Oh, the games we play

From the Season 1 finale, “Exodus” scene, the rift between Locke and Jack first starts to develop, as the two work side-by-side in the anxiety-provoking task of retrieving dynamite:

Locke: I’m removing the driest pieces to minimize our risk transporting it. [he reaches for another stick] You ever play Operation?

Jack: Sure. Don’t touch the sides.

Locke: I always got nailed on the funny bone. [he picks up a stick] Bzzzt!

Jack: [flinching]: You like to play games, John?

Locke: Absolutely.

Locke IS a man who is mysterious and marches to the beat of his own drum, but there are some times when I don’t think anyone knows where he’s coming from. Seems like almost every episode he is getting into some sort of trouble because he doesn’t share things that he should be sharing, or someone else has to say “What did you do, Locke?!”

And oh yes, he does like to play games. From backgammon (“Pilot”), to Risk (“Walkabout”) to Mouse Trap (“Deus Ex Machina”) to crosswords (“Collision”), this guy has been up to all sorts of things… as Gollum from LOTR might say, he’s very “trixy”.

It was only a matter of time before they spotlighted chess on the show, one of the most thought-provoking and deception-requiring games. It was a nice touch to have the winning reward be the key to unlocking the Flame video with Dr. Candle. If only Locke had just said something about “Enter 77” to his friends… the information sharing would likely have prevented the explosion, because Sayid and Kate had already seen the C4 in the basement. But I guess we could expect no less of Locke, who goes on his own vision quests, doesn’t share information about The Monster, the blast door map, or just about anything he finds. Just what is this man up to?

-Cecilia

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22 Responses to Oh, the games we play

  1. Tim Hettler says:

    I think Locke was aware that his actions would lead to the detonation of the station (but was not revealed to the viewer). His life is much better on the island than it ever was before the crash – I wouldn’t be surprised if he was sabotaging opportunities for the Losties to contact the outside world.

  2. downthehatch says:

    My friend said the same as Tim. Locke is all about staying on that island. I have a feeling he’s known something about the Island. I think that something is very little, however, if we were to find out that he is there is find out what is going on or to infiltrate either what’s left of Dharma or The Others, it wouldn’t surprise me.

  3. XtraCripsy says:

    I don’t think so because how did he know that the thing wouldn’t blow immediately after he punched in the numbers?

    Something to ponder: Early in the series he shows Walt (remember him?) the black and white stones for the game Go. When Jack finds the two skeletors in the cave, he finds two similar stones in the pocket of one.

    The producers have indicated that these skeletors were very important clues that they had constructed the full plot right from the beginning and were not improvising each week. We all know from Desmond’s experience that time on the island is being replayed more than once. Remember the constant reminder that the plane crash was not what it appeared to be.

    Maybe in another version of this game, Locke didn’t blow up the Flame station.

  4. joe says:

    there’s nothing to indicate locke knew the station would blow up by choosing ’77.’ he wasn’t aware of the explosives, and the first thing he requested from that computer was ‘mainland communication.’ if he wanted to stay so bad, he would have chosen ‘pallet drop.’ it’s clear he was hoping to initiate a rescue mission from dharma’s main base.

  5. ForeverLost says:

    [quote comment=”43431″]I don’t think so because how did he know that the thing wouldn’t blow immediately after he punched in the numbers?

    Something to ponder: Early in the series he shows Walt (remember him?) the black and white stones for the game Go. When Jack finds the two skeletors in the cave, he finds two similar stones in the pocket of one.

    The producers have indicated that these skeletors were very important clues that they had constructed the full plot right from the beginning and were not improvising each week. We all know from Desmond’s experience that time on the island is being replayed more than once. Remember the constant reminder that the plane crash was not what it appeared to be.[/quote]

    Also, we didn’t see Locke actually enter the numbers, so we don’t know what he saw after 77 was entered.

    As far as the skeletens, could they be Michael and Walt?

  6. Andreas says:

    Locke is a complex guy, but we have to remember that his favorite phrase is “Don’t tell me what I can’t do!”. He doesn’t feel that he needs to talk to everyone else before he makes a decision.

    In this case, I’m quite convinced that it wasn’t his intention to blow up the farm house (poor cow and horse!), but he trusts Dharma more then the Others and decided to follow the instructions since the “hostiles” had taken control of the farm house.

  7. Hammer says:

    [quote comment=”43442″]there’s nothing to indicate locke knew the station would blow up by choosing ’77.’ he wasn’t aware of the explosives, and the first thing he requested from that computer was ‘mainland communication.’ if he wanted to stay so bad, he would have chosen ‘pallet drop.’ it’s clear he was hoping to initiate a rescue mission from dharma’s main base.[/quote]

    He didn’t pick main land communication, he picked Hostiles coming…knowing that they would want to protect the station. I think he knows that main landers won’t arrive in a few seconds to save the station…two and two if four. He learned from the hatch that these things have fail safes for protection.

  8. Hammer says:

    [quote comment=”43457″][quote comment=”43431″]
    As far as the skeletens, could they be Michael and Walt?[/quote]

    Heck of an idea…what with the possibility of time travel…

  9. Tasha says:

    I remember it as he picked “the mainland communication” first. It said it was disabled and THEN he went the other route. The guy stopped him the first time. When he went back….he automaticalle punched in 77.

  10. Andreas says:

    Yeah, you’re wrong Hammer.

    Locke picked mainland communication first but it didn’t work.

  11. chewap says:

    jack said in the first season: we are all dead…maybe this is a fact 😉

  12. Hammer says:

    [quote comment=”43494″]Yeah, you’re wrong Hammer.

    Locke picked mainland communication first but it didn’t work.[/quote]

    Yeah I know, I rewatched it. I’m still sticking to my guns on he learned that the computers have fail safes and knew “something” would happen. He does not want to be rescued, he does not want his old life.

  13. Tina says:

    [quote comment=”43624″][quote comment=”43494″]Yeah, you’re wrong Hammer.

    Locke picked mainland communication first but it didn’t work.[/quote]

    Yeah I know, I rewatched it. I’m still sticking to my guns on he learned that the computers have fail safes and knew “something” would happen. He does not want to be rescued, he does not want his old life.[/quote]

    I agree that he doesn’t want to be rescued, but I just can’t agree that he’d intentionally endanger the lives of all those other folks that were with him.

    I know, you’re going to say what about Boone right? I don’t think Locke wanted him to die, but he was willing to accept the death after he understood it.

  14. Hammer says:

    I didn’t say he knew exactly what was going happen…we won’t be able to tell unless there is a future scene that shows the computer responses to his actions. But, only the show can change my mind that he knew “something” would happen to that station if 77 was pushed. Every one thinks the character has become dumb…he’s the same as the first season…doin’ what it takes to stay on the island, following his own idea of fate.

  15. AnotherOther says:

    I see the theory about Locke wanting to stay on the island, that makes sense. I guess that’s why he was so adamant about pushing the button every 108 minutes in the Swan station. Maybe he didn’t want to risk something happening to it.

  16. Brent says:

    the skeletors one was a female so not Michael and Walt. Im thinking its Bernard and Rose.. adama and eve.. black and white.. black and white stone.. she cant leave and doesent want too as she already let Bernard know as she would get sick again.

  17. TimmyD says:

    the skeletors one was a female so not Michael and Walt. Im thinking its Bernard and Rose.. adama and eve.. black and white.. black and white stone.. she cant leave and doesent want too as she already let Bernard know as she would get sick again.[/quote]

    What about the skeletons being Nikki and Paulo? J.J. Abrams has said that their rather unwelcomed appearence in Season 3 has significance that will become clear, and at the same time has said the same thing about those skeletons of a man & woman from the caves in season #1. Might be something…

  18. lbdaisee says:

    I think that Locke learned something from the computer after the scene cut. When he met them outside he told Mikhail that now he knew why Mikhail didn’t want him to press the numbers, but not necessarily that the Flame would blow.

  19. Destroyer Of Worlds says:

    Na he had no idea what was going to happen. I doubt the thought of the station exploding ever popped into his bald little head.

    I think we’ve learnt enough to safely say. If there is a button to press Locke will press it.

    Its his own little personal quest to know everything. We see it in everything he’s done in the show. All rational thought goes out of his head when he is determined to understand something or when there is a chance to learn something new.

  20. BambooRaft says:

    Hey – how do we know for sure that the blowing up of the station was related to Locke entering 77. Did the Flame blow up after Dr. Klugh was shot and after the dialogue between Mikhail and her or before? I’m old – my memory is fading…If it blew up after, could Dr. Klugh (is that her name?) have done something and the dialogue between the two been about blowing up the station AND shooting her.

    But here’s another question: The computer said “press 77 if the Hostiles have taken over” How did Locke know that the Hostiles had taken over when he wasn’t in on the conversation with Sayid/Kate/Mikhail in the other room. As far as I gathered, Locke was in the room playing chess and trying to get the communications thing to work, but he has no idea about the conversations that were going on in the other room. Am I right? Or did I miss something. So, how did he know HOstiles had taken over? Was there another number available to him besides 77 that he may have decided to press instead, because he didn’t know Hostiles had taken over, and if so, what would that be? And how do we know that the Others didn’t rig the C4 to the Flame, instead of it being Dharma? Wouldn’t it be kind of uncomfortable working there, peacefully (as Dharama is supposed to be, supposedly) knowing that the place could explode? Did Dr. Klugh do something that we didn’t see prior to Sayid coming down and finding her? Thus opening the dialogue with Mikhail outside? Hmmmm…What do you guys think?

  21. FMGreenSteve says:

    [quote comment=”43843″]

    Hmmmm…What do you guys think?[/quote]

    Err, I think you’ve missed quite a lot and you should watch the episode again:
    http://dynamic.abc.go.com/streaming/player?mk=20161831&cid=7

  22. Ro-zgee says:

    I think its a good point that we don’t actually know what Locke did and what happened just prior to the explosion inside the house. Maybe just the fact that someone beat the chess game set a timer in motion that set off the C4. The Russion did make a comment that he could never beat the computer game, which would just manipulate John into the challenge of beating it. How could John accomplish what the Russian never has?? Reminds me of when Ben told Locke he didn’t push the button – it was as if he wanted the Hatch to explode, but he just didn’t want to be there when it happened, so he set up John to do it at a later time.

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