A mysterious parachuter arrives on the Island, whose mission is to find the person identified in a photograph.
Sound familiar? Did you think I was talking about Naomi or Miles? Well, I was talking about both. Episode 4.02, “Confirmed Dead” wrapped up last night with the reveal that the new arrivals are after Ben. They even have a photo of him sporting a snazzy white vest and looking sneaky.
But, hasn’t this been done before? Didn’t Naomi arrive on the Island with a photograph of Desmond, claiming to be there to recover him? Was that a lie, a cover story? It may seem so, after Charlie’s warning. But what if Naomi’s story about being there for Desmond was not entirely a cover up? Obviously the part where she is working for Penny was baloney, but was all of it? What if she was telling the truth? What if they are after Desmond and Ben?
But why Desmond and Ben? What do they have in common? That brings me to the photos. Naomi had a photo of Desmond and Penny, the one taken when Desmond was going to propose, and Miles has a photo of Ben that looks old, despite Ben looking roughly the same age as he does now. So where was that photo of Ben taken? He has been on the Island since he was a kid. Or has he?
I am going to suggest, for the sake of this argument that Ben can travel through time. I know that’s a stretch, but bear with me. Let’s say that Ben, perhaps by making use of the Orchid, can not only travel
Off the Island, but through time as well. This may explain the polar bear fossil that Charlotte found. Perhaps it was an early test subject for the process. If so, it demonstrates at least the possibility that travel through time and off the Island is possible.
Then there’s Desmond. If the flashback in “Flashes Before Your Eyes” was indeed a time travel event, then the photo of Desmond is technicaly a photograph of a time traveler. As is the photo of Ben. Coincidence? Maybe. But maybe not. What if the Mysterious Organization that hired Naomi to bring these four peo
ple to the Island sent them there to recover both Ben and Desmond because they both time traveled. I’m not neccesarily suggesting that the Mysterious Organization represent some kind of Time Cop Association, but merely that whatever DHARMA was up to on the Island may have involved time travel, and the Mysterious Organization recognizes Ben and
Desmond’s time traveling shenanigans as being related to the Island. They would therefore be very interested in recovering these two.
Thus we get a covert ops team parachuting onto the Island with photos of the two time travelers and orders to recover them.