Before I get into some of the flashbacks for Walkabout, I have to share a little something about this episode and what it means to me. Both prior to our events and after.
I loved the Pilot episode of LOST. Absolutely. But this is 108% the episode that hooked me on LOST. So it will always have a very special place in my heart. Check out #5 for how it hooked me.
But after being to this island – the island of Oahu where the show filmed for six seasons – it has taken on a different meaning. The love and passion Locke felt for this place is something I feel. Even without LOST, I would feel it. Not that the show connection doesn’t help. 🙂 The first time I flew to Hawaii for LOST 2014, I was excited but had no idea what the island was. In 2017? I had tears rolling down my cheeks. I was finally back. So when I rewatched this episode the other night I could feel and sympathize with the things Locke felt. Now granted, he’s not on “Oahu” but it’s the same thing at the end of the day. And in a later episode when he says he has looked into the eye of the island and what he saw was beautiful? I know EXACTLY what he means.
So let’s flashback to Walkabout, shall we?
1. Science vs Faith
This is the first time the science vs faith theme really comes into play when Sayid is questioning Jack about burning the bodies in the fuselage. Shouldn’t they respect their burial wishes? Jack points out he doesn’t have time to sort out everybody’s God. This recurring theme becomes such a big part of this season and S2 – I was surprised I hadn’t really paid much attention to this line before. And somewhat interested the line was coming from Sayid and not someone like Locke, given Sayid’s background (which we don’t know about at this point).
2. What is Michael’s problem?
I hinted at this in the last review and it continues in future episodes – but what is Michael’s deal with Locke? I get that Walt likes hanging with him and that probably makes Michael jealous. But didn’t Locke get any good will by finding Vincent and returning him to Michael so he could give him back to Walt? Even before the knives literally come out, Michael was already telling Walt to stay away from him. What gives? I remember back in 2004 being surprised Michael went on the boar hunt – but I think he only did it to get dirt on the guy. He clearly doesn’t have anything he can really pin him for (and knives in his luggage doesn’t really do it). Unfortunately no dirt was uncovered and Michael had to grovel at the end and thank Locke for bringing back a boar.
3. Locke and Smokey / Christian.
Finally, Locke meets the smoke monster in this episode. But instead of smokey killing him – it lets him go. Odd, right? Considering it killed the pilot, I was confused why it let Locke go. If only we knew then.
Jack also keeps seeing someone on the beach – who we know now was MIB in Christian Shephard’s form.
Here’s something I’ve ALWAYS struggled with. At the exact point Jack runs into the bush after his dead father, Locke comes strolling out after seeing the smoke monster with a massive boar.
Did the smoke monster kill the boar and gift it to Locke? Because I seriously doubt he killed that thing on his own.
4. I had NO idea Locke was in a wheelchair.
During the Pilot or during this entire episode – no idea. His wheelchair was always covered with a jacket or out of view in the flashbacks. His boss being a jerk and telling him he couldn’t do the Walkabout? Yes, possibly a clue. But I missed it. Even Locke’s speech about the double amputee who climbed Everest. Missed it. I thought he was just inspired by him. Or the medical equipment next to his bed. Even when he was hit by the boar and in shock, no clue. I just thought he got the wind knocked out of him. Even in the Pilot with the wiggling of his toes? I think after a plane crash where you’re thrown out of the plane, it’d be totally logical you can’t move initially and you may need to wiggle your toes to regain movement.
Until Locke’s wheelchair came out from the desk when he was in Australia – I had NO clue. Did you?
5. Why it hooked me on LOST.
In Walkabout, things went from odd to knowing that there really was something special about this island. It had done something incredible to this man. It had HEALED him. When we find out he had been in a wheelchair days before the plane crashed? Game changer.
Aside from the polar bear, the odd sounds in the jungle, the French distress signal and who knows what killed the pilot … all of which make for a pretty incredible series … the fact that this island had done something to this man hooked me. The fact that the smoke monster didn’t kill him hooked me. The fact that Locke was clearly special hooked me.
I liked Locke from the very first episode. Where Sawyer clearly was a jerk, it seemed like they wanted you to think Locke was this sinister guy. And I just never thought he was.
Can we also discuss these last three minutes and how much Terry O’Quinn knocked this scene out of the park? I still get goosebumps every time I watch it. Don’t tell him what he can’t do!
- I LOVE that this episode opens with Locke’s eye. They’d use this every so often throughout the seasons and it was something I always loved. A flashback, if you will, to the Pilot episode.
- Although we don’t know it at the time, the sound on Locke’s calculator is the exact same sound we’ll hear in S2 when the clock resets after they hit execute in the hatch. It also sounds similar to the smoke monster – but when I hear it, it reminds me of the clock reset. What do you think?
- Love seeing the start of the Hurley and Charlie friendship as they are trying to catch a fish for Shannon. Sadly it continued my dislike for her character.
- Watching this … I can’t wait to see BEN! Someone I can’t believe wasn’t on this series for so long. He’s such an important fabric of it, it’s hard to believe he wasn’t on it at some point. Same with Juliet and Desmond. But the dynamic between Ben and Locke was something I always enjoyed – same for Locke / MIB.
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