If you listened to the latest DocArzt & Friends LOST Podcast you know that I blurted something about Bram and Illana being the children of the Dharma Initiative, and you probably also know I left that hanging with absolutely no logical reasoning for thinking that way. Well, that’s why reading isn’t as over-rated as some people might believe.
At first, the notion was an odd intuition. It was brought on mostly by how calm and cheerful Bram and the rest of the Miles-Nappers seemed to be. In terms of rough play, even their ejection of the stubborn Miles was nothing resembling intimidation. Conclusion: they were looking out for Miles best interests, just as they quasi-claimed. These are not people looking to cripple the other team by taking out their assetts; Bram and his crew had Miles emotional and physical well being at heart.
Another thing that rings true, from what we’ve seen so far of the “Shadow of the Island” people, they are roughly the same age group. That may mean nothing, and surely in the future that may change, but in the here and now I look at this fact as back-up for my central thesis: these guys are the Island’s LOST children.
One aspect that helps feed this belief, for me, is that the story of Miles father throwing him and his mother to the curb is – in some regards – false. Seeing Dr. Chang with young Miles defied the image momma-Miles painted of her husband. Now, however, think of this another way. Going back to the comic-con video, we know that Chang was aware of a pending purge, so we can assume it was known throughout Dharma at some level. For whatever reason, the Dharma-folk decided to stay. It is extremely likely, however, that they sent their children away.
In this respect, Charlotte and Miles have a few things in common; they both left the island prior to the purge and left father’s behind. Both of them had mothers who did all they could to persuade them to believe the island either didn’t exist, or was unreachable. And, of course, both of them wound up inextricably drifting back to the island through the same forces that seem to be affecting all of our characters.
Bram here also found his way onto Ajira 316, and we can assume a few of the gentle-goons that were with him in the iconic black abduction mobile. Up until now, their alignment has only been postulated by a few possible exchanged glances and nothing more. Are they with Ben, or someone else?
If this is the return of the children of the Dharma initiative, what is their directive? Are they afflicted with powers like Miles, that somehow tune them into the island’s situation room? Or are they there because they believe they can un-do something themselves, something that led to the death of their parents?
Of course, as many of you will no doubt point out, it is just as easy to believe that these benevolent soldiers are aligned with Ben – exactly as it seems at first blush – lending more credence to the argument for Mr. Linus’s de-eviling. But that is the problem, it is too easy – and LOST is never easy. That they are a third force in the Widmore/Linus feud seems fairly obvious, what they are up to, of course, does not.
NOTE: I want to give a shout out to Gustavo who didn’t catch the Podcast last night, but e-mailed me this morning proposing the very same theory! More proof that there is something subtextual going on here that suggests this connection between Miles, Bram, and the island.