“The Incident”

(First – to differentiate properly, I’ll refer to the two universes as Lost PRIME, which is where the story has taken place for the past 5 seasons, and Lost SIDEWAYS, as the executive producers have labeled the new continuity)

  • In Lost PRIME The Incident was never clearly defined. What was the Incident? According to “Dr. Marvin Candle”, a.k.a. Dr. Pierre Chang, in the Swan Orientation film, the Incident was an electromagnetic anomaly that caused a catastrophic event at The Swan construction site. Not very descriptive, right? Could they have been hiding something? Of course they were!
  • I suggest that The Incident was always the splitting of the Lost PRIME universe into the Lost SIDEWAYS universe in 1977.

What happened happened.

You cannot change the past.

It only ends once, and anything that happens before that is just progress.

We’ve heard all of these things before, and it was always the truth. The Dharma Initiative and the Others/ Ben and Richard’s people in Lost PRIME knew about the Incident, and were protecting the island and the universe from any further schisms.

  • The hatch/ Swan Station in Lost Prime contained a computer that needed a sequence to be entered every 108 minutes. If that were not accomplished, the energy under the hatch would flare. The numerical sequence is the cosmic lock combination to a doorway between Lost Prime and Lost Sideways.

  • Every 108 minutes, Lost SIDEWAYS attempted to encroach on our reality and take the place of Lost Prime. This Can Never Happen. If it does, then the castaways will never travel back in time to detonate Jug-head, so Lost Sideways can be created, so Flight 815 can land safely in LaX. The discrepancies/ paradoxes would destroy the universe. Both universes need to continue to exist for the sake of each other.

  • By entering the sequence, Desmond effectively closed the cosmic door between Lost PRIME and Lost SIDEWAYS, and buying Lost PRIME 108 more minutes to live. He was really saving the world by pressing that button (Which ironically was labeled ‘execute’)

  • One day, Desmond got too drunk and chose not to enter the sequence. The electromagnetic energy pulling flight 815 out of the sky was not just pulling the plane to the island. It was pulling Lost SIDEWAYS towards LOST PRIME, in order to replace it.

  • Daniel Faraday’s radiation research to cause mind transferal to the past was not moving the mind to the past. It was allowing the subject’s mind to shift from Lost PRIME to its counterpart on Lost SIDEWAYS.

  • The Island is able to ‘hide’ from the world because it IS the doorway between the two worlds. It is the tether between Lost PRIME and Lost SIDEWAYS. To hide, it shifts from one universe to the other.

  • On November 27, 2004, John Locke and Desmond convinced that the button sequence was a psychological test, chose to not press the button. As the station started to violently warp from the Electromagnetic energy, Desmond changed his mind. The computer itself was already destroyed, along with the countdown clock. Desmond entered a crawlspace to initiate the fail-safe procedure, which was the simple turning of a key. The Swan imploded upon activation of this fail-safe.

  • The fail-safe was the permanent (?) closing of the doorway between Lost PRIME and Lost SIDEWAYS, so neither could overwrite the other in the universe. Both universes were safe.

  • The Dharma Initiative was the first line of defense in protecting the universe from a major paradox created by our time traveling castaways. Their tool to continually act as a finger in the dam of the universe was the Swan Station.
  • For now The Universe is safe, except Jack in Lost SIDEWAYS seems a little too aware of Lost PRIME. He’ll do something to make the universe rip at the seams of reality. That is what Jack does. He breaks things. He broke his relationship with his dad, his marriage, himself with pills, and finally he broke the universe. Thanks Jack!

LOST SIDEWAYS!

(click the photo to see it in the right aspect ratio)

Lost by Alexander Payne

UPDATE:

Go watch people argue about this post at DarkUFO:

http://theoriesonlost.blogspot.com/2010/02/incident-opened-door-and-desmond-shut.html

Somebody told me to f##k off already.  I love the anonymity of the internet.  It makes people want to argue.  Real constructive criticism can be found in an insult, even if you have to dig deep to find it sometimes.

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