Damon and Carlton review “The Brig”:
- Confirm that the Locke/Cooper/Sawyer story was planned for a while and they had left multiple crumbs along the way, dating back to the beginning of Season 2
- We will see more of Richard Alpert this week. On the surface it looks like he is subverting Ben, via the manipulation of Locke by giving him the blue print (Sawyer’s file) to kill Cooper without pulling the proverbial trigger. Is he using Locke as his mechanism to exact some initiative against Ben, does he really believe Locke is special, or are he and Ben in cooperation to further manipulate Locke?
- Damon speaks briefly about how seemingly easy Locke is manipulated by the Others, and how he takes everything quite literally (i.e. carrying Cooper’s dead body over his shoulder to presumably provide Ben the proof of his actions). I think there is a growing consensus that perhaps Locke could be the central character/hero figure for the series, and I really do not see it that way. I believe that Locke is now on his own personal journey to prove how “special” he is and this will continue to cause him to be manipulated by those who are feeding this hubris, as well as cause him to further manipulate his past friends and associates.
Let’s recount what Locke has accomplished this season:
- Threw Mikhail into the sonic barrier, which was thought to have killed him, at the disbelief of Kate and Sayid, and in a move that could have warned the Others about their mission to rescue Jack, and to possibly prevent Mikhail from revealing his previous state of paralysis
- Destroyed the supposed only means to the leave the Island with the C-4 that he stole from The Flame (I know it’s up for debate as to whether or not he really blew up the sub, but just humor me on this)
- Abandoned Kate at the barracks to go on his personal quest with Ben
- Blindly turns an eye as Rousseau gathers enough dynamite to blow up the Island
- And most recently, manipulated Sawyer into killing Cooper because he could not bring himself to do it, or because this would somehow “taint” his own virtue
Are these the actions of a leader? I believe that Locke is setting himself up for a tragic ending, but I could be wrong. I am a fan of the reluctant, benevolent hero and along those lines I think we will see Jack re-emerge as this season comes to an end.
Obviously Damon and Carlton also comment on this week’s upcoming episode “The Man Behind The Curtain”, but beyond the fact that we are going to learn a lot about Ben, I’ll leave the specifics for you to hear!