dangerous plan to get them back home.

Director:

Paul A. Edwards (as Paul Edwards)

Writers:

Jeffrey Lieber (created by), J.J. Abrams (created by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Naveen Andrews ... Sayid Jarrah (credit only)
Henry Ian Cusick ... Desmond Hume
Jeremy Davies ... Dr. Daniel Faraday
Michael Emerson ... Ben Linus (credit only)
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 (credit only)
Ken Leung ... Miles Straume
Evangeline Lilly ... Kate Austen
Elizabeth Mitchell ... Dr. Juliet Burke
Terry O'Quinn ... John Locke (credit only)
Nestor Carbonell ... Richard Alpert
Alan Dale ... Charles Widmore
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Storyline

In 1977, Faraday returns to the island where he tells Jack that his mother, Eloise Hawking, was wrong - that they don't belong on the island. At least not in this time. Faraday confides in Jack, Kate, Hurley and Miles about a radical plan to get them back home and arrange time as it should. Faraday also confides in Dr. Chang about his true origins. More of Faraday's background story shows his upbringing by Eloise, his tenure at Oxford University and his work. Back in Los Angeles in the present day, Desmond is recovering in the hospital from Ben's attack where Eloise pays him and Penny a visit. Written by matt-282

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Korean

Release Date:

29 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

O'ahu, Hawaii, USA

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Bad Robot, ABC Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

This is the 100th episode of Lost. See more »

Goofs

When the young Daniel Faraday is playing the piano, the actor is only pretending to play. See more »

Quotes

Daniel Faraday: You knew all along - you knew this would happen. And you sent me here anyway...
Eloise Hawking: Who are you?
Daniel Faraday: I'm your son.
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Connections

References Happy Days (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Fantaisie-Impromptu in C-Sharp Minor
Written by Frédéric Chopin (as Frederic Chopin)
Released 1834
Plays by Jeremy Davies
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Getting to know Daniel Faraday
12 August 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

When 'Lost' was in its prime, it was must-watch television. Remember first watching it, found it remarkably easy to get into, was hooked from the start and was on Season 3 by the end of one week. The general consensus is that the final season is a disappointment and cannot disagree.

Season 4 was a solid season, with high points such as "The Beginning of the End", the three part finale and particularly "The Constant" and the only disappointments (though they were still decent) being "The Other Woman" and "Eggtown". "Because You Left" couldn't be a better way to start Season 5, definitely among the stronger 'Lost' season openers and one of the most confident and most settled. The episodes between that and this were also good to great, the weakest being a long way from low-points.

"The Variable" is a great episode, not one of the show's very best but one of the best of the season. It's taut and thought-provoking, providing new mysteries and questions as well as some answers and nice references here. The on-island events are tense, emotional and above all gripping.

My only problem was that an explanation could have been provided for Daniel's changing his mind with changing the past, that would have been really interesting so it was a little disappointing it didn't come.

On top of all that, it advances characters, shows plot progression rather than repeating itself or being filler. There are surprising moments and also illuminating ones, particularly with Daniel's origins.

Also found "The Variable" to be an episode full of entertainment value, tension and emotional moments. The latter is most obvious at the end, which devastated me more than a lot of individual scenes from Season 5. The more dialogue-driven parts is a case of it being thought-probing, relevant and adding a lot rather than slowing things down and rambling. The character dynamics are surprising and with interesting perspectives and the revelations shock.

Can't fault the performances, particularly the truly powerful one of Jeremy Davies.

Nor the stylishness and atmosphere of the visuals, nor the effectively understated and chilling use of music, taut writing and the tightly controlled direction.

Summing up, great. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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