I was delighted by a few key differences in the final version of The Economist vs the cut I was fortunate enough to see in advance of airing. For one thing, the time difference between the rocket and Daniel’s timer was 31 minutes instead of 31 seconds, and we all know bigger is better.
Then there was the chilling exchange in the end. In earlier prints there was no mention of a separate incident where Sayid’s heart fouled up plans. Nor was there a line “You want to protect your friends, don’t you?” The result was a much more chilling and enigmatic scene.
There was one scene that involved Miles, Kate, and Sayid arriving at the perimeter fence though that was extremely interesting. I was surprised to see it cut, so I decided to transcribe it for you here:
From “The Economist”
What is this?
A Security fence. When activated, the pylons
emit a high pitch frequency that will kill anyone
who passes through it. We used a tree to climb…
MILES raises his hand towards Sayid. He seems to hear something.
SAYID stops and watches MILES as he scans the surroundings, listening intently.
I’m sorry, are we supposed to be
A beat passes and MILES is suddenly aware that SAYID had spoken to him.
I’m sorry, what?
KATE is examining the control panel.
Maybe I can shut it off.
SAYID joins her, bending over to examine the panel.
And, how might you do that?
I saw Juliet do it once.
Without the code?
ANGLE ON MILES. He continues to scan with a slight twitch, similar to when we saw him reading the boys room in Confirmed Dead. Suddenly he walks through the pylons and turns towards an astonished KATE and SAYID.
Hey, I don’t think its on.
And how did you know that?
MILES turns and walks away. SAYID and KATE exchange puzzled glances and proceed after him.