Lost: “Cabin Fever”


I’m going to keep it short because I’m preoccupied with another project at the moment, plus this episode is so remarkable I’ve been rendered speechless. It even resurrected my favorite recurring Lost catchphrase, “Don’t tell me what I can’t do!” That line is to Locke the one-time preemie/ex-paraplegic/perennial outcast what “B.A.D.: Balls, Attitude, Direction” was to an asthmatic Nicolas Cage in the Kiss of Death remake.

Okay, I’m not quite speechless, but I feel like I’ve run out of words to say about the Locke-centric “Cabin Fever.”

(Spoilers after the jump)

That’s mostly because of the final line in “Cabin Fever,” the trippiest line to ever conclude a Lost episode: “He wants us to move the island.”

Say what? During Locke’s long-awaited reunion with Jacob, the human manifestation of the island, as well as the actual leader of the Others (Ben admits to Hurley that he isn’t always the head honcho), Jakey Boy tells Locke that in order to save the island, he must move it? Just like how Jake has moved his wheelless mobile home to random spots all over the island?

How does one move an island? Sure, Superman was able to do it in The Passion of the Kent Superman Returns. But in the Lost universe, nobody has the strength to lift an entire island out of the sea like Supes.

However, one extraordinary ability that’s a reality in this universe is the ability to never age, without having to rely on Dick Clark youth cream, Botox or disturbing-looking Lara Flynn Boyle-style cheek implants. Take Richard Alpert (Nestor Carbonell) for example.

Alpert, a recruiter for the Mittelos Bioscience Corporation—a front for the Others—has been seen at many different points in the series timeline. Ben encountered Alpert on the island when he was a boy, and then decades later, Alpert recruited Juliet to conduct medical research. Alpert’s never aged a day.

“Cabin Fever” reveals that Alpert’s even older than we think. He visited Locke shortly after he was born and then again a few years later, when he tried to recruit the kid while he was in foster care.

I can understand why Alpert wanted to recruit young Locke for what I assume was the same special school where young Ben received his education in “The Man Behind the Curtain.” It’s because Locke has a special gift. He can communicate with the island, whether in his dreams (as we see in his vision of deceased Dharma mathematician Horace Goodspeed, who’s played by the former Eugene Tooms, Doug Hutchinson, and by the way, why was Horace’s left nose bleeding?) or outside of them. Locke shares this gift with Ben, who’s able to summon and unleash one of the island’s creatures, the smoke monster, as if it were a pitbull. But why was the never-aging man from Mittelos (an anagram for “lost time”) dissatisfied with young Locke’s answer to the school’s bizarre recruitment test?

And what’s the reason for Batmanuel‘s inability to age?

I don’t think Alpert is even alive. My theory is that he’s like Christian Shepherd (John Terry), a dead man who’s been resurrected by the island to serve as one of its mouthpieces, to lure those who will listen—like Locke and Claire—to some sort of purpose or mission that has yet to be fully explained and has been hinted at in those trippy final words: “He wants us to move the island.”

Here’s an even wilder theory: I think Alpert is Locke’s real father, not “The Man from Tallahassee,” conman Anthony Cooper (Kevin Tighe). It explains Alpert’s interest in Locke and his visit to the hospital after Emily (played by Swoosie Kurtz in “Deus Ex Machina” and played here as a teen by Holland Roden) gave birth to John. A nurse even asks Emily’s mother (Rebecca Tilney) if Alpert is the baby daddy. When I rewatched the teaser, in which Emily’s mother disapproves of her daughter’s much older boyfriend, the first guy I thought of was Alpert.

Going back to the Shepherds, what’s up with Claire’s serene and slightly creepy expression while she’s chillaxing with her dad in Jacob’s cabin? Is she among the dead too now? Did Claire actually perish in that explosion that decimated her house on the Barracks?

Also in “Cabin Fever,” a power struggle breaks out between Keamy (Kevin Durand) and Captain Gault (Grant Bowler), who realizes his boss Charles Widmore is the greater of two evils in the Linus/Widmore feud and helps Sayid and Desmond escape the freighter. (But Desmond, who’s hopeful about reuniting with Penny, chooses to stay on the ship.) Keamy snuffs out Gault and emerges triumphant. The merc is also revealed to be the man who killed Ray (Marc Vann), the freighter doctor whose body washed ashore in “The Shape of Things to Come.” Keamy is currently a more menacing adversary than Ben, who’s been turning into a more vulnerable and humble figure, as we see in Ben’s great “Destiny, John, is a fickle bitch” scene and his unexpected acceptance of his destiny—he’s not the island’s “chosen one.”

Next on Lost: We learn why Claire doesn’t join her baby Aaron on the plane ride back to civilization, plus it looks like we get to glimpse the plane ride itself.

On a scale consisting of Lost‘s cursed numbers, 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42 (4 being the lowest, 42 being the highest)…

“Cabin Fever”: 42, which is fitting because “He wants us to move the island” is almost as enigmatic an answer to a crucial sci-fi question as “42.”

77 comments to Lost: “Cabin Fever”

  • Control

    You can move the island if it is a giant spaceship :)

  • Cool theory, Control. Reminds me of Macross Island. One noteworthy tidbit that I forgot to mention was that Jacob’s instructions were foreshadowed on the cover of the comic book that Alpert placed on the table during his test for young Locke. I love how this show basically says the answers to some of life’s dilemmas can be found in comics. Suck it, Werthamites.

  • John

    Great write up – one comment about Locke’s real dad – remember they shared a kidney and it was a match. Doesn’t mean they can’t twist it around a little if they wanted to! Also, any thoughts on which item Locke, as a boy, was supposed to pick instead of the knife?

  • Alpert looked hopeful when Locke picked up the vial of sand and the compass, but he lost hope when the kid went for the knife instead of the Book of Laws. Because Alpert asked “Which of these things belong to you?” instead of “Which of these things belongs,” I assume Alpert was expecting him to pick the sand/compass/Book of Laws combo. Both Alpert and the high school teacher didn’t want Locke to play superhero, while Abaddon steered Locke towards becoming one. But because Abaddon works for Widmore, I wouldn’t be surprised if his advice to Locke to embark on that walkabout was a way to plant the seeds for Locke to screw things up—maybe he’s not supposed to move the island?—so that the island would slip into Widmore’s hands.

  • [...] Lost Cabin Fever Movie amp Television Arts Posted by root 1 day 45 minutes ago (http://www.metroactive.com) Great write up one comment about locke real dad remember they movie amp television arts is proudly powered by wordpress entries Discuss  |  Bury |  News | lost cabin fever movie amp television arts [...]

  • the way, eHarbor and its affiliates (Magellan Commerce, Real Estate Promoter and Submit Solution) have superior news on the horizon that I

  • Exceptional post however , I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this topic? I’d be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit more. Appreciate it!

  • We absolutely love your blog and find nearly all of your post’s to be just what I’m looking for. Would you offer guest writers to write content to suit your needs? I wouldn’t mind creating a post or elaborating on most of the subjects you write about here. Again, awesome web log!

  • Fantastic blog you have here but I was curious about if you knew of any user discussion forums that cover the same topics discussed here? I’d really like to be a part of online community where I can get advice from other knowledgeable people that share the same interest. If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Kudos!

  • Glad you found a compromise that works! Does it eventually ween him off nicotine or is it supposed to just be a long-term replacement for cigarettes? Hope it continues to work and help!

  • I really like what you have acquired here, certainly like what you are stating and the way in which you say it.

  • Great post it is surely. We have been seeking for this content.

  • I am really enjoying the theme/design of your web site. Do you ever run into any internet browser compatibility problems? A handful of my blog audience have complained about my website not operating correctly in Explorer but looks great in Firefox. Do you have any ideas to help fix this problem?

  • You make a great point. Got some nice info here. I think that if more people thought about it that way, they’d have a better time get the hang ofing the issue.

  • Very interesting info!Perfect just what I was looking for!. “Everybody likes to go their own way–to choose their own time and manner of devotion.”

  • In between me and my husband we’ve owned more MP3 players over the years than I can count, including Sansas, iRivers, iPods (typical & touch), the Ibiza Rhapsody, etc. But, the last few ages I’ve settled down to one line of players.

  • Hi there! Someone in my Myspace group shared this website with us so I came to look it over. I’m definitely loving the information. I’m book-marking and will be tweeting this to my followers! Outstanding blog and superb style and design.

  • I have learned some important things through your post. I’d personally also like to mention that there might be situation where you will apply for a loan and never need a cosigner such as a Federal government Student Support Loan. However, if you are getting a loan through a classic finance company then you need to be prepared to have a co-signer ready to make it easier for you. The lenders may base their own decision on the few components but the main one will be your credit history. There are some loan companies that will furthermore look at your work history and decide based on that but in almost all cases it will be based on on your score.

  • Hiya! I simply wish to give a huge thumbs up for the good information you may have here on this post. I will likely be coming again to your blog for more soon.

  • Thanks for finally talking about > %blog_title% < Liked it!|

  • An challenging speech may be appeal account. I meditate that you should compose a large amount with this matter, it energy not certainly be a preconception lesser then again normally plug more often than not are not sufficient in array to speak concerning individual matters. On the road to the succeeding. Cheers such as your Khmer Karaoke Stars » Somnangblogs.

  • It is perfect time to make some plans for the future and it’s time to be happy. I’ve read this post and if I could I wish to suggest you some interesting things or tips. Maybe you can write next articles referring to this article. I desire to read even more things about it!

  • I will without delay grab your rss as I can not attain your e-mail subscription link otherwise newsletter service. Accomplish you’ve any? Entertain permit me appreciate in organize that I may immediately subscribe. Thanks.

  • I genuinely take pleasure in investigative on this internet situate , it has outstanding articles .

  • Thanks for sharing your ideas. The first thing is that pupils have a selection between federal government student loan and also a private student loan where it truly is easier to go for student loan debt consolidation reduction than with the federal education loan.

  • Greetings from California! I’m bored to tears at work so I decided to check out your blog on my iphone during lunch break. I enjoy the knowledge you present here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home. I’m shocked at how quick your blog loaded on my phone .. I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyhow, superb site!

  • Thanks for your helpful post. Through the years, I have been able to understand that the particular symptoms of mesothelioma are caused by your build up associated fluid between lining of your lung and the chest cavity. The ailment may start from the chest area and pass on to other areas of the body. Other symptoms of pleural mesothelioma cancer include weight reduction, severe inhaling trouble, throwing up, difficulty eating, and inflammation of the face and neck areas. It needs to be noted that some people living with the disease do not experience every serious indications at all.

  • My partner and I absolutely love your blog and find nearly all of your post’s to be just what I’m looking for. Would you offer guest writers to write content for you personally? I wouldn’t mind creating a post or elaborating on a number of the subjects you write concerning here. Again, awesome website!

  • These days of austerity plus relative anxiety about taking on debt, lots of people balk contrary to the idea of making use of a credit card in order to make acquisition of merchandise or maybe pay for a vacation, preferring, instead only to rely on this tried and trusted procedure for making payment – cash. However, if you possess cash available to make the purchase fully, then, paradoxically, this is the best time for them to use the card for several good reasons.

  • I like the valuable information you provide in your articles. I’ll bookmark your weblog and check again here regularly. I’m quite certain I’ll learn plenty of new stuff right here! Best of luck for the next!

  • I really like it when folks get together and share ideas. Great site, stick with it!

  • excellent post, very informative. I wonder why the opposite specialists of this sector don’t notice this. You should continue your writing. I am confident, you have a huge readers’ base already!

  • Hello, is it rite to simply study from textbooks not to pay a visit web for latest updates, what you say guys?

  • Usually My spouse and i don’t send leading web sites, but I may wish to claim that this distinct give out actually artificial us to accomplish this. Fantastically safe submit!

  • Good article. I learn the first thing more challenging on different blogs everyday. It¡¯d always be stimulating to learn content from other freelancers and apply a dose of something from their store. I¡¯d choose to make use of some while using content on my blog site whether you don¡¯t brain. Natually I¡¯ll provide you with a hyperlink on the web blog. Thanks for discussing.

  • This video post is genuinely fantastic, the sound feature and the picture feature of this tape post is really remarkable.

  • Hi, Neat post. There’s a problem along with your site in internet explorer, may test this? IE still is the marketplace leader and a big portion of other people will leave out your magnificent writing due to this problem.

  • He flees from the deafening lion to the crouching lion. Sechuana

  • Aw, this was a fantastically polite placement. Taking a few record and definite endeavor to produce a top score article… nevertheless what can I say… I dawdle a lot and never look to get anything done.

  • Thanks used for these guidelines. Single entity I too consider is the fact credit cards bountiful a 0% interest quotient time and again draw clients in zilch scale of interest, second acceptance and painless proceeding the obtain weigh up transfers, but beware of the central factor that will almost certainly void the 0% relaxed neighborhood yearly percentage rate and to throw one out into the terrible cottage rapid.

  • All that is left are the latest trends and how quickly they come by the replica stores bankwatches.net http://www.replica-watchesshop20.webs.com

  • Leo

    Thankyou for this great place of duty, I am joyful I noticed this internet web site taking place yahoo.

  • Hi, Neat post. There’s a problem with your website in internet explorer, would check this… IE still is the market leader and a huge portion of people will miss your excellent writing because of this problem.

  • Nice editorial and straight to the point. I am not definite rider this is rightly the mainly effective position to ask yet do you folks have any thoughts on the categorize to make use of approximately skilled writers? Thanks

  • I’ve as well been wondering about the obtain matching machine personally recently. Delighted to comprehend a big cheese by the unchanged wavelength! Nice article.

  • Do you will have a spam drawback by this website; I additionally am a blogger, and I was fascinated in your situation; countless of us have created some careful procedures and we want to trade methods with additional people, delight speed me an electronic packages condition interested.

  • You have celebrated self-same worthy of note points! ps decent internet site.

  • I should say also believe that mesothelioma is a exceptional form of cancers that is often found in those people previously familiar with asbestos. Cancerous tissues form from the mesothelium, which is a defensive lining that covers almost all of the body’s internal organs. These cells generally form within the lining of the lungs, mid-section, or the sac which encircles one’s heart. Thanks for revealing your ideas.

  • some truly brilliant composition proceeding behalf of the owner of this web locate , absolutely vast pleased .

  • Hey There. I discovered your weblog using msn. This really is a extremely well written post. I will probably be sure to bookmark it and return to read much more of your valuable information. Thanks for the post. I will undoubtedly return.

Leave a Reply




You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>