“Get”Lost entry #6 — Feb. 5, 2007 by RMG
Just before the resumption of airings with installment 7 of season 3, i.e. following your “pod” of 6 episodes and then some months to ponder, seemed like a good time for me to shoot in some analysis and take credit before any in your multitudes of participating correspondents scooped me on deductions. We weren't scheduled for a chance to catch our breath after this until the summer break.
The Losties have been kicked out of Eden, the disappearance of station Swan having been accomplished by one of these means:
the blowing of explosive charges pre-placed under a false bottom, dropping the remainder into that space, and putting some dirt on top;
same as #1, but using an elevator to gently lower it instead of explosives; or, most humorously,...
David Copperfield style — the facility is still there, a new lid having been placed on the hatch and covered with debris as before, and geographic cues being disturbed so as to lead the Losties to someplace other than where the hatch actually was, a previously undiscovered hole having been at this location since before the Losties arrived.
We haven't been shown any attempt to access the main entrance of Swan since its “destruction”. Presumably the Losties would just find a blocked passageway within. Meanwhile Locke, Desmond, and Mr. Eko were removed unconscious by the same means and in the same style used to place them after the “crash” of 815 and the wreck of the Elizabeth, but this time with the absurdist feature of Desmond's clothes having been removed. Partly that detail was art for art's sake, but it also symbolized rebirth and was part of the general ramping up of things for both us and the Losties to see if they/we figure it out.
The sky was “turned purple” not optically but Persinger style, by EM broadcast directly into the brains of everyone around. That had the side effect of interfering with other electronics, as complained by one character, “...our comms have been down.”
Since my last entry I've been trying to figure who is aligned with which faction, but the picture is still very fuzzy. Three readings of Illuminatus! never answered the corresponding question there for me, and I had the impression there that trying to solve that was not even in the spirit of that novel, but I have the sense that Lost is different — that although you do intend a resemblance to Illuminatus!, you give the audience a chance to arrive at a sensible division of motivations that will turn out to reflect the underlying plot, as opposed to the indomitable playfulness of Illuminatus! and its characters. In this feature Lost more closely resembles Masks of the Illuminati by RAW, who died between my last entry and this.
I still have no conclusions about the provenance and purpose of the orientation films and their alteration. It's as if Illuminatus!, which already reads as if the manuscript pages had been shuffled and reassembled, were shuffled yet again, and The Midget had re-edited the movie When Atlantis Ruled the Earth. But I can commit to two things. The first is that you guys either fucked up royally in allowing Locke to have Pearl orientation video cassette (#5) in the vicinity of magnetically flying forks and laundry machines and not have it erased, or Locke received a new copy while he was unconscious. (Apparently you really did fuck up in the case of Jason McCormick-Alter-McCormick, retconning the name to unalter the Alter/Alder/Elder alteration on the DVD. Did they scratch off that piece of your Emmy for that, or is that where þ þ þ þ chewed it?)
The other conclusion is that the subtleties of the two Mars were specifically laid out for us — the real world audience and participants in Get Lost. The Losties can no longer make a side-by-side comparison between the Swan film (#3), which has been removed from their access, and the videotape. It would not be reasonable “now” (i.e. latest-shown Craphole time) for any character who's seen both movies to recall subtleties about the apparent splices and appearance of the presenter, and remark thereon. So they could only be clues for us.
However, one character who may have picked up a clue therein was Mr. Eko. He and Locke were “called” to Pearl, they both viewed the video, and apparently came to opposite conclusions. I think that's when Eko's fate was sealed. (If not then, then surely when he tried to prevent Locke and Desmond from letting the timer run out.) Locke did what he was then “supposed” to do, but Eko revealed by his actions that he knew too much. It was the fruition of my judgement in entry #4 that Eko would be a likely character to figure things out and therefore have to be terminated. (Sayid you probably have to keep around as the “voice of truth”.) The bear was supposed to have killed him, but when that didn't work he had to be recalled to Pearl for Smokey to finish him off. His brother's iron cross appeared to have still been in his hand, so it must've been some other piece of ferrous metal on his waist (Something in his pocket? Belt buckle?) that Smokey grabbed Eko by. I have no guess as to what the story was with the missing body, but I'll take a stab at the arsonist of his hut: Charlie. If he could be commanded to set a fire earlier, why not again? (Not that we actually saw him do it even then.)
Other than that, our most recent visit to Pearl seemed primarily to be to clue us in to the bathroom (in which someone could've hidden during Locke & Eko's first visit — it's practically a cliche of murder mysteries) and the Hathaway Shirt Man. For all I know, Eko's last words to Locke might've been, “Get your knee off my chest.”
I'm making the most paranoid assumption about Locke's & Sawyer's most recent flashbacks: that the events in them were orchestrated from end to end, Truman style. Thematic hints about the big story. Same as the phony acts between Benry and your own Stella Maris, Juliet. Ditto the boy's aiding Sawyer's “escape” from his cage. Another thematic hint about the big story was Sawyer's being shown where he was from the hill; it reminds the viewers that any time a character is unconscious, s/he can be taken anywhere. Similarly the story of Sawyer's “surgery” was to broach the idea of body implants to the audience, and to show viewers that ostensible surgery doesn't have to do what the patient is told. As if that weren't enough, you gave us another example when Jack showed that surgical access to a kidney and to the spinal cord can be thru the same incision. Too bad Locke didn't get to see it.
But the big question of the 3rd season opening pod is what role Benry et al. play in the plot. I've been wrestling with whether they're supposed to be deprogrammers of the Losties, the Island Powers being the programmers. Benry has considerable artistic resemblance to Hagbard Celine of Illuminatus!, down to having a submarine at his disposal. I take it the submarine was used to sneak up on Sun on the docked Elizabeth, and to tow the seaborne Elizabeth eastward while Desmond slept in it. Benry seems to be trying to tell at least some of the Losties to beware of fakery. Locke, this place is a joke; I did nothing and the timer reset itself. Sawyer, look at how you can be manipulated with the help of a rabbit, the magician's classic prop. (And see that even someone who throws literary allusions around can be caught off guard when the shoe is on the other foot; what's the matter, don't you read?) (Meanwhile you vie with Smallville for Wizard of Oz allusions as he helps Losties find their “missing organs” by putting them thru tribulations. Sayid passed his test by digging up Henry Gale's grave. Let's see...Benry's Hagbard Celine, he's Henry Gale and the Wizard, and he's John Galt...so who “is” he in Watchmen? And he knows his Stephen King while alternately pretending to like & dislike that stuff.)
Yet at the same time, we have an unbroken chain that leads from Claire's remark in the lawyer's office, to the musical mobile's playing her song in the medical station, to Ethan's taking her and taking charge of her in the medical station, that shows Ethan Rom deliberately furthering the Island Powers' plot. And Ethan would appear inextricably tied to Benry by the instructions he gave him and Goodwin in the opening minutes of season 1. This looks like part of the programming, not deprogramming.
But if the residents of Levitationtown (Othersville) were in on the deception, what is to be made of the aerial display, the earthquake, and their reactions to it? We know none of the Losties were on that airliner at the time it was shown being destroyed in mid-air, and we know the show could not have been for the Losties on the ground (although conceivably Tailies in the water may have gotten to see some of it during the “Corona beer commercial”).
One thought I had to explain the reaction of Benry et al. put the emphasis on the underlined word in Benry's statement to Ethan, “There may actually be survivors; you're on of them.” Meaning, “We know that's just a show, but they put (or may have put) some real people on the plane, some of whom may have survived by mistake. Ethan, pretend to be one of them; the shills among the Losties will assume you are.” After a few days of consideration, I rejected that interpretation.
Therefore I fall back on my previous conclusion: Some, but not all, of the residents of Levitationtown are in on the deception, just as some but of course not all of the Losties are. Benry is “in”, and I'm pretty sure so were Juliet, Ethan, Goodwin, the boy in the cage across from Sawyer, and Alex. Some other major associates I'm not sure of.
The earthquake which was supposed to coincide with the “system failure” had curiously localized effects, which I conclude were produced by the buried type of earthquake simulators used to test buildings for resistance to real earthquakes. Wasn't it Bernard who built the outdoor pantry near the beach? He knew where to put it so it'd be shaken and have things fall off the shelves. Meanwhile, our friend Alley (a friend of the late Elliot þ þ þ þ , whom you may have met at Cedar Tavern) made the excellent observation that Ethan, who was conspicuously placed in what would appear to be a vulnerable position when the ground started to shake — on his back with his head under a house — did not move from it until after it stopped, at which time he easily slid out from under, which means he knew it wasn't a real earthquake. Then Benry came out and conspicuously started looking up, knowing that those who were not clued in would react by looking up as well, providing plenty of witnesses for the “wreck of 815”.
For a while I also took seriously the possibility that Levitationtown was in the Pacific, and that the “air show” was to provide witnesses for the world of Oceanic 815's destruction, which would be blamed on the Iraqi, thus obviating the scenario in which 815 lands a little late at LAX. It has been widely remarked that the timing of Goodwin's arrival among the Tailies does not fit the “hour” Benry allowed for. So why couldn't Benry's associates pretend to just go over the rim of the caldera, then hop transport halfway around the world to Equatorial Guinea? And then it would be easy to distinguish those in the know; they'd show up on Poo and the other nearby island (labeled “Abu Grab” by John), and the rest be left behind in the Pacific. But I now see no serious attraction to this scenario, and think Levitationtown is in one of the southern calderas of Bioko.
Therefore Benry's instructions to Ethan and Goodwin were part of the show for those around them. Ethan and Goodwin would've already known what they were doing. But then what's to be made of the lists they were told to prepare in 3 days? And what relationship does this have to the pre-existing list of persons Tom mentioned Jack as not having been on? I'm still trying to piece together the relative positions of agents' knowledge in view of the two ostensible kidnapping raids and the troop of barefooted persons. And how was Nathan placed among the Tailies? A clue was given during the deathlocked exchange between Goodwin and Ana Lucia. Goodwin evinced the influence of doctrine, which I'm taking to have been sincere on his part, and would be just the sort of thing someone in a position of superior knowledge would probably not have; that's for the suckers lower down in the conspiracy.
Desmond's apparently involuntary “call” of what Locke was going to say later I think was a result of his having intercepted a “psychic” (wireless direct-to-brain) message to Locke telling him what to do and say. As in season 2 when Locke experienced what should've been Eko's dream, we see that the method of transmission is not sufficiently directional to prevent this sort of cross-talk. I still think Locke has an implant, at least for induction of paraplegia, but maybe it's not used to receive voice after all.
Adam, the critic in the book club, self-referentially corresponds to Epicene Wildeblood in Illuminatus!. Ms. O'Rourke, who posts as tdciago in alt.tv.lost, continues to plumb the mythologic connections of Lost so deeply as to make my efforts therein superfluous.
And now another swing at the grand plot. A great many mysteries of Lost could be explained by teleportation of persons and goods. Someone at the Fuselage compiled quite a list of them. Therefore that looks like the sort of thing that could be the great hoax Lost is leading to. That is, someone's purpose would be served by fooling a bunch of people into thinking teleportation had been invented. What purpose, I still don't know, but it might somehow involve the defamation of the Hanso Foundation.
The following was received the same day along with Iran war plans. John's also the one who came up with the name “Levitationtown”.
A Page Out of Time
Rousseau and Alex are in a secret alliance. It becamse barely visible in Claire's release from Caduceus. It will again become visible when some 815 personnel escape from “Alcatraz” (Abu Grab).
“Cyclops” is an opponent of the Others. It was his glass eye that Libby found at Arrow.
Ana knew Christian was Jack's father. She declined to tell him. She was supposed to lure Jack to a tail seat. This plan failed and the two doctors ended up in the wrong seats. Each got special treatment on “landing”.
“The plance crash was fake” implied Rousseau to Said. When planes in flight crash they leave very few survivors. In the beginning of Episode Seven, Season two the water splashing scene shows an upside down view of the island. This could only occur if a passenger were lowered into the water, lifted, and finally dropped. Ben gave Goodwin one hour to get to tail beach. Ana spotted him ten minutes after the “crash”. What happened to the missing fifty minutes?
The Others and the body disposal unit have a poor info exchange. Ten minutes after the “crash”, front section Charlie is at center section crash site. Higher than usual? That is why Cindy had to disappear.