- The similar sideways shots of Locke and Ben with an out-of-focus, interestingly lit Jack in the background perhaps hint that one of the two characters is starting to get more “in tune” with the other’s viewpoint of the de facto leader.
- It really is amazing how ”Henry” manages to talk about hot air balloons in so much detail. Perhaps he planned it all ahead… Henry makes one mistake: after a short pause, he tells Ana-Lucia that he buried his wife near the balloon. He might not have expected Ana and Sayid to actually dig up the grave to be sure.
- In either case, this is Henry’s game now. He’s the man in charge; the survivors have grown distrustful of each other already, and it doesn’t matter whether they learn the truth about him or not.
- That is, unless they kill him. Interestingly, Sayid and Ana-Lucia do turn out to be the two people who attempt to end Ben’s life in later episodes, until he’s finally freed by Michael.
- “If I mess up, they’ll crucify me”. Henry’s right: He becomes the scapegoat to the survivors’ problems and gets tied up inside the hatch to be beaten and shot at. Almost makes you wonder who are the ”good guys” and the ”bad guys” in this situation.
Henry Gale:“You people have been looking for someone to punish for everything that’s happened to you, someone to blame, and now you’ve got him. Doesn’t matter what I do – I’m dead already!”
- “That’s the spirit”. Ever the cheerleader… Henry says words to Jack that he might rather have heard from his own father. Jack is clearly not as easy to manipulate as Locke, but Henry is definitely starting to get to him.
Henry Gale: “”Men reject their prophets and slay them, but they love their martyrs and honor those whom they have slain.” So what’s the difference between a martyr and a prophet?“
- In what us Dutch like to call Jip and Janneke language, Henry’s quote from Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov talks about the hypocritical fact that society doesn’t honor their so-called “saviors” until after they’ve crucified them for their beliefs. That does sound a little like what Jack does after Locke’s apparent suicide.
- If I were to take this a step further, I might say that Ben may have killed Locke the way he did to complete his manipulation of Jack, which he started in this episode. Ben is attempting to turn him into a man of faith. John Locke did not die a martyr, but that’s what Ben had Jack believe by making his death look like a suicide. Food for thought.
- “I’d be asking all kinds of questions about this stuff down here… You guys don’t even seem that curious”. A bit of dark humor as Ben wonders how Jack and Locke got their hands on Dharma cereal. Since Ben is one of the people who gassed the Dharma Initiative, he’s the answer to his own question!