Island Battles

2004 Barracks Battle

The Barracks battle in 2004 was the fight between the mercenaries and the alliance of Locke’s faction of the survivors and Ben, with help from the Monster. The battle resulted in a crucial defeat of the freighter mercenaries at the cost of several of Locke’s people. Notable characters who died in the battle include Mayhew, of Martin Keamy’s mercenaries, and Jerome, a blonde woman and Doug from Team Locke.

Lead-up

   

Charles Widmore had sent his people on a mission on the Kahana. (“The Other Woman”) The freighter people were divided into what seemed to be three distinct factions: The crew, the Science team, and the mercenaries. Frank Lapidus transported Keamy and his troops to the Island by helicopter. The mercenary team observed Rousseau, Alex and Karl and established a hasty ambush. After killing Rousseau and Karl, they captured Alex and brought her to the Barracks. (“Meet Kevin Johnson”)

Conflict 

   

After receiving a telephone call which repeated “Code 14J,” Locke told Ben about the call. Ben reacted hastily and fearfully, giving weapons to Locke and Sawyer and moving to another house, which was more easily fortifiable. Sawyer, refusing to heed Ben’s warnings, ran across the cul-de-sac to ensure Claire’s safety. On his way, he met Doug, and warned him to get inside. However, Doug was soon shot in the chest by Redfern, a mercenary hiding in the jungle.

   

A blonde woman immediately ran out into the open to see what was happening and was shot. Jerome soon followed, and despite Sawyer’s warnings, was shot as well. Sawyer continued on the way to Claire’s house, dodging rapid gunfire using a picnic table and sheer luck. However, before he was able to reach Claire’s house, Kocol fired a rocket at her house, blowing it up and knocking Sawyer down.

   

Claire, miraculously survived, and was carried back to the fortified house, where Hurley shattered a window in order to keep the door from being unbarricaded, but still allowed Sawyer to enter. While they discussed strategy, Miles appeared at the door with a walkie for Ben. Ben took it, and found that Keamy was on the other end, who instructed him to look out his window. Upon looking, Ben saw Keamy standing outside, alone. Ben refused to surrender, and, at Keamy’s order, Kocol brought out Alex, Ben’s daughter.

   

Forcing her onto her knees, Keamy held a gun at her head and demanded Ben’s surrender. Ben did not believe that Keamy was going to shoot Alex, instead refusing to come out and bluffing, denouncing Alex as his daughter, stating “I stole her as a baby from an insane woman. She’s a pawn. Nothing more.” Keamy, however, shot Alex in the head, killing her, before retreating with the rest of his mercenaries back into the forest.

   

Ben, in shock, entered a secret room, and was not seen for a short period of time, while Sawyer, Locke, Miles, Hurley and Claire waited anxiously in the house. However, Ben soon returned, stating that they would need to flee into the forest at his command in a few minutes. Soon, the Monster arrived, having been summoned by Ben, and attacked the mercenaries hiding in the woods while they try to shoot at it. Mayhew attempted to escape, but was dragged back into the fray by the monster, becoming seriously injured in the process. Ben, after saying goodbye to his daughter, followed Hurley and Locke into the woods toward Jacob’s cabin, while Miles, Sawyer, and Claire and Aaron set off to return to Jack’s group at the beach camp.

Aftermath

   

Having survived the Monster attack, Keamy and the rest of his mercenaries (carrying a seriously injured Mayhew) set off back toward the helicopter, where they met with Frank. He then returned them to the Kahana. (“Something Nice Back Home”) After their arrival on the Kahana, Mayhew died. Keamy unilaterally opened the mission statement for the “Secondary protocol” Gault’s objections resulted in Keamy killing Gault before leading the mercenaries, excluding the deceased Mayhew, on a final mission to “torch the Island.” (“Cabin Fever”)

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Associated LOST Characters

Martin Keamy

Omar

Mayhew

Redfern

Lacour

Kocol

Benjamin Linus

The Monster

Danielle Rousseau

John Locke

Hurley Reyes

Karl Martin

Alex Rousseau

Doug

James Sawyer

Claire Littleton

Aaron Littleton

Doug

Bandana Lady

Jerome




The Secondary Protocol

The secondary protocol is a set of DHARMA Initiative operational instructions obtained by Charles Widmore that was used by the the Kahana’s mercenary team. The protocol contained information that the mercenaries were able to use to discover the location of Benjamin Linus following the mercenary team’s failed assault on the Barracks. (“The Shape of Things to Come”)

On the Kahana

Martin Keamy retrieved the file containing the secondary protocol from inside a safe hidden in a filing cabinet in the captain’s stateroom aboard the freighter. The safe required two keys to open; one key was possessed by Keamy and the other by Captain Gault. Keamy took Gault’s key by force before opening the safe. Gault claimed that he and Keamy were supposed to open the safe together. Although the content of the Secondary Protocol was never seen nor mentioned, it addressed the Orchid, as Keamy seemed to know where to go immediately after reading the protocol. (“Cabin Fever”)

   

The front cover of the secondary protocol bore the DHARMA Initiative logo of the Orchid station, also found on the DHARMA parka. (“The Shape of Things to Come”)

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Associated LOST Characters

Charles Widmore

Captain Gault

Martin Keamy

Benjamin Linus




Battle at the Helicopter

The battle at the helicopter was the climax of the tension between the Others and the mercenary team. This battle was the final defeat of the mercenary team: Kocol, Lacour, Redfern, and Omar were killed in the attack, and Keamy was badly wounded and killed shortly afterward.

Lead-up

Charles Widmore sent the mercenary team on a mission to the Island aboard the Kahana. (“The Other Woman”) Following the secondary protocol, the mercenary team’s orders were to capture Benjamin Linus and “torch the Island”. (“Cabin Fever”)

   

Having successfully captured Linus, Martin Keamy, the mercenary team’s leader, and his men returned to the helicopter; however, prior to his capture, Linus had signaled his people who waited at the helicopter to ambush the mercenaries. (“There’s No Place Like Home, Part 1”)

Initial strike

   

Kate was sent unarmed to infiltrate the mercenary team and remain with Benjamin Linus during the attack. Running up to the mercenaries, panting and out of breath, Kate claimed she was being chased by “his people”, motioning towards Ben. Keamy sent Lacour and Kocol to scout the nearby woods, while Redfern guarded the flank.

   

The Others’ assault used primitive, conventional, and high-tech weapons and methods: an Other killed Kocol by jumping out of a tree and snapping his neck; Lacour by snaring his legs and tripping him, presumably killing him off-screen by an unknown method; and lethally shocking Redfern with a stun dart.

   

Gunfire was then exchanged between both sides, and sensing an opportunity to flee, Kate led Ben out of the fray and into the jungle. As soon as Ben was away, an Other threw a grenade at the helicopter. The helicopter’s pilot, Frank Lapidus, who was handcuffed inside, shouted a warning and Keamy kicked the grenade away, accidentally killing his comrade Omar.

   

Keamy pursued Kate and Ben into the jungle, where he was ambushed by Sayid and the two engaged in hand-to-hand combat. Keamy overcame Sayid, but Richard Alpert came from behind, shooting Keamy in the back.

Aftermath

   

The mercenaries were all killed, except for Keamy, who was saved by an armored flak jacket and his ability to feign death for an extended period of time. Keamy proceeded to the Orchid and traveled down the elevator to the station. After stating that Richard was “Ben’s boyfriend” and a coward who shot him (Keamy) in the back, he taunted Ben enough to eventually be killed by him. This set off the dead man’s trigger, which destroyed the Kahana, killing Michael, the rest of the crew and several survivors who travelled to the freighter. (“There’s No Place Like Home, Part 3”)

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Associated DHARMA Stations & Location

   

Associated LOST Characters

Martin Keamy

Omar

Mayhew

Redfern

Lacour

Kocol

Benjamin Linus

Benjamin Linus

Sayid Jarrah

Kate Austen

Richard Alpert





In Greek mythology, Gigantomachy (from Greek: gigantomakhia, from gigas Giant and makhē battle) was the symbolic struggle between the cosmic order of the Olympians led by Zeus and the nether forces of Chaos led by the giant AlcyoneusHeracles fought on the side of Olympians, who defeated the Giants in accordance with Hera’s prophecy that the gods’ victory would not be accomplished without the participation of the son of a mortal mother. Pallene was regarded as the Giants’ home ground during the Gigantomachy; their leader Alcyoneus could not be defeated in his homeland, so Heracles picked him up and carried him over the border out of Pallene, and slaughtered him there. The attempt of the Giants Otus and Ephialtes to storm Olympus by piling Mount Ossa upon Mount Pelion is linked with the Gigantomachy in some sources, and treated as a separate, adolescent attack upon the power of Zeus in others.

After the Titanomachy, the goddess Gaia, seeking revenge, brought forth the Giants, telling them to “take arms against the great gods”. Hesiod describes them as “glittering in their armour, with long spears in their hands.”

The Gigantomachy became a popular theme from the early 7th century BC (including the so-called Gigantomachy pediment on the Acropolis). A temple at Phanagoreia commemorated Aphrodite’s victory over some Giants. She drove them into a cave, where Heracles slaughtered them. After the Greco-Persian Wars the representation of Gigantomachy symbolized the hostility between the Greeks and the Persians, with the Greeks figuring as the Olympians, and the Persians as Giants.

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The Giants

In Greek mythology, the Giants were the children of Gaia, who was fertilized by the blood of Uranus, after Uranus was castrated by his son Cronus. Some depictions stated that these Giants had snake-like tails.

Gigantomachy

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 Eurymedon, 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, for the aid of a mortal was needed. Athena, instructed by Zeus, sought out Heracles and requested his participation 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 occurred in the time when Heracles lived, so many events had already happened: the establishment of the Olympian gods, their progeny, the adventures of Perseus (forefather of Heracles) and so on. Thus in the Gigantomachy, the Moirae and Heracles, having joined 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.

The names of the Giants

Some of the Giants identified by individual names were:

  • Eurymedon – The leader of the Giants.
  • Alcyoneus – One of the strongest of the Giants, along with Porphyrion. Slain by his own grandnephew, Heracles. Born to destroy Hades.
  • Porphyrion – One of the strongest of the Giants, along with Alcyoneus. Wounded by his nephew Zeus with lightning bolts and finished off with an arrow by his grandnephew Heracles. Born to destroy Zeus.
  • Agrios – Clubbed to death by his three nieces/grandnieces, the Moirae, with clubs of bronze.
  • Clytius – Immolated by his niece Hecate with flaming torches.
  • Damysos
  • Enceladus – Killed by his grandniece, Athena, and buried underneath Mount Etna, like Typhon, on Sicily. Born to destroy Athena
  • Ephialtes of the Aloadae – Shot by grandnephews Apollo and Heracles with arrows, or inadvertently killed by Otus.
  • Eurytus – Slain by grandnephew Dionysus with his pine-cone tipped thyrsos.
  • Gration – Slain by his grandniece, the goddess Artemis with her arrows.
  • Hippolytus – Slain by his grandnephew Hermes with his sword and wearing the cap of invisibility.
  • Leon
  • Mimas – Slain by grandnephew Hephaestus with a volley of molten iron.
  • Otus of the Aloadae – Shot by grandnephews Apollo and Heracles with arrows, or inadvertently killed by Ephialtes.
  • Pallas – Killed by grandniece Athena.
  • Peloreus
  • Polybotes – Crushed by nephew Poseidon beneath the island of Nisyros. Born to destroy Poseidon.
  • Theodamas
  • Thoon – Clubbed to death, like Agrios, by his three nieces/grandnieces, the Moirae with clubs of bronze.









Mercenary Team

The mercenary team came to the Island aboard the freighter Kahana to apprehend Benjamin Linus and kill the rest of the Island’s inhabitants. They were responsible for the deaths of at least six people on the Island, including Ben’s daughter Alex. They were led by Martin Keamy, who was hired by Charles Widmore. All of the members of the mercenary team were killed while trying to bring Ben back to the freighter.

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Baseball (Names)

The name “Redfern” refers to Chad Redfern, Varsity Pitching coach of the Harvard-Westlake High School baseball team in Los Angeles, CA.

The name “Lacour” refers to Matt Lacour, Head Varsity baseball coach at Harvard-Westlake High School in Los Angeles, CA.

The name “Kocol” refers to Alex Kocol, Assistant Varsity baseball coach at Harvard-Westlake High School in Los Angeles, CA. 

San Francisco Giants

The San Francisco Giants are a Major League Baseball (MLB) team based in San Francisco, California, playing in the National League West Division.

Mayhew (Name)

The character’s name is a Star Wars reference to Peter Mayhew who played Chewbacca in four Star Wars films.

Peter Mayhew

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.

Associated LOST Characters: Mercenaries (Greek Giants)

ALCYONEUS (Mayhew)

PORPHYRION (Redfern)

ANTAEUS (Lacour)

POLYBOTES (Kocol)

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