Season: 4, Episodes: 1, Faction: Freighter
Jeff was a Mechanic aboard the freighter Kahana.
On the freighter
4×08 – Meet Kevin Johnson
Sayid and Desmond discovered Michael in the engine room, where he was working with Jeff to fix the engines. Soon after Sayid and Desmond entered the engine room, Michael sent Jeff to fetch a pressure valve from the supply room. Jeff did not witness Michael’s retelling of the circumstances that led to his being aboard the freighter. (“Meet Kevin Johnson”)
Jeff presumably was killed when the Kahana blew up as a result of Keamy’s death. (“There’s No Place Like Home, Part 2”)
In daily life, most noticeable are plumbing valves, such as taps for tap water. Other familiar examples include gas control valves on cookers, small valves fitted to washing machines and dishwashers, safety devices fitted to hot water systems, and valves in car engines.
In nature, veins acting as valves are controlling the blood circulation; heart valves control the flow of blood in the chambers of the heart and maintain the correct pumping action.
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In the Cretan tales incorporated into Greek mythology, Talos or Talon was a giant man of bronze who protected Europa in Crete from pirates and invaders by circling the island’s shores three times daily while guarding it.
According to Brian Sparkes “The most detailed treatment in literature is to be found in the Argonautica… however, we have detailed images of the episode, 150 years earlier, dated to around 400 BC.”
Narratives and meaning
In the Cretan dialect, talôs was the equivalent of the Greek hêlios, the sun: the lexicon of Hesychius of Alexandria notes simply “Talos is the sun”. In Crete Zeus was worshipped as Zeus Tallaios, “Solar Zeus”, absorbing the earlier god as an epithet in the familiar sequence. The god was identified with the Tallaia, a spur of the Ida range in Crete. On the coin from Phaistos (illustration) he is winged; in Greek vase-paintings and Etruscan bronze mirrors he is not. The ideas of Talos vary widely, with one consistent detail: in Greek imagery outside Crete, Talos is always being vanquished: he seems to have been an enigmatic figure to the Greeks themselves.
Talos is described by Greeks as either a gift from Hephaestus to Minos, forged with the aid of the Cyclopes in the form of a bull or a gift from Zeus to Europa. Or he may have been the son of Kres, the personification of Crete; In Argonautica Talos threw rocks at any approaching ship to protect his island. In the Byzantine encyclopia The Suda, Talos is said, when the Sardinians did not wish to release him to Minos, to have heated himself red-hot by jumping into a fire and to have clasped them in his embrace.
Talos had one vein, which went from his neck to his ankle, bound shut by only one bronze nail. The Argo, transporting Jason and the Argonauts, approached Crete after obtaining the Golden Fleece. As guardian of the island, Talos kept the Argo at bay by hurling great boulders at it. According to the pseudo-Apollodorus’ Bibliotheke, Talos was slain either when Medea the sorceress drove him mad with drugs, or deceived him into believing that she would make him immortal by removing the nail. In Argonautica, Medea hypnotized him from the Argo, driving him mad with the keres she raised, so that he dislodged the nail, and “the ichor ran out of him like molten lead”, exsanguinating and killing him. Peter Green, translator of Argonautica, notes that the story is somewhat reminiscent of the story regarding the heel of Achilles.
In Argonautica, Apollonius notes that the ichor ran out like melted lead. A.B. Cook first suggested that the single vein closed by a nail or plug referred to the lost-wax method of casting; Robert Graves (whose interpretation of Greek mythology is controversial among many scholars) suggests that this myth is based on a misinterpretation of an image of Athena demonstrating the process of lost-wax casting of steel, which Daedalus would have brought to Sardinia.
Students of Erich von Daniken and other “ancient astronaut theorists” speculate that Talos may in fact have been a kind of extraterrestrial weapon or flying machine.