In this first entry to TheTailsection Archive, I rewind to September 2007 and reintroduce you to a bit of theorizing I did (which is now re-credited to my good friend ErasedSlate on TTS – without his permission) which I think you guys will find relevant. I’m not patting myself on the back here, I’ll leave that to you.
Doc Arzt’s Crazy Theory: Libby is part of the Brother Campbell/Mrs. Hawking Collective.
Explain Yourself Doc: This is a complete no brainer to me, and hopefully to all of you as well. Libby is the final part in a trilogy of visits from the time bending beings that Brother Campbell and Mrs. Hawking call kin. Do I have evidence? My case would stand up in court.
When you hold a record in your hand, you can see the entire space of time that music has the potential to occupy. This analogy may have even been used as a clue when Desmond played his song “Make your own kind of music.” The lyrics are, in a way, about making your own luck/destiny on your own terms. If music represents time, the song represents choice. What does this have to do with Libby?
If the Brother Campbell/Mrs. Hawkings people were able to see the consequence of certain changes, they would also have the ability to place one of their own people on the plane. As a matter of fact, they would have to.
The idea of getting Desmond there is that it would create an opportunity for one of them to get there and subsequently repair whatever force on the island has the potential to undo creation. I’ve already sold you my cosmogonic cycle bill of goods, so I’ll leave my reasons for thinking there is a death of the universe end game at that.
It would make perfect sense that Libby would be one of those people. First, she is a person that appeared out of the blue to shift Desmond’s destiny in a dramatic way. Just like Brother Campbell, and more forcefully Mrs. Hawking. Libby’s interaction was definitely key to Desmond arriving at the island. We can safely assume that there is a higher force that guided Desmond to the island, so someone functioning out of a chance encounter that significantly facilitates his trip to the island, Libby, is a suspect.
Why was she in Hurley’s past? The answer to that dilemma becomes easier to resolve if you subscribe to my time loop theory. Course correction would lead most of the people who were destined to be on Oceanic 815 to the plan, but that would not stop the time lords from needing to nudge other characters like they nudged Desmond. She was an observer watching what was known to be one of the more volatile factors, Hurley.
“But Doc, what is this time loop theory?” you ask. It’s remarkably simple, and complex at the same time. The complexity of it is inconsequential to how it would be told in the story itself. Its more of a construct. So don’t take this as information that would be spilled in some mind numbing blitz of exposition.
Basically, my time loop theory says that what we have been watching from the beginning of season one is the second revolution of a time loop. In the first, everything happened except Desmond coming to the island. Radzinsky committed suicide, and Kelvin became unstable just as he did while Desmond was there, but without someone to talk to he became more and more depressed and eventually either died or chose the Radzinsky way out.
Oceanic 815 was lost and subsequently crashed at sea.
Without anyone to push the button, The Swan had a complete melt down which is massive enough to result in the bending of time space into a loop.
Brother Campbell and his band of time plumbers go to work. If I were writing it, the kicker would be that every repetition of the curve brings the universe closer to an end. So they look at time, seeing cause and effect as an immediate painting of the future, and look for destinies that can be bumped in order to first deliver someone to the island to keep the button pushing, and second allow them to get one or more of their people to the island to somehow permanently fix the problem.
Why can’t they go in on the water? Who knows. Why did Ben say that God could not see the island? I would guess the island exists in a closed time-like curve and can only be reached under specific conditions. That being the case, Brother Campbell and crew could steer people to be there when the conditions were right, but couldn’t do so themselves. Might be a percpetual problem from their level of reality. Like we can see the grooves on a record as points in time relative to the music, we cannot look at the grooves and see the notes playing. Higher dimensions do occasionally have their drawbacks.
So the question is, why Desmond and 815? Because in the original, normal, unlooped timeline all of them died. Once on the island, in the time like curve, they would be protected from course correction because they would essentially be in a privileged field, a new universe.
This leads us to the breakdown of the mission with the turning of the failsafe key. When the failsafe key is turned it caused a controlled meltdown. The result, as we saw from Desmond’s perspective, is that time loops again. A consequence, however, may be present in the fact that to everyone on the outside, Oceanic 815 was found at the bottom of the ocean.
UPDATE: Wow, in the years since this was written a lot of things sure have changed! For starters, with what we know of Mrs. Hawking, I would certainly not predict that she is a higher dimensional being. Instead, it is more like her and her cohorts have achieved Arthur C. Clarke’s third law of prediction “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
There was actually a graphic that was used to show Hawking’s failures at correcting the ‘issue,’ but it wasn’t as slick as I wanted it to be so I never posted it. I’ve updated it a bit, and here it is… in all of it’s ugliness. The question is: isn’t the Jughead = The Swan argument a lot like “Which came first, the chicken or the egg”? (Click the image to enlarge)