Saturday, March 21, 2009

LT229: Photographs and Perplexing Puzzlers


When the co-pilot is radioing for Mayday we hear a response in the cockpit.

The response is the Numbers transmission. Now Danielle got to that tower in 1988 and replaced it with her message that the Survivors picked up in 2004. So how is the old transmission still playing? And how did the transmission get picked up on the frequency the plane is using?


We now know that Amy and Horace name this little bundle of joy, Ethan. We don’t know if this is the same Ethan we see in 2001 recruiting Juliet. He would be about 23 years old.

I realize there is a challenge with actors but Ethan in his recruiting days looks the same three years later when Charlie shoots him. And I’m not sure either of those times convinces me Ethan was just 23 years old.

Granted, Ethan is not quite as common a name as Bob or Jim, but it could be that this Ethan is not Claire’s Ethan. Did that make sense?

But if it is the same Ethan then he survived the Purge. The same seems to apply to Radzinksy. I don’t quite get that since we were left with the impression that the Purge wiped out all Dharma members except for Ben. Hmmm…


The photographer for the group picture is the same guy who shot the footage for Dr. Marvin Candle in the first episode of this season.

This increases the odds that the Dharma Wheel is about to be discovered in the near future. I believe this will lead to the incident, so they better get busy building that Swan biosphere. And who better to contract out the work then to Paik Heavy Industries? Do you think Jin is going to go Jughead on Mr. Paik when he sees him? He better not if he hasn’t had his little girl yet!
And did you notice the song playing during the photo shoot? It is called “Dharma Lady” by the group Geronimo Jackson. This is known only because it became available for download on iTunes this past week.

The above image is associated with the download song. Those rascally rabbits!


It sort of just dawned on me that everyone seems to be in a role reversal. Juliet is now with the “in crowd” instead of a “stranger on a strange beach”. She holds leverage over Kate which for now she seems at peace with.

And Sawyer is in charge while Jack is finally enjoying the chance to just chill out in his house and catch up on some piano playing.

After years of interrogating prisoners, Sayid is now the prisoner. Why hasn’t anyone removed those handcuffs or bothered to wonder why a “14-J” is wearing them? The 14-J is the call sign for a Hostile. Viewers with good memories will recall this is the code Alex sent from the sonic fence to alert Ben that Keamy was coming. If you can think of another meaning for “14-J”, leave a comment.


A reader of TIDBITS, Sara (Jack’s wife maybe?), posted a question of whether the Whispers with Sun/Frank/Christian have been deciphered yet. Not yet, but I’m monitoring a few sites that work on them. I’ll post them when I find them!

UPDATE: Someone else says they hear “turn around”.

While on the subject of Christian at the Registration Building…is that in the right place? We know that Locke, Jack and Juliet had to sort of take a stroll to reach the dock when Locke blew up the submarine. Does this mean Othersville is somewhere other than the dock and registration buildings? But if that is true then why was Kate asked about her shuttle driver if the Registration Building is just a few steps from the dock?

My best guess to these quandaries: the Registration Building moves like the cabin moves – where it wants to. Supporting evidence would include the signs we see hanging loosely. Since the last Dharma group was processed at the Purge in 1992-ish, wouldn’t Ben and the Hostiles have taken the signs down? In fact, we know they did from other scenes post-Purge. So who but them back up in 2007-08 for Christian, Sun and Frank? I’m telling you the building just appeared like the cabin did. Tomorrow it may be gone. And then you know what that means…for some strange reason they will need Hurley to find it! HA!


Sara, this looks like official transcript:

"We've got to do it again without him.

Get out of the house

Tell me when he shuts the XXX

Sawyer's coming

What has he got that I'm without?"

The “XXX” is heard by one listener as “window”.

Hope this answers your question…keep writing comments and questions!


I can’t get that imagine of those group photos from elementary school out of my head.

This is the screen shot of the picture being taken and we presume the one being shown to Sun by Christian when she asks about her husband. The problem is there is no Jin in this picture. Perhaps one could say by association, but Sawyer is missing along with anyone “left” on the island. I’d be asking for a bit more proof, if I were Sun.

Another small observation: Kate and Hurley are looking in a different direction from the screen snapshot than the actual photo Christian is holding. Maybe more than one picture was taken. Still, everything is a clue and maybe time is changing in subtle ways. It’s not like we haven’t seen photos on the wall change within minutes of Miles walking past them, right?


Let’s recap the LOST review I’m conducting. We have lots of music related symbols: round, record, disk, Irish folk songs, and so on. This seems to be pointing us towards the records that Daniel refers to as “skipping”.

I came across a theory which expands on this and here are the highlights:

It is being suggested the island is the record. The needle is playing a song about time and space. BUT, there is a second needle playing the opposite of the record. The second side could be another new dimension.

This “record” keeps spinning along until Desmond goofs and is late typing in the Numbers. It causes a rift between Side 1 and Side 2 of the album and a plane passes through. In addition, the island affects all the hotspots around the globe and Penny is able to get her anomaly many miles away in a very cold location.
This rift is the “window” that Ms. Hawking explained. The only difference is that Desmond’s window was not planned.

One idea is that the “active” side of the album for our Survivors might be switching sides each time we get a flash. When Locke blew up the Swan Hatch, we might have begun a merging process where people are becoming “time independent”, like Desmond and Christian.

The skipping we have observed actually meant the two needles were no longer aligned with each other (north and south poles, if you will). This is why passing through the “window” not only flips the record over, but means the song that is playing no longer match-up. Or something like that.

Those that are independent of time have the ability to switch to the side of the record that pleases them. In short, we need Desmond back on the island since his motives seem a lot more pure than Christians.



It seems the guy with this theory is on the right track. And the timing was odd in that we were coming to some of the same musical record conclusions at the time he was coming up with a record theory. So it seemed appropriate to share.

In the next review, we are going to take a closer look at Gary Troup and why he proves that some clues need to be ignored!


There is quite a bit of more information to share about the latest episode, so be sure to check back often for a new posting soon! For now TIDBITS is trying to figure out what that is right below the “S” and “T” in this image (click to see a larger version).

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