We start out with Caesar (the guy who expressed his condolences to Jack before boarding Ajira Flight 316) rummaging through an office in the Hydra station, which is located on the second smaller island. Ilana, the female security Marshall who had been escorting Sayid, sees Caesar and tells him about a situation with someone unknown.
The scene cuts to an outside view and we see Ajira Flight 316 beached on the island. The mystery man turns out to be John Locke, alive and well.
Locke’s (Jeremy Bentham) visits to Sayid, Walt, Hurley, and Kate did not do an awful lot to progress the storyline in my opinion, but they were interesting to see. Sure, we learned that:
– Sayid had “the best nine months of his life” when married to Nadia
– Walt is “okay”, has dreams of Locke back on the island in a suit and in danger, and wonders where his dad is
– Hurley can draw the Sphinx pretty well
– Kate thinks of Locke as a desperate man who didn’t have anyone he loved to come home to
Other than that, those meetings were really just shown as examples of the frustration Locke has had to endure on his life journey.
His interaction with Charles Widmore added more confusion to his character as we try to determine if he is a good guy or not. If we believe at least some of what he says; Ben fooled him into leaving the island. Therefore, he must have been there for a while after we saw him in 1954 when he remembers meeting Locke. I say this because Ben didn’t get to the island until the early 1970’s.
The character of Matthew Abaddon made a re-appearance as the actor took a brief hiatus from resolving FRINGE science cases with the FBI to help Locke get where he was going…again! He reminded us that he is the one who encouraged Locke to go on the Australian Walkabout, which eventually led to his being a passenger on Oceanic Flight 815.
There was definitely a lot of symbolism behind Locke being confined to a wheelchair again. It was just another example of his off-island frustrations and “failures”. He also tries to find Helen Norwood, his lost love, only to learn that she died of a brain aneurism and that there’s no way to go back and change the angry, obsessive way he acted around her in the past.
He also met up with Jack. Their meeting is when this episode really started taking off for me. The debate of “fate versus choice” was back in full swing. It started when Abaddon and Locke discussed if Locke’s death was inevitable or a conscious choice and expanded on further when Locke claimed that fate planned the car accident which led him to Jack in the hospital. Jack countered by saying it wasn’t fate, it was a probability. He went on to describe Locke as a lonely delusional old man who insists that he’s special.
Then Locke drops the bombshell that Christian Shephard, Jack’s deceased father, says hello. Jack flips out, but hearing that was enough to push him over the edge and lead him to start living on booze and Oxycodone and taking roundtrip flights from Los Angeles to Sydney hoping to crash again.
Perhaps the best scene of all was Locke’s almost suicide attempt. I think we can safely say that Ben IS evil! Locke has arguably had the toughest life of any of the characters on the show. Ben might be number two in my opinion, but when he seemingly can’t convince anyone to return to the island, the broken down Locke sees no other option but to kill himself. As much as he might be doing it because he believes he’s supposed to die in order to get everyone to return, he is also doing it because he feels he’s a failure and that there’s no helping him.
When Ben arrives, he seems to be genuinely compassionate and eventually helps him down. However, once Ben learns that Jin made Locke promise not to bring Sun back and that a woman named Eloise Hawking is in Los Angeles and can help them get back to the island, he opts to kill Locke himself and stage the suicide. Unreal!
Before I get to the questions, I should also point out that we learned early in the episode that Frank Lapidus and a “crazy” woman, most likely Sun, took one of the outriggers in the middle of the night and set off on their own (presumably to go to the main island). Also, at the end of the episode, we hear Caesar express his confusion about how the “big guy with curly hair” (Hurley) and a few other passengers disappeared in a bright flash just before the crash. Caesar also said that Frank Lapidus has the flight manifest and we saw that Ben is alive but injured.
Obviously, we have tons of questions, but they will presumably be answered soon as there are somewhere between 25 to 30 episodes left in the entire series.
Here are some questions I have from this episode:
– When are they? I’m guessing Locke and the Ajira folks are in 2007 on the Hydra island and that the others, the ones who disappeared in the Flash, are in the late 1970’s). I’m not sure how the producers would manage to play out that scenario though.
– Is it possible that the “runway” captives Sawyer and Kate were helping build on the Hydra island in Season Three was intended for Ajira Flight 316?
– Is Christian Shephard alive like John Locke or is Christian still dead, but can appear in visions while Locke is really alive?
– Where is Sayid? He wasn’t with Kate, Jack, and Hurley and has yet to be accounted for on the Hydra island.
– What is the danger that Locke is in (from Walt’s dream)? Do the Ajira folks arm themselves with guns from the Hydra station and become aggressive? Could they be the ones who shot at Sawyer and company when they were on the outrigger in a recent flash? Is Walt’s storyline over? I hope not, but they seemed to put a bit of closure on it by saying that he’s been through enough.
– How and why did Ben fool Widmore into leaving the island?
– Just how tasty was that Mango that John Locke ate?
– Is Widmore good or bad?
– Why did Eloise Hawking willingly help Ben? She seems to be more aligned with Widmore. Also, why don’t Widmore and/or Hawking go to the island? Can they? [That was for you Jeff!]
– What is the “war coming” that Widmore referred to when he spoke with Locke?
Next week’s episode is titled, LaFleur, which doesn’t really grab me as a great title. This probably means that it will be phenomenal.