Last week I ripped a page out of the Little League and Boston Bruins’ playbook and promised my readers a free trip to Dairy Queen if I scored four out of 5 correct answers in my bold predictions of the Five Major Events that were teased would go down on Lost this week. As Mook has already broadcast in the Comment Section, no Blizzards for you. I scored 1 for 5 and the one I got right was blatantly shown in the ad. Hey – how ‘bout some points for attentiveness in the age of ADHD?
For this week’s observations I figured I’d run through the five major events as I interpreted them. Maybe you see it differently and picked 5 that I didn’t. If so, I’d love to hear about it in the Comments section – although Sawyer losing a pile of papayas in Texas Hold-Em ain’t exactly breaking news.
1. The Blast Doors: Those writers and their clever episode titles. This week’s moniker works on two levels – and features in my first two points. The first is the most obvious – the hatch takes on a life of its own, with the strange static on the loudspeakers ultimately leading to the countdown that heralds the dropping of the blast doors. This leaves Locke and Henry under lockdown in that 70’s rec room – separated from the sacred Commodore 64 – which we all know demands a steady diet of 4 – 8 – 15 – 16 – 23 – 42 every 108 minutes. I have a feeling that the lockdown is tied to that episode where the countdown hit zero and the weird hieroglyphics appeared. During that moment, we heard something powering up within the hatch. Something appears to be stirring and I don’t think this is the last of the strange phenomena.
2. Locke Down The episode title can also be taken very literally – with John’s legs crushed and impaled by the crashing blast door – we essentially have Locke, Down. I thought for sure that we would finally learn – through his flashbacks – what led to his pre-island paralysis. Instead, we dove to the deeper levels of depravity that Locke’s Dad operates in. Already having swindled his abandoned son out of a kidney – he returns to rope Locke into a con to obtain a large satchel of cash that he swindled off some mobsters. Locke’s blind devotion towards having someone to connect to and to believe in – his blind faith – leads him toward use and abuse by his Dad and separates him from the one pure relationship in his life. The last shot of Helen departing Locke outside that seedy airport motel – with the knowledge that Locke had been on the verge of popping the question before Daddy returned from the grave – speaks volumes of the pain and rage that simmers below the surface. I’ve said it a billion times. Terry O’Quinn is one of the finest character actors working today (he’s been a fave of mine for years ever since I first saw him in the late 80’s thriller The Stepfather through his solid work on Millennium). Give this guy an Emmy. One final point – I have a feeling that we have not seen the last of those Central Casting goons – and wouldn’t be surprised if they pay a return visit and finally provide us with the source of Locke’s affliction – his Dad’s lasting legacy revealed.
3. The Food Drop For a moment, I thought that parachute that Kate and Jack stumbled across was the same as Henry Gale’s balloon – with the discovery of DHARMA Mac ‘n Cheese being the linchpin to his real identity – but upon closer inspection, the object they’ve come across is an airdropped supply bundle. That answers the question of how the pantry is restocked but opens the larger question – whose delivering these supplies. If there’s more meds in that package, Jack’s poker winnings are suddenly devalued.
4. Will the Real Henry Gale Please Stand Up After weeks of speculation, we finally get the truth. Henry Gale is from Minnesota and did crash on the island. There’s just one slight wrinkle to his tale. The real Henry Gale is African-American and is buried in that grave the ‘other’ Henry Gale claims he buried his wife in. With the flashbacks underscoring Locke’s continued abandonment – contrasting with Henry’s devotion to caring for Locke – thereby adding the element of trust to his ‘infection’ of Locke, I have a feeling the rift between Jack and Locke is abound to widen with Locke making good on his promise to Henry to stand by him.
5. The Map Weeks like this, I wish I had Tivo. From the black-lit map, I could discern several stations depicted in ring formation (including the SWAN with the phase ‘I AM HERE’ scrawled next to it, as well as the Caduceus or medical center.) The interesting thing is they all ring a circular building in the center of the island emblazoned with “?”. The May 10th episode is titled “?”.
A couple little things I caught. The safety deposit box number was 1516. The woman Locke provided the home inspection for was Nadia, Sayid’s long lost love.