If a fast moving rocket is delayed by 30 minutes in whatever time space warp surrounds the island, how does a slow moving sub get to the island with ‘losing time.’ Does this finally at least indicate what Darlton were saying when they said that the reasoning behind the Mittelos/Lost Time anagram would be shown to have purpose?
The natural assumption would be that time moves differently on the island. This is something that has been posited by us Lost pundits for some time. However, there is a wrinkle.
Desmond did not notice a disparity between the date that the newcomers lived by and his own time keeping. If the time difference is proportional, roughly 1:31, there would have been a very noticeable discrepancy between the 815 people’s timeline and Desmonds.
On the other hand, as ErasedSlate suggested, the effect of time accelerating on the island may have begun when the hatch imploded.
Another possibility still is that the field that surrounds the island has effects only on objects that pass through it. Therefore a fast moving rocket, which seemed to be traveling several KM a second, would be delayed at 1:31, a slower moving object may be delayed at an even longer rate.
Either way, as with Michael’s special ‘route’ and Daniel’s recommendation that Frank follow a specific heading back, it seems there are corridors that are nearly impervious to the effects. Care to speculate?