Season 5 Episode 7

The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 25, 2009 on ABC

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  • The story of Locke's death.

    It was great to see Lance Reddick return to Lost. In the brief time we got to know him last year we knew he was part of a mysterious team working against the Oceanic Six, and now confirmed for Widmore. While Agent Philip Broyles, as he is known on TV's second most compelling sci-fi drama Fringe, was entertaining, this truly was the John Locke show.

    People who read my reviews know that I have been clamoring for some episodes devotely mostly toward one character, and we certainly got that early Lost throwback tonight. Terry O'Quinn put in his best performance of the season, and while I am reluctant to say that he might win a second Emmy for his role of John Locke, I do know that he kept me on the edge of my seat for the entire hour, hoping for that OMG moment.

    And we got that jaw-dropping, water cooler moment with Ben killing Locke. Lost is still able to go from a dull discussion and in a trice to an epic conversation or event that makes the last five years of dedicated watching and studying all worth it. For that fact alone I'm giving this episode a high score.

    On a much smaller note, Matthew Fox was excellent in the very short scene tonight. He showed a lot more intensity and emotion than he has in a long time. Maybe that Family Guy crack about his heavy breathing got to him.
  • The last 5 minutes saved this episode from being a 3 to a 5.

    BORING!!!!! I hate Locke. Ben saved the episode, for sure! I felt like nothing interesting happened. There was like, two cliff hangers.... I'm used to one before everyone commercial! It was an episode they had to do, but I just hate Locke so it made it very boring for me. Widmore seems interesting.... but Ben's still my favorite character. Killing two people in one episode is priceless :D So my guess is that in last weeks episode, he killed Penny and then Desmond starting beating him up but Ben got away, and then Desmond and Widmore will team up to get back to the island to start this "war"....
  • Wow.. I liked it..

    This episode was stunning.. like in back in early seasons where I really was looking forward any Locke episode.. that excitement is long gone but the way they find his such a stunning episodes.. brilliant. The title sounded promising but the way the episode carries from the way he starts to be Jeremy Bentham to the death of that person.. and again being Locke.. continuing with that plain crash storyline from previous episode..

    I think the most surprising thing was the death of Jeremy Bentham.. he is there, ready to kill himself.. all that music and the expressions.. the thoughts he had.. and then comes Ben, talks him out of it.. to kill him himself. What a turn.. I really was expecting everything else than that.. Anyway, a really good episode.. deep and touching story.. episode needs to have story.. without it there cannot be good episode.. and the way it all comes together.. lovely
  • The writers keep tossing us back and forth about what/who we should believe in.

    This episode was a good example of what LOST is capable of doing to us.

    I myself purely hated Ben from the moment he appeared on the show. Then we got to know him a little better, we got to see more sides of him, and at that point, my views of him changed entirely. He was the brutal kind of "good guy". The next couple of episodes later he strangles Locke after just hearing a name. And then, suddenly we see that he is actually cared about it. He is a lying bastard, but he is also human. Both of these facts were shown in the same scene.
    Charles Widmore was supposed to be the evil one, and we get to see another side of him as well(or the lying one?).
    Now the question is raised, who should we trust?

    This isn't the best LOST episode ever. But it's a perfect example of how powerful the show really is.
  • Decent episode, but the worst of the year....

    I don't see how everyone is rating this episode so high. We learned a few things, but lost is starting to derail. It is starting to become boring to watch and is getting away from what the show is truly about. I have gone from being an avid viewer to just watching it when I have time. Each episode makes me enjoy the show less and less, and I no longer long for Wednesday nights except to watch Lie To Me. I need more from LOST, I need clarification as to where the show is going, and how it is going to get there. As of now, I am not sure if I will make it to through the rest of the season
  • The rise and fall and rise of John Locke

    It's now abundantly clear why the producers chose to air "316" before this installment. Arranging the episodes as produced would have been too jarring, particularly in terms of the framing events set after the Ajira crash. It just wouldn't have made much sense. It doesn't erase some of the other problems with the previous episode, but it does confirm that the rearrangement was the right choice.

    If the previous episode failed to deliver on the promises of the long build to the return to the island, then this episode is its polar opposite. This episode managed to tell John Locke's story with a keen eye to continuity, yet at the end, there was a delicious and lethal twist, defying expectation. (This is precisely what was missing from "316", where the story seldom deviated from its anticipated course.)

    Revelations abound from the first minute of the episode, where it is revealed that the return to the island (including the small satellite island where the Others used to live, apparently) has resurrected John Locke. He doesn't appear to be anyone other than himself, so this could lay to rest the "possession" theory. How John Locke was brought back to life is a matter to be revealed, just as it remains to be seen if he has the same otherworldly abilities as Christian Shepherd and Claire.

    The resurrection could also be a function of leadership of the Others. Ben mentioned, in his off-island confrontation with Widmore, that the two of them were unable to kill each other. This could be more than just some arcane rule between them; it could be tied to the island itself. Richard appears to be immortal, after all, and he appeared to be the leader of the Others back in 1954. (Could every leader be asked to perform a sacrifice? And was Ben's sacrifice the Purge?)

    At any rate, the opening sheds light on source of the Ajira canoes back in "The Little Prince", and who the mysterious shooters from the other canoe might have been. While the remaining survivors from the Oceanic Tribe are still unstuck in time, and the returning Oceanic Six members appear to have joined them, Locke and Ben are now in 2008 with the Ajira Tribe. This sets up an interesting three-way conflict on the island. Richard is still protecting the remaining Others, who have a questionable relationship with the Oceanic Tribe, who is probably going to be seen as "others" by the new Ajira Tribe. Nothing like a little healthy competition!

    Most of the episode focuses on John Locke's time off the island. Locke has always struggled with his sense of destiny, and no matter how often he's told that he's important, his own insecurities and doubts get in the way. It's not enough for him to believe in himself; he needs others to believe in his importance and his belief in the island. This is exemplified by his endless struggle with Jack. As the poster boy for strident denial, Locke wants to convince Jack more than anyone.

    But before Locke has his moment with Jack, his resolve is tested and he is found wanting, time and again. It begins with his decision to trust Charles Widmore on his word, despite knowing full well that Widmore's desire to find the island is not a good thing. Locke even brings up the small matter of sending an execution squad to the island. While it's clear that Widmore wanted Ben out of a personal grudge, he wants to take back control of the island even more. Tricking Locke into revealing the way back to the island is just par for the Widmore course.

    It's great to have confirmation that Matthew Abaddon has been working for Widmore all along. One can also assume that Widmore's knowledge of Charlotte's research and investigation into Ben's presence off the island led to his decision to monitor the "exit". There's even the hint that the Oceanic crash was engineered by Widmore himself. It may simply be more manipulation designed to prop up Locke's sense of destiny, but it does fit the long-standing theory that the Oceanic crash was intentional.

    All of this plot is actually tangential to the true story, which is the slow but steady desolation of John Locke. He begins his mission to bring back the Oceanic Six with passion, and it quickly falls apart around him. Sayid is probably the most gentle with Locke. He tries to explain that he's lost everything he ever cared for because of the island, and he wants to do something good and useful with his life. (The fact that he's also probably hiding from the authorities doesn't hurt.) He offers Locke the same, but Locke is still bothered by the refusal to believe.

    The wound is compounded when he looks up Walt, and he lacks the resolve to demand that the young man return to the island, particularly in light of Michael's fate. It's good to see Locke remember Walt, but it makes sense; Locke has seen Walt in here and there in a vision-esque form (perhaps Cerberus or Jacob?). Walt's warning was certainly ominous, and that may have put Locke off whatever game he had.

    Hurley, despite seeing things that aren't necessarily there, sees quite clearly that Locke is being manipulated by Widmore and Abaddon. Kate, however, cuts to the heart of the matter by attacking Locke's psychological need to return to the island. Kate exposes part of the equation: Locke has nothing and no one in the world that he loves, and he's transferring all of that need and lack to the island itself. After all, Locke has nothing that brings him fulfillment. From Kate's point of view, for whom fulfillment has often been sought in another person, it's a logical conclusion.

    All of which does little more than underscore what Locke is beginning to realize: that everyone he talks to has found something they can't bear to lose off the island. This all culminates in his encounter with Jack. Jack is literally his last chance, and he pulls out all the stops. Ironically, this becomes the turning point for Jack, who has already been on the brink for quite some time. But Locke doesn't see that; he only experiences yet another failure.

    More to the point, Jack slams Locke for believing that he's special or destined for something more. That sort of thinking is the antithesis of everything that Jack believes, so much of what he says is transference, based on Jack's weakening resistance. But those earlier rejections have been adding up, and Locke takes everything that Jack says to heart.

    If all of this ended with Locke's suicide, it would fit the continuity and would explain Jack's personal reaction to Locke's death. But that's when the episode delivers its most unexpected twist. Ben stops Locke from committing suicide out of a belief that he can convince Locke to do the right thing in opposition to Widmore. His assurances to Locke sound very sincere, though it's clear that he wants to use Locke for his own purposes.

    Things change dramatically when Locke mentions that he won't go to Sun because of his promise to Jin. Considering all the warnings that all of the Oceanic Six had to return to the island, it's not hard to understand why Locke's promise was such a non-starter for Ben. The promise was clearly a signal to Ben that Locke could not be allowed to live. The fact that he already knew Eloise Hawking suggests as well that Ben knew someone would have to serve as "proxy" for Christian Shepherd (which makes it even more telling that Christian was the one who told Locke he would need to be a sacrifice, doesn't it?).

    Perhaps it was simply a matter of interference. Ben knew that everyone would have to go back, and that Locke wouldn't be willing to make that happen. Thus Ben could use Locke's death to his advantage. Alternatively, he may have taken all the information about Richard saying Locke was supposed to die, along with Locke's promises, and taken action accordingly (in essence, correcting his mistake of stopping Locke in the first place). Ben takes such a clinical approach to being "one of the good guys" that killing Locke is hardly out of the question, especially if he believes it very likely that John will be resurrected.

    Now that most of the Oceanic Tribe has returned to the island, the true motives of Ilana and Caesar are open to debate. They appear to be working together, so the logical conclusion is that they were assigned to accompany the Oceanic Six by Widmore. At the same time, they don't trust each other, or Caesar wouldn't have lied about the gun. Since the Ajira Tribe is clearly going to be important in the future, their story has plenty of time to unfold.

    But for now, they will need to contend with a John Locke who has returned from the dead, and is very well aware of it. And as such, the man who doubted himself so much during his mission to bring back the Oceanic Six can now feel justified in his sense of destiny. This should be a major turning point for Locke, which will hopefully be reflected in his future dealings with Ben and the rest of the gang.
  • Some Very Good Scenes, Some Very Bad Scenes

    This was the episode. If you looked at all of the episode titles (like I did) before the season began your finger landed on this one and this was the one we were all waiting for. A mystery built on since the end of Season Three Finale and then continued in the Season Four Finale. The episode had high expectations and they were not met, at least not for me. The beginning of the episode was very good. We get to meet Ceasar and Illana and we have a little bit of an extended scene before the show transfers into the flashback mode of the episode. My favorite moment of the episode was when Illana was talking to Locke and when asked what he remembered he answered "I remember dying." I do find it weird that Locke was pinpointed as "never seen on the plane." I thought that was a bit of a stretch. I'm positive that if I were on a plane I would never be able to tell you who was on it and who wasn't when I got off. I understood it in "The Other 48 Days" because that was right around the time they were trying to pin the traitor to the group and at least you had people frantically searching for a face on a plane and in order to agree they were like "Yea, I don't remember him being on the plane." It all worked out because he was on the plane - which actually kind of proves the point. This plane crashes and as soon as Locke wakes up he is questioned as to why he wasn't on the plane? I thought it was a really big stretch. Into the flashback itself, it started off with great promise. Widemore being there when Locke woke up was a great scene. I also liked how Widemore knew what Locke was going through, even getting Locke to tell him that it had only been 4 days since he had seen him. Great stuff. Continue with Widemore, more great stuff. Widemore finding out that Locke left the island on his own free will basically gave Widemore the notion that he might be able to return to the island. I wouldn't be surprised if Ceasar and Illana end up being Widemore's people. Matthew shows up, which was good to see. Locke then goes on a rough patch of people. The Hurley scene was not that good, the Sayid scene was very poor, and the Walt scene didn't even make any sense. He didn't even mention that he was Jeremey Bentham so I do wonder how Walt is able to make the connection when a man in Los Angeles dies under that name. Walt telling that he saw Locke in his dreams was the only real thing that saved these three scenes. Skip ahead to Helen. First of all, love that he at least shows that he still cares about her by asking Matthew to hunt her down. A lot of people say that the gravesite was a fake, but personally I think they just needed Locke to see that there was nothing left for him in the real world. I do believe that she is dead and that we won't be seeing her character anymore. Matthew dying - not a big fan of this but with his commitment over at Fringe I guess they only had one real epsiode to use him. I loved the mystery surrounding his character in The Beginning of the End and the visit in Cabin Fever was amazing but I was not a fan of his role in this episode. I wanted him to have a much better, more important overall role in the show. Locke and Jack. Worst scene of the entire episode. Correction, worst written scene of the entire episode. Terry and Fox did a great job acting in the scene, but this scene was so poorly written. Jack stated in s4 "He told me that a lot of bad things happened. He said it was my fault, for leaving."

    Where? Where was any of this mentioned? This killed the episode for me and I was taken aback. Go back to your old scripts, look at them, and say what you were supposed to say. In fact, Jack said that Locke told him that Ben was off the island. He didn't even say that. Poor execution for the most hyped episode this season is going to have. I have a very strong feeling that this episode is going to fall on rewatch even more then it has all ready fallen for me.
  • Nothing happened until the last 5 minutes! It felt like a road trip that we've already been on before.

    I'm sorry to say, despite being a die hard fan of the past 6 episodes, which I could have rated each a 10, that this episode was the first below par episode out of the past 10-15 previous ones. So now Locke's alive again on the island and the new plane crash people become the new survivors? Okay, okay. I guess this is going to become clearer later. What I didn't get was the slowness to which Locke was driven around by Abbadon to Sayid, Hurley, Walt (why???), Kate and then Jack. Talk about using previously aired footage for like the 3rd time. I don't know, I just felt this was FILLER to the max. Nothing much happened until Abbadon gets hit. That was about 9:40pm. Then he starts writing the note, and preparing for suicide, after talks with Jack go sour. Then we learn Ben is behind the whole thing with Abbadon. The conflicting story is no help either... seems like it's Widmore against Linus or something. Then Ben kills Locke, I guess b/c he said he would die... a promise kept I guess, but still weird.

    Back on the island, it appears thew new flight has birthed new "Losties"?! Why? Why did Locke end up there and not with Jack, Sayid, et al. Why did the captain (Lepidus) leave? ... People said it answered some questions, but really, we just learned that Locke visited 4 of the 6 Oceanic 6 and tried to convince them, something which wasn't as entertaining as it sounds. Why do they kill off Helen? Bah... this episode was just not doing it for me.

    I absolutely love the writing in this series. I think it's one of the most original and thought-provoking series ever, but the writing here was not up to par. It was sloppy unfortunately and could have been much better. I was preparing for an amazing episode but I felt like I'd seen it all coming already. I'm probably going to get 50 thumbs down, but I just had to say this was not the "magic" we've seen in previous episodes.
  • John Locke back and forth. Some interest/intrigue in this one.

    I haven't been a big fan on the John Locke character since day 1, here again he is pushed as the island's key saviour, I don't buy it and he'll end up when all is said and done as the putz who is manipulated by all. Speaking of which, with the winds of war blowing whose side to be on: Linus or Widmore? Both seem like bad news. The timeline of this episode is a little funny, slotted in just before Jack starts going loopy. The new guy Caesar seems like the next Jack, nice safe looking plane crash there on the Lost Alcatraz. All in all better than some other recent episodes.
  • Could have been much better which is a shame

    Another one of those episodes where you have been waiting for a while to see the answer and when it comes it's a major disappointment (just like Michael and Walt's story in season 4). This really should've been so much better. As has been said before, the chats were just dull. Sayid "no" Kate "no" Hurley "no way dude" (not bad) Jack "no" and storms off. Surely after that bombshell you'd ask a few questions. Not one of them asked a single question. My reaction would have been "Oh my God!! You're off the island. How? What happened to Sawyer?" (Or whoever) etc etc. But they ignored those bits. And the Walt thing, could've been great but a major cop out. Perhaps the actor won't come back. Still, he'd have been a bit more shocked to see a guy he thought was dead? Not a 10 second conversation and then "got to go" A shame but having said that, still enjoyable to an extent and interesting new characters who I look forward to seeing.
  • The last few episodes have been entertaining but not particularly gripping. This episode restores my faith that the writers know their characters and how to write stories for them.

    I was gripped by this episode, as others have mentioned the encounters with the Oceanic 6 (except Sun) are basically 'No' from everyone. However, each character in saying No does react differently. Kate looks down on him, Jack is apprehensive, Sayid has reached a place in his life away from Ben and is happy so why would he, and Hurley just acts plain scared. The inclusion of Walt is a nice little touch as well, we may never see him again but if he does show up then that 3 year gap has nicely given him time to grow up, so not as many problems with the actor ageing.

    The main culprits all pop up as well, with the re-introduction of Abbadon as employee of Widmore and Chauffeur to Jeremy Bentham a.k.a. John Locke. Widmore in fact is the first person John properly meets when he first comes out of the Exit, which once again is located in Tunisia. These scenes give us the fact that his Alias was chosen by Widmore and that Widmore was tricked out of control of the Island by Ben. At this point I didn't know if I should believe him or not, especially with the whole War is coming thing. I still don't 100% trust the guy but Ben's deception was truly shocking compared to Widmore.

    Abbadon gets a bit of fleshing out but not much in this episode at least we are far clearer on who he is now. He wheeled John around in his wheel chair (nice little bit there considering he was crippled before the island and he needs to be wheeled here) and took him to see Locke's dead girlfriend but nothing completely meaty before Ben executed him. Ben is once again the complete and utter villain and it's clear now that him coming off the island had a purpose. He obviously doesn't want to give up leadership and I'm not entirely sure that Jacob even appointed him anymore. In other words he used the name because it got him the power and the respect of the others once he chucked Widmore off the island. Tricking John like he did was strangely unexpected by me, which says something about the character of Ben in all honesty when you think he is being sympathetic he's actually being a complete and utter ruthless b*****d.

    Lastly is the New Losties who seem interesting additions for now. Did anyone realise that the Plane crashed perfectly intact almost as well. How did it do this when Oceanic 816 didn't?
  • There's something to be said for the quality of an episode that engenders such unprecedented excitement.

    As if one week of exaggerated platitudes wasn't enough, now online forums are awash again with the sound of voices hyperactively screaming from the rooftops. "OMGLOLZ best episode EVA!!!", they tend to bellow, clicking the '10' button on the 'rate this episode' poll and sending the average score to an all-time high: at the time of writing, it sits neatly atop the pile with a remarkable 9.7. Doubtless this will change, and probably decrease, as the hours and days roll on and a more considered semblance of sanity creeps in, but there's certainly something to be said for the quality of an episode that engenders such unprecedented excitement. It's not the greatest hour of the show - in fact, it's not the best this season either - but it's unquestionably something a little special. It doesn't reveal a great deal (although there are a couple of huge explanations) and essentially, the story coasts along at a leisurely pace, not doing much that hasn't already been inferred elsewhere. However, the important factor here is engagement, which is not the exclusive property of unpredictability. It can also be sustained through strong writing, characterisation and acting, all of which 'The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham' has in spades.

    This is Terry O'Quinn's chance to shine and boy, does he. From his emotional reconciliations with Kate to the pre and post aborted suicide attempt sequences with Ben, every word, every sentence, every nuance of his performance is nothing other than pitch perfect. More than any other cast member, O'Quinn is the character he is portraying, so much so that I find it hard to believe that I have ever watched him in anything else, let alone engaged with him as a recurring character on Millennium for three years. Just check out his body language when he's talking about Helen: something as simple as a persistent gaze towards the floor or a searching, irritated set of minor gesticulations sells the psychological enormity of his feelings to the viewer. The dialogue is barely even needed; so much is said in his external reaction. Then there's the marvellously executed scene with Jack, in which our central heavyweights duke out the science vs. faith dichotomy one more time, only, on his occasion, Locke actually gets a chance to sucker punch his counterpart with something concrete. The writing is astonishing here, building logically and tragically towards John's ultimate suicide attempt. With each and every encounter the man is pummelled further and further into the ground by those that he so clearly cares about and Jack's vocalisation of the sort of internal doubts and self-loathing that you just know run through Locke's head ("you're just a sad, lonely old man", "you're not special" etc.) is the final straw. However, it is certainly rewarding to see the beginning of Jack's comeuppance and descent further into darkness when Locke reveals that Christian spoke to him. Matthew Fox is brilliant here, subtly demonstrating the conflict that clearly now resides within his character.

    And then, of course, there's Ben. Hats off to all involved in this one: it is a strong contender for best scene of the season. In fact, I'll throw my towel into the ring and say yeah, this is the greatest thing I've seen Lost spew at us so far this year. Perhaps the most effective and well written piece of character interplay since Mr. Linus squared off against Mr. Widmore in 'The Shape of Things to Come' last year. Inevitably, when you throw O'Quinn and Emerson together in an emotionally charged situation, sparks are going to fly but just look at how brightly they burn. O'Quinn sells Locke's self-doubt and frustration amazingly well and the juxtaposition of this, the man at the end of his rope (literally) with the man desperately trying to piece everything back together for his own endgame, works wonders. There are so many levels to the scene: first, you have a concerned individual trying to prevent another's death. The viewer sympathises with Locke and clearly wants him to survive, so is rooting for Ben's words to ring true. Second, the paradigmatic dramatic irony established at the culmination of the previous season, and qualified last week, keeps us questioning the outcome: we are certain that Ben won't convince Locke because we know he commits suicide... or do we? Could there be some other way in which he dies? Pretty soon, once he begins to step down from the table, we're questioning whether the bloke was ever dead at all and wasn't just put in a deep coma and bundled into a coffin for show. The awareness of Locke's inevitable passing casts additional aspersions onto the scene and has you searching for answers, mistrusting the course of the narrative that is apparently unfolding before you. And finally, you have Ben's motivation, the viewer's understanding of his duplicitous nature which feeds into the dramatic irony and ensures that you're questioning his intentions as he's speaking, contesting the validity of his words. In effect, the scene co-ordinates something of a brainstorm in the viewer's mind, ensuring that the variously ambiguous features of the narrative are bounced off one another and therefore generate a great deal of thought and, crucially, engagement.

    There's certainly pause for thought elsewhere too. The revelation that Widmore is the vessel through which Locke catches up with his old friends is hugely intriguing and both reinforces and strengthens the prominence of the Ben/Charles binary, the question of whose side is 'right', if either, in this mini-characterial war. On this theme, Ben's shocking execution of Locke ensures that the possibility that the previously established 'evilness', if you will, of Alan Dale's character is a misinterpretation is given considerable validity. There seems to be a large amount of debate online regarding Linus' reasons for doing away with the Island's supposed leader and while I will reserve judgement for now and see what Lindelof and Cuse deal out later, my suspicions err on the side of concern about the depth of Widmore's knowledge of Elouise Hawking. As Ben's recruit, he would wish to protect her from Charles as she provides the only way back to the Island. Still, this is merely conjecture and it's rare that I'm ever right about these things... what I will congratulate myself on, however, is knowing exactly what was going on in the opening scene from the get go thanks to recognising Cezar's face from the airport scene in '316'. Nevertheless, this narrative structure is a wonderful way of weaving the story together and, thankfully, prevents the episode from simply being one giant flashback. There's much to ponder in all of this too: the unresolved nature of the boats, Lapidus and 'the woman', the fact that it appears that the flight came down on the other Island (supported by the fact that Locke can see an Island from his vantage point)... you know, the one with the Hydra station on it. I'm of the belief that this new bunch of Losties are in the Island's present, wherever that may be in the world (somewhere near Guam!), while the Oceanic Six are in its past, in a time when the DHARMA Initiative is active, as the boats that appeared in 'The Little Prince' are here and these have already been established as part of the Sawyer/Juliet etc. Losties' experiences in the future. Thus, the scene from 'TLP' will occur soon, in which we see whomever was in the boat that appeared to be shooting at our heroes. Probably.

    'The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham' is clearly an important stepping stone in the arc of Lost's fifth season. It solidifies the return of all the key players to the Island (or, at least, somewhere near it) and removes the question mark that was hanging over just what Locke did when he 'became' that other English philosopher. It throws a number of fantastic scenes at us that perfectly illustrate the depth and breadth of the acting and writing quality on the show and offers up more than a few shockers too, from Widmore's involvement with Locke to John's apparent resurrection (I'm going to enjoy seeing this one explained) to, best of all, Ben murdering the guy. And in amongst all of that, there's a flurry of questions regarding the survivors of the Guam plane's crash and their presence in the timeline to ponder as well. Oh, and the return (and summary execution) of creepy Agent Broyles from Fringe and, shock of shocks, Walt. It isn't the best episode ever, no matter what the forums might have you believe: there are a couple of small moments that drag slightly, but it's fantastic all the same. Just like last week. Damn, I need some new material.
  • Like the previous episode, this episode was interesting, but had better dialogues and interactions, and had the type of strange mysteries that is usual in Lost. Overall, another superb episode about Locke and his psychological State.

    Plot Details/Objective -» Was a clever move making us wait to see what happened in 3 years to Sawyer and Co. This episode is highly focused in John Locke and his mission to bring back the Oceanic Six.

    What I Like/Disliked -» This is another episode that surprises me. Because the episode is nothing over the top and fast enough, it is just good interaction and reflections, with some surprises inside.


    Presentation -» (9/10). If you didn´t saw the trailer, than it is a great surprise and a intriguing one.

    Complication Phase -» (9/10). Locke mission was difficult, but what was more interesting was Locke dialogues with every characters.

    Climax -» (8/10). The writers already told us that Locke committed suicide, but they save a surprise about how that happened, which was nice.

    Cliffhanger/Ending -» (9/10). This is the type of ending that was well delivered because of the Storyline built and the Climax phase. Now things will be interesting.

    Time and Scenes Management -» (10/10). There aren´t a single interaction that seems to be forced to buy some time.

    Dialogues -» (10/10). Locke talks with everyone he needs. Was nice to know what happened to Ellen. Also the strange guy in the first episode appeared here and have nice talk with Locke too. Even Wildmore, Kate, Jack, Sayid, Walt and Hurley had good interactions with Locke.

    Action /Adventure -» (8/10). Wasn´t a episode for this, but had some shooting, accident and a murder.

    Drama/Emotions -» (9/10). Wasn´t perfect, but you have good emotions there. Locke psychological state was very interesting, even when he tried the suicide.

    Suspense/Tension -» Wasn't a episode for that.

    Mystery/Curiosity/Doubts/Hints -» (9/10). Walt dreams, how Locke is alive, what the two new survivors of the AJira flight objective, Why the pilot disappeared etc, the usual structure of Lost series.

    Surprise/Twists -» (9(10). Locke is alive, this is enough. But Ben delivered another surprise, even the appearance of that strange guy.

    Like the previous episode, this episode was interesting, but had better dialogues and interactions, and had the type of strange mysteries that is usual in Lost. Overall, another superb episode about Locke and his psychological State.
  • The curious case of Benjamin Linus

    What's with this Benjamin guy and his extraordinary high body count, anyway?
    Now he prevents dumb Locke from suicide, only to kill him with his own hands and stages a suicide afterwards... wow, that's what I call sportsmanship.
    Is this the moment where I supposed to feel shocked or something? Well, actually I felt a little shocked because of the fact, that I spent time on this show again, but hey.. I get it now! I mean, it's so obvious now with all the black somke and polarbears gone and Jack's growing a beard and Hurley never loses a pound, it makes total sense, doesn't it?
  • Another Incredible Episode Of Lost!!

    Wow what an episode. If you are looking for a lot of island time you won't get it in this episode. This episode deals strictly with John Locke and how he really died. After John fixes the islands wheel and leaves, he ends up in Tunisia with a compound fracture in his leg, only to be saved by Charles Widmore. Widmore feeds him a story about Ben being the evil one. He sends Locke under the alias of Jeremy Bentham out to find the Oceanic 6 to get them to return to the island with the return of Matthew Abaddon as his driver who later gets killed by Ben. Locke strikes out with all of the Oceanic 6, trying to get them to come back to the island. He had been told earlier by Richard that he had to die in order to get them back. Just as he is about to kill himself, Ben knocks on the door pretending to want to help and save him only to kill him. At this point it is unknown who is telling the truth Widmore or Ben.

    In the end Locke ends up back on the island with no recollection of how he got there. The plane he was on had crashed on the island and one of the survivors was Ben and Locke remembered that Ben had killed him.

    This was another great installment of Lost with some answers and more questions. Hopefully the upcoming episodes will answer some of those questions. The biggest questions, what are the motives of Ben and Widmore, who is telling the truth, who is truly out to help the people on the island and what are their plans for the island.
  • what an AWESOME ep !

    what i can say !! this show is gettin BETTER and BETTER every episode !!
    loved all the 45 min from the start to the end !
    and " JOHN , BEN " put them togather all the time cuz they ganna rock ur world !! it's really one of the breath taking eposdes and scence !

    Seriously I was gasping the entire episode. The real breathtaking scene was Ben killing Locke. Ow my god . can wait for the reunion next week . Terry you going to win your sacend EMEY award !
    and BEN you are going to win too ! !
  • How Locke got off the island and died!

    Another incredible episode in the best show ever LOST. We finally learn how Locke got off the island and how and why he died. This was an incredible episode that kept me on the edge of my seat and how Locke really died was really interesting in my opinion. Locke gets off the island and finds out that he might have to die in order to bring his friends back to the island which will stop the time travel and save the survivors still on the island. Locke was first trying to commit suicide then Ben found him, then Ben strangled Locke and he died!.
  • Awesome

    Wow. Lost just keeps getting better and better. We learn a great deal about John Locke and his alias of jeremy bentham. Not only do we explore old characters and their backstories, but two new characters, the mysterious caesar and ilana? I love it when lost introduces new characters because its always for a good reason and ever character is interesting anfd brings something new to the story. The only bad thing im gunna day about thsi episdoe, is the parst when john goes to visit the oceanic 6. I thought they were just a little dragged out, but overall it was amazing. Terry O'quinn desrves an emmy :)
  • This is less of a review, but more of an answer to the questions I read from people that really "didn't get it" (not understanding something, doesn't make it stupid).

    I really liked this episode.
    Yes the dialog part with the O6 Locke met were "low action" scenes. That doesn't make them bad.

    Some people noticed that he doesn't mention his new name to all the people. Well not mentioning on screen, doesn't mean not mentioning at all. Also goes for the other things that they say are missed. Or the questions NOT asked by O6. Maybe they did ask them. Esp. for Jack, Jack knows the new ID of Locke since Locke was submitted to the hospital with his new papers.

    We do learn things, even from the little dialogs he has with the O6 people. Esp. Michael's son, I find his reaction pretty normal. Remember, he went through A LOT plus he is one of the "special" people (so he might already know more than meets the eye). I am not sure if this role is faded out just yet.

    As for Lockes old love. She could be dead or not. We cannot be sure. Even if she was alive, people that try to guide Locke to do what he is supposed to, can easily fake a tombstone (they can do more than that - even THEM killing here for real). So no problems in the plot there either.

    I am not convinced on which of the two "war fronts" (as seems clear now) is good and which is bad. If you ask me, possibly both are bad and we need to get a good one from our original Lost team (Locke, or even Jack) to be the next to take over and clean all the mess.

    I cannot forget what Widmore did when he first met Desmond, or his 17 years old character, or the camera where he hit a guy with his bare hands. Not a "good person" by standard measures (but what is standard in Lost?).

    Ben could know that Locke is gonna return from the dead, but on the other hand, he says "I'll miss you" so maybe not.

    Maybe everybody is a pawn for the guy in the cabin. ;)

    Talking about Ben, I am not sure why people find it strange that he first saved Locke then killed him. It's BEN people! He heard what he wanted to hear (I don't say "expected" or "not expected", that remains to be seen), then put things back on track.

    Abbadon dead. Interesting. This doesn't mean it's the last we see of him. I am not saying the (now usual) resurrection but he was much involved in people's "past", let's not forget.

    The... bravest thing of all though, was for the writers to keep the NEW flight people (not just the O6 and the two new guys, but the whole flight) in the show. Brave. ONE MORE Losties team, with all the implications this could have. I wonder where Lapidus went. I never expected he would crash the plane, it was clear from what he did with the helicopter too ("what? crash it? I didn't say I crashed it"). After all the plane was just struck by the inter-dimensional movement, not by electromagnetic forces that Desmond crashed the original 815.

    The two new guys (what's the name of the male? Ceasar?), I am not sure if they are ok. Certainly look like Widmore personnel. We'll see.

    People saying "nothing happened" or "filler"... erm... did you really see the episode?
  • The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham: Review

    After last weeks episode I expected and hoped for this episode to be as good as the last and you know what it was. This episode was a great emotional episode with loads of character and story development. We learn about what John Locke did after he left the island how he persuaded people to go back to the island and of course how he died. This was a much darker episode than where used to we saw a emotional Locke attempt to hang himself, this was a very well performed scene Terry O Quinn did a great job but he is then interrupted before he goes through with it by Ben knocking on his door. Michael Emerson was also great in this scene his character Ben showed a softer and more caring side as he persuades John to get down and not got through with it but then he totally kills him in a quick turn of events. I loved what Ben said to Locke " I will really miss you John, I really will" this in my opinion was the best scene and and the best acted scene in the whole series of Lost it was superb.

    Other great things in this episode was John meeting with Widmore and his conversations with Mathew Abbadon. It was great to learn more about Abbadon before he was shockingly killed. I also like The scene with Walt it's always great to see Walt and the scene with Kate where Locke opened up about his relationship with Helen (Who is now dead, a lot of characters died here). I really enjoyed the part with Jack there was some great acting here and it was great to see those two characters in there first proper scene of this season a good old Jack and John arguement.

    I loved this episode it is one of my favorites of the show its up there with "The Man Behind The Curtain" and "The Shape Of Things To Come"

    10 out of 10.
  • Raise from the death Mr John Locke you are in the island!

    So now the island doesn't only cure Locke it also brings him back from the death, maybe this is some kind of clue to Jack's father appeareances in the island. This was a very interesting episode and very informative above all for example we find out Ben actually killed Locke he didn't commit suicide.That scene I didn't get. Why Ben kills Locke when he alone was going to go along with it and instead leaving possible prints? Maybe it has something to do with Eloise Hawking's mentioning. I liked very much the hospital scene where John and Jack were arguing.I think we saw great acting by two wonderful characters trying to defend their beliefs. It's more than clear why Walt couldn't be in the show anymore , I mean he looks like a 20 yeard old! and the writers did a good job bringing him back three years into the future. So now it all comes back to the island , everyone is there now and I am excited to see what other plots and character development are in this wonderful season , so far it was one of Lost's greatest.
  • Totally of inormation episode.

    When i first time saw title of this episode that mean "The life and death of Jeremy Bentham ( John Locke)" I knew that will be a very special episode and I had right. This episode talking exactly about his what I think , what do John Locke after left the island. Suprise to me was looking Charles Widmore which help John.... later of course story about meeting John with Oceanic Six thta must be in this episode so that was not suprise for me. The special point of episode was conversation beetwen John and Ben and ( come on that can`t be... ) Ben killed John... I am still totally confused after that scene, I really not to expect that... brilliant moment :) Of course we dont know how John can back to live on the island but this only making tension.

    No it`s time to waiting for next episode, for that episode ?? naturally note 10.

    Ave Lost :)
  • Outstanding! The usual brillance that is Lost.

    I must admit that prior to the episode, I was a bit sceptial of what would come. With the stories evolving around the oceanic six not being as enthralling as the events on island with sawyer and co. But after watching the episode, all I can say is Wow-Wee. From the opening scenes with Caesar and crew speaking to Locke; who has got colour back into his cheeks, to the end of the episode, where Locke comes face to face with his murderer. Also with the mysterious Matthew Abaddon and the sinister Charles Widmore (showing his gentle side) appearing quite dominant in the episode, filling in some of the gaps of the Lost world and slowly nudges us towards the momentous confrontation between Ben and Widmore. It was welcome break away from the island. Whilst talking about Ben, my favourite moment of the episode was when within a blink of an eye; Ben turns from helping Locke to suddenly murdering him. Which again makes it harder to see if he's fighting the good fight or for his own wants. And on that note, I can't wait for the next episode to premiere. Lastly, I have to say a deep heart sorrow for Matthew Abaddon and the pain of putting away a wheelchair.
  • Very powerful episode.

    I was disappointed with Lost's episode last week. It was boring and seems like the writers were sleep deprived when they wrote it. This week everything changed. The love of my life, lost has lit my fiery passion towards it again. This episode was everything I expected and more. The storyline revolves around how Locke got off the island,his attempts to bring the oceanic six back,how he died and him coming back to life after coming back to the island. Many would think death then life and then death is very difficult thing to pull off without a mess of storylines but Lost did positively well. We see Locke being approached by Widmore after having his leg treated in Tunisia. Then we see Locke attempt to get Kate,Sayid and Hurley on the team but unfortunately he was unsuxcessul and Locke also visits Walt. Everything up to the point after he sees Walt was intersting. Some of our questions were answered. The intensity levels were starting to grow and everything was buliding up to the final fifteen minutes. The fifteen minutes in whih Locke finds out the love of his life Helen passed away due to an anurisme in her brain. After Locke finding out about the tragedy, his driver or " reach your destination helper " got shot. Locke escapes in Abbadon's car resulting in an shocking and exciting car crash. What I thought was that was the way he died but I should have known better. Lost always has a surprise in store. Locke ends up in a hospital which " Incidently " is where Jack works. Locke tries to get Jack on board but fails again. In a very intense and suspenseful, adreneline level rasing scene, Locke tries to kill himself but is stopped by Ben who then in a heart stopping moment ends up killing Locke. Everything in this episode was perfect ! Everything ! I am usually very mean when it comes to critisizing Lost because of it's very complex storylines which tend to " jump the shark " every now and then, but this episode was mind blowingly terrific. The acting ? Terry was magnificent. The first time I like Locke's character. The writing ? Brilliant ! Will I be watching next week ? Ofcource !!! Ten out of ten :D
  • As is usual with Lost, some answers are revealed and even more questions are asked.

    This was a truly excellent episode of Lost which answered lots of questions about the mystery of how Locke ended up in a coffin as Jeremy Bentham and how the oceanic 6 (minus Aaron) returned. I am so looking forward to the showdown between Ben and Charles Widmore which must be coming. The way Ben persuaded Locke not to kill himself and then murders him straight afterwards was so shocking. The emotions really ran high through this episode which has not been the case with many of this season's episodes which have been a little more action orientated. Well done!
  • Terry O'Quinn might get some Emmy consideration for that emotional segment before his attempted suicide.

    It was a stellar scene. Now let me be clear- in the "man of science vs. man of faith" debate (my favorite of all the themes on this show) I am strongly in Jack's corner. That's just the way my mind works, and I like to find the scientific or practical explaination for everything. but there's no denying some of the ammunition John has backing him up. Destiny is a funny thing.

    In the Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham, we see the work Locke was put to after returning to the real world; the task of bringing everyone back to the island- which proved more difficult than he would imagine. It's interesting that Whidmore, Ben and Locke all want everyone to retun to the island, yet all for different reasons. unfortunately, it seems Locke might only be a pawn in Linus and charle's deadly war. This show is always great about playing who's good and who's bad.

    Locke's scenes with each of the 06 (Sun is replaced with Walt here) are interesting and welcome. (Sayid turing "extreme home makeover" on us was a bit funny to me.) We learned the fate of his only love, Hellen, and the annoyingly and unecessaryly cryptic Matthew Abbadon finally bit the dust! I should say that the Jeremy Bentham alias was handled much too lightly, considering how important it was everyone call him that in the S3 finale.

    Save for the confusing resurection business with the new plane crash survivors, this was a well-crafted episode. I was thinking to myself the ep could have been even more exciting if we didn't already know how Locke died- this would have given us the chance for a bit of a guessing game (The car crash, Hurley believes it happened when he broke his leg, etc.) But the pay off was john with that noose, in a scene more out of desperation and despair than destiny. (Jack why were you so mean to him?)

    But I'm a little confused: Why would Ben go to the trouble of saving John from killing himself, only to kill him himself minutes later, and make it look like John killed himself? I'm sure they will explain that redundancy in a future episode. They better...
  • I'm a little confused as to what everyone is clamoring about. Was this episode a good episode? Yes. However, it was not fantastic and defintley not a series classic.

    I'm a little confused as to what everyone is clamoring about. Was this episode a good episode? Yes. However, it was not fantastic and definitely not a series classic.

    First off, the acting was phenomenal. I'll agree that Terry O'Quinn definitely nailed his part as John Locke. In most of his scenes you are totally invested in his character especially in the later scenes, but I'll get into that later. (Although, I would have like a little bit more emotion at the cemetary, but I think I'm just nitpicking now) While Mr. O'Quinn did a fantastic job, it was Michael Emerson who brought the episode home. While I'm on the subject of Ben, the only real standout scene in the episode was the dramatic scene between Locke and Ben. And the rest of the reviews on this site will reflect this. As the scene begins we see Locke preparing his suicide note; "Jack, I wish you would have believed me. Locke" But as John prepares to take the fall, Ben rushes in to save the day (or so we think). And Emerson (as well as O'Quinn)completely and entirely nails this scene. We are so ready and willing to believe that Ben has saved Locke that we are shocked and appalled when, out of nowhere, Ben violently strangles John with the extension cord Locke was about to hang himself. Aside from this, there weren't many other compelling scenes. Although, the Jack scene was pretty good too (mainly due to Mathew Fox.) Also I quite enjoyed the confusion that Charles Widmore and Ben have created. Just who is the bad guy? Although they had better answer it quick because if the producers keep rubbing our faces in it, it's gonna get old real quick.

    A couple of the reviews on this site said that from watching this episode, we now know what Locke said to the oceanic 6. Well, I have a question to that. Who gives a rat's ass? Aside from Jack, the others didn't really matter. We already knew that Locke had talked to them and they had said they weren't going back, what he had said to most of them was irrelevant. It changed nothing! (Again aside from Jack.) I wish I cold have been as captivated as everyone else but the truth is, had it not been for the now infamous Ben-Locke scene, the episode would probably just be average.
  • Finally the gap is bridged between Lockes leaving the island and his return to it.

    This was a great episode of Lost, maybe the greatest. We get to see what happens to Locke after leaving the island and it was worth the wait. Widmore's involvement is becoming more and more interesting and seeing him help Locke was great. Ben is becoming more ominous than he was before, which I did not even think could happen, very well written. The new characters are starting to take shape and it will be interesting to see where that element is taking us. It was a pity to see Mathew Abbadon go, but I guess sacrifices must be made.
  • A Locke-centric episode.

    All things considered, I absolutely loved this episode. It was absolutely amazing, and this is definitely one of the best episodes ever of Lost. I usually don't like episodes of Lost that are centered around Locke that much, but I have to say that I absolutely loved this episode. There were so many great things about this episode. For starters, it was really great getting to see Charles Widmore again. He's such a great character. It was great to finally see Locke's conversations with that he had with people who left the island telling him that they need to go back to the island. I have to say that I'm really intrigued by the characters Caesar and Ilana, and I'm anxious to see more of them in the future. This episode was definitely full of excitement and interesting plot twists. In closing, I thought that this was an extremely well written, well acted and well made episode of Lost from everyone involved, and I can't wait to see the next episode of Lost.
  • "I can keep a promise..."

    WHAAATTT!!!! yeah this episode was very captivating
    we see how lockes struggles to convince the Oceanic 6...
    We also know what happened to the rest of the plane...

    We saw Waaaaalt, and now we know why he wasnt on the "We have to go back club".

    Also we find out why Jack started to be a drinker and decided to go back.

    We see the unexpected death of Jeremy Bentham... Fricking sad and shocking!!! I LOVE LOCKE!!!


    I know that most of people now think that Ben is pure evil... but i think there might be a 5% out of 100% he is good... i mean maybe he knew he was going to live in the island... and LOCKE wasnt suppose to kill himself... OMG!!! he really was going to try to convince them again...then BANG!!! the attack!!
    cant wait for next episode!!
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