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Season 6 LOST Scenes We’d Like to See

By Marc Oromaner,

  Filed under: Lost, Lost Theories
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As we approach Season 6, I thought we should review the many, many, many, questions that Lost has given us that have still not been answered. In a recent interview, when asked what central question Lost must resolve, Damon Lindelof said, “The only question that’s ever mattered to us is
what is going to happen to these people. What is the character resolution?”  I agree that this is very important, but he then went on to kind of downplay all the “crazy island mythology stuff.” While I don’t feel that these mysteries have to be resolved directly, I do feel that the resolution of the show must at least give us the means to explain them. After listening to a number of Lost podcasts and reading numerous blogs, I’ve listed what seems to be the most popular questions below, and have added a few of my own. Feel free to contribute with whatever mysteries you’d like solved or scenes you’d like to see before Lost concludes in May.

I’m dividing these questions into “Must Answer,” “Should Answer,” and “Would Like to See Answered, But Could Be Left Open For Interpretation”

So, here we go…


MUST ANSWER

1. What The @#$%^&* Is The Island?
Is it a vortex or gateway to another dimension? A time machine? A computer simulation? Purgatory? An anomaly in the fabric of space-time? An alien spaceship? An inter-dimensional Tardis of sorts? The workings of Hurley’s mind? A complex video game?  The result of a mobius loop or time glitch? A project from the future to save mankind? None of the above but something really cool that no one’s thought of? A metaphorical microcosm of our world that will never be explained within the realm of the show because our world is not fully understood either? Just an island?

2. What Is The Black Smoke Monster?
Nanobots? The course-correcting of fate? A computer anti-virus program? A guardian of the dead? The energy of the island or the Man In Black?  A taxi receipt printer?

3. What Are The Numbers, What Is Hurley’s Connection To Them, And Was He The One Reading Them On The Broadcast Recording?
Are the numbers a hint sent through time by Hurley to teach his other selves how to avoid the Incident (since it is the station number for the Swan)? A glitch in the computer simulation? A time and date that warns of the end of the world? The number of days in the six levels (or seasons) of a video game they are all interactively playing? A code or equation to save mankind from extinction? Something the writers just put in to drive fans nuts? Something the universe snuck into the show to teach viewers to search for hints in their life?

4. Why Is Everyone From Oceanic 815 Connected?
Were they all hooked up together in a simulation that blended together their memories? Is fate bringing them together for some higher purpose? Was it just a coincidence? Did Jacob do it? Is it a course-correction?

5. How Can Dead People, Imaginary People/Animals, and Doppelgangers Appear on the Island?
Is the island the afterlife? Are these entities caught in time? Are they programmed into a simulation to help resolve issues (i.e., Anthony Cooper, Yemi) or do they (i.e, Christian) just appear in a simulation when they are speaking to the unconscious participants from the outside world? If the Losties’ minds are connected in a simulation, can their memories just appear on the island (i.e., Kate’s horse, Hurley’s imaginary friend Dave, etc.)? If the island is real, does its electromagnetic properties cause hallucinations?

6. And The Skeletons Are…(Drumroll)
Jack and Kate? Sawyer and Kate? Jack and Juliet? Juliet and Sawyer? Goodwin and Juliet? Harper and Goodwin? Bernard and Rose? Aaron and Ji Yeon?  Jacob and his enemy…in drag? Damon and Carlton?

7. How Is It That Walt and Miles Have Powers?
Is it because they were born on the island (if Walt was too?) Are they genetic experiments? Are they hybrid humans? Do they have some slight abilities made stronger in a simulation? Are they just special? (While Darlton have hinted that Walt doesn’t need to be featured to explain his character resolution, I would love to see him show up at a key moment, now a master of his powers, and kick some ass!)

8. Who Is Jacob And That Other Guy And Why Do They Hate Each Other?
Are they gods? Aliens? Programmers of a simulation or game they’ve been experiencing? Time Travelers? Time Lords? Body Snatchers? Game Players? Archetypes of Randolph and Mortimer Duke from Trading Places?

9. Why Do All The Losties Have Issues, Especially Daddy Issues?
Were their lives off because of a glitch in time? Does the simulation recruit problem candidates or criminals to help them solve their issues or rehabilitate them? Were all their daddies involved with the island somehow, and so, not in their lives as much? Were all their issues a result of being in the wrong timeline? Was the main purpose of the issues simply to add drama to the show?

10. Who Exactly Are The Others and What Are They Doing There?
Are they from the future trying to change the past? Are they the therapists helping patients in a simulation? Are they lost souls stuck in purgatory?

11. What’s Locke’s Resolution?
If the real Locke is dead, is there a part of his story we haven’t seen yet—perhaps in the past? Since his body was dumped out in the shadow of the statue, is he the one who will “save us all?” (His character arc must be resolved in some way.)

12. Where Did Richard Alpert Come From And Why Doesn’t He Age?
(I’m sorry, but “Jacob made me this way” is not an answer.) Was he one of the ancient Egyptians? On the Black Rock? A pirate that attacked the Black Rock? An alien or god of sorts? Is he a guardian of the dead? Part of the computer program and not even real? A time traveler? The favorite form of the black smoke monster? A product placement for Guy-liner by Maybelline (Yes, I know he was born with it, but maybe it’s Maybelline!)?


SHOULD ANSWER

1. What Exactly Is The Four-Toed Statue, When/Why Was It Built, And What Happened To The Rest of It?
Anubis? Sobek? Taweret?  Is it what the aliens really look like without their human skin? Part of a game? Part of a previous or test version of the simulation? Something built by an ancient civilization from Tunisia that was teleported to the island? An embodiment of fertility on the island? A way to scare off would-be invaders? Did it get destroyed from an earthquake or volcanic eruption? When the bomb blew up? From the Incident, i.e., energy released from the island? Did it get knocked down from the Black Rock when it got sucked in like a magnet to the middle of the island?

2. How Come Babies Conceived On The Island Can’t Be Born There After Ethan?
Was he that ugly? Did the island go into the future so souls didn’t exist there? Did the destruction of the statue have something to do with it? Is it because you aren’t really conceiving in a simulated world, and Ethan was just part of the program? Are there no new lives created in HELL???

3. Is There A Reason Many Episodes Started Out With Close Ups of an Eye?
Is it just a stylistic thing? Does it mean that a player is downloading into a simulated character? Is it showing us into their soul? Is it a metaphor for them being dolls or avatars in a program?

4. How did The Black Rock End Up In The Middle of The Island?
Did the island move into the same space it was occupying? Did the island’s magnetism suck it up and bring it inland? Was it just part of a previous game/simulation? Was it built there as a replica? Is it really a flying ghost ship?

5. What Is Jacob’s Cabin, What’s That Ring Around It For, And Did Horace Build It?
Is it a time-out zone for those who were bad and the ring is like a sonic fence? Is it a reset zone in a game where you come back if you have more lives (like how the munched ghosts in Pac-Man always returned to the center box)? Is it where you go when you are half-in and half-out of the simulation and the ring is the walls of the anomaly? Is it where you go when you are stuck in dimensions? Timelines? Lifetimes? Did Horace actually have a hand in building it like in Locke’s dream? Is the ring Jacob’s ash brought back to the past? Was it broken by Claire? Is it a literal “loop hole”???

6. Who Was The Bearded Figure Locke Saw In Jacob’s Cabin The First Time?
Jacob? His Enemy? Christian? Locke from another timeline? Locke stuck in time? Goodspeed stuck in time? Desmond stuck in time? Some dude who worked on LOST?

7. Is Claire Dead Or What?
If so, why did she show up in the cabin with Christian? If not, why did she show up in the cabin with Christian?

8. What’s The Big Deal With Aaron?
Why Is Goober so special? Is he Jacob? Did Claire go into a simulation to see whether she should give up her baby or not and that was why she was told to raise him? Does he grow up to become the true leader of the island? Will he then be banished or killed like the other leaders?

9. What Are The Whispers?
Voices echoing through time? Voices of people in the outside world talking during exciting parts of the simulated adventure? The spirits of the island? Time looping over itself? The voice of the island? Souls trapped in purgatory? The voices of the Others? Voices of castaways past? Voices in Hurley’s head?

10.  Who Will Kate End Up With?
Jack? Sawyer? Juliet? Herself? Cassidy? Her boyfriend when she was a kid? Her boyfriend when she robbed the bank? Her husband? Her horse?

11. The Real Henry Gale?
This just seems to be a personal one but I’d really like to see what the deal was with the balloonist who somehow ended up on the island. What’s his story? Was he just sucked into the island vortex Amelia Earhart style? Was he living out a fantasy or practicing a real balloon race in a simulation? Did he come from the land of Oz?

12. What is the Temple And Who’s In There And Why?
Inquiring minds want to  know!

13. What Is Jacob’s Tapestry?
Is it an outline of the history of mankind? Is it the programming code for the story within the simulation? Is it just a hobby?

14. What Exactly Are The Rules That Ben And Widmore Must Play By?
Are they the same rules Jacob and his opponent seem to have? Are they the rules of a game?

15. Who Was Shooting At Sawyer, Juliet, Charlotte, Locke, Etc. When They Were In The Canoe?
Was it themselves in another timeline? The Others? The other Others?

16. How Are There Two Lockes?
Is one just the Smoke Monster and/or Man In Black? Is he Locke from an alternate dimension or timeline? Is he just Locke’s avatar being played by another player?

17. What Did Exploding The Bomb Do?
Did it cause a time loop that has prevented history from moving forward? Did it set things straight? Did it blow up the island? Did it cause a Mobius loop for just the Losties? Is this illustrated by Alpert’s stopwatch?

18. What Happened To The Losties That Were Near The Site Of The Incident?
Did they all die as Richard Alpert claimed? Did they just flash to another timeline (making it seem like they were obliterated)? If so, is that timeline different than their previous timeline (i.e., Oceanic 815 doesn’t crash)? If the Losties did die, did they just die within a simulation and they are actually now back in the real world with the other Losties who supposedly died? If so, will we see these Losties interacting with the formerly dead Losties/Freighties in off-island flash-forwards or flash-sideways?


WOULD LIKE TO SEE ANSWERED BUT COULD BE LEFT OPEN FOR INTERPRETATION

1. How Is The Island Able to Move In Time And Space?
Is it moving through a worm hole? Is it part of a game and moving it is a strategy? Is it a cheat code in a computer game? Did it never really move but was just an illusion on par with David Copperfield’s disappearing Statue of Liberty?

2. How Was Desmond Able To Time Travel?
Was he just experiencing his memories? Was just his consciousness time traveling? Did the reset radiate his brain to be an antennae for time travel? Is he just special? Did he just soak up the island energy? Did he become radioactive and unstable? Did messing with a glitch in a simulation cause him to reset the game and experience the reboot?

3. How Did Mikhail “Patchy” Bakunin Keep Coming Back To Life?
Was he just badly injured and playing possum the first couple times? Was he alive in the future so couldn’t die in the timeline? Was he just resetting his video game character or rebooting into a simulation, or perhaps, did he just have multiple lives to play with? Is he an alien? Did he have two twins? Was he a master of time and space?

4. What Was The Purpose of The Looking Glass Station and Why Was There a Musician There Programming The Code?
Is it a way to manipulate frequencies? A way to test life underwater? A way to test the boundaries of the island vortex? Just a way to get The Beach Boys mentioned on the show, or give a hint about “good vibrations”?

5. Why Are So Many of the Characters Named After Famous Philosophers, Scientists, and Writers? And How Did Daniel Faraday Get His Name??
Is this just a hint of the writers? Are they the screen names of those playing the game/simulation?  Were they given those names so they could be tracked in alternate dimensions or timelines? Were the writers just paying tribute to their heroes?

6. What Are The Black And White Stones Found In The Skeleton’s Pockets?
Was the purpose of the game to get the stones? Is it just a metaphor? Do they give you the power to control the island? What stones?

7. Why Were Hieroglyphs Used In The Swan Station When The System Failed?
Was it a secret code for those in the know? Was Radzinsky just messing around? Was he influenced by those on the island? Is all of the programming code for the simulation show up as hieroglyphs there?

8. Why Were There Polar Bears On The Island?
Did they come through the frigid zone where Ben turned the wheel? Were they trained to turn the wheel and that’s why they were in Tunisia with the collar? Were they just animals being experimented on? Were they just a test to see if the simulation would be safe for humans? Were they put on the island to be saved because all other polar bears in the world died out?

9. Who Was Continuing the Supply Drop After DHARMA Died Out?
Was it just on autopilot for ten years? Was it just part of the simulation to keep the subjects moving along and not worrying about food? Were they sent from the future through time? Was it send from DHARMA in Ann Arbor who were somehow in the dark about their fellow on-island DHARMA-mates?

10. Why Did DHARMA Need Their Own Generic Food Brand And What’s The Deal With Geronimo Jackson?
Is all food DHARMA in the future because it’s all synthetic? Is it just because it’s a simulation and none of it’s real anyway? Were the founders of DHARMA in the food production business/talent scout business? Was it just so ABC wouldn’t give out free product placement or wanted to save royalty fees? Was Geronimo Jackson a hint that all of this was occurring in an alternate reality?

11. What Left All The Hieroglyphs And Ancient Contraptions On The Island?
Was it an ancient people that lived on the island? People from the future who got trapped in the past and tried to warn their descendants or future selves? Was it a programming design just meant to make the island seem old? Is it programming code for the simulation itself?

12. Why Do The Others Speak In Latin?
Is it like some kind of fraternity? Is it a Skull and Bones kind of society? Is it their own code they use within the game so the opponent doesn’t know what they are doing? Is it how those in the know in the simulation talk to one another without tipping off the patients?  Are they just really old?

13. How Does The Island Have Healing Properties?
Why does it giveth to some and taketh away from others? Is it because if you aren’t sick or injured in your real timeline then you aren’t in this one? Is it because you’re just playing an avatar in a simulation, like the paraplegic protagonist in Avatar who was able to walk once downloaded into his alien body?

14. Why Did Jacob Visit Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Locke, Sayid, Hurley, Jin, And Sun And Why Did He Touch Them?
Did that somehow persuade them to help him in the future? Did it set them on a course to arrive on the island? Was he really just a therapist regressing them in a simulation to deal with their repressed issues?

15. Why Did Pierre Chang Have So Many Names And Why Were Three Of Them Related To Candles, i.e., Marvin Candle, Mark Wickmund, Edgar Haliwax?
Was he just doing it for shits and giggles? Was he trying to keep his identity a secret for some reason? Were they just the various screen names he used in a computer game? Did he not want his son Miles to know who he was when he showed up? Are they three different versions of him in various timelines?

16. Why Was Ilana’s Face All Bandaged Up And Why Did Jacob Need Her? What’s Their Connection?
Did Jacob recruit her for a game of sorts? Did she undergo plastic surgery and she’s actually a character we know? Was her face mutilated from an accident and she longed to live her life in a simulation with her original appearance? Did Jacob just know that Sayid would once again fall for a femme fatale?

17. What Was The Sickness?
Was it a result of time travel? Being in the wrong timeline? The island’s magnetic properties? A glitch in the program? A computer virus? Not having a constant?

18. What Exactly Did Typing The Numbers Into The Swan Station Computer Do? What Did The Fail-Safe Do? And What Made The Sky Turn Purple And Knock Desmond’s Clothes Off?
Was it a slow release of the radiation of the bomb or the energy from the island? Was it all just an experiment? Was it a way to keep a computer glitch in check and for that reason, couldn’t be done by computer?

19. What Was Libby Doing In Australia? Hell, What Was She Doing On The Show?
(Slight Rumor Spoiler) Yes, I originally heard that Cynthia Watros was said to not be returning to the show, and Darlton said there wasn’t much left of her to explain, but then what was the point of her character? Now, I’ve heard rumors that she may in fact have agreed to come back so hopefully we’ll get some answers.  I personally feel she was in cahoots with Widmore from the get go. Hope we find out.

20. What Did Jacob’s Enemy Eat When He Told Jacob, “No thanks, I just ate”?
I honestly haven’t heard a single other person comment on this or think it to be important in the least. I’m just not sure why the camera seemed to linger on the Man In Black after he said it, as though, there was something more to this story. Is he a cannibal or something? Did he eat crow? Eat his words? I may be looking too much into that scene, but there just seemed to be something there.

21. What Was Olivia Goodspeed’s Relationship With Horace And What Happened To Her?
Okay, we know from the “Mysteries of the Universe” segments that Olivia made it off the island, assuming this is even canon which I don’t think it is. Still, what happened?

22. Was Olivia Goodspeed’s Mock Volcano Eruption Foreshadowing Or Red Herring?
Remember when she showed the volcano to her class with young Ben and Annie? I believe she mentioned that the island had once had a volcano on it. Are we like, gonna get to see that?

23. Speaking of Annie, What Ever Happened To Her?
Did she grow up to be someone we know? Did she die? Did Jacob’s enemy eat her?

24. How And Why Did DHARMA Come To The Island?
Was it to change the world as Radzinsky claimed? Did they have a connection in the know? Did someone from the army stay behind or tip someone off? Are they the facilitators of a simulation? Are they on the cutting edge of quantum science working on time travel?

25. What Happened To The Off-Island DHARMA (Ann Arbor) After The Purge And How Did Ms. Hawking Get A Hold of Their Lighthouse Station?
Did they decide to abandon the project after the purge? Was there never really anyone there to begin with and it was just kind of a code word? Are they the facilitators of a simulation, hooking people up to a virtual reality world? Were they researching the findings of their DHARMA-mates in the field, and had enough to go on for years once they had been killed? Did they have to go into hiding, fearing for their lives? Are they really Hawking, Whidmore, Christian Shephard, David Reyes (Hurley’s dad), Mr. Paik, etc., who have taken on secret identities?

I actually have many more questions. What was the deal with the Hurley Bird? The black pillar of smoke that the Others used? Why did the Others take the kids? Is Locke really special or not? Why did the pictures on the wall change when Miles went to Ghostbust that house? Why do so many people (Pierre Chang, Montand, Patchy, Kate’s farmer guy) lose appendages or body parts? What’s in the guitar case Jacob gave to Hurley? Who are Widmore and Hawking really? Why does everyone want to become leaders when nothing good ever becomes of the leader? How much drugs did Damon and Carlton have to consume to come up with the outline for this show??

What about you? Anything not covered above that you need answers to? Anything that I think must be covered above that you don’t really care if you get answers to? Do you think we’ll be able to get most of these answers—either directly or indirectly??? Do you even care?

Comment below…


Marc Oromaner
is a New York City writer whose book, The Myth of Lost offers a simple solution to Lost and uncovers its hidden insight into the mysteries of life. He can be contacted in the discussion section of The Myth of Lost Facebook page.

The Myth of Lost is available on Amazon and barnesandnoble.com.

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  • Ruben

    Come on, man. That list is ridiculous, specially the “must answer” questions. Why can Miles talk to dead people? He just can! If you believe you can travel through time you just accept Miles has that sort of “power”. And what’s the Island? A place where strange things happens… it doesn’t need a proper explanation just as you don’t need an explanation on why kryptonite harms superman!
    Why they have issues? They just do, man! Why was Sawyer a prick in season 1? That’s just how he is!
    Man, if you need all those questions answered, you’re probably going to hate this season.

    • Kevin James John

      I agree with you completely,Ruben.
      And some of these have already been answered. Especially Mikhail (Mikhail: “Luckily the fence was not turned to a lethal level.”), and the Polar Bears (Pierre Chang: “How do you feel about Polar Bear feces?” And on the Blast Door Map: “STATED GOAL, REPATRIATION ACCELERATED DE-TERRITORIALIZATION OF URSUS MARITIMUS (Polar Bear) THROUGH GENE THERAPY AND EXTREME CLIMATE CHANGE.”).
      The numbers have been explained to the best degree possible, they are the core values of the Valenzetti Equation. This is why Dharma came to the Island, to change the core factors.
      The Island is just what it is, a place where miracles happen, you can’t explain a miracle, otherwise it loses its namesake.
      Why does the Island travel through time? It just does. Why does electromagnetism pull metallic objects towards it? It just does. Wonders of the Universe, accept them for what they are.
      And biggest of all, they have issues because they are human. Just like you or me.

      On a side note, why is “What Did Exploding The Bomb Do?” in the “Should Answer” section? That WILL be answered right off the get go.

      Forget the questions, just go along for the ride. The necessary questions will be answered.

      • i agree. i just need to know about the numbers, the statue, the smoke monster, the black rock and a bit more mythlogy

      • Absz009

        To be fair, the Valenzetti Equation hasn’t been shown or mentioned in the actual show. So I’m not sure I’d take that as the true explanation for The Numbers. In other words, I don’t think it is canon. I mean it’d be real lazy of the writers if they let an answer to one of their questions be revealed outside of their show.

        But I still agree with you in regards to The Numbers being explained to an extent. But I think a fair bit more needs explaining on why The Numbers turn up everywhere in the real world and on the Island – is it a equation for life itself? And how & why Hurley was able to win the lottery with them – why did so many unnaturally bad/wierd things/luck happen to Hurley and (other lottery winners that used The Numbers) after he won the lottery (i.e the metoerite, his grandfather dying of a heart attack etc). Does the very knowledge of using and knowing about The Numbers cause bad luck? Does using The Numbers mean you have broken a rule thus cause bad luck?

        Anyways, luckily for us, based on Lidelof’s comments, The Numbers will be further explored and given an answer of sorts (not a direct answer) in Season 6. Any kind of indication of what The Numbers are and mean will be satisfactory for me. I’m not looking for a whole episode explaining in-depth what a bunch of Numbers mean. I just need more to go on which I’m sure I and other fans will get.

    • Kryptonite affects Superman because if it’s radioactive properties and Krypton origins. About as scientifically based as Supes himself.

      Which is, uh, fiction.

      But! – still an answer.

      While I don’t disagree with your – what? – vent, I think many are legitimate ‘fan’ questions. Probably to be answered in reams of Lost novels, etc, etc.

    • There are some movies and TV shows that are specifically left open-ended in order to let the viewer imagine the meaning for themselves. “2001,” “The Fountain,” “The Sopranos,” etc. The way LOST has been crafted however, is as a puzzle. We get various pieces in non-chronological order. Since the show has been set up this way, the implication is that we will eventually have a completed picture in which we can get a much clearer sense of what has been going on. I don’t think we need answers to everything, but if too many answers are left open or the answer is “just because” I feel that leaves the viewer hanging. Anyone can create a show that’s based on baffling mysteries that never have any resolution. LOST will be the most impressive if it somehow manages to bring all these questions together into a reason that makes sense.

      • Shinto

        I completely agree, Mark. The majority of the questions on your list are valid questions that DO need to be answers.

      • confidence_man

        good list of questions!

        looking at all of these makes me think that we won’t have answers to a bunch of them. i think they’d need a season’s worth of episodes to answer most of these. sucks…

    • Absz009

      LoooL exactly my thoughts. I’m pretty sure more than half of that list won’t be answered by Darlton. It’s become clear that they’re only concerned with answering the important questions and will leave the rest up to us to interpret. I’m not sure that they will answer what the Island actually is based on Lindelof’s own comments, because it is suppose to be a supernatural, mythical Island – there isn’t a answer to that. The Island is just is.

      My favourite question: “Why do so many people (Pierre Chang, Montand, Patchy, Kate’s farmer guy) lose appendages or body parts?”

      Because that’s what happens when you get injured badly! You lose body parts! Just ask the soldiers over in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Ivan

    I briefly perused through the questions and thought I would address this one.

    10. Who Exactly Are The Others and What Are They Doing There?

    In my opinion, I think this answer has been addressed to a good extent. I believe Michael Emerson agreed in a recent interview that may or may not have been posted on here. Of course that is not to say that all is crystal clear with the Others, and the writers still have the last say on it.

    But my interpretation is as follows: The Others are people Jacob has brought to the Island to fulfill their destiny and/or do Jacob’s will – if they are not the same thing.

    I site the episodes that showed how Juliet was recruited and began her days as an an other, Ben’s arrival to the Island and how he became an other, and the scene with Jacob and his nemesis as support that the Others are people brought to the Island for a specific purpose to fulfill their destiny on the Island.

    Thoughts?

    • Ivan

      Oh, just to be clear, what would be the difference between the Others and the survivors?

      Well, the others are under the direct authority of Jacob. The survivors are not. That is the difference. Jack and his troupe pretty much do what they feel they need to do; that said, Jacob and his nemesis have their invisible hand in their from time to time.

      • Zonker

        I wondered about that as well. If Jacob’s touch brought the 815ers to the island, and the Others are Jacob’s people, then why were Ben and the Others so standoffish to the survivors? The first time we heard Jacob’s name mentioned, it was in connection to not trusting Jack to perform the operation on Ben, since Jack was “not even on Jacob’s list.”

        Jacob brings people to the island. But maybe the Man in Black has replaced/imprisoned Jacob, and the Others in fact serve the Man in Black. Perhaps that’s why the Others need not fear the Smoke Monster, whereas Dharma (also brought by Jacob?) has to erect a sonic fence. It would also explain why the Others exterminated Dharma– they were doing the will of the Man in Black.

        So… the Man in Black has somehow replaced Jacob and co-opted the Others. Then Jacob brings the US Army and Jughead to the island. The Others kill them. Then Jacob brings Dharma to the island. Eventually the Others kill them. Then Jacob brings Flight 815 to the island. Smokey sees John Locke as the perfect tool. Smokey first reads Eko, then realizes Eko is too strong to be used, and so kills Eko. Hawking & Widmore have slowly come to realize they were being used by the Man in Black, so they are actually on Jacob’s side, but perhaps kept at arm’s length from him, or working the two sides against each other, unlike Bram and Ilana, who believe they are on Jacob’s side, “the side that’s going to win.”

    • “Fulfill their destiny” is a little much, don’t you think. I can’t imagine their ‘destiny’ is tied to the Island to the extent they have to stay there forever. But, perhaps, they all have their come-and-goes like the Losties, only we don’t see their stories.

      More than likely, they are other castaways, plain and simple, or – dead people!?! Saved like Ben, who “will never be the same” again.

      I suspect we won’t get the answer to that question.

      • Ivan

        Yeah, it’s prolly a bit much 😛

        But I hope people are willing to agree that, aside from the unforeseeable centric episode of Others — other than Richard Alpert, the idea of who the Others are and why they are there has pretty much been answered in a general away.

        Those seeking specifics about the Others may be disappointed.

  • madmen4815

    Wow 55 questions, your going to hate this season. I just hope it’s a good story.

    • Jayman

      As I was skimming through this list, I was thinking the same thing. You are setting yourself up for disappointment with that long list.

    • There are 12 I feel must be answered. Everything else should at least make sense. Even if none of those questions are answered, I’ve still loved the show. I just think it will have missed a great opportunity to really connect with a powerful myth that could rank up there with those that have helped shape our society.

    • Funback Joe

      I would also suggest that many of these questions have the opportunity to be answered in clusters, given the proper resolution.

  • dp2

    “Was Olivia Goodspeed’s Mock Volcano Eruption Foreshadowing Or Red Herring?”

    I give you my 100% guarantee that this one will be answered. In fact, I’d like to bet a large amount of money. Any takers?

    By the way, enough with the computer simulation thing.

    • Glue your eyelids

      Also, the “they are all dead and the Island is Heaven/Hell/Purgatory” angle has been debunked since season 1 or 2, right?

    • Does that confidence come from intuition or inside information?

      • dp2

        It comes from common sense. When the show is over, either the volcano will have come into play, or it won’t, and the question as presented will have been answered.

        • Ha ha, okay. Sorry if my need for clarification ruined what would’ve been a sure thing.

  • Nick

    Many of these have been somewhat answered already, such as Mikail not dying being similar to Michael not being able to die.

    • I don’t think it’s the same, Michael and Mikhail. Mikhail we saw DEAD several times. Michael, not really. Banged up, gun misfire, sure. But the bigbadaboom got him and he was gone.

      What’s really strange about Mikhail and maybe a couple of Others is both Richard and Ben say outright resurrection (Locke) is not something the Island (supposedly) can do.

      Contradiction or conundrum – something not right about it.

      We need an answer, and believe it is coming.

      • Kevin James John

        We never saw Mikhail dead? We saw him laying down on the ground, and he was still breathing. (Thought to originally be a continuity error.)

  • Egghead

    Oh my God. Each time I read another reference to your “computer game” theory I lost a little bit more of my sanity. Its not a computer game! Stop it! Stop including it as a possible answer to each and every question! Just stop it!

    • Sanity is overrated.

    • Casey

      Amen to that. This guy is in love with the damn computer simulation theory which, in my opinion, is no better than the classic “they’re all in a snowglobe!” theory. It’s silly, baseless and would be the worse of all possible endings, worse than a Sopranos style fade.

      • See my second response to Slimchicken below.

      • naultz

        How can you say it is silly and baseless when there have been several films and movies based on this same concept(ex. the matrix ). Virtual reality “themes” have existed for the last twenty years. None of them has been presented in the non-linear “Puzzle piece” format as lost, but to be honest, it is one of the more plausable explanations. What is more logical: an alien space craft, two god-like beings controlling an island, purgatory, or virtual reality. Out of all of these possible reasons, Virtual reality actuallly is proven to exist and is more logical than any of the other explanations. It might not be the reason you want, but that doesn’t mean its not true or valid.

  • joe_bones

    I honestly believe some of those questions CANNOT and WILL NOT be answered. some of them are really great questions that get at the heart of the show, and right at the heart of season 6 in particular!

    here’s my take.

    MUST ANSWER

    1. What The @#$%^&* Is The Island?
    –unanswerable. will never be addressed. ITS A MAGIC ISLAND

    2. What Is The Black Smoke Monster?
    –we will learn a lot more about it, but we will never learn how the smoke functions, how it is able to seemingly levitate or move of its own will. ITS MAGIC. we will learn about the man behind the smoke, but not the smoke itself.

    3. What Are The Numbers, What Is Hurley’s Connection To Them, And Was He The One Reading Them On The Broadcast Recording?
    –this one will be addressed, and to a large extent HAS ALREADY BEEN RESOLVED (but it requires you to think 4 dimensionally). the only missing piece now is how hurley came to be the one broadcasting the numbers….

    4. Why Is Everyone From Oceanic 815 Connected?
    — doesnt even make sense as a question. THEY WERE ALL ON AN ISLAND TOGETHER. thats why they are connected. why is the cast of harry potter all connected?

    5. How Can Dead People, Imaginary People/Animals, and Doppelgangers Appear on the Island?
    –its a magic island

    6. And The Skeletons Are…(Drumroll)
    –final episode

    7. How Is It That Walt and Miles Have Powers?
    –some people have powers. some people don’t. wont be addressed any deeper than that

    8. Who Is Jacob And That Other Guy And Why Do They Hate Each Other?
    –prepare to wait til the end of the season for this one

    9. Why Do All The Losties Have Issues, Especially Daddy Issues?
    –because they are CHARACTERS ON A TV SHOW! every tv character has issues…. usually family issues.

    10. Who Exactly Are The Others and What Are They Doing There?
    –we will learn more about the others, but we already know what they are doing there. THEY ARE JACOB-WORSHIPPERS.

    11. What’s Locke’s Resolution?
    –he was killed in a con by the man in black… ben literally killed him. but it was all a set-up by the man in black to make locke think he was special and then use his status as leader of the others to infiltrate jacob’s lair

    12. Where Did Richard Alpert Come From And Why Doesn’t He Age?
    –see the eagerly awaited richard flashback

    SHOULD ANSWER

    1. What Exactly Is The Four-Toed Statue, When/Why Was It Built, And What Happened To The Rest of It?
    –only “what happened to the rest of it” will be answered. what is it???? its a statue. why was it built???? why is any statue built? at a certain point, you need to take a step back and see how patronizing some of these questions are.

    2. How Come Babies Conceived On The Island Can’t Be Born There After Ethan?
    –will be answered, just wait

    3. Is There A Reason Many Episodes Started Out With Close Ups of an Eye?
    –stylistic choice. never addressed. why would it be??? is jack going to ask jacob “why do some episodes begin with a close-up of an eye?”

    4. How did The Black Rock End Up In The Middle of The Island?
    –richard flashback

    5. What Is Jacob’s Cabin, What’s That Ring Around It For, And Did Horace Build It?
    –we already know horace built it. why not ask if locke is bald??? but there will be more on this when we get more on the man in black (later in the season)

    6. Who Was The Bearded Figure Locke Saw In Jacob’s Cabin The First Time?
    –the man in black. i saw no beard actually….. but that was the man in black

    7. Is Claire Dead Or What?
    –nope

    8. What’s The Big Deal With Aaron?
    –wait til around the final episode or so.

    9. What Are The Whispers?
    –the others usually…. but this wont ever be addressed.

    10. Who Will Kate End Up With?
    –good question. i hope the answer is ALONE

    11. The Real Henry Gale?
    –my theory? he worked for widmore…. i think they planned on revealing this in season 3 or 4… but just tossed the idea out. dont hold your breath.

    12. What is the Temple And Who’s In There And Why?
    –its the others’ church. its filled with others. you’ll see it very early in the season

    13. What Is Jacob’s Tapestry?
    –the story of the show and the island

    14. What Exactly Are The Rules That Ben And Widmore Must Play By?
    –once an other, always an other…. and others cant kill each other without harsh punishment unless its absolutely necessary to protect the secrets of jacob.

    15. Who Was Shooting At Sawyer, Juliet, Charlotte, Locke, Etc. When They Were In The Canoe?
    –actually a pretty minor mystery. once its resolved, you’ll go “oh. thats it?”

    16. How Are There Two Lockes?
    –one is locke, the other is the monster.

    17. What Did Exploding The Bomb Do?
    –better question…. did the bomb explode?

    18. What Happened To The Losties That Were Near The Site Of The Incident?
    –nothing like you seem to be thinking. they werent transported in time or killed.

    WOULD LIKE TO SEE ANSWERED BUT COULD BE LEFT OPEN FOR INTERPRETATION

    1. How Is The Island Able to Move In Time And Space?
    –magic.

    2. How Was Desmond Able To Time Travel?
    –non-lethal dose of electromagnetic juju straight to the face, just like faraday’s rat eloise.

    3. How Did Mikhail “Patchy” Bakunin Keep Coming Back To Life?
    –he was a bad guy. bad guys always seem to be coming back after you thought they were dead. nothing supernatural

    4. What Was The Purpose of The Looking Glass Station and Why Was There a Musician There Programming The Code?
    –the looking glass station was a sub docking station. the others used it to keep everyone on the island in radio silence. the code was programmed by a musician so that charlie would be the only one to be able to turn the signal off. kinda supernatural.

    5. Why Are So Many of the Characters Named After Famous Philosophers, Scientists, and Writers? And How Did Daniel Faraday Get His Name??
    –because the writers are clever. dont hold your breath on a faraday explanation. it just worked out that way for him.

    6. What Are The Black And White Stones Found In The Skeleton’s Pockets?
    –symbols

    7. Why Were Hieroglyphs Used In The Swan Station When The System Failed?
    –and why were the dharma initiative teaching ancient egyptian to their elementary school students…. because dharma knew about the ancient connections to the island

    8. Why Were There Polar Bears On The Island?
    –come on. this has been answered. you know how polar bears got on the island. dharma zoologists brought them there to run tests on them. i’m a bit embarrassed to have to explain this at this late date in the show’s run.

    9. Who Was Continuing the Supply Drop After DHARMA Died Out?
    –seems like a moot point, but this will be addressed in season 6

    10. Why Did DHARMA Need Their Own Generic Food Brand And What’s The Deal With Geronimo Jackson?
    –just cuz. and some band.

    11. What Left All The Hieroglyphs And Ancient Contraptions On The Island?
    — the “others” are a lot older than you thought

    12. Why Do The Others Speak In Latin?
    –because they chose to. do you really need a REASON to speak a language??

    13. How Does The Island Have Healing Properties?
    –magic

    14. Why Did Jacob Visit Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Locke, Sayid, Hurley, Jin, And Sun And Why Did He Touch Them?
    –you wont find out immediately, but he was selecting them to come to the island

    15. Why Did Pierre Chang Have So Many Names And Why Were Three Of Them Related To Candles, i.e., Marvin Candle, Mark Wickmund, Edgar Haliwax?
    –started as a joke in the writers room…. will be interesting to see if they choose to venture an explanation. i doubt it.

    16. Why Was Ilana’s Face All Bandaged Up And Why Did Jacob Need Her? What’s Their Connection?
    –we will see what happened to her shortly… and her relationship with jacob is… well more or less that she is a jacob worshipper like the others…. but it goes a lot deeper than that.

    17. What Was The Sickness?
    –the smoke monster

    18. What Exactly Did Typing The Numbers Into The Swan Station Computer Do? What Did The Fail-Safe Do? And What Made The Sky Turn Purple And Knock Desmond’s Clothes Off?
    –the button vented electromagnetic radiation in small amounts. the fail safe blew up the hatch. the sky turned purple and desmond’s clothes were blown off because there was a massive build-up of electromagnetic energy when the button wasn’t pushed, and it was all released at once when the hatch imploded. this has been answered on the show. yes, it is confusing. no, they wont labor the point by reexamining it.

    19. What Was Libby Doing In Australia? Hell, What Was She Doing On The Show?
    –dont expect too much more on libby. they had plans for her character, but the actress and producers had a falling out. she will be back, in a rather limited form.

    20. What Did Jacob’s Enemy Eat When He Told Jacob, “No thanks, I just ate”?
    –that was a hint that he is the monster

    21. What Was Olivia Goodspeed’s Relationship With Horace And What Happened To Her?
    –she was his sister. well, maybe she was initially supposed to be his wife, but she was played by samantha mathis, who is a recognizable name and face. she wasnt easy to secure for season 5. so her story was reconfigured that she was horace’s sister, who was still on the island in 77.

    22. Was Olivia Goodspeed’s Mock Volcano Eruption Foreshadowing Or Red Herring?
    –big time foreshadowing

    23. Speaking of Annie, What Ever Happened To Her?
    –there was presumably a really cool annie story that tied into ben’s mission to fix the fertility problems on the island…. lets see if they have time ins eason 6 to get to it

    24. How And Why Did DHARMA Come To The Island?
    –they came in peace but were corrupted. there will be a little of this in season 6, particularly as it relates to hanso and the lamp post station

    25. What Happened To The Off-Island DHARMA (Ann Arbor) After The Purge And How Did Ms. Hawking Get A Hold of Their Lighthouse Station?
    –look for more hawking in season 6… but much less dharma stuff. most of what is going to be answered about dharma has already been answered.

    • “3. How Did Mikhail “Patchy” Bakunin Keep Coming Back To Life?
      –he was a bad guy. bad guys always seem to be coming back after you thought they were dead. nothing supernatural”

      LMFAO!

      But, no, I don’t think it’s just a plot contrivance. There is an answer to that one, for sure.

    • I can agree with a lot of what you say (a few silly questions already answered, certainly) – but the “magic” point, come on. There will be a ‘scientific’ explanation, even if it is fictional and hardly based on scientific fact, more on philosophical pinnings and scientific theory.

      You can all that magic all you want simply because if something hasn’t survived the rigor of scientific examination, then it’s not real. Like, magic.

    • Shinto

      “9. What Are The Whispers?
      –the others usually…. but this wont ever be addressed.”

      I don’t agree, given that Boone and Hurley have been among the voices heard in the whispers.

    • Wow, thanks for going through those all. You had some really great insights, particularly about the man in black’s reason for having just ate, Annie, and Olivia Goodspeed.

      I wasn’t clear in my “everyone’s connected” question. I meant, why do people from each other’s lives show up in each other’s flashbacks. As for the polar bears already having been resolved, generically sure. But why were they on the large island roaming around? Like I said, it’s not a must answer, but would be cool to find out. I wrote these questions for everyone, not just those who read blogs, listen to podcasts and play ARGs. For those just watching the show, there are a lot of questions that have not had any clues.

      I’m not really into the magic thing either. Hey, I like stories about enchanted lands where magical things just happen because it’s enchanted. But they don’t take six years building up a mystery that something bigger is going on. For all those who are totally cool with the magical explanations, I have no doubt that you will find season six more fulfilling than I will, even if explanations are given to some extent. This was a personal list. That’s why I asked everyone else to chime in with their thoughts. I’m sure the writers will be thrilled to know that fans are less demanding than I am. Perhaps they won’t have to go into hiding after all.

    • meems

      I agree with Joe on many if not most of these issues. Also, i have no qualms about saying, yeah, it’s magic. Some things are just magic, and will not be able to be explained. I hope you’re correct with the Annie stuff – I’d like to see what happened to her. I also wonder how exactly Charles and Ellie came to be on the island and why they in particular became the leaders. I know it’s inconsequential, but if Jacob chose them, I just want to know why. And did Jacob ever REALLY choose Ben?

      I believe that Lockewas part of the ultimate long con and he is a tragic figure. his story arc seems to be more or less complete for me.

    • Zonker

      “3. What Are The Numbers, What Is Hurley’s Connection To Them, And Was He The One Reading Them On The Broadcast Recording?
      –this one will be addressed, and to a large extent HAS ALREADY BEEN RESOLVED (but it requires you to think 4 dimensionally). the only missing piece now is how hurley came to be the one broadcasting the numbers….”

      I imagine you’re speculating this is a closed loop a la Richard’s watch: Hurley wins the lottery with the numbers, goes back in time to record the numbers on the broadcast, that broadcast is heard by the guy who later winds up in the mental ward, who tells the numbers to Hurley, who uses them to win the lottery, etc.

      The problem is how did Dharma come to stamp Hurley’s lottery-winning numbers on their hatch, and use them for the Swan station computer protocol post-Incident? Surely they wouldn’t let their newbie mess hall cook choose their Swan station serial numbers, would they? 😉

  • Space

    I don’t understand all this simulation and computer game stuff. I’ve seen every episode at least twice. What points to this as a possibility?

    • Kevin James John

      http://lostisagame.com/

      A preposterous theory.

    • That the show continually alludes to games, pawns, rules, etc. That if used as a template, the theory could simply explain why everyone’s connected, the numbers, the smoke monster, the focus on issues, why the Losties were either criminals or had access to money, etc.

      Like most great mythology, many explanations can plug into one story and all make sense. Even if the island isn’t a game or simulation, I still feel like there needs to be a twist that, once you know what’s really going on, answers a lot of the questions without them having to directly be answered.

  • Benjamin

    Okay..I’m gonna have to agree, and say this list is pretty ridiculous. Sometimes the fun of a story like LOST, is just believing that these things are possible. Miles can talk to dead people…because he can! The island travels through time…because it does! Lets just let the writers do what they do..I’m sure in the end it will be phenomenal, as it always has been.

    oh and ps. lets not get so heavy on this computer simulation theory..its too much.

  • Slimchicken

    If Lost ends with the entire story having taken place in some computer simulation as the writer speculates ad nausuem, the final episode will sit alongside Seinfeld’s as the worst in television history. Only, unlike Seinfeld, it will have the unfortunate “bonus” of ruining everything that came before it.

    • The group consciousness here is probably right, and something else is probably going on. But I still feel like there could be a satisfying resolution using a simulation. What if in the year 2015, we destroyed the Earth, so a group created a simulation where humanity could live while the planet healed itself? Only problem is the simulation has a glitch that threatens all of mankind.

      I will have enjoyed the LOST ride no matter what the ending. But it does seem to me that Darlton are trying to lower our expectations, saying how so many fans won’t like it and that they will be going into hiding.

      • Slimchicken

        The problem with something like a simulation is that it’s ultimately no different than saying everything happened in a snow globe. Because it sounds science-y or technological doesn’t make it any more compelling.

        In the context of the story we’ve been told a simulation contrivance would also pretty much be a deus ex machina – a technique LOST is becoming ever more reliant upon unfortunately (See: Black, Man In).

        I agree with your comments that LOST has told its story in such a fashion that one might expect an answer to the question “What is the Island?” I suspect it’ll be answered in some way. And related to this I think there are two reasons the writers say they’re going to have to go into hiding: 1) The answer isn’t going to be as interesting as every LOST fanatic expects. 2) They’re joking.

        • While I’ve never watched St. Elsewhere, I’m sure the snow globe ending was just a cutesy way of ending the show that had no connection whatsoever to what had been going on during the series run. Ending in a snow globe doesn’t explain anything. But a computer simulation ending for LOST could explain a lot–the numbers (a glitch), Locke’s double (downloading an unused avatar), why the show focused on the character issues and criminals (they were there for rehabilitation or intense therapy), the smoke monster (anti-virus program), etc. For me, this ending avoids deus ex machina b/c the show has already gone there with time travel and a disappearing island. If these are just results of magic or go unexplained, it falls into that deus ex machina category. But if they can be explained because there is a logical reason for it, it’s a cool twist.

          I know at this point I’m not going to convince anyone why such an ending, even if it isn’t slated to be the ending of the show, could be a home run. I guess all I can say is that most people didn’t think that the dream endings of “Alice in Wonderland” or “The Wizard of Oz” ruined those movies. The reason is because the dream just connected those stories to our world. The message being that they were metaphors that could make sense out of our experience.

          • Slimchicken

            I understand what you’re saying but the fact remains that the show would be revealed to be the work of some outside force over which the characters have no input or control. It would prove one of the shows central themes – Fate vs. Free – nothing but a charade.

            As for The Wizard of Oz and Alice, I’d argue their endings are the weakest points in their story. And if they were made for adults I’d complain about it.

          • I’m not so sure it would prove that the characters had no control. I think that is what Jacob and his opponent are arguing about. For argument’s sake if it was a simulation and Jacob and the other dude were the programmers, they might argue over how to best cure the patients. Jacob seems to believe that the characters should be left to their own devices and make their own decisions based upon the situations they are presented with (freedom of choice). His opponent believes that man cannot self-correct, and need to be guided by clues and nudged into making correct decisions (fate). The winner may get to decide how the program will be used.

            I do agree though that it could be interpreted that it was all a charade (but one with real meaning for the participants who will come out better people). The fact that it might all be an illusion might explain why they had episodes titled like “The Man Behind The Curtain,” “The Looking Glass,” “No Place Like Home,” “White Rabbit,” etc. They’ve put the answer right in front of our noses and for that reason we can’t see it.

        • While I do not like the Matrix explanation, the Man in Black is not a deus ex machina situation. Many people have theorized from the beginning that the Smoke Monster(Amit) was also most of the illusions created on the island(NOT ALL) and is also the Man in Black. So they have just introduced another facet of the character, that many(myself included) think fits in very nicely with what has been happening. Deus Ex Machina refers to a new character or sudden event.

          • Slimchicken

            I understand your point and it’s possible the term is not precisely apt. Still the problem with the whole Jacob/MIB storyline is that it was introduced in essentially the final act to provide explanation for everything that came before it. This despite the fact that there was little or no evidence throughout most of the series that there was some cosmic game being played between deities or whatever they are.

            Sure there may have been hints from which you could construct elaborate theories as to why this particular storyline makes perfect sense, but you could take other “clues” from the show and do the same for pretty much anything. That’s what makes LOST so compelling but also very frustrating in my opinion (and also allows for there to be this list of 50 some questions that have yet to be answered or sufficiently so).

            I guess what frustrates me is that there was/is so much rich material in the actual plot of the show that introducing these essentially external elements seems like a distraction and then making them the crux of the story going forward seems a shame.

            I recognize I’m struggling to adequately express my concerns. And I don’t mean to suggest I haven’t enjoyed the show and am not interested in seeing how it all plays out. Just frustrated that it seems to have gone so far astray.

            Maybe if someone could answer this question I might feel better about everything…

            Is DHARMA even important in LOST?

  • Shinto

    Marc, with all due respect, the computer simulation theory is ridiculous. I can only assume you’re throwing it in there to see if people will get riled up–you have to know that’s not what’s going on here.

    • I may be confusing the myth with the story, but regardless of how the show ends. I find it very interesting how so many of the mysteries seem to fit. I realize most die-hard fans hate it, I guess I’m just seeing it from a different perspective then they do.

      To me, if the island is simply a magical place, I feel like the show built up an explanation that never came. If it’s a real place with a fully scientific explanation, then that resolution will probably feel labored in trying to fit in answers to the mysteries, a la X-Files. However, if some twist will be revealed, then very little needs to be explained outright because we can figure out the details on our own. The game, simulation, and purgatory are really the only twist endings I’ve heard. If anyone knows any more, I’d love to hear them. (The time travel or time loop theories are not twists since we’ve seen that within the story.)

      • Orson

        The show is the explanation – it’s a drama. If you’re watching solely for mythological resolution, then you can find out what happens on Lostpedia. Why bother with the show?

        You need to drop the ‘I guess I’m just seeing it from a different perspective then they do’ bit. Making stuff up isn’t seeing things from a different perspective. Nor is creative conjecture.

  • Red

    I sincerely doubt the question “what is the island” will ever be answered, because it shouldn’t be answered. Some things should be left unexplained and that is one of them. Giving a scientific explanation for it would harm the legacy of the show, and get into “Midiclorian” territory.

    • Saying that the island was located at one of the planet’s biggest energy centers which caused anomalies in space and time is pretty close to an explanation for me. But if that’s the answer, I want to know what that has to do with the smoke monster and whispers, etc.

  • Josh

    I think that children cannot be born on the island because at the time the brain begins to develop higher cognitive thinking, the mother begins to hemmorage and die. This is because the children have not yet become attached to a constant. Something that all of the other people on the island have developed. As for Aaron, it is possible that this only effects children conceived on the island as well, not those born off, and then birthed there.

  • Toby

    Small correction to this article….Eloise Hawking’s station was not called the Light House. It was called the Lamp Post.

    • As I was writing that, I was thinking, I’m so glad I caught myself and didn’t call it the Light House which I had been calling it for weeks after the DHARMA logo came out. Then, I did it anyway. Thanks.

  • Chris

    I stopped reading after just a few because (as other have pointed out) you’ve got it all wrong… I mean, you really think they “should answer” why episodes open with an eye? (just to point out one of the completely irrelevant stuff)…

    • in all likelihood it will not be relevant so much as obvious, as they continue to elude to Egyptian mythology(i.e. jacob’s tapestry, amit, etc)

      they’ve really already answered this question in a ways…

  • Michel

    I too think there’s an unifying sci-fi theory for everyting that happens in the show and that theory depends on electromagnetism. Remember how the Island is surrounded by a an electromagnetic force that can only be breached in one (maybe two) direction? Well, Jacob’s cabin was also surrounded in a circle, of an ash-like material that got breached. But, was it ash? I don’t think so.

    Kelvin Inman said the Island’s electromagnetism was geologically unique. Maybe the EM force field is provoked by a very rare mineral people have dubbed the Black Rock. That mineral is indeed quite valuable and has been tried to be exploited by several people in the past, like the British who tried to come to island with slaves and dynamite in a mining vessel baptized “The Black Rock”.

    Then again, that would lead to tons of rare ocurrences. If particles of that mineral entered the air and were inhaled and located into the brain, they could form braincell and nerve connections that would allow a great deal of control upon the human body: slowing cell deterioration and aging (Richard), repairing the brain damage that would provoke extreme memory loss (Daniel), stopping various types of cancer (Rose, Juliet’s sister), repairing the type of nerve damage that would leave to paralyses (Locke, Ben), healing bullet wounds (little Ben), or surviving an otherwise deadly plane crash (all the 815 survivors).

    Of course, certain people who possesed different electromagnetic array of connections, ‘special’ people, would have other kinds of abilities to time-jump when exposed to high eletromagnetic forces, or to change the EM fields by that birds use as guidance during migrations and control weather (Walt), or to have some kind of light-telepathy. Some people have had dreams with info that was exclusively privy to others. People like Hurley have the ability to mentally interact with EM energy remnants of those who have died. Ben had it as a boy but eventually lost it for some reason, in the same way that he lost his ability to heal nerve damage and stop his own cancer, only to regain it after getting in contact with Locke post-surgery.

    On the other hand, Miles can “talk with the dead”, but not by talking with their spirits but by knowing their last “memories”, their last thoughts before dying… and note that he had to be close to the bodies to do that.

    Now, think about that last bit about Miles… what if there was someone on the Island who can get all the memories of the bodies that are not buried on the island? Exactly… the Man In Black. But the MIB’s influence has not been shown to be effective with unburied dead people. Maybe that’s the same thing that prevented him from exerting his full influence outside the cabin’s ash circle. But he got to break that too… someone did it for him. And the most likely candidate to do that was Claire. She wandered after the MIB in her father’s form and probably broke the circle on his request. That’s why he could become visible inside the cabin later when Locke went to visit him. He could also mimic Claire’s form.

    In this theory, the Smoke Monster is a particle of highly energized black rock particles that went rogue, and someone ‘special’ with a great willpower can manipulate it. The particle cloud reacts to other people’s EM emergies, and that’s why Eko could stop it when he encontered it for the first time, but couldn’t do it the second time because the MIB knew he couldn’t manipulate Eko and used the monster to kill him. Also, the cloud cannot maintain its structure when assaulted by high-frequency forces, like the one of the sonic fence.

    Well, I’m sure there is more to be explored here, but what do you think of the theory so far?

    • Thanks for sharing that, you definitely have a great start on a unifying theory. For me though, “Lost” has to come back to the Losties. Why did we spend the first couple seasons learning about them, their troubles and weaknesses, if it was just all about the struggles over a powerful island? It seems like it could’ve started with just a few people washing ashore on a strange island and meeting competing forces battling over it from the get-go. When it’s all about the island, the Losties almost become an afterthought. Perhaps this is why they are alluded to as pawns though, so you could be right. I just feel like the creators are leading us down this electromagnetic path, and like most magicians, whenever they lead us down one path, they are really setting us up for something that’s gonna sideswipe us from someplace else. I do agree with many of your story predictions–Claire breaking the circle, etc., but I don’t think an electromagnetic resolution isn’t necessarily required for it to happen. It may wind up to be a big part of the story, I just don’t feel that it will be the overall big picture.

      • Michel

        I think it all hinges on the true nature of Jacob, the MIB and the Others, especially why “the work being done there” by them is so important, as Richard Alpert said. Correct me if I’m wrong, but mythology is comprised of cosmology, which could be largely explained by the EM anomalies, and History, which is the last part of the puzzle. We may know what happened during the DHARMA year but we know too litle about the previous inhabitants of the island, including the present generation of Others.

    • dp2

      A friend of mine has had a theory for several years that it all ties to magnetism. Could the smoke monster be not smoke but bits of iron (think of your high school science experiments with iron filings)? Could manipulating the iron in a person’s blood allow you to heal them?

      • Michel

        Is your friend called Sean Dunleavy?

  • Orson

    40% of these questions have been answered as fully as they’re going to be, and as fully as they’re going to be. What ever happened to interpretation and art? The truth is, very few of these questions are ‘must answer’. For example, if Jacob and the Man in Black never have their origin revealed, but their purpose is dealt with, that’s fine. They simply hold the literary quality of Greek Gods.

    For example, ‘must answer’ number 5, “How Can Dead People, Imaginary People/Animals, and Doppelgangers Appear on the Island?” has pretty much been answered – smoke monster. Smokie is probably also the Man in Black, but even if he’s not, Dead is Dead pretty much put the nail in that question’s coffin. Similarly, asking ‘why the Losties have issues’ is totally backwards.

    I’m afraid this page falls prey to Darlton’s ‘midi-chlorians’ argument; that people will continue asking questions long after there are no more answers to give.

  • spinflip

    >20. What Did Jacob’s Enemy Eat When He Told Jacob, “No thanks, I just ate”?

    I think it’s a hint to the Bible passage:
    Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.” “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?” But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob. (Gen25:29-33)

    On Lost, Jacob’s Enemy is not famishing, showing a deviation from the Biblical story – so we shouldn’t take the Jacob analogy too seriously.

    >12. Why Do The Others Speak In Latin?

    It’s just showing off their elite position. They are superb jungle warriors, but also highly educated people. Also, Latin is both a language of science and religion.

    • Twitchy

      very very well said (jarrah), spin!

    • Cool, I like both explanations–thanks. The insinuation with Jacob’s enemy could also be that they are both on even playing fields. His enemy needs nothing that Jacob has.

  • Michel

    My takes on the matter.

    1. What The @#$%^&* Is The Island?
    It is an island with unique geological electromagnetic properties that have shaped its history. What is exactly the nature of these properties is another question.

    2. What Is The Black Smoke Monster?
    A cloud of particles of highly electromagnetic mineral. This cloud can be manipulated by some special people in various degrees, but it’s ultimately devoid of intelligence, despite appearances.

    3. What Are The Numbers, What Is Hurley’s Connection To Them, And Was He The One Reading Them On The Broadcast Recording?
    They are values designated to he core variales of the Valenzetti Equation. I don’t know exactly what they mean. What was their use and purpose in the DHARMA Initiave is unspecified and should be answered. Hurley’s connection to them is his obsession about them after his coincidential encounter with them.

    4. Why Is Everyone From Oceanic 815 Connected?
    Some connections are coincidences, some are just parts of a plan devised by powerful entities like Jacob, the MIB or Charles Widmore. It should be noted that not all the connections we’ve seen so far have the same value.

    5. How Can Dead People, Imaginary People/Animals, and Doppelgangers Appear on the Island?
    Read my above post about seemingly supernatural effects of rare occurrences of electromagnetism phenomena and brain activity.

    6. And The Skeletons Are…(Drumroll)
    Not really important. Any couple of known character that happened to die around 1954, 50 years before the 815 crash. Now that time travel is an option, they could be anybody.

    7. How Is It That Walt and Miles Have Powers?
    They have slightly different brain activity that, under the right circumstances, allow them to perform extra-special tasks. It should be noted that other people have presented Powers beside them (Rose, Ben, Locke, Hurley, Jacob and the MIB, etc.)

    8. Who Is Jacob And That Other Guy And Why Do They Hate Each Other?
    This I have no idea. Why are they seemingly so old yet they use modern speech forms and have American accents? What do their powers consist of?
    The reason of their hatred could be any given thing and it will be addressed for sure.

    9. Why Do All The Losties Have Issues, Especially Daddy Issues?
    Because all people have issues, and conflict with parents are really common. But not all of them have them: Rose, Bernard, Eko and Ana-Lucía, among others, didn’t have issues with their parents.

    10. Who Exactly Are The Others and What Are They Doing There?
    I really don’t know. All I know is that they’re a sect of people with a purpose and not many of them are really native of the Island (Eloise and Widmore were British, Ben was American, Mikhail was Russian, etc.).

    11. What’s Locke’s Resolution?
    We haven’t seen it yet. We will, though.

    12. Where Did Richard Alpert Come From And Why Doesn’t He Age?
    This will be adressed. He probably got to the Island in the Black Rock.

    SHOULD ANSWER

    1. What Exactly Is The Four-Toed Statue, When/Why Was It Built, And What Happened To The Rest of It?
    It is probably a statue of Sobek (those who saw the Underground Arts gallery should remeber the guy who modeled the resine statue as a military action-figure called Sobek). It was built by the same people that built other antique structures like the Temple, probably Egyptian settles. They got to the Island after the Island moved to somewhere near Egypt, or maybe through a wormhole like the one that connected the frozen cavern with the Sahara desert in Tunisia. I don’t know what happened to the rest of the statue but most of the other structures survive naturally the passage of time.

    2. How Come Babies Conceived On The Island Can’t Be Born There After Ethan?
    I don’t know. Perhaps it had something to do with the reaction of the electromagnetic particles with the radiation from the blast of the hydrogen bomb. It has something to do with the Island’s special healing properties gone wrong, because it attackes the pregnancies like an external invasion, the same way it attackes the cancer, product of an extreme autoinmue response.

    3. Is There A Reason Many Episodes Started Out With Close Ups of an Eye?
    Within the context of the story? No, just an stylistic choice.

    4. How did The Black Rock End Up In The Middle of The Island?
    I don’t know, but it will be adressed.

    5. What Is Jacob’s Cabin, What’s That Ring Around It For, And Did Horace Build It?
    Jacob’s cabin was a cabin built by Horace Godspeed for him and his wife. Ilana seems to think Jacob inhabited it but he never did. Richard fooled Ben and maybe others into thinking Jacob lived there. It was also inhabited by an incorporeal form of the Man In Black and the circle (probably made of something that is not ash) restrained some of his powers and influence until breached, in the same way that the circular EM force-field around the Island is breached in a particular bearing. The circle was probably broken by Claire under request of the MIB posing has her father.

    6. Who Was The Bearded Figure Locke Saw In Jacob’s Cabin The First Time?
    A vision of the true corporeal form of the MIB, the way he was before he became non-corporeal.

    7. Is Claire Dead Or What?
    All points to her being dead but there is a possibility she isn’t and has been suriving in the Island for three years in a similar fashion to Rousseau.

    8. What’s The Big Deal With Aaron?
    To the Others, he was just a case-study for a succesful birth on the Island, particularly because he wasn’t conceived there. Ethan just took things to the next level because he was profoundly invested in the research after his wife died from birth labor.
    No one else had a big deal with Aaron except the maybe conning psychic and Claire, his own mother.

    9. What Are The Whispers?
    I don’t know but they appear to be EM energies perceived by the electromagnetically affected minds of people in the Island. Their location may be fixed or mobile but they seem to indicate proximity of the Others.

    10. Who Will Kate End Up With?
    Either with Jack, Sawyer, anyone else or alone. This is irrelevant in the gran scheme of things.

    11. The Real Henry Gale?
    The real Henry Gale came to the island by accident in the same way the US military, Desmond or Naomi got there.

    12. What is the Temple And Who’s In There And Why?
    The temple was built by Egyptian settlers around something really special, so far unknown. It will be addressed.

    13. What Is Jacob’s Tapestry?
    It has many meanings. Ultimately it’s just a work of art that borrows from ancient cultures but has themes that resonated with Jacob.

    14. What Exactly Are The Rules That Ben And Widmore Must Play By?
    I don’t know. This will probably be addressed.

    15. Who Was Shooting At Sawyer, Juliet, Charlotte, Locke, Etc. When They Were In The Canoe?
    I don’t know. This will be addressed.

    16. How Are There Two Lockes?
    This has been exlpained already. There have been two occurrences of this. One time it was a time travelling Locke seeing from the distance the place where his past self was. The second it was the time-travelling Locke and the MIB posing as Locke.

    17. What Did Exploding The Bomb Do?
    18. What Happened To The Losties That Were Near The Site Of The Incident?

    We don’t know. These will definitely be addressed.

    WOULD LIKE TO SEE ANSWERED BUT COULD BE LEFT OPEN FOR INTERPRETATION

    1. How Is The Island Able to Move In Time And Space?
    Theoretically, time and space can be twisted and wormholes can be created which can link distant parts of the Universe. However, the energy required to do this exceeds anything that our planet can muster. The Lost writers posit that the Island has unique geological properties (probably an unknown mineral) that can summon enough electromagnetic energy to make this possible in little scale. The Island moves within the spatial confines of our planet and the longest time jump only oges back as far as the 19th Century at least.

    2. How Was Desmond Able To Time Travel?
    Desmond is special. We’ve already acknowledged the existence of several people special in their own particular ways. He reacts to the EM anomalies in different ways, perhaps enhanced by the high energy he was exposed to during the blast of the Swan Station.

    3. How Did Mikhail “Patchy” Bakunin Keep Coming Back To Life?
    This has been answered already. The Island enables some enhanced healing properties he benefitted from and he was never exposed to ultimately lethal experiences.

    4. What Was The Purpose of The Looking Glass Station and Why Was There a Musician There Programming The Code?
    The Looking Glass Station was built separately and underwater to gain access to the research field provided by that specific location. It also had a sub harbor.

    5. Why Are So Many of the Characters Named After Famous Philosophers, Scientists, and Writers? And How Did Daniel Faraday Get His Name??
    It is just a hint of the writer. It is perfectly plausible, given that they parents stumble upon the names by accident or intentionally give them to their children. I once met a Christopher Columbus (no kidding).

    6. What Are The Black And White Stones Found In The Skeleton’s Pockets?
    I don’t know, but it will be addressed.

    7. Why Were Hieroglyphs Used In The Swan Station When The System Failed?
    I don’t know, but the DHARMA Initiave was known to use symbols of many different cultures.

    8. Why Were There Polar Bears On The Island?
    They were parts of a zoological research by the DHARMA Initiave.

    9. Who Was Continuing the Supply Drop After DHARMA Died Out?
    I don’t know, but it will probably be adressed.

    10. Why Did DHARMA Need Their Own Generic Food Brand And What’s The Deal With Geronimo Jackson?
    Geronimo Jackson was a popular musician that collaborated with the DHARMA Initiave. DHARMA was also a big project that managed the production of their own logistics to meet their very specific requirements (like optimal food presevation).

    11. What Left All The Hieroglyphs And Ancient Contraptions On The Island?
    Ancient settlers, probably of Egyptian origin.

    12. Why Do The Others Speak In Latin?
    I don’t know, but it will be addressed along with the true nature of the Others.

    13. How Does The Island Have Healing Properties?
    I gave my opinion about this in the previous post above.

    14. Why Did Jacob Visit Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Locke, Sayid, Hurley, Jin, And Sun And Why Did He Touch Them?
    Those were steps of an important plan that will be unveiled in the sixth season.

    15. Why Did Pierre Chang Have So Many Names And Why Were Three Of Them Related To Candles, i.e., Marvin Candle, Mark Wickmund, Edgar Haliwax?
    Apparently the DHARMA Initiave (or he) believed that compartmentalization of info among its members was essential for the results of its different projects (that was particularly evident in the case of the Pearl Station).

    16. Why Was Ilana’s Face All Bandaged Up And Why Did Jacob Need Her? What’s Their Connection?
    This will be addressed.

    17. What Was The Sickness?
    This has been explained. The sickness Rousseau talked about was only the strange behaviour her crew manifested after being entering the Smoke Monster’s duct. This was because they died and the MIB took their forms afterwards.

    18. What Exactly Did Typing The Numbers Into The Swan Station Computer Do? What Did The Fail-Safe Do? And What Made The Sky Turn Purple And Knock Desmond’s Clothes Off?
    The Station was built to discharge the inevitable acumulation of not-so-well-harnessed electromagnetic energy that came from the excavation seen in The Incident. The fail-safe demolished the station with an implosion, blocking the access for good but releasing a great deal of EM energy in the process. The full extent of the consequences of that release have not been adressed so far.

    19. What Was Libby Doing In Australia? Hell, What Was She Doing On The Show?
    This will be addressed, but she seems to have been a Widmore agent.

    20. What Did Jacob’s Enemy Eat When He Told Jacob, “No thanks, I just ate”?
    He ate something but there is no reason to believe he feeds with something different of what Jacob eats: regular food.

    21. What Was Olivia Goodspeed’s Relationship With Horace And What Happened To Her?
    At some point his son Ethan joined the ranks of the Others, like many before him. Maybe the accompannied him and was the nice old lady that visits Juliet’s house after she burnt her pancakes.

    22. Was Olivia Goodspeed’s Mock Volcano Eruption Foreshadowing Or Red Herring?
    Foreshadowing, with also explaining the Island was a volcanic formation.

    23. Speaking of Annie, What Ever Happened To Her?
    This may or may not be addressed.

    24. How And Why Did DHARMA Come To The Island?
    This has been explained. They were an semi-altruistic private organization taht underwent many scientific projects, including some heavy research on electromagnetism, for which the Island was ideal. They came to the Island in similar ways to how other visitor had arrived there, maybe Jacob brought them there.

    25. What Happened To The Off-Island DHARMA (Ann Arbor) After The Purge And How Did Ms. Hawking Get A Hold of Their Lighthouse Station?
    This will probably be addressed.

    • dp2

      “Rose, Bernard, Eko and Ana-Lucía”

      I’d say A-L had some issues with her mother being her boss. I got the impression that Eko was an orphan, but I’m not sure if that was made certain. He obviously had issues with the one family member we do know about. I think Rose and Bernard are supposed to be the exception to every rule.

  • domcruise

    you seem pretty intent that Lost is part of a computer simulation. this is why i had to stop reading this after the first 10 questions. what a load of nonsense.

  • Dharma77

    Not keen on the idea of it being a “simulation”, you mention it in almost every question. You know, if this was how it would end (as a simulation) I’d be very VERT disappointed, its on par with “all a dream” or “snow globe” ending. The more thought I put into Season 6, the more confused I get. S5 literally blew it apart, almost anything can happen now and a lot of our characters will die. Some mysteries will be left unanswered but I expected that. I personally want Desmonds story straightened out and concluded with explanation as to why the “rules” do not apply to him. I would like some idea of the the Others mission/purpose is, but if S6 gives a thorough back story perhaps in the Alpert centric I think we’ll be satisfied.

    • I myself do not believe it, but the Matrix scenario is a LOST fan favorite.

  • Walk_like_Locke

    What’s with the computer simulation? Also, i think that you’re going to be a little dissapointed by the end of this season. After all, I believe that whilst the real mysteries like “what is the smoke monster?” will be answered, the “What is the island?” question is not likely to be answered in any direct way. Besides, does anyone really want the producers to demistify the island? I sure as hell don’t.

  • Mratfink

    I think we aren’t going to get an answer to your first question. strikes me as too much of a midichlorian question and damon and carlton have said they arent going to do that. So we will never know what it is that makes the island special merely that it is very very special. And you know what? I’m cool with that, i hate psuedo-science explanations so if they go and do that i’ll be more pissed than i would if they just waved their hands and said magic! On the other hand i have zero doubt that we will find out what the monster is.

  • 20. What Did Jacob’s Enemy Eat When He Told Jacob, “No thanks, I just ate”?

    I know you said that you hadn’t heard anyone talked about this, but when looking at recaps and such this is a very harped upon topic. Most people(myself included) think that if Jacob is the Biblical Jacob then the Man in Black is Easu, and if he is Easu then the Biblical stories explain that Easu at one point trades his birth right to Jacob for food. Hence the cynical way he says “no thanks, i just ate”. Additionally, Jacob and Easu were not allowed to kill each other directly(also, Anubis was not able to be killed by his siblings as well, maybe Jacob is Anubis and Man in Black is Amit(the smoke monster))

    • awww crap, didn’t see this was already answered above.

  • this article had better just be joking about the whole “video game” thing, cause a prestigious LOST site like this widely accepting just an obviously false theory would be sad.

  • vincentr

    I think your list pretty well sums up the various questions floating around Lost fandom, and i think it shows the thankless task Darlton have in front of them. With only 18 episodes left, there is simply no way they can answer all these questions to everyone’s satisfaction. Like Star Trek nitpickers, there is a faction of fans that seem to be looking for a reason to be disappointed in the show. The fact of the matter is, Lost has fired imaginations in a way few shows ever do, sending people scrambling to obscure books to develop theories about what it all means. This is a double-edged sword for Darlton, as people who have invested a lot of time into their theories will doubtless be disappointed when they don’t come to pass. Besides, the sci fi trappings are just window-dressing for stories about people, which has always been the heart of this show.

    I look at it this way: I paid my quarter and i took the ride. I have watched Lost from the pilot and immediately identified with the “who you were before the plane crashed is not as important as who you are going to be now” vibe, the fresh start in a new place where no one knows you.

    By now, Darlton are writing episode 11 or 12, they know where the story is going & how it ends, so none of this discussion matters. In the end, they will have told the story they wanted to tell, ABC deserves huge praise for allowing the show an end date & i thank all parties involved for a wonderful chaper in telvision history.

    • I agree. No matter how the show ends I will defend it as one of the greatest shows in the history of television. “Life’s a journey, not a destination.”

  • Absz009

    Then we’ll have a new mystery to sink our teeth into in the form of FLASHFORWARD… wait that bombed didn’t it…

  • joe_bones

    marc, thanks for taking the time to make up your list of the essential questions. your lost knowledge is staggering! cant wait for your thoughts on season 6!!!!

  • joe_bones

    but when i say “its magic” i dont mean that a character will come out an explain that such and such a mystery was caused by magic— i mean that there WILL BE NO EXPLANATION, and we will be left to figure it out on our own. this is not to say a sci-fi/technological answer cannot be hazarded…. from the proper distance magic and technology are indistinguishable.

    i just mean that a question like WHAT IS THE ISLAND is impossible to answer, as is WHY IS HOGWARTS MAGIC or WHY IS NARNIA ENCHANTED? they are places where magical, miraculous things happen. any attempt to use science to explain it would be BORING and UNNECESSARY… the stuff of fan fiction.

    the island is electromagnetically unique, and its healing and time travel properties are owed to the geographically unique electromagnetic radiation beneath the island’s surface. it causes it to travel in time and space… but does that answer everything? no. no one thing ever could. certainly the interference of jacob and the man in black will explain some of the mysteries…. but the rest will be mysteries forever.

    only a hack writer would try to have a character explain why scarecrows can talk and why monkeys can fly in the land of oz. thats my feeling anyway. i am well aware that the majority of lost fans disagree with me. i actually loved the ending of battlestar gallactica, which left tons of mysteries open-ended and answered the rest of the mysteries by saying simply “angels are real…”

    • But neither Hogwarts nor Narnia had a group of scientists trying to understand their respective realms while teasing audiences with real-world quantum physics explanations. While I agree (with others who have said) that the whole midichlorians thing was not necessary to explain The Force (and overanalyzed it if anything), I don’t agree that you can create a show filled with hundreds of mysteries and then at the end explain them simply by saying that it’s unexplainable. If the island alone is never explained, that wouldn’t be the end of the world. But I still feel we need something that could at least provide some kind of reason for the major mysteries.

      Thanks for the props.

  • jojo

    Absz009: you may be on to something..maybe the FLASHFORWARD was caused by The Incident?

    • Absz009

      That would be interesting, wouldn’t it? Even though I’m on Darlton’s boat of not wanting a backdoor pilot in the final ep of LOST – I wouldn’t mind seeing a spin-off show some 6 or 8 years down the line with this premise and concept after the LOST pheonomena/craze has died down a bit. After all, FLASHFORWARD deals with similiar themes such as Fate, Destiny and Time Travel so the vibe/tone of the show would be similiar. It would be cool to find out that the Losties caused the whole world to flash forward in time temporarily.

      • jojo

        Abaz, when I started watching FF I kept a list of all the LOST/FF connections. And there were many! In each episode. It was not a coincidence.
        I was very surprised that more LOST fans didn’t write about this. I guess we’ll see…

        • Absz009

          Haha lol I did the same, jojo. Great minds think alike. Hell, they even had a Oceanic billboard in the FLASHFORWARD pilot.

  • joe_bones

    and in conclusion, read between the lines when damon and carlton talk about the final episode. they acknowledge that some fans will be displeased (the diehard, answer-everything crowd) but that others will be happy with the anti-sopranos ending (all character stories will be fully and finally resolved).

    they’re saying that they will answer the major mysteries…. the questions they always intended to answer. the third-tier mysteries that they cant find a way to squeeze into the narrative will be ignored. and the fans who want everything explained away will be devastated, because many of their so-called mysteries were never mysteries at all.

    • Artie Lange

      Yea but what are the major mysteries, and what are the third tier? Like for instance I would consider what happened to Cindy, the others origin and the reason for their change of clothes three big mysteries. Now I cant envision a situation where we don’t find an answer to the first one, but I’m just saying if they don’t answer the last two then that is really leaving things open to dissapointment. Or do they consider third tier mysteries ridiculous stuff like what is the origin of the compass?

      • Well Cindy is at the Temple with the other group of Others(Richard confirms this), so I think that we’ll get some resolution on that one. the Others origin has already more/less been answered(through Richard/Jacob/MiB character arcs it will be answered more completely, although a lot of fans think it’s already been done), and I honestly have no idea what you mean when you say the change of clothes?

  • Artie Lange

    By the way this post is so fkn ridiculous it’s not funny. Can someone with half a brain make one of these posts?

    • vincentr

      Nice to see you up & around Mr. Lange, how are the self-inflicted stab wounds? I think you wandered into the wrong wing of the hospital, this is for people who still have an imagination & something left to live for. The AA/NA meetings are downstairs in the basement, just follow the sounds of sobbing…

      • Artie Lange

        haha but im not tryna be a troll. I really mean this post was ridiculous. There is absolutely no distinction here for the categories of should answer and must answer, and there are really stupid ones here like why do lots of episodes open on eye.
        FIYYAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  • Absz009

    While I agree the list of questions is ridiculous – I believe Marc wrote it from the point of view of the general fanbase rather than himself, and believe me when I say that there are fans out there who think the eye close-up at the start of episodes is a question.

    Me personally, all I want answered are The Numbers, the Smoke Monster, the Statue & Temple, and origins of The Others.
    While I know the Numbers won’t be answered directly with a proper answer – I just want more exploration of this plot thread into the possible meanings, I think we deserve some sort of a explanation and resolution of this thread because it has been most bizarre and stretched out of the lot.
    Concerning Smokey, I’m pretty sure we’ll get a proper direct answer to the Smoke Monster – I’d be shocked if we don’t to be honest and that includes the Statue and Temple.
    Concerning the Others’ origins, while I think Season 3 & 5 explored a lot about the Others and gave us a good idea of what they are and where they come from – I have a feeling that their early roots are steeped in Egyptian mythology. So I’d like to see like a Richard Alpert flashback to the Others’ early days and how the group formed. I just would like to see more of a clarification to what the purpose of the Others is. Yes, I know they do Jacob’s bidding but there is more to this group than just that. It seems they began with good intentions but as time passed and leaders changed, they deviated from this course and became power hungry (thus causing internal disputes ala Ben and Widmore) and wanting to control the Island like in the case of Ben and Widmore. It seems they were put there to stop corruption on the Island that MIB talked about to Jacob in the S5 finale, but over time the Others became corrupt themselves.

    If I get these answers – I’ll be chuffed as hell. Anything else will be a bonus for me. I’m just gonna enjoy the ride. Man, I love coming home from work & university to watch this show. I know I’ll be dying with excitement on February 2nd.

    • kaptan36

      Why has no one mentioned Alvar Hanso?

      • Absz009

        What’s Alvar Hanso got to do with anything? Or with what I’m talking about for that matter? Yeah, I’ve heard he’s the man behind Dharma, but he’s not actually been mentioned or shown on the actual show so that’s not really a question for fans who only watch the show.

        Plus, even if he is mentioned or shown in the final season which I doubt (based on Lindelof’s own comments about Dharma) – I doubt it will be anything of high significance to the main plot other than his personal/professional motivations of sending his organization to the Island, what he hoped to achieve and what he has learnt about the Island. Maybe we’ll get a revelation or two – who knows maybe he was responsible for the Dharma food drop. Maybe not. Either way, I’m pretty sure it won’t be integral to the central story of Jacob, MiB, the Others and the Losties. That’s why no one has mentioned Alvar Hanso.

    • The reason I think the eye close-ups are important is because they seem to be giving a hint as to the big picture. Also, remember in the Room 23 scene with Karl, they showed close-ups of dolls lying sideways so you could mostly just see their eyes. Perhaps it was just a stylistic thing to show who they were doing flashbacks of. But as a student of film, I can tell you that these stylistic choices often have deeper meanings. At the very beginning of “The Usual Suspects,” as Kevin Spacey’s character (Roger, aka, Verbal) is telling his tale, we see a dissolve to a tangled rope on a dock. Immediately, I figured that he’d be telling a twisted story and would wind up being a major part of the hidden plot. If that movie was a series, it might choose to continually show tied up ropes at the beginning of flashbacks and you might think that the reason is not important. But, on some level, it is.

      • Absz009

        Oh, believe me there was a time where I thought the eye close-ups had some sort of a meaning to the overall plot/theme of the show like yourself, but by Season 3 I had given up trying to make sense of what it might mean or was indicating. I just can’t see what the eye close-ups could be hinting at or indicating about the overall plot/theme.
        Though, I do agree 100% about the Kevin Spacey comment. That’s why I’m not totally ruling it out since I use to be a believer myself.

        But this is also another reason why I’m not totally ruling it out: I remember reading a theory on a forum a year or so ago about the glass eye the Tail Section survivors found in the Arrow station in “The Other 48 Days”. In that station was also a radio and part of the Swan station’s orientation film hidden inside a Bible (all of which I’m sure you already know). Anyways, I forgot most of the theory now, but basically the poster theorized that the glass eye was somehow related to a hidden mythology in the show and integral to the end game of the show involving Jacob and the Others, and thus the reason why many episodes opened with eye close-ups. The poster also cited a Darlton S2 Podcast as evidence of his theory. In that podcast I’m talking about, Darlton stated that each object in the Arrow station was significant and not randomly chosen.

        I’m not sure the podcast provides good evidence for his theory other than the possibility the glass eye may play some sort of a part in the future. And I’m not too sure about the glass eye being part of some hidden mythology and important to the endgame of the show. What could be so important about a glass eye? Unless it has some sort of a hidden supernatural power which I highly doubt. But there you go anyway. Thought I should mention it.

        So while I’m not totally convinced of the idea that there is a meaning to the eye close-ups – I’m keeping an open mind.

        • meems

          I thought the glass eye was a joke. Mikhail “Patchy” Bakunin forgot where he put his eye, and thus, the patch!

          • Absz009

            LoooL haha I thought that too. But not according to Darlton so I might look out for it this season.

  • tinaw

    Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse have been steadily preparing us for the possibility of not getting all the answers we seek. Many of the questions, such as “What is the island?” and “Why does the island have special properties?” may never be answered, basically for the reasons that some people have stated above (‘because it’s magic!’). Damon and Carlton have made it a point to emphasize that the most important thing for them is to resolve the characters’ stories. At first I was hesitant, but now, after reading some of the angst people have with getting answers, I agree with Team Darlton. I think it’s better to let many of the island mysteries go unanswered, because then you can go back to the beginning, and look for clues throughout the show’s run. It leaves so many things open to interpretation, thus giving us all something to talk about, long after the show is over. Finding out what happens to the characters themselves, in the end, is what will wrap the show up for me. Plus, this will give me a reason to go back and revisit each character’s struggle to get to that point, whatever it is, in the end. Sure, I LOVE the Dharma history, I’m interested in the Temple history, and I’d love to know who exactly is in charge — Jacob, MiB or the island itself. But this show has always been about the characters’ journeys, and the only logical way to end the show is to resolve each character’s story.

  • kaptan36

    Hello!!?? Alvar Hanso!!?? He was mentioned heavily in the first few seasons, then no one talked about him anymore. I would like his story to be revealed too. Hell he may even be Jacob’s enemy! And for the record, Russeau’s backstory was totally lame! She said she was part of a scientific research team; What kind of research were they? It was never explained. They looked more like a bunch of dirty musicians, who also couldn’t have looked more “modern day”. I feel the writers really droppped the ball on that one. And in season 1 when Russeau mentions Montand losing an arm, and then in the Swan orientation video you see Chang w/ a prostetic arm; Didn’t you think he was Montand? I think the writers were probably originally setting that up and changed their mind for some reason. Now I have no clue what’s going on with Chang or his missing arm. I love the show, but I feel that for a show that relies so heavy on continuity, there were some serious holes in the story. The whole Michael/Walt off-island story & timeline made absolutely no sense; not to mention Ethan’s story & timeline. I was getting the feeling that in season 5 the writers were just looking for excuses to put him in the show. Well anyways, I hope to find out Alvar Hanso’s story.

    • I was fooled by the Montang/Chang thing too, and mentioned it in “The Myth of Lost.” I actually think it would’ve been cooler if he HAD been part of Rousseau’ s team. I believe he loses his arm when the crane at the Incident site crushes it. They show it near the end of the episode.

    • Slimchicken

      Alvar Hanso indeed. I asked a question about DHARMA up a little further. Is it even important? I mean, in the context of the show now? The initiative was set up to be one of the key elements, one of the great mysteries of the show and now it feels like they were just some hippies that happened to be on the island once upon a time.

      That’s what has frustrated me about the increasingly supernatural aspects of the show. They’ve pushed many of the interesting plot points to the side or towards total irrelevance.

      That to me should be one of Marc’s questions. Not why there was DHARMA-branded food or who flew the shipments after they disbanded. Or what Ann Arbor’s all about. The question should be:

      Why should a give a wit about DHARMA at all?

      I, mean, you notice how all of the DHARMA questions would be “nice to know.” That’s not because LOST answered them but because they changed the whole story as to make the whole initiative totally meaningless in the greater context.

      • Absz009

        Exactly my point. And this will also prove my point that if Hanso does appear in the series – it won’t be anything of high significance or importance to the central story of Jacob, MiB, the Others and the Losties. Dharma are really not that important to the story when you think about it. Sure they are deep seated in the Island’s history, but in the context of the central plot/endgame – they are/will not be important. Also, I think they missed their opportunity to use Alvar Hanso in Season 5 in the 70s Dharma setting.

        • naultz

          Just because the shroud of mystery around the Dharma initiative has been lifted, that should not underscore their signifigance in the history of the island. Without the Dharma initiative there is no release of electromagnetic energy, so no hatch, so no crash of 815, There would be no ben linus either. there story line is huge for the others, the 815ers, and the history of the island. Also, Hanso WILL be in season 6. cant wait for feb2

          • Absz009

            Well, that is basically my point, naultz. You’ve just further supported what I’m trying to say. The Dharma Initiative were put there to be a plot device – a fairly huge and important plot device in the context of the Island’s history and mythology, but still a plot device nevertheless. They were a plot device to explain why and how a bunch of stations and hatches were built on the Island. Dharma were nothing more than a secretive scientific research group that performed many research activities on the Island, and accidently caused a pocket of electromagnetic energy to be released. That accident set in motion the sequence of events which we’ve witnessed over the course of the 5 seasons of the show. Dharma are the catalysts of the LOST saga no doubt.

            But in the grand scheme of things in regards to the bigger picture/endgame and present goings-on on the Island with Jacob, MiB, the Others and the Losties – Dharma are insignificant. Jacob and MiB’s cosmic war is what is central to the whole story of LOST. Jacob is the reason the Losties are on the Island, not Dharma’s hatch (which we learned in the S5 finale). Sure, the hatch is the direct cause of 815’s crashing but Jacob’s touch of fate is what brought them on Flight 815 in the first place. Even if there wasn’t a hatch, I’m pretty certain the Losties would’ve somwhow found themselves on the Island anyway. They were always meant to crash on that Island. Jacob’s magic touch would have made sure of that. This is my point.

            Finally, concerning Hanso, I wouldn’t hold your breath in regards to his possible appearence in Season 6. Firstly, there has not been any confirmation of his appearence in Season 6 by anybody so you’re basing this on your own expectations rather than fact. Secondly, Lindelof mentioned in a interview that Dharma would not play a big role (both story-wise and screentime-wise) in Season 6 as most people are expecting, but he said to watch out for Dr Chang and Radzinsky. I’m not saying Hasno won’t appear in Season 6 – I’m just saying it’s not certain that he will appear. It’s 50/50 at this point. Personally, I thought the Season 5 70s Dharma setting was the perfect opportunity and scenario to bring in Hanso.

          • Absz009

            Plus with the host of questions and mysteries that Darlton still need to answer and Lindelof’s own comments about Dharma in Season 6 – I have severe doubts about Hanso’s possible appearence in Season 6. There’s just too many other much more important subplots/threads to resolve in the 18 episodes that remains of the series.

      • Absz009

        To answer your above question: No, I don’t think Dharma are important in the grand scheme of things. I think the writers put them there so they could explain how a bunch of hatches and stations were created on the Island. The Others wern’t technologically advanced enough nor did they have the resources to build stuff like that nor did they have any reason to.

        Though that wasn’t the only reason the writers created them I believe. Throughout the Island’s history and the show, there’s been this theme of conflict and corruption on the Island. So I believe that the Others needed some kind of nemesis to play off of so the writers pitted them against one another. MiB in the S5 finale supports my point, he talks about how every time people come to the Island there is conflict and corruption – so obviously there was a need to play on this theme by having Dharma and the Others be enemies. And this theme continued with the Losties and the Others conflict that we witnessed in the first 3 seasons of the show.

        Dharma have a huge hand in the Island’s history and mythology no doubt, but in terms of the central plot involving Jacob and MiB’s war and the Losties’ fates – I don’t think they are important. We will most probably get a few guest appearences from a few Dharma members such as Dr Chang and possibily Radzinksy. I think Dr Chang will play a key role in the final season if he does appear, because of his connection to Miles as his father, his knowledge of the time travel properties of the Island, the true purposes behind the hatches and his general knowledge about Dharma as an organization.

        Also regarding your negative feelings about some of the story aspects, I feel the same as you. I get what you were trying to say. You’re not alone believe me. While I have enjoyed this show immensely like you have and doubt I will ever enjoy another show like this again – I will admit I’ve been disappointed slightly with some story elements/threads. There is always room for constructive criticism even for a nearly flawless show like LOST.

        • Slimchicken

          Glad you sympathize with me. It’s lonely out there (in here?) for a LOST critic 😉 I too love the show, but I just feel that if we are going to extend praise to the writers for their great successes, we should also offer criticism when they misstep. I feel there’s a reflexive attitude that prevails which assumes anything the writers do is great whether it makes any sense or pushes the story forward or not.

          As I implied above, I think the advancement of MIB is a perfect example of this. With his introduction, the general reaction seemed to be, “Oh, my God. What a great twist!” Mine was, ugh, another new character that’s apparently vital to everything. It’s Hanso. It’s Ben? No, it’s Widmore. Or is it Jacob? Oh, it’s Jacob and another guy we’ve never heard of before! I joke, but I think you understand me.

          I guess, I struggle because there was so much there there already that they didn’t need to introduce many of these things. I mean, was time travel necessary? I guess, we’ll find out, but my gut instinct tells me, no. The basic story hasn’t benefited from it in my opinion.

          It’s just the further afield we get, the less important many of the formative elements of the show become. DHARMA becomes little more than a plot device as you say – a means to give LOSTIES food and some cool sets to hang about in. They turn out to be of no more significance than the Tailies.

          Much of the reflexive love feels too much like what those of us weened on Star Wars had for George Lucas. We imagined that all the myths were true – that Lucas had plotted some 9 part masterwork. That if only he were given the chance, we’d be treated to a great Homeric epic for the computer age. Only to find later, of course, that, no, he was really making it up as he went along and for the original installments that was mostly great – for the prequels, well, not so much.

          I guess some here might think that the LOST we’ve been given is the LOST as imagined by the writers from the start, but I’m not one of them, I guess. It feels in the end a great deal like the X-Files. I’ll sit back and enjoy what happens, but I suspect I’ll end up pining for what might have been if the writers had only stuck to what was essential – to what was established early on – rather than constantly introducing new characters and new ideas and new mysteries and ultimately constructing little more than a house of cards.

          I hope I’m proven wrong. But I’ll be pretty shocked if I am. Shocked and delighted.

          • Absz009

            Oh, I agree with you said 110%. Just too many characters that are introduced and seem to have such importance to the story, then fade into the background or killed and then another supposedly important character is introduced. Back in Season 3, I use to think Ben knew everything about the Island and Jacob and had some importance to the bigger picture, but then it became clear he was nothing but a con man who cheated his way into power. Too many false prophets.

            Also, I totally agree about the time travel aspect. I think the story could’ve worked perfectly without it. There was no need for it really. It seems the time travel aspect was used merely because Darlton were big fans of time travel stories not because it could actually advance the story in any way.

            You have hit the nail on that one. There is this almost fanatical defensive attitude of the writers’ development of the story without thinking about whether particular developments hurt or advance the overall direction/story. This is common on forums across the Internet. Difference here is that nobody will attack you here. On other forums, you’ll get attacked for merely making a constructive criticism.

            But anyways, that is some good points you make, slimchicken. I’m totally with you on this 😉 🙂

          • Slimchicken

            Cheers! And as the Deadheads say, “Have a good show.”

          • Absz009

            lol haha Thanks. You too.

  • downthehatch

    What is all of this “SIMULATION GAME” Stuff? I would be really irritated if that’s what it all was.

  • ghanima

    As a list of fun things to think about, this works well. But I highly doubt that “What is the island” will ever be answered. I think in an interview once when asked if “all the questions will be answered” Damon and Carlton kind of acted like they thought asking “What is the island?” was missing the point. It’s an island, magical stuff happens to these characters there. And since the only questions they are definitely going to resolve are the fates of the characters… Of course, this was also an interview when they said they had closed the door on the Libby story, and now that Cynthia is coming back, I guess anything goes.

    As long as the ending isn’t a Dark Tower-type scenario, I think I’ll be ok.

  • Absz009

    haha yeah I hated the ending to Dark Tower, too. Glad to know I’m not alone. 😉

  • Absz009

    That’s not to say I didn’t love the series though.

  • I can’t wait for next week. I believe most of these questions will be answered. However a number will be left for the imagination

  • joe_bones

    marc, i dont think anyone is going to come out and say “these mysteries are unexplainable!” i just dont think they will ever even try to address questions like WHY does the island move, WHAT is the island… i dont’t think anyone will ask or answer those questions on the show. i guess we will see who is right very soon (too soon!!!)

    the reason i feel this way, is i cant think of a way any character could attempt to explain these supernatural phenomena without sounding very corny. for example, nobody in ghostbusters had to explain why ghosts are real all of a sudden… no one even asked the question. it was a non-issue. i feel it is the same on lost. no one could ever explain a miracle even if they tried to.

    someone else has taken your idea and made another list of the essential questions lost must answer. these are fun too. http://scifiwire.com/2010/01/the-100-questions-lost-be.php

    keep up the superlative work.

    • Thanks for the link Joe. Boy, if the folks on here thought I had too many questions, wait’ll they get a load of that list.

      As for answering the questions sounding corny, I don’t think a single one of those questions need to be answered by a character explaining something. They can be answered by the general narrative, with a flashback, with a demonstrative scene, with a dialogue, with a revealing moment, or with a twist ending. In fact, a twist ending could answer nearly every question on here without saying a thing. No one ever mentions that Bruce Willis is dead in “The Sixth Sense.” We figure it out. The “Lost” writers respect us enough to give us that kind of an ending.

      • joe_bones

        really the only question i think is unanswerable is “what is the island” to me personally, it would cheapen everything if the island could be explained away. to me, its the same as what is oz or what is wonderland….. we know the island is real, not imaginary…. and thats as far as i want to know.

  • Ted

    dude why are you so obsessed with the whole “computer simulation” thing? there’s nothing that hints or foreshadows anything like that. ending it that way would be as bad of writing as saying “it was all a dream”. and why do you say that baby’s can’t be born after ethan? miles was born on the island and he was much younger than ethan. and him being born on the island is probably WHY he has powers. Also, it’s pretty obvious from the polar bear skeleton in Tunisia that the polar bears as donkey wheel guinea pigs.

  • Ted

    also i am pretty sure that Jacob and MIB are avatars of some ancient gods and Richard alpert is their high priest/caretaker (possibly since ancient egypt or roman times, Ricardus, ancient northern italy? alpert is french for “noble and kind”) who has been given longevity to act as their representative amongst their human chess pieces

    • Ted

      to back up this theory check out the real Dr. Richard Alpert who, when he went to india was given the name “Ram Dass” which means “Servant Of God”

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