Things get even more mysterious in episode 11, entitled "Cabin Fever", a Locke-centric episode.
After a hiatus for two episodes we finally get to see what has been happening on the Freighter. It was a welcome mix of events from the three groups: Locke, Ben, and Hurley heading to the cabin, Sayid and Desmond on the Freighter, and a little of Jack and company on the beach. But mostly concentrating on Locke and the cabin, this episode was perhaps the most mysterious of season four so far.
What I Liked
I must first point out my joy in seeing what has been going on on the Freighter. For the last two episodes there hasn't been a single frame of footage from that perspective (with a hint of what went on by the Doc washing up dead on the beach) and now we can coordinate what we saw in this episode with what's been going on in the last two. We see Keamy and his team come back onto the Freighter after being attacked by the Smoke Monster but there's a strange thing that we see when they arrive — the Doc appears to be alive and well when we saw him dead a couple of episodes back.
Shortly after they arrive we hear the Morse code that Daniel sent last episode and one of the soldiers mentions to the Doc that the people on the Island say he's washed up with his throat cut. And shortly after that there's a ruckus among Frank, the Captain, and Keamy as Frank won't fly the helicopter because he knows the team will kill everyone on the Island if he does.
Subsequently the Doc's throat is slit and the Captain shot dead, giving Frank no other choice but to fly Keamy and his team to the Island as planned. Why is it that the Doc appeared dead hours earlier on the Island than when he seemed to actually get his throat cut on the Freighter and thrown overboard? Is it because of the difference in time there seems to be between on and off the Island? It seems an outlandish but logical (in Lost's frame of mind anyway) explanation.
The main thing tackled in this episode was Locke, Ben, and Hurley heading to the cabin to see Jacob. Once they eventually find it, after a visit to the pit where the bodies of the Dharma Initiative lay so Locke could find a map to the cabin in one of the body's pockets, Ben tells Locke that his time is over and that Locke is the one to do it, to go in alone. Once in the cabin Locke finds someone sitting in the chair – presumably Jacob – and as he nears, the man reveals who he is; it's Christian, Jack's father. He says a lot of things to Locke which, despite the fact it's weird that he's supposed to be dead, he couldn't possibly know. We then hear a noise. Locke turns around and finds Claire sitting in one of the other chairs in the corner of the cabin. How is Christian there if he's been dead since before the crash? Is he a ghost? Or is Jacob making Locke hallucinate it all? Why was Claire acting so nonchalant and calm? Why did she leave Aaron behind, alone in the jungle? My feelings are that to the other survivors Claire has just disappeared, leaving baby Aaron behind and this results in Kate taking him off the Island with her and subsequently looking after him. My first thought on that was Claire died as a result of Keamy and his team but my newest theory seems more plausible now.
We also saw a flashback of Locke through pretty much his whole life, from birth to the time on the Island. As it turns out he seemed to be "special" from a very young age evidenced strongly by Richard Alper appearing at his birth and visiting him in his childhood. He asks Locke to pick, out of the items that he has in his bag, the one that already "belongs" to him. After Locke chooses a knife from the items on the table, Richard seems disappointed and abruptly leaves. The question that has been on everyone's mind ever since mid-season three is how does Richard appear to not age? Is it the idea that the original natives of the Island, of which Richard is one, do not age because of some kind of cellular regeneration? Or is it a more implausible time travel thing? I think it's more than likely the former.
Doing only what it seems he can, Frank packs a kit before boarding the helicopter to take Keamy and his team back to the Island, a kit which includes a SAT phone. Once flying over the Island, Frank throws the pack over and onto the beach next to Jack and the rest of the group, presumably unbeknownst to Keamy, which signifies two things: that Keamy does indeed mean to kill them and they now have an advantage and that Frank is one of "the good guys".
What I Didn't Like
This was a very solid episode; nothing much really stands out as being a major problem with it. I guess I would have preferred to have seen a bit more of Sayid and Desmond, as in this episode they were very minor, but we've seen enough. We did see Sayid heading back to the Island on a small boat, without Desmond after he says he nevers wants to set foot there again, and we know Sayid will do all he can to help the other survivors. Next episode, which is part one of the finale, is sure to be one of the best to date.