My Lost diatribe is a few days delayed because I wanted to re-watch it before commenting. I was distracted during the actual airing (blasphemous, I know) so not everything sunk in on the first viewing.
The cave scene definitely seemed like a big reveal of SOMETHING, only… what to make of it?
Throughout the series, my feelings toward John Locke had flip-flopped constantly. It was the first Locke-centric episode in Season 1 that got me really hooked on Lost – that this was a different kind of show. There were some duds in between, but overall, his story has always been intriguing. I mean, how can this man, who has been paralyzed from the waist down, regain the ability to use his legs on the island?
I very-much enjoyed the “flash sideways” story of the other Locke. How different he is in this one, upset and down on his luck. Most poignant moment of this Locke was near the end when he’s talking to Helen, completely lacking faith & belief in everything – the complete opposite of the Locke we have all known for the past 6 years where he IS “the man of faith” to Jack’s “the man of science”.
I also loved the six degrees of separation in his segments as well. Rose at the temp agency… and LOVE happy-go-lucky Hurley. “Keep your chin up. It’ll get better.” What a difference to Hurley’s character when he’s got confidence and charisma, rather than crazy & paranoid! Also really liked that Ben & Locke end up being friends at the high school! Nice twist. I love the constant play of relationships between characters. Ben & Locke always seemed to have a love/hate thing going. Even during the makeshift funeral for Locke on the Island, Ben was the one to seemingly speak sincerely about him.
The other major moment in this episode revolves around Island-Locke. First, who is that kid?? Originally I thought it might be Locke as a child? Another friend thought maybe it’s Aaron! But I guess you’d have to look into the point in time that they are currently in, and if my time-travelling memory serves me correctly, they are back in time to shortly after they originally crashed on the island & the hatch blew up, no? So Aaron wouldn’t have been born yet. But this IS Lost. So who knows.
Secondly, the moment I wanted to rewatch, the cave. The names etched on the wall associated with the “numbers”. If we put it in order of who was with each name, in the order of the numbers:
4 – Locke
8 – Reyes
15 – Ford
16 – Jarrah
23 – Sheppard
42 – Kwon
And with that, the 3 choices:
- Do nothing and see how it plays out
- Become the next protector of the island (which, according to fake-Locke, is protecting nothing)
- Leave the island
Fake-Locke crossed out Locke’s name, and said that Sawyer is next.
Does that mean Jack had already been contacted and targeted, and is no longer a candidate? With Sawyer choosing option #3, is Hurley the next one to be approached as the protector of the island? Why is Kate’s name not on there? Maybe everyone else passes up the opportunity to “protect” the island so that in the end, the theme of good & evil play out again, and it becomes a battle between Sayid Jarrah and Fake-Locke? I completely crossed out that last bit! Was totally off on my memory of the order of names! 🙂
I’m conflicted on what Sayid has… is it the “disease” that inflicted Rousseau’s team all those years ago? Or is he now “possessed” by Jacob’s spirit? If it’s the Jacob idea, then Sayid/Jacob vs Locke/Man-In-Black would be even more appropriate.
Lastly, there were quite a few lines & moments that I found hilarious to make mention of here:
- “Sorry I had to hit you in the throat” – Locke, to Richard after freeing him from the tarp thing
- “There’s a fairly reasonable chance you won’t believe me” – Ben to what’s-her-face when she asked him what happened in foot
- “Nobody” was a good enough answer for Sawyer to use when Locke questioned who he was talking to
- “Randy Nations? Yeah, that guy’s a douche.” – Hurley, to Locke in the parking lot
- Oceanic Airlines’ lost luggage return is called “Oceanic Courier”
- Not really “hilarious” but I liked the callback Sawyer made to “Of Mice and Men”, from when Ben was leading him out to the edge of the island.
I feel like there was still a lot going on in this episode I still haven’t touched on, but I’ll leave it at this point for now.