Lost Review 5.07 - 'The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham' Part 1 - Featured

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.


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Feb 26, 2009 1:07PM EST

I also found Charles Widmore very odd in this episode. Clearly he's trying to trick Locke a bit, but he was incredibly less hard than he always is when he appears, and just spilled all sorts of "secrets" like it wasn't a big deal when we've been waiting seasons to know why on earth Widmore was doing such insane things about the island and the plane crash. Now how much of that was true? I guess another thing we'll have to wait to find out!
I'm also getting impatient about Walt - he was made up to be such a huge deal when first on the island, but is that storyline ever coming back? And I also hadn't thought that maybe Locke was supposed to try to get EVERYONE, not just the Oceanic 6, back. Yet once again, so many new questions, but an excellent episode!

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Feb 26, 2009 2:21PM EST

Yes, what was Widmore all about, surely Ben took control of the inhabitants when he killed the Dharma iniative, so when and how did he trick Widmore (who said he was their leader) into leaving?
And true about Walt, I really felt at the beginning with all the build up of him having power and being connected to the island he would be one of leaders of the 'war' they constantly implied. As in the othello references and they struggle between science/faith and good and evil. Then Aaron came along and in Claire's dreams it showed that he is important to the future of the island. So will grown-up Walt and a 'future' version of Aaron return to do battle?!?

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Feb 26, 2009 3:05PM EST

thats so true about walt...we never discovered enough about his character...he was becoming such an interesting one ..i want to know more. lost always does that like libby she was an interesting character and then they just take them away.And as for aaron of course he'll be back. we dont yet know where he is but he will reapear
i dont think that helen is really dead, i think it was just set up to keep john from changin his mind about going back.
In this epsiode it seemed to finnaly distinguish ben as the bad guy with full bad intent where as before i always wondered whether he was somewhat good, however still can we ever be sure about him.

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Feb 26, 2009 3:13PM EST

For a long time now I feel that Lost hasn't reached the heights it reached in season 1 and 2, but this episode has got to be one of the best of the entire series. I am always a sucker for locke-centric episodes and its mostly due to lockes role in the entire mythology but partly due to the acting abilities of Terry o'quinn. I never written a review of an episode ever in my life but this has got me so excited.
Great first scene with the new temporary leaders of losties 1.1, first i had no clue as to whats going on and i thought they were doing a flashback for this ceasar character but then we saw the policewoman who held sayid and i was even more clueless. The editors could easily have written when it was and where it was but that would be boring and leave nothing to the imagination.
did you notice how ben looked puzzled when found out about jins survival,
we know that ben is not supposed to be on the island as he didn't get teleported like the hurley jack and kate.The scifi side to this episode was toned down but still brillaint and we had some more drama
its kinda ironic that ben kills locke minutes before he convinced him not to commit suicidewhy did ben kill locke when he found out about elloisewho is the good guy ben or widmore, i think its neither of them ( they are both probably power hungry masterminds who want the island for themselves) they know that locke is important and has been chosen by jacob
How is locke alive? probably the same christian is alive, but the christian before the island and the christian now seem like two different characters (one is a drunk negligent father, and one is a magical wizard wandereing a mysterious island)i dont think that christian is jacob, christian said himself that he is only representing jacob (jacob could be god?) jacob probably is the king of the island.overall brilliant episode best i've seen since the one where eko gets killed by the smoke monster, this season has the potential to be the best everas i am writing this now i just found out: Written by Carlton Cuse & Damon Lindelof, Directed by: Jack Benderno wonder this episode was so good, usually when these guys are behind the wheel we get a real good story, great action and unrivalved WTFness

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Feb 26, 2009 5:14PM EST

there is no doubt that this is one of the best episodes of lost so far. the mixture of whittmore ben and locke, who are by far the most diverse and interesting characters was great indeed. i do think we are soon going to see a 3 way war of wits happening between these people

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Feb 27, 2009 11:31AM EST

I actually think this has been one of the poorest episodes of the entire series. As you may see on the review we pretty much just have two questions for being answer, to some people that may be a relief but for me that only means that it appears as if they did that episode at last minute. I DO AGREE that the first 10 minutes are INCREDIBLE, but the rest is just kind of empty. It is interesting the whole "good guy" and "bad guy" plot for Locke and Widmore, wich I personally think that any of them care for the island just beacause any of them are originally part of it: Widmore was sent there by the US goverment for some mission a Ben came to the island because teh darma iniciative. They are just two outsiders that care about themselves and not about the island, very different of John´s thoughts or Richard´s, that i truly think they have genuine preocupation for the sake of the island. And YES I would love the see more of walt, and I absolutly agree about Libbys character... there was a point I thought of her as one of the most interesting people of the cast but then she just disappeared. I would love the see her again.
Great review sabre, me likes it a lot =)

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Mar 1, 2009 8:35PM EST

Another great review! What I really what to know is 'when' are the other crash survivors...we know that they are on the other island, but are they in the same time period as Jack and Kate when they saw Jin. And what bout the pilot, who was the woman he rowed off with? Was it Sun? and why wasn't she and the pilot teleported off the plane with the others? The boat he used was obviously the same one that John and the others saw when they were travelling through time. Ahh Lost how you tantalise us!
I didn't buy Charles Widmore's act of being the "good guy". He is definately better than Ben but at the same time he doesn't have the Oceanic survivor's wellbeing in mind when he does anything. Remember when they were putting together the team to send to the island to get Ben and when the chick [that was the first to land, can't remember her name right now] asked what if there are any survivors of Oceanic Six and the guy told her they are no survivors. So why is it that he is now claiming to of been helping to keep the Oceanic Six safe. And if it wasn't him that was sending people to kill Sayid and the others, who was it? Ben? That doesn't seem likely seeing as he knew he had to have them all alive to get back to the island.
Now that John was not teleported along with the other survivors when there was the flash, I am convinced that he is merely a means to an end; the end being Jack Shepherd. We know now that the only reason Richard Albert came to see him was because when he was time travelling John told him to and that he was really special.
And what about Jack's father? Does the fact that John came back to life mean that he is really alive and not another manifestation of the shadow monster? I am at the edge of my seat! Can't wait til next week!

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