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what’s that equation in daniel’s notebook?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2010 by eyeoftheisland

Hey there LOST fans,

Last Tuesday night Daniel Faraday Widmore busted out his leather notebook and revealed to the Des of the Widmore-employed, smooth hair variety that he happened to doodle some complex math equations in his notebook.

equations from another life

 The trick was that Danny F was a musician, not an advanced physicist. While many have hypothesized that it woud have made much more sense for “If anything goes wrong, Desmond is my constant” to be written in the notebook, maybe that will be revealed in time… OR maybe Desmond was never really Faraday’s constant, but Charlotte was. It seems one has to have a strong bond with one’s constant and the visions that Dan, Des and Charlie saw seem to point to strong connections of love between two people… two CONSTANTS.

In fact, maybe the key to uniting the two realities — or at least connecting them — is through one’s constant. The relationships on the show are constantly (ha. ha.) emphasized, so perhaps a strong bond can unite two disparate time periods?

Food for thought, at least. Hey, speaking of thought, back to the original thread of this post: the equation. So, in wondering what it was exactly that Dan wrote in his journal, I took to my friendly neighborhood astrophysict: one Douglas Urban, a PhD candidate at Tufts. I asked him if Dan’s equation made any sense and he kindly furnished me with this information:

“Not really. A closed timelike curve is a real thing, but this is not a diagram of one. It’s essentially your standard lightcone for ordinary causality with a few extra doodles and generally gibberish labeling. It seems like someone grabbed a standard diagram from somewhere and then added some stuff to make it special.

Ignoring the diagram, let’s ask: if I traveled on a CTC, would I notice anything special? You’d eventually find yourself back at the same point in spacetime where you previously were. But it would be exactly the same. You wouldn’t be older, or have a notebook with you where you wrote down all the stuff that happened in the future, or carry a clock with you that disagrees with the ones nearby, or see a copy of yourself. Physically it’s really strange for a curve to pass through the same point twice, but for storytelling purposes, it’s actually pretty boring.”

 So… it took a few times reading it over (guess what? I studied English!), but I seem to be getting what Doug’s after. In the context of science, Dan’s drawing doesn’t really fly. But if we’re thinking storywise (and note that Doug is not himself a fan of LOST, though D&D is another story), it appears as if one central event may be passed through again. Now, I immediately think to the plane crash, where Desmond didn’t push the button in time and caused 815 to go down. What if Desmond had the opportunity to do that moment over again? The plane wouldn’t crash and the 815ers would go on with their lives. If the 815ers never came, perhaps Des and Penny would never be reunited — after all, there would be no Locke to insist on letting the counter go down and without that Des would not need to turn the failsafe.

Then his sacrifice would be giving up his life with Penny and Baby Charlie Hume and he would live out the rest of his days on the island.

Or maybe there is another central event, maybe one we’re not even aware of yet. But Doug says that everything would be the same. Is Dan’s work trying to thwart that sameness, trying to slightly alter the time you’ve come back to?

In any case, I’m really liking the implications of this theory. I think the idea behind it — that you come back to the same exact point in spacetime, a defining moment. There have been several incidents on LOST where characters attempt to change their destinies, to alter their predetermined futures (or, in the case of Jack in “The Incident”, their pasts) but the island always comes back to haunt them — whatever happened, happened. There’s bound to be some kind of course correction.

But the question we have to ask ourselves, with only five episodes to go before the finale, is: which course is correct? And how will we reunite not only these two parallel timelines (whose significance were represented in Eloise’s star brooch), but also the machinations of Hawking/Hume/Widmore with Jacob/MiB?

My current endgame theory is that the tension between all opposing forces will come to a head, leading toward a collision that may ultimately lead to neutralization. Both Jacob and MiB are dangerous, manipulative forces whose meddling has caused much strife. Perhaps they will have to take each other out in order to free the castaways and, by extension, the world from their power games. With all their powers combined they are — CAPTAIN (SAVE THE) PLANET! And maybe, ultimately, we’ll be left with an amalgam of two worlds and the island will become a resort or something ridiculous.

One more quick thought re: Widmore and Hawking. It was brought up on The Fuselage that although we don’t know either of their motivations quite clearly as of yet, that perhaps their aims here are opposing. Maybe the reality  they’re fighting for is the one allows “their” child to live. Eloise wants her beloved Daniel; Charles wants his beloved Penny. But ultimately, one may be sacrificed for the other? Charles will accept the Crash Reality because it allows Penny to live, even if they are estranged. Perhaps she is doomed in Sideways World. In Sideways World, Dan is free (as of right now) of his physic-al burdens and is happy as a musician. There are many holes in this theory, of course, but I’m thinking parental love may come into play for these two former/current lovers.

In any case, I am v. excited about where this is going and can’t wait to see how Hurley’s story will play into it all next week.

Namaste!

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now landing in wtf-ville

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on February 4, 2010 by eyeoftheisland

I am totally with you Sayid/NuJacob(?): WHAT HAPPENED?

what the EFF is going on here?

(image courtesy of DarkUFO

 Last night’s episode is what astrophysicists like to call a doozy (technical term). In Season 5, LOST”s own dearly departed physicist Daniel Faraday told us, “Whatever happened, happened,” but later (after a trip to the U of M) changed his mind, declaring “I had spent so much time focused on the constants, THATIFORGOTABOUTTHEVARIABLES.”

 (Side note: how I wish I could textually convey Jeremy Davies’ breathy and hushed, yet authoritative tone in delivering that line! his voice is like a TWISTER. Get it? Twister? Jeremy Davies? Bill Paxton? Well, anyway…)

 And, lo and behold, both of Dr. Twitchy’s theories came true last night. Both. BOTH. BOTH?!?!??!??!

I had to admit that I was thrown for a loop(hole) when Jack and Rose’s copy-and-paste plane conversation was followed by Kate, in a tree, post-bomb, in 2009. Being in a room chock full of LOST fans (minus the drunk fool and his lady friend who kept swaying into my space and yelling “who’s THAT?” every five seconds), the shock and confusion in the air was palpable: it’s a reboot AND also NOT a reboot? And suddenly, we went from flashing back, to flashing forward to flashing sideways.

 But whatever you do, don’t call them “alternate realities.” In an interview released last night with EW’s Doc Jeff Jensen, Damon Lindelof said:

“And we don’t use the phrase ‘alternate reality,’ because to call one of them an ‘alternate reality’ is to infer that one of them isn’t real, or one of them is real and the other is the alternate to being real.”

 I’m okay with the term parallel realities; although I will admit that I am hesitant to believe that both are going to stick. Inevitably these storylines will crash into each other and a reconciliation of both will have to occur.

 Although let me point out that I am not altogether satisfied with either of these realities. Let’s discuss them separately, and then, in an exercise that the season itself will attempt to do, attempt to reconcile them, or, at least, see how they might be reconciled.

REBOOT: NOW LANDING AT LAX…

 It was sort of thrilling to see the white screen gradually turn into clouds; which gradually parted to reveal a plane; the plane that was Oceanic Flight 815; which landed safely in LAX. Jack and Rose reverse roles, with the cancer patient (is she still? She and Bernard DDS seemed pretty happy together) comforting the drinking Doc instead of vice versa. From this moment, we knew: we’re not in the same reality anymore.

Other differences:

  • Jack has one less vodka bottle on him
  • Hurley is lucky instead of “cursed”, which begs the question: did he still play the numbers? And if so, was that by coincidence or were they released into the world some other way than through the DI.
  • Boone is present, while Shannon is absent. Boone’s attempt to get Shannon back to the US failed and he returns alone. Frogurt is also seated between him and Locke, who has a meaningful-to-us exchange with his former pseudo-apprentice. I liked their relationship, so it was good to see it again. A friend of mine suggested that Locke and Boone are very similar—trying to do the right thing but failing over and over. Thoughts?
  • Charlie (CHAHLIE!) almost dies, apparently from a suicide attempt, but Dr. Fix It came in and saved him. I particularly was attuned to Jack’s asking for a pen, as that is what Jack asked Boone for when, after the 815 crash,  Boone inquired how he could help a woman he was doing incorrect CPR on.
  • No Michael or Waaaaaaaaaaaaalt!
  • Desmond appears, although I’m thinking this was a vision. Desmond’s disappearing act seems to suggest that there may be a link in the consciousness between these two realities. And because it’s Desmond, I tend to think this hint is valid, as the hot Scott himself had gone through some consciousness shifting in “The Constant.” Could this be the thread that connects the parallel realities? And will out characters be able to jump between them. I would also like to bring up, in this vein, Jack’s mysterious gash on his neck, Charlie’s insistence that he “was supposed to die”  and…
  • Christian’s body going missing. Oh wait, that’s the same. I’m curious to know whether Oceanic lost the whole thing or just the body and if they do find the coffin if the body will be in it.

These are all that readily come to mind, although I am sure there’s more. Feel free to post in the comments, and when I rewatch the episode from the comfort of my own couch, I will look for more differences.

As a whole the reboot scenario seemed to emphasize two points:

  1. Detonating the bomb did not bring them back to life as they knew it. That past-changing act caused many other things in their lives to shift. I’m interested to see the ramifications of that. See the ComiCon video where the crime Kate has committed is slightly different.
  2. They are all inevitably drawn to each other; fate is still at work among this group of people. I particularly enjoyed the interactions between Sawyer and Kate. I wanted them to run off together as outlaws. Yet, in the 2009 timeline I detest Kate and Sawyer together – she and Jack deserve each other. Oh, nostalgia for Season 1…

 

PRESENT DAY: YOU’RE PLAN DIDN’T WORK, BITCH.

I have to admit that I haven’t completely warmed up to this reality yet. The thought of the reboot unnerved me at first, as the characters have gone through so much in these seasons that we deserve to have these experiences pay off to us as viewers.

 I did appreciate the seething rage that Sawyer felt at Jack, Sawyer choosing Juliet, Kate choosing Jack (when she sees J and S’ bodies in the grass, she goes to the doc first), another (cruelly!) heart-wrenching final moment between Sawyer and Juliet.

 And yet, we’ve lost Locke; and I’m fearing Sayid might be next. Although I would consider Jack the “main character” of the show, right behind him is John Locke, with many episodes dedicated to exploring his character and his backstory. His journey has been integral to the progression of the show: are we to believe that it ends with Ben strangling the life out of him on a dirty motel floor, thinking “Why is this happening?” I think that would be so so wrong and completely out of line with the show’s tone. Don’t get me wrong, I am ALL ABOUT THE JACOB-MIB STRUGGLE –  and Locke is an interesting candidate to inhabit re: Ben, the Others, etc. Yet, I’m hoping that a knowledgeable (meaning aware of the journey of the 5 seasons so far), strong Locke will emerge from the rubble and claim whatever redemption he can by season’s end.

On to Sayid: one of the most prevalent theories been thrown out there right now on the interwebs is that the Sayid that awakened at the end of the episode is the new Jacob Incarnate. This theory would posit that Jacob sent the dying Sayid to the temple knowing that whatever the Others would do there would lead to Jacob getting a new body. There was all that super-obvious religious symbolism with the re-baptizing in the (dirty) water and the emerging dead with his arms stretched out à la crucifixion and then the rising from the dead. Here’s the thing: I DON’T WANT SAYID TO GO AWAY! Like Locke, I believe there is more that has to be settled with him than “I am a bad man, I killed many people, nothing can be done for me now.” To that I say: boo! Hiss! I need me more Real!Sayid, not NuJacob!Sayid or even Reboot!Sayid.

Other notable points:

  • Only those who were touched by Jacob were present at the guitar case/ankh-breaking/Jacob’s-note-reading scene. Another one of Jacob’s lists emerges.
  • The new Japanese guy is kind of annoying. There were a few weird Mr. Miyagi references (bonsai). Apparently, one of my sources says his Japanese is terrible. I guess you’ll try anything when you don’t like “the taste of English on [your] tongue.”
  • “I’m sorry you had to see me like that” and “Let’s not resort to name calling” were two of the best lines of the night. Can Terry O’Quinn and Michael Emerson get an Emmy for “Best Duo Ever”?
  • “I am very disappointed in all of you.” I am very intrigued in the role of the MIB in this season. He claims he wants to “go home” but where is home for a shape-shifting demi-god? Is the Island his own personal prison so he doesn’t destroy the world? I have the impression so far that he is sick and tired of dealing with these squabbling human peons proving man is evil on the island. He doesn’t feel like playing with his goody-goody brother Jacob and wants to break out and have some fun already. He’s tried protecting the island, but now he’s had enough of the whole thing. Maybe.

 

HOW CAN WE RECONCILE THESE STORYLINES, ANYWAY?!?!?!

 I’m thinking that the idea of consciousness time-travel brought up in “The Constant” may be at play here, with members from both timelines getting new “memories” (as in “Whatever Happened, Happened”) as the eventual fates start to collide. Growing awareness of what is occurring in a parallel timeline will ead to a choice: the island or the real world?

Juliet seemed to be aware of the possibility of the parallel timeline when she told Sawyer through Miles that, “It worked” and Miles seemed very disturbed when he heard that news. Maybe he got a glimpse into this alternate reality? They (you know, “they”) say that before death one has an increased consciousness of things that the living cannot see. Doc Jensen brought up the point in one of his columns that in primitive days, man used to consider himself to possess certain psychic abilities, a clairvoyance of things to come. Perhaps in the jungle, one’s latent ability to sense time and the future, a strange déjà vu will emerge uniting two separate strings.

 Much to ponder, especially RA in chains. Happy FINAL SEASON, EVERYONE!!!! More comments to follow…

what lies in the shadow of the CRAP?!?!?!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on May 14, 2009 by eyeoftheisland

initial reaction: REALLY?! SERIOSULY?! REEEALLLLLLYYY?!?!??!?!

first theory of season 6:

new john locke = jacob’s compadre from the beginning of the episode. who is that? i’m going to go out on a limb and say it’s his brother. remembre that in the bible jacob had a brother esau, from whom he stole his birthright.

SO IS THE WHOLE STORY OF LOST ABOUT TWO FEUDING BROTHERS ARGUING ABOUT HUMAN NATURE?!?!?!??!?!?

ps i love juliet. that was so horrible. YET, does her love for sawyer make her the variable? as we saw in this episode, jacob visited everyone except for juliet. who brought juliet to the island? ben. who did jacob always underestimate? BEN. note that in the bible benjamin is jacob’s youngest son. more thoughts tomorrow.

the polly pocket theory of time travel

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on January 30, 2009 by eyeoftheisland

remember polly pocket?

that tiny, plastic, asking-to-be-lost-behind-the-couch-and-sucked-up-by-the-vacuum doll whose charming multi-floor house fit comfortably in the front pocket of your oshkosh b’gosh overalls?

of course you do. (boys, too. it wasn’t just pow-pow-powerwheels all the time). aside from the fact that curly blondes have been all over LOST lately, i think our old friend polly might be able to help us out with the time-skipping that’s going on on the island.

i swear this is going somewhere  intelligent.

so for those who don’t know/are pretending not to know, polly pocket’s set-up was something like this:

do they make real houses shaped like hearts?

do they make real houses shaped like hearts?

while it was sometimes fun to let the girls run wild, probably the most fun part of polly pocket was being able to click her circlar feet into the round holes located throughout her bachelorette pad. in retrospect, that doesn’t really sound all that exciting. but, being able to snap polly in to the kitchen and take the whole pocket to a playdate was pretty innovative back in 1991. polly’s a bit different now, but i’ll spare you the details.

for some reason, while i was trying to think about what “the rules” of time travel are on the island, i thought back to my friend polly and the round plastic circle that cements her in place. because, as we’ve seen, only the left-behinds (the 815s, juliet, and the freighter posse) seem to be blipping on the record of time; richard and the others, however, manage to stay put.

what i’m thinking here (yes, the point! it’s near) is that  the others (the natives, presumably) are like polly, locked in to the island, unable to be jerked around from era to era.

the left-behinds, well, they’re like those pollies that we forgot to lock into place. they fall down flights of tiny plastic stairs. they can’t seem to stay in one place. they fall into the cracks of the couch, useless to sensitive six-year-olds who just want to play GODDAMN POLLY POCKET ALREADY!

sorry. that got a little personal. but i think the point here is that there is something (clearly not a round plastic piece glued to their feet) grounding the natives to the island. something that the left-behinds have no knowledge about. not yet at least.

 

too soon?

guys, when are we?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 22, 2009 by eyeoftheisland

gah! the first two hours of season 5 have aired and i am still trying to gather up the pieces of my brain from when my head exploded in the first 60 seconds.

it looks like our good friend, dr. marvin candle aka mark wickman aka edgar haliwax AKA (for realzies) dr. pierre chang is back and better than ever. when are we: almost pre-DI; DI when it was a pilot project. before ben and roger workman and dr. goodburger (or whatever his name is). and, apparently, THE FROZEN DONKEY WHEEL (the one that ben turned to move the island) EXISTED BEFORE THE DI DID.

Adds much more mystique to the set of “island antiques” we seem to be collecting: the black smoke door inscribed with hieroglyphics,  the infamous four-toed statue, the rock sculpture that walt was familiar with. whatever history the island has it is long and has many cultural references, so i suppose we’llhave to stay tuned. of course i can’t help but ask who were the first people on the island? that wheel did not put itself there (i think). perhaps one of our only hints are those “adam and eve” bodies that jack found in the caves way back in season 1.

but i digress.

i wanted to drop some comments on the opening “teaser” sequence, which brilliantly, in my opinion, juxtaposed the history of LOST with the thematic issues this season seems to be presenting us with.

— “the broken record”: as you know, more than one season of LOST has begun with the playing of a record. the first being desmond back in the season two premiere with mama cass’ “make your own kind of music”; second with juliet and “downtown.” another “record” episode opening that comes to mind is “cabin fever”, last season’s locke-centric episode that opens with a sequence of his mother, age a5, preparing to go on a date with “him.” as emily pouts and spritzes, she bobs along to buddy holly’s “everyday.”

playing a record has immediate connections with theatrics; an overture a raising of the curtain, “hey the show’s about to start.” the playing of a record in LOST usually connotates some kind of beginning and willie nelson is there to greet us at the start of season 5.

record also makes me think of record; recorded knowledge; documentation; legacy. this episode certainly wants to leave some kind of record for the future, and certainly daniel made an indelible record in desmond’s brain: a memory he had never had before.

dan himself mentions in this episode the theme of the”broken record of time” which has been brought to us literally in the opening. records of course have grooves; the needle has to trace the correct groove to play correctly. any blips and the whole thing becomes warped, twisted, disorted. it is the wheel that has pushed the losties out of their cosmic time-space groove and now they are doomed to skip until someone re-rights the needle. i like the image of the record in this instance also because it is round; you can skip to certain parts, forward or back. you can even flip it over and play the other side.

one more thing about the record: in terms of LOST history, the playing of a record is the inauguration of a new season, and by playing it over and over, the writers are intentionally skipping, repeating the same motif over and over in order to remind us of either: 1. the connectedness of the show’s storylines or 2. even if LOST sounds like a broken record to us, we would probably still keep listening to it.

— the baby: one last point before i roll off to bed (more links and ish tomorrow) is that dr. pierre’s baby must must must be our friend miles straume. it’s too perfect. however, let me point out that this is not the first time this baby has appeared in the LOST-iverse. in hte video “leaked” from comicon chang tells someone to take a crying baby outside before continuing his plea that the DI be reinstated. in both this first episode as well as this clip the baby has been emphasized, so i think we’re pretty safe to bet that he is someone we know and it is probably miles. i’ll post a link to the video below, but listen to the voice of the interjector here. sounds a bit like faraday, non?

happy LOST-ing!

now we’ll never know…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on January 16, 2009 by eyeoftheisland

new sneak peek of season 5 episode 1 “because you left.” involves ben, jack and a razor — can one really ask for anything else?

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