View Full Version : What did Locke do before the accident?
11-30-2004, 11:44 AM
So in walkabout we saw that Locke had a miserable job that he didn't enjoy at all. We also know that he had an accident that caused him to lose the use of his legs. Lets start with the assumption that Locke only took the deskjob he hated after the accident and was doing something more fulfilling before. (this would just fit with the rest of the story)
So we know that Locke was never part of the military because his Boss told us so. Anyone have any theories on what Locke did for a living before the accident? It would probably have to be something somewhat active that he couldn't do while in a wheelchair. I think it would be a career that would easily crossover into the pasts of other characters. I will go ahead and guess he was a cop with absolutely nothing else at all to back that up. Anyone else see any hints as to what he might have been before he was confined to a wheelchair?
11-30-2004, 02:53 PM
Do we know Locke was involved in an accident? Could it have been disease or violence that caused damage? From the evidence that we have about his physical therapy I don't know what we can know about the cause. Has there been any evidence that the job from hell was new? Other than his boss's assinine (and illegal) reference to reading his file, we really don't know much about that job. It could have been that the boss was new and threatened by Locke's age and ability to get along. If I had to guess at a job for Locke I'd lean towards teaching. He's always looking to educate and share information. Cops aren't like that.
11-30-2004, 03:56 PM
Plenty of cops spend time teaching kids about safety with guns and such. Community relations is part of many a policeman's work. I grew up with cops around.
Locke may well have been a desk jockey most of his life. I know plenty of guys who rarely do anything exciting but still dream of it and even plan for it. From his attitude he could have decided after loosing the use of his legs that he would not wait or live vicariously anymore.
His anger at being refuse could be because he had finally decided to risk and now he was being denied. His anger would be for his own timidity from the past as well as being blocked from his dream in the present.
11-30-2004, 04:23 PM
What did Locke do before the accident?
12-01-2004, 09:11 PM
Either he has some experience hunting, and general outdoors survival techniques, or, the more likely scenario, was confined to his wheelchair and spent his time on phone sex hotlines and researching everything he could possibly need to know to survive on his walkabout.
01-03-2005, 09:45 AM
So we know that Locke was never part of the military because his Boss told us so.
I think Locke was in the military, but didnt put it on his job application therefore his boss did not know about it. Kates dad was in the military, apparently stationed at a place that is a type of special forces, and possibly secret. Maybe Locke has the same military history as well.
01-03-2005, 05:26 PM
>:( Why does everyone assume Helen was a phone sex operator? That drives me. Could it be possible that she was a telephone operator for a Medical center? Those do exist. I did that before. Sometimes people are just lonely and they call to chat. We can't stay on those calls long, but they do occur.
And I think Locke was a milk man. :D
01-03-2005, 05:58 PM
If Locke is in some sort of help to get a job, perhaps his boss is jealous of that. His boss had to go to work to get his butt where it is today, but Locke got in through a program. Maybe he resents it and that's why he picks on Locke. (get it pick, Locke?...nevermind). :lol2:
I think Locke was in an accident. I think it had something to do with a fall. Maybe from a high point. But you can see this clearly when he goes boar hunting with Kate and Michael. When Kate and Locke go down, he's scared to get up in case he can't.
01-03-2005, 07:27 PM
>:(* Why does everyone assume Helen was a phone sex operator?* That drives me.* Could it be possible that she was a telephone operator for a Medical center?* Those do exist.* I did that before.* Sometimes people are just lonely and they call to chat.* We can't stay on those calls long, but they do occur.*
Kella, um, did you charge by the hour? Helen calls him a customer and says she will have to charge him another $89.95 for another hour.
Operators wish they could make money like that. :lol2:
01-03-2005, 07:31 PM
Nothing secret about Ft. Lewis, Washington & the battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment that is stationed there. There's also some Special Ops & Special Forces that spend a great deal of time there. Notice it's "special", not "secret". While the actual missions that they do are often confidential, just as the sniper platoon that I was with has never "officially" been in any given area, only "somewhere in the world", the existence of them, the personnel that belong to them, & the general area they are serving in is far from being any type of secret.
Did you ever hear of anybody except a phone-sex operator telling their "customer" that they were going to have to charge him another $89.95/hour?? I think Helen's job is the one thing that we DO know about Lost.
01-03-2005, 07:46 PM
You think psychic lines would not charge the same way?
01-03-2005, 07:57 PM
You'd think they'd round off the number to $90 just to help adding up ::)
She said you need a theapist or something. Her job may have been in the medical profession. Time spent in front of the person goes the same for on the phone. If he's got insurance they would get it out of that. He didn't seem poor, I mean he bought 2 plane tickets.
01-03-2005, 08:05 PM
Helen said he couldn't really afford another hour. Doesn't sound like insurance was covering anything.
People have been known to go into debt for vacations. That goes double for someone seeking his destiny.
Helen's comment about not meeting customers and "this is not what I do" makes medical help unlikely. I'm more likely to go with the psychic as an alternate possibility.
01-03-2005, 08:21 PM
Hmmmmm! Although I still think Helen was a phone sex operator, I'd never even thought about the possibility of her being something else altogether....though the fact that he developed romantic feelings for her seems toback up the phone sex idea, because I think any guy would be more inclined to get a crush on a sexy voice on the line than that of a psychic...but hey, Locke's an interesting character! Who knows?
On those lines...let's say she IS a psychic. Of course she wouldn't want to come on the trip with him! HE'S DOOMED! Sweet Jebus!
01-03-2005, 08:22 PM
I've watched the ep about seven times and its never suggested anything other than a Phone Sex operator to me.
01-03-2005, 11:55 PM
I don't think he was in the military. The boss made the comment about not seeing any service in his records because Locke calls himself the general. I think Locke wishes he could've been in the miltary, but was unable. I think he might have been in a wheelchair because of a degenerative disease, something that he hopes or believes there will one day be a cure for, which is why he uses the biofeedback machine (or whatever it was) on his legs. (although people who are paralyzed through injury do this too, and it could be from an accident) I think if Locke had actually been living his dreams before he was in the chair, he'd be less mousy at his job. Stand up for himself more. Like he told Helen, he told his boss off for the first time that day.
01-04-2005, 11:16 AM
When she said she doesn't meet customers, I just put it down to she doesn't meet them, unless she is booked or charged on the phone. She doesn't meet them for personal engagements.
01-04-2005, 03:58 PM
Who else, besides a phone sex operator, would charge for phone conversation, especially 89.99 an hour!!! Considering he became so angry with her, I imagine she is not a shrink either.
01-16-2005, 04:57 PM
Who else, besides a phone sex operator, would charge for phone conversation, especially 89.99 an hour!!!
A lawyer or a CPA.* :lol2: :lol2:
01-24-2005, 03:36 PM
A lawyer or a CPA. :lol2: :lol2:
Yes, but its not against the rules for them to meet clients.
01-24-2005, 04:23 PM
Darn I forgot that!
Here's a weird thought I had when he said 'box' company - I immediately thought 'coffins'.
01-27-2005, 09:25 PM
Hopefully, Locke wouldn't fall in love with his "psychic friend", I would lean toward phone sex or phone companion. Also, it would be fun if he was a former CIA or "black ops" type. It would even be cool if he was in the witness protection program.
01-28-2005, 08:34 PM
Here's my theory about Locke--I think Locke was in the witness protection program. See the link below:
02-03-2005, 09:34 AM
Welshmuse, thanks for the link. Excellent thoughts and I agree 100%.