The Compass – Richard’s Tracking Device
So, watching the first two episodes again, I was thinking…..
Remember when Richard was dissapointed John Locke didn’t pick the compass as one of his items, and instead picked the knife.
In the first episode of season 5, we now have this conversation:
RICHARD: Second thing–no, no, pay attention. Next time we see each other, I’m not gonna recognize you. All right? You give me this. All right?
(Richard hands Locke something small, something we’ve seen before.)
LOCKE: What is this?
RICHARD: It’s a compass.
LOCKE: What does it do?
RICHARD: It points north,
I am thinking now the Compass is a sort of identification and notification system set up by the OTHERS, or HOSTILES or whatever to ensure safety from there own people. Obviously the time element is all over the place, so I am guessing Richard (and his people) were at a point where they make an agreement to trust anyone who has the COMPASS.
Now thinking back to the test, by Locke not picking the compass, Richard knows John’s not ready to be the leader….or further more, the Frozen Donkey wheel has not yet been moved.