I honestly don’t know if last night’s episode of Lost
successfully explained everything or totally jumped the shark. Only time will tell, and the way the series finishes up will most likely allow us to judge the merits or lack thereof for “Cabin Fever.”
The fact that Richard Alpert and Matthew Abaddon both crossed paths with John Locke completely changes the way we must view his entire journey. This is the kind of revelation that will make repeat viewings of the entire series more compelling, like trying to piece together if Nina Myers being a mole actually made sense in the first season of 24
I’d like to reserve judgment until we know more about those two men. How did Richard Alpert know about Locke before he was even born? Thank God Cane
was canceled, because this show needs to start using Nestor Carbonell
a whole lot more to start explaining Alpert’s actions in this episode, which radically change everything we thought we knew.
As for Abaddon, he was presumably on Charles Widmore’s side, yet he seems inextricably linked to the island as well, urging Locke to take his walkabout which led to Locke being on the island. Is Abaddon in cahoots with Alpert, DHARMA or Widmore? Again, only time will tell, as it will also explain what life altering experience Abaddon had to make him realize his purpose.
This is one of those episodes that is impossible for me to judge. It feels important, and it certainly fits into the overall mythology of the series, but I don’t know where, how, or if it even actually does. Does this information fit into what we already knew, or is it completely incongruous with everything we’ve seen Locke do in the first three seasons? I need to meditate more than just one day to answer that question.
What I do know is there were some nice Easter Eggs in this episode, revealing a hidden connection to the freighter and DHARMA, furthering the Ben-Locke similarities, explaining Locke’s taste in music, and even showing that even the brilliant Lost
creative team can and does make rather sizable and provable mistakes.
-John Kubicek, BuddyTV Senior Writer
(Images courtesy of Lost-Media)