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Lost: Cabin Fever

by Erin Martell, posted May 9th 2008 1:26AM
The beach survivors
(S04E11)
One of the few flashbacks of the season showed us John Locke's predestined connection to the island. Locke encountered some familiar faces before the crash, and each meeting guided him to his current situation. While Jack's mind is set on rescuing everyone on the island, Locke's focus in on saving the island itself. This episode put everyone, including the freighter folk, in place to carry out their plans. I'm already stoked for the finale.

Flashback: Locke

John's flashback went as far into the past as possible, beginning with his birth. A rebellious young Emily Locke was hit by a car while running away from a fight with her mother. When she reached the hospital, Emily told the nurse that she was six months pregnant and gave birth to preemie John shortly after. Baby John survived pneumonia and other infections, and was dubbed a miracle baby by the hospital staff. Emily wanted nothing to do with her newborn son, special or not. Someone else was interested, though. Richard Alpert, eternally 40, watched baby Locke from the hallway.

Now in foster care, an older John received a visit from Richard Alpert. Alpert said he ran a special school and believed that Locke was a candidate for admission. He tested Locke by laying a series of objects before him: a book called the Book of Laws, a knife, a jar with grainy-looking contents, a comic book, a compass, and a baseball glove. Richard wanted John to pick the object that already belonged to him. When Locke chose the knife, Richard angrily said that it didn't belong to him and abruptly left.

Teenage Locke almost had another encounter with Alpert. After freeing John from his locker, a kind teacher showed Locke a pamphlet about Mittelos Laboratories Science Camp. When Locke tried to deny his interest in science, the teacher gave him a dose of reality. John wasn't going to be popular or athletic, and he should play to his strengths. Locke responded with his trademark phrase--"Don't tell me what I can't do."

Matthew Abaddon, posing as an orderly, caught up with an adult Locke in physical therapy. Locke was pessimistic about his chances of walking again, but Abaddon encouraged him to believe in miracles. A miracle happened to him when he went on a walkabout. He went in one man and came out another. Before leaving John in the elevator, he told him that he should listen to his advice and go on a walkabout. When they met again, John would owe him one.

The Freighter


The chopper made it back to the freighter, but the injured mercenary could not be saved. The ship's doctor, however, was alive and well. Keamy had bigger fish to fry, though. He wanted to know who gave Ben his name and personal history. When he discovered that Michael was the spy, Keamy beat Michael and tried to shoot him. Michael's island invincibility saved him, though; Keamy's gun wouldn't fire. Captain Gault protested when Keamy mentioned that he was going back to the island immediately and was ultimately going to torch it. The captain also learned that there was a second protocol that gave Keamy Ben's new location on the island.

Gault had a change of heart about his role in Widmore's mission and helped Desmond and Sayid get to the freighter's raft. Sayid wanted to get as many of his friends off the island as possible, and was taking the raft back to the beach. Desmond stayed behind; he'd had enough of the island and wanted to get back to Penny. Meanwhile, Frank found Michael and asked why he didn't trust him with his secret. Michael told him that Widmore was behind the 815 cover-up and begged him not to take Keamy back to the island.

As the rest of the mercenaries were loading up the chopper with weapons, Omar told the doctor about Daniel's strange Morse code message. Frank tried to refuse Keamy's order to fly the chopper, but ended up putting everyone's lives at risk. First, Keamy slit the doctor's throat to show that he was serious. He also shot and killed Captain Gault when he tried to intervene. During the confrontation, Keamy displayed something on his arm that looked like a remote for a bomb. Frank gave in, but hid a satellite phone in a satchel as they took off.

The Beach


Back at the beach, Jack ignored Juliet's orders to stay in his recovery tent. Everyone ran to beach when they heard the sound of the helicopter, and saw something fall from the sky. Jack found a bag with a satellite phone in it. The GPS tracking device was on, and Jack interpreted this a sign that they should follow the signal.

The Jungle


After making camp for the night, Locke had an enlightening dream. He still had no clue where Jacob's cabin was, but the man in his dream knew. Locke found Horace Goodspeed, Ben's old DHARMA friend, chopping down trees in the jungle. Horace was building a cabin for himself and his wife. Horace told Locke that once he found him, he would find Jacob. Jacob had been waiting for John for a long time. This vision inspired Locke to return to the DHARMA grave where Ben had left him for dead.

When they reached the pit, Locke searched the corpses and found the cabin's blueprints and a map in Horace's jumpsuit. Locke offered to let Hurley go back to the beach, but Hugo chose to stay. Ben teased Locke about manipulating Hurley into staying, but Locke said he wasn't like Ben. The two men had a discussion about their beliefs. Ben once believed that he was special, but his recent illness and Alex's death made him doubt his role on the island. He told John that there are consequences to being chosen.

Locke was the only one who wanted to enter the cabin, so Ben and Hurley stayed in the jungle. Christian Shephard was waiting for John when he came in. He was speaking on Jacob's behalf. Jack's father wasn't alone, either. Claire was sitting in a corner, all smiles. Naturally, John had tons of questions, but there was only time for one. How could he save the island? Locke returned to Ben and Hurley with the answer: he had to move the island.

Final remarks/questions:
  • I know Keamy's a cold-blooded killer, but damn. That is one hot mercenary.
  • Geronimo Jackson strikes again. Teen Locke had a poster for the band taped up in his locker. We saw one of their albums in the Swan station as well as in another of Locke's flashbacks.
  • The Mystery Tales comic gave us some intriguing hints about the island's future. The cover read, "What was the secret of the mysterious hidden land? Does it pay to ignore the voice of warning?" The main image--a city with another city floating above it on a cloud--resembles Locke's new plan for the island. There was also a man looking out the window, terrified at the sight.
  • Locke's love of backgammon goes back to his childhood. Back in the pilot, John tried to teach Walt the game.
  • Why didn't Locke remember meeting Alpert as a child? I know he was young, but it was a strange moment in his life. Why did Alpert pretend not to know Locke when they met on the island?
  • Michael Emerson's delivery--half bored, half annoyed--when Hurley asked Ben about shooting Locke was too perfect.
  • It's strange that significant people are behind the 815ers' presence on the flight in the first place. Jack would never have been on the plane if Christian hadn't died in Australia, Claire was convinced to take the flight by the psychic Malkin, and now Locke and Abaddon. Did someone (maybe Widmore) want those specific people on Oceanic 815?
  • "Destiny, John, is a fickle bitch." Best line of the episode. Ben has become a bitter man.
Next week--The Oceanic Six make their public debut in part one of the season finale. In the meantime, check out additional Lost coverage at AOL.

Biggest surprise of the episode?
Alpert met Locke in the past.372 (21.0%)
Abaddon met Locke in the past.134 (7.6%)
Claire is with Christian in Jacob's cabin.796 (44.9%)
Locke's going to move the island.459 (25.9%)
Other (elaborate in comments).10 (0.6%)

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bobby

Hey, just want to question that in imdb, the character of Horace has been confirmed as Jacob? Is it true? Through the episode I still don't get this idea...

Claire really gets a creepy smile which really makes audience think she is dead. Just hope not. Aaron's "raised by another " problem is yet to be solved.

May 15 2008 at 11:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
corbetto

Two things...

1. "move the island"... I don't think this means physically, I think he means though time. As in, Locke is to shift the island's temporal displacement further, somehow either making it impossible for the freighties to access the island (displacement is too much for them to navigate?) or so the island appears deserted.

2. I think, with no real evidence but a hunch, that Abaddon is, in fact, Jacob. Like I said, just a gut feeling.

May 12 2008 at 11:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Pete

>> I think, with no real evidence but a hunch, that Abaddon is, in fact, Jacob. Like I said, just a gut feeling. >>

Not too sure about that, considering we saw Abbadon forming the freighter team with Naomi at the beginning of the season.

May 12 2008 at 3:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rickyrapp

So by Ben "losing" control of the island, did that give Keamy the ability to kill Alex? Ben said "he changed the rules" so he's no longer owns the island (Ben does) and thus, the island has no more use for Ben or Alex, and they can be killed (Keamy couldn't kill that guy Kevin Johnson on the boat because the island still needs him).

May 12 2008 at 10:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Art

Is Claire dead?
Events in the Cabin Fever episode seemed to suggest this sad but startling development, and I have not seen much discussion related to it. So here's my take. When a woman shows up in a cabin with that does not exist in real space with a doctor who has been dead for some time, one has to wonder if she has expired, also. The smile that she gave Locke and the hoisted bottle of beer bring to mind the gestures of an athlete after the game has been played to acknowledge that the good fight is now over. I think Claire died when the rocket grenade launched by the hired guns from the freighter hit her house, but it took a while for her spirit to accept her death. The clues were there after the attack, because everybody around her kept asking her if she felt okay, and she'd respond by saying things like "I'm just a little wobbly" or "I just have a headache". In the cabin, no more headaches, no concerns for Aaron, just serenity. And now, the plot is set for Kate to take Aaron off the island. I hate to see Claire go, because she was a likeable (and cute) character, but doubts about her death seem unavoidable.

May 11 2008 at 5:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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literaryluv

Yeah I agree that Claire is dead as well...especially when she said "its ok, John, I'm with him now" (him being Christian Sheppard but also being in the afterlife with a Christian Sheppard)) and when Christian replied to Locke's inquiry about Aaron to Claire, he said "Aaron is where he is supposed to be and that is not here." (i.e. death is not Aaron's fate).

I didn't think about how Claire could have already been dead since the freighter attack. I have to say that makes a lot of sense. I was a bit shocked that Claire lived through that and I decided to suspend my skepticism - because it was such a great episode and I love Claire's character.

This would also fall in line with why Miles kept wanting to talk to her and be close to her - he probably felt something was off about her but Sawyer wouldn't let him investigate it further.

May 11 2008 at 7:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dan

OK, I have a continuity question...If the doctor already washed up on the beach and they called using morse code...the guy on the ship said "what are you talking about, he's fine" THEN killed him and tossed the body off the ship...then the helicopter flew to the island..obviously getting there faster than the doctor's body can wash up...THEN the pilot dropped the communicator to the beach group "before" the doctor could wash up...why wouldn't the beach group have that communicator to use to question the doctor's health, instead of fabbing up something to use for morse code?

May 11 2008 at 8:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ian

What's going on with Claire?
Her demeanour has become spooky/evil and she has about 25 lbs more weight (is the actual actress pregnant as that would explain the physical change?).
So now we have established that just about any "dead" person on the island can come back.

So are the "rules of the game" changing radically and because of this Ben needs to cede leadership to Locke? So the island and it's inhabitants can be safe from those who want to win the game by killing all the inhabitants. At one time Ben was playing that role.

I am concerned that "good" seems to have totally lost out to "evil" in this series, which makes for a less interesting future. i.e the gratuitous killing exands with each episode and reduces the pure entertainment value IMHO.

May 10 2008 at 10:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
AT

Is it just me or did the device strapped to Keamy's arm look like an iPod? Not that it was one, but it resembled one.

Funniest part of the episode:
Hurley: "What happened to 'em?"
John: "He did" - gestures to Ben.

I like this subtle bits of humour. Also subtle and kind of funny - but not as funny was that verbal exchange - was Ben's reaction to it. I can't tell what emotion he was portraying when he looked away, but it could have been a "who me?" or a "whatever". Michael Emerson is fantastic.

May 10 2008 at 10:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John

Notice how rain is significant to things that make Locke stronger?

May 10 2008 at 6:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Caroline

During the scene with Alpert and young Locke, was anybody else reminded of Harry Potter? It reminded me of when Hagrid came to Harry and told him that he was special and there was a school for kids like him (just like Alpert said.) I may be way off base but I thought that was kind of a cool throw back to a cultural work that is also mysterious and sci-fi.

May 10 2008 at 12:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MosquitoControl

Yes, Jussup, but when you're throwing things out there with absolutely no proof you're pretty much being an idiot. That's being honest, not condescending.

And yes, Lost loops around, and what may have been fact can change. But there's been no hint at that, so why make major speculation at something that's entirely baseless? It's pretty well confirmed that Cooper is Locke's father. Perfect kidney matches aren't all that common outside of a direct family relationship, so that pretty much cements it. Yes, something can change that, but until there's even a tiny, modest hint, speculating otherwise is pretty much idiotic.

Hey, Jack sneezed once. I think Charlie sneezed, too. They must be brothers!

May 10 2008 at 12:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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