Saturday, January 19, 2008


With season 4 of Lost right around the corner - I thought I'd post some of my older blogs on my thoughts and predictions...Let me know what YOU think!
Originally posted on October 19, 2006: (on my old blog)


Lost is the greatest show ever created...and this is one of the best "theories" I've heard - even though it makes my head hurt.

From the comments section of Film Fodder:

Since early last season, I've speculated that the island exists in some sort of limbo, LOST from the world, lying alongside what I referred to as 'parallel timelines'. We've all seen theories involving multiple timelines, complete with screenshots of different furnishings of Desmond's hatch. Not gonna rehash that here.
I'm betting that the Others have access to TIME itself. They seem to have the ability to see the future. Although for them, it's not the future… the island exists in multiple time periods simultaneously, so the past/present/future are all one big wellspring of knowledge from which they can draw. (By the way, I think this is where the whispers are coming from)
This is why they know everything about all the main characters. Did they know this instantly? No. They needed lists. They needed names. Once they had names, they could look this information up, much like we use the internet today. They could see who was 'good' (whatever their definition of that is) and determine who they cared about and why.
This is why when Jack asks "Is she happy?" Juliet can answer "Yes, very happy". Perhaps Juliet can see the rest of what happens(ed) to Sarah. Maybe she went on to marry that guy and have six kids and live to be a hundred. Juliet knows this. Everything's documented, from Jack's life to his father's death. She's got access to the past, the present, and the future. In her own words: "We can get anything we want". If you think there's a rational, uber-conspiracy, CIA Jack Bauer way for this to happen, you're deluding yourself.
And when Ben says "Your plane crashed on September 22nd, 2004"
why would he mention the year? If you and I were having a conversation about what happened a month or two ago, we wouldn't need to. It's assumed we mean the current year. By specifically stating 2004 Ben is making a point.
I think the Others 'contact' with the outside world is one-sided. They can see what happened or what's happening or even what's going to happen… but that's all. When Jack asks Ben "Why wouldn't you leave?" he seems to perk up a bit and smirks: "Yes Jack, why wouldn't we leave?" This could indicate that he likes it on the island, but I think it's more along the lines that he can't leave. Why can't he leave? Because in the real world… he doesn't truly exist. Ben was born on the island
born into limbo born into non-existence. That's why he wouldn't leave.
Anyone still with me? Good. Almost done.
Just because sixty-nine days have passed since the crash, don't be fooled into believing it's November whatever he said it was. To the survivors? Yes. To the Others? Everything is timeless. Many of the more traditional (i.e. non-sci fi) viewers hate that, but I have a feeling this is going to be the "big reveal" during the end of episode six. Either that, or "Kate's an Other"
after all, it is a Kate-centric episode. But I still don't think she is.
And my "Manifestation theory", listed in the theories section - still stands. I still believe the island itself can interpret the thoughts, dreams, and desires of individuals into existence. I believe this explains many of the things the characters have been seeing since season one, as well as the Other's uncannily immaculate village. It's not exactly as if someone wishes for a glass of water it should appear in their hand, or if they wished hard for a rescue boat one would show up
I just don't think it works like that. The island works its own ways, I'd imagine. Although perhaps the Others have learned more about how to utilize its power, even they can't simply wish for anything they want. It's not a wish machine.
To me, the island is a sticky ball rolling through time and space, picking up random people and things on its surface. The Black Rock, the four-toed statue, flight 815… everyone and anyone who didn't come voluntarily during the Hanso/Dharma days of holding the island in place with the magnet.

I think that the method used to "access" the information that the island gathers (ie; past, present, future) is through a form of deep meditation. Locke had to eat his druggy oatmeal and go into a sweat lodge to meditate and "talk" with the island. The result was a hallucinogenic dream with Boone (who in my mind was the island using a form that John would recognize) and walking through the airport in Sydney. Boone then told Locke basically and vaguely the fates of the other passengers. When they saw Sayid, Jin, and Sun Boone said, "Not them, Sayid's got it covered". When they say Jack, Kate, and Sawyer Boone said, "You can't help them, not yet anyway, but you will". Then of course there was Hurley's conversation with desmond in the jungle and Desmond telling Hurley that Locke would go to save J,S,K. That he mentioned it in his speech. I though that line right there was confirmation of the theory above. Desmond is the one person who had the most intimate contact with the magnetic properties of the island when he turned the failsafe key. He was, so to speak, in the 'belly of the beast' at the moment of the implosion. He was in the closest proximity to the event. Maybe being so close to the implosion resulted in a conscious receipt of the "information" the island gathers. To him everything he might have seen has already happened and he doesn't realize he has seen some future events. Hmmmmm . . . . . . Thoughts?

1 comment:

cool dad said...

Very interesting theory! I love LOST, but I've gone from being a huge follower to just enjoying the ride. I played the Experience game a couple of years ago, but it got way over my head, so I just waited until the end to see what everyone else uncovered.

Theory-wise, I don't know what to think. I'm thinking as I'm typing so bear with me...

The island obviously has magnetic properties that do incredible things. Maybe that's why the Others don't age. And that's how Locke survived the gunshot. And that's why it's virtually hidden.

I don't know what to think of Jacob. Maybe he's tuned in the most to the island and Ben is holding him hostage and using his powers.

I think the Others have access to whatever information they need via the Internet, but I don't think they have paranormal time-based abilities. Maybe I think that because Damon Lindelof said a couple of years ago that they had a rational explanation for all of this. I don't see how that's possible now, but I'm still holding him to it a little. Like I could buy magnetism granting superhuman abilities (long life, healing), but anything more supernatural than that would be stretching it.

So that's basically the epitome of a ramble. I just can't wait for it to come back.