Season: 4, Episodes: 7, Faction: Mercenaries
Redfern was a member of the mercenary team sent by Charles Widmore to the Island aboard the freighter Kahana to capture Benjamin Linus and kill the Island’s other inhabitants.
On the Island/freighter (Days 97-100)
4×08 – Meet Kevin Johnson
Once the freighter located the Island, Redfern and five other members of the mercenary team left on a helicopter piloted by Frank Lapidus. Upon reaching the Island, Redfern and the team killed Karl and Rousseau and kidnapped Alex. (“Meet Kevin Johnson”)
4×09 – The Shape of Things to Come
Redfern traveled with the mercenaries to the sonar fence, which was deactivated by Alex. They then invaded the Barracks and destroyed Claire’s house. Redfern shot Doug first, and then two other redshirts were shot by other mercenaries. Redfern along with the mercenary team then looked on as Keamy and Ben negotiated over Alex, which ended in Alex’s death. Later that night, Ben summoned the Monster to attack the mercenaries in the jungle near the Barracks. Redfern and the other mercenaries fell back from the Barracks as the Monster attacked them. (“The Shape of Things to Come”)
4×10 – Something Nice Back Home
He later helped to carry injured Mayhew back to the helicopter. (“Something Nice Back Home”)
4×11 – Cabin Fever
Upon the return of the helicopter to the freighter, Redfern helped unload the injured Mayhew. He was also present when Keamy and Captain Gault had a showdown on the freighter, and he witnessed the death of the captain. (“Cabin Fever”)
Redfern patrolled the Orchid station along with Keamy and the other freighter mercenaries, holding a gun to Ben as he surrendered. (“There’s No Place Like Home, Part 1”)
Redfern escorted Keamy and Ben back to the helicopter. When the mercenaries arrived at the helicopter, the group was ambushed by the Others. In the skirmish that ensued, Redfern was hit in the neck with a stun dart, jolting him with a lethal amount of electricity and killing him. (“There’s No Place Like Home, Part 2”)
6×06 – Sundown
In the flash sideways, Redfern worked as Martin Keamy’s henchman, alongside Omar. The two went to Nadia’s house and brought Sayid to a restaurant to speak with Keamy.
After Sayid was brought to Keamy’s restaurant, Sayid and Keamy got into a fight, which culminated in Sayid using Omar as a human shield. Redfern accidentally shot Omar, after which he was shot and killed by Sayid as well. (“Sundown”)
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The name “Redfern” refers to Chad Redfern, Varsity Pitching coach of the Harvard-Westlake High School baseball team in Los Angeles, CA.
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In Greek mythology, Porphyrion was a giant, one of the sons of Uranus and Gaia. After the Olympian gods imprisoned the Titans in Tartarus, Porphyrion was one of twenty-four anguipede giants who made war on Olympus.
During the Giant’s revolt on Olympus, Porphyrion attempted to strangle Hera. An arrow from the bow of Eros inspired Porphyrion with lust for Hera, and he tore her robes and would have forced her, but an enraged Zeus shot him with a thunderbolt. The giant sprang back up from this attack, but Heracles mortally wounded him with an arrow.”
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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.