“Destiny is a Fickle Bitch”

May 11, 2008

John Locke and Benjamin Linus seem to be in agreement about one thing for sure; that they are not alike. They’re both wrong. John doesn’t want to believe that he is capable of making some of the decisions that Ben does. Ben is jealous of John and has been reluctant to admit that his time as the island’s chosen one is coming to an end.

Ben seems to come around in this episode and says things to John like; “I used to have dreams.” “I was told a lot of things too. That I was chosen, that I was special.” and “My time is over.” Ben is angry though and seems to be losing his faith as we have seen happen to John on occasion. I guess that’s what happens when you end up with a tumor on your spine and your daughter’s blood on your hands. As he says, “Destiny is a fickle bitch!”

Locke’s flashback was very revealing and brings to mind the journey of self discovery. Any Buddhist will urge you to “remember the journey” as you are living your life so that you can better understand how you came to be the person you are in the present. The next time he loses faith, he needs to remind himself of everything that he has overcome.

I have to tell you that more than any other LOST episode; this one had my head spinning.  I watched it again this morning and couldn’t believe how much there was going on. Here’s my best attempt at a re-cap:

• Emily Locke gave birth to Locke when she was only 6 months pregnant after she was hit by a car. She was dating an “older man”, who we assume is “Sawyer” (not James Ford), but are later led to believe that Richard Alpert might possibly be his father. I don’t think this is true though. I just think the “never-aging” Alpert was there to watch over baby Locke.

• A young backgammon-playing Locke is paid a visit by Alpert and fails a little game of “pick what already belongs to you”. He correctly selects a compass and what appears to be a vial of sand (or something like that), but then he picks a knife and Alpert tells him that it’s not his and that he’s not ready. I personally think he was supposed to choose the ‘Book of Laws’. He may not have been “ready”, but he was quite the little artist with that excellent drawing of the smoke monster.

• A teenage Geronimo Jackson listening Locke gets beat up in school and stuffed in lockers. When one of his teachers encourages him to go to science camp at Mittelos (lost time) labs and tells him he can’t be the prom king or quarterback, he replies in typical Locke fashion by saying, “Don’t tell me what I can’t do.”

• A crippled Locke is led back to his room via wheelchair by Matthew (I’m a lot more than an orderly) Abbadon who encourages him to go on the Australian walkabout (journey of self discovery), which eventually leads him to take doomed Oceanic Flight 815.

• Horace Goodspeed appears in Locke’s dream wearing a DHARMA Arrow station patch and keeps cutting down the same tree. Apparently, Horace had built Jacob’s cabin for himself and Olivia (his wife).

• I almost named this blog ‘Backgammon and Mallomars”. Why Mallomars? Because when Locke wakes up from his dream and wakes up Hurley, Hurley mumbles, “Mallomars”. Maybe next episode we’ll get to see what Hurley was dreaming. Just kidding.

• So, what is strapped to Keamy’s arm? LOSTpedia says that it appears to be a modified metronome, which is any device that is used to measure a beat or pulse. Perhaps it’s like a heart rate monitor and if Keamy is killed, something will blow up. By something, I mean whatever he’s bringing back to the island in order to “torch it”. I say this because right after Keamy kills the doctor and the captain pulls out his gun, Keamy holds out his arms and says, “I don’t think you want do that, Captain.”

• I used to think the captain was a bad guy, but now I have to lump him in with Lapidus and the other four because of the help he gives to Sayid/Desmond and the fact that he stood up to Keamy.

• The secondary protocol documents that Keamy opened up with Captain Gault’s key had the same DHARMA logo as the logo on the jacket Ben was wearing in Tunisia. I still believe this to be the Orchid station logo.

• Just a thought – Michael should start taking advantage of the fact that he can’t die.

• You have to wonder if Walt and Aaron are the next “chosen ones”. It would make sense, especially in the case of Walt.

• I like Frank Lapidus a lot. He may very well be the reason why the LOST beach dwellers end up surviving, assuming most of the non-Oceanic 6 survives.

• So…Christian Shepherd is Jacob’s spokesperson now? Interesting. Is he dead or is he alive? I know Jack identified his body in the morgue, but I’m not convinced he’s a ghost. And what’s the deal with Claire looking very content in the cabin and not at all concerned about Aaron’s whereabouts? We’re just supposed to accept that Aaron is “where he’s supposed to be” and that it’d be better that Locke not anyone that he saw her. I guess that’s all part of Locke keeping his faith.

• Perhaps the biggest question in this very mythological episode is, “how do you move an island?” Before we question whether or not it’s even possible to physically move any land mass, you can check out this link with regards to continental drift – http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/astronomy/planets/earth/Continents.shtml. Yes, it’s possible; however it would take thousands of years to move the island even a few feet. This answer should be interesting, to say the least. Maybe Locke and Ben need to click their heels three times and chant, “There’s no place like home.” Hey, isn’t that the name of the two-part, three-hour finale?

Finally, I think I may have witnessed my favorite comical scene throughout the first four seasons and there was no dialogue at all. We’ll just call it, “The Hurley/Ben Apollo Bar scene”. I’m still laughing.

There’s no place like home!