I was thinking about John Locke's childhood drawing. It has three components. A prone person, a spiral hurricane like cloud, and a scrawl at the base of the cloud.
I may be giving the Misfit's joke about it being a man with big ears and no hair too much credence, or maybe there was never any doubt that this was meant to depict the adult Locke and I was just slow to "get it". I still think this may actually be a depiction of young Locke's vision foretelling his future death.
What what I was pondering this time was that scrawl at the base of the cloud of smoke. It lacks any recognizable detail, so I can understand why some people thought it depicted the plane crash. or it could just as easily be a bonfire. Or a volcano.
What it made me wonder, though, is this: if there's truth to the aphorism "Where there's smoke, there's fire", then when Smokey appears... what burns?
Something physical like the volcano? Something mystical, like a burnt sacrifice used to summon it? Or something spiritual, such as burning souls?
Was young Locke's drawing an image of his death?
And when the Smoke comes, what burns?
Does it have any significance that the person depicted in the drawing has four fingers on each hand?
And was I the only one taken by surprise to learn that the promo tag line "a child left motherless" actually referred to Locke?