WARNING: The content of this blog is based entirely on Seasons 1-5 of ABC’s LOST. If you have not watched all 103 episodes and don’t want your fun spoiled,then please do not read this blog until you’ve caught up!
This episode focuses on Boone.
- In flashbacks we see Boone coming to Shannon’s rescue in Australia to get her out of another failed and abusive relationship. Boone pays the guy $50,000 to leave Shannon, but as it turns out Shannon was conning Boone to split the money with her boyfriend.
- In the end the boyfriend splits with the money and Shannon turns to Boone again. We find out that even though she is his step-sister Boone is in love with Shannon. They sleep together, but Shannon suggests they just go back to normal after getting back to the US.
- On Island – Kate helps Sun plant a garden and discovers that she nows
English; Locke gives Sayid a compass that seems to malfunction; Hurley tries to patch things up with Jin and learn to fish from him.
- Locke puts Boone through a drug-induced experience for unknown reasons.
Boone and Locke
I had forgotten that Boone and Locke were thick as thieves before the hatch. Boone is Locke’s little protege, following him around the jungle and tryng to open the hatch with him. They are spinning two lies to account for their whereabouts – that they are looking for Claire and/or hunting boar. The second excuse is understandable but the first one seems to be morally skewed in my opinion. But Locke reassures Boone that the Hatch is now their #1 priority. Why is Locke so dedicated to this task? And to secrecy re. it? Their work so far has amounted to little – simply spendng a lot of time staring at the metal door. Locke offer’s this explanation to Boone for their inactivity:
BOONE: So, not to be too difficult, but we’ve been coming here for two days just staring at this thing. I’m not really sure what we’re supposed to be doing.
LOCKE: Ludovico Buonarrati, Michelangelo’s father. He was a wealthy man. He had no understanding of the divinity in his son, so he beat him. No child of his was going to use his hands for a living. So, Michelangelo learned not to use his hands. Years later a visiting prince came into Michelangelo’s studio and found the master staring at a single 18 foot block of marble. Then he knew that the rumors were true — that Michelangelo had come in everyday for the last four months, stared at the marble, and gone home for his supper. So the prince asked the obvious — what are you doing? And Michelangelo turned around and looked at him, and whispered, sto lavorando, I’m working. Three years later that block of marble was the statue of David.
BOONE: We’re not going to stare at this for 4 months, are we? How are we going to open it?
LOCKE: Well, that’s what we have to figure out. That’s why we’re sitting here. I mean, how do you open a hatch that has no handle, no latch, no discernible way of opening it?
Of course Shannon is asking all sorts of pesky questions and Locke recognizes Boone’s attachment to her as detrimental to there progress on the hatch. As a result he knocks Boone out, ties him up and smears an ointment on his head. Locke claims its for sealing the wound, but is in reality a kind of hallucinogen. Boone has a lucid experience of freeing himself and finding Shannon tied up nearby. After freeing her they are pursued into a stand of bamboo by the Monster. When the coast seems clear they flee, only to be chased again. In the end the monster captures Shannon and kills her.
Enraged Boone flies to the camp and jumps on Locke, threatening to kill him because of Shannon’s death. Locke denies knowing anything and points out that Shannon is alive and well in the camp with Sayid. Boone is in shock stating that she had been dead – here’s Locke and Boone’s dialogue:
BOONE: That thing killed my sister. It’s your fault. You drug her out there.
LOCKE: Your sister?
BOONE: Don’t play dumb with me.
LOCKE: Calm down.
BOONE: She died in my arms.
LOCKE: Why is there no blood on you?
[Boone looks at himself and sees there’s no blood.]
BOONE: What the hell just happened to me out there?
LOCKE: I don’t know. I don’t know, you tell me. [Locke pushes Boone off of him.] But your sister, Shannon. . . [we can see Shannon walk up with Sayid in the background]
BOONE: She was dead.
LOCKE: Is that what it made you see?
BOONE: What made me see? That stuff you put on my head — you drugged me.
LOCKE: I gave you an experience that I believe was vital to your survival on this island.
BOONE: It wasn’t real?
LOCKE: It was only as real as you made it.
BOONE: I saw her — I saw her die.
LOCKE: How did you feel? When she died?
BOONE: I felt — I felt — I felt relieved. I felt relieved.
LOCKE: Yes. Time to let go. [Locke gets up and grabs his pack.] Follow me.
My question is what is the “it” that Locke is referring to?
- The drug?
- The island?
- The monster?
What did Boone really experience? He obviously worked himself free somehow. Was he just wandering the jungle hallucinating at that time or did the event really happen? Is it possible that Shannon both died and was alive with Sayid?
The side story with Hurley trying to convince Jin to teach him how to fish was hilarious. Particularly when Hurley steps on a sea urchin and screams for Jin to pee on his foot as he’s this as a remedy on TV. This is undoubtedly a reference to the friends episode where Joey and Chandler pee on Monica when she gets a Jelly Fish sting.
HURLEY: You’re going to have to pee on my foot, man. It’ll stop the venom. I saw it on TV. [Jin inspects Hurley’s injured foot.] Ow, arrgh, no just pee on it man. [Hurley points to Jin’s crotch. Jin pushes his hand away.] You need to pee, pee on it. Pee on my foot. I’ll lose my foot if you don’t. [Jin is making motions, trying to communicate; then says No.]