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Lost Opinion Article
By Lola Denise Johnson
The Man From Tallahasee
**Warning: If you haven't watched this episode, this article does contain
Please tell me you
were sitting on the edge of your seat for this episode like I was? It's
quite un-ladylike, but I was jumping and pumping my fist into the air Yes!
Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! by the end. Lost is back on track, provided of course
by a Locke-centric episode.
To me, John Locke is
a key figure in the island mystery if not the key figure. He's both
soft and hard. Enigmatic, smart, and mysterious on so many levels. He's my
favorite character. (Although if you were to shove bamboo under my
fingernails, I'd admit to a thing for Sawyer but what woman wouldn't?)
Throw Locke and Ben together, and it's perfect television! So, if I still
have your attention:
Some of the best quotes in television come
from this show, and the majority of them were between Ben and Locke. Here's
my favorite quotes of the episode:
John Locke: You think I'm temporarily
disabled? (After his disability payments have been temporarily suspended
when it's discovered he's quit going to therapy.)
John Locke: This is going to be more
complicated than we thought (after observing Jack playing Football with
Mr. Friendly & the Others, and shaking Ben's hand)
Peter Talbot: How many kidneys do you
have? (In trying to get Locke to pay attention to what he has to say
about his Locke's father.)
Ben: No John, there's no code for
although there should be. (After asking Tom to bring him 'The Man From
John Locke: I felt my back break. What do
you think? (When Ben asks him if it hurt)
Ben: We have two giant hamsters running on
a massive wheel in our secret underground lair. (When Locke asks him how
they have electricity.)
John Locke: Is that supposed to be an
incentive NOT to blow it up? (After Ben tells Locke he'll have a problem
with his people if John blows up the submarine.)
John Locke: You're not going to start
talking about the magic box again are you? (While handcuffed to some
pipes, and Ben is explaining that Locke blowing up the submarine solved
all his problems.)
I was really looking
forward to the flashback scenes because all week I'd been reading about how
this was going to be the big reveal of how Locke ended up in the wheelchair.
What we learn in the flashbacks is that John was more than likely suffering
from depression after his father 'stole his kidney.' We learn that John's
father, Anthony Cooper is the biggest con man of all time and could give
Sawyer a run for his money and then some. And, most importantly, we learn
that when Locke gears up for the ultimate confrontation with his father, his
father shoves him out of the window and he falls eight stories, breaking his
back, and eventually his spirit, when he's in the wheelchair due to
I could see the shove
was coming, and I really wanted to warn John to get out of there, but in the
end I was astounded that John's own father tried to kill him. I thought
everyone on this show had redeeming qualities of some sort, but apparently
they don't apply to Anthony.
Back on the Island...
Kate's face is very transparent as she's watching Jack play football with
Mr. Friendly and the Others. You see disbelief, doubt, and even a touch of
anger. But mostly she's convinced that the Others have done something to
make Jack be this way. She's going to rescue him, and her mind is very made
up. I had two big surprises with Kate and Jack. The first was when Tom led
Jack into the room where Kate was being held, and warned Jack that the
Others were listening. Huh? I thought Mr. Friendly was an Other? And when
Kate asked Jack why he trusted them his reply was I trust them because you
told me to, Kate, when you asked me to save Sawyer's life. That seemed a
really low blow for Jack. Although he promised to come back for her, I
really felt all he cared about was getting off of the Island. Can't blame a
guy though, right?
with Alex was a great scene. He was trying to convince her that her mother,
(Rousseau) is alive. Unfortunately, Alex has been told that her mother is
dead, and Sayid gets a beating for opening his mouth.
As for Ben and Locke,
and their time together, it didn't take long to see who the real puppet
master was. Obviously Ben was going out of his way to get Locke to blow up
the submarine and you knew it was going to happen. There was no way that
he was going to let Juliet leave the Island, never mind Jack. Of course, Ben
admits to this later when Locke's handcuffed to the pipes.
The most intriguing
part was Ben explaining 'the box.' What if I told you that somewhere on
this island there's a very large box and whatever you imagined, whatever you
wanted to be in it, when you opened that box, there it would be? What would
you say to that, John? Obviously Ben is speaking metaphorically, and there
is no actual box. But is there some sort of portal? A time machine? I can't
wait to see where the writer's are going with this...
In the end... Kate is
broken hearted. (And I'm bummed I really think she's a better match with
Sawyer.) Locke blows up the submarine preventing Jack and Juliet leaving the
Island. There was no love lost between Locke and Jack before, and things are
definitely going to get worse between them although I think Locke is the
better adversary. In a touching moment Rousseau gets a glimpse of her
prevails in true form when Ben's opens the door, to show Locke what 'came
out of the box.' It was.... Anthony Cooper, John's father! Holy ****! I
swear I didn't see that coming at all!
All in all, I think
it was the best episode this half of the season if not the entire season.
How Locke's father (is it really his father?) ended up on the Island is
beyond me and the whole concept totally blows me away. I see a future
alliance between Ben and John. (But why was Locke healed when the plane
crashed, and Ben hasn't healed at all?) I wonder what's going to happen now
that Sayid, Kate, & Jack (and even Locke) are in the hands of the Others?
And is Juliet in big trouble now that she can't leave the Island?
I'll be writing articles for the rest of the season, so check back to
catch up on them. As I watch previous episodes again, I'll write more
accordingly. Also, you can email me your comments at:
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