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Koobie’s Physics Theory – There Might be Side Effects (Part One)

By Koobie,

  Filed under: Lost Theories
  Comments: 5

Sorry this hasn’t come out sooner, but hopefully this comes in time to satisfy your craving of Lost until tomorrow night!

Episode 4.05 “The Constant” really through us for a loop, literally.  Desmond’s mind was thrown into a loop that allowed him to jump between two distinct points in the past and present, and the only way that he could stay still is if he held onto a constant.  Before we look at what might have caused this, let’s take a look at who else may be affected.

Part One: The Who?

I thought just Desmond and Minkowski felt the effect?

Well, besides the other crew member ‘Brandon’, I have reason to believe that Faraday is feeling the same side effects and is able to control them.  In 4.04 ‘Eggtown’, we see Faraday trying to remember what cards Charlotte had flipped over.  Now in ‘The Constant’, Faraday said that the effect varies from hours to years, has he been experimenting with this and has learned how it works?

How would he be able to do this?

Faraday has some kind of mental disability such as autism.  Where he would be able to have the strange personality disorder that we have been seeing, and has a different thought process than Desmond and Minkowski.  This would, to his surprise, null his need for a constant and give him the ability to jump between the past and present on his own free will.

I’ve decided to chop this week’s Physics theory into two parts.  The next part focuses on how Mind Time Travel works.

  • The Mantis

    I think Farady has the ability. If he was developing that “emitter thingy” back in 1996, He must have made advancements since and probably tested it on himself, one clue might be the fact that he wasn’t too concerned about protecting his head from the effects, just his body. It also kind of explains why he was so upset when he saw footage of the plane crash in episode 1. Maybe he knew what was in store for him, Charlotte and Miles because he’d already expierienced it? Also the fact that Desmond is his constant leads me to believe that he’s already been jumping, whether or not he needs the constant to the extreme that Desmond did.

  • Brad B.

    My call is Daniel has been time tripping, and his ability to recall his memories of those trips through time has been affected in some way.

    He cries during the news report of flight 815 being found, and he says he doesn’t know why. I say it is because subconsciously he connects to the report. My call is something bad is on the horizon with our 815’ers and Mr. Faraday has been there already and seen it. Maybe he’ll soon start having flashes like Desmond did with Charlie’s impending death.

    In the scene with Charlotte he can’t remember the three cards. I say he was trying to recall the cards from his previous time trip, but there is that dang memory problem acting up again.

    Also, the point was made by Desmond in “The Constant” that future Faraday doesn’t recall meeting Desmond before (watch the scene where they enter Faraday’s lab). At the end of the episode he sees the note he left for himself in his notebook, and has a bit of an “oh yeah” moment. Good thing this guy writes stuff down.

    I bet he wishes he would have protected his noggin a little better.

  • Freejack

    I’m not so sure about Farraday traveling through time at will; if he had this ability, why bother making Desmond remember the settings for his machine in the past? Also, why give Des the “Eloise” code at all? Why not just send his consciousness back to 1996, so he could help Desmond without the need to involve/convince his 1996 self at all? I think that what Daniel is experiencing would still fall under the heading of “side effects,” even if he has more awareness of and knowledge of what he’s going through than previous victims.

  • Koobie

    Freejack, that is a very good point, but could his free will time travel only be limited to a few hours?

  • Xeno

    Come on man!
    Desmond is Faraday’s constant. That’s why it isn’t effecting him as much.