"Deus Ex Machina" is the nineteenth episode of Season 1 of Lost. After a mysterious dream, Locke sets out with Boone to find a crashed Beechcraft, in the hope it will lead him further on his quest to open the hatch. Meanwhile, at the beach, Sawyer begins to suffer from severe headaches. Flashbacks in this episode concentrate on Locke's first meeting with his biological mother and father.
About ten years before the crash, a younger Locke works in a discount superstore. He demonstrates the children's game Mouse Trap to a boy, saying it was his favorite game and that he used to play it with his "brother." A mysterious older woman appears to be watching him in the store. When Locke approaches her, she asks him where the footballs are.
Later Locke sees her in the parking lot. He starts to chase her and is knocked over by a car. Locke gets back up, catches her, and confronts her. She reveals that she is his birth mother, Emily Annabeth Locke. John inquires about his natural father, but she tells him that he has no father, and that he was "immaculately conceived" (a common misuse of the term).
Locke hires a private investigator, Frainey, to find information on his father and mother. The investigators tell him that his mother has been committed in the past because she had schizophrenia. She was admitted several times to the Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute. When Locke asks about his father, Frainey is hesitant. He says these things are not meant to be and gives Locke a choice to find his father or not. Locke says he wants to meet his father, and the private investigator gives him the address of his father, Anthony Cooper. Locke goes to his father's affluent home, where he is admitted and welcomed. Cooper claims that he did not know he had a son because Emily told him she was not going to have a baby. Cooper claims he found out about Locke a year later, when Emily asked him for more money.
Cooper appears to take Locke under his wing, taking him hunting several times. Arriving early one day, Locke sees that his father is on dialysis. Cooper mentions that he will need a kidney transplant, but is pessimistic about his chances on the waiting list. Locke volunteers to give his father one of his kidneys. Just before the kidney transplant, Locke says that "this was meant to be", and Cooper tells his son that he will see him after the operation.
After the transplant, Locke wakes up in the hospital to find that his father has gone home for private care. His mother appears and reveals that his father concocted a scheme to convince Locke to give up his kidney. Locke pulls himself out of the hospital bed, and drives to his father's home, where the once-friendly guard is not allowed to let him inside. Locke drives away at the guard's pained insistence, and screams at the betrayal.
Meanwhile, Sawyer is having increasingly painful headaches, which are not helped by Sun's herbal remedies. He refuses to tell Kate of his problem, so Sun tells Kate Sawyer's problem. Kate goes to Jack to ask for his advice, but once learning he has to help Sawyer, he claims he will get nothing out of it, except for a snappy line and maybe even a nickname. Kate convinces Sawyer to accept Jack's medical assistance. Although hesitant at first, Kate convinces Jack to try and get Sawyer a cure for his headaches.
Before seeing Sawyer, Jack talks to Michael, who says that the burning of the raft was not a total loss, because it saved him from trial and error. Michael then tries to communicate with Jin who is also working on the raft. Michael appears to be unsuccessful at this.
After a brief examination, Jack asks Sawyer a series of embarrassing questions regarding his sexual past, such as his experiences with prostitutes, if he has ever contracted an STD and when was his last outbreak. Jack then reveals that Sawyer is just suffering from farsightedness and Sayid melts together the halves of two pairs of glasses for him to wear.
Locke and Boone continue working on opening the Hatch. Boone at first claims to know nothing of the self-built trebuchet they have, and that they have been going to the Hatch for two weeks, and Locke never talks about himself. Locke replies that his past would bore Boone. They attempt to break the glass on the metal door, but the attempt fails. Locke, angry it didn't work, is unaware that a broken shard has lodged itself in one of his legs, until Boone tells him; he later discovers he has no feeling in his feet or legs. Locke claims the trebuchet was not strong enough to break open the Hatch. When asked about how they will open the Hatch, he tells Boone that the Island will send them a sign.
Boone starts to complain about Locke's obsessiveness on getting in the hatch, saying they can't do it, leading Locke to claim that Boone cannot tell him what he can or cannot do. Boone repeats Locke's previous claims about their destiny, on how they were supposed to find and open the hatch, and says if they are supposed to, how come it is not open. Locke says the Island will give them a sign, and when Boone questions his statement, they both see a small aircraft crashing into the jungle. Locke sees an image of his mother pointing in that direction, and finds himself in a wheelchair again. It turns out to be a dream, which concludes with Boone, covered in blood, repeating the phrase "Theresa falls up the stairs; Theresa falls down the stairs." Locke wakes up, waking Boone up too, saying they have to go.
Later that day, Locke describes the vision he had, claiming it felt real. He claims he knows where to go now, and that what they'll find will open the hatch. Boone suspects Locke has used the creme he gave Boone, but Locke asks Boone who is Theresa, and Boone doesn't understand how Locke knows about her. Locke says he himself doesn't know, and urges him to keep going. Boone says he probably mentioned Theresa before, to which Locke disagrees. Locke suddenly falls, alarming Boone. Locke keeps saying he is fine, and suddenly finds a rosary on the ground. Boone theorizes someone from camp hiked all the way to where they are, but Locke debunks his theory, pulls a vine which causes a dead body to fall from a tree.
Locke insists that they have to locate the plane, which is eventually found hanging in the trees. Boone and Locke investigate the corpse, and discover it's from Nigeria, wearing a priest's clothes, with a large amount of money and a golden tooth. Locke says it's probably been on the Island for two to ten years. Boone wonders why a Nigerian priest would be on an Island in the South Pacific, when Locke finds a gun on him, coming to the realization he wasn't a priest.
While trekking, Boone notices that John's left leg, the one that wasn't hurt, can barely walk. Suddenly Locke completely falls, and refuses to go to Jack, claiming Jack wouldn't know what happened. Boone asks Locke if he's crazy, driving Locke to tell Boone he was in a wheelchair for 4 years before the crash. When asked about how he got into a wheelchair, Locke says it doesn't matter anymore, as the Island healed him, but now it's trying to take it back, and it wants Locke to follow what he saw. He explains that he believes that whatever is in the plane will help them get into the hatch. Boone understands, and Locke asks him to help him up.
While resting, Boone explains to Locke that Theresa was his nanny, who he kept calling up to his room, which was on top of a high flight of stairs. He used to call her up and down for no reason, until one day she fell down and broke her neck, when Boone was six. Locke starts to laugh, much to Boone's anger, but it is soon discovered that Locke sees the plane he saw in his dream, stuck in a tree. Locke tells Boone to go up there, and find out what's inside the plane.
Boone climbs into the plane, and discovers the plane contains Virgin Mary statues filled with heroin, flown by drug smugglers under the guise of Nigerian missionaries. He throws one of the statues down to Locke, proving him the plane meant nothing. Boone sees a radio, which surprisingly still works, and subsequently makes contact with another person. Boone says that they are the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815. After a brief pause, the other person responds, saying "We're survivors of flight 815." Just then, the plane falls out of the tree and crashes to the ground with Boone inside. Locke hoists a badly injured Boone on his shoulders, and returns to the camp.
Locke makes his way back to the caves with Boone, saying that he fell from a cliff while they were hunting. Jack springs into action, but Locke disappears into the jungle, returning to the Hatch. He yells and screams in anguish, asking the Island what else does he have to do. As he bangs his hands on the door, a light comes on inside the structure, and then turns off.
|Recurring themes in Lost|
|Black and white • Car accidents • Character connections • Deceptions and cons • Dreams • Eyes • Fate versus free will • Good and bad people • Imprisonment • Isolation • Life and death • Missing body parts • Nicknames • The Numbers • Parent issues • Pregnancies • Rain • Rebirth • Redemption • Relationships • Revenge • Sacrifice • Secrets • Time|
|Cultural references in Lost
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|Art • Books • Cars • Games • Movies and TV • Music • Philosophy • Religion and ideologies • Science|
|Literary techniques in Lost|
|Comparative: Irony • Juxtaposition • Foreshadowing Plotting: Cliffhanger • Plot twist Stock Characters: Archetype • Redshirt • Unseen character
Story: Flashbacks • Flash-forwards • Flash-sideways • Regularly spoken phrases • Symbolism • Unreliable narrator
|Storyline analysis in Lost|
|A-Missions • Crimes • Economics • Leadership • O-Missions • Relationships • F-Missions • Rivalries|
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|"Deus Ex Machina"|
|Original post date:||July 1, 2009|
|Previous episode:||"Lost Planet of the Gods"|
A mysterious threat has seemingly appeared out of the future and now threatens to turn the tides of the war with the Romulan Empire against the Federation. Beliskner is on the verge of sacrificing itself to stop the threat.
This episode was co-written with CaptainGMAN.
The term deus ex machina (appropriately enough, meaning "the god from the machine" in Greek) is used to refer to a plot device in which a surprising or unexpected event occurs in a story's plot, often to resolve flaws or tie up loose ends in the narrative. In classical Greek theatre, this often involved an actor representing a god whose powers saved the day, being suspended above the stage by a crane, hence the origin of the term. However, when used in Transformers, it's mainly a new character coming out of nowhere and kicking everyones ass (often used to promote a new toy); when a dead character comes back for some reason; or gets a new body (again, to sell toys). Sometimes, however, it's just conveniently used accesories.
|Deus Ex Machina|
|English:||Deus Ex Machina|
|Card Lore:||1 Machine-Type monster + any number of Machine-Type monster(s). This card's original ATK and DEF is equal to the combined Levels of the monsters used for the Fusion Summon of this card x 300.|
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