I've been catching up on some of my TV lately, mainly the third season of Lost.
Question: what are they trying to hint at with the character names? Locke. Hume. Rousseau. Three very important philosophers.
Locke was an empiricist who emphasized the social contract as an alternative to Hobbes "state of nature". One of the driving forces in the thought behind the founding of America.
Rousseau was another Enlightenment thinker, though many consider him among the founders of Romanticism too. His theories fuelled both nationalism and socialism as political ideals. Again, he emphasized the social contract.
Finally, Hume. Principle mover behind the Scottish Enlightenment, probably the single most coherent expression of skepticism in philosophy can be found in his works. His political ideas have often been seen to be conservative, but he was said to have been a motivating force behind James Madison's writings. He also held the belief that through trade and economic development one could move from a state of barbarism to a civilized and progressive society.
So what does this mean? Not a clue. But there is a very important theme of social contract against the "law of the jungle" that runs through all 3, as well as links to the American and French revolutions, who were both very similar in aims, if not their ends. A clue as to the later plot of the program? Who knows?