Saturday, February 16, 2008

1.4 Walkabout

When wild boars start rummaging through the litter and dead bodies in the fuselage, Jack insists that the bodies be burned, despite the protests of others. With food running out, Locke, who is armed with an assortment of mean-looking knives, suggests they go boar hunting. Kate and Michael join him. In flashback, we see that he was ‘Colonel Locke’. The boar hunt ends when Michael gets hurt, but Locke goes on by himself, spurred by memories of his workplace, where his younger, sadistic boss told him his plans for an Australian walkabout were out of his reach. Kate and Michael stop so that Kate can try to mount Sayid’s antenna high in a tree. She drops it when the ‘unseen beast’ starts shaking trees near them. The beast heads for the area where Locke headed. We see Locke meet the beast face to face, but for some reason he is not killed. Eventually, Locke returns with the boar, covered in blood. Perhaps it is not a coincidence that Jack sees a man wearing a suit in the distance, at the edge of the jungle, quite near where Locke re-appears.

Jack helps Rose to deal with the tragedy and re-join the group, but it is Jack who sits alone during the memorial ceremony.

We find out that Locke was confined to a wheelchair for four years before the crash, and regained the use of his legs after the crash, in what appears to be a miracle.


Everything is still moving along strongly, and the intersecting relationships are meshing nicely.

Why was Locke not killed by the beast? And did Locke kill the boar, or did the beast kill it for him?


The man at the tour office tells Locke, "We’ll get you on a plane back to Sydney on our dime." While it’s possible that the man used this expression as a way of relating to an American, it isn’t an expression normally used by Australians, as the ten cent coins are  referred to as ‘ten cent pieces’, not ‘dimes’.

Quotable Quotes

Jack: Everyone who was in the rear of the plane is dead.
Rose: They're probably thinking the same thing about us.

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