V.S. – Locke’s Legs (parts 1, 2, & 3)

104 - Locke 1Episode(s):

(parts 1 & 2) 104 – Walkabout

(part 3) 119 – Dues Ex Machina

Scene Synopsis

I don’t know if I’m breaking one of my own rules, but I didn’t feel like writing three separate posts with the exact same point.

104 - LockeI’m analyzing three separate scenes here.  The first one is in Walkabout when Locke officially gains the use of his legs.  The second one is also in Walkabout but it’s when Locke is lying in the ground and he thinks he’s lost the use of hi legs.  The third one is in Dues Ex Machina when Locke is following his vision (which I’ll talk about later) and he finds Yemi’s plane, at that point he could barely walk at all.  Later in the episode, after Boone dies he recovers.

119 - Locke(I chose not to talk about Locke’s legs in Season 5.  When he left the Island he was back in a wheelchair, and new “Locke” can walk too, I might come back to this later.)


I think what we’re meant to learn from these scenes is that Locke’s mobility is a gift that the Island; or maybe Jacob, or Esau, or Smokey; gave to Locke.  It wasn’t a miracle of science or a coincidence.  Locke’s legs work when he’s doing the right thing and fail him when he’s going against fate, or his purpose.

LockeBut let’s not leave it at that, what is the source of Locke’s recovery?  I honestly don’t believe that it’s the Island’s healing factor, it’s far too significant for that.  Therefore I think it must be one of the powers of the Island, Jacob, Esau, Christian, or Smokey.  I think we can rule Smokey out, healing people is not his style.  I don’t think it was Christian, or whoever it is possessing Christian’s body.  Christian was too obsessed with Jack at this point to care about Locke.  So that leaves our two favorite characters Jacob and Esau.  It could be either of them, we have evidence for both.

Jacob was the one who apparently brought Locke back to life when his father threw him out the window.  It is strange that he didn’t heal his legs at that point though.  So it’s a matter of opinion there, you could see that as evidence for or against Jacob.

Esau, on the other hand, managed to get Locke’s body up and about even after Locke had died.  This isn’t really a clear cut piece of evidence, because Locke is still officially dead.   But it’s clear that Esau had some interest in Locke and he does possess powers.

If I were a betting man I’d put my money on Jacob.

What about you?  How do you think Locke was healed?

– izi


2 Responses to “V.S. – Locke’s Legs (parts 1, 2, & 3)”

  1. 1 Jojo
    June 20, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Very interesting. I really enjoy your site. Thank you. You know we were never told/shown that Locke medically lost the use of his legs. What if it was a psychological trauma that rendered him unable to walk? When he landed on the island, maybe it was a spiritual do-over. As soon as Locke starts doubting himself, his legs begin to give out. This is what happened when he found the plane with Boone. There a crucial consequences to Locke doubt of himself…ala Boone’s sacrafice. What d’ya think?

    • June 22, 2009 at 1:56 pm

      That’s a very unique perspective. I doubt anything will ever disprove that theory but at the same time I don’t think the show will be able to explain it in those terms. You could very well be right about that.
      – izi

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