Sunday, March 1, 2009

LT216: Plotting a Course


From the time Ms. Hawking told Desmond about course corrections it has provided the writers with some wiggle room in the storyline. Most viewers of LOST would probably agree that a course correction must have very little impact on past, present and future events. But what if that window of opportunity was a bit wider open then we give it credit? And what might be the implications?

No one seems better at emergency landings than Frank Lapidus, the pilot of Ajira Flight 316. When he came out to see all the island survivors on his flight to Guam, well, you want to bet he didn’t go back to the cockpit and make a “course correction”. I mean literal and figuratively. This then turned a crash or even a continued flight into a controlled crash landing. Will this change the future so drastically that Ben’s future vision will be shattered?

Frank might have steered the plane into the proper heading and kept many passengers alive. The shot of the plane we got shows the wing was still intact.


There seems to be something important about Ben killing John instead of John committing suicide. Some religions feel that suicide is a mortal sin – not sure how this plays in, but the Island does seem to make some distinctions about these things.

I was re-watching Season 3 where John is asked to kill his father, Anthony Cooper. I find that how sequence extremely strange. If it had remained that Ben was using the events to embarrass Locke, fine. And when Ben and Company pack up to move to the Temple he tells John not to come with until he kills his father. It seems as if Ben was pretty sure John couldn’t do it. This would plant a seed of doubt in Locke’s mind and make him an ineffective challenge for Leader.

Richard then saunters up to Locke and hands him a folder about Sawyer and says, “He’ll kill your father for you and we can move past this challenge of Ben’s and get you to your rightful place.” I don’t know about you, but this behavior by Richard would seem to be a crime in most states by practically putting the Black Rock chains in Sawyer’s hands.

When Richard and Locke part ways it is made very clear that John needs to deal with his father issue before he can lead. Huh? I have struggled for months with this concept. What group in their right mind would condone death?

As we learn, John didn’t actually do the deed but was an accomplice. Technicality might be important just as John didn’t kill himself directly.

Now consider the Island’s view of suicide. It won’t “let” John commit suicide. It won’t “let” Michael commit suicide by car ramming or handgun. But both are allowed to die, just not by suicide.


Does it seem odd that the Aijira passengers have found an abandoned station? If Kate, Jack, Hurley…and Jin…are back in say 1988 when Dharma is full swing, then wouldn’t every station be bristling with activity?

Or could the Ajira Passengers have been zapped to a different timeframe since they passed through the Wall of Time that borders the island(s)? Oh, that reminds me of another point – do you think both islands move? Michael, a reader of TIDBITS, suggests that island could be of the same land mass underwater with a depression that makes them appear to be two separate islands. Good one!

It would be interesting if Ajira Passengers are in 2007 and Jack and Company are in 1988. Then when Frank and possibly Sun hit the shores of Mysterious Island, well, Sun will run into a much younger Jin.


Many theories are circulating that Aaron, being related to Jack, is sort of a comparison to Aaron and Moses in the Bible. It was said that Moses was uncomfortable speaking to large crowds, so Aaron was the mouthpiece. Eko even repeated this story for us around the time he was baptizing Aaron. While Jack may not strike someone as shy, he did need to be constantly prodded into giving some speech of hope.

Speaking of Aaron…where do you think he is? The popular candidate is Claire’s mother since she is in town. Does this mean that Kate would have to explain the truth because what person would accept a young child at the hotel door. “Sorry, I don’t have time to explain, but have a kid. I’ll be by to pick him up in about 30 years.” Probably not.

The second leading candidate, and my pick, is Cassidy. Remember the secret phone call that Kate was giving? Jack walks into the house and she tries to fake him out. If you have been in that situation…correction…when you were in that situation (HA), you get rattled. You lie, but it may not be very convincing. What does tend to happen is a partial truth – the real facts are hidden in the lie. I point this out because Kate says some lady from the PTA called. The truth is a woman was on the phone, while the lie was the reason for the call. Cassidy fits since Sawyer asked Kate to contact her as he whispered in her ear before jumping out of the helicopter.

In case you forget, Kate and Cassidy have met before and worked a scam on the US Marshall. Kate wanted to see mom and the plan was for Cassidy to dress like her and approach the house where Kate’ mother lived. This would tell them if the Marshalls had the place scoped out or not. They sure did as the Kate-look-alike proved. By the way, Cassidy’s claim to the Marshalls for being there was to sell Bibles door to door. May, I love this show!


It’s fun to blog about LOST but sometimes you just have to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty. Remember the Longitude and Latitude Board in the Lamppost Station?

It seems the numbers are backwards. The longitude figures are shown as latitude and visa versa. Latitude values only go up to 90 degrees where the North and South Poles are. When those get switched around and plugged into Goggle maps we get these points:

The two balloons without a letter are LAX and Guam International Airport.

Why were these numbers reversed? Should we be looking in a rear view mirror at things when trying to locate a moving island?

Balloons D and F were the ones with lights lit up next to them.

Either the prop guys got this wrong it was meant to remind me of a movie named “Journey to the Far Side of the Sun”. In this movie there is to be an opposite and mirrored Earth on the exact opposite side of the Sun, so we never observe each other. On the other Earth everything is in reverse. The original title of the movie was “Doppelganger”. Hmmm…

This leads me to Walt and Kate’s phone call…is the other Earth calling? If we did discover a mirrored planet, wouldn’t we call them aliens?


I’m currently working on another project using all the maps. My purpose is to see if the recent episodes match-up to the landmarks and time it takes to reasonably travel between points. My very early research says that the place where Danielle’s team is dragged to is not where the Temple is supposed to be! More information as I gather it.


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