Dear #Lost Director, Iran Does NOT Equal Iraq

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Well the highly anticipated 6th season of Lost premiered today, and it did not fail to impress. Now I am not the kind of guy that dwells over details in the show, but something caught my attention that really irked me. Around 39:30, Sayid pulls out a passport, and opens it to look at Nadia’s picture. Also, a US customs declaration form is visible in the background, with his name, DOB, flight, destination among other information. Which obviously means they took special attention to details in this shot. However, the passport itself was not Iraqi, but Iranian. In a glimpse of a second, I realized that the text was not Arabic, but Farsi (or Urdu.) What makes it worse, is that below the Farsi text, English text is clearly visible, and it says IRAN in capital letters.

Looking through Sayid’s page on both Wikipedia and Lostpedia, there doesn’t seem any kind of connection with Iran that would explain him holding an Iranian passport. My only explanation is that they thought that it doesn’t really make a difference as long as the passport has middle eastern looking text on it. Painting with a wide brush as usual?

2 comments

  1. Josh said…

    Maybe his backstory changed radically, like many of the other characters. well, thats just my input

  2. W. said…

    So funny you caught that, I saw it and rolled my eyes. As you said, they pay ultra-close attention to detail, but when it comes to Arabs it a matter of “anything brown will do”. Which is why Sayid’s character is played by someone so clearly *not* arab…

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