Dead-Locke?

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.

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4 Responses to Dead-Locke?

  1. Mom says:

    WOW!! You never cease to amaze me with these blogs. Just watched this afternoon and then saw only part of the coming attractions since it cut off on the DVR. Looks like they are all back on the island though. Could that be? Or, is it a flashback? Remains to be seen.

  2. Robert says:

    Great summary! I enjoy reading your followups.

    I’m not sure I agree however, with your conclusion that Ben is evil. He may still prove to be, but I don’t think we can conclude that yet, for one significant reason – unless I’m missing something, he couldn’t kill Locke, unless the Island would let him, no? (just like the Keamy scene, when he tried to kill Michael.) For this reason, I don’t think Ben was acting out of any personal reason when he killed Locke, but rather just setting in motion the next step that needed to happen – probably he just knew that Locke must be killed to bring back the O6. If this is true though, it raises the question of why he didn’t just let Locke commit suicide. Did he know that suicide would not be allowed by the island, and so therefore he had to be the one to kill Locke? Perhaps.

    In any case though, (again assuming the above is true) it also seems clear that Ben did not want to carry out the act of killing John until he knew more about John’s purpose — i.e. what he had been told to do — go to Eloise. So, did Ben know that Locke had spoken to Christian/Jacob prior to leaving? Which brings up additional questions. Was Ben already in cahoots with Eloise before going to kill Locke and did Eloise know Locke needed to be killed? If not, then what did Ben tell Eloise Hawking when he went to see her. Did she know the truth — that Ben killed him? Or did he tell her the truth, as she later told Jack — that he had killed him? And just what exactly is her relationship to both Widmore & Ben?

    My (wild) guess is that Eloise was not in on it all ahead of time, but that Ben went to her, gave her Locke’s suicide note and Jin’s wedding ring, and said something to convince her that she needed to help HIM, as opposed to Widmore. We all know how convincing Ben can be! But, who knows!

    Other questions:
    -Ben definitely wants the six back on the island. And it sure seems like Widmore wants the same. But why? Does whoever gets the O6 back to the island gain some kind of advantage in the “war” that is destined to happen? And on that topic, is Eloise aware of the upcoming “war” that Widmore talked about?

    -Whose side are Jacob and Christian on? Christian suggested to Locke that he should not listen to Ben… does that mean he is on Widmore’s side? But then, Ben and Jacob apparently had a longstanding relationship; did they have a falling out? (that may be old news).

    -You ask if Widmore is good or bad? His early scene with Desmond, where he completely lays into Dez and tells him he will never be worthy suggests to me that he is neutral of character at best, evil at worst. I think both Widmore and Ben are neutral, and serve only their own individual viewpoints about the island.

    -I think you are right about the runway… it was being built for the Ajira flight. Or, at least, it may explain how Lapidus got the plane down in (mostly) one piece.

    -I confess to being thoroughly on the line about the intentions of our new characters: Did Caesar and Ilana knew each other before the plane crash? What are their intentions? I went back and forth during the episode about whether the two of them are working on some sinister plan or whether their relationship could have just unfolded as a result of the plane crash, similar to the Tailies. Caesar, at minimum sure seems to be have a definite purpose.

    -And finally, the longer I contemplate the subtleties of how timeshifting and spaceshifting would impact a mango, and how it would taste to a recently resurrected man… I conclude that that mango was fantastically tasty!

  3. Jeff Bond says:

    At the risk of sounding like a super-nerd, I thought “…only the Sith deal in absolutes”. I’m fairly certain we’re gonna find out eventually that neither Whidmore nor Linus are absolutely evil. Each probably thinks they do what they do for the greater good. Whoever does something in direct opposition to the other is evil to the other person.

    …That being said, Ben is seriously f*cked up! After going back and forth with a few friends, I decided Ben really just kept Locke alive long enough to get a few last minute pieces of information off of him after playing to his need to believe like you guys have said. Than killing him in cold blood. It doesn’t even seem that Ben has any information that would lead him to believe Locke would be back alive once Ajira reaches the island. For all extensive purposes…Locke’s dead as far as Ben know’s.

    I was calling that landing strip construction idea for a long time. Thinking someone ‘jumped’ back in time and told The Others to prepare a landing strip because it would save lives in the future…but like all other bits of information on this show, I completely forgot about it when it was happening. I was waiting for a more grande landing of sorts. But this was probably it. Good catch. There’s probably no way that plane would have touched down in 1 piece otherwise.

    I’m gonna miss that Creepshow ‘Abbadon’ he really looked to me like a living skeleton of some sort. Or a witchdoctor in street clothes….creeptatsic! I hope he ends up somewhere else (Like as an apirition or in a flashback, not just on another episode of ‘Fringe’)

    I’m not sure the time frame is correct on Whidmore being tricked by Linus and when Linus arrived on the island. It would be correct that we saw him last on the island in 1954 (because Ben told Alpert, in the same scene, he’d be born in 2 years in ’56). I submit that Ben must have ‘tricked’ Whidmore ‘off the island’ in some sort of time jump because it’s just doesn’t jibe otherwise. Whidmore says to his own admission that he just wasn’t on the island in the 70s is exact words were that he’s ‘been off the island for 50 years’? What gives?

    Anyone else get a feeling that Helen Norwood’s grave might have been either manufactured or her death was induced for the sake of getting Locke to the island? Is there ANYTHING I won’t second-guess anymore. I wish there was a buzzer noise and words that came on the screen and said ‘LIE’ or ‘TRUTH’ every time we could commit something to fact.

    I TOO believe that half of the O-815ers are in the 70s while the other half are in more of a present time frame. I also want to go on record as saying that The ‘WAR’ they are talking about is the ‘PURGE’ and the 70s O-815ers are about to be right smack in the middle of it …but Locke is the one that’s the key! he’s stuck in the wrong time, though (probably because of somethign ben did)! For some, The purge MUST not be allowed to happen now that they have access to the time altering ‘donkey wheel’. Ben is going to do everything in his power to make sure it does, while Whidmore does everything in his power to take out the Purge’s ultimate leader…Ben. Purge=War!

    I can not for the life of me understand why Whidmore or Hawking wouldn’t want to be more hands on in thier island adventuring. Hawking I can kinda see being interested in just being the ‘gate keeper’ of sorts. But wouldn’t Whidmore wanna roll up his sleeves and get down there into the thick of things like Ben continues to do? Seems like a question on par with ‘Why the hell is Alpert ok with being #2 to new incoming leaders all the time?’ maybe they just CAN’T participate in the game anymore than they already do?!

    Thanks for the neat wrap up again, Chris. My head gets all clouded second-guessing everything all the time. It’s hard to keep things straight. I think I need to take some valume directly after the episodes air.

    -Jeff

  4. cjblost says:

    Bottom line for me is that Locke said he was ready when Christian told him he’d have to die. If Ben was killing him to set things in motion, then come in and tell Locke to stop because he’s doing it the wrong way and can’t kill himself. He’s deceitful, manipulative, and kills people in cold blood to satisfy his own selfish needs. If that’s not evil, I don’t know what is.

    Even IF he ultimately did some good by killing Locke in the manner that he did, he is not a good person, no matter how much he might think he is.

    What I’m personally struggling with is why I still kind of like him. haha I guess it’s the actor and the way he plays the role. He’s just so good at it and he is most definitely F’d up from his past so I have some empathy for him.

    Interesting theory about the WAR = The Purge. Based on the time (some of them) are in, it could make some sense, BUT I do not believe that they can change the ultimate outcome of the purge without re-writing history and creating a paradox, which the producers (and Daniel) told us cannot happen.

    BTW – I can’t remember if I or anyone else said it, but I believe that the person who figures out the formula for predicting when/where the island will be is Daniel and his mother used it in the Lamp Post station to get the O6 back.

    I’m done with LOST until Wednesday now (except for re-watching the last episode). It’s just too exhausting to think about.

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