I LOVED the Jungle Whispers thread! I keep thinking that if LOST were a movie, vs. a TV show, they'd be able to go much further in the "creep" department than they can now. For instance, with The Sixth Sense, if it had been a 3 year show, HOW MANY PEOPLE would really have liked the ending and been surprised by it? Same as with LOST: if it were a movie, I could believe that the Jungle Whispers were souls that were there to watch over the "lost" souls who came to the island, like angels in Wim Wenders "Wings of Desire" (later done as City of Angels with Nicolas Cage). I would have far more respect for Abrams and Gang if they really went onto a limb and took a decided bizarre edge to this show. What I don't want to happen with LOST is that all the questions we have are explained in common, every day reasons. What a piece of crap if that happens.Originally Posted by cricketeen
Regarding Locke and a psychological reason for his paralysis, I completely buy that. I don't know how long he knew that he was dumped by both his mom and dad (like if he was in foster care his whole life) but as we see him in flashbacks, he's a pretty Walter Mitty-esque person. Mitty, written by James Thurber, is described as "a meek and henpecked husband who daydreams of being a daring surgeon, heroic pilot and dashing naval commander." Locke's nickname is "colonel" (I believe) and his wanker of a boss uses it against him, having gone into his personal records. Once Locke realized he could walk on the island, I truly believe that he felt it was a "miracle" and that he could relive his life, again, the way he always wished he could. No history, no baggage, no preconcieved ideas about one another...they are ALL living lives of Tabula Rasa.
One more point you touched on, cricketeen: If you remember, Locke was desperate to go on a Walkabout, a very spiritual journey, when we met him. I've always been under the belief that when he's yelling at the "island", he's really yelling at G.O.D. More than any survivor that we've met so far, John Locke is the one who's gained the MOST from the island and is the one more willng to take 'leaps of faith than the others. With his conversation to Walt, I doubt that Locke will want to leave the island, if they were indeed rescued. In his case, indeed, THIS man is an island, onto himself.