Sunday, August 23, 2009

LT291: Lost Footage…Now Found


ABC was doing some cleaning up in their video vault when they discovered a handful of episodes of an old documentary. The subject of the documentary was the Dharma Initiative Group. It seems the documentary was never aired for various reasons.

ABC will air the four episodes on-line at : Each part will be released about a month apart.

The show’s official title is, “Mysteries of the Universe: The Dharma Initiative”.


A college student near Las Vegas is making plans to attend a costume party in 1978. He goes to a thrift store and picks out a jumpsuit so he can be a janitor. The only thing outstanding about the jumpsuit is that it contains a non-descript Dharma patch. He is photographed in costume at the party which in turn shows up in local newspapers. A few days later, two men appear and question the student.

Nevada is known as a hotbed of extraterrestrial activities. It is the host of the famed Area 51. The military members of Area 51 are known to where similar jumpsuits of various colors denoting their rank. It seems commonplace for staff at the installation to be called away for extended periods of time.

Could Area 51 be linked to this Dharma Group? A Nevada man claims his neighbor, known only as “Phil”, was interviewing for a job out in Michigan with the Dharma Initiative and then suddenly went missing.

Research by the documenter reveals similar missing stories involving the Dharma Initiative can be found in the Portland, Oregon area. Parents of a school teacher named Olivia said their daughter also went through several interviews and strange tests for the Dharma Initiative then one day she just vanished. The parents have never heard from her since.

Olivia’s parents had kept copies of some of the paperwork related to the job interview. On it were question like these:

-- What three words describe you?
-- What animal do you indentify with?
-- Describe your first kiss in three words?
-- Who is your constant?
-- What would you sacrifice to stay alive?
-- What makes you cry?
-- You just stole a sick child’s toy. Why?

What type of organization would use interview techniques often reserved for psychological tests for the criminally insane? Why the secrecy?


The next episode will be aired on September 8.

I enjoyed the expose on the Dharma Initiative for if you recall, their original purpose and mission is probably nothing like what we found in 2004. It never occurred to me to label the Dharma Group as a “secret society”, but it does fit…maybe even the word cult should be used?

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