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Deus Ex Machina 

Locke thinks he knows how to get the hatch open, and he and Boone venture inland. Jack is reluctant to help Sawyer get glasses.

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Robert Mandel

Writers:

Jeffrey Lieber (created by), J.J. Abrams (created by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Naveen Andrews ... Sayid Jarrah
Emilie de Ravin ... Claire Littleton (credit only)
Matthew Fox ... Dr. Jack Shephard
Jorge Garcia ... Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes
Maggie Grace ... Shannon Rutherford (credit only)
Josh Holloway ... James 'Sawyer' Ford
Malcolm David Kelley ... Walter 'Walt' Lloyd (credit only)
Daniel Dae Kim ... Jin-Soo Kwon
Yunjin Kim ... Sun-Hwa Kwon
Evangeline Lilly ... Katherine 'Kate' Austen
Dominic Monaghan ... Charlie Pace (credit only)
Terry O'Quinn ... John Locke
Harold Perrineau ... Michael Dawson
Ian Somerhalder ... Boone Carlyle
Swoosie Kurtz ... Emily Locke
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Storyline

Locke and Boone build a trebuchet in an attempt to open the hatch, but Locke is injured when the trebuchet fails. Literally following a hallucination, Locke and Boone discover a small plane crashed high in a tree. Sawyer, suffering from severe headaches, is forced to turn to Jack for help. Written by Lynne Boris Johnston

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hatch | tree | headache | plane | dialysis | See All (21) »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Korean

Release Date:

30 March 2005 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

O'ahu, Hawaii, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Locke's Mother spent time in the Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute. This is where Hurley was a resident previously. See more »

Goofs

Locke's mother describes him as being "immaculately conceived" because he has no father. However, the doctrine of immaculate conception does not refer to the virgin birth of Jesus (when Mary conceived Jesus without the aid of Joseph), but to the birth of Mary because Mary herself was free from original sin when she was conceived. "Immaculate" literally means "without stain", which in Christianity refers to original or ancestral sin with which all people are born. See more »

Quotes

Jack: [Sawyer has been complaining about headaches; Jack is having a little fun with him while conducting an eye exam] Have you ever had sex with a prostitute?
Sawyer: What the hell's that got to do with anything?
Jack: Is that a yes?
Sawyer: [begrudgingly] Yes.
Jack: Have you ever contracted a sexually transmitted disease?
Jack: [Sawyer glares at him] I'll take that as another "yes". When was the last outbreak?
Sawyer: Go to hell, Doc.
Kate: [Sawyer leaves] I know he deserved it, but...
Jack: He needs glasses.
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Written by Michael Giacchino
Performed by The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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A Season 1 standout
9 January 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

When 'Lost' was in its prime, it was must-watch television. Remember first watching it, found it remarkably easy to get into, was hooked from the start and was on Season 3 by the end of one week. The general consensus is that the final season is a disappointment and cannot disagree.

Have always considered "Deus Ex Machina" as one of my favourite episodes of the first season, which still stands, and is demonstrative of why Locke is one of my favourite, and one of the most interesting, 'Lost' characters. Even when 'Lost' declined, Locke and Terry O'Quinn's acting certainly did not and were among the main reasons why the show was stuck with. It may not be quite on the same level as "Walkabout" as far as Locke episodes go, but this is something that is an incredibly tough act to follow. There is an awful lot to like about "Deus Ex Machina" and it is not just Locke, though he does play a big part in why.

The acting of Terry O'Quinn can't be faulted. Neither can Ian Somerhalder, with Boone given some of his most interesting material yet, more so than "Hearts and Minds". They work so well together and their chemistry/rapport is one of the most well done of the first season. Kevin Tighe is terrifying, Anthony being everything that Ethan should have been in his final appearance in "Homecoming" four episodes before.

Sawyer's/Jack's subplot is written well and doesn't distract from the main plot. Josh Holloway does a great job here. Speaking of the main plot, the whole business with the hatch finally feels like it is properly going somewhere and the island events and mysteries being advanced. The drug plane dream sequence is indeed memorable.

Locke's flashbacks may not be the most original on 'Lost', can understand somewhat the criticism of it being derivative. It is however very interesting, well written and acted, actually adding to Locke's character rather than reiterating what we already know (like Charlie in "Homecoming") and does not distract from the main story.

Visually, "Deus Ex Machina" is slickly shot and makes the most of the beautiful but mysterious island. The direction is skilful in one of the season's better directed episodes, succeeding in getting the best out of the story's themes. Writing is smart and taut. The music is understated yet chilling.

Overall, outstanding and a season standout. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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