Now that we’ve all forgiven Kate for her past behaviour, it’s time to move on to our next central character; John Locke. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I could. not. wait. to find out more about the bald hunter.
Major plot spoilers for Seasons 1-6 follow
“Who is this guy?”
- The flashbacks in this episode are brilliant in so many ways. Each scene is designed in a way that it makes you think John Locke has achieved something in life, only to find out that he hasn’t and that he’s just pretending to be something he’s not. At least, not yet.
- There’s a clear contrast between on- and off-island Locke, which is how TPTB were able to make us all think for a moment that Locke used to be “Colonel Locke” in a previous life. Of course, as it turns out, he’s just playing a game with a colleague during his work hours.
- The counting machine at Locke’s box company makes the Smoke Monster’s ticka-ticka noise, possibly foreshadowing what’s ahead for our hunter.
- There are a few clues foreshadowing the plot twist at the end of the episode;
- The flashback that opens the episode shows Locke, confused that he’s able to move his toes. A similar scene happens later in the episode, after Locke gets knocked over by a boar. This moment is later mirrored by Locke’s flashsideways scene in the very last episode of the series.
- Charlie and Claire used Locke’s wheelchair to move suitcases in the previous episode (“Tabula Rasa“), and other survivors are seen using it again in this one.
- Randy mocks Locke for his plans in Australia. “So you wander around, hunting and gathering food, right? On foot? […] Why do you torture yourself? Imagining you’re some hunter? And “Walkabouts”? Wake up – you can’t do any of that.”
- Locke has a nerve stimulation machine next to his bed that he turns off during his talk with “Helen”.
CLUCK YOU, RANDY
- Randy Nations, Locke’s boss, as “minor” a character as he seems to be, actually appears in every season of the show except season 5. He was once Hurley’s boss at Mr. Clucks, until Hurley quit and bought the chicken restaurant himself (before it was hit by a meteorite). As revealed in “Numbers”, the box company Locke and Randy work at is owned by Hurley as well.
- Randy also has a short cameo in “The Beginning of the End”, when Hurley crashes his car into hundreds of mirrors. He’s seen filming the crash (with the lens cap still on).
KATE AND JACK
- Kate tells Jack: “Who says it’s my first time boar-hunting?” We later find out Kate used to go hiking and tracking deer with her father, which is how she learned some of her handy jungle skills, like finding Ethan, Sawyer and Juliet by looking at broken twigs and rock slides.
- “If I didn’t know any better, I’d say you have a problem staying in one place for very long, Kate.” Ouch. She’s just trying to flirt with you, Jack. I thought you were “not big on rubbing it in”?
- Kate says she’s a vegetarian, but was seen eating bacon in the previous episode. Hmm.
- Claire and Boone both go to Jack for help, as he seems to be the “natural leader”. It’s clear that Jack is reluctant about it; something that will be explored more in the next episode, “White Rabbit”.
- The Man In Black (posing as Christian Shephard) also appears to Jack in this episode, like he will in the next. Another interesting moment is when Christian walks into the jungle, and Locke comes out in a Clark Kent/Superman sort of way. Makes you wonder if they already had some plans for Locke’s character and his connection to the Smoke Monster.
- Rose tells Jack she’s “letting him off the hook”. Boone tells him the same thing, just moments before he dies. Jack’s reply, “you’re not getting rid of me that easily” perfectly describes his character. He’s just not good at letting go!
- At the end of the episode, Jack is staring out at the ocean like Rose, and Locke before her.
- Sun must have had a laugh after Michael’s theatrics, as she understood everything he said to her.
NOT LOCKE’S HELEN
- Locke tells “Helen” about his life-changing moment of the day; finally getting to “tell Randy off”. The fact that Randy had already left the room when he did is not even the most pathetic thing about this scene.
- Helen turns out to be a phone sex operator. Locke bought a ticket for her to join him on his Walkabout, and actually calls Kate ‘Helen’ on the island. And THAT’S not even the most pathetic thing about this scene.
- As we later find out, Helen was the name of a woman Locke once had in his life. It seems that Locke has been paying a woman $89,95 an hour for eight months, just so he could call her Helen and talk to her about his life-altering moments, like winning a game of Risk against his colleague or buying a new Drive Shaft CD.
- That’s not even mentioning the fact that he wants to go on a Walkabout without having the ability to walk. Because I do in a way admire Locke’s confidence, and we all know how the trip turned out for him.
- John Locke’s first encounter with the Smoke Monster. As Locke tells Jack in the next episode, “I’ve looked into the eye of this island, and what I saw was beautiful.”
- In “The Cost Of Living”, Locke tells Eko that he saw a beautiful, very bright light. The Heart of the Island (where dear ole’ Smokey came from) appeared to be a beautiful, bright light as well.
- The Smoke Monster appeared as a bright light to Juliet as well, seemingly “scanning” her (“Left Behind”). Was the encounter with Locke in this episode the Man In Black’s first step in manipulating Locke, so he could use his dead body to convince Ben to kill Jacob? It seems that way.
- Locke lies about seeing the light, and pretends to have killed the boar himself. Something his off-island self could have done. Speaking of pretend hunters…
- The con woman in Shannon is showing. She manipulates Charlie into catching a fish for her, just by using her attractiveness. Not unlike the way she tricked Boone into giving her money many times before (“Hearts and Minds”). After all that’s happened between them, you would think Boone would be more mad at Shannon for doing it again.
- Shannon was not the only one that got someone else to do their work for them; Charlie apparently convinced Hurley to go help him, and a scene deleted from the episode shows Jin eventually catching the fish for them. Like Locke, Charlie decides not to mention any of that.
REMEMBER AND LET GO
- The theme of the importance of love and friends is introduced early on in the show, the fuselage funeral scene at the end of this episode being an example of that;
“Steve and Kristen – I don’t know their last name, but they were really in love and were gonna be married. At least wherever they are now, they’re not alone.”
- The episode opens with a shot of Locke’s eye. This is our second eye opening shot so far.
- Two apparent bloopers by Naveen Andrews (Sayid) made it into the episode. The first is in the scene where he’s supposed to be working on his antenna and is seen staring at the ocean for a moment instead, and the second is when he’s talking to Kate and hesitates for a moment before quickly leaving the scene, probably realising he’s left the antenna in the sand.
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