Analysis: 5.3 Jughead

What’s in a name? Let me throw a few out there for you. Charles. Charlie. Ellie. Eloise. Did you know the Latin for Richard was Ricardo? I’ll start with him, and then I’ll talk about some other names and relative revelations. Much like the eponymous bomb, Jughead showed us a whole set of explosives primed to blow and names were the name of the game.

This is where Alpert and Locke, chronologically-speaking, met for the very first time. Locke tells Richard that he has spoken to Jacob, that he will be the leader of The Others, and if Richard doesn’t believe him then he should wait a couple of years for Locke to be born. With this one exchange we can track Alpert’s actions during the episode Cabin Fever and reach conclusions. First, Alpert turns up to Locke’s birth.

There’s Alpert’s verification. Don’t forget, from Alpert’s point of view Locke came out of nowhere, told him he was going to be leader, and then disappeared. That was all Alpert had to go on. Locke’s birth is the first validation this bizarre encounter holds truth. So Alpert waits a few years and then he visits young Locke and presents a test.

As it transpired, young Locke failed the test, and we can now understand why. It has been made clear that the compass was Alpert’s property. And yet he asked young Locke to select items he believed were his. Locke picked the compass. That wasn’t his. It was Alpert’s. He failed the test. Cue: Abruptly angry Alpert, presumably because he was thrown into doubt – after these years of patience – about whether Locke really was his man.

Alpert tried to coax Locke as a teenage boy to join Mittelos, but sports-mad Locke wasn’t interested. We can imagine that there were many years of doubt about Locke, possibly explaining why Ben was eventually accorded the role of leader, but Alpert is a patient man and he didn’t give up. Once Locke was chastened by his ‘accident’ he became amenable for coercion.

Abaddon encouraged Locke to go on a walkabout, and from there he got to the Island and from there he was delivered to Alpert, at last, after half a century’s wait: Alpert finally met the man he met all those years ago and knew he had found his destined leader.

Perhaps, like me, this line of logical progression has forced you to consider the idea that Abaddon might, like Alpert, be an Other. He was instrumental in bringing Locke, the promised leader of The Others, to the Island. As he was also instrumental in bringing Charlotte (I’ll get to her) and Faraday as well.

Oh yes. Daniel Faraday. In the previous two episodes we were given scraps of clues that allowed us to propose that his mother was Ms. Hawking. According to the Enhanced Version of The Lie (shown in US), Ms. Hawking’s first name is Eloise. Now there’s a name! Not only was it the name of Faraday’s test rat from The Constant in Season 4, it can also be shortened down to “Ellie”.

What’s in a name?

This feisty young Other was called Ellie. Faraday remarked that she had a striking similarity to someone he knew. Eloise. Ellie. Ms. Hawking. Whatever you want to call her, I think Faraday calls her “mum”. What’s perhaps more intriguing is the notion of who Faraday calls “dad”. . .

The big reveal was the soldier with the ‘Jones’ nametag was a young Widmore. At last, confirmation of something long suspected: Widmore was on the Island. So we’ve got a young Ms. Hawking and a young Charles Widmore on the Island together. Time for them to meet. To perhaps fall in love. To give birth to a baby boy. . .

Obviously, there’s a required explanation about why Ms. Hawking is called “Hawking”, and Daniel has the surname “Faraday”. It’s not inconceivable that Ms. Hawking never married Widmore, or was once married to a Faraday now long gone. Hell, Widmore might not be Daniel’s father at all and purely funded the research since its Island-related nature sits close to his heart. But Widmore being Faraday’s father is an alternate explanation why he was funding Daniel’s research at Oxford, and why he paid for the care of Daniel’s apparent one-time girlfriend, Theresa - the unfortunate result of previous attempts at mind-shifting.

This is a revelation that potentially paints Faraday as more of a monstrous bastard than previously considered. Behind his bumbling fa├žade lurks an unscrupulous Dr. Frankenstein leaving behind him a trail of broken people, ex-experiments? It appears poor Theresa is suffering a Minkowski-esque state – flitting time periods in her own mind – but it’s interesting how she has managed to last so long without a Constant. . .

For the record, I’m not willing to give up on Faraday being a good guy. I’m sure there’s good reason why he abandoned Theresa. Or there isn’t, and he’s a love ‘em and leave ‘em type. Charlotte better hope not; Faraday declared his love for her just before another time jump triggered near-fatal effect.

I don’t have any better explanation for Charlotte’s condition than previous assertions about her being born on the Island (or so we’ve been kind of led to believe). If the time period they have arrived at is the same one where ‘original Island Charlotte’ exists then the paradoxical event of their co-existing has created a problem. Conjecture proposes it’s the truth of Charlotte’s origins being unknown to her, and potentially coming to light, that may be the root of her memory loss and nosebleeds, as though everything she was once ignorant of is bursting forth and overloading her.

On most other shows that kind of prediction would be ridiculous, but the boundaries of what we accept as ridiculous on Lost are constantly being shifted. Such as:

The name of the episode was the name of the bomb we’ve now discovered exists on the Island. Faraday recommended burying the thing deep underground and encasing it in concrete. Funnily enough, I happen to know of a place on the Island that is deep underground and has thick concrete surround.

If ‘jughead’ was stuffed down behind the concrete wall in The Swan Station then I wonder what became of it when the place ‘imploded’. Is it still down there, over to the side of the hole? Did it vanish in the Fail Safe bright light? Or was it never there at all, and is instead tucked away elsewhere on the Island, primed to pop up for devastating drama in the future? I don’t think we’ve seen or heard the last about it.

How did the bomb get there? The insinuation was that the Americans found the Island and planned to use the place as a detonation test site. (Interesting notion here is that the Island, in the 1950s, wasn’t as tricky to find as it is now?) Perhaps the unique properties of the Island were perceived by the Americans and so scientific emphasis was introduced. What these guys didn’t factor in were Alpert and his people who were already there. The indigenous Others.

Whilst they had their own weapons – flaming arrows and so forth – they also learned to appropriate the guns and uniforms of their enemy and use them also. Hence the ragtag band of Others wearing army uniforms we saw. We can pretty much grasp how things went for the next few decades. Dharma turned up. Alpert’s mob were ‘hostiles’. They fought in skirmishes. One ‘purge’ later, after half a century of fighting, The Others reclaimed the Island.

Then came Oceanic. The Freighter. Widmore. That name again. Keeps cropping up. But, on Lost, names have a habit of doing that. And it’s not all doom and gloom.

Desmond and Penny, tucked away on their yacht, started their own little family. (By my reckoning, this is the third episode of Lost that has started with a woman giving birth, following The Man Behind The Curtain and Cabin Fever.) What’s in a name? Poignantly, Desmond remembered his old friend. The one who died so that the likes of Des and Penny could get together. They named their new baby boy Charlie. Awww! That’s what’s in a name.

And it would have been cruel to call the kid Jughead.

Analysis: 5.2 The Lie

Why did the Oceanic 6 lie? The conversation on Penny’s boat (frustratingly skipping over Penny’s part in all of what had transpired so far!) informed us that everyone bar Hurley was agreed on lying about it. On more than one occasion Hurley asked the question about why, however, and it most certainly is a valid question.

As Jack has it, the reason to lie was to keep the people they left behind safe. Widmore sent a boat load of people to kill everyone and so telling him the truth about what happened means he’s unlikely to leave them alone. Fundamentally, then, the Oceanic 6 lie as a means of denying they ever knew anything about The Freighter, or Widmore, in the hope of keeping themselves safe.

Jack then admits that part of the reason for lying is because, if they tell the truth, people just won’t believe it. And Jack’s right. People wouldn’t believe it – talk of a disappearing Island with Black Smokes – and it would raise more questions demanding ‘the truth’, and also make them a definite target for Widmore who they know won’t stop looking for the Island. As Penny said, “There’s no calling my father off.”

I just wanted to get ‘the lie’ clear up front because I think it’s been kind of lost in the mix a little. It’s also the latest ‘thing’ that’s been eating away at Hurley (he’s constantly guilty; whether it be for accidentally killing people, winning the lottery, lying about a plane crash. . .). His visit from Ana Lucia presented a major discussion point – when she apparently came from beyond the grave to inform him he should avoid getting arrested.

For all the means by which time travel may explain many mysteries, the dead apparitions Hurley is visited by don’t lend themselves to it. Hurley’s either crazy, or there’s still a layer of the unknown to be peeled away. And I don’t think Hurley’s crazy. But he was conflicted. Ana Lucia told him to not get arrested. But then Sayid told him that he shouldn’t trust Ben Linus, and do the opposite of whatever Ben suggested.

And so, prompting a surprising fling of a hot pocket, Ben Linus appeared to Hurley and offered him a way back to the Island where he would no longer have to feel guilty about lying.

Hurley did the opposite. He ran to the police and got himself arrested. The thing is, if this was just as a result of Ben’s suggestion then it may have been the right thing to do, but given that Hurley’s own personal ‘ghosts’ were advising the same thing then you can’t help but feel like Hurley could have made a mistake. What I mean is, if the ‘ghosts’ are representative of the will of the Island, then that means Ben and Hawking and Jill the Butcher are also working for the will of the Island.

Ah yes. What to make of this group? Jill the Butcher is in league with Ben, and I got the impression that she is just one member of another group. Perhaps these are people that were once on the Island and have all, for whatever reason, since been banished? Or maybe the women, like Jill, got pregnant on the Island and had to leave so they could deliver their babies and survive. And then perhaps they didn’t know how to get back, or didn’t want to go back, or couldn’t get back – but they’re willing to help Ben whatever.

If that includes keeping Locke in cold storage, so be it. (Quite what status of ‘dead’ Locke is at, at this moment, appears up for grabs. I believe getting Locke back to the Island with the Oceanic 6 will bring him back to life, somehow, but this is linked in with the plan of Alpert’s, with time travel, that my brain just can’t quite fathom the mechanics of just yet.)

Ms. Hawking, apparently with the means of tracking the Island, and looking increasingly sinister whilst she does it, has accorded a deadline. There are just 70 hours available to get the Oceanic 6 together and back to the Island (presumably before this ‘event window’ closes, permanently). It’s hard to know if her “God help us all” statement means that failure to reach this goal means absolute cataclysmic end, or it just means that the chance to return to the Island will be gone.

Hawking has spoken before, to Desmond in Flashes Before Your Eyes, about how him not pushing the button would mean the end of the world. She’s either got a flair for the dramatic to make people do what she wants them to do, or she’s genuinely aware of how close everything is to the brink of collapse. Personally, I think she’s a manipulator, and an evil one, and she’s pushing her own agenda.

She might also be Faraday’s mother.

Previously on Lost, Faraday instructed Desmond to go to Oxford, to find his mother. Well, Ms. Hawking is in a church in L.A., apparently (fitting, given the picture of her and Brother Campbell that Lost fanatics are aware of from Catch-22). So maybe Hawking isn’t Faraday’s mother, or perhaps Faraday just doesn’t know his mother is in L.A. in 2007! Faraday claims to have been interested in time travel physics all his adult life, and given the nature of Ms. Hawking as a temporal police agent, and her knowledge of time travel, then it all fits – perhaps a little too snugly for comfort.

Time travel larks abound back on the Island, meanwhile. And they appear to be taking their toll more on Charlotte than on anyone else, with her having nosebleeds that seem reminiscent of 'Constants' but I don't think they are - but they're probably kindred, ahem, sicknesses.

As ever, Faraday knows what’s going on but, instead of not telling because he thinks he won’t be understood, for Charlotte he’s keeping quiet because he doesn’t want to give her the bad news. Why only Charlotte? Is it because, as she obliquely mentioned in the Season 4 finale, that she was born on the Island? Could it be that during the course of bouncing around through Island time they are on a collision course for a Baby/Young Charlotte meeting that creates some form of minor paradox?

If everyone was suffering from nosebleeds we could state that it’s a universal effect of the time traveling – but since it’s just happening to Charlotte then its root cause is something personal and exclusive to her alone. Maybe Faraday will get her pregnant and she will give birth to herself in the past before dying.

That was a joke, by the way. As was this:

Yes, ‘fans’ of the Lost mobisodes were treated to some true “Frogurt” (he invented ‘frozen yoghurt, see?) action before, blatantly whilst wearing a redshirt, he got a flaming arrow through the chest. In the grand tradition of annoying sub-characters meeting a memorable death that started with Arzt and dynamite in Season One, Neil “Frogurt” bit the big one. But who shot him?
I believe the flaming arrows were fired by ‘the hostiles’, and I think this was all occurring quite some time before Dharma in their 70s heyday. When Sawyer and Juliet escaped the flaming arrow barrage they encountered a group of soldiers, English-speaking and aggressively protective of ‘their Island’.

So this is where I sweep in with quite a reach of a theory. I believe that these soldiers were from around the World War II era. Maybe slightly later. I believe that Dharma, or whatever organization preceded Dharma, were more military based. These soldiers belonged to that organization, perhaps when ‘war’ with ‘the hostiles’ was much fiercer. Once this war was done, and ‘the hostiles’ were reduced to more manageable numbers, Dharma scientists set-up their ‘barracks’ and Stations and got cracking with their science experiments. When you consider the armaments and guns of Dharma, this army-based foundation makes sense.

Further still, given these soldiers were English, I’ll venture that a young soldier during this era was none other than Charles Widmore.

He strikes me as a man with a military background. And consider how Desmond tried to win Widmore’s respect? He joined the army! I would also add that Widmore’s Freighter contained a mix of both army men and scientists together. It all fits.

Potentially the timelines are a little broad, since Widmore isn’t old enough to have served in World War II, but there’s a theory going around that he was once an Island Chief. Maybe he once turned the ‘donkey wheel’ and got spat out into the future, in the desert, banished from the Island. If he got sent further into the future than Ben did, the time discrepancy of his being in the 1940s/50s and still around in the 21st Century suddenly have an explanation.

I told you it was quite a reach of a theory, but you read it here first and that’s. . . oh-oh. . . no word a lie!

Analysis: 5.1 Because You Left

Lost is Back! It’s in the future! It’s in the past! It’s here and now and it’s there and then! Hang on to your flux capacitors, because time travel has swept in to invert the flashback/flashforward principle completely. Previously, we as an audience were one moment in the present then - with a whoosh sound effect - snapped off to a point in the past or in the future. Now it’s our main characters who - with a bright light - are snapped off to a point in the past or in the future, never better exemplified by the opening sequence showing Faraday existing in the same time as Pierre Chang and the rest of Dharma!

Okay. We’ve hit the ground running and, on the Island especially, the ground doesn’t stay still for very long.

So what’s the deal with this time travel? Is the Island moving in time? Or are the likes of Sawyer and Locke moving in time? I think it’s both, and it depends on perspective. I think the Island is moving in time (we saw it disappear, so it definitely went somewhere). Trouble is, Sawyer and co aren’t properly part of it when it moves. From the Island’s perspective, this means Sawyer and co get ‘lost’ in time when it moves. From Sawyer and co’s perspective, the Island appears to change around them. The fundamental point is that the likes of Sawyer and Locke have become untethered from the Island which in itself has become untethered from time.

The Island is unstuck in time. Sawyer and co are unstuck in time. But they are not in synchronisation. The interesting question is: How come Alpert and The Others haven’t become untethered in the same way?

I believe this is where the Oceanic 6 come in. Because they left is the reason why Sawyer and the rest were perhaps ‘rejected’ by the Island, whereas a ‘complete’ group like The Others have acceptance by the Island and so remain upon it. (We must imagine that from Alpert’s point of view it was Locke who simply vanished when the Island moved, but their present remains constant.)

I can’t fully explain why the Oceanic 6 are required to return to the Island to get Sawyer and co ‘un-unstuck in time’, and where the likes of Walt or Frank or Desmond figure, but for now that’s the hook I am hanging on. (By the by, I think Jacob’s Cabin is a microcosm of this same phenomena – being unstuck in time, untethered from the Island, the cabin appears and disappears in different places. Perhaps this lies at the root of Jacob’s “Help me”.)

So Ben’s plan to return the Oceanic 6 drives the ‘Flashforward’ plot (though I guess ‘flashforward’, as a concept, no longer applies). He’s managed to get Jack on board, and off the pills, too. However, he’s managed to upset and lose Sayid along the way. My ‘plucked out of the air’ prediction is that Sayid’s distrust stems from finding something out about Nadia’s death and Ben’s involvement or manipulation as a result. Now Sayid has linked up with Hurley, Ben’s got his work cut out to get those two on side.

Aside: Lost fans may be interested to note that if they look up “badass” in the dictionary they will see a picture of Sayid Jarrah. Seriously, that balcony and kitchen shootout and scrap was ineffably cool. Drug darts? Pah! Sayid eats that shit for breakfast. Have a rack of knives through your chest for your troubles! Aside over.

Meanwhile Kate was on the lamb once more after a maternity test demand threatened to unveil her as not Aaron’s mother. Best guess is that Ben is the client of the lawsuit, and is trying to get Aaron as a means of luring Kate back to the Island. Alternatively, it may be Widmore trying to get Aaron just to scupper Ben’s plans of returning the Oceanic 6 (though I fancy Widmore would surely take the more aggressive straight out kidnap route). Leftfield notion is that Sun is orchestrating the lawsuit, but quite what she’s up to is cloaked in mystery for now.

I still think Sun’s ultimate goal is to bring down Widmore, who she blames for the death of Jin, but doesn’t that just feel a little too straightforward. . .?

What has been attempted to be made as straightforward as possible are the rules of time travel. As Faraday described it, time is a string of events that cannot be changed, or split to a different string. Put plainly: Everything that happened, happened. Everything that will happen, will happen. This links in with Course Correction, being a force that states nothing can be fundamentally changed.

Take Locke as an example. There he is, narrowly ducking down to avoid being hit by a crashing Beechcraft. He finds it perched on top of a cliff, similar to how it was when he would ‘first’ come across it, years later!

Locke starts to climb up. Now, if he managed to get to the top and dislodge the plane then that means, years later, Locke and Boone won’t find it at the top of the cliff and Boone wouldn’t get in it and fall to his death. That would clearly mess up the ‘string of time’ notion. Except, true to the idea, Locke didn’t dislodge the plane; he was shot in the leg by Ethan.

I thought this was a wonderful touch. Ethan meets Locke, who tells him he knows him and was appointed leader by Ben, and then Locke vanishes. That’s got to mess with Ethan’s head. Years later, Oceanic 815 will crash and Ethan will get in with the survivors. There he will meet Locke again. And we’ve already seen, in Season One, that Ethan infiltrated the Oceanic group by joining Locke as a hunting partner. A familiar face, eh?

Suddenly Ethan gravitating to Locke makes more sense. Potentially, if Ethan ever happens to encounter Locke or other Oceanic people in his ‘past’ again, it’s more reason why Ben selected him (he was their only surgeon, remember?) to go and make a list. If Ethan had briefly met them before then he was better placed to integrate himself into their group! Isn’t that just splendid!

But this notion of interactions with the past affecting the future brings me to my last major point of discussion, which was also the last scene of the episode: Desmond woke up and ‘remembered’ meeting Faraday outside The Swan.

There are two trains of thought to this and, for now, I’ll let you decide which one you like best.

Permanent History: Desmond and Faraday had always met. They had always had the conversation we saw them have. That Desmond only just remembered it in his dream is fatefully coincidental, perhaps, but also explicable by him being more ‘attuned’ to time travel discrepancies given his own mental time journeys.

At the time it happened, Desmond was surely sleep deprived – having never slept for longer than 108 minutes at a time. (It’s hard to pinpoint, but I get the impression this moment took place after Inman was dead, after Oceanic had crashed, and Desmond was alone in The Swan.) That he wanders outside to speak with a man – Faraday – who then disappears before his eyes would probably leave him to later wonder if it wasn’t all just a dream. At a stretch, you could say this bizarre encounter could have provoked the sobbing suicide frame of mind Desmond displayed during Live Together, Die Alone.

There he was crying, saying “It’s all gone!”, and in a way you can retrofit that permanent history and see how Faraday’s appearance, and disappearance, in Desmond’s past makes emotional and logical sense. Alternatively. . .

Flexible History: Whilst time is a piece of string of events set down, that doesn’t necessarily mean there isn’t room for slight tweaks to the past. If you hold a piece of string between your fingers the two ends are always the same, but you can stretch the string taut or slacken it – hopefully you comprehend the metaphor here.

Maybe Faraday and Desmond never originally met outside The Swan Station, but Faraday considered Desmond unique enough to risk trying to affect his future by tampering with the past. So he meets Desmond and inserts a ‘new memory’, a meeting with Faraday, that a sleeping Desmond will suddenly become aware of. (Why Desmond suddenly had this memory pop up is hard to reconcile. Narratively it works. Logically it makes no sense.)

Whilst this may seem like an infringement of the ‘rule’ that events cannot be changed, it’s perhaps no more a tweak of the past in the same manner that Desmond averting Charlie’s death on numerous occasions was a tweak of the future. The end result was still the same, Charlie still died. Stretch the string taut, or let it go slack – the ends are the same. But Faraday may be using these ‘historical tweaks’ to engineer the salvation of himself and the rest of the ‘unstuck’ people before it’s too late, and possibly Desmond is the only person unique capable of doing so. . .

Faraday instructed Desmond that he needed to go to Oxford, to find his mother. Now as unlikely as it may seem, what odds are there that Faraday’s mother turns out to be none other than Ms. Hawking?

Oh, but wait. Ms. Hawking is more of an episode two thing. I’m getting ahead of myself. The future. The past. Events following events in non-chronological order. There’s a lot of that going about these days, you know. . .

Dharma Special Access - Part 9

I know.

Episodes 1 and 2 of the new fifth season of Lost have already aired in the US, so if you’ve seen them then you’re probably checking Lost sites to read about those rather than this. And if you live outside the US then you are probably keeping a low online profile to avoid the episodes being spoiled before you get to see them, either by downloading or waiting for the official air date in your country.

I know.

I know that, at this time, a Dharma Special Access post isn’t what you’re crying out for. But what am I to do? I am duty-bound to post these things here for those people that don’t happen to be on the mailing list, and also because I said that’s what I would do when I began this thing. And, hey, look on the bright side, there’s at least one partially interesting piece of information contained within! See if you can spot it. . .

Dear fellow Dharma guests,

With the show’s imminent launch, it’s been very busy here in the LOST offices. Last week we attended the TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour. We did a lot of interviews there, which you’ll probably see this week, and we showed them episode three. (They’d already seen episodes one and two via ABC.)

We are also working on breaking the last five episodes, writing episodes twelve and thirteen, production is shooting eleven, we’re editing seven, eight, nine and ten, and on the post end of things we are finishing the CG work, ADR, sound and mixing on episodes four, five and six.

So this is a round-about way of saying we didn’t have a chance to prepare a video for you this week. We hope you’ll understand. However, we will be back. In fact, it’s our hope to fire off to you guys a DSA video update about once a month as the season progresses.

We really appreciate your continued support, and we hope you enjoy the premiere.

With gratitude,

Damon and Carlton

Hm? What’s that? What was the “partially interesting” information, you ask? Well, the bit about them sending out a DSA mail once a month. That sounds like a fine kind of delivery timescale for me to both manage, and happily receive like a surprise gift through the post during the hectic mayhem of Season 5.

Anyway. That’s it. Job done. Next time you hear from me I’ll have seen the latest episodes and I can discuss those!

Dharma Special Access - Part 8

I thought they'd forgotten us this week. I forgave them. They have a Season 5 premiere coming up so I figured they might have been a bit busy. But, no, on a Friday of all days, in came another e-mail and another slice of Special Access cake!

Hello Dharma Friends,

In less than a week, LOST season 5 premieres! You're hopefully excited. We're heavily medicating ourselves to overcome our anxiety.

What you'll be seeing on premiere night is episodes one and two of this season. While we did not write them to air as a two hour block, we are happy that you are getting to see both episodes on the first night.

Episode one entitled "Because You Left" picks up where the finale left off, and the second episode "The Lie" is a Hurley-centric episode. Honestly, we're very excited for you to see them.

Speaking of the Hurley episode, this week we've got a special sneak peak at a scene from that episode just for you.

We've also put together some photos from a recent photo shoot set to the music Michael Giacchino wrote specially for our 2008 Comic-Con appearance. (Actually, we didn't put them together, but our awesome DSA team did -- and a good job they did, too.)

Until next week...


Damon and Carlton

I expect the news that Lost is returning with a two-episode start won't be new to any of you (but if it is then, hey, what GREAT news, eh?). So Because You Left picks up where the finale left off, hmm? We've already seen a scene in previous DSA of Ben and Jack together, so gathering the O6 will probably be a focus of that show - as well as, hopefully, showing us where the Island went and what became of the rest of them. The Lie being a Hurley-centric episode seems intriguing, too, especially in light of this little clip below. Have a watch. It's a good 'un!

This looks like a small portion of a very important scene. The discussions that took place on the boat when Penny picked up the O6 (and Desmond, and Frank) have always intrigued me. I want to hear more about what Penny has to say about her father, and her part in finding the O6 and looking for Desmond. (And I also just want to see more of her, but that's for different reasons.)

I've often said that it's been established enough that Widmore was responsible for crashing the fake plane. Some people like to theorise otherwise. Well, not me. I say we've been given our information as is, and a scene like this re-emphasising the point only reinforces the matter. However, they're going to have to make the case stronger why they are lying; simply doing it because they think Widmore was after the survivors isn't enough. Widmore was always after the Island, so The Lie really, surely, is that they were on the Island in the first place!

This second clip is less than impressive. They could have used better music cues from the actual show to go along with the clips in my opinion. Still, the cast in these promo pictures sure do look pretty. Chances are you may have seen them before but, hey, it's just two minutes out of your life. And they make Juliet about fifty times hotter than she's ever looked before.

I am assuming that this may be the last Dharma Special Access before the Season 5 premiere. I am also assuming that this, in turn, means this will be the last Dharma Special Access ever! Unless they plan on throwing these things our whilst the show is running. . . Surely not! I'll be posting things on here every other fucking day if they're churning this stuff out whilst Season 5 is on! Christ!

Being based in the UK I'm the poor bastard that's going to have to wait even longer then you US folks to see the show, which will further delay my write-up Analyses. My aim is to get the Episode Analysis of Because You Left up by around Friday/Saturday, and The Lie by around Monday. In case you come here for such things, now you know. I expect they're going to give me a lot to pour over but I'm just happy Lost is back.

(UK people, I believe we get to see the show 'properly' on television on a Sunday so don't come here over the weekend to totally avoid even a chance of spoiling things for yourself. We've waited a long time, don't go ruining it when we're this close!)

Less than a week! Yikes-a-rama!

Ajira Airways

So some of you Lost fans, that also check out things online about Lost (which, given you are reading these words on a website, is precisely what you are!) may have heard something about this Ajira Airways. It started life as a website – a fake airline posing as a real airline – after a brief appearance of the logo in a Season 5 promo video.

Ajira Airlines then produced an advertisement.

So, what is it? And what has it got to do with Lost?

The ‘what is it?’ is an easy question to answer. It’s an online game. A bit like the Octagon Global Research game that ran, and then ran out of steam. A bit of an odd move really. Shelving one game and then starting another. But once bitten, twice shy, so I’ve not taken the plunge to get involved in this game one little bit. But I did take the trouble of seeing the findings of people that have bothered to get involved and I can relay that business here. Briefly.

The fundamental purpose of the game is to book a seat on a specific plane destined for a specific location on a specific day.

To find out what the right flight was and so on involved, I am sure, lots of intriguing digging around in Source Codes and little clues doled out here and there. The pinnacle of excitement it is not. However, successful people will have learned that the flight they needed was:

Flight 316 – 11.30 a.m.
One Way Trip from Guam to L.A.
Date: 21st January 2009
For 10 Adults and no children.

Flight 316 - 316 is the title of an episode from Season 5.

Guam to L.A. - Well, we know L.A. was the destination for Oceanic 815, but the Guam part may perhaps be a cryptic allusion to the Island. (I’ll elaborate in my conclusion.)

21st January 2009 - the air-date of the Season 5 premiere

10 Adults - Oceanic 6, Ben, Desmond, Penny and Frank Lapidus. That’s 10 Adults. (My best guess to the potential significance of that figure.) The fact that there’s no children totally discludes Walt in this frame of reasoning - unless he counts as an adult now, and that discounts Ben.

On with the game, then, and apparently once you had got this far you could then click on some of the other seats and it would reveal various images. Here are the images.

Now I'm kind of torn here between reading something significant about it, or just figuring this whole game was a little bit of a paltry paper trail to deliver up these morsels about upcoming Lost. The LAX and Departures and airport lounge once more emphasise flight. The N824 was the number on Frank Lapidus' helicopter.

The other two pictures are of characters that are due to crop up, in some form, during Season 5, but no one knows anything about them so I'm not going to waste my time and yours with absolute thin air speculation. The last pic, the Dharma logo, we have already glimpsed before during one of the Dharma Special Access videos.

So what have we got here? If there really is anything meaningful to be taken from this breadcrumb trail of information then I hypothesise the following: That Guam, being an Island in the South Pacific, is related to the Island. That the flight, and the ten passengers, are representative of the people that have left the Island (but the number Flight 316 may just turn out to be the number of the vehicle that takes them back - and Lapidus may even be the pilot). The Dharma logo represents a Station that is pivotal in making this return journey happen, and the two characters we have yet to meet will play a direct part in this also.

Fundamentally, I am saying this whole game predicts who will be going back to the Island and, by the 316 flight number, the vehicle they will be travelling there in. (There's an episode of Season 5 called 316. . . maybe that's where it all happens!)

That's my attempt at taking all these pieces of a fragmented puzzle and making a whole. That's the best I got. Alternative interpretations welcome.

Inappropriate Comics

I’m not taking credit for these babies. A person by the name of Savemejeebus (presumably not the name on their birth certificate) is to be credited. But I am presenting three of the ‘inappropriate comics’ they have produced for you to look at and be amused by.

This first one concerns the moment Jack encountered Cindy when he was locked in a cage by The Others. You’re going to have to click on it to be able to read it properly.

I was personally getting a big Midnight Express homage at work in that one – though if you haven’t seen the film then that reference may have been lost on you. Still. Never mind. This next comic, concerning the moment Jack and Kate were confronted by a collapsed Michael in the jungle, is low-brow enough for everyone to enjoy.

I repeat: You’re going to have to click on it to be able to read it properly.

The cell that contained Jack’s grinning face with “It’s wiener time!” is priceless.

This last one isn’t quite as inappropriate as the others, being fairly restrained in its vulgarity to the point of being fun for all the family. Almost. This time it’s Locke and Desmond in The Swan Station. And by now surely you are getting the hang of it: You’re going to have to click on it to be able to read it properly.

And that’s yer lot!

(Look, I can’t be writing groundbreaking theories every week, you know!)

Dharma Special Access - Part 7

It’s DSA time again! And this time the lovable Carlton Cuse (seriously, have you seen the dopey grin that guy carries around with him? How can you not love that!?) and the lively Damon Lindelof are on the move, taking us on a tour around the writer’s area of Lost. But they introduced as much in the e-mail they sent out beforehand.

Only two and a half weeks until the LOST premiere! Let the countdown begin!

We are back to work and thought we’d break in the new year with a quick tour of the writer’s offices and introduce you to the writers working on season five.

Click on the link below and enter the password to check it out. See you next week!


Damon and Carlton

As ever with these guys, and Lost, there’s always an angle and slant on things that opens things up for interpretation. But let’s watch the video first, and then we can discuss it. And when I say “we”, obviously I mean me.

Obviously, it’s an amusing bit of lightheartedness more than anything. Some people, I have read, take some significance in Adam Horowitz being replaced by an alien in his chair. I don't. I just guess the guy wasn't around so they stuck the alien toy they had lying around in his place. I don't think this is in any way some kind of hint that aliens are going to be introduced to the Lost universe.

Perhaps what’s a little more telling was the ‘living’, ‘undead’ and the ‘RIP’ photos on the wall. Obviously, some poor souls are going to take a lot of significance in Kate’s Horse being made a big deal of as an ‘undead’. I don’t. Pardon the pun, but I think that’s just Darlton and the rest of the writers horsing around, probably amusing themselves when throwing script ideas around.

What is more interesting was the presence of Jin on the ‘ALIVE’ wall. I have always been of the affirmation that Jin died on The Freighter, so his mug being on the ‘ALIVE’ wall thrills me in no way whatsoever. I'm going to be very judgemental, if Jin is indeed going to be alive, over how this comes to be explained in the show.

Anyway, other than that, it was pretty substance-free. Maybe next week will give is something more meaty. And when I say “us", obviously I mean me!

Permanent Notes

‘If anything goes wrong, Desmond Hume will be my Constant.’ – Quotation from Daniel Faraday’s Journal

To begin, let me attempt to clarify the meaning of the above notation. As I am sure you remember, the episode The Constant had Desmond’s consciousness flipping back to his past where he encountered Faraday and explained his predicament to him.

Desmond: “Um. . . Sorry. I’m Desmond Hume, and um. . . I was told I could find you here. I think I’ve. . . just been to the future.”

Dan: “. . . The future?”

Desmond: “Yes. Uh, I spoke to you there, you told me to come here, to Oxford, to find you. You said you’d help me.”

We know what happens next. Faraday used Eloise the rat to explain how Desmond needed a Constant to resolve his situation, and so Desmond used Penny in 1996 with a phone call in 2004 and voila! Instant Constant! But sticking with Faraday for a second, he makes an important point.

Dan: “Alright, this, this future version of me. . . Uh, he referenced this meeting, right? Obviously, so, so I would remember you coming to Oxford, right? I would remember this, here, right now.”

Desmond: “Actually, um, no.”

Dan: “No.”

Desmond: “Maybe you just forgot.”

Dan: “Yeah, right, how would that happen?”

The question of why 2004 Faraday doesn’t recall this meeting in 1996 is important, and places a lot more importance on his journal. See, for all of his cynicism, it would seem Faraday genuinely did forget this meeting. Indeed, it seems something happened to his memory right across the board. Charlotte was doing the memory test game with him, for one thing, as an indication that something had happened.

Probably if Season 4 had allowed more time with ‘The Freighties’ we may have been given a clearer picture of this. As it is, The Constant merely makes a throwaway suggestion that Faraday not wearing protective headgear whilst conducting his studies may eventually effect his memory functioning. I’ll suggest an alternative further on.

But back to the journal, and the message Faraday left himself. ‘If anything goes wrong, Desmond Hume will be my Constant.’ What I have to impress upon you here is that this message was permanent. It was always there. When Faraday was travelling on The Freighter, that note was in the journal. When Faraday parachuted onto the Island, that note was in the journal. It did not appear retroactively. It did not turn up because Desmond appeared in the past. The note was always there.

Personally, I think Dan wrote it shortly after Desmond visited him, to serve as a form of insurance policy. A ‘Constant Guarantee’ if you like.

Of course, with Faraday’s memory loss the note would not have made much sense to him. If he had skimmed over his notes whilst he was on The Freighter, for example, and read ‘Desmond Hume will be my Constant’ then it wouldn’t have meant much. He didn’t remember Desmond. It was just a name. It was only afterwards that he went scrabbling through his journal and discovered the message he had left for himself and realised the importance of it.

Does this not beg intrigue at what else is contained within this journal? What other relevant stuff has Dan once known and since forgotten, but at least made note of? And how did he know it in the first place?

Let’s end this with some far-reaching theory. Currently we have the interesting possibility that Faraday may have gone to the past on the Island. Possibly this paves the way for him to spend time with the Dharma Initiative in their heyday, and get to learn about The Swan and The Orchid and The Tempest. What if, at some stage during this time, Faraday gets this information to his younger self?

I’m loathe to suggest that he might do the old ‘mind time travel consciousness shifting’ and go back to his younger self, write down a bunch of notes in his journal, and then return to his original timeline. But it would be an explanation. Alternatively, he could have mailed notes to himself, perhaps? Or sent a piece of video (like Pierre Chang) with some crucial information on it?

The idea I like best? That he does get involved in some ‘mind consciousness shifting’ to his younger self, but it’s not a temporary thing. It’s permanent. Possibly it’s the result of the infamous ‘incident’ at The Swan. And the process frazzled both minds in the fusion, causing memory problems and a sense of confusion.

Remember when Faraday was sat in front of the television, watching news of the Oceanic crash? He was crying, and he didn’t know why. Maybe in that confused, future memory-addled brain of his, the truth of it all was tucked away there, weeping its way out. . .

(This theory isn’t as weird as it sounds, especially if you’ve read Slaughterhouse Five, of which this crying scene appears to be a direct reference.)

‘If anything goes wrong, Desmond Hume will be my Constant.’ Maybe Faraday did need a Constant. Maybe he did use Desmond when things went wrong. But maybe, instead of having his consciousness reconciled with his present, it instead got reconciled with his past – and so it remained, permanently.