I’m not normally given to outbursts of swearing, but Holy Shit! what an episode! Lost: The Man from Tallahassee might just have been the best episode I’ve seen in this or any season.
I promise, no more hyperbole tonight, but I was honestly floored. How could an episode that promises to answer the question of Locke’s injuries live up to the hype? But it did and then some.
On to my thoughts:
- Did the end of the Ben/Rousseau relationship start the “purge”?
- The Submarine
- Locke as GWB (stop reading this if you don’t like the politics)
We’ve still got some inconsistencies in stories here. Rousseau claims to have been on the island 16 years and Ben says he’s been there all his life.
Who’s lying? Are both stories accurate? Was there once peace and inter-mingling of the “tribes”?
Better yet, is their child (love child?) what brokered the peace instead? This almost seems more likely. She gave up her child to ensure her own freedom/life.
Clearly, shooting so near Pearl Harbor has advantages in finding subs to use for filming, but I’m more interested in Ben’s subterfuge. How does he manage to lie extemporaneously with such speed and ease?
He’s truly a great leader because the breadth and depth of his lies are very narrow. He parses the phrases he hears and says down to the definite article.
The man could teach a class in manipulation.
That said, it was nice of Locke to at least acknowledge he had been deceived. We can debate whether or not he knew he was a pawn, but I’m taking it on faith that he did but he was overwhelmed by vengeance/hatred at his father and so he had to act accordingly, even if it helped Ben.
And I don’t think Locke sees Ben as evil. Locke really thinks he has the inside track to “understanding” the island and used his “connection” to great effect this episode.
Plus, is Ben providing the same kind of presence to his “people” that Locke provides to the Losties. Do they both have just enough clout/power/cult of personality to get by?
- Both have daddy issues
- Both believe they speak w/ a higher power
- Both have feigned military service
- Both want the world to be black and white
Where daddy is smarter, more successful, etc.
Divine providence and all that jazz
And are surprised/annoyed/stymied by shades of grey
I’m really unclear about his allegiances. He seems fairly chummy with Jack and to a lesser degree Juliet, but I don’t know how loyal he is to Ben.
It seems to me like Mr. Friendly ranked behind Ethan, Goodwin, Ms. Clugh and even Juliet and her “recruiter” Richard Alpert (who pushed Ben’s wheelchair in The Man from Tallahassee).
Maybe it has something to do with rank or years of service/time of recruitment, but I see Tom (aka Mr. Friendly) as something of a breakaway here, just like Jack.
I honestly believe Jack, Kate and Sayid get pitched back to the Losties and Locke takes Jack’s position in the Other hierarchy. Better yet, he’s (Locke) the one picked to spread their message back to the Losties.
While it could be construed as referring to Richard Alpert, I’m fairly certain it’s meant to be Anthony Cooper/Adam Seward, conman extraordinaire and Locke’s biological dad.
I’m unclear about this “box” and whether or not we actually saw it tonight (I don’t think we did) but Ben claims it produced Locke’s dad, though I don’t think he appeared bound and gagged to a chair automatically.
I will say that I think this “box” might actually be some kind of portal. Another potential entrance/exit to the island that works in mysterious ways. I realize I’m crossing over into Stargate territory here, but with this show, I wouldn’t put it past them.
Ben seems to be accepting Locke into some kind of inner circle of confidence (catch the hidden double meaning). I have to wonder just a little bit about how fortuitous it is that this “box” produced the bane of Locke’s existence.
Be that as it may, I still maintain that Ben is honestly impressed by Locke’s abilities/connection to the island and that it represents a step up from his/their own communion with nature.
Do I think Locke kills his dad or extracts some old testament biblical revenge? I honestly don’t know. Here, again, we have manipulation and subterfuge and I think Locke’s reptile brain, whatever it decides, wins out over all other concerns.
He’s like the proto-hominids of yore. An ape-man walking erect (ha!). He can be trusted only to follow his heart even while claiming his head is god-like.
I’m really on a rant-y roll here, so I’ll stop typing.
Other good bits:
8 stories in Locke’s fall. Those damn numbers!
Who else thought Locke’s dad would just frame him for murder?
Who thinks Sawyer killed Peter Talbot (since Sawyer and Anthony Cooper/Adam Seward go way back)?
Who thinks Sayid gets tortured?
What to make of Locke’s apology to Alex and Sayid’s bit about “you look like your mother”? I maintain that Ben/Alex/Rousseau get heavy exploration before this season ends and we find out more details of the rift there. See above.
G’night folks. Additions and updates as they occur to me.