Lost S04E11 Cabin Fever (ABC)

Lost is a United States serial drama television series that follows the lives of plane crash survivors on a mysterious tropical island, after a passenger jet flying between Sydney, Australia and Los Angeles, United States crashes somewhere in the South Pacific. Each episode typically features a primary storyline on the island as well as a secondary storyline from another point in a character’s life. The show was created by Damon Lindelof, J. J. Abrams and Jeffrey Lieber, and is filmed primarily on location in Oahu, Hawaii. The pilot episode was first broadcast on September 22, 2004. Since then, three seasons have aired. The show is produced by ABC Studios, Bad Robot Productions and Grass Skirt Productions and airs on the ABC Network in the United States. Its incidental music is composed by Michael Giacchino. The current executive producers are Abrams, Lindelof, Bryan Burk, Jack Bender and Carlton Cuse. Because of its large ensemble cast and the cost of filming in Hawaii, the series is one of the most expensive on television.

From the Lost Wikipedia entry.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

This is Locke’s story. Locke’s past is intertwined with the island. He doesn’t really know this, but people that are involved in the island’s affairs are involved in his own past. The second storyline of this episode involves Locke’s travel to Jacob’s cabin. Another storyline involves what happens to Sayid and Desmond on the Kahana.

Abbadon and Alpert are both involved with John’s past. I don’t know if Alpert just didn’t age, but he looks exactly the same when he recruited Juliet, almost 50 years later. At least, that’s my reckoning. They try and point Locke towards his destiny.

Hurley, Locke and Ben manage to find the cabin. Locke is the only one willing to enter and finds a creepy Claire and her dad Christian Sheppard waiting for them. Sheppard is speaking for Jacob, but isn’t Jacob. They tell John that the island has to be moved.

On the Kahana, Micheal is revealed as a spy. Keamy is out of control and shoots a few people before heading back out to the island to kill everyone on it. Desmond can’t go back to the island while Penny is coming to find him. Sayid takes a zodiac back.

This was an interesting episode. When Claire and Christian Sheppard were found in the cabin, it was creepy. It reminds me of Twin Peaks by David Lynch. The cabin feels like the lodge concept in that series. I wasn’t sure if Claire would be seen again. I guess that we have that answer. There were no flashforwards in this episode.

Since Alpert seems ageless, it’s logical to think that he has some form of immortality. I believe that since the island is somehow involved in time travel, that Alpert actually is mortal. He just appeared in the past and then appeared in the present. Time didn’t pass for him, but it did for the rest of the world. That is the power of the island, which is why Faraday is here conducting relative time experiments.

Here is Dr. Richard Alpert’s wiki entry:

Dr. Richard Alpert is Ben’s advisor who seems not to age. He witnesses the early birth of John Locke in the 1950s. Five years later, Alpert asks Locke to identify which of several objects rightfully belonged to Locke; Locke chooses a knife and Alpert leaves in disappointment. When Locke is in high school, Alpert attempts to recruit Locke to Mittelos Bioscience, a front company used by the Others. Decades later, in the 1980s, Richard conspires with Ben to slaughter the Dharma Initiative. In the 2000s, Richard recruits Juliet for Mittelos Bioscience. Once Locke arrives on the Island, Alpert helps Locke to recruit Sawyer to murder Locke’s father. Richard prefers not to take a position of power, but disputes several of Ben’s decisions. After Ben is taken prisoner sometime after day 90, Richard leads the surviving Others to the temple.

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The show opens up with a girl putting on a record. It looks like something out of the fifties. She’s getting ready to go out. Her name is Emily. Her mother walks in and doesn’t want her to go out with her boyfriend. She says that she can’t stop her, she loves him. Emily gets in an accident and she is driven over by a car.

Emily tells the nurse that she is six months pregnant. She gives birth to a boy. They take him away. Emily says that his name is John.

Locke is walking in the jungle with Ben and Hurley. They are looking for Jacob’s cabin. They are walking aimlessly. Locke decides to make camp.

Desmond is on the Kahana. Sayid wakes him up when he hears the helicopter arrive. The mercs arrive back on the boat. Keamy pulls a gun on the captain. They know that they have a spy onboard. The finger is pointed at Kevin Johnson. Micheal is tortured a bit and admits to giving Ben Keamy’s name. Keamy tries to shoot him, but it doesn’t work. The captain stops him and says that Johnson is the one who broke the engines. He’s the only one who can fix them.

Locke’s party hear someone felling a tree. It’s someone from the Dharma Initiative. His name is Horace. He’s building a little getaway from him and the missus. He says that he’s been dead for twelve years. He says that he needs to find him. When he does, he’ll find Jacob. The scene plays over and over again, just like a recording. He’s building a cabin. Locke wakes up. Ben is looking at him. They wake Hugo up.

Emily looks onto her son John with her mom. He’s the smallest preemie to survive. The nurse was about to take him out of incubator. Emily runs away and says that she can’t do it. Mrs. Locke says that she wants to know how to proceed with an adoption. A strange man is looking at her through the window. It’s Dr. Richard Alpert who recruited Juliet to the Others. The trouble is that he hasn’t aged a day.

Hurley says that they can see the cabin because they are the craziest. Locke wants to look for the Dharma Initiative. He’s at the mass grave where Ben shot him. Hurley asks what happened to them. Locke says that Ben happened to the Dharma Initiative.

In the past, John gets a visit from the creepy Dr. Richard Alpert. He wants to enrol John into the special school for special kids that he runs. He’s been drawing the black smoke monster. He’s about 7. Alpert shows him a book of laws, a baseball glove, a vial filled with sand, a compass, a knife and a comic book. He is asked which of these things belong to him already. He picks the vial of sand, the compass and the knife. John is sure that the knife belongs to him. Alpert is pissed because John lied to him. He leaves immediately.

Locke is going through the desiccated bodies of the Dharma Initiative. Ben says that the Others wiped them out but it wasn’t his decision. The leaders decided. Locke finds Horace, the mathematician. He had blueprints for a cabin.

Lapidus tells Keamy and the captain that Mahew just died. The Doc couldn’t do anything for him. Keamy wants the key from Gault. The key is for the safe. He gets a red envelope with the secondary protocol. Keamy plans on torching the island. He knows where the Others are hiding out, thanks to Charles Widmore’s intelligence.

The captain sends Omar away. The captain tells him to hide in the pantry before Keamy comes back. Sayid convinces him to giving them the zodiac to get their people off the island.

Locke looks at the blueprints. He knows where the cabin is. He tells Hugo to go away. Hurley wants to stay. Ben congratulates Locke. Hurley actually thinks that staying was his idea. Locke says that he isn’t like Ben.

In the past, John is older. He’s in his teens. He was locked in his locker. His teacher tells him that he’s spoken with Dr. Alpert. He wants John to go to their summer camp at Mittelas Laboratories. John isn’t interested. He gets picked on enough at school.

Micheal gets some help from Lapidus. He tells Lapidus that Keamy is going to kill everyone on the island. He shouldn’t drive him back there.

Keamy is getting something strange strapped to his body. It looks like a transmitter or something like that. Lapidus takes Michael to the engines.

Desmond and Sayid are about to leave. Desmond says that he can’t go back to that island. Not when Penny is coming for him. He will never go back there. Sayid leaves on the zodiac by himself.

Ben is despondent over the death of his daughter Alex. He tells John that there are consequences of being chosen. Destiny is a fickle bitch.

Hurley finds the cabin while they talk.

It’s after John’s accident in the past. He is in rehabilitation. After rehabilitation, the lawyer Abbadon wheels John back to his room. He tells John that he needs to go on walkabout, with only a knife and his wits. Abbadon says that he went on walkabout and found out that he was something different. He tells him that when’s he’s ready, he will listen. And then when he runs into him again, he will own Abbadon a favour.

Keamy’s mercs are getting ready to leave. Omar questions the Doc. They are packing some heavy artillery. I see some .50 machine guns and some LAW. Lapidus refuses to take them. Keamy says that he will kill him if he doesn’t. In retaliation, he slits the Doc’s throat. It’s funny, because seconds before Omar told the Doc that the morse code message he got earlier says that the Doc washed up on the island with his throat slit.

Gault is trying to stop him. Keamy shows him what he has on his arm. Before we know it, Keamy has shot Gault. Lapidus agrees to take them to the island. Desmond saw all of this. Lapidus switches on a sat phone furtively.

Juliet surprises Jack running around eating. She is pissed at him. If he tears his stitches, he’s going to be worse for wear. They hear the chopper coming back. They think that they are saved. They are wrong. They see that a package was thrown down. It’s Lapidus’ sat phone. It has a tracker. Jack thinks that they want them to follow.

Locke and his party walk up to the cabin. Ben says that he’s not going into the cabin. Locke is going in by himself. He goes into the cabin. He finds someone waiting for him. It’s not Jacob. It’s Christian Sheppard, Jack’s father. He hears someone else behind him. He turns the light and sees Claire.

Christian tells him that it’s probably best if he doesn’t mention that he saw Claire. Locke wonders where the baby is. Christian says that Aaron is where he is supposed to be. Locke asks what can he do to save the island.

Claire has got a strange knowing smile-smirk on her face. Hurley and Ben are waiting outside. Hurley pulls out a Snickers bar and starts to eat. He gives half to Ben who accepts it.

Locke comes back out of the cabin. Locke says that he wants them to move the island.

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