Battlestar Galactica fans will recall the Last Supper promo pic produced for season 4.5. Throughout the picture there are clues to BSG’s final yard of story – Davinci Code style. In fact, the empty seat next to Tight with the goblet turned out to betray the identity of the final Cylon. Is there a revelation just as huge in the LOST season 5 promo pic? I say yes – and the revelation may make an even larger statement about LOST’s endgame as well as bring closure to the question of why there cannot be a sequel.
One obvious alteration to the Season 5 cast photo, as DarthVibbert pointed out earlier, is the removal of Daniel Faraday’s foot. I’m certain it is a removal for one undeniable reason: the foot has been replaced with a perspective-correct oval of pant leg. It isn’t merely an errant copy and past. We can see the inner rim of Faraday’s pant leg and all. Faraday has no foot. What could this mean? Here is my explanation for it, and one that I am absolutely convinced is the correct answer.
Faraday is missing his left foot. All that remains of the four-toed statue is a left foot. Faraday is the four toed statue. It seems ridiculous at first, right? Consider a few things. First, if you’ve ever read Cosmos, you are aware of the Ionian people. Carl Sagan suggested that had the Ionian‘s risen to prominence we would be incalcuably further along in science and technology than we are today – including visions of interstellar space travel and limitless energy. Arthur C. Clarke’s third law of prediction states that “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Put these two notions together and you get the idea that had the Ionaian’s persisted with their scientific ambitions their technology could look like magic to us. Like, say, island magic.
Here is my idea on how this relates to LOST, and particularly why it means that a sequel would not be possible – at least not one as interesting. So far, with the time-travel, we are being shown that a lot of what is going on with the island is the result of actions initiated by our losties, the others, and the freighter folk. One of the most incredible suggestions is that Daniel Faraday’s bomb disposal instructions ultimately led to the need and creation of the Swan Station. Now, let’s extend this thinking a little further.
What if Daniel Farady somehow finds himself even farther back in time, with whatever ancient race occupied the island originally. Stuck in the past, with no means to continue his mission of undoing whatever the force is that he thinks has messed up the future. With his advanced technology, he appears to the ancients – true to Clarke’s law – as a magical being. This results in the erection of the statue as a monument to him. That’s just the explanation for the statue though. There’s more.
What if Daniel, thinking he must somehow figure out how to travel through time to set the universe right, utilizes his position as resident deity to begin constructing technology on the island. The purpose of the technology? Time travel. The result? The frozen donkey wheel, amongst other things. Here’s the clencher. Sticking with Daniel’s own rules of time travel, he’s already been down this street before – he just doesn’t realize it. In fact, Daniel’s tampering with technology creates a movement amongst the native population that lasts longer than he does. Perhaps Daniel himself, assuming the identity of Jacob, becomes trapped out of phase with time during his first experiments – his consciousness now scatterred across the sub-material plane. Regardless, once Daniel himself is out of the picture, the civilzation continues with his work – eventually evolving into the hostiles we have come to know and love – aimlessly trying to fulfill the work of a lost leader, unknowingly sustaining the loopty loop downward spiral that will lead to the destruction of mankind.
The reason this makes a sequel impossible – at least an interesting sequel – is that it suggests that Daniel traveling to the time of the four
toed statue is the event that caused the island to become special to begin with. He went back and created, in a sense, a race similar to the Ionians. Over time, their hidden technology created a magical environment that would become the envy of men. Obviously, it would have also led to the creation of an imbalance that would eventually threaten the existence of the universe – leading to the current predicament. However, once this is all undone – the island will be just an island. No anachronistic technology posing as magic, just lots of fresh fruit. A sequel, then, would be pretty boring.
Possible? You tell me.