“The Incident opened a door, and Desmond closed it every 108 minutes” – reassessed after “What Kate Does” 2-10-10

(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.  Further, they were tasked with protecting the island and the entire Lost PRIME universe by avoiding any further schisms.  The thing they did not know though, was WHO they were protecting it from.  They were supposed to be protecting it from Jack and the other 815ers.
  • After the Incident, the Swan Station was built to regulate the ‘pocket of energy.’  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 La X. The discrepancies/ paradoxes would destroy the universe. Both universes need to continue to exist for the sake of each other.  If Lost Prime ceases to Exist, Lost SIDEWAYS will never be created, and the universe in its entirety would cease to exist.
  • 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’)
  • “Why were the numbers broadcast? Or why were they stamped on the side of the hatch?”… Why would they (The Others or Dharma) do that? Because it is the most important combination in the entire Lost PRIME universe. Without it, the entire universe will cease to exist. You wouldn’t want to lose that combination, would you? You’d write it down and tell everyone, just in case you couldn’t get to the button in time.  Why wouldn’t Dharma or the indigenous people set up shop at the Swan to be sure the numbers are entered?  Because, the dedication needed to continually enter the numbers requires a special kind of person with a ‘never say die attitude.’  They would need a man that is (in his own mind at least) a hero, like Kelvin, along with a man like Stuart Radzinsky, who probably accepted this never-ending chore as a penance for his part in causing “The Incident.”  Then Desmond came along, and it was necessary to come up with a more elaborate story to keep him in the station.
  • Hurley’s friend, Leonard Simms, at the Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute in L.A. taught Hurley the cosmic combo, but Hurley calls them ‘the numbers’. During his incarceration, it was all Leonard could say. The numbers drove him insane. While in the Navy he heard the transmission from the island and the knowledge must have allowed him to travel or peer into the Lost SIDEWAYS world. Maybe he saw himself living a very different life. Maybe he was a millionaire, or a bank robber or a movie star. Whatever he saw, it broke his grasp on reality.  He never fully returned.
  • One day, Desmond accidentally murdered his hatchmate Kelvin after discovering that most of what Kelvin told him was a lie (or half-truths) and failed to enter the sequence in time. Failing to push the button caused a massive energy flare which pulled Flight 815 of the Lost PRIME universe out of the sky, AND was beginning to pull the entire Lost Prime universe in on itself, or collapse in on itself like a black hole.  Black holes are one of the strongest forms of gravity in the known universe, and could/ would easily pull 815 from the air along with everything else.  Once Lost PRIME in its entirety was gone, Lost SIDEWAYS would simply take its place.  After all, nature abhors a vacuum.
  • 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. Theresa Spencer, Daniel’s girlfriend and assistant at Oxford, was a test subject after Daniel had tested his theories on the rat Eloise and himself.  Theresa experienced a side-effect that caused her to become unstuck in time/ and or space.  This raises a question?  Daniel claimed that he used the machine on himself?  How did he maintain a hold on his present?  Who was his constant?  Did he travel to the future and meet someone that could be his constant?  Did he travel to Lost Sideways?  I suggest that we have not seen the last of Daniel Faraday.  He knew what was going to happen.  He knew his mom was going to shoot him.  He knew Charlotte was going to die.  Why?  Because he told himself.  He had a journal that he needed to keep referring to.  Why would you have to refer to a journal as often as he did, if he were the person that wrote it?  He did write it.  It was written by an older and (if this is possible) even wiser Daniel Faraday.  Also, I would gladly bet five dollars, that on one page of that journal it says, “Daniel, if you want to save everyone on the island, you’re going to have to die.”  Daniel used his machine to traverse time and space, wrote it all down, and gave it to his younger self so he could save the universe.
  • A few people asked how Desmond’s ‘Time Travel’ would work in my theory as well. Desmond’s consciousness shift was SIMILAR to Farday’s research.  He is able to slip back and forth along his personal timeline.  He is (most likely) unique in this universe and is more adaptable to ’shifts’, and might be capable of travel back and forth to Lost Sideways without use of the doorway created by the Incident. Desmond and Penny’s storyline is one of my favorites. I hope they make it out alive by the end.
  • The Island is the tether between Lost PRIME and Lost SIDEWAYS.  (New Crazy Thought) The membrane wall between ‘what is’ and ‘what could be’ is thinner on the island.  Cripples can walk, addled minds become clear, and miracles occur because of this malleability of possibilities.  It is as if people can take on the qualities of their Alternate selves.
  • 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 realized his error and 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, but they no longer have access to the energy.
  • How does this theory work with the underlying theme of good and evil?  My response is simply that Good and Evil will always be in conflict. It is their nature to clash. One attacks, the other defends. This is merely a different battleground, with a different prize. And what better prize than a doorway between worlds?
  • 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! Actually, clearly they are not safe.

The Island is underwater in Lost SIDEWAYS? The Island, I think, was able to jump back and forth between the two worlds. What about the Island underwater? Lets think this through. How can our current Island be the one that is underwater? I’ve got it (at least in my head I’ve got it)! Not sure If you’ll like this, but It works with the way that the wonderful writers of Lost like to screw with our senses of time and continuity.

There are two storylines that run through this season:

Lost PRIME – The castaways are on the Island in 2007, fighting for their lives against MIB, the Others, Flocke, Each Other, etc. When Charlie Widmore & Co. inevitably comes a knockin’, they will be faced with making the difficult decision to ‘move the island’ again. The Island will shift To Lost SIDEWAYS, and find itself unstable(?). Something will go wrong with the shift leading to the island sinking, where the secrets, MIB, the energy, and the statue foot will be revealed to be the one and only island no matter which universe you are in.


Just then!…. In Lost SIDEWAYS,


The Lost SIDEWAYS Flight 815 will fly overhead, and that storyline will play out from where we saw it begin in the La X episode.


Basically what I am saying, is that to watch this season chronologically, you would watch the entire storyline on the island from beginning to end, then the story line in L.A. in the Lost Sideways universe from the premiere to the finale.  Then it will all make sense.  Its pretty brilliant if the writers are doing that, because it will get us all to watch the entire thing again.  Which I’d do anyway….

I'd rather be a time traveler


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A fellow Blogger, jacoblives108, over at http://itsgoodtobelost.wordpress.com/

has some great insights, thoughts, theories, and best of all, a Lost connection tree that details the meeting points of, well, just about everyone ever on the show.  Here is a small piece of it.  If you want to see the whole thing, go check it out at

http://itsgoodtobelost.wordpress.com/


Great episode.  Many reveals, and some new questions, which is all I want from TV.

The following is a simple series of guesses.

1.In production design, nothing is ever by accident when you are building a temple on a sound stage.  Further, if a light is pointed directly at something, you can bet it is worth looking at.

Kate is looking awful penitent ... Does she feel bad for what she's done?

What is that strange wall carving?  Five men on each side of one man in front.  It doesn’t look very Egyptian to me.  Look more medieval knights of the round table type stuff.  Perhaps its Knights Templar or maybe the twelve apostles…  But there are eleven?  Maybe they left Judas out?  Dunno.  Moving on, but I bet it’ll end up being something.

A closer look

2. What did Kate do? Kate stopped in the mechanic’s bathroom to reflect on what she did to poor pregnant Claire only after peeking in the stolen bag to see the toys, wipes, baby clothes. At that moment, Kate reveals a real emotional desire to fix what she’s just done. She is way past ashamed and wayyyyyy out of character for ‘2004 Kate.’ ‘2004 Kate’ runs from her problems. She blows up houses, gets her childhood friends shot because she is selfish, and worst of all afraid. Instead, she decides to fix her problem rather than run from it.

Why would she do this? Because this is a ‘new and improved’ Kate that has assimilated all of the experiences of the Lost PRIME Kate (AKA the Kate that we have grown to know and love from the past 5 seasons of Lost) right up to the end of the series, which we haven’t even seen yet. Somewhere deep in her soul she has loved, fought, and stood her ground for what she believes in on the island, and she knows and loves Claire and Aaron. She risked her life to help them. On the Island, she learned to face her problems head-on.

According to the law of evolution, when faced with a massive environmental change, to survive we must leave, adapt, or die. Those are the only choices. In this case, the universe has been over-written with a new time-line, and somehow Kate senses this. How massive of a change is that? In order to survive, Kate chose to change. That is “What Kate does. She evolves.

As a brief side note, Kate’s brief recognition of Jack was a major tell.  This is not just Déjà vu.  She glared off from the taxi, and Jack, as always, was driven to help her no matter the cost.  They have a deep connection that time/ space/ rebooting will not break completely.

Do I know you from someplace?

KATE?

3. Sayid.  I just don’t know.  Rousseau’s people ‘got sick’ in the same way.  I think that the black dust blown across his chest is the same material used to keep the MIB trapped in the cabin.  I’m with it, but I don’t get it yet.  I like not getting it.  There have to be surprises left in the world, right?

Could you have eight-year old Benjamin Linus bring me a chicken sandwich?

4. Yay!  Ethan is Back, and he is pretty much re-enacting the check-up scenes from season 2 episode 15, “Family Leave,” in which he took Claire to DHARMA Initiative station The Staff, and was the nice and attentive Dr. Ethan Goodspeed.  His quick reveal of having so much knowledge about Claire’s baby,  tells me multiple things:

a. Dharma is still active, just not on the island (obviously)

b. Dharma still recognizes the importance of Claire’s baby in this world.

or

c. Ethan might also have memories from the original Lost PRIME season, although fewer than everyone else, as he died pretty early on.

d. Ethan is as creepy as ever!

5. Claire, according to the Psychic Richard Malkin, needed to raise Aaron herself, until suddenly he changed his mind.  He called her and arranged for Claire to bring the baby to Los Angeles to live with a ‘good family.’  This good family is hitting a rough patch though.  The fella left his wife high and dry.  The wife claims she can’t raise the baby on her own and apologizes for the inconvenience.  Could this be a  course correction in the new Lost SIDEWAYS universe?  Claire needs to keep that baby for the sake of everyone…  for some reason.

6.  Last item.  Sound design is important for any movie or TV show.  What is with that sound when we hear during the transitions from Lost PRIME to Lost SIDEWAYS?  It is a sort of high pitched squeal with a rattle.  Hmmm.  Sort of like the depressurizing of a plane as it goes down really fast?  Maybe.  Another possibility emerges from my other passion, comics.

The Flash of Two Worlds

In comic books, the Flash, AKA the Fastest Man Alive, is able to move from one dimension to another by vibrating his entire body at very specific rates.  Each dimension coexists simultaneously with an infinite amount of Earths existing at different vibrational Planes (I’m talking Classic Pre-Crisis DC, so comic lovers please keep your attacks at bay) So, in the Flash comics, there is an Earth1, an Earth2, an Earth where Batman was a vampire, and Earth where Superman is a communist, you get the gist.  The Flash could vibrate at a rate where he frees himself from his dimension and tunes into another ‘place.’  How does this apply to Lost?  I suggest that the sound we hear is the vibrational audible wall between Lost Prime and Lost Sideways… As the show transitions from Lost PRIME to Lost SIDEWAYS, we the audience get to hear to transition to the different dimensional plane.

Hope that makes sense.

Hope you enjoyed the episode.  Thanks for checking my rambling out.

“The Incident opened a door, and Desmond closed it every 108 minutes”

This is an amended Theory. I have not changed anything. I am merely adding to it. I was really surprised by how many people on various websites asked me questions regarding this. It has really been a lot of fun, and thanks to everyone who wants to talk about it! I’ve decided to take some of the info/ questions/ thoughts and incorporate it into what I’ve written so far. All amendments will be in red.

(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’)
  • Mr. Buckles asked about ‘The Numbers’: “Any idea why they were broadcasting the numbers originally? Or why they were stamped on the side of the hatch?”… Why would they (The Others or Dharma) do that? Because it is the most important combination in the entire Lost PRIME universe. Without it, the entire universe will cease to exist. You wouldn’t want to lose that combination, would you? You’d write it down and tell everyone, just in case you couldn’t get to the button in time.
  • Hurley’s friend, Leonard Simms, at the Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute in L.A. taught Hurley the cosmic combo, but Hurley calls them ‘the numbers’. It was all Leonard could say. The numbers drove him insane. While in the Navy he heard the transmission from the island and the knowledge must have allowed him to travel or peer into the Lost SIDEWAYS world. Maybe he saw himself living a very different life. Maybe he was a millionaire, or a bank robber or a movie star. Whatever he saw, it broke his grasp on reality.
  • One day, Desmond accidently murdered his hatchmate and failed to enter the sequence in time. 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.
  • Nathaniel White asked me:” When Desmond failed to push the button, he couldn’t have been pulling the plane from Lost SIDEWAYS to the Island because that plane had different occupants than the original plane (Desmond was on it, and no Shannon). Also, the Island in Lost SIDEWAYS is underwater.”
  • When Desmond failed to push the button, the energy pulled Flight 815 of the Lost PRIME universe out of the sky, AND was beginning to pull the entire Lost Prime universe in on itself, or collapse in on itself like a black hole. Black holes are one of the strongest forms of gravity in the known universe after all, which could easily pull 815 from the air. Then, once Lost PRIME in its entirety is gone, Lost SIDEWAYS would simply take its place. After all, nature abhors a vacuum.
  • With regards to the Lost Sideways plane, we just didn’t see Shannon. Boone never said she wasn’t on the plane. But, that really doesn’t matter anyway because she doesn’t need to be on the plane. It’s fine that there were different occupants, because It is a different timeline where everything is and can be different since the explosion in 1977. Why couldn’t Desmond be on that plane? His life might have taken many different turns from the Lost Prime universe? Maybe he is a VP of Widmore Industries for all we know? Hmmmmmm?
  • 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.
  • A few people asked how Desmond’s ‘Time Travel’ would work in my theory as well. Desmond’s time traveling in ‘The Constant’ was actually the same reaction as was created by Faraday’s research, just without the harmful radiation. His mind was shifting to the Lost SIDEWAYS universe, and would have continued to do so until he could forge a true bond with one universe or the other. He needed to anchor himself, and his anchor or constant was Penny. Scratch that last bit. It doesn’t logically fit. Desmond’s consciousness shift was SIMILAR to Farday’s research. He is unique in this universe and is more adaptable to ‘shifts’, and might be capable of travel back and forth to Lost Sideways without use of the doorway created by the Incident. Desmond and Penny’s storyline is one of my favorites. I hope they make it out alive by the end.
  • 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. Please see the bottom of this post to see my new theory of why the Island in Under water in Lost Sideways.
  • 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. I was asked quite a bit about the Fail-safe key, and why it wasn’t used earlier to protect the universe. In my theory… They didn’t use it earlier because the Dharma Initiative was studying the nature of the energy. They wanted to see if they could harness it and use it for their own purposes, be it to time travel, to heal, to weaponize it, or travel between worlds. If they used the failsafe, they would have dispelled the energy and Lost this opportunity. So they got a person to push the button every 108 minutes so the world could go on and they could continue their research.
  • 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.
  • On Facebook, Maria Moraitakis asked how this theory worked with the underlying theme of good and evil. My response is simply that Good and Evil will always be in conflict. It is their nature to clash. One attacks, the other defends. This is merely a different battleground, with a different prize. And what better prize than a doorway between worlds?
  • 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!
  • Jack is a great compelling character. I think he is prone to mistakes, which makes him very interesting. Who would want to watch something about a perfect person? It would be boring.

Thank you so much for reading! My next post is going to be a funny collection of quick thoughts.

  • A LAST amendment: The Island? The Island, I was suggesting, was able to jump back and forth. What about the Island under water? Lets think this through. How can our current Island be the one that is underwater? I’ve got it (at least in my head I’ve got it)! Not sure If you’ll like this, but It works with the way that the writer’s like to screw with our senses of time and continuity.

There are two storylines that will run through this season:

Lost PRIME – The castaways are on the Island in 2007, fighting for their lives against MIB, the Others, Flocke, Each Other, etc. They will be faced with making the difficult decision to ‘move the island’ again, when Charlie Widmore & Co. inevitably comes a knockin’. The Island will shift To Lost SIDEWAYS, and find itself unstable (?) Something will go wrong with the shift leading to it sinking, and be the island that we saw underwater, where the secrets, MIB, the energy, and the statue foot will rest forever.
Just then…. in Lost SIDEWAYS,
2. The Lost SIDEWAYS Flight 815 will fly overhead, and that storyline will play out from where we saw it begin in the La X episode.
So, the Lost SIDEWAYS flight 815 flying over the island is exactly half-way through the storyline of this season.
Did I explain that clearly? It makes sense in my head.

Thanks again!

I need to go write something funny now…

“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.

The Premiere of Lost the Final Season was nothing short of mind bending.

“You will watch LOST as I bend your MIND!”


Story is the backbone to Lost, but the characters are its soul. Without the awesomely despair-ridden deceitful castaways that we have come to love, this show would have sunk deep into the Pacific Ocean at the end of season 3.

Story

Let’s take a few minutes to look at the nature of the two storylines in this episode. The first storyline depicts Jack back on Flight 815 in 2004. Is seems identical to the pilot episode, except Jack’s face seems to reflect a little more mileage, and he might have one or two additional grey hairs. Suddenly, the flight hits turbulence, but that is all, and they arrive on time. Jug-head worked! Jack successfully hit Apple-Z (I’m a Mac) on the universe! Or did he? He seems a little out of sorts. Deja-Vu Jack? Feel like you’ve done this before?

But wait. The universe is split in two. When Jug-head exploded, a new time-line skewed off from our own creating a place in which Flight 815 never crashed. Now, lucky Hurley completed his Australian trip, Boone left his sister in Australia, Kate is being extradited for patricide, and Sawyer is offering good-natured advice to a stranger. Wait. What? Sawyer offers good advice to a stranger? How out of Character, considering this is the shyster Sawyer from 2004 who has not known Freckles or Juliet yet. Is it possible that the universe needs a better Sawyer, a nobler Sawyer, and is course correcting? Charlie seems oddly aware of his need to perish for the sake of reality.

Simultaneously (?), and in 2007, back in the Old Lost Universe, the castaways find themselves still trapped on the island, at night, in their bloodied Dharma jumpsuits.

I’d like to make a suggestion. In order to differentiate between the two storylines, I will refer to the Original Lost Universe that we have followed for 5 seasons as Lost Universe Prime. The new Lost timeline where 815 made it to L.A. intact will be known as Lost Universe 2.

Lost Prime – Jack and Company are injured, bloodied, and some are dying. They are afraid and angry. Their leader Jack has failed them. They were ready to die for the sake of their futures, their pasts, and their hopes and dreams. Instead, all they got was a ringing in their ears, and the same island. Dissent immediately ensues. Sides are chosen. A wiser Sawyer than we’ve seen before realizes that the greatest punishment for Jack is to live with everything that he has done. Sawyer can see Jack for what he is, a lost boy who desperately needed to impress his unimpressible daddy.

Lost Prime still exists quite simply because it needs to. It is said that ‘Nature abhors a vacuum,’ so how could your eradicate an entire timeline? According to Jack’s plan, as he co-opted it from Daniel Faraday, lives, loves, wars, scientific advancement, birthdays, accidents, deaths, every choice a person ever made from 1977 to 2004, all of these would cease to exist, and would be replaced by a better (?) world in which they arrived in L.A. unscathed. Jack’s gamble with the bomb worked, and it saved flight 815 thirty years from when it was detonated, but it did not save the actual castaways that were present at ground zero in 1977. They did not cease to exist. How could they cease to exist? They were there. They blew the bomb up. If Lost Prime were eliminated along with the Lost Prime castaways, then WHO blew up Jug-head? To eliminate that Timeline could unhinge the entire universe. The universe needs them to be on the island in 1977 to detonate Jug-head. In this way, the universe, in order to ensure its continued existence, course corrected itself by creating a tangent timeline.

Course correction

The universe did see the mistake in that the castaways were not in their proper timeline, and used the energy of the Jug-head explosion to re-insert them into their proper place in time. According Dr. Michio Kaku, an awesome theoretical physicist, the universe can be literally melted if the right amount of heat is used, then at that point the actual laws of physics change. Things beyond our imagination can be realized, like time travel, wormholes, and other dimensions can be reached. Jug-head exploding along with the destruction of the energy pocket would probably qualify for enough energy. I buy it.

Tangent Timelines

Doc Brown explains in Back to the Future Part 2 the concept of tangent timelines rather eloquently:

Doc Brown Explains it all

Doc:

Obviously the time continuum has been disrupted creating this new temporally venced sequence resulting in this alternative reality.

Marty:

English, Doc!

Doc:

Here, here, here, let me illustrate.

Doc finds blackboard and stands it up. He picks up some chalk.

Doc:

Imagine that this line represents time…..

Doc draws a line on the blackboard.

Doc:

…Here’s the present, 1985 (He writes “1985” on the board), the future (he writes “F”), and the past (he writes “Past”). Prior to this point in time… (He points to 1985) …somewhere in the past, the timeline skewed into this tangent, creating an alternate 1985.

Doc draws the tangent on the board and writes “1985-A” on it.

Doc:

Alternate to you, me and Einstein. But reality for everyone else.

Doc goes to the DeLorean and gets a bag out.

Doc:

Recognize this? It’s the bag the sports book came in. I know, because the receipt is still inside. I found them in the time machine, along with this!

Doc shows Marty what he found. It’s the top of 2015 Biff’s cane!

Marty:

It’s the top of Biff’s cane, I mean old Biff from the future!

Doc:

Correct! It was in the time machine because Biff was in the time machine – with the sports almanac!

Marty:

Holy shit!

Character

Jack. Poor Jack. Jack is so broken. When the plane initially crashed, the people on the beach said “Oh! Jack is a Doctor. Let’s do what he says.” Jack didn’t ask to lead them, but he stepped up. Like a good leader he followed through, only faltering once or twice, and as a result a lot of people died. Jack is a Doctor that lacks confidence when he needs it. He is husband that lacked the ability to give his wife love when she needed it. He is a pill popping alcoholic suicide waiting to happen. In the season finale, I was rather terrified that Jack wasn’t really following the plan Faraday laid out for him, but was attempting a large scale group suicide. I thought he might have given up and decided it was time to just end it for everyone involved. He thought they were too far gone and needed Jack Kevorkian rather than Jack Sheppard. Jack is a broken man in both Lost Prime and Lost 2. In both universes he has major regrets. In Lost Prime, he regrets his treatment of his Dad, his Wife, his career, himself. He wants more. He wants to be the best, but doesn’t know how, and doesn’t know how to be with people, and just be happy. He’ll never be satisfied. As a non-believer on the island, he refused to accept Locke’s faith in Jacob, fate, and destiny. In L.A. as an Oceanic Six survivor, he embraced faith and destiny while throwing the scientific method out the window. In Lost Universe 2, he has the same regrets and shortcomings, but less people have died.  He is a broken man, with a broken soul, broken relationships, and look at what he’s done now. Look Jack. You’ve broken the universe. Thanks a lot Jack.

Mirror Jack

Jack Prime and Jack 2

Here is an interesting train of thought.

-The Incident was never clearly defined in earlier seasons. What was the Incident?

-I suggest that the incident was always the skewing of our reality into another universe in 1977.

-The hatch 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 up opening the doorway to Lost 2.

-Desmond got too drunk one day and chose not to enter the sequence. That pulled Flight 815 through the doorway to the island from Lost 2.

-When the hatch was destroyed, the control of the doorway was lost. Now the bridge between Lost Prime and Lost 2 is swinging wide open, you just have to find the door to use it. That was the 325 and 308 bearings to get off the island.

-Jack, Kate Sawyer, et al. travel back in time. They Blow up Jug-head.

-They create an alternate reality.

-“The Incident” was known to the Dharma Initiative. They know it is the creation of the alternate universe. The Incident was the creation of Lost Universe 2.

You broke the universe Jack. Happy now? Your daddy still won't love you.

Old Business

Well, I just heard a radio spot for the Lost premiere tonight, and my statement (in my last blog) as to what the most important question to ask regarding the multiple mysteries of the island and its inhabitants was right on the money. The focus of the radio piece was a man (Ben’s voice, I think…) asking Jack, “Jack,WHY were you brought to the island?” If that question is answered, pretty much everything else will fall into place.

Artist’s interpretation of me Dancing the Jig.

New Business

The island, what is it?

I realized recently, that nearly every program on the Discovery Channel can be applied to Lost in some way, and/or contribute to a theory. Example! I was watching SciFi Science, hosted by the very awesome Dr. Michio Kaku, and he was explaining something called Inflation theory.

Inflation theory allows for a unique take on the concept of parallel universes. At its most basic, it states that the universe is constantly expanding outward from the central Big Bang that created everything in the known universe. This theory allows for additional Baby Big Bangs as well. When the conditions are correct and a sufficient amount of energy is spent, a new additional big bang can occur, just smaller, and its doesn’t eradicate us from existence.

Near Geneva the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) has built The Large Hadron Collider, which is the largest particle accelerator the world has ever seen.

It’s a pretty big machine

Some are worried that this device could produce baby big bang-like events that could potentially swallow up our planet. Others believe that the tiny big bangs will create new universes that could/ would blink into existence and just as quickly would fall out of phase with our ‘reality’ and become a parallel space, or another dimension, much like the places we used to watch on the Twilight Zone.   These new parallel universes/ realities would follow the same fundamental laws of our dimension, but but who is to say they would stay that way? Who is to say that people wouldn’t become telepathic or super strong or super smart, or harness time travel?  Hmmmmm?

As this new baby universe buds off from our own, a bridge would be formed, much like a bubble being stretched to form two bubbles. For a brief moment during this new universe’s creation, travel between the two worlds would be possible. To travel back and forth at a later date would require very exact specific conditions, similar to the conditions under which the Oceanic Six needed to create to get back to the Island.  Hmmmm?

According to Dr. Michio Kaku, with enough heat, and we are talking heat as hot as the big bang itself, it would be possible to open (or re-open) a door to this alternate universe. The door would form by literally melting the universe at a precise point.

In comic books, The Justice League of America, made up of Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, The Flash, etc. are well aware of the existence of parallel universes, and given their abilities, find the trip to one of these alternate world much easier than we ever could. In order to keep their Multi-verse straight, the JLA refer to their dimension as Earth-1. On Earth-2 the people of Earth live in fear of an evil version of the JLA, that rule with an iron fist. That world’s only hero is Lex Luthor. Crazy, right?

What if the island is in one of these alternate spaces/ parallel worlds? What if this energy that is contained in the island is a fundamental force of the universe, and it created this other subspace that it exists in? So, everytime it flares up, say like when Desmond has too much to drink and decides not to press a certain button, it creates a bridge back to its parent universe (where we live) and for a brief moment the two are linked.

From the island, the bearing to leave as told to Michael was  325. What if that is simply the bearing to cross the bridge back to our reality.  Is that the bearing that can get you out of the Twilight Zone?

Cheers ! Enjoy the Final Season Premiere!