- Oh, the hatch. Once again, Locke seems to think he’ll find the “answer” to the question Richard Alpert once offered him as a child: am I really special? Once again, Locke is betrayed, leaving him with all hope and faith destroyed.
- This time, the betrayal comes in the shape of a blast door smashing Locke’s leg. The injury is no coincidence: Locke has lost the use of his legs before in Walkabout and Deus Ex Machina, and will again in seasons to come. I talked about this phenomenon in an earlier post.
- The loss of Locke’s leg symbolizes his loss of faith. In the next episode, we will find Locke frustrated at his inability to walk. But it’s not just the Swan that betrayed poor John: it’s Henry Gale. His manipulation of Locke will continue in the next three episodes, while Locke will continue to hop around on his crutches. His leg won’t recover until Three Minutes, when Locke witnesses Charlie beat his drug habit once again, and decides to convince Eko to stop pushing the button. Confidence is key!