119 – Dues Ex Machina


When I think of a Locke flashback I don’t think about “Walkabout” I think of this episode.  This one was much more emotionally significant.  Finding out Locke was in a wheel chair was a pretty epic twist, but finding out that Locke had been screwed in one of the worst ways possible, by his own father was so much worse.

Oh, and Boone died (or at least came close to dying).  Also at the end of the episode when that light came on in the hatch it was just magical.  If that didn’t happen at the end of this episode, the episode would have been so depressing.

I’ll give it a 9.0/10.


-17.62 million viewers.  More people wanted to watch a Hurley episode (last week) than a Locke episode, how things have changed.


-What does Locke’s vision mean?

-How did a Nigerian plane crash on the island?

-Who was Boone talking to on the radio?

-Why did Locke’s legs stop working?

-What is the light from the hatch?

Character Impressions:


-What does Jack know about optometry.  Apparently everything.  I was talking to a doctor type blogger on wordpress a while ago (I can’t remember which blog it was) and he said something very logical, Jack’s stories would be much more believable if he was a family doctor, not a spinal surgeon.  I agree with that, it’s kind of annoying that Jack knows everything about every medical problem.


-There’s an awful lot of love triangulation going on in this episode.




-Boone: “What is a Nigerian priest doing on an island in the South Pacific?”.  (see below)

-Poor Boone, everything pointed towards his death, the island really did make it happen.  Locke saw Boone in his vision covered in blood, and every event in this episode forced Boone up into that plane.

-Boone feels responsible for his nannies death.  He thinks that because he was a demanding child she fell down the stairs and broke her neck.

-Boone had complete faith in Locke and his belief in the island until the end.  He found the heroine in the plane and suddenly he turned against Locke.  I think I would too at that point, after climbing up a cliff looking for spiritual answers then finding heroine in statues of Mary I would feel a little disillusioned.














-I’m very impressed with the casting of Locke’s mom, both actresses look very similar, it could be the lipstick.  (Also I love Swoosie Kurtz, especially now that she’s on Pushing Daisies.)

-It is so frightening when Locke gets hit by a car in his flashback, it would have been so sad if that was what put him in a wheelchair.  The writers are pretty mean to us sometimes, they just throw little scenes like that at us to keep us stressed out.

-It is so incredibly creepy when Locke’s mom tells him he was immaculately conceived.  Then it goes to a commercial break, I remember thinking to myself, did this show just get extremely crazy.  These days I really wouldn’t be surprised if a person was immaculately conceived.

-Locke sees Eko’s brothers plane crash in a vision.  Was there any significance in the crash?  (see below)

-Locke says his vision was the most real thing he’s ever experienced.  It’s quotes like that which make you think that maybe they are all in a dream or in purgatory or in some sort of snow globe.

-Locke’s mom had schizophrenia and she’s been institutionalized.  Pay attention all you teenagers, if you rebel when you’re young you’re going to look like Swoosie Kurtz when your older and you’ll have schizophrenia.  Listen to your parents, and for the love of god, don’t listen to those crazy “rock’n’roll” singers like Buddy Holly.  (Now image the NBC “the more you know” sound playing.)

-Locke regains the use of his legs once Boone dies.  I don’t know if this was strictly for the sake of storytelling or if that means anything.  Perhaps once Boone had been mortally injured Locke had payed the price the island asked for and the island gave back motor functions in his lower extremities.


-I love Sawyer’s glasses.






-Anthony Cooper looks exactly like my Uncle, it’s incredibly creepy.

-I’ve heard people praising the actor who plays Christian Shephard for his acting skills, I think that this guy is significantly better, I get chills whenever he’s in an episode.

Flashbacks (what we knew then):

-I was so excited when I heard the radio on Yemi’s plane.  It took me a few listens to figure out what it said but I got it (at that point I was using VHS still so the quality was especially bad).  I still don’t fully understand why I had such an obsession with the Tailies. 

Flashforwards (what we know now):

-How far in advance did the writers know they wanted to move the island?  In this episode it would appear that the writers knew way back here.  Locke and Boone find and question how a short range plane from Nigeria could have found it’s way to the South-Pacific.  You could just say that the writers set themselves up for a lot of stories that they never expain, but this hint is a little too specific to be random.

-Locke sees Eko’s brothers plane crash on the island in a vision.  It’s easy to think that the island was just coordinating events to make Boone die.  Locke would obviously have to send Boone up there since his legs were on the fritz.  Or maybe Locke was meant to investigate the plane more, once it had fallen down the cliff.  If he had, he would have found The Pearl station, he would have been able to look inside the hatch that he so desperately wanted to get into.  This would have meant that he would have lost any hope of finding something spiritual in the hatch, but his freak out would have been less significant than it was in season two when he found The Pearl.

-Now would be a good time to watch the season 2 finale to see what poor Desmond was going through during these episodes. 

– Izi


7 Responses to “119 – Dues Ex Machina”

  1. 1 Rosie
    January 16, 2009 at 11:05 am

    “Poor Boone, everything pointed towards his death, the island really did make it happen. Locke saw Boone in his vision covered in blood, and every event in this episode forced Boone up into that plane.”

    Yeah . . . especially Locke keeping his mouth shut that he had foreseen Boone’s death.

  2. 2 Rosie
    January 16, 2009 at 11:07 am

    “I’ve heard people praising the actor who plays Christian Shephard for his acting skills, I think that this guy is significantly better, I get chills whenever he’s in an episode.”

    This guy is Kevin Tighe, who used to be a regular on the old NBC show, “EMERGENCY!”. He was also in one of my favorite movies from the 1980s – “EIGHT MEN OUT”.

  3. 3 Rosie
    January 16, 2009 at 11:08 am

    “Locke regains the use of his legs once Boone dies. “

    Boone isn’t dead yet, by this time.

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