Locke’s Paralysis Revealed-SPOILERS

John LockeI think I may have been a bit too harsh on John Locke in this previous post. After last night’s riveting episode of LOST, I really feel for the guy. We finally got to bear witness to the horrible sequence of events that led to his paralysis and subsequent confinement to a wheelchair. Think you’ve got some Daddy issues? Child’s play next to John Locke, who was living a quiet life of relative obscurity until his degenerate con-man of a Father came along and swindled him out of a kidney, destroyed his relationship, and shoved him out of an 8-story window.

When the overly-chipper physical therapist came into John’s hospital room and snapped open that wheelchair, it was like prison bars getting locked shut. The anguish, torment, and fear in Terry O’ Quinn’s face sent an icy shiver up my spine, as did the POV-camera angles as he was lifted out of the bed, spun around, and unceremoniously deposited into the device that would alter the course of his destiny forever. O’ Quinn’s performance last night was nothing short of masterful, showing us a John Locke who had reached the absolute depths of pain and suffering. A man that was broken, both in mind and in body. As the gut-wrenching flashback came to a close, John Locke sat in his wheelchair sobbing. It was one of the most powerful moments in the history of the show.

Finally, we have a reasonable explanation for why Locke acts the way he does; why he is so determined to stay on that island. He was reborn there, finally gaining freedom, both physically and mentally, from the torment and humiliation his Father had caused him. The only problem is, there are 40-some-odd crash survivors who don’t share Locke’s affinity for the place. They want to go home, but Locke’s already there and he’ll do anything to stay. Especially now that Ben has given him what may be the ultimate gift

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By Jeff Carter Posted in TV

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