Walkabout – or as I call it: The premiere of ” Don’t tell me what I can’t do!!”
This episode opens with another gorgeous eye shot – those are so powerful.
We’re returned to the mayhem following the planes crash – Shannon‘s awesome screaming is in the background (honestly – do you think someone could be hired based on the quality of their scream?)
More great lines – on hearing the pigs rooting through the Fuselage, Jack says it’s Sawyer. “Right behind ya, Jackass.” is Sawyer’s response. Later when Jack intervenes between Sawyer and Hurley‘s fight over the last of the peanuts he calls Jack “Metro”. I love this guy. Shannon says to Boone “What’s a 4 letter word for I don’t care?” what kind of kiddy crossword is she doing? a 4 letter word.
The look on Sawyer‘s face when Locke‘s knife lands beside him is only topped by Locke’s words “We hunt.” followed by Hurley asking “Who is this guy?”
After a cruel exchange between Locke and his pipsqueak boss Locke enters some numbers into an electric calculator and the sound morphs into Smokey‘s sound effect as we return to the Island.
More heartwarming exchanges between Michael and Walt: “Mr. Locke doesn’t want to waste his time talking to kids all day.” and the even more sensitive:” ‘Coz I said so.” followed by yet another reference to Walt as “Ma Boy” – ya boy has a name Dad of the Year.
Big question: Why did Locke seem to temporarily lose power over his legs when he saved Kate from the boar? or was it Michael he saved? What was it he had done that made the Island punish him – or remind him of what he owed it?
Locke had the slimiest kid as a manager – why was he so mean to Locke? Whatever his reason he brought on the first use of “Don’t tell me what I can’t do!” which we get to hear 5x this episode alone. The mention of Helen is followed immediately by Claire giving Sayid his photos of Nadja. Tragic. (I still think Ben had something to do with her murder – what could Widmore gain from that?!?)
This is the first episode we get to see how uncomfortable Jack is with everyone treating him like the leader – and you know what? he hadn’t been trying to lead. Sayid was making all the big decisions while Jack was being a doctor. The only decision he made was to burn the bodies in the fuselage quickly, before maruading boars returned — that is gross. Boone, Claire, Hurley, Kate & Sayid are all asking him what to do – and implying that he has to tell them. That’s a lot of responsibility for a person – and you can see it’s getting to him. He’s snappish with people – Claire imparticular – about it. I noticed that Claire stepped in to be the person to lead the ceremony – maybe this sort of kind responsibility taking is part of the ‘family thing’ Jack refers to when he is comforting Rose.
It made me cry (I’m noticing a trend here…) when Jack so gently put the sweater on Rose and kept talking to her even though she didn’t answer him and then he says “Ok. Let’s just sit here.” and sits with her all day. Of course I do think he blows it when he tries to insist her husband is dead but she tells him, with complete conviction “Dr., my husband is not dead.” and ack! CHRISTIAN is staring at them.
Holy $&*% (a 4 letter word for: surprise!) I forgot that happens this early! My racing heart. Later Kate‘s telling him about the triangulation not working out and OH MY GOD! He’s standing there again!
How tragic when we learn that Locke’s Helen was an $90/hr telephone ‘solicitor’ – and that even she has tried to tell him what’s what. And we all know how well Locke takes to that!
As soon as Kate starts to put the triangulation device (??) in the tree we hear the approach of Smokey. We don’t get to see Smokey but he (it) and Locke stand eye to eye – which leads Kate and Michael to think Locke is dead. The 2nd time Jack sees Christian he follows him into jungle and meets up with Locke bringing a monstrous looking boar back to camp.
Locke arguably has the saddest life off Island. Now he’s being told he can’t go on the Walkabout. But it’s his DESTINY! Don’t tell him what he can’t – ah. The bus is leaving without him. Remember the shock the first time you saw Locke in the wheelchair? I still think that shouldn’t have stopped him from joining the tour. Ratty little company. But I guess it was his destiny to miss the tour and be on that flight out of Sydney (and uber creepy that Abaddon originally told him to go on a Walkabout — that guy freaks me out!)