After seeing this week’s Lost season 3 episode “Par Avion”, the thing that stuck in many of our minds was Locke’s suspect behavior.
To be honest I really thought that Locke didn’t know that The Flame would blow up when he “entered 77” in last week’s episode, but the fact that he somehow managed to take a C4 explosive before leaving clearly changed my mind.
Would Locke still have entered 77 if he knew that The Flame would explode?
I’m convinced that he would, because as far as we know, his reason for entering “77” was that he believed Dr.Candle’s words in the video. If the station has been compromised by the hostiles, enter 77.
So how could Locke know that there were C4 charges in The Flame and why did he take one? I don’t know more than you, but it’s quite easy to guess that the C4 will play some role in a future episode. It’s entirely possible that the writers wrote the scene where we find out that Locke has taken one of the explosives simply because the C4 is needed further down the line, without there really being any dramatic mystery behind why he took it.
On the other hand, Locke probably didn’t join the expedition to save Jack. My guess is that he has some yet unknown plan or reason for wanting to find The Others. Maybe he really believed the captured Ben when he said that he was coming for Locke…
As if secretly taking a C4 wasn’t enough, Mikhail added more wood to the fire at the end of his little speech:
Of course I don’t know you Sayid Jarrah, how could I. And you Kate Austen are a complete stranger to me. But you John Locke, you I might have a fleeting memory of. But I must be confused, because the John Locke I knew was para…
The last word is probably “paralyzed”, and as you might recall, Locke hasn’t told anyone, except maybe Walt, about the fact that he was paralyzed from the waist down before crashing on the island. So the question is – when did Mikhail know a paralyzed Locke? There are a few different possibilities:
- He knew or met Locke before flight 815 crashed on the island.
- Locke is an Other sent to spy on the Losties like Ethan and Goodwin.
- Considering that Desmond seems to experience repeating cycles of life where Charlie dies in different ways in each cycle, Mikhail could have met Locke in a previous cycle where the island didn’t cure Locke’s paralysis. However, this poses new questions since Mikhail would then have “a fleeting memory” of a previous cycle like Desmond’s flashes. Are The Others some form of time travelers?
Shortly after this was said, Locke pushed Mikhail through the sonic fence and he died. Did Locke know that this would kill Mikhail and did he kill him to prevent him from revealing something about Locke, or did he just figure that the best way to test if Mikhail was telling the truth about the fence not working was to push him through it and see what would happen?
Personally I think Locke had no previous knowledge of what would happen and decided that having Mikhail prove that he was telling the truth was a good idea, but considering Locke’s recent actions I would still sleep with one eye open just to be on the safe side.
What are your thoughts on Locke’s suspect behavior and Mikhail saying that he “knew” Locke?