Friday, April 10, 2009

LT244: Researching the Details


With Ilana holding the weapons and the beach holding some canoes, is it safe to assume that it was her that was shooting at the Locke and company during that time flash?

This leads me to wonder if then that flash wasn’t to 2007 Ajira time (we did see water bottles from the flight). If so, and if what happened, happened…then we must assume that when Sawyer catches back up to 2007 (in 30 years) he will board a canoe with Locke to get to the Orchid hatch and then get shot at by Ilana. But we see her now and Sawyer and Locke are no where near each other in time. So…either Sawyer is going to flash to 2007 or things do change. If the first guess is correct then we might see a lot more “replays” of events we have seen already but coming from a different vantage point. I’m reminded of Sawyer coming up on Kate and Claire delivering the baby. However, does this mean Sawyer really was in the bushes the first time we saw Aaron’s birth or do we know he was on the beach at that time?

Yeah, me too.


Seems there was a goddess named Inanna (is that close to Ilana?) who had to die in order to appreciate life. In the afterlife she meets her mirror image and loses her innocence. I might not have this next part straight, but it seems she dies in the afterlife and then returns to the land of the living “enlightened”.

If this sounds familiar it might be because of Ben and John. Or maybe you are thinking of Greek myth where a goddess and pomegranate share a similar tale? That Greek goddess was Persephone – which happens to be the alias name of the character in the summer LOST game.


Each season LOST producers come up with a codename to reference the big season climax. They have announced that the Season 5 nickname will be “The Fork in the Outlet”.

Can’t help but remember those electric flashes we saw in Smokey under the Temple.


I did some digging on when smoke and electricity are found together. What we may have observed in Smokey is static electricity. This involves the forces of attraction between charged particles. When we take a sweater off on a dry day is sparkles and snaps.

But how is this associated with smoke? During my research I found that the electro-static properties are used to control pollution. When a factory chimney is spewing pollutants into the air, we can apply a static charge to the smoke. Once the smoke is charged then metal plates of the opposite charge will attract the smoke and not allow it to escape into the open air.

This led me to conclude how Smokey has structure. If the smoke is say negatively charged and if we have a positively charged rod or metal plate or CHAIN (like the sound we often hear)…then it can cause the smoke to swirl around that charged metal piece. Yeah, it isn’t a complete explanation but it sure beats the snot out of nanotechnology.

Of course, how Smokey can display a video image or wrap around a person like we saw it do to Ben without the subject notice a metal rod, chain or wire is still unexplained. But this info did make be go, “Hmmm…”


Smoke, Part II

I found that there is a “Smoke Theory” in the field of electronics. It seems that electronics work on the principle of blue-gray smoke. Engineers trap smoke inside each discreet component in order to empower it to do its thing. When a person does the wrong thing – like spill a liquid into a electronic component – the error is manifested by the production of a bluish-grey cloud of smoke. The phrase used to describe this is “letting the smoke out”.

I’m not sure I’ve ever heard this before, but it seems to apply somehow to the discussion at hand!


Just to clear things up for TIDBIT readers. Recently I posted that LOST might have made some continuity errors with Widmore. The prior “Opps” moment was with Charlotte’s age. At one point we are told she was born in 1979 and then we see a two-year old Charlotte skipping through 1974. The producers have said this was a mistake on their part and to go with the 1972 birth year.

This is probably more a sign of the sheer volume of facts that are dispensed on this show and how difficult it will become to keep everything straight. We may then experience more of these inconsistencies, so be on guard not to take everything literally.


Rumor has it that the actress playing Juliet might leave LOST for a new TV series. You know what this means for Juliet. They could just reduce her role to a few special guest roles or kill her off.

And for those older than the crackers Hurley eats on the island, you might recall a sci-fi show called “V”. I believe it was “V – the Final Battle” that dealt with a reptile alien race. It is going to be remade and this is the show Juliet is moving to.


Just how numb have we become to oddities on LOST? John Locke starts to take his shoes off before paddling to the main island with Ben. He then puts them back on when they reach the dock. Yet, hardly a word is mentioned on message boards about this. Well, I haven’t found anything. How odd.

LOST REVIEW: Polar Bears

Soon the Survivors come across a very unusual thing: polar bears. It is unusual for they are found on a tropical island.

Now if we continue along the idea of a virtual reality computer things begin to break down on this discovery. Unless the programmer is not very well read, it would make little sense to find a polar bear on a tropical island. There is probably some fancy word for this contradiction, but let us all agree – this was strange.

It is not until much later that the Blast Door Map gives us an explanation. Someone wrote on the Blast Door that the Dharma Initiative was attempting to adapt polar bears to live in extreme climates. To accomplish the Dharma group used gene therapy.

Phenotype of the polar bear reveals that they adapted to the environment. These adaptations are so severe that bringing them to another environment would prove fatal. However, genetic study has proven that polar bears are of the same species as brown bears. Brown bears can easily live in a variety of less extreme climates as its cousins. Therefore, gene therapy is a very likely explanation as to how these creatures made it to the island.

In other words, we have a scientific explanation and nothing to do with bad programming by a computer geek.


On the spiritual side of the equation there are many references to polar bears. The Inuit and Eskimos believed that polar bears were humans when inside their own houses and put on bear hides when going outside. They connected the constellation in the skies to the resemblance of the great bear. The human-like posture of bears when standing and sitting may have contributed to this belief.

The skulls and teeth were considered to be of great value and meaning. In popular culture polar bears are often portrayed as sentient beings as seen in the movie, “The Golden Compass”. If the connection isn’t clear, it should be pointed out that the compass will play a role in future episodes of LOST. Maybe I should rent that movie?

Another book contains a reference to polar bears in Hawaii entitled, “Laughter in the Dark”. This book was found in Sawyer’s stash by Charlie. The original English name of this book was “Camera Obscura”. The book uses a non-linear storyline which is emulated by LOST.


File this under, No Rock Left Unturned, but it should be noted that the USS Connecticut did encounter a polar bear once. The bear chewed on the rudder before moving on and the USS Connecticut was able to return to base under its own power. The USS Connecticut is a submarine.

It seems they even got a picture of this event which occurred in 2003.


It would seem that polar bears on LOST point to a hypothesis of science and religion much more than computers. Was this merely a distraction for us? If we use our Gary Troup theory that when things are cast aside on the show, we too should ignore them, then maybe polar bears were a distraction.

Recall that Mr. Troup’s anagram of “purgatory” was thrown away the minute he passed through a running plane engine. His manuscript of the book was discarded when Jack tossed it into the fire.

If we keep this consistent, then it should be noted that Walt’s comic book depicting a polar bear was also thrown into the fire. Sawyer kills the polar bear during the Transceiver Trek. And Locke burns the bear in the cave when retrieving Mr. Eko. There does seem to be quite a bit of suggestions to “ignore this clue”.


If you enjoyed reading this post, please click on the ad to let me know.

Thanks for reading!



No comments: