First of all, this is my first blog---I've been reading this site for months now and just now decided to join in the fray. You guys have some great ideas! Now, on to the topic at hand:
So after Desmond realizes that there is nothing harmful outside the hatch when he walks to the boat, why doesn't he leave the hatch from time to time ?
It seems like he would want to explore around the island, especially after he hears pounding on the hatch door from Locke or the sound of Oceanic 815 crashing. So was he just scared as to what he would find? Anyone have an explanation?