Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Lost: Then JJ Became a Black Hole

There can never be an overabundance of Lost discussion; at least, not until the end when everything is answered (we can only hope). And though I planned to use my first post on this blog as a forum for expanding on the virtues of Farscape and Battlestar Galactica and how well-written science fiction excels at social and political commentary (and appeals to the what if and if only in us all), I’m Lost-obsessed at the moment. And who can blame me?

So help me understand this island time versus real time conundrum that exists…

Based on cell phones and a 3-year old-ish Aaron, it seems the “future” is meant to be 2007. So you have to wonder why it took two to three years after the Oceanic 6 rescue for Kate to end up in court for her initial hearing. Could it be that they haven’t been back for as long as it appears? Of course, she managed to buy a house and hire a nanny in a short amount of time, but I’m going to ignore that for now.

Walt leaves the island and a month later on island time, appears a few years older. Faraday discovers that there is a 31 minute time discrepancy between the boat and the island. Desmond experiences a 75 to 5 minute ratio of time difference when flitting from 1996 and 2004.

So, time on the island is slower than real time?

If we believe that island time is slower, possibly by years at this point, then it makes you wonder about a couple of moments. For example, when Ben showed Juliet the feed of her sister and niece (with the newspaper providing a date stamp), I think we are meant to believe that the video is live. But if island time is slower than real time, doesn’t it make you wonder if Ben planned for this to be pre-recorded in advance in order to show it to Juliet at this precise time on the island? Evil, manipulative man.

And if the calendar on the boat shows Christmas 2004, and we believe the “island time is slower” theory, then the Boaties are keeping track of island time knowing about this time discrepancy, yes?

It wouldn’t be Lost unless there was also evidence against this theory, so of course, the arguments.

Why does it take two island days for the helicopter to get back to the boat when those on the helicopter experience little to no delay? Why does Faraday act surprised/concerned about the 31 minute delay (if the Boaties are keeping track of island time, that is)? Why is Penny seemingly waiting on Christmas Eve 2004 (or is it really 2007 and she’s been waiting every Christmas Eve since)? And why doesn’t Penny or Desmond bring up the “you’ll never hear from me again until 2004” conversation from 1996 when they meet up in the early 2000s at the arena where he’s jogging?

Oh wait, that’s a separate issue.

Perhaps I’m missing a piece of the puzzle, but sometimes I get the impression that it hasn’t really been all that thought out. Every theory has a contradiction. And this scares me.

But then, I have to hope that maybe the ultimate ending will end up bigger than all these ideas we’ve thrown out. Just so long as all of Lost’s mystery can’t be wrapped into the Elixir Of Life…

JJ, I’m watching you.

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