In this week’s official video podcast, Matthew Fox talks about the evolution of his character Jack.
The podcast starts with a clip from the Season 4 finale, where Jack and Locke, on top of the Orchid Station, are having another one of their arguments about destiny.
Locke tells Jack that he is not supposed to go home. Jack gets mad and yells, “What am I SUPPOSED to do?”
Then he says, “Oh, I think I remember. What was it you said on the way out to the hatch?”
He is referring to their argument in the Season 1 finale — the same argument that I wrote about in my previous post.
This is a great example of the crazy intricate way that LOST works. A conversation starts in Season 1, then picks up again, three years later, in Season 4, then is referenced on the internet in a podcast in the middle of Season 5.
I think this conversation is coming up in the podcast now because finally, after four-and-a-third seasons of Jack and Locke having the same conversation over and over, something is starting to shift.
In the Season 1 argument, Locke said that Jack may not believe the Island is his destiny, but he will believe it at a later time.
That later time appears to be now.
At the Orchid Station, Jack says to Locke that back at the hatch, Locke had told him that crashing on the Island was their destiny.
Locke says, “You KNOW, Jack. You know that you’re here for a reason. You know it.”
“And if you leave this place,” Locke continues, “that knowledge is going to eat you alive.”
Which is exactly what we saw happen in the flashforwards.
In the podcast, Matthew Fox talks about how Jack has always needed to be in control, but now he is starting to give that up.
I have mixed feelings about that in terms of the dramatic possibilities. I do like seeing Jack’s character develop and grow, but if Jack gives in completely to his sense of destiny, what will happen to the tension between Jack and Locke that has been such an important part of the show so far?