Getting “Lost”: The Life And Death Of Jeremy Bentham Review

By Mike and johnnysweeptheleg

We told you this episode would be a good one. (Sure, we could have said that before just about any episode so far this season, and we would have been right — but let us have our moment.) After waiting all last season to find out who was in the coffin, we find out seven episodes into this one exactly how he got there. We also see the return of Matthew Abaddon — only to see him gunned down RoboCop style while loading John Locke’s wheelchair into the trunk. Most importantly, we’re also reminded that we should never trust Benjamin Linus, no matter how warm and fuzzy he might appear.

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Too bad Lepidus wasn’t flying Oceanic 815, after all. Maybe it wouldn’t have split in half and caused so many to become polar bear food. Lepidus has landed Ajira Flight 316 on the neighboring Hydra island, with minor consequence. In fact, it was such a soft landing, that rather than killing anyone, it actually brought one back to life!

While rummaging through a Dharma Station, Caesar (who offered his condolences to Jack in the last episode) is told someone has been found just standing in the ocean, yet isn’t on the flight’s passenger list. Oh, that’s just John Locke being John Locke. Ilana, one of the female passengers, tries to spark up a conversation with Locke and asks what he remembers. “I remember dying,” Locke responds, to which Ilana gets creeped out and turns away. Yeah. Poor John isn’t so good with the pickup lines. If only Mystery and Matador were on the flight, to help mentor and wing with him.

So how did John get here in the first place?

The game of Dharma Chutes and Ladders spits Locke out in the middle of a Tunisian desert, with a busted up leg. A truck full of men scoop him up and take him to a hospital where a man who looks eerily like Insomniac’s Dave Attell, sets Locke’s leg and fills him with pills. When he awakes, Locke finds Charles Widmore at his bedside. And Widmore’s gabbing like a twelve year old girl at a sleepover. “OMG, you can’t trust Ben,” gushes Widmore. “I was, like, the leader of The Others for more than three decades and he totally fooled me into leaving the island. I thought I was going down there to play Seven Minutes in Heaven, and next thing I know, I black out and wake up alone in a Tunisian desert. B*tch!

Widmore warns of a war coming, and without Locke there on the island, the wrong side will win. He hooks Locke up with a Canadian passport, teaches him to say eh and aboot, sets him up with money, a phone and an Alanis Morissette cd. Widmore has people following each of the Oceanic 6, which provides him with photos and whereabouts at all times.

This starts Locke’s re-enactment of Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? as he flies all across the globe attempting to recruit for the next Oceanic Dream Team (Spoiler alert: Isiah Thomas isn’t on this team, either!). Good old Abaddon gets the keys to dad’s car and guides Locke on his journeys.

First stop is Santo Domingo, where Sayid has decided to trade his pistol for a nail gun and “I Jimmy Carter” t-shirt, and joins Habitat for Humanity. This meeting’s flawed from the start, though. Sayid doesn’t mention that Widmore may be responsible for the death of the love of his life, and Locke neglects to mention that Widmore is sponsoring this tour. Too many secrets for this relationship to work.

Next up, Locke returns to the island … of Manhattan. John just wants to catch up with Walt and tell him he’s sorry to hear he’s only been able to get work on Pizza Roll commercials since leaving the show. This encounter serves no other purpose but to reveal that Ben has been trailing Locke since his return.

His next few trips are met with the same results. Hurley’s in Santa Rosa, content with drawing pictures by day and bouncing off padded walls by night. And Kate isn’t budging from Los Angeles. But Locke’s encounter with Kate forces him to confront his past and decides he needs to see the former love of his life, Helen Norwood. On the way to visit her in Santa Monica, he strikes up a conversation with Abaddon, who reveals that his job is to get people to where they need to go, for Widmore. “Like Morgan Freeman in Driving Miss Daisy?” Locke asks.

Abaddon and Locke arrive at a Santa Monica cemetery, where Abaddon reveals that Helen died of a brain aneurysm. Unfortunately for Abaddon, moments later he dies of lead poisoning, right before Locke’s eyes. With bullets flying everywhere, Locke takes off in the car, but in typical can’t-get-it-right Locke fair, he gets into an intersection mashup and winds up in the hospital. But not just any hospital. Locke ends up in early-bearded Jack’s hospital! More so Nevermind-listening Jack, not quite In Utero-listening jack.

Jack and Locke still can’t agree on fate versus probability. Locke pleads with Jack, telling him someone doesn’t want him to get back to the island, but he must. With them. Jack recites the “You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake” monologue from Fight Club and storms off. But Locke stops him dead in his tracks by notifying Jack that his father says hello. Visibly shaken, he tells Locke that isn’t possible. His father died. They left the island. End of story.

By now, Locke is dejected and depressed at his inability to get the band back together. He sits down in his room at the Westerfield Hotel (only because the Hotel Coral Essex was full) and writes his “I wish” letter to Jack. Obviously having watched John Cusack in Better Off Dead one too many times, he creates a noose and is about to hang himself, when Ben surprises Locke by entering the hotel room. He reveals that he, too, has a guy watching the Oceanic 6 off the island. Cue Rockwell’s Somebody’s Watching Me now.

Like Widmore’s story, Ben claims that Locke must lead the people on the island. But he claims the only way to allow for that, was by moving the island so that Widmore couldn’t find it. Poor, helpless, Locke. Who to believe? He still wants to jump, when Ben reveals that whatever he said to Jack worked, because he just booked a ticket to Sydney. And if he can convince Jack, the rest will follow.

This is enough to make Locke break his suicide pact. He tells Ben that Jin is still alive, which seems to shock Ben. Yet another thing that Ben doesn’t know, since leaving the island. It’s when he reveals to Ben that Eloise Hawking is the key to getting back to the island, that provides the biggest shock of the night. You could hear the collective sound of bodies leaping from the couch when Ben, after talking Locke down from hanging himself, turns around and strangles Locke to death after hearing this news. Didn’t see that one coming!

Ben cleans up the scene while hearing Won’t Get Fooled Again in his head, and makes it look like the suicide that we’ve come to believe was the real reason for Locke’s death. Upon leaving the room, he tells John he’ll miss him. This leads us to believe that Ben isn’t expecting Locke to be resurrected back on the island.

Speaking of being back on the island, Caesar explains to Locke what happened on the plane, with some of the members disappearing upon the flash of light. Everyone else is accounted for, but them. Everyone? Well, everyone except those injured, who are still unconscious. Caesar takes Locke for a stroll through the infirmary, to reveal Ben lying on the bed, to which Locke says, “He’s the man who killed me.”

Looks like Locke hasn’t learned anything from his last attempt at a pickup line. But that line sure works on us!

Questions Answered

Jack, Kate and Hurley made it back to the island — where are the other passengers of Ajira 316? They appear to be on the Hydra Island, Or, at least, some of them do. We still haven’t seen Sayid or Sun, although we assume she’s the woman who ran off with Frank Lapidus. The more important question — as it always seems to be on Lost — might be, when are they?

Is Eloise playing both sides? It seems that both sides — Ben’s and Widmore’s — share a common goal, which is to get the Oceanic 6 back to the island. So, even though Eloise seems to be giving Ben a pretty big assist right now, it’s not out of the question that she’s a loyal member of Team Widmore.

Who was in the outrigger, shooting at The Islanders? The passengers of Ajira 316, perhaps? Caesar’s acquisition of a sawed-off shotgun in this episode would certainly explain the gunfire.

How and why did young Widmore leave the island? If you believe him, he was tricked into leaving by Ben, after leading the Others for 30 years.

Why does Richard tell Locke he has to die to get the Oceanic 6 back to the island? We haven’t got a clue — other than Locke needing to act as a proxy for Christian Shephard — but the plan worked, didn’t it?

Jeremy Bentham is dead. Is John Locke? Well, he was.

In her flashback, Charlotte finds the Hydra symbol and the remains of a polar bear wearing a collar in Tunisia. Um, what’s up with that? Apparently Tunisia is the exit point for the island. You’d think they’d have picked a place where you can at least get a clean glass of water.

Who’s this guy? All we really know is that his name is Caesar, and we probably shouldn’t trust him.

New Questions To Be Asked

If Charles Widmore lead the others for 30 years, does that mean Penny was born on the island?

Is Helen really dead or did Matthew Abaddon simply show Locke a fake grave site to get him where he needed to be?

Who will be fighting in this war that is supposedly coming?

Will Locke avenge his own death once Ben wakes up?

Where did Frank Lapidus and Sun go?

Where is Sayid?

Check back Tuesday for a preview of next week’s episode, “LaFleur.”

Photo credit: ABC/MARIO PEREZ