Lost: Season 2, Episode 17

Lockdown (29 Mar. 2006)

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When the hatch suddenly takes on a life of its own, Locke is trapped alone in the bunker and is forced to enlist the help of an unlikely ally: the captive Henry Gale to try to free him. Meanwhile, Jack faces off against Sawyer in a series of card games for supplies. Also, Ana Lucia, Sayid and Charlie find out the truth about Henry in the jungle.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mr. Eko (credit only)
Jin Kwon (credit only)
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Michael Dawson (credit only)


While alone in the hatch with Henry Gale, all the openings shutdown and John Locke becomes trapped in a room with him. He releases Henry to help him to open the hydraulic door, and he supports it with a tool box. When John tries to passes below the door, the box collapses and his legs are secured by the guillotine door. Locke recalls his former relationship with Helen and how his estranged con-artist father Anthony Cooper, returned to ask Locke for a favor. In the mist of all this, Henry tries to reach the computer through the ventilation duct. Meanwhile, Jack faces off against Sawyer in a card game on the beach over some food supplies. Also, Ana Lucia, Sayid and Charlie find the truth about Henry in the jungle and return to the camp. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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There was an unaired flashback scene cut from this episode. In it Father Chuck asks Locke about his father as he walks down the cemetery with Locke and Helen. This scene appears on the Series 2 DVD. See more »


At the funeral, Helen is sitting at Locke's left during the entire service, but as he looks towards the man with the lawnmower, she is sitting at his right (flipped shot). See more »


[Talking about the poker stakes they had played earlier]
James "Sawyer" Ford: Hey, when I asked you what you wanted for stakes, why didn't you ask for the guns?
Dr. Jack Shephard: When I need the guns, I'll get the guns.
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Superb in dealing with both character and mythology
11 October 2008 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

"Lockdown" is definitely a well-liked episode, but is rarely the first (or second, or third) episode to be talked about when discussions of Locke flashbacks occur, and I actually think it's one of the best Locke flashbacks, on par with "Orientation" although not as good as "Walkabout" and "The Man From Tallahassee". Like "Orientation" it balances an excellent flashback dealing primarily with Locke's relationship with Helen and with his father with a heavy dose of iconic, memorable mythology for us geeks out there.

It's not quite as mythology-heavy as "Orientation", nor as revelatory, but it still gave us the blast door map, confirmed that Henry Gale was not who he said he was, featured a 'new' food drop, and just had this excellent plot with the lockdown in the hatch. The other on-island scenes deal primarily with Jack playing poker with Sawyer over the medication he stole. Thank heavens this was a Carlton Cuse/Damon Lindelof script because just thinking about what Liz Sarnoff would have done with that plot idea (turned it into a love triangle thing) is quite horrifying, but it turns out quite well here, and is completely consistent with both characters' previous behavior. Even the obligatory Jack and Kate romance moment towards the end of the episode is surprisingly sweet, real, and slightly awkward, replacing what we usually see from such scenes, which is this TV sort of soap-opera romance. It's a good throwback to what the Jack and Kate relationship felt like in season one, at least in some of the better episodes.

The episode is brilliantly directed by Stephen Williams and is also shot extremely well by Michael Bonvillain, particularly during the hatch scenes, and especially the blast door map scene. There's an especially gorgeous shot of Locke's eye with the map's reflection in it. Aside from the mobster angle in the flashback, which felt a little forced, "Lockdown" is pretty much a perfect episode and a lot of fun.


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