Wednesday, July 1, 2009

LT277: The Circle


Yeah, it is off-season and not a whole lot of news to report. Hoping for some sort of game or maybe they will start up the messages again. But in the meantime, you’ve got TIDBITS!

So I’m working on a new theory called the Perception Theory. The idea behind this is that maybe the show is best explained based on the viewer’s perception of things.

We already know this to be true in one sense. The show has revealed things via flashbacks and flash forwards that makes us go, “Ohh, so that’s why…”. One example is seeing how one of Danielle’s crew members lost their arm. It is those revelations that filled most of Season 5.

But could there be a more subtle perception issue going on?

Over the next few posts, my goal is to share some possible perception concepts to ponder. We begin with the show’s original name.


It has not only intrigued me that the show WAS called “The Circle”, but why they changed it. It may have been to keep the real meaning hidden – at least a while longer since we all found out.

Above is a picture of a circle. But if we apply our Perception Theory, is it really a circle?

When we turn it to the side we might find this:

In many ways this changes the meaning. For example, the spring gives the suggestion of expansion and loops. When looking at “The Circle” from one perception results in a continuous path. But from a side-view perception we find the meaning shifts to suggest cycles (loops).

Could this be the first clue of the show?

Often I’ve been reminded of The Sixth Sense movie. You had to watch it twice to prove to yourself that your powers of perception could use a little practice. Frustrating and cool at the same time. When I find myself comparing that movie to LOST, the number of comparisons is striking.

So what happens when we revisit past seasons of LOST with a new perception? In the next post this weekend, I will share on scene where we MUST adjust our perception in order to see what is really being shown!

For those of you who are intrigued by those famous “prop errors”, you will want to read the next post of LOST TIDBITS!


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Sunday, June 28, 2009

LT276: Come Together


Today’s posting is going to be a bit of a ramble as I write while I think. As you know, TIDBITS started a LOST REVIEW section a few weeks back. The idea was to review past episodes and find things that make a whole lot more sense now, then they did back then. The goal was to find a single unifying explanation to all things LOST.

My latest attempt at a theory to explain things with LOST seems to have some promise in the early stages. To verify it, we need to revive the LOST REVIEW and take a peek at some past scenes and see if my theory holds up.

So what is my latest theory? Keep reading…


The Perception Theory is that everything we have seen happened has happen.

Yeah, one of the show’s episode titles is the foundation of my theory.

The idea behind the theory is that what seems out-of-place on the show is not really out-of-place, but a matter of perception.

One way to explain this is with optical illusions. Consider the following popular image:

Is this a picture of two faces or one cup? Gestalt theory says, “our brains makes sense of shapes and symbols putting them together like a jigsaw puzzle, formulating that which isn't there to that which is believable.”

Well if that doesn’t sound like LOST in a nutshell, then my name isn’t Henry Gale.

If we apply my theory to the above image then the answer will be, “It is both a cup and two faces.”


So check back each Wednesday and Sunday as we do our own little rewind of LOST looking for support of my Perception Theory.

We will begin with the original title of the show, “Circle”, and see how this fits in with the Perception Theory.


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