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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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happily ever after: haikus

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on April 7, 2010 by eyeoftheisland

Holy Hume! “Happily Ever After” was everything I wanted it to be and nothing of what I didn’t want it to be: namely, the desmise of my dearest Des. Alternatively, we were treated to a family reunion of srts, where the Humes, Widmores, Hawking, Faradays and Miltons (interesting name BTW, Pen) got together to discuss life’s milestones and other life’s milestones alike.

In celebration of this great coming together of my forever loves, I’ve composed a series of haikus. I should also note that i’ve written a haiku about my forever hate, Zoe. Can I say I almost miss Doo-gen and fake John Lennon? No, actually, I can’t.

More analysis to come, but in the meantime, enjoy these (master)pieces:

Your hair in this ep
Was Incredible. Also
The Sideways jumping.

The painting in your
Office changed. No more polar
Bear. Share that MacCutch!

A puff of white mist.
Two parallel stars glinting.
Rule? You bloody do.

A jaunty hat says
Your physics days are over.
Or are they, Widmore?

 

Pen: Jogging woman
At night. Sweaty, but so sweet.
What did she see? Des!

Last time I saw you,
You had no constant. Now you
Can get me hookers!

 

Still not Penny’s boat.
But you saw the light from Claire.
You, all, err-body.

What is your purpose?
(To look like cheap Tina Fey?)
Sayid – waste that mess!

 

Also:

a side-by-side comparison of the paintings in widmore's office

recon: a bunch of SOBs

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 21, 2010 by eyeoftheisland

Son of a bitch.

That’s how last Tuesday’s episode “Recon” began– BTW  is Josh Holloway contractually obligated to say that at least once an episode?– and the theme of sons and daughters of “bitches” was touched upon. All the best cowboys may have daddy issues, but all the best island deities apparently have mommy issues. Whether or not you want to believe a word the serpent-tongued Man in Black utters, he did give us a juicy bit of information when he revealed to Kate that his mommy wasn’t so dearest.

LOCKE: Sure, but then I wouldn’t have gotten to talk to you. You referred to me as a dead man. I am not a dead man. I know what you’re feeling, Kate. I know what you’re going through.

KATE: And how do you know that?

LOCKE: Because… my mother was crazy. Long time ago, before I… looked like this… I had a mother, just like everyone. She was a very disturbed woman. And, as a result of that, I had some growing pains. Problems that I’m still trying to work my way through. Problems that could have been avoided had things been different.

KATE: Why are you telling me this?

LOCKE: Because now Aaron has a crazy mother too.

Those are some juicy details for sure, building upon the MiB’s assertion that he was once a human and he lost things he loved. Personally, I think his speeches are full of half-truths, mingled with convenient lies that will convince others to join his party. The fact that Flocke told Kate about his mommy issues is significant — Kate, after all, has had a fractured relationship with her mother. He is using this, along with her desire to be a good mother to Aaron, the kind of supportive parent her mother could never be, to rope Kate into his diabolical plan to leave the island… for evil?

I still haven’t decided in MiB is as evil as he appears or if he is supposed to be the better alternative to jacob? I’m thinking that both are about equal on the good/bad scale but one person or the other grativtates towards the light or the dark depending on the status of their soul. Regardless, MiB is definitely a master manipulator of the Ben Linus School of Trickery. Yeah, I know, no comments on Dr. Linus… yet! Stay tuned…

don't mind if i do

Moving on– can I just take this moment to say what a hot couple Charlotte and Sawyer are? I mean, I am Team Suliet all the way, but Ginger looked all slinky in her gold dress and all that whip talk — woohee! I don’t think Dr. McSkinnyTie Faraday could compete. But then again, it’s Sawyer, so who could?

PS: Sawyer’s a COP?!?!? Indiana Lewis sits Detective Ford down for some straight talk and he says, “I got to a point in my life when I was going to become a criminal or a cop. I chose cop.” I suppose we can assume that Island Sawyer also came to a point where this choice was made — and went in the other direction? Was it Jacob’s influence that caused James to turn himself into Sawyer? This is presuming that Jacob wasn’t involved in their lives in the Sideways world. Looking at Lostpedia, I see that Sawyer was born in 1968, and that he was about 8-9 years old when his parents were killed. That leaves us at 1976, making it plausible that Jacob visited him in 1977, the critical year when the “bomb went off.” Yet, I’m thinking more and more that it wasn’t Juliet’s banging on the bomb that caused the Sideways branch of reality to occur but something else, something that we’re not aware of yet. Something that hasn’t even happened yet. Maybe this something will occur around episode 16, chaning the entire perspective on the Sideways world flashes. Time will tell…

If course the choice between “criminal” or “cop” mirrors the choice that the characters on the Island are currently making: go with the bad boy (Flocke) or the golden boy (Jacob)? Of course, television has taught us that are shades of gray to cops and criminals alike, making that line particularly apt. Throughout the series, people have asserted that they are “the good guys”, a dangerous label that is based all on perspective. Ostensibly, criminals and policemen are opposites — good guys and bad guys, cops and robbers. But it seems no one is all “good” or “bad” and the cops we rely on to protect us, may actually be the robbers who are stealing from us behind our backs.

Speaking of criminals — KATE! This episode really drove it home that Sawyer and Kate are going to end up together. Numbers in 15 and 51 will always keep running into each other. CAN I ALSO SAY THAT WHEN COP SAWYER CATCHES KATE IN THE ALLEY HE SAYS, “SON OF A BITCH”?! I’M TELLING YOU! (Also: significant. Kate and Sawyer are both SOBs, kindred spirits, needing each other. Blech. I miss Juliet. Other people with Mommy Issues: Ben, Locke, Jack, Claire. Locke is the most intriguing as it seems MiB and Locke have a lot of things in common. During Flocke’s speech, in fact, I actually thought for a second that maybe Flocke is really Locke. Not sure how that’s possible, but I kind of dig it).

With Sawyer and Miles as the new Starsky and Hutch, LOST has given us another great spinoff possibility — along with DHARMA Daze (time travellers stuck in a hippie commune in 1977!) and the Unnamed Ben and Locke and Arzt high school show (like Glee, but with more creepy Ben glares). I love that they carried over the burgeoning friendship between timelines. It seems that relationships are the most CONSTANT between these two worlds — people are meant to be together, are drawn together. It is their destiny to relate to one another.

But, of course, Sawyer is built Ford tough: “I don’t need saving.” He is cealrly back to his old ways, playing Widmore, MiB and Kate. He’s playing them all in his final bid to escape. But what will Sawyer’s life be like after this fo crazy experience? What does he hope to get off of leaving the island? I suppose it would be an easy way to escape his grief over Juliet. I’m thinking he kind of has a bit of a death wish and hopes some God awful Armageddon will happen when the various sides clash. Or maybe he loves Kate? Bleeechhhhh. Just threw up in my mouth a little.

One last thought, regarding Widmore: what side is he really on? When Locke turned the wheel to stop the time flashes and landed in the arms of the British magnate, Widmore told him that it was his destiny to go back to the island; that a war was brewing and if Locke didn’t get the rest of them to go back, the wrong side would win. But what team does Widmore play for, Team Jacob or Team MiB? Ben, who usurped Widmore’s role as the leader of the others, seemed to be entirely ignorant of the existence of MiB. But Widmore seems to be completely in the know. With the erection of the sonic fence on Hydra Island, it seems like Widmroe is trying to keep Smokey out? But why was it so important for him to send Locke back in the first place? To get them all to go back? It seems Locke’s going back to the island served the purpose of giving MiB a vessel to inhabit. And not just any vessel — a CANDIDATE. If Widmore is Jacob’s man, then what does he hope to get out of this confrontation? Is the end goal merely keeping MiB in his place, or does CW have other motives as well?

FINAL QUESTION: WHO OR WHAT IS LOCKED UP IN THE SUB?

MY THOUGHTS: DESMOND. Eloise Hawking told the Hot Scot that the island wasn’t done with him yet. And you know the only way he was going back there was if someone tied him up, drugged him and dragged him there. Which is precisely what I think happened.

Next week’s episode is the long-awaited Richard Alpert-centric tale and it is entitled “Ab Aeterno.” In Latin, this translates to”since the beginning of time” or “since a long time ago.”

A teaser screencap is below (AHHHHH!). Sneak peeks and guest stars on Monday.

Until then, namaste LOST fans.

polar-t bears

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on January 29, 2009 by eyeoftheisland

charles widmore has some interesting taste in art:

namaste

NAMASTE.