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Lost: The Man From Tallahassee

by Erin Martell, posted Mar 21st 2007 11:22PM

Terry O'Quinn

(S03E13) Well, the mystery surrounding Locke's former disability was finally solved, and it was worth the wait. Leave it to super-evil Kevin Tighe to add extra creepiness to the show. It looks like a popular theory about the island was confirmed, but as usual the truth was only hinted at. As Locke episodes go, this one ranks up there with "Walkabout," when we first learned of Locke's paralysis.

The Flashback

We finally learned how Locke got in the wheelchair, and we learned the fate of the man who put him there. Even before his near-fatal injury, Locke had been collecting disability checks. Perhaps there were complications with his kidney surgery--he certainly looked like hell. Locke was approached by Peter Talbot, the son of a wealthy woman. This woman was engaged to a man named Adam Seward, of whom Talbot was very suspicious.

Talbot certainly had reason to be suspicious, since Seward was none other than Anthony Cooper. I cannot figure out why Locke kept Cooper's secret, but it didn't win him any points with the old man. Locke's threats to expose Cooper only got Peter Talbot killed. Cooper did not stop there, either. The man is a fixer, so when Locke confronted him about Talbot's death, Cooper pushed Locke through an eighth-story window. I know! Locke miraculously survived, and would be paralyzed for the next four years. I still cannot get over that scene, even after multiple viewings.

The Barracks

Sayid and Kate were finally ready to rescue Jack, but of course Danielle and Locke were up to their respective tricks. Danielle instantly disappeared and turned up only to spy on Alex through the bushes. Locke, on the other hand, suddenly became very involved in storming the Barracks. He was acting on his own selfish motives, unfortunately, as a lot of viewers had suspected. Locke's first stop was Ben's bedroom, where he held Alex hostage in exchange for the explosives in Sayid's pack.

Kate went straight to Jack, who was less than pleased to see her. Apparently, Jack and Juliet were set to leave the island on the submarine in a few hours, and Kate's rescue mission was not part of the deal. Kate's reaction was pretty heartbreaking, as was Jack's promise to come back for her (that would not have been possible, right?). Sayid made good use of his time at the swing set, planting serious doubt in Alex's head. I love Sayid; he can do anything with a few minutes of screen time.

As much as I loved the Locke near-death scene, the scenes between Ben and Locke were my favorites. Locke's face looked incredibly evil as he challenged Ben's right to live on the island. Each man held his knowledge of the island over the other, but Ben easily had the upper hand. Alex hinted at Ben's ability to manipulate people, making them think something was their idea. Sounds like a few con men we know, doesn't it? Locke initially believed he was forcing Ben to help him blow up the sub, but Ben had his own motives for going along with Locke's plan.

Mikhail was obviously telling the truth about communications being cut off, and about the Others' inability to return to the island if they left. Leaving will no longer be a possibility, now that more of Locke's sabotage has been carried out. What will happen to Jack and Juliet, now that their only ride off the island is gone? Ben surely has a plan for them as well. He definitely has a plan for Locke.

Earlier in the episode, Ben had asked Richard (Dr. Alpert, of "Not in Portland" fame) to bring him the man from Tallahassee. The man in question turned out to be a bound, gagged, and bloody Anthony Cooper. I was floored by this revelation. What are we supposed to think about this? Ben gave a fascinating speech about the island's ability to show people what they want to see. Did Locke's presence on the island bring Cooper to the island also? Is it really Cooper? Are all of the previous island visions real, or were they conjured up by each character's thoughts? I cannot wait to learn more about the "magic box." I do hope that the writers give it a better name, though.

Some final thoughts/questions:

  • The parade of former Deadwood cast members continues. Cleo King, Deadwood's Aunt Lou, was the government worker who suspended Locke's disability benefits.
  • Did anyone recognize the song that Jack was playing on the piano?
  • It looked like Cooper was drinking MacCutcheon whiskey before he shoved Locke through the window. This brand was first seen in "Flashes Before Your Eyes."
  • If Locke was afraid to face his father, as Ben suggested, why would his subconscious bring him to the island? This question is only relevant if the "magic box" effect is real.
  • Ben's wit was in top form during his scenes with Locke: "You don't just press submerge." I also liked the hamster bit.
  • Is Ontario the default fake homeland for liars? Adam Seward claimed to be from Ontario, just as Ethan did.
  • I'm not sure this episode's character names have any major significance. Adam Seward is a pro football player, and Peter Talbot was a Canadian politician and an Archbishop of Dublin.

See you next week for "Exposé"!

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I just wonder if the smoke monster is actually a manifestaton of Bens' Father or Mother. I mean he says that he grew up on this island but where are all his relatives?

Any Thoughts?

March 28 2007 at 10:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Lost is addicting, however it "lost" something! The first episodes had the pilot dragged out of the plane and found dead in the tree! We all though it was a ghost of TRex! Well we need some Time Warp Jurassic park in the series! How about a triceratops chasing the arogent long hair guy with all the nick names! Or TRex eating Ben or carrying him off to her nest for the baby TRex! Everyone was hopping for a little "Lost World" in the series "Lost" too!

March 28 2007 at 6:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Regarding the Kevin Tighe (Cooper) character. As others have theorized, he could be the real "Sawyer". If James (Sawyer) was sent to Australia to find the real Sawyer, is it possible Cooper was in Australia too and therefore on the same plane? That would explain how he got on the island.

March 27 2007 at 10:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
James Corcoran

This show is my favorite. It has grear actors and

This is my favorite show I can't wait for the night
it is on. Everything about the show is great. I don't lknow the names it is hard to remember.
I would enjoy having a list of names of actors with
acting names along side of pictures.

March 27 2007 at 3:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

When Kate was arrested in the bus station after blowing up her mother's house and right before the accident where she saw the horse, she was trying to buy a ticket to TALLAHASSEE.

March 27 2007 at 10:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Great episode, Adam watching in Australia.

Isn't it interesting to see the type of drink that Cooper pours when Locke confronts him in the condo? Looking closely, it's a bottle of 60 year old McCutcheon, the same bottle that Sawyer had stashed away (Charlie, Hurley & Desmond drank it). I support the theory that some how Sawyer and Cooper are either related or know each other given that Sawyer had been to Tallahassee and, he possesses the same 'con man' traits as Cooper.

March 25 2007 at 5:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Danny, Danny, Danny!!! I freakin love you! I am crying laughing. I could barely even get past the first line of your post I was laughting so hard!

March 24 2007 at 4:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I believe there is a connection to Sawyer and Anthony Cooper. Anthony Cooper IS the real Sawyer the man that our Sawyer was after. We know he's a con man, and Cooper told Locke in a previous episode there was a man who wanted to kill him.

March 24 2007 at 3:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think that there is nothing magic about the "magic box". It just describes the area where Locke's father and his $200 million are being held. You can get anything from the box - for a price.

Otherwise, the show has turned into Harry Potter

March 24 2007 at 2:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hello All,

This is my first blog so, About this Episode it was just what a Lost "Fan" Needed. Thinking that this maybe a halfway-point to the series. I think, I can feel certain plot twist might or might not be a great thing.I think The ending will be the message left on the bird's wings when Clare set it free.

March 24 2007 at 1:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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