Thursday, March 12, 2009

LT223: Angels and Demons


As you might have noticed, the normal Wednesday post entitled “Initial Thoughts”, cannot be written if we have no new episode. I am guessing it has something to do with all the basketball being played on this particular Wednesday night, but who knows?

Next week, LOST returns with an episode entitled “Namaste” and unless you have been hiding under a rock we know what that means. The few teasers that I try to ignore seem to be pushing Dr. Marvin Candle (or whatever name you wish to use this week). That makes perfect sense since he is really the only one we hear saying the word “Namaste”.

Could it be a coincidence that an acronym for the episode includes “Me Satan”? Yes, I’m back with that religious angle, but who can ignore it? Could this be the real serpent in our Garden of Eden?


In the “LaFleur” episode where Sawyer is about to pick a flower for his lady, we notice in the background a couple of people playing chess.

If you examine the board carefully you will notice there is no White King. Before you suggest the piece was captured and moved off the board, let me remind you that the King is the final piece taken in a checkmate, so both King’s must be on the board. We see the Black King clearly.

This begs the question, “Who is the White King and where is it?” Could it imply that Locke or Ben is the missing piece?

And, “Who is that playing the game?” It appears to be an elderly person but that merely me stereotyping.

Did you notice that when Sawyer walked, the black side moved his pieces?

Now recall that Ben and Jack played a game of chess together. Jack says something about never ever wanting to return to this island and Ben replies that he should never say never. Ben continues to say that if he does find himself wanting to return that Jack should remember this conversation about the island making the decisions about who stays and who goes. Is this strong enough evidence that Jack is the White King?


It seems every week there is someone out there saying that Thomas will be a key player. Thomas is the father of Aaron. We get a hint of his role in the fact that Charles Widmore seems to be a fan of his paintings. The only reasons I mention this is because the theory keeps popping up and now we have a new twist: people are suggesting that Amy’s baby is Thomas…or Jacob…or Ethan…or well, it seemed to bear repeating.


How do you know if you are over-thinking LOST? Here’s one example…recall the symbol that Paul wore around his neck? It is called “ankh”.

Well, if we try our best to pronounced this word we easily could come with “ANKA” as in Paul Anka. His famous song was “Having My Baby”. Too funny!

But wait, songs are played on records that can skip. Hmmm…

Oh yeah, the song was released in...1974!


Couple of things have been bouncing around in my mind regarding Richard. First, the way he planted that torch he was carrying. One got the idea of how a conqueror will plant his flag on a piece of land that is being claimed for the throne.

The other thing was Richard’s comment that suggested the sonic fence was no problem for him to pass through. This could mean he crawled over it like Kate did. Or it could be there are tunnels under it (perhaps leading to the little room in Ben’s bedroom). Or it could be telling us that Richard is a zombie of sorts (see the last post on this topic).

This prompted me to to rewatch this scene and something else jumped out at me. When Sawyer comes out to have a chat with Richard, Mr. LaFleur sort of blows Richard away with his knowledge of future passed. I always look for “oddities” and I heard one. Most people in Richard’s shoes might look at Jim and ask, “Who are you?” But Richard asked, “WHAT are you?”

I can’t help but get pulled back into this angel/ghost/zombie line of thinking. In one sense we have an angel (Richard) meeting what he think is another angel but not recognizing him as such. That must have been odd. It seems Richard was really trying to figure out WHAT James was. Perhaps his knowledge of things allowed his mind to cross “angel” off his list. Then he could have been trying to go through the other options such as some sort of material projection like Walt and the black horse were. Or was he manifestation along the likes of our Smoke Monster?

I’m inclined to go with the next choice: “Are you from another dimension?” Or, “is the island somehow capable of taking a parallel being and projecting them into my universe?” All I offer for this line of thought is that Daniel told us that Charlotte didn’t “die”, he said she “moved on”. The implication was that she “moved on” to some other dimension.

Now I’m crawling way out on my religious limb again, but this takes me to the Bible verses about angels having relations with human women. Are Richard’s people trying to create some kind of hybrid race and they end up failing up to this point? Why do the Others keep trying to steal the women (Alex, Claire, Amy, etc.)?

Well, we needed something to think about for the next week!


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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

LT222: Some Follow-Up Thoughts

This posting is on the day when a new episode of LOST should be airing. In its place I’ve spent some time researching into some old theories that could use a little updating. So, here we go…


In the last post it was mentioned that the dead had to be buried or they became candidates for zombies (i.e. Christian, Claire, Yemi, etc.) The term “zombies” just sort of flew out of my head because normally I use the words like “ghost”, “angelic vision”, or other palatable terms.

It so happens that my family is finally getting caught up on the show via DVD’s. (Yeah, I’m embarrassed too! HA!) This has prompted me to drift back to some old topics and I come across the term “zombies”.

The term was discovered way back when the producers released an Easter egg that involved a page of a script. It talks about zombies attacking the Survivors. The producers said back then that this was merely a joke of theirs for Season 7. At the time the plan was for seven seasons, not six. In the script, Walt is the zombie who attacked Michael and Jin. Michael can’t bring himself to try and kill Walt – which we be hard to do if you have ever seen Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video – and so there goes the family.

Ok, a funny joke, right? Then I dug a little deeper and discovered this script was also hidden on the website. Then I found the mention of zombies in a hidden message was discovered for the Fight 815 lead-in game to Season 4.

I’m not suggesting this show is going to say that Walt or Christian is a zombie, but could it be some veiled and indirect reference? Recall that human nature is that when telling a lie, a portion of truth is usually found. Hmmm…


You might remember that way back in the beginning when the first mole was discovered, Ethan, that everyone started pointing fingers at everyone as the next spy for the Others. Popular candidates were Rose because of her healing. Someone suggested Bernard because he didn’t crash in the jungle like Goodwin did. And so on.

The producers also contributed to this when one website sort of duplicated the monitor conversation between Michael and Walt. You saw the same dialog once you broke the password and saw Michael ask, “Who are you?” and someone (supposedly Walt) types back, “Mole”. Red herring or a little fact in there?

I remember pushing Kate as a candidate of being a Dharma/Other mole. It always bothered me that:

* She said she didn’t pass out during the crash and “saw the whole thing”

* She offered to help all the time on various treks and rescue projects

* When helping triangulate the transmission, Kate drops the transceiver and ruins Sayid’s plan

All this history came flooding back to me when I discovered similarities between Kate and Ben. I now wonder if Adam and Eve might be Kate and BEN! Yuck, but true. Here is some evidence:

* Both killed their fathers with gas

* Both are liars and manipulators

* Ben caused everyone to leave Dharma Town and did Kate when she returned for Jack

* Both are adoptive parents of children (Aaron and Alex)

* Both hold on toys from their childhood – Kate has that toy plane and Ben has that doll that Annie carved for him

* Kate drugged her husband with OJ and Ben does the same with people coming to the island

* Kate had license plates in the trunk of her car and Ben has tons of passports

* Both appear weak only to become fighters a moment later

* Ben seems to be appreciative of Kate like when she swipes Naomi’s phone from Jack and says once, “At least someone knows what they are doing.”

* Ben knows that Jack has been trying to crash again on the island which indicated Kate might have told him since she is the only one Jack shared this information with

* Both were prisoners – Ben in the Swan Hatch and Kate in a bear cage

* Both use con games well – Kate with Cassidy and others; Ben every day of his life it seems

* Both are great at reading people

* Ben mentions that Ana Lucia is “good” because Goodwin vouches for her, and Locke tells Kate he tried to vouch for her

* Both think they are not killers and only do so out of circumstance

* Kate seems to trust Ben such as when he offered her breakfast on the beach – would you? We know she ate because Sawyer comments she tasted like strawberries

* And we have had other clues, like in the “Hunting Party” we see a box on the coffee table that also appears in Kate’s house in “What Kate Did”.

* And in the “Pilot” episode people are learning everyone’s name. According the script, Sawyer had not told Kate his name, but when she runs back to the polar bear shooting she shouts his name.

* And the pregnancy test on the flight for Sun to use. It was Kate who wondered out loud about who would bring that…now we learn that Kate was a candidate for that test!

* And recall in “Eggtown” when Kate is shaking Miles for information about what the Freighters know about her. Miles says they know she is a criminal and Kate looks RELIEVED…why unless she was happy they didn’t know her true identity as a mole!

Well, you get the idea…


Let me know if you have other clues or nagging thoughts from way back when that might now fall into place. For example, it always seemed odd that someone cut up the Swan Hatch Orientation film and hid it in a Bible. But if the time jumpers were trying to send some kind of message to the future, then it might make perfect sense now.

Or when Locke had that vision with Boone where he saw a small plane crash. In hindsight we now know it was a future Locke witnessing the past.

Or what about the Numbers playing on the radio tower prior to Danielle’s arrival in 1988? Some say it could be Hurley’s voice saying those Numbers and regardless of that fact, some one stamped those numbers in the Swan Hatch cement prior to 1988…where Hurley now finds himself.

In “The Looking Glass” Bonnie tells Charlie that the code was programmed by a musician. At the time we think, “Lucky for Charlie he knows the notes to Good Vibrations”…but what if he was the musician?

Or when Harper tells Juliet that she looks just like a former love interest of Ben. And of course, Ben tells Jack that Juliet looks a lot like Sarah. Hmmm…


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Monday, March 9, 2009

LT221: This and That


Each week we try to use a posting to interact with the feedback we get from emails and comments on this blog. We begin this post with a letter from a TIDBITS reader, Adrian.

Adrian is first on the record at TIDBITS suggesting the statue is a representation of Anubis. I am claiming first dibs on Horus, for the record! Either way it points us toward ancient Egyptian culture. These people were obsessed with the afterlife and that fits right into the mythology of LOST. Some people have latched on to this and have tried to match the most popular gods of Egypt with a character on the show.

The more you shared about Anubis, the more I want to change my vote!

The reader also point out the most popular meaning of that necklace that Paul wore is by some person named Inman. Talk about a major connection to good old Kelvin.

Finally, Adrian reminds us of the importance of color on the show. While black and white get most of the attention, he reminds us not to forget about red. Red happens to be the color of Kelvin’s blood splattered on some rock near a cove that is perfect for repairing sailboats.


While on the subject of connections, be sure to check out the comments from post LT219. There you will meet Kat. Click on her name to see her profile and a picture of her with Mr. John Locke. How cool is that?


I will give you a paradox to ponder. You know how if someone is holding on to something that it jumps WITH him or her to the new time. So when Locked turned the Dharma Wheel, why did it not go with him? You answer that one and I will buy you an island in South Pacific.


Be aware that LOST will not be on this week. They will rerun LaFleur episode but we have to wait another week for the next episode entitled, “Namaste”.


If you are keeping track of all the Dharma logos, be sure to add this one in the picture:

This was on Juliet’s jumpsuit she had on while working under that vehicle.


Here is a bit of a flashback on TIDBITS. Back in January 2007 the producers were asked about the skeletons. Their reply was:

“The answer to that question goes to the nature of the timeline of the island. We don't want to say too much about it...”


“I will say, though, that the first significant event in the show where we were thinking in the back of our minds that this is going to require a story telling element that isn't traditional narrative, is the discovery of Adam and Eve in the caves.”

Jack claims the skeletons are about 50 years old making the year (2004-50) 1954. This is the year of the Jughead.

108 years before the bomb is when the Black Rock ship disappears (1846).

The concept then is that someone turned the wheel in 1954 and ended the 108-year cycle. Some people suggest the skeletons seem to be wearing parachutes. The idea is that someone was flying over the island when it moved at the end of the 108-year cycle.

I did a quick search on aircraft disappearances in 1954 and found a Navy Constellation plane lost radio contact over the ocean at 23:00. It was last spotted on radar 350 miles off the coast. 23? 350? Hmmm…

Without a solid real-world lead, we must consider who was on the island in 1954. We know that Annie and Widmore were there.


When Sawyer and Juliet kiss in the kitchen the clock behind them reads 8:42.

The main rival of the god Horus was Seth. Seth is a Bible character whose son was Enos. Enos was the alias used by Miles. Many feel Miles’ real life father could be Dr. Marvin Candle.

People want to know what happened to Horace Goodspeed’s first wife, Olivia. The name is the same, but we can’t be sure this is Mrs. Goodspeed. It makes you wonder how Horace could get over his first wife, but couldn’t give Amy the same consideration concerning her first husband.

Why did Amy and Paul go outside the sonic fence for a picnic when they had to know it would cause problems? I am leaning towards the theory that Paul was a spy.


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