Lost: The Brig
(S03E19) The twists just keep on coming, don't they? A major mystery from Season One was solved, and even more mysteries were introduced. We got a closer look at the many layers of John Locke, who is smarter than his recent behavior might have indicated.
This was sort of a mini-flashback, with a structure similar to "The Other 48 Days." Locke's story picked up where "The Man From Tallahassee" left off, just as John discovered that Cooper was on the island. It didn't take much effort on Ben's part to convince Locke to join the Others on their journey. Not a good sign.
A few days later, Ben summoned Locke to his tent, just as he was done listening to Juliet's "D.O.C." message. I was amazed at how readily Ben gave up the Others' kidnapping plot to John. Isn't he supposed to be a diabolical genius? After promising Locke that no one would get hurt in their little abduction attempt, Ben showed off his new walking stick (and his walking). Somehow Locke's presence had an accelerated healing effect on Ben, which I'm sure we'll hear more about.
Ben expressed his willingness to show John the truth about the island, but asked for a "gesture" of commitment: killing Cooper. Later that night, Ben dragged John out of his tent and tried to force him to murder his father in front of everyone. Cooper and Ben both took their turns messing with Locke, calling him spineless and pathetic. Ultimately, John couldn't murder Cooper, and Ben took the opportunity to take him down a peg. Now that Ben is healed, his tone with Locke is far less friendly than it used to be.
I was surprised when Richard Alpert wandered over to Locke, and told him that Ben meant to embarrass him. For some reason, Ben wanted to show the Others that Locke wasn't special after all. The Others really do like collecting special people, don't they? First Walt, now Locke. Richard suggested that Locke enlist Sawyer's help in killing Cooper, using Sawyer's desire for revenge as motivation.
As the Others left camp, Ben told John not to follow them until he could commit. I wonder if Ben ever really thought that John would kill his father, or if he was hoping Locke's weakness would get the best of him? If there is a faction of dissatisfied Others among the group, perhaps having Locke around wasn't in Ben's best interest. He didn't have much use for Locke once he was able to walk again. Is Locke a threat to Ben?
The campers had quietly returned to the beach in the middle of the night, with Naomi in tow. The 815ers' distrust for Jack continues, since the group decided to confide in Hurley first. Jack will have to make his own gesture of commitment if he wants to earn back the trust of his peers. Sayid was the next person allowed in the "circle of trust," and for good reason. Sayid asked Naomi all the right questions, and was smart enough to be suspicious of her.
Naomi Dorrit had even more news for the crash survivors. Supposedly, the entire plane was found underwater off the coast of Bali, complete with corpses. She was part of a search-and-rescue group that was hired by Penelope Widmore to find Desmond. Naomi also claimed that she was the helicopter pilot, and that the helicopter made the splash that the campers heard. Like I said in my "Catch-22" recap, Wouldn't a helicopter crashing into the ocean be a bit louder?
Sayid made a rare mistake by not having a lookout while he tinkered with the satellite phone. Once Kate found out about Naomi, she immediately spilled the beans to Jack and Juliet. Those two also had a little secret of their own, which was only hinted at. What is it that Juliet wanted to tell Kate?
Sawyer and Kate are still knockin' boots, but Kate prefers to sleep back at her place. I'm starting to think that Kate is the man in this relationship. Locke sneaked up on Sawyer as he was taking a post-coital leak, and convinced Sawyer to follow him into the jungle. At the time, Locke claimed that he had kidnapped Ben as part of his infiltration of the Others, and needed Sawyer to kill him. It's safe to assume that everyone saw through this.
John took a page from Ben's book by manipulating Sawyer with questions about his past. By the time they got to the Black Rock, Sawyer was as revenge-starved as ever. Well played, John. You may lead the Others yet. Naturally, it was Cooper in the Brig, not Ben. Once Sawyer and Cooper were locked up together, the ugly truth came out. Cooper was extremely cruel during his confession, taunting Sawyer about his "revenge kick," and professing ignorance about "the old murder-suicide." Cooper already believed that he was in Hell, and Sawyer sent him there by strangling him with the Black Rock's chains.
Locke double-crossed his old beach friend one more time, admitting that he was never undercover. His journey lies with the Others now. John is a great liar, but I have a feeling that he's in over his head with Ben. He was kind enough to send Sawyer off with a parting gift, though. Sawyer returned to the beach with the knowledge that Juliet is a mole, and the tape recording to prove it. Let's see her weasel her way out of this one!
- After Locke agreed to go away with the Others in the "8 Days Ago" flashback, Ben told him to say goodbye to Kate. What about the "strong case" Locke supposedly made for her? Why would he bother lying to Kate about that?
- Is the pillar that Cooper was tied to somehow related to the ancient foot statue?
- Cooper can talk some serious trash; he even called Ben "bug-eye."
- What was Sayid digging before Hurley confronted him?
- This division within the Others fascinates me. I wonder who else is on Team Alpert?
- Will all the Purgatory theorists jump on the Hell bandwagon now?
This episode deserves a 7 out of 7. The Sawyer mystery was put to rest, and Locke is back to his old self. See you next week for "The Man Behind The Curtain." If the previews are any indication, we should get even more answers!