OMGZ, ok if you watched the episode of Lost last night and haven’t read the Time Loop Theory yet, then you really need to in order to make sense of it, and honestly, I think enjoy the show a little more since you won’t be so goddamn confused.
That was an awesome episode last night… I can’t tell if it was awesome because I had read the theory and saw how these pieces fit together, or if it was genuinely a good episode. I wonder if I had never read that theory, if I would be raging mad right now brain-hate for the writers…
I will point out that there were a few things that occurred that don’t jive with the Time Loop Theory, namely:
- The original Time Loop Theory (TLT) states that the Blackrock was dragged up onto the island in the 1800s, and the decedents formed the Dharma Initiative. But in last night’s episode, Widmore states that the island was his and that Benjamin took it away from him.
- SPECULATION: This made me think that Widmore actually created the Dharma Initiative in the 1960s
- SUPPORT: The TLT mentions that Benjamin and some of the original Dharma folks split off and fragmented from the Dharma group because they didn’t like the experiments that were being performed, which sounds very much like a Widmore ideal.
- SUPPORT (from Wife): The TLT says that Dharma were the offspring of the original Blackrock folks, but if none of the people on the island could conceive how is that possible? This just supports the idea that Widmore found the island later and brought the initiative there to the island.
- QUESTION: How did Widmore originally find the island? How did Benjamin cause him to not be able to find it anymore?
- The TLT mentions that the island has always been surrounded in a time-bubble and until the Blackrock beached on it, wasn’t penetrable. This doesn’t make sense, because how did Widmore find it and create the Dharma Initiative?
- SPECULATION: Widmore is really old, and likely from the Blackrock or something epic like that because it sounds like the island used to be his baby.
- SPECULATION: I think Jacob and Widmore have a relationship that hasn’t been explained yet and they are both likely from the Blackrock.
- It’s possible that Widmore came in on Blackrock, eventually discovered the proper bearing to get off the island, and went to the mainland to create the Dharma Project to come back and study it. For years that worked, but then Ben instigated a rebellion and “cleansed” all the Dharma folks that were doing abusive/bad/wrong work.
- So possibly Richard Alpert and others were part of Blackrock but splintered from Widmore early on and lived as natives on the island until the Dharma Project was stopped with Ben’s help.
- After cleansing the Dharma folks, Ben, using possibly the Swan installation to manipulate the island’s magnetic properties/shield to change the bearing that allows items and people in and out of the island’s magnetic field so Widmore couldn’t get back in (e.g. like changing the combination on a lock)
- Widmore eventually re-found the island using the different monitoring stations around the globe, we happened to see the one on Antarctica that one time that the Swan station imploded on itself. It was listening for strong magnetic pulses which have only happened two times in history according to that station.
- CLARIFICATION: Even though Widmore’s mercenaries already found the island in last night’s episode, that is taking place in 2007/2008, but when Ben goes back to 2005 and goes to Charles’s room he tells him and he’ll “never find the island” because Charles technically hasn’t found the island yet and doesn’t find it until 2008 real-world-time.
- SPECULATION: This means that all the “flash forwards” we are seeing are actually not the 2008+ time of the 6 characters off the island, it is those 6 characters getting off the island in 2004 (after using the time machine at some point in the future of the series) and re-living the last 4 years of their life. That’s why Sayid is off the island, knows Ben, and is burying his wife in 2005 in last night’s episode.