Jack, Kate and Charlie find the cockpit of the plane. They make it to the front and find that the Pilot is still alive. The Pilot is quickly and thuroughly eviscerated by Smokey.
This is the first time that we see Smokey’s handy work. You could say that this is his first appearance. What I want to discuss here is his motives. It seems as though Smokey just randomly chose to kill the poor Pilot. But there must have been a reason, Smokey’s not an animal (ba dum dum tssh). I’ve always thought about this, Smokey must have some purpose that dictates all of his actions (I have a new half-theory that maybe Smokey is a paradox course-corrector).
We’ve heard that Smokey is a Security System, so perhaps he’s rooting out threats. So what kind of threat did the Pilot pose to the Island? Perhaps Mister Pilot person might have had more luck contacting the outside world, maybe he would have saved everyone, getting them rescued. It seems unlikely.
So here’s where I need your help. Why did the Pilot have to die?
Currently my best guess is that they had him there just to show the audience that Smokey is dangerous and unknown. It’ very possible that he died becuase he was just a guest star. This kinda makes this scene un-Vital, but I guess that’s part of the process, if we can manage to debunk these scenes then that helps us just as much.