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Lost Theory – Where the Hell is the Island?

By Koobie,

  Filed under: Lost Theories
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where_islandThere is less than one day until Lost airs, the excitement is almost too much to handle!   We will learn the answers to questions which have left us puzzling for nine months, the biggest among them is “Where in the hell is that island?” Ben successfully “moved” the island, but what does that even mean?  Did the island move physically, did it travel somewhere in time, or did it jump to an alternative universe?  And why do the Oceanic 6 need to go back? As an attempt to sooth some of the anticipation for tonight, here are a few theories on the whereabouts of the island.

Space

The easiest answer to this question is that the island moved through space, to some other remote destination in the vast Pacific Ocean.  How the island could perform this feat brings up thoughts of it teleporting or even being a giant spaceship.  But these devices seem too simple for Lost, one would think a frozen donkey wheel would produce more interesting results.  On the other hand, the island may have produced a flash bang to throw everyone off, while it blasted off to find a resting place up on the Moon in the Sea of Tranquility (or even on an island size space turtle). 

Why would they need to go back?

That is the problem with this theory, it does not usher any reason that is specific to the island’s physical move.  However, there are the character driven reasons, such as Jack needing to lead or they need everyone back to be a functioning society again.  Other theories produce more favorable answers. Read on.

Time

Another way the island may have moved is through time, since time travel has become more and more part of the show.  There have been hints that the island in contained in a closed timelike curve or CTC (i.e. some issues with light scattering or Desmond’s time travel).  A CTC is a closed path in space-time that, in short, breaks down causality, which allows for consequence-less time travel.

The island may have moved back to a time when the Dharma Initiative was still active or pre-Dharma times to learn about some of the island’s original inhabitants.  It could have also moved into the future so we can see what is to become of the island. 

Why would they need to go back?

When the Oceanic 6 left, they caused a rift in the CTC.  This would allow for causality to still apply in a sense and wreck havoc on the island and anyone who is on it.  By returning the 6 to the island, the CTC will be restored and time will continue to flow without hiccups.

Narrative

The most bizarre of all these theories is that the island went to an alternate universe.  One very similar to the current, but events have played out differently in favor of the islands survival.  This means that people who have died in the current are no longer dead in the alternative, the hatch never imploded but lives on to serve a new purpose, or on the extreme side Flight 815 did not crash on the island.  

This seems to be possible in Lost:Via Domus the video game, where upon leaving the island you are transported into an alternative universe.  I know, I know, the game is not canon, but it certainly makes for an entertaining theory.

Why would they need to go back?

When the island shifted into a new narrative, it was fulfilling its place in the timeline.  It was meant to go to this other narrative, but the 6 were supposed to come with it.  Without the 6 to put certain events into motion, the timeline becomes out of control trying to correct itself and causes some terrible things to happen.  The return of the 6 will allow the timeline to correct itself, well, correctly.

Any Combination of the Above

All of these means of moving are interchangeable and there may be more than one at play.  Maybe none of them happened, and it was a great illusion.  There has been a few sneak peaks that make the island’s move even more mysterious(possible spoilers).  We will hopefully learn the answer to how and where the island went to tonight!

From TVFrenzy:

  • UK Parting Words

    I think that the island has went back in time as one of the sneek peaks shows Eko’s plane crashing the one with his brother in it. My guess is that the hatch will be there with Radzinski and Kelvin Inman in it. We might get to then see Rousseau’s story and the famous hostiles.

    • Mr. Rob

      Yes I do agree with this. I totally agree that the swan is back as well. I recall a very early screen cap from season 5 were we a shot of Fairaday held up at gun point by an man in a yellow hazmat suit outside what appears to be the swan.

  • numbersarebad

    If the island went back in time, why would it become invisible? Wouldn’t the island still exist in the same spot for many years in the past? Maybe the island has always been moving all along. Does the island float? How far down could it go with out being connected to the Earth somewhere? Did the Looking Glass get moved as well? It wasn’t on the island but it was connected and it was close. I am interested in what it was used for before the Others took it over. I really like the idea of seeing Kelvin again and Radzinsky. I still wonder what they really knew about the Others. Did Ben and the Others leave the Dharma people in the Swan alone so they wouldn’t have to press the button? I hope we get to see the real Henry Gale parachute onto the island.

    • DarthVibbert

      I would have to think the Looking Glass moved, if not only because the Hydra Island moved as well.

    • Koobie

      – If the island went back in time, why would it become invisible?

      If the island is in a closed timelike curve, it would stop existing at that point (the time that it moved) and “restart” at the time when the path was created.

      – Wouldn’t the island still exist in the same spot for many years in the past?

      I think the island has been in the same spot for at least as long as the Dharma Initiative has been there. We have no idea how long it has been since the last time the island moved.

      – Maybe the island has always been moving all along. Does the island float? How far down could it go with out being connected to the Earth somewhere?

      I would assume the island has not been floating, because if the island was constantly moving around would there be any reason for Ben to move it?

      – Did the Looking Glass get moved as well? It wasn’t on the island but it was connected and it was close.

      See Darth’s comment 🙂

  • clueless1der

    I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or not that I’m putting so much thought into this, but if it is indeed a “rift in time” that the O6 need to fix, then do you think they would have problems with running into various versions of themselves on/off island? The relics found there (Black Rock, Statue, etc) would seem to lend themselves to that theory. 🙂

    -Jess

    • Koobie

      It may be possible that in this new place that the alternate version of the Oceanic 6 have perished, and do not exist in any form.

      You may be onto something though, the four toed statue could be the result of the island originating from another reality and had been moved to (for lack of a better term) the Flight 815-verse in the years proceeding the Dharma Initiative.

  • I believe the island disappeared because whatever happened there causes the ultimate destruction of it. As a result, it is erased from the map. The Oceanic Six have to go back to make things right. The only problem with this theory is that Darlton have made it clear that future events can’t be altered (course-correction). So, of course, that makes the movement of the island still a mystery.

  • Uncle Beaver

    This one makes the most sense to me:

    Why would they need to go back?

    When the island shifted into a new narrative, it was fulfilling its place in the timeline. It was meant to go to this other narrative, but the 6 were supposed to come with it. Without the 6 to put certain events into motion, the timeline becomes out of control trying to correct itself and causes some terrible things to happen. The return of the 6 will allow the timeline to correct itself, well, correctly.

  • spinflip

    From the first two episodes it seems that they need to come back to stop those instable time jumps, like the island would then calm down and rest in time again or something. A ‘scientific reason’, as Michael Emerson said. I think it’s not necessarily destiny or fulfillment at this point.

  • balgus

    It seems to me that the O6 + Locke are the Island’s constant (Or at least some of them are). The island won’t stop jumping till they return. As far as the Island disappearing though, think back to “The Constant”. When Desmond became dislocated in time only his conciousness was jumping. On top of that, it was his past conciousness that was doing the jumping. While this was happening the future Desmond’s conciousness was gone. Maybe that’s how it works for the Island when the same thing happens on the physical plane. The Island still physically exists (just like Desmond’s body when his conciousness returned to the past) but to the outside observer nobody’s home. That doesn’t make things easy if you are trying to find your way back and you are now one of those outside observers. Maybe that’s why they need Mrs Hawking and that Dharma Station she was working in. She appears to be the key to pinpointing where and when they can find the island in order to return. However, there appears to be a limited window of opportunity to do so before it becomes immpossible to get back.

  • O.M.S.

    I think the Others are a mirror image of Jack and the Lost survivors. Look at them: eyeliner dude is Jack (wasn’t he working on Locke’s leg in the last ep…like a doctor?). Look at all the Others — there are versions of them that are Sun, Jin and Sawyer and all the rest.

    Time travel and some sort of mirror universe thing, that’s what I’m going for.