Season: 4, Episodes: 3, Faction: Mercenaries
Mayhew was a member of the mercenary team who died after being attacked by the Monster during the battle at the Barracks.
On the Island/freighter (Days 97-98)
4×08 – Meet Kevin Johnson
Mayhew was a member aboard the Kahana. Upon reaching the Island, he left on a helicopter piloted by Frank Lapidus to reach the Island. Upon getting there, he was part of the team that killed Karl and Rousseau and kidnapped Alex. (“Meet Kevin Johnson”)
4×09 – The Shape of Things to Come
Mayhew traveled with the mercenaries to the sonar fence and forced Alex to deactivate it. They then invaded the Barracks, killing Doug, a blonde woman, and Jerome, as well as nearly killing Claire when they blew up her house. Mayhew and the other mercenaries then looked on as Keamy and Ben negotiated over Alex, which ended in Alex’s death. It is unknown exactly which role Mayhew took in these affairs, only that he was present.
Sometime that night, Ben called upon the Monster to attack the mercenaries in the jungle. Mayhew was then seen running from the Monster out of the jungle, but was seized by the Monster. He attempted to shoot the Monster but he was dragged back into the fray. Mayhew was then picked up by the Monster and thrown fifty feet in the air, ripping his guts out. (“The Shape of Things to Come”)
4×10 – Something Nice Back Home
A severely wounded Mayhew was later seen being assisted by Lacour, along with other mercenaries to the helicopter when they were met by Frank, who convinced them to leave as soon as possible. They then continued on to the helicopter, where they headed back to the freighter. (“Something Nice Back Home”)
4×11 – Cabin Fever
Mayhew was taken out of the helicopter on the freighter, almost dead. The doctor asked what happened to Mayhew, and Keamy described the Monster’s attack. Keamy expressed concern for Mayhew, making sure that he was lifted out of the helicopter carefully. Despite the doctor’s best efforts, Mayhew died. His corpse was then seen being carried away by two crew members, leading Sayid and Desmond to wonder what killed him. (“Cabin Fever”)
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Peter Mayhew (born 19 May 1944) is an American-English actor known for playing the Wookiee Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies. His peak height was 7 feet 3 inches (2.21 m) tall.
Chewbacca (Wookie – Star Wars)
Wookiees are a race of bipeds in the fictional Star Wars universe. The most notable Wookiee is Chewbacca, a companion to Han Solo. Adult Wookiees are typically taller than most humans, averaging 2.1 meters (6’11”) They possess enormous strength; Solo states that his friend Chewbacca can pull a man’s arms out of his sockets if angered, and in books and comics no humanoid species is shown to equal a Wookiee in pure strength.
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Alcyoneus or Alkyoneus was the eldest of the Thracian Gigantes of Greek mythology. He was born (like all other Gigantes, sons of Gaia) in full armor with a spear in his hand. He was the most prominent of the Gigantes who led a major rebellion against the Olympian Gods, and was said to be immortal in his homeland, Pallene.
Alcyoneus was in possession of the Isthmus of Corinth at the time when Heracles drove away the oxen of Geryon. The giant attacked him, crushed twelve wagons and twenty-four of the men of Heracles with a huge block of stone. Heracles himself warded off the stone with his club and slew Alcyoneus. The block with which the giant had attacked Heracles was shown on the isthmus down to a very late period. In another passage Pindar calls Alcyoneus a Thracian shepherd, and places the struggle with him in the Phlegraean plains.
According to Pseudo-Apollodorus, Heracles sneaked up on Alcyoneus and wounded him, although the giant did not die until Heracles dragged him out of his homeland, Pallene.
His seven daughters are the Alkyonides.
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Cronus secured his power by re-imprisoning or refusing to free his siblings, the Hecatonchires and Cyclopes, and his (newly-created) siblings the Giants in Tartarus. Afterwards, Cronus and his Titans lost the battle to his son Zeus.
Gaia, incensed by the imprisonment of the Titans in Tartarus by the Olympians, incited the Giants to rise up in arms against them, end their reign, and restore the Titans’ rule. Led on by Alcyoneus and Porphyrion, they tested the strength of the Olympians in what is known as the Gigantomachia or Gigantomachy. The Giants Otus and Ephialtes hoped to reach the top of Mount Olympus by stacking the mountain ranges of Thessaly, Pelion, and Ossa, on top of each other.
The Olympians called upon the aid of Heracles after a prophecy warned them that he was required to defeat the Giants. Athena, instructed by Zeus, sought out Heracles and requested his aid in the battle. Heracles responded to Athena’s request by shooting an arrow dipped in the poisonous blood of the dreaded Hydra at Alcyoneus, which made the Giant fall to the earth. However, the Giant was immortal so long as he remained in Pallene. Athena advised Heracles to drag Alcyoneus outside Pallene to make the Giant susceptible to death. Once outside Pallene, he was beaten to death by Heracles. Heracles slew not only Alcyoneus, but dealt the death blow to the Giants who had been wounded by the Olympians. The Giants who died by the hero’s hands were Alcyoneus, Damysos, Ephialtes, Leon, Peloreus, Porphyrion and Theodamas, giving Heracles the most kills of the Gigantomachy.
The Olympians fought the Giants with the Moirae aiding them before the aforementioned prophecy was made, meaning the Giants would have overcome the combined efforts of both Olympus and the Sisters of Fate had Heracles not fought.
“Power is latent violence, which must have been manifested at least in some mythological once-upon-a-time. Superiority is guaranteed only by defeated inferiors,” Walter Burkert remarked of the Gigantomachy.
This battle parallels the Titanomachy, a fierce struggle between the upstart Olympians and their older predecessors, the Titans (who lost the battle). In the Gigantomachy, however, the Olympians were already in power when the Giants rose to challenge them. With the aid of their powerful weapons, the Moirae and Heracles, the Olympians defeated the Giants and quelled the rebellion, confirming their reign over the earth, sea, and heaven, and confining the Giants into Tartarus. The only Giant not slain in the conflict was Aristaios, who was turned into a dung beetle by Gaia so the Giant might be safe from the wrath of the Olympians.
Whether the Gigantomachy was interpreted in ancient times as a kind of indirect “revenge of the Titans” upon the Olympians — as the Giants’ reign would have been in some fashion a restoration of the age of the Titans — is not attested in any of the few literary references. Later Hellenistic poets and Latin ones tended to blur Titans and Giants.
According to the Greeks, the Giants were buried by the gods beneath the earth, where their writhing caused volcanic activity and earthquakes.
In iconic representations the Gigantomachy was a favorite theme of the Greek vase-painters of the 5th century BC.
More impressive depictions of the Gigantomachy can be found in classical sculptural relief, such as the great altar of Pergamon, where the serpent-legged giants are locked in battle with a host of gods, or in Antiquity at the Temple of Olympian Zeus at Acragas.