Sunday, May 3, 2009

LT256: The Variables of Time


When Daniel and his mother go to lunch and she hands him his present, look at Daniels wine glass. You can enlarge the picture below to get a better look. It is a rabbit.

What is the meaning and purpose of rabbits? The one thing that comes to mind first is their rapid reproduction patterns.


I’m pondering on LOST (surprise!) and the concept of “what happened, happened” appears to be wrong. It seems as if the past can be changed! So those beer-infused evenings with friends spent wondering what it would be like to back to high school and do it all over again knowing what we know how…well, that might not have been that far off.

On the surface, this possibility seems impossible. However, scientific theory on the fringe says it might be more realistic then our minds are willing to permit at this point in time. (Just look at the way we have to explain why time travel will NOT work…we always have to use time measurement descriptors to disprove it. Odd!)

In mainstream religions like Christianity, the concept of God is one without time. It gets described as God living in the past, present and the future at the same time (ah, there we go again with that final word of “time”…let’s go with “same event” which only halfway solves our challenge). Anyway, science says time travel is a “maybe”, Christians claim that God is without time is a “definite”, so that leaves just us common mortals to convince.

It got me thinking then to those times where my skill set would take a sudden jump up in performance. Maybe I was looping. For example, I plugged quarter after quarter into Space Invaders back when and was stuck on maximum score for months. Suddenly one day my score would shoot up to a new “maximum”. This seems to be the case with anything you practice: one plateau for a bit and then a significant leap forward occurs. Or were we just looping and some course correction caused this?

Follow me for a bit. It seemed like one lifetime through early 1980’s. But what if it wasn’t? What if it was a loop along the lines of Eastern religious doctrines? The only noticeable sign of looping are those occasional “leaps” forward in various activities – video games, promotion at work out of know where, the girl you tried to impress finally pays attention, etc. Hmmm…

Ok, forget real life for a second, but apply these concepts to LOST. It seems Daniel has figured out this very hypothesis I’m writing about. We are video taping events for TV, but to the people on the island, like Sawyer, you still get the feeling that to him it seems like 35 continuous and strange years. After all, what real impact does the calendar have on a person’s life?

Consider that episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation that I refer to often. It is the one where the crew keeps repeating their same final decision even though each loop is slightly different. The differences are course corrections. Even attempts and finally Lt. Data figures out the pattern of “3’s” is so out of whack that it must mean something. So the moral of the story is look for patterns and clues that will guide you to a decision that is opposite your natural inclination, right?

Speaking of 3’s…we have not had a shortage of 3’s lately on LOST. I’m wondering if this isn’t the start of my Star Trek theory. Especially after last episode’s tribute to the series and the executive producer of LOST being involved in the new Star Trek movie. Could it be that simple and we just need to re-watch past episodes?


Charles Widmore shows up at Daniel’s place in Essex, Massachusetts, just as the news is airing a story about finding Oceanic Flight 815 at the bottom of the ocean in the Sundra Trench. Take about timing!

He sits down and admits to planting the plane. Finally, we have 100% confirmation of the most likely theory to this mystery.

Consider for a moment what Widmore had to do to accomplish this fake plane:

1 – Find a plane of the same model that was in decent condition and hadn’t been gutted out yet

2 – Get it painted to look just like Flight 815

3 – Find 300+ bodies that wouldn’t be missed

4 – Transport it from purchase, to paint job, to delivery vessel

5 – Take it to the Indian Ocean and drop it off

6 – Arrange for someone to “find it”

He had to do all this without anyone noticing. OK, someone found some receipts but those people are as secretive and resourceful as Widmore. Now ask yourself, “Why”?

1 – To end the search party looking for the original plane

2 – To make it appear that Ben is behind the fake plane

3 – To convince Daniel he should go to the island

With a plane going down in the Pacific Ocean, I can’t believe the search and rescue lasted too long. After a few sweeps looking for debris, what else could be done? It would have ended on its own and it wouldn’t have been successful, so Reason #1 is out.

Part of Reason #2 involves hiding the island from everyone. Well, Charles couldn’t find the thing in twenty years, I’m thinking the fake plane ruse was a bit over the top to accomplish a mission that was clearly being accomplished prior.

And Reason #3 seems weak considering a little nudge from mommy dearest is all it took for Daniel to agree to jump on board the Freighter.

So let me offer Reason #4: it is the real Oceanic Flight 815.

If you find yourself asking me, “How could there be two versions of the plane since the other one is on the island shore?”, then you have missed a season or two of LOST. There is two of everybody lately.

A major piece of evidence to support my reason is that fact that the video of the Indian Ocean plane was broken into three segments in the same spots as the Island plane. How could Widmore know this if he couldn’t find the island and examine the Island plane?

I believe both are real versions. I believe the science behind this suggests time looping which if we took video record of each loop would leave any observer with the same headaches the viewers of LOST experience. You can go back home again – just like Dorothy and Alice.


Mark my words. The fact that Ms. Hawking doesn’t know what will happen in the future any longer tells us that something has already changed in the past.

This might also explain why Ben is lost as he is beginning to realize the differences in his current loop from past loops. Someone is “changing the rules”. He knows it, but it must be frustrating to know say “Out for Revenge” is going to win the Kentucky Derby and then watch some longshot take home the roses. Ok, better example: for Ben to watch his daughter die this loop when never before that has happened. Yikes!


Synchromystic Librarian writes that my observation of changing picture frames and other prop “errors” are clues to the riddle of LOST. His or her claim is that the quantity of these production errors are too numerous to overlook. The Librarian points out that this view of the clues is like a “multiverse” which has been debunked by the producers. Well, I’m starting to believe 180 degrees opposite of what those two producers tell us lately.

I’m not sure the term “multiverse” is quite accurate in what I’m thinking. Maybe it is and the term is just mystifies me on how one would synchronize everything like some library card catalog system, but I like the term “loops”. One universe, but we just re-experience it over and over again. This would seem to fit the shows seasonal taglines: Redemption, Everything Happens for a Reason, Who Would You Be and so on.


Michael asks, “Were you thinking that Daniel was literally going to get those people back on the plane or were you thinking in the figurative sense as they would be accepting their impending futures if they plane were not to crash?”

Dude, I rarely know what I was thinking at any given time. But to try and answer your question: I was thinking literally. I mean Daniel takes some action, the sky flashes a bright light, and wham, the passengers are back on board. Ask yourself, “When does everything start to change?” If you answer is when the plane began to split into three parts, then that is when the Survivors will return. If you think it was when the plane went off course, then that is when they will return. Could the “beginning” be when they boarded the plane since they seemed to have been ushered on? Then that is when they go back.

And if you read the above sections, you’ll see that at the “point of change” the plane will then proceed to still crash…to the bottom of the Indian Ocean, not the Pacific. This is why we should focus on the story of the Black Rock which also had eyewitnesses that said the ship left this way, but ended up crashing that way. (Think the Scarecrow giving Dorothy directions in Wizard of Oz)


Keep commenting and emailing, and I’ll be sure to eventually address your questions or research your ideas.


The logo to LOST shows the skyline of a city in the water where it should be the tree line of the island. There is little chatter about this on the message boards and probably because we don’t have a suggestion on what it could mean. But let’s not forget this visual clue. For now, I’m only going to point out Charlie Heston riding his horse on the sandy shores and coming across a buried statue. Hmmm…


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