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Lost 5.7 The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham

He killed him! He f----- killed him!

::gasps for air::

How do you save someone's life then take it away? Who does that? How do you go down on your knees and beg someone not to commit suicide, then strangle him with the same rope?

I'm so freaked out right now, you won't believe.

Locke working himself up to commit suicide was probably the most heartbreaking thing I've ever seen on TV. Terry O'Quinn really hit that episode out of the ballpark. His failure with the Oceanic Six, his gradual sinking into despair - he's disappointed with Hurley but he still starts out slightly cockey with Kate until she goes all, "and look how far you've come" with me, then he finds out Helen is dead and the cracks finally start showing. "She loved me , if I had stayed with her, maybe she won't have died." How tellingly different from "I loved her" which says all you need to know about Locke. It's not his loving people that has ever been the problem: it's them loving him back. Helen did that and he gave her up.

And then Abbadon was killed, assassination-style. I was completely blown away. I thought he was an immortal of some sort (probably a demon, considering the name)? And Locke has really lost it when he's driving crazily away, and by the time he's in the hospital and he's pleading with Jack, he's completely broken.

And boy, does the show love teasing us with Locke and his paralysis. First, waking up in Tunisia (???) with his broken leg. My husband thought they were going to amputate it in the hospital but I figured from the gag that it was a bone-setting. But still...

OMG! Ben talking Locke down from the hangman's noose brought tears to my eyes. Literally. His voice. His getting on his knees. His repeated insistence that Locke was not a failure, see how far you've come with Jack (of all people!), please come down, you're so important, don't do this...

And then he gets him down and helps him into a chair and strangles him! WTF? WHY? WHY?

OK, thinking about it a little, and working with the last episode and the Jack-as-Thomas bash-us-over-the-head-why-dont-you metaphor, then this makes Ben Judas and Charles Whitmore Peter, right? With Charles trying to stop Locke from "dying and rising again" and Ben being the one to betray Locke and eventually make him fulfil his destiny? Only if it's the Island that Locke is dying to save (because I doubt Ben cares 2 cents about Sawyer and co), then that's seriously creepy.

But he rose again, didn't he? And that's real Locke. Not Ghost!Christian or Hurley's imaginary friends. That's the real guy, eating mangoes, wearing $200 shoes and looking down at the man who killed him?

The man who killed him after saving him!!!

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