The Official Lost Audio Podcast May 4, 2007

Damon and Carlton review “The Brig”:

Possible Spoilers

  • 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!

Listen to the official Lost podcast at abc.com

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7 Responses to The Official Lost Audio Podcast May 4, 2007

  1. Colin says:

    I think you are dead on with Locke. I dont think he is leader and the way off the Island. Definitely getting set-up for a sad ending. At least we get to finally learn more about the Others cause of him. In my opinion, I think Desmond holds the keys to getting off the island. His “foreshadowing” powers along with when Penny said something along the line of “with enough money and effort you can find anyone”, I think he’ll really be the way the Losties find their way home.

  2. Lesley says:

    I agree that Locke will not be a way off the island. He has proven time and again that he can be so easily manipulated because he is so gullible. However that quality seems to get him some attention from the island. We see he can manipulate people but Ben and the Others do it so much better. I watched “Further Instructions” again yesterday and was struck by the dream sequence that shows Desmond as the pilot. In that same dream Hurley was behind a monitor scheduling flights and Ben was checking the folks boarding the plane! Locke was the one who had to climb the unmoving escalator without the use of his legs. That seems to foreshadow that Des will be the key to any homecoming with Hurley’s assistance. Not sure why Ben was part of the flight crew but Locke’s role was struggle so I think that means he is going to have a real problem. When you think about it he really has not changed a whole lot. It seems he follows the same sad pattern over and over. But who knows this is LOST so maybe we are all dead wrong.

  3. Juliapilot says:

    [quote comment=”56396″] I watched “Further Instructions” again yesterday and was struck by the dream sequence that shows Desmond as the pilot. In that same dream Hurley was behind a monitor scheduling flights and Ben was checking the folks boarding the plane! Locke was the one who had to climb the unmoving escalator without the use of his legs. That seems to foreshadow that Des will be the key to any homecoming with Hurley’s assistance. Not sure why Ben was part of the flight crew but Locke’s role was struggle so I think that means he is going to have a real problem. When you think about it he really has not changed a whole lot. It seems he follows the same sad pattern over and over. But who knows this is LOST so maybe we are all dead wrong.[/quote]

    I will have to go back to rewatch Further Instructions, it reinforces a sneaking suspicion and a worst fear…the entire show is one big dream.

    Theory: Whichever character they choose is sleeping at the airport or on the plane (having seen or encountered everyone else) and is simply having an extraordinarily strange dream/nightmare. Could also be that the plane did crash and a survivor is comatose/dreaming and incorporating those currently or recently around him/her into an ever-evolving story, moving the characters around and adding or changing relationships. Anyone ever have a dream where you were in a strange place, doing a strange thing with a familiar person?

    This would allow the show to skirt any explanations of supernatural occurences, religious overtones, eerily connected characters, etc. I pray that I’m wrong. If they pull a Bobby Ewing (ref: Dallas for those under 30) I will be incredibly disappointed.

  4. lost chicka says:

    no jack’s unconcious & is having a wierd dream, he’ll wak up in the hospital. there really was a crash & he put the last people he saw into it & the people who meant the most to him in his life. can’t u see it? 😉 no i think that that is NOT goin to be the end. i sure hope not!

  5. Hammer says:

    No way is dream for the same reason that it’s not someone in Hurley’s mental hospital imagining it. No one would imagine Hugo imagining a friend. And no one would dream about someone having a dream (Locke’s dream). Doesn’t make sense.

  6. Alex says:

    oooh, I completely agree with the idea of Locke’s hubris setting himself up for that tragic ending. The thing that makes him great – maybe his faith in the island? – will eventually be his downfall.
    very ancient greek tragedy-esque.

  7. leah says:

    Richard Alpert came to the island on the black rock.he is much older than he looks . Is he portugese?

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