Given the recent events of the episode Follow The Leader, particularly Locke's questioning of the existence of Jacob and Ben's relationshio to him, I thought it would be pertinent to re-visit that awesome scene when we first saw Jacob's Cabin back in The Man Behind The Curtain as part of my 'Finest Moments' series.
I think this scene is right up there as one of Lost's highest peaks. I remember vividly my absolutely riveted attention during the scene, when we saw Ben yelling at what appeared to be an empty chair. I am sure you, like me, thought this was to be the revelatory moment where we, at the same time as Locke, realised that Ben was utterly delusional and insane and was taking orders from a man named Jacob a bit like Norman Bates taking demands from his mother in Psycho (a clear reference point, with the rocking chair).
Indeed, Locke's inference in Follow The Leader that Ben has never seen or heard Jacob causes us to re-watch this scene more closely with the perspective that it may very well be an elaborate stageplay from Ben to trick Locke. At this moment in time, that's unclear.
What isn't unclear is the crazinesss that ensued, with the smashing and banging and fire (the breaking lantern has some people convinced time shifts back and forth during this sequence) after that deep voice from the depths: "Help me." Not to mention the blink and you miss it shot of Jacob in his chair. Incidentally, the close-up of the eye in this scene is also supposed to be Jacob's eye - further proof that there really is someone existing in that cabin.
After all the build-up, this first excursion to the cabin and the introduction of Jacob lived up to the hype and never has an excursion to that wooden shack since been more dramatic. I've wanted to know more about this place from this scene on - maybe in the upcoming Season 5 finale I'll get some satisfaction. . .