Deus Ex Machina refers to a sudden change or “solution” to a story. In LOTR and the Hobbit it was the sudden (and totally unexpected appearance) of the Eagles that turned the battle to the side of the heroes. It refers to Greek theater when a crane was used to lower a character into the set. The character came in like a god, therefore Deus Ex Machina translates to “god from the machine”.
In this episode the sudden appearance of a light coming out the hatch may be the Deus Ex Machina.
Thoughts and Observations:
The Mousetrap made me think of FakeLocke’s plan to get Jacob. Wait to your opponent lands on the cheese and then spring the trap.
Speaking of Numbers the regular footballs are in aisle 8 and nerf in aisle 15 (flight 815).
What’s up with his leg getting injured but he can’t feel it or even burn it.
This is the first time we hear Locke mention that he is being led by the island. Boone is freaked.
Locke is given a red folder and drives a red car to Cooper’s house. Red is usually a sign that the character is going to die. Boone dies soon after holding a red shirt.
In a dream Locke sees a bloody Boone, the Nigerian drug plane, his mom pointing up, and Locke in a wheelchair. Boone also mentions Theresa goes up the stairs and goes down the stairs. The only other Theresa on the show is Dan’s girlfriend who we last saw in a coma.
Sawyer mentions his dead Uncle, the same one who tells him not to write the revenge letter to the real Sawyer, who just so happens to be in this episode, Cooper.
Locke freaks out and bangs on the hatch after sending Boone off a cliff. The hatch lights up, but how? We find out in Season 2