Tuesday, February 3, 2009

LT914: Watchmen II

This post is a continuation of the previous posts on the topic of the book “Watchmen” and it correlations with LOST. We pick up with Chapter 4 which uses a very recognizable style…


Dr. Manhattan, one of the heroes of the story, is sitting alone in 1985 and looking at a photograph of a man and a woman. The couple is at an amusement park in 1959. The book reads, “In twelve seconds time, I drop the photograph to the sand at my feet, walking away. It’s already lying there, twelve seconds into the future.”

Manhattan observes that the photograph is currently in his hand, but it also on a wall in a bar 27 hours into the past. He drops the photograph.

Dr. Manhattan then observes the stars that are millions of miles from the sun and their light is already ten minutes old. He reminisces that his father admired the sky for its precision for he repaired watches.

He comments, “It’s 1945 and I sit in a Brooklyn kitchen fascinated by the cogs of a watch. The photograph lies at my feet, falls from my hands, is in my hand. I am watching the stars, admiring their complex trajectories through space, through time.”


Well, I think you get the picture. We then flash back when Dr. Manhattan was in college and he accidently left a watch inside a science chamber. While retrieving the watch he gets locked in and the program begins to run. The experiment is to remove the intrinsic field from concrete block #15.

He disappears. But he does not go away. His energy still exists and over time the lessons he learned from the first-hand experiment has given him the knowledge to regenerate himself over a long period of time. He likens the process to fixing a watch.


Dr. Manhattan then flashes back to a visit to a former friend of his. With his newly regenerated body he is able to travel in physical form…to the Antarctic. His colleague is running highly questionable tests here.

He returns to his place of solitude and thinks, “But this is an illusion. Thing shave their shape in time, not space alone. Marble blocks have statues within them, embedded in their future.”


Dr. Manhattan is alone with his thoughts for he has been banished. It has been discovered that he causes cancer in anyone he spends time with. He finishes with the thought, “I am standing in a kitchen in Brooklyn in 1945, reaching for the watch pieces to put them back together again…the photograph is in my hand, falling…lying in the sand at my feet.”

The chapter closes with this literary quote:

“The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking…The solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker.”

- Albert Einstein


An old man is visited by a stranger. The old man once was powerful but he is fighting old age. His visitor begins by asking about a list.


It seems clear to me that the producers of LOST have been heavily influenced by this book. I want to report any possible answers to the many questions of LOST that this book holds. I would highly recommend that you take a closer look at it. Or as the book would say: maybe you have read the book already, and will, and are.


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