Season: 5, Episodes: 2, Faction: French Science Team
Lacombe was one of the members of the science expedition that arrived to the Island on a life raft in a storm in 1988.
On the Island (1988)
5×04 – The Little Prince
Soon after the crash of the science expedition’s ship, Lacombe and the rest of the team discovered an unconscious Jin in the waves, a victim of the Kahana explosion and time travel.
He was depicted unloading equipment from the life raft, including Montand’s dripping violin case. (“The Little Prince”)
5×05 – This Place Is Death
As he, his team, and Jin were going to the radio tower, Nadine disappeared, and Robert told him and Brennan to search for her. When the Monster attacked Montand he ran out with the team to help him. Along with Robert and Brennan, he went inside the mysterious ruins. (“This Place Is Death”)
He was found dead on the beach next to Brennan, having been shot in the head by Danielle after being “changed” by the Smoke monster. (“This Place Is Death”)
6×05 – Lighthouse
The name “Lacombe” was number 2 on Jacob’s list of candidates.
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In Greek mythology, Proteus is an early sea-god, one of several deities whom Homer calls the “Old Man of the Sea”, whose name suggests the “first” (from Greek “πρῶτος” – protos, “first”), as protogonos (πρωτόγονος) is the “primordial” or the “firstborn”. He became the son of Poseidon in the Olympian theogony (Odyssey iv. 432), or of Nereus and Doris, or of Oceanus and a Naiad, and was made the herdsman of Poseidon’s seals, the great bull seal at the center of the harem. He can foretell the future, but, in a mytheme familiar from several cultures, will change his shape to avoid having to; he will answer only to someone who is capable of capturing him. From this feature of Proteus comes the adjective protean, with the general meaning of “versatile”, “mutable”, “capable of assuming many forms”. “Protean” has positive connotations of flexibility, versatility and adaptability.
The myth of Proteus
According to Homer (Odyssey iv:412), the sandy island of Pharos situated off the coast of the Nile Delta was the home of Proteus, the oracular Old Man of the Sea and herdsman of the sea-beasts. In the Odyssey, Menelaus relates to Telemachus that he had been becalmed here on his journey home from the Trojan War. He learned from Proteus’ daughter, Eidothea (“the very image of the Goddess”), that if he could capture her father he could force him to reveal which of the gods he had offended, and how he could propitiate them and return home. Proteus emerged from the sea to sleep among his colony of seals, but Menelaus was successful in holding him, though Proteus took the forms of a lion, a serpent, a leopard, a pig, even of water or a tree. Proteus then answered truthfully, further informing Menelaus that his brother Agamemnon had been murdered on his return home, that Ajax the Lesser had been shipwrecked and killed, and that Odysseus was stranded on Calypso‘s Isle Ogygia.
According to Virgil in the fourth Georgic, at one time the bees of Aristaeus, son of Apollo, all died of a disease. Aristaeus went to his mother, Cyrene, for help; she told him that Proteus could tell him how to prevent another such disaster, but would do so only if compelled. Aristaeus had to seize Proteus and hold him, no matter what he would change into. Aristeus did so, and Proteus eventually gave up and told him to sacrifice 12 animals to the gods, leave the corpses in the place of sacrifice, and return three days later. When Aristaeus returned after the three days he found in one of the carcasses a swarm of bees, which he took to his apiary. The bees were never again troubled by disease.
The children of Proteus include besides Eidothea, Polygonus and Telegonus, who both challenged Heracles and were killed, one of Heracles’ many successful encounters with representatives of the pre-Olympian world order.