V.S. – Smoke & Pilots

101 - Pilot 01Episode:

101 – Pilot (part 1)

Scene Synopsis

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.

101 - Pilot Jack 01Analysis

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). 

101 - KateWe’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?

101 - Pilot Smokey 01Currently 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.

– izi


5 Responses to “V.S. – Smoke & Pilots”

  1. 1 Publicola
    June 15, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Let’s presume, just for the sake of argument, that the Smoke Monster is in league with the man in black, Jacob’s nemesis. Jacob’s nemesis, we come to learn, has been plotting and planning his move against Jacob for a very long time. (“You have no idea what I’ve had to do to get here”). And like all war games (chess, backgammon, risk, etc.), the successful player must plan several moves ahead to gain the strategic advantage over her opponent.

    When Ocean 815 disappears, Charles Widmore fakes its wreckage so that Oceanic calls off its search. In doing so, Widmore learns of Frank Lapidis, the pilot who “was supposed to” be piloting the doomed flight. Lapidis protests the faked wreckage, claiming to know that the body Oceanic claims to be the Pilot, Seth Norris, is a fake. Widmore than recruits Lapidis (how, we do not yet know) to be part of the Kahana’s mission to find the Island. For Lapidis, Widmore’s mission is an opportunity to rescue his friend Seth, whose demise, Lapidis is thus far unaware. When Lapidis gets to the Island and befriends Jack Shepard and the Oceanic 6, Lapidis learns that Norris was killed by the Island’s Monster. Thus, when the Kahana is destroyed, and the Island is moved, Lapidis and the Oceanic 6 find rescue and attempt to return to their normal lives. For Frank Lapidis, he knows for certain that Seth Norris is dead and thus can move on with the rest of his own life. Low and behold, Lapidis gets a new job as a pilot, this time for Ajira Air. Then, one day, Lapidis learns that one of his passengers is the same Jack Shepard he befriended on the Island and helped rescue. What Lapidis does not know until much later is that among the cargo that Ajira 316 is carrying is the corpse of John Locke. When Frank Lapidis successfully lands Ajira 316 on Hydra Island (along with all its cargo), Jacob’s nemesis is able to commandeer Locke’s image and identity and manipulate Richard into leading him to Jacob and Ben into murdering him.

    Thus, for the master game-player, there is a direct causal nexus between Jacob’s nemesis killing the Pilot to the return of John Locke’s corpse to the Island, which allows Jacob’s nemesis to find his loophole. But for Seth Norris’ demise from the Monster, Ajira 316 may never have reached the Island and Jacob’s nemesis may never have been able to use John Locke to murder his adversary.

    • June 15, 2009 at 2:35 pm

      Good God!
      I’ve never put myself in Frank’s position before, that was crazy. It sounds like you’re totally right. And it’s surprising how central his storyline is. He’s been totally involved in everything. I’ve always thought of him as a confused tag-along, but he must have goals and purposes too.
      Does anyone think there is any significance to the name Seth? I was going to talk about this later and bring up the deleted scene with him, but why not do it now? Set (or Seth) is the name of an important Egyptian god. Do you think it could have a significance?
      – izi

  2. 3 trickster
    June 16, 2009 at 4:12 am

    Could The Name Of Jacob’s Nemesis be ‘Jeremy Benthem’.(just a thought)

  3. 4 Publicola
    June 16, 2009 at 8:01 am

    There is another VITAL SCENE in the Pilot that you did not mention. Perhaps you will. It is the pivotol scene with John Locke and Walt Lloyd. Walt finds Locke sitting with a Backgammon set. Walt asks Locke about the game. Locke explains to Walt…

    “Two sides … one light, one dark.”

    Locke then mysteriously looks at Walt and asks, “Walt, do you want to know a secret?”

    • June 16, 2009 at 8:49 am

      Well, you’re ahead of the curve. I actually have that post half written and scheduled for next week. But I appreciate you telling me. I’m sure I will forget many scenes, so if I have any major oversights please tell me.
      I think I might have to mention some of the scenes I’m not analyzing. I’ve already discounted a few. I was going to talk about Jack waking up and running past the shoe, but that would consist of one sentence. Then I was going to talk about Rousseau’s transmission, but that’s been analyzed to death, and her mystery has been totally solved.
      – izi

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