LOST #313: "The Man From Tallahassee": Cooper In The Box
What an outstanding, mythology-shaking and riveting hour of "LOST"! Poor, gullible and battered John Locke flashes back to the day he got into his wheelchair in a tragic event involving his disgustingly evil father Anthony Cooper. The episode climaxes with a genuinely chilling cliffhanger.
The man who scammed Locke out of his kidney and manipulated him into ripping off the mob sank to the very bottom as he pushed his son out of the window from the 8th floor of a skyrise. I no longer get shocked very easily, but this well-acted and truly believable display of pure evil was simply terrifying.
The producers have been promising for months to explain how Locke got into his wheelchair and boy, was that scene worth the wait or what?!
Elsewhere, Kate learns Jack made a pact with the Others securing a one-way ticket off the island explaining his strange friendly behavior. If anyone had any doubts about the strength of her feelings for Jack, this episode should have put those to rest.
Ben's and Locke's brilliant game of manipulation ended with Locke supposedly getting his way and blowing up the submarine, The Others' only remaining connection to the outside world.
The livid glare Jack gave to Locke after the explosion is an indication of the ongoing rivalry between the two men that may get a lot more unpleasant in the coming weeks.
The French woman finally saw her adult daughter Alex in a short yet stunning emotional scene. Was she afraid to approach her?
Finally, most of us had anticipated what Ben would uncover in his "magic box", but despite that chills ran down my spine when I saw Anthony Cooper bound and gagged in front of his shocked son.
Was the "magic box" a metaphor for the island's astonishing power to materialize people's thoughts (Kate's horse, Hugo's imaginary friend, Jack's father) or was that really Anthony Cooper? If so, how the hell did he get there?
As ever, even though we got some of the answers, the questions keep popping up.
Why was the submarine the only way to get off the island? Why can't a simple boat do? Why is Ben not recovering the way John Locke did? Was John Locke the man falling outside Hurley's financial advisor's building in season 1 flashback?
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