The first time we ever see reanimated Locke (I'll be calling him "Flocke," as most LOST blogs do, for "fake Locke"), he is wearing a black hooded cloak by the 316 survivor campfire. Where'd he get that cloak? Does is associate him with the Man in Black?

First Things Noticed about Flocke

  • He remembers many things - like being killed - but doesn't remember being on the plane
  • He contemplates how to get to the big island
  • He seems somewhat interested in "the pilot" (much like Smokey was interested in the 815 pilot)
  • He asks for a passenger list (Ilana says Cesar has it - is Cesar the Sawyer of this group?)
  • He bites into a mango like he's never tasted fruit before, or hasn't in a long time
  • He doesn't remember why he's dressed up, but he can guess why that might be
  • He's different from old Locke - more confident, less herky-jerky

All of these things could be explained one of two ways: Either this is Resurrected Locke, returned from the grave ala Christ victorious, an overcomer, with a clear mission. Or it's another entity inhabiting Locke's body, one that is confident, direct, and with a clear mission... and which has access to all of Locke's memories outside of the time Locke was not generating any, i.e. while he was dead.

Flocke visits Cesar in the Hyrda office, explains about Dharma and that he "knows a lot" and that he's spent "more than 100 days" on this island (like, maybe, WAY WAY more?). But the timing of when he left and how he got back would just confuse Cesar. Cesar said the pilot absconded with the manifest, but everyone's accounted for. Survivors, the ones who went missing... and "the people who got hurt." Leads Flocke to their makeshift infirmary, where Ben lies sleeping.

  • Appearances of the Numbers: 4/8 of '06 is the day Helen died, according to her tombstone; 23 is the number Locke can dial on his phone to reach Widmore; 4 days of actual time for Locke between his two introductions to Widmore; 15 is the gate Ajira 316 is leaving from; 8 months Lapidus has been flying for Ajira; 8 is Jack's row on Ajira; 4 times Ray has tried to leave his home; 42 Panorama Crest is the address of the people who want Sayid; Slip 23 at the Long Beach Marina is the rondevous point; 23 Sept. 1954 is the date on the photo in the Lamp Post; 4 years of his life Hawking cost Desmond; 316 is the Ajira flight number; I think I may have said it last time, but I'm confused at how and why the numbers continue to pop up so often as parts of the story. What did we miss? Why are they still so significant post-815, post-turning off the transmission from the radio tower, etc.?
  • Deaths: Did Juliet hit one of the people from the canoe who was firing on her group? Looks like she did; Nadine, by Smoke Monster; Robert, shot by Danielle; at least 2 other French crewmembers, too; Charlotte, from time travel sickness; Abaddon, shot by Ben.

Themes Established or Revisited

  1. "Safe." We continue from the last disc into seeing this used in odd or unusual ways:

    Jack - "If we're gonna be safe... I'm going to have to convince everyone to lie."

    Hurley - "I'm totally safe, Ben's never gonna get me now."

    Ben - "You have friends in trouble. Let's get them to safety and save the dirty linen for later."

    2004 Kate - "Do you want this baby? Do you want it to be safe and healthy?"

    Sayid - "I had to make sure Hurley was safe."

    Ben - "I have a man watching Sayid. I'm watching all of them, keeping them safe." (to Locke. So both Ben and Widmore are following everyone who left the island)

    Jack: What matters is that we get you and Aaron someplace safe.

    Kate: Safe from who?

    Indeed, safe from who? There's no real danger - Ben has just spooked or sparked you all into action. And yet this "safe" notion keeps coming up...

    FINALLY, on come the brakes. Ben's had it. He screeches the van to a stop and chides Jack and Sun: "If you had any idea what I've had to do to keep you safe, to keep your friends safe, you'd never stop thanking me!"

    So at the end of this weird "safe" trail, does it become clear that, maybe, everyone Sayid was killing is someone who meant harm to the O6? That Widmore had people trying to kill them, or harm them, or expose them? Or is this just still Ben trying to get back to the island for his own aims, something he can't accomplish without them? I think not, given how concerned Mrs. Hawking is, and how she has worked with Ben.
  2. Time.

    "And Jack? Hurry. We're running out of time." -- Ben.

    "We're running out of time, Dan." -- Juliet.

    Time Paradox - Sawyer asks Locke why he wanted to avoid seeing himself at the hatch when it would seem he could tell himself to do things different, "save yourself a world of pain." Locke's answer is wise - he needed that pain to get to where he is now. If only we could all so easily embrace that concept. What Sawyer doesn't realize is that life IS pain, so saving oneself from one world of pain only puts one into another. To stop running from pain is to eventually grow.

    When Sawyer confides in Juliet that he saw Kate delivering Aaron, she says, "that was 2 months ago." In terms of days lived to them, that's right, which would put them right around very early January 2005 if they could get back to their real time period. It's so frustrating to Sawyer that all he can say is, "Time travel's a b--ch."

    "Because it's our destiny. How many TIMES are you gonna say that to me, John?" -- Jack. What, does it sound a little like, I dunno... a broken record, Jack? Seem like you've heard it before?
  3. Trust.

    Widmore: You still don't trust me.
    Locke: You sent a team of killers and a boatload of C-4 to the island. That doesn't scream trust.
    Widmore: I needed Linus removed, so it could be your TIME.

    "I know how it sounds, Sayid, but you have to trust me." -- Locke

    "You should not be trusting that guy!" -- Hurley, to Locke, about Abaddon.
  4. Egypt. Hurley does a watercolor of the Sphinx outside Santa Rosa. Why? We've seen other Egyptian themes before - heiroglyphs, the Exodus, etc. - and more will be slowly introduced (Taweret statue). What is the significance of Egypt to the overall story?
  5. Free will / determinism. Abaddon explains that Helen's path led to the grave in 2006, while Locke, no matter what he did or does, his path leads back to the island (true. Even in dying it does). They go on to debate whether it will be Locke's choice or destiny to die to get back to the island. Their discussion also allows for small changes, choices, along the path that can make things temporarily different, but in the end the destinations are the same. Sayid, for example, can choose to escape the island and get 9 months with Nadia, but ultimately he's still without her and still ends up back there.

The Game