So… I’ve always stayed away from gross speculation when it comes to Lost. There are many fans out there who say, “Duh. The island is TOTALLY in the middle of Los Angeles and they only THINK it’s in the Pacific, but it’s a soundstage. God, haven’t you seen The Truman Show?”
Okay, maybe there aren’t a lot of fans saying that. I think it’s those nasty voices in my head again. Sigh…
But back to my original point. I’ve rarely speculated. I know that A) I can come up with an idea, then I’ll get married to it, and then it won’t turn out to be true, and I’ll end up curled up in a fetal position crying my eyes out that my fantasy ending didn’t come true, or B) I can come up with an idea, and it’ll be proven wrong about 5 minutes after I’ve made it, or C) I can come up with an idea, and somehow Darlton, knowing I am a GENIUS, will actually make that the end of the show, and then… well, then I’d be a little disappointed because I figured it out. (By the way, that last one was just so I’d have three points. That would never come true.)
But you know what? It’s season five, and I’m going to join in on the crazy speculatory fun and come up with a theory, so… HERE GOES!
So in the 1950s Charles Widmore decided to join a group of pre-hippy hippies and come to an island in the South Pacific. (I haven’t yet worked out this early part… give me a few weeks.) He meets a tough chick named Ellie, which is short for Eloise. In the mid-60s Eloise and he have a brief affair and she gets pregnant. The child turns out to be Daniel Faraday. Ellie takes the child and leaves the island, and Widmore finds and turns the frozen donkey wheel and is unexpectedly ejected from the island. He returns to England, remarries and has a child named Penny. Years later, Daniel is a professor at Oxford trying to figure out how to time travel, and he names his rat Eloise, after his mum. (Um… nice?) Widmore tracks him down (not hard when they live a stone’s throw from each other) and he’s reluctant to admit that he’s his father, but realizes that Daniel’s work could help him find the island again, and funds it. Penny meets and falls in love with Desmond, then Desmond ends up on the island, then time travels back to the moment where he could have stayed with Penny and NOT gone to the island. Eloise Hawking pops up, encourages him to get his ass back on that bloody island, and he does so. Then Daniel ends up on the island, and Desmond goes back in time to earlier Daniel to give him the correct coordinates of his machine. Then Desmond leaves the island, is reunited with Penny, gets her pregnant, they name the child Charlie. The child grows up, discovers the time machine research that Daniel Faraday had done, goes back in time to the island… and is called Charles Widmore. Penny just gave birth to her own father.
Oh YEAH, baby, this speculation is FUN! And while I’m at it, Hurley is actually Sawyer’s grandson, Ji Yeon is Jin’s great-great-grandfather, and Kate DOESN’T EXIST.
Oh. Right. I just remembered why I don’t speculate. I think I’ll go back to posing questions.
I’ve written up my extended entry on last night’s episode on my blog, but I think the most interesting thing that came out of last night’s episode was the revelation that the woman on the island could actually be Daniel’s mom, Eloise. And where, might you ask, am I getting this name Eloise from? I don’t watch the enhanced versions of the show; most of the “revelations” are things the hardcore fans already noticed. But last night, on my second viewing of “Jughead” (was anyone else wondering when Betty and Veronica were going to show up?), I backed up my PVR to the beginning and it was showing the end of the enhanced version of “The Lie.” Mrs. Hawking is delivering her “May God help us all” line to Ben, and underneath it said, “This woman’s name is Eloise Hawking.” Until then, we’d only known her as Mrs. Hawking, and even THAT was only because it was her name in the script, and never a name she’s been called on-screen.
I LOVED last night’s episode. Loved loved loved it. But, I have to take umbrage with the fact that what would be a key point to the mysteries of Lost is not available to the average viewer. If I hadn’t watched the enhanced version (okay, admittedly, the last minute of the enhanced version), I would have missed the fact that her name was Eloise. Should such an important point really be in a subtitle and not part of the episode? Because I don’t consider that canon. If I watch it when the episode is live, that should be enough. The writers should work this information into the actual episode, and not into a line of the enhanced version. I’d rather not have known her name was Eloise right away. Let me ruminate on that line from Daniel — “You really remind me of someone” — for a few weeks, and think maybe he means Theresa. But to give away key information in a subtitle? I think that’s wrong. It’s like when they revealed the meaning of Hurley’s numbers at the end of The Lost Experience (they fit into a formula that accurately predicts the end of mankind) and then call it canon, meaning you’d have to play along with the Lost Experience to get that. I disagree. I want Lost fans twenty years from now to watch six UNENHANCED seasons of this show and be able to piece together the mysteries. It should either be in the dialogue or in the screen, but it should be canon.
Anyway, that is a small nitpick to a very, very excellent episode. If you want to see me drooling all over it, please come on over and check out the blog! Next week: we return to the Oceanic 6.
Nikki Stafford is the author of the Finding Lost series of books, which offer episode-by-episode guides to each season. The guide to season 4 is now available at Amazon.com. She posts regularly on her television blog, Nik at Nite.