Season: 4-6, Episodes: 35, Faction: DHARMA Initiative/Freighter/Survivors
Miles Straume was a spiritualist who was born in May 1977 to Lara and Pierre Chang. At the age of four months, Miles was taken to California by his mother, forced to leave the Island in a general evacuation ordered by Dr. Chang in anticipation of the Incident. As he grew up, Miles discovered he had a unique ability to extract information from deceased bodies through what he called a “feeling”.
Many years later, Miles was recruited by Naomi Dorrit to join a science team that arrived on the Island aboard the freighter Kahana. He parachuted onto the Island, and was met by the survivors of Flight 815, who at first didn’t trust him or the rest of the science team. Miles’s mission on the Island was to capture Benjamin Linus, but he later offered to tell his employer that Ben was dead in exchange for $3.2 million (double what Widmore offered him). As the survivors made their plan to escape the Island on the Kahana, Miles informed fellow science team member Daniel Faraday that he was planning on staying.
When Ben moved the Island, Miles and his fellow castaways skipped through time, at one point coming to be held captive by Richard Alpert in 1954, and finally ending up in the 1970s. There, they joined the DHARMA Initiative, which put Miles in proximity with his late parents and, later, himself as a baby. After three years with the DHARMA Initiative, the Oceanic Six returned to the Island following the crash of Ajira Airways 316, and their cover was blown, whereupon Miles revealed his identity to his father. Miles assisted Jack with his plan to change the past, saving his father at the Swan construction site in the process.
After Juliet detonated a nuclear bomb, Miles time-traveled to his original timeline of 2007, having survived the blast. Miles stayed behind with Sawyer to help bury Juliet, whereupon he relayed her last thoughts to Sawyer: “It worked”. Later, Miles and Sawyer were abducted by the Others and taken to the Temple where they witnessed the miraculous healing of Sayid. When the Temple Massacre began, Miles and Kate eventually got split up and Miles barricaded himself in a room where he was then rescued by Ilana. Miles then read the ashes of Jacob and confirmed to Ilana that it was in fact Ben who killed him. The group, along with Frank and Sun, returned to the beach where Miles dug up the diamonds from the graves of Nikki and Paulo, and kept them. Later, Jack, Hurley and Richard came and joined their camp.
After Ilana’s death, Miles joined Ben and Richard on a mission to blow up the Ajira plane to prevent the Man in Black from leaving the Island. The group ventured to the Black Rock for more dynamite, where they witnessed Hurley blow it up. When the group reached the Barracks, their alternate source for explosives, they met Charles Widmore, who told them he had already sabotaged the plane. When the Man in Black arrived, following Widmore and Zoe, Miles fled into the jungle, where he found Richard unconscious from trying to reason with the black smoke. The two of them headed for Hydra Island to finish what they started, whereupon they found Frank floating in the ocean with the debris from the submarine explosion, and Frank suggested they use the plane to fly away so the Man in Black wouldn’t be able to escape. The three of them repaired Ajira Fight 316 and left the Island, along with Claire, Sawyer, and Kate.
In the flash sideways, Miles was an LAPD detective partnered with Sawyer. He never remembered his previous life or moved on.
6×01 – LA X, Part 1
Miles survived the detonation of Jughead and a time flash transported him, along with Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Jin, Hurley and Sayid, back to his original time period of 2007. He woke up and was the first to encounter Kate in the jungle. As Miles approached Kate, he startled her and was pushed to the ground before announcing to her, “It’s me, Miles.” Miles then spotted the Swan entrance and followed Kate further into the jungle. As the two reached the Hatch crater, Kate informed him that it is not the construction site, but the remains of the imploded Swan station, after Desmond had blown it up. Miles, staring in awe at the sight before him said, “I guess we’re not in 1977.”
After Jack and Sawyer awoke, Miles and the group heard muffled calls for help coming from the amassed wreckage in the middle of the Hatch hole. They all soon realized that it was Juliet stuck down there and immediately began removing the massive amounts of metal in an effort to try and save her. Jin brought the DHARMA van and some chains to try and remove a large beam that was in the way. Standing near the van, Miles questioned how Hurley knew that Sayid could be healed at the Temple. Miles then witnessed Sawyer emerge from the wreckage holding the dead body of Juliet. (“LA X, Part 1”)
6×02 – LA X, Part 2
After Juliet’s death, as the group prepared to make their way to the Temple, Miles noticed Hurley’s guitar case and jokingly asked, “Are we gonna sing ‘Kumbaya’ on the way?”. Before leaving, Sawyer asked Miles if he wouldn’t mind hanging back with him to help bury Juliet’s body. Miles agreed and, along with Sawyer, the two headed in the opposite direction as the rest of the group who made their way to the Temple. Following the burial, Miles offered an emotionally distraught Sawyer a beer and instead, Sawyer asked Miles to use his gift in order to determine what Juliet wanted to tell him before she died.
Miles then realized that this was the reason he was asked to stay. He refused Sawyer’s request, explaining that that was “not how his gift works.” After Sawyer insisted he use his gift, Miles yelled, “She’s gone James!” Sawyer then forced Miles to the ground and pleaded with him to use his gift. Miles then entered a trance, and stated that Juliet’s message was “It worked.” There was no further elaboration on what that meant, leaving Sawyer in a state of confusion.
Some time later Miles, along with an unconscious Sawyer, was brought to the spring where the rest of the group was being held. He explained to Kate that they were jumped in the jungle and brought to the Temple, stating that it took four people to knock Sawyer out. Inside the Temple, Miles sat near Sayid’s dead body and starred at him, seeming to sense something unusual. When Hurley notice Miles doing this, he asked “What?” to which Miles, with a puzzled look on his face, replied, “Nothing.” He then continued to observe Sayid’s body. Shortly thereafter, Miles was among the witnesses to see the dead Sayid suddenly awakening. (“LA X, Part 2”)
6×03 – What Kate Does
Miles, accompanied by Hurley, approached the resurrected Sayid and continued to stare at him in disbelief. Later, as Jack and Jin brought Sayid to the courtyard of the Temple, Miles handed Sayid a canteen of water and wittily informed him, “As you can see, Hugo here has assumed the leadership position, so that’s pretty great.”
As the group observed Sayid’s completely healed wound, Dogen and Lennon entered the courtyard and requested that Sayid follow them for questioning. Just as Jack expressed that the group had a few questions of their own, a fight started and Miles was punched in the face, after which Sawyer fired a gun and announced that he was leaving. Not long after Sayid returned from “questioning,” he revealed to Miles, Hurley, and Jack that he was, in fact, tortured. (“What Kate Does”)
6×03 – What Kate Does
Miles then questioned the resurrected Sayid about whether or not he had experienced a white light, angels singing, or dead relatives in the afterlife, but Sayid stated that he could not remember anything. Miles and Hurley then excused themselves from Sayid and Jack’s conversation, joking that they were headed to the Temple’s “food court.” (“What Kate Does”)
6×04 – The Substitute
Later that day Miles played tic-tac-toe with Hurley in the courtyard of the Temple, but the two decided to quit playing when Hurley went to get food. Meanwhile, Miles’ last name, “Straume”, was seen crossed out in the list of candidates that resided in the cliffside cave which was visited by Sawyer and the Man in Black. (“The Substitute”)
6×06 – Sundown
Miles was still at the Temple during the events leading up to the Monster’s attack. After Sayid revealed that he had been banished from the Temple and that Dogen wanted him dead, Miles explained to him that he had been dead for two hours, and that whatever brought him back to life, it wasn’t Dogen or anyone else at the Temple. When Kate returned from the Barracks, Miles admitted he would’ve gone after Sawyer too, but knew Sawyer would have made him turn around and head back. Kate was surprised that Miles knew Sawyer better than she did. He welcomed Kate back to the “circus”, and informed her that Claire had arrived at the Temple a couple of hours before, acting weird, but “…still hot, though.” Later, at sundown, Miles heard the sounds of the Smoke Monster and witnessed it enter the Temple and begin to murder everyone. During the attack Miles fled from the Monster along with Kate, but the two got separated when Kate ran to get Claire. In the middle of the chaos, Miles barricaded himself in a room until the door was forced open by Ilana, who was accompanied by Ben, Sun, and Frank.
Seeing Ilana, Miles asked her who she was but she ignored his question by asking him the location of Shephard (Jack), Reyes (Hurley), and Ford (Sawyer). Miles replied that they were all gone and that he was the only one left, also adding that Kate and he had gotten separated. Miles was surprised to see Frank and wondered how he had returned to the island. Frank told him that they would catch up later, but now he needed to ‘move his ass’ if he wanted to live. Ilana asked him if Jarrah (Sayid) was at the Temple and he replied by saying that he saw him go to the ‘pool room.’
After Ben volunteered to go and get Sayid from the spring, Ilana ordered Miles and the rest to follow her to the secret exit that Hurley had used earlier to get out of the Temple with Jack. On their way, he asked Sun if she knew where Jin was, stating that he had been at the Temple in the morning and revealing to her that he was still alive. They then left the Temple safely through a secret back passage that Ilana found. (“Sundown”)
After escaping the Temple, Miles, along with Ilana, Frank, and Sun, met up with Ben in the jungle, where Ben informed the group of Dogen’s and Lennon’s deaths at the hands of Sayid. On the way back to the beach camp, Miles asked Ben what the Smoke Monster was, at which point Ilana turned around and asked Miles whether he would be able to use his gift to figure out who killed Jacob. Miles first explained to Ilana that he was only able to pick up someone’s last thoughts before they ‘check out,’ and needed to be near their body. Ilana handed Miles the bag containing Jacob’s ashes, and Miles then entered a trance. He then stated that it was not the Smoke Monster but Ben who had killed Jacob. When Ilana asked if he was sure, Miles replied that Ben “…was standing over Jacob’s dead body with a bloody dagger, so yeah, I’m pretty sure.”
Later, Miles approached Ben as Ilana was forcing Ben to dig his own grave. Miles offered him food, and remarked, “You’re not exactly tearing it up on the digging front are you?” As Miles began to walk away, Benoffered him the 3.2 million dollars he had demanded years ago, and all he had to do was cut Ben loose. Miles turned down the offer, stating that Ben wouldn’t be able to write him a check on a banana leaf and that he didn’t need Ben’s money because nearby were a ‘couple of jablonies’ named Nikki and Paulo who got buried alive with eight million dollars in diamonds on top of them. Ben, in shock, stated that he couldn’t believe Miles was going to do nothing and let Ben be murdered for killing Jacob, who hadn’t cared about being killed. Miles abruptly told Ben that Jacob did, in fact, care about being killed; and told Ben that, “…right up until the second the knife went through his heart, he was hoping he was wrong about you… I guess he wasn’t.” As Jack, Hurley and Richard rejoined the camp, Miles sat alone and held one of the diamonds, having taken them from the graves. (“Dr. Linus”)
6×09 – Ab Aeterno
Later that evening, the newly formed group of Miles, Jack, Ben, Ilana, Sun, Hurley, Frank, and Richard were present at the campfire as Ilana and Sun explained to Jack that he, Sun and Hurley are candidates to replace Jacob. After discussing the existence of the candidates and what their next plan is, Miles listened to Richard as he declared that all of them were “…literally dead” and that they “…are not on an island” but are in Hell. Richard told the group that it was time to start listening to someone else, grabbed a torch, and walked off into the jungle. Miles continued to listen as Sun explained to Jack that the ‘someone’ Richard was referring to was in fact Locke. Still gathered around the campfire, Miles heard Ben reveal to Frank that Richard does not age. (“Ab Aeterno”)
6×10 – The Package
The next morning, Miles sat and played cards with Frank. While Ilana and Ben discussed whether or not Hurley was capable of returning with Richard, Miles showed doubt regarding Hurley’s ability to track anything, stating that unless Richard happened to be covered in bacon grease, Hurley would not bring Richard back. Ilana stated that because Jacob had never lied to her they would wait for Richard to return to tell them what to do. At that point the group witnessed Sun angrily walk off into the jungle.
After Sun was found unconscious in the jungle, Jack inspected her head wound. Miles stated his disbelief that Sun’s injury was an accident, and stared pointedly at Ben. Just then, Miles noticed Ilana smiling, turned around, and saw Richard return to camp followed by Hurley. The group then gathered around Richard, who proceeded to explain to the group that they needed to go to Hydra Island in order to destroy the Ajira plane Frank landed there, so that they could stop Locke from using it to leave the Island. Miles then turned to Hurley and asked, “This is your fault, isn’t it?” (“The Package”)
6×12 – Everybody Loves Hugo
The next day he was present when Ilana accidentally blew herself up while mishandling some dynamite. He traveled with Jack, Hurley, Sun, Frank, Ben, and Richard to the Black Rock to get more dynamite. After Hurley blew up the Black Rock to prevent them from doing so, Miles asked him why. Hurley told him that Michael had told him to do it. Miles decided to accompany Richard and Ben to get some more dynamite from the DHARMA Barracks to blow up the Ajira plane and stop the Man in Black. Miles told Hurley that he had seen ‘that thing’ (The Smoke Monster) in action and that “…it doesn’t want to talk.” (“Everybody Loves Hugo”)
6×16 – What They Died For
When the group reached the Barracks, Miles lamented over Ben’s “shortcut” to the Barracks. Once there, Miles sensed the dead body of Alex, which led to Richard telling Ben that he buried her after Ben left. Ben did not seem consoled by this fact. Ben led them into his old Dharma house, where he opened a secret door in his closet to take C4. Miles asked about Ben’s secret room, which he dubbed “the secreter room”. After, they discovered that Charles Widmore and Zoe had arrived on the Island. Widmore mentioned that he already had the plane rigged with explosives. Zoe went outside to check the surroundings, and reported that the Man in Black had arrived and was coming for them. Widmore and Zoe hid in Ben’s closet, but not before Ben took one of Widmore’s walkie-talkies and gave one to Miles. As Ben and Richard stayed to confront the Man in Black, Miles ran off into the jungle, his backpack still filled with C4. (“What They Died For”)
6×17 – The End
After escaping the Barracks, Miles discovers the stunned Richard in the jungle after he was attacked the Monster. He attempts to contact Ben on the walkie-talkie Ben gave him, but is unable to reach him. When Richard awakens, he and Miles conspire to go to Hydra Island and finish what they started, destroy the Ajira Plane to prevent the Man in Black from leaving the Island.
Miles and Richard travel to Hydra Island in an outrigger, on the way finding various wreckage from the Submarine explosion, and among the wreckage Frank Lapidus.
Frank suggests that instead of destroying the plane, they fly it off the island. At Hydra Island, Miles, Richard, and Frank are confronted by Claire. Although Richard tries to convince her to come with them to escape the Man in Black, Claire declines. Miles, Richard, and Frank repair the plane. Miles helps fix the hydraulics with duct tape, which is one of the few things he believes in. As the plane starts heading down the runway, Sawyer, Kate, and Claire run on. As the three board, the plane sped down the runway and lifted off. As Ajira flew off into the distance, Miles smiled. (“The End”)
After the Island
What happened after Miles left the island is unknown. It is likely that Miles made a life for himself from the buried diamonds, worth $8 million, which he recovered from Nikki & Paulo’s grave.
6×08 – Recon
Miles had been outside while his partner James Ford was involved in a set-up to catch a con man that went wrong. Once his partner James, said the word, “LaFleur”, Miles, along with other officers, busted down the door to the motel room to save his partner who was being held at gunpoint. Miles then entered the room and gave his James back his badge, telling him, “Put your damn clothes back on Jim.”
Miles returned to the police station and overheard a phone conversation that James was having, in which he asked for a man named “Anthony Cooper.” Miles asked James if Anthony Cooper was a friend James had seen during his recent trip to Palm Springs. Miles then reminded James that he had set him up on a date with Charlotte Lewis, his father’s co-worker, and suggested James attend, unless he wanted to “die alone.”
Sometime later, after specifically expressing to James that he could tell him anything, Miles discovered that James had lied to him by claiming that he took a trip to Palm Springs when he actually went to Australia. Angry about the lie, Miles told James that if they couldn’t trust one another, he no longer wanted to be James’ partner. Later on, while sitting in James’ parked car, James told Miles about his parents’ deaths and that the reason he went to Australia was to chase a lead that surfaced the name “Anthony Cooper.” During this conversation, James’ car was crashed into by another car being chased by police vehicles. Miles and James joined the pursuit just as the woman driving the car jumped out and ran into an alley. They caught up to her and discovered that she was Kate Austen. (“Recon”)
6×13 – The Last Recruit
Later that day, Miles was at the police station, while James Ford questioned Kate. Miles interrupted the conversation, telling James that they “Got a live one.” He tells James that the case was a multiple homicide at a local restaurant involving a lowlife named Keamy and three goons on his payroll. He then added that a Korean female suffered a gunshot wound at the scene, and that her boyfriend witnessed it all. When James asked if they had any suspects, Miles said that an ATM surveillance camera caught a “jabroni” (Italian slang which broadly means “loser” or “idiot”) fleeing the scene, indicating that was their “bad guy”.
Once Miles identified the “jabroni” as Sayid Jarrah, he and James drove over to Omer Jarrah’s house, where they suspected Sayid would be staying. Miles rang the doorbell and presented his badge, where he was then greeted by Nadia Jarrah. Miles walked in the door and introduced himself as “Detective Straume”, and when he informed Nadia that he needed to ask her some questions, Miles noticed a suitcase packed with clothes, indicating Sayid had already left. However, as Sayid escaped through the back door, James tripped him with a garden hose and arrested him. (“The Last Recruit”)
6×16 – What They Died For
Later, Miles is getting dressed at the Police Station, preparing himself for a concert at his father’s museum. James, forgetting about the concent, asks if somebody had died. Miles reminds James about the concert and Miles sarcastically states that James could still be his date if he wants to, but upon realizing that Charlotte would be there, James declines. Desmond then approaches them and reveals that he is the one who ran over John Locke and attacked Ben Linus. (“What They Died For”)
6×17 – The End
Miles later arrives at the concert but as he gets out of his car, he notices Hurley’s Hummer, having just dropped off Charlie Pace, and spots Sayid Jarrah sitting in the passenger seat. Alarmed, he rings James at the Police Station. James tells Miles that he couldn’t have seen Jarrah as he sent him to County Lock-Up an hour earlier, but Miles informs James that when he called, they said Jarrah never turned up. Miles then orders James to make sure that Sun is safe, as she was ‘the only witness’ left seen alive.
At the concert, Miles is sitting with his friend Charlotte watching Daniel Widmore featuring Driveshaft. He was not seen at the Church along with Jack and his friends as he was apparently not yet ready to ‘move on’. (“The End”)