Well Losties, this week we have had some highs and lows in our story of how John Locke became Jeremy Bentham and tracks down the Oceanic Six in his destiny quest to return them to the island.
The first ten minutes were very good. We meet Cesar and Allanah breaking into an office where there are Dharma documents and then straight after we have an alive 'John Locke' sitting happily on a beach. They have crashed on the second island where the Hydra station was (as Cesar walked straight into it) and also the fact that John is looking at the main island when he tells Allanah that he had died. Now, thankfully, we have the story I'd been waiting so long for. We will find out about how Jeremy Bentham dies. Locke has been 'donkey wheeled' to the electromagnetic space in Tunisia where Ben had appeared previously. Locke has had his leg broken but since that area has been decked out with security cameras, help is soon on it's way. But help has come in the form of Charles Widmore.
Widmore is strange to me in this episode. He has no problem with Locke getting back to the island and actually admits he was the leader of the inhabitants at one point until Ben tricked him to leave. This all happens very fast and Widmore sends Locke on his way with an new identity, money, information on the Oceanic Six and also gives him Abaddon as a driver. But not before mentioning to Locke that war was coming. When questioned about Mr. Kimi and the freighter armed with c4 explosives, he seems quite sincere that they were only there for Ben. Puzzling to our minds I know.
'Bentham's' quest first takes him to Sayid who is building a house with some sort of charity organisation and cannot be convinced to go back. He didn't even really try hard! Next, off to New York to see Walt. They have a nice chat, Walt tells him of a dream that we know comes true then he simply wishes him well and off they go. Off they go to Santa Rosa to see Hurley. He believes John to be dead as in his mental state (or is it?) he sees the dead people from the island. Well, Charlie mainly. Once again Locke briefly mentions the mission but Hurley says he will not go when he spies Abaddon.
I don't know about you fellow Losties but to me I really felt this 'quest' of Locke's wasn't going very well or even that he was trying. It pretty much felt like a site seeing tour! So it was no surprise that I laughed when we cut to the scene with Kate and her first words were 'No'. I remember that he said to Sawyer on the island that he didn't know how he was going to convince them, but come on, you'd think he'd at least try. Where was the John Locke who in the past has given us plenty of speeches and confirming ideas about destiny! Here, he was Jeremy Bentham. Not John Locke.
A low point now. Poor Helen is dead. The love of John's life died and there was nothing he could of done about it. We quickly then get some action in the form of Abaddon being shot and a half-abled Locke trying to drive a car resulting in an unfortunate collision. We see Abaddon lying dead on the floor but remember Losties....on this show death means nothing. He may or may not come back into it as his character has sort of shown all the importance it was going to have. He even says himself basically that he is merely a foot soldier for Widmore. And I am sure there are plenty more.
For the second time in the episode Locke awakes to find himself in a hospital bed with someone watching over him. This second time it is the ever cheerful Dr Jack Shepherd. I thought at this point we were going to have a classic Locke/Jack battle of science and faith but as Locke begins to explain what he wants to do, Jack quickly silences him by saying 'John, you're not special'. For the last time this episode, Locke has failed.