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 Michael and Walt.
- Flashbacks center primarily on Walt and his relationship (or lack thereof) with Walt’s mother, Susan. Soon after Walt is born she moves to Europe and marries another man, Brian, who ends up adopting (?) Walt.
- Eventually Susan dies of a strange and sudden blood disorder, Brian reveals he never wanted to be Walt’s Father and turns custody back over to Michael. (The legality of all this exchanging of Walt’s custody seems a bit shaky to me but then again it is fiction after all)
- On Island more sparks fly between Locke and Michael and the latter finds the former teaching Walt how to throw knives.
- Michael begins building the Raft and continues to alienate Walt who runs away into the jungle – only to be chased by a Polar Bear. Locke and Michael team up to rescue Walt.
- In the last scene of the episode Locke and Boone who say they’ve been searching for Claire, but in reality have not been, discover an exhausted and terrified Claire in the jungle.
Who or What is Special?
The assumption of most, I would assume, is that the title is referring to Walt. Perhaps it is. However, contrary to conventional wisdom no one in the episode called Walt “special”. The confusion on this may stem from two separate quotes in separate scenes, one from John Locke, the other from Brian Porter. Check out their lines below:
LOCKE: He’s been through more than most people in their entire lifetimes. Maybe you haven’t spent enough time with him to see it, but he’s different.
This is an echo of what Brian Porter said to Michael when he talked to himabout taking custody of Walt back.
BRIAN: Sometimes when he’s around things happen. He’s different somehow.
Hmmmm . . . different may mean special – or perhaps just different.
Later on Walt is called “very special” by the Others, but in this episode no one uses that moniker. Could the reference be to another person who is often called “special” on the show, like Locke?
Walt’s differentness comes out in one scene where he is looking at a page of rare Egyptian birds while Susan and Brian are ignoring him. After unsuccessfully trying to get their attention one of the rare Egyptian birds hits a glass door and falls to the ground dead.
On Island Walt is reading a comic book with a polar bear shortly before a polar bear chases him through the jungle. I remember thinking at the time of first viewing that Walt had special powers that brought the polar bear to the Island. In reality they were already present for the Dharma initiative experiments, but perhaps Walt’s special brand of differentness was responsible for them getting riled up and attacking the losties. This definitely seems to be the case towards the end of this episode as Walt is attacked by a polar bear. Locke helps Michael recover his son showing a warming trend in their relationship.
The episode comes to a cliffhanger ending as Locke and Boone tramp into the jungle at night looking for Vincent who had run away from Walt right before the polar bear appeared. However, instead of the dog a trembling Claire emerges from the jungle. Interesting – Locke went boar hunting with Claire’s captor shortly before she disappeared and is present in the jungle at night (odd time and place) when she re-emerges.