Welcome back to LOST Observations! This week, we’re in for a big mythology episode: the Locke-centric “Lockdown”. Henry Gale, the blast door map, the Swan computer, the supply drop… Even the Smoke Monster and the Black Rock are touched upon in this episode. Let’s have a look, and remember, you can scroll over the pictures for extended fun!
Beware – major plot spoilers for Seasons 1-6 ahead.
“Maybe you should get Jack!”
- The flashbacks in this episode are a continuation of the story that began in Orientation. Once again, we see Locke ignore the advise to stay away from things that will cause him trouble… All as a means to prove – mostly to himself – that life has a bigger plan for him. It’s a tragic loop John will never be able to escape from. We see it again in the on-island storyline…
- “No one ever says anything mean about people once they’re dead”, Helen tells John in the opening scene of the episode. Ain’t that the truth. Not only does it apply to Anthony Cooper, who fakes his death and is forgiven by his son at his funeral, but to John Locke himself as well.
- I talked about this briefly in my post for The Whole Truth. After his apparent suicide, Jack starts to see truth in John Locke’s philosophy. The only person who said “mean” things about Locke after his death was the man wearing his skin.
Jack: “John Locke was the only one of us that ever believed in this place. He did everything he could to keep us from leaving this island.”
Man In Black: “John Locke was not a believer, Jack. He was a sucker.” (The Last Recruit)
- We find out that, at some point in his life, Locke owned a home inspecting company called “Welcome Home”. John will hear these words on the island from the mouth of Richard Alpert after he shows up to become the leader of the Others – his apparent destiny fulfilled (There’s No Place Like Home).
- Missing front pockets aside, John’s workwear is not unlike the Dharma jumpsuit worn by Desmond and other characters on the island.
- The customer John chats with is Nadia – the love of Sayid’s life. Her appearance in this episode confirms that she survived after Sayid helped her escape in Solitary. Apparently, the CIA really was telling the truth when they said Nadia was living in Irvine, California. Nadia made another flashback appearance in the Charlie-centric episode Greatest Hits.
- We learn that Anthony Cooper’s kidney con was not a one-time thing. Cooper turns out to be an experienced confidence man, who’s ripped off a couple of dangerous criminals. This foreshadows the eventual plot twist that Cooper is the original “Sawyer” – the man our beloved Southern survivor had been hunting his entire life (The Brig).
- Helen tells Jimmy Bane that she and John were at the funeral to “get past [Cooper], to get on with our lives, to let him go”. Of course, ”moving on” is a major theme in this episode and the show itself. Helen doesn’t know it yet, but, at this point in his life, John is not able to move on from his father. This will lead to the eventual breakup between Helen and John.
- John will finally learn to let his father go after Sawyer strangles Cooper to death in The Brig. In the flashsideways, John has created a world in which his father is a vegetable – unable to hurt his son. They seem to have had a healthier relationship, and Helen even suggests they bring Anthony to their wedding.
- In the “real world”, Helen will eventually die of a brain aneurysm. Locke doubts that she would have died if things had been different (The Life And Death Of Jeremy Bentham).
- Two Oceanic planes fly past the Flightline Motel.
- Hurley visits Charlie at the Flightline Motel in The End.