The following link is to an article on the most comprehensive time travel theory I’ve ever read. The remainder of my post is about some questions and possible loop-holes about the theory. Read the whole thing first, then move on to my comments on the theory, please. Some of my questions might already be answered by the theory or they are answered by Lost’s storyline that I have overlooked. If so, feel free to correct me. Without further ado, here is the theory.
As for my comments on it;
- Smoke monster is explained as the physical manifestation of fate trying to course correct itself. Also, the ghosts (like Ben’s mother) are explained by them having lived in that time frame in an alternate timeline (the island is constantly lagging in time from the outside world) so their consciousness appears and guides according to the course correctedness of fate. My problem here is, I am still looking for the scientific explanation the producers told us about. I am not convinced by the explanation that “it is all fate’s doing, it is the whims of a magical deity.” I need something more persuasive. For example, the 4-toed statue. Humans will evolve and get rid of their pinky toe, right? Thus, I am going for, “smokey and the statue and all the other futuristic elements are indeed from the future” Future civilizations traveled back in time to the island and set up their way of life. Then they perished. The tribal future humans left behind the statue, the technologically advanced future humans left behind the smoke monster. They are both non-living so fate let them remain. Course correctedness ultimately deals with life. Smokey just became a tool that fate uses to regulate the lives tied to the island.
- The time loop of the island just doesn’t seem believable to me. It may be because I am not thinking of the time machine as a “machine” in the conventional sense. I am thinking of it more like a way of life the island introduces, something that dawns on our consciousness that we can use rather than something that we can use by flipping switches. Thus, the snatching of the machine from the arrow station and being integrated into the swan station just doesn’t seem feasible.
- Theory says that Widmore staged the fake plane crash. However, the captain of the boat said he was working for Widmore and he spoke of the staged crash as the work of a 3rd party. Sayid and Desmond were told not to trust the captain though, so he might be lying about the identity of his employer. If it is not Widmore, and since Ben feels the need to have a spy on the boat, this rules the two of them out. Therefore, there must be a 3rd person, a “man behind the curtains.”
Comment on it and include your views on the time loop theory. Here are the recognized rebuttals by the author.