May 2, 2009

The Variable.

Let's talk about LOST!    The Variable.
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The paramedics wheel Desmond on a stretcher into the hospital. “He’s coding.”
Gunshot wound; he’s crashing.
A doctor instructs them to put him in Bay 7. {ER BAYS}
Penny holds young Charlie. She’s scared for Des, but tells Charlie, “He’s gonna be okay.”
In the waiting room {TV on} Penny rubs sleeping Charlie's head/hair.
Ms. Hawking asks, “How old is your son?”
He’s two.
Ms. Hawking smiles and remarks, “He has his father’s hair.” {Really.} Penny asks if she’s knows her. Eloise Hawking says "No", but Penny’s husband knows her.  She believes it’s her sons fault that Desmond has been shot.
Penny wonders, “Your son is Benjamin Linus?”
Good lord, no! Her son is Daniel Faraday.


Night on the "Island":
Dan arrives via the sub back to the "Island.”
Miles gives him a hand with his suitcase; he is surprised to see him.
Dan-“Hey, Miles. Long time no see.” 
Dan is wearing a black/dark Dharma jumpsuit, no tie.  On the dock, Cheng tells the group they all know why they’re here, “I wish you all could get a good night's sleep but, uh…The shuttle will pick you up at the Motor Pool.”
Miles whispers, asking him what he’s doing back here. He figured once Dan left for Ann Arbor he got rich, invented the DVD or something. Dan shows him a Photostat copy of the Dharma recruit group photo; That’s why he’s back.  Miles says the group came back a few days ago. Miles proceeds with the story of their arrival but Dan cuts him off, “I don’t have time. I need you to take me to Jack’s right now.”

Inside Jack’s dark house, there’s a knock at the door. Jack opens the door to daylight, Dan and Miles.
Dan immediately questions him on how did he get back, how did he do it.
Jack- “Whoa. Where have you been?”
Dan reveals he was just at Dharma headquarters in Ann Arbor doing some research. More important, Dan needs to know how Jack got back “here. To 1977.”
Jack, who still seems disorientated from just waking up, asks Miles what’s going on.
Miles- “Don’t look at me. I just carried his luggage.”
Jack shares with Dan, “Uh…We were on a plane, and then…”
Dan-“Who told you to get on a plane?”
Jack- “As a matter of fact, Dan, it was your mother.”
Dan asks how she convinced him. Dan with distaste asks, “Did she tell you it was your destiny?”
Yep. That’s exactly what she told him.
Dan has some bad news for Jack, “You don’t belong here at all. She was wrong.”

A boy with braces on his teeth plays piano. The metronome clicks, keeping time/tempo.
Mom comes into the room looking troubled.
Dan asks his mom what’s wrong, “Didn’t you like it?”
She loved it; it was beautiful. Mom pulls up a chair to have a chat. The metronome still clicks away. Mom asks if he knows what destiny means. The boy doesn’t know.  She explains destiny means that if one has a special gift that it must be nurtured. She stops the metronome, “How many beats has that metronome counted since you started playing?”
Dan- “864.”
Apparently Dan’s gift is his mind; a mind that is meant for science and mathematics.
Mom- “And it’s my…job, to keep you on your path. So unfortunately, there’s no more time for distractions.” 
Dan wants to keep playing the piano; he can do both.
Dan-“I can make time.”
Mom-“If only you could.”
She closes the lid on the piano keyboard.

Dan needs Miles to bring him to the Orchid. Jack comes out of his house half in/half out of his Dharma jumpsuit, asking Dan what he meant by his mother was wrong. Miles conveniently pulls always as Dan tells Jack he just has an errand to run, he’ll be right back.
Jack knocks on LaFleur’s door and tells him Faraday’s back.
Sawyer/LaFleur with a gun, asks, “What do you mean Faraday’s back. Why?”
Jack doesn’t have any idea, “He came in on the sub, he woke me up… he started talking nonsense and then he took off to the Orchid."
Sawyer would love to trade theories about this, but he’s a little busy right now. Jack wants to know what has him so busy at 6am. Juliet prompts James to tell Jack.
LaFleur reveals to Jack that Phil, one of his security guys, got himself a video tape of him and Kate taking the kid out to the Hostiles. The tape is with Phil and Phil is tied up and gagged on the floor of James’ closet. {Like Hurley was.} James introduces Phil and Jack; all the while Phil is struggling to speak through the gag. Then James closes the door on Phil again.

Sitting in the Jeep at the Orchid work site, Dan looks through his journal of notes. Workers are busy building.
Miles asks Dan, “Are we waiting for something?” {Note construction sounds} A Dharma van pulls up with Cheng.
Dan-“Right on time.” {Did he know that from his notes?} Dan tells Miles he’ll be back in 10

Dan reads through notes in the elevator on his way down to the Orchid. At the bottom he puts the journal inside his jumpsuit.  He observes Cheng having a heated discussion with the foreman about not drilling even 1 centimeter further because they risk releasing the energy. If that were to happen, “God help us all.
A dude tells Faraday he needs a hardhat down here. With that, Cheng takes off his hardhat while Dan puts one on. Dan takes a tank {to use as a prop} carries it on his shoulder. He bumps right into Cheng who yells, “Watch yourself!
Dan keeps his head down and apologizes; it won’t happen again. {Will it or wont it? Hmmm} Dan strolls over to where the foreman and the medics with the dead guy on the stretcher.
The foreman asks Dan, “Did you hear that? Time travel. How stupid does that guy think we are?
Dan runs over to talk to Cheng; he removes his hardhat. Dan tells Cheng he just came off the sub with the Swan team, “We actually met three years ago. I’m Daniel Faraday.”
Cheng remembers him arriving with LaFleur. Dan needs him to order the evacuation of every man, woman and child on this island. He goes on to explain, “That man is on a stretcher as a consequence of the electromagnetic activity that your drilling unleashed down here.”
Cheng- “Which is now contained.”    {Desmond is on a stretcher too.}
They both get on the elevator.
Dan tells him it’s contained down here, “But in about six hours the same thing is gonna happen at the site for the Swan Station, only the energy there is about thirty thousand times more powerful, Sir. And the accident it’s gonna be catastrophic.”
Cheng basically laughs it off, “That’s utterly absurd. What can possibly qualify you to make that kind of prediction?”
Dan proclaims, “I’m from the future.”  {Not, "I'm a physicist"!}

Cheng walks ahead of Dan while Dan walks with his nose in his journal. Dan wants him wait and take a look at his notes. Cheng mocks his “being from the future. You heard me talking about time travel, now you’ve had your fun. Good for you.”
Dan begs him to look at his journal. Dan shows him the equations, some that won’t be discovered for another 20 years. Miles sees where Dan is going with the conversation and jumps in to derail it. He tells Dan to leave the man alone and tells Cheng, “I think he had too many drugs on the sub…”
Dan informs Cheng, “Miles is your son.”
{Cheng doesn’t seem all that impressed with that news. Maybe it’s just me}
Dan- “Think about it. A Chinese man named Miles, the same name as your baby, shows up with me from the future. You, you really think this is all coincidence? ”  {It’s a good thing Dan knows baby Miles is born already. After all, he’s been gone for three years. Humpf.}
Cheng calmly asks Miles, “Is this true?”
Agitated Miles says, no. That seems good enough for the good Doctor. Cheng wants Dan to stay away from him. Cheng leaves. Dan still wants Cheng’s attention.
Miles- “Hey. Are you outta your mind? What are you doing?”
Dan is just making sure his father does what he’s supposed to do.
Miles asks,”And what’s that?”
Dan- “You’ll see.” {WTF?!!}

Mrs. Hawking waits outside for Dan; he has just graduated. Dan introduces Theresa to her. Snooty Hawking couldn’t care less. Mom smiles at her son, “Well done, Daniel.”
Mom thought they could celebrate his accomplishment with lunch. There’s a nice restaurant nearby; she reserved a table. Happy Dan says, “We’d love to.”
But mom was hoping it could just be the two of them. Hawking hopes Theresa understands, as she doesn’t get to see her son very often.
Theresa understands, “It’s OK, Dan. Really.”  {Was that Charlotte’s voice?!!!}

Dan and his nasty hair join mom for lunch at an Indian restaurant. {Note Ganesha statue: remover of obstacles.}  
Dan is bothered by his mother being rude to his girlfriend, Theresa. Eloise didn’t think she was. Mom won’t acknowledge her as his girlfriend, “She is your research assistant. You should be focusing your energies on your work.” That is what’s important. 
Dan feels mom has made it abundantly clear, “Why would I waste my gift on a woman?”
Eloise is sorry to tell him, but he won’t have time for a relationship. The women in his life will only be terribly hurt. {Like mom
This shocks Dan, “What does that mean?” 
Evidently his work will always come first. Hurt Dan feels that’s because she’s pushed him to do that. “You pushed and you pushed and you pushed. And when will it be enough, Mother? When?” Obviously feeling that he can’t please his mother, he tells her he’s the youngest Doctorate to ever graduate from Oxford, he just received a 1.5. million pound research grant, “What else do I have to do?” 
She seems pleased with the grant; she asks who the grant is from.   Dan doesn’t know, “Some industrialist. Widmore, I think. Charles Widmore.” 
They’re silent for a few seconds. Eloise doesn’t want to fight with him; that’s not why she came. She came to congratulate him. {See the bunny through the glass!} She gives him a wrapped gift box,Good luck, Daniel. I do hope you know that I mean that.” 
She leaves.
Dan opens the gift; it is a journal.


At LaFleur’s house, they’re holding a meeting. James takes the walkie, pulls up a chair to chat with the group, “Alright people. Party’s over.” 
He knows the rest of them just showed up, but for them it’s been their home for the past three years. He makes loving eye contact with Juliet. That last thing he wants to do is leave; but he feels they “aint got no choice.” 
Hurley asks about the dude in the closet, “I thought he worked for you. Can’t you convince him that it was all-like-a misunderstanding?” 
James punched the guy in the face, he can’t say his fist just slipped. 
Kate asks, “How much time do we have before someone realizes he’s gone?” 
James- “Not enough.” 
So, where do they go? 
James tells him they only have two options, “We can either commandeer the sub, get the hell off this island before anyone knows we’re gone. Or we can head back in the jungle, start from square one.” 
Jin is not getting on that sub if there’s a chance his wife is on this island
Hurley-“Yeah, me neither. After all we did to get back here and now we’re just gonna run off again. It seems kinda wishy washy.” 
James counts that as two votes for square one. There’s knock at the door; the guest knocks many times. 
James- “Hold your horses. Be right there.” 
He hides his gun behind his back and answers the door. It’s Dan and Miles. 
Dan- “Hey, James.” 
James welcomes Twitchy to the meeting, “Good to see you again. Pound cake’s in the kitchen, help yourself to the punch.” 
James whispers to Miles, “He still crazy?” 
Miles-“It’s on a whole other level, man.”
Dan apologizes to Jack for being rude before, but explains that what he came to do is of “critical importance to everyone in this room.“ 

Dan asks, “Does anyone know where I can find the Hostiles?” {Aren’t you looking right at them?!} Watch James’ face. Juliet asks why he needs to know that. Dan hesitates for a second,then admits one of them is his mother, “And she is the only person on this island who can get us back to where we belong.

The haunting footage of the Christian 1 is being watched by crying Dan. The caretaker asks Dan how he wants his eggs. 

The news is reporting the discovery of missing flight Oceanic 815, found by a salvage vehicle in the depths of the Sunda Trench. She asks why he’s so upset.
Dan- “I don’t know.” 
There’s a knock at the door. He has a visitor. Widmore says hello to Daniel. Fragile Dan apologizes, “I’m sorry sir…I don’t….Did Caroline tell you I have a condition affects my memories…Just …” 
Widmore doesn’t want him to feel embarrassed,We’ve never met.” 
Charles introduces himself. 
Dan starts to remember this is Charles from his research grant. He offers Dan a seat. On the couch Widmore picks up a copy of a WIRED magazine {The Impossible Gets Real. The super power issue, time travel, X-ray vision, Invisibility.} Dan notes the mess. Dan meant to thank Widmore before he left Oxford
Widmore corrects him, “You mean before you were dismissed.” 
Dan gets very emotional, “I tested it…I tested it on myself first. I would never hurt Theresa.” Widmore tells him it’s alright, “That’s not why I’m here. I came to offer you a new opportunity.” Dan is sorry but he can’t, “I don’t think I can…” 
The plane on the TV catches his attention and this really chokes him up. Widmore asks if he said something to upset him. Dan whispers, it’s this plane crash, “I don’t know why it’s bothering me so much. It’s just so sad. They’re dead.” 
Widmore sees his pain, “Daniel, what if I told you, they’re not dead. What if I told you, the plane was a fake. An elaborate, expensive fake.” 
Dan is stunned, “How would you know that?”
Widmore admits he put it there
Dan- “Why would you tell me that?” 
Widmore knows come tomorrow, Dan won't remember he did. Dan looks confused. Widmore goes on to tell him the real Oceanic flight 815 crashed on a special island with unique scientific properties. “I want to send you to the island. It will further your research. Show you things you’d never dream of. But more importantly, it will heal you, Daniel. Your mind, your memory.” Dan fills with hope, “Heal me?” 
Widmore is doing all this for him because Dan is a man of tremendous gifts and it would be a shame to see them go to waste
Dan chuckles, “You sound like my mother.” 
Widmore smiles, “That’s because we’re old friends.”
Dan looks confused.

LaFleur-“Your mother is an Other.” 
Dan comments that he met her when the island was skipping back in 1954; they were calling her Ellie
Hurley is baffled, “You guys were in 1954. Like Fonzie times?” 
Juliet wants to know why he still needs to find her. Dan just needs to talk to her. James is getting worked up. He is going by what Dan has always said; Lay low, whatever happened, happened. James isn’t telling Dan where to find her unless he wants to share what it is he’s doing. Jack interjects in Dan’s defense. “He said he can get us back to where we belong. Whether we go on the sub or we head back into the junglewe don’t belong here.” 
James belonged there just fine “until you came back, Doc” 
Jack turns to Kate for direction to the Hostiles, “Can you get us back out there?” 
James doesn’t want her to say a word. Jack brings up the promise he had to make to Kate about not ever asking about Aaron or why she came back here, but he knows that reason isn’t here. It’s not now.” 
James feels it doesn’t matter what her reason is. Her helping H.G. Wells find his mommy has nothing to do with it. James compassionately says, “Come with us Freckles.” 
This hits a nerve with Juliet, but she doesn’t miss a beat, she gives the code for the fence to Kate. “1 4 1 7 1 7. You should take Daniel. It’s over here for us anyway.” 
James looks stunned and disappointed. {What’s over here?!} Kate and Jack will go. 
Dan asks Miles to drive them. Miles doesn’t say a word, he just tosses the keys to Dan. 
James tells them, “When you realize you’ve made a huge mistake, we’ll be back at the beach. Right where we started.” 
James instructs the rest to pack anything they can carry; meet back there in 20 minutes. He holds out his hand for Juliet to take, he whispers,Time to go.”
Juliet is very sad.

Kate tells Jack these people are not gonna be happy to see them, so she suggests bringing guns from the safe at the Motor Pool, but it’s locked. It’s a good thing Jack’s a janitor, he has keys! Something catches Dan’s attention. {His jumpsuit says-Joe Construction} He walks over to a little red haired girl on a swing; eating a candy bar. She tells Dan, “I’m not allowed to have chocolate before dinner.” 
Dan is moved. He reassures Sweetheart its okay, “I won’t tell.” 
She introduces herself. 
Dan gets emotional, “I’m new here. Listen. Do you know Dr. Cheng?...Hopefully really soon Dr. Cheng is gonna ask a bunch of people to get on the submarine and leave the island. When he does, you and your mommy…you’re gonna have to leave. In case what I do doesn’t work, you cannot be here, you have to leave. I tried to avoid telling you this, I didn’t think I could change things, but maybe I can…”
Charlotte is getting teary eyed.

Jack and Kate take guns and a first aid kit from the gun locker. How long it takes them to get there depends on if they take the road with the pylons, but once they’re in their territory they have to go on foot. Kate gives Dan a rifle, but he wants something for a beginner
{Check out Kate and Jacks look
A Dharma van pulls up. Kate gives Dan a gun that’s “ready to go.” 
Radzinsky wants to know what’s going on here, “Aren’t you one of the physicists off the sub?” Radzinsky says Dan’s supposed to be out at the Swan site. Dan fumbles through a story about there being “an accident at the Orchid Station, Dr. Cheng asked us to help. So…” 
Radzinsky yells out, “Hey. He’s got a gun!” 
They all draw their weapons. Radzinsky just left Cheng; he’s at home with his wife and baby. He knows Dan’s lying so he demands the three drop their guns and get down on the ground. 
Dan- “Hey. Listen. Listen. You really don’t understand what’s happening here. You have no idea. We have no time. We have to leave, alright? So we’re just gonna leave.” 
There’s a shoot out! Dan gets grazed on the neck. Radzinsky’s hit in the left hand. The shoot out goes on, yet Kate feels they can make it to the jeep. {WTF?!
Jack will cover Kate and Dan. Jack blows up a fuel barrel and makes it to the jeep. As they drive off, one dude shoots out the windshield. Bloody Radzinsky yells, “SOUND THE ALARM!

Grown Dan plays the piano. {Metronome not clicking.} He still can’t get through the song. He seems to get stuck and this frustrates and disappoints him. Eloise comes in. 

Dan asks, “When did you get here?” 
Eloise-“Oh, I just arrived. I would have called you but…” 
Apparently Dan would have forgotten anyway. She heard he was offered a job; she knows because it’s her business to know. Eloise came here to tell him it’s very important to say yes to Mr. Widmore; that he accepts this opportunity. Fragile Dan feels he can’t because Widmore needs someone who can do really, really complex space-time calibrations and calculate bearings and Dan doesn’t know how to do that anymore. Eloise wants Dan to know that this place/island Widmore mentioned to Dan can make him better. “What if it's true? Why, then you could go on with your work. Just think of all you could accomplish.” 
Dan-“You really want me to go?” 
Dan asks like a little boy, “Will it make you proud of me?” 
Eloise takes a deep breath, smiles and says, yes, it will. She waits for his answer. Dan emotionally torn, thinks.
Finally he tells her he’ll do it.

Jack asks Kate if she remembers the code. Yep, she got it. Kate disarms the fence. {It makes a winding down sound.} Jack tends to Dan’s neck; tells him he’s gonna be fine. 

Dan- “Guess I’m lucky.” 
Jack asks what luck has to do with it, after all Dan said what ever happened, happened. Dan tells Jack he’s gotta understand, “This is our present. When we met did I have a scar on my neck? No. Cause I hadn’t been shot yet. We can’t be so naive as to think nothing can happen to us. Any one of us can die, Jack.” 
Jack looks at Kate. {Come on, he wasn’t shot, just grazed!! He hadn’t been shot yet, but will be, and not in the neck either!} Kate announces the fence is off. They still have to go a couple of miles in. {HA! A couple of Miles!!} Dan looks at his watch. Kate watches Dan and asks Jack if he thinks Dan knows what he’s doing
Jack hopes so, “There’s no turning back now.”

Gagged- tied up
Phil is banging on the closet door while Juliet and James pack for the beach. {How much shit are you gonna bring to the beach?! lol} James acknowledges that Juliet “called it the moment those Yahoo’s got here. I shoulda listened to you.”  She doesn’t say anything. 
James- “You can say I told you so.” 
Juliet- “Maybe after we get to the beach.” She’s mad. He asks her if she still got his back. Juliet, “You still got mine?”
A “pulse buzz” alarm is sounding.

Outside Hurley with his guitar case and Jin see Radzinsky and his men armed with guns

Hurley- “That’s not good, right?”
Jin says something in Korean. Shot Radzinksy barges into LaFleur’s house asking where he’s been. Whoa, whoa, whoa…He tells Stu to take it easy, “What’s going on?”
Stu shows him his hand, “I just got shot by a physicist! And the new recruits are helping him. We’ve been infiltrated.” {Best line of the episode!!!} James thinks that ridiculous. They hear a thud. James, in an effort to distract where the sound really came from says the sound came from outside. That didn’t work. Stu opens the closet finds Phil. Stu points his gun at James and Juliet and orders him to get down on the ground.

Kate leads the two men to the stream; they rest and grab some water. Jack remarks on Dan having to need a gun to go talk to his mother

Dan remarks, “You don’t know my mother, Jack.”
Jack asks if Dan’s ready to tell him why she was wrong, “why they don’t belong here.”
Kate walks away. Dan explains to Jack that in about four hours the Dharma folks at the Swan work site are gonna drill into the ground and accidentally tap into a massive pocket of energy. {Kate hands Jack a canteen} The result of the release of this energy will be catastrophic. In order to contain it they’re gonna have to cement the entire area in, like Chernobyl. And this containment, the place they built over it, “I believe you called it the Hatch, the Swan Hatch… because of this one accident, these people are gonna spend the next 20 years keeping that energy at bay… by pressing a button. A button that your friend Desmond will one day fail to push and that will cause your plane, Oceanic 815 to crash on this island. {Was it supposed to LAND on Hydra Island?} And because your plane crashed the freighter will be sent to this island, a freighter I was on and Charlotte was on and so forth. This entire chain of events, it's gonna start happening this afternoon. But... we can change that. I studied relativistic physics my entire life. One thing emerged over and overcan't change the past. Can't do it. Whatever happened, happened. Alright? But then I finally realized... I had been spending so much time focused on the constants, I forgot about the variables. Do you know what the variables in these equations are, Jack?”
Nope, Doctor Jack doesn’t know. 
Dan-”Us. We're the variables. People. We think. We reason. We make choices. We have free will. We can change our destiny. I think I can negate that energy under the Swan. I think I can destroy it. If I can, then that hatch will never be built, and your plane... your plane will land, just like it's supposed to, in Los Angeles.” 
Kate asks how he plans on destroying this energy
Dan proclaims he’s gonna detonate a Hydrogen Bomb. {Yeah, cause that’s better.}

Night at the Marina Medical Center Long Beach… {Over the P.A.-Satellite Pharmacy} Penny is surprised Hawking’s son is Daniel Faraday; the man who sent Desmond to Los Angeles to find her. Eloise with tears in her eyes came to apologize to Penelope. “Your husband has become a casualty in a conflict that’s bigger than him, that’s bigger than any of us.” 
She doesn’t know if Desmond will be okay because for the first time in a long timeI don’t know what’s going to happen next.” 
A nurse comes in for Ms. Hume to tell her Desmond is in the recovery room and asking for her. He’s doing fine. “Come with me. This nurse will watch your son.” 
Eloise hurries out.
Penny enters Desmond’s room. Penny shares she thought she lost him.
Desmond-“I promised you, Penny. I promised you. I’d never leave you again.” They kiss.

Eloise is about to get in a cab and hears… Charles asks, “Is he all right?” 

She tells him yes, he’s fine. This pleases Charles. Eloise with an attitude tells him his daughter’s in there, why don’t he go in and say hello. Charles explains unfortunately his relationship with Penelope is one of the things he had to sacrifice. Eloise doesn’t him to talk to her about sacrifice, “I had to send my son back to the island knowing full well that...”  Charles cuts her off, “He’s my son too, Eloise.” 
She slaps his face and gets in a cab.

On their trek Kate feels this is a mistake. Dan’s talking about erasing everything that’s ever happened to us, Jack. It’s insane.” 

Jack-”We disappeared off a plane in mid air and ended up in 1977. I’m getting kinda used to insane.”
We hear a man in the camp say “Well, That should be enough.” 
Dan checks out the Hostiles village and says, “Wish me luck.” 
He heads in with his gun. A Hostile reaches for his gun and Dan fires two shots. Nobody move, he only wants to speak to Eloise. He asks where she is. 
Richard appears and says, “She’s not here right now. Do we know each other?” 
Dan-”It doesn’t matter. I need you to take me to Eloise.” 
Richard insists she’s not there
Dan asks where is the Hydrogen bomb that he told them to bury. {Where’s Eloise? Where’s the bomb?
Richard tries to calm Dan down, “Don’t do this.” 
Dan- “I’m gonna give you three seconds. One…Two…” 
A shot is fired! {Watch Richard} Dan is hit
Richard freaks, “Why did you do that?” 
Eloise- “He had a gun on him.” 
Richard- “He wasn’t gonna shoot me, Eloise.” 
Dan gasping looking at Eloise, “You knew. You always knew. You knew this was gonna happen. You sent me here anyway.”
Eloise -”Who are you?
Dan- “I’m your son.”

The Variable is a GREAT EPISODE!!! Who is the variable? Dan, Eloise, Juliet, Jack, Desmond? Who?!  The "parental units" of these Losties are totally DISCONNECTED!  They aren't there to nurture.  The parents have a "job" to keep the kids on a certain predetermined path. That's NOT parenting, that’s coaching and guiding.
Are some of these parents biologically related or are they just a proxy, a substitute?

Things to Note...Questions to ask...
* Sleep. Dream.
* Emotional disconnects. Parental Disconnect. Metronome Disconnect.
* Who are biological parents to these kids?
* Are these kids bred/created for a specific purpose? What about the "parents"? Are they a hybrid of some sort? {Yeah, human and alien. Bot. lol}  Perfect people…Super Hero’s… Soldiers….What??? Seems they're just lost people, people who feel like they don’t belong and can’t find their way.
* Mad scientists. Journal of researched notes, script, play book or a strategy guide?
* Doctors, medics, paramedics. Mental health. Mind. Crazy. Drugs. Memory. Amnesia. Forget. Condition.
* Dan-No tie. No mental/memory issues for him on the island in the 1970’s.

* Dan is a "Doctor".   Jack is a "Doctor".
* The age difference of Eloise as a Hostile Other and her Math/Science rearing self, isn’t too far apart. So, when did she leave the “Island” and when was Dan born?
* Watching. Guiding. Rearing. Coaching. Making sure things are put into play and kept on the path.
* Just as Desmond tried to "change" things in his flashes he still ended up on the island. We'll have to see if Dan's sacrifice was able to change anything. Actually up to this point Eloise shooting him was part of the plan.
* WIRED. Are they wired? Are their heads/brains wired to something? Maybe are they "high".
* Code. Crash. Variable. Yahoo. Sounds like computers.

* Linage. Siblings. DNA. Breeding. (With whom/what?)
* Super Powers.
* Music and mathematics are strongly intertwined. Dan could not "connect" with the metronome, but with Sun she was outright out of tempo with it.
* Dan went back to the “outside world” and it was the 70’s?
* Ellie and Libby are names derived from Elizabeth.
* Why doesn't Faraday have a British accent? Why is his last name Faraday
* Everyone is still lying and playing games.
* Hints to Hindu and Buddhism. Enlightenment.
* I heard grown Charlotte's voice.

* We only get the Thirty Years Earlier time cue once in this episode.
* Is Dan's "gift" his brilliant mind or just the journal?

Vocabulary and Research...
* A bay is an area of water bordered by land on three sides. Bays generally have calmer waters than the surrounding sea, due to the surrounding land blocking some waves and often reducing winds.
* Sick bay, nautical term for the location in a ship that is used for medical purposes.
* Music is an art form whose medium is sound organized in time. Common elements of music are pitch (which govern melody and harmony), rhythm (and its associated concepts temp, meter and articulation), dynamics, and the sonic qualities of timbre and texture. The word derives from Greek, "(art) of the Muses.”    12 Notes in the Chromatic Scale, each a half step apart. Timbre/time-beats per measure/bars.
* Ganesha is widely revered as the Remover of Obstacles.
* A variable is a symbol that stands for a value that may vary; the term usually occurs in opposition to constant, which is a symbol for a non-varying value, i.e. completely fixed or fixed in the context of use. The concepts of constants and variables are fundamental to all modern mathematics, science, engineering, and computer programming.
- To vary. -to change with time.
- Not to remain constant.
-In statistics, variables refer to measurable attributes, as these typically vary over time or between individuals. Variables can be discrete (taking values from a finite or countable set),continuous (having a continuous distribution function), or neither. Temperature is a continuous variable, while the number of legs of an animal is a discrete variable. This concept of a variable is widely used in the natural, medical and social sciences. There is also a Dummy variable.
-Quasi-independent variables, which are used by researchers to group things without affecting the variable itself. Example- to separate people into groups by their sex does not change whether they are male of female. Or a researcher may separate people, arbitrarily, on the amount of coffee they had drunk before beginning an experiment. The researcher cannot change the past, but can use it to split people into groups.

* Anterograde amnesia- is a loss of memory of what happens after the event that caused the amnesia; it is different from retrograde amnesia, where memories prior to the event are forgotten. The disease is usually acquired in one of two ways: it is either drug-induced (benzodiazepines such as midazolam, flunitrazepam, diazepam, triazolam and nimetazepam are known to have powerful amnesic effects), or it follows a traumatic brain injury in which there is usually damage to the hippocampus or surrounding cortices. Patients who suffer from anterograde amnesic syndromes may present with widely varying degrees of forgetfulness. In the case that the amnesia is drug-induced, it may be short-lived and patients can recover from it.
* Sacrifice is also used metaphorically to describe a number of plays in games. 

* Sacrifice in Baseball- Sacrifice fly.


I have to say there are way too many instances of us seeing someone having NO I.D./Identity; Blank Slates.  Are these lost, ill, lonely, hurt, scared, abandoned, neglected, needing to be rehabilitated, special people made new on this “Island”?
Are they "time traveling" or are they in a different dimension, another "plane", another world?
They could be in a "Cyber World", whether it's for the purpose of healing someone or a game being played by rich men watching from the “Looking Glass”.   

If the “game” element is part of the story then again I feel that either whomever is getting to close to the truth, finds what they're looking for, getting to close to whomever is in the lead {to unseat} or in charge, or is the games sacrificial move, then are they just removed from the playing field or game board.
If they are in some sort of Cyber environment having these experiences played out in their minds/consciousness, I am brought to Ajira Airways {Which means Island.} Go to and tell me what you see.   Maybe Ajira is sending lost people on the ride of their lives. The adventure they need to find themselves. I'm just throwing it out there.

Faraday, his gift and his memory or lack there of... Is his condition due to his experiments or was he born this way? Perhaps he is afflicted with Savant syndrome or is a prodigious savant.
That brings me to the “all knowing”  Richard. How come he never immediately admits to remembering people he's met via "time traveling" back and forth?

So I need to ask, was the "Island" done with Faraday? Or was he a sacrifice in the game?
Is someone the "Bug" in the system?!

And...can you "erase" the past? I think you know the answer to that. But a computer can erase information and data.
Well, if the Island heals what ails ya, put me on a plane and let me experience it too. After all we are part of the experiment. Aren't we all part of the virtual aspect of this experience?

If you'd like to see if there are ties to The Constant,  or go to the drop down menu and check out my posted notes.
Special thanks to The ODI for the Wired image.

Love to all who are “LOST” ™

Disclaimer: I never claim to know everything about the show and my thoughts by no means make me right.The things I share here are my views and/or opinions. I don't claim to catch every single detail either. You all know I hate spoilers and I stand clear of reading certain sites as to not take me off my own course of research. The one thing I don't need to do here is rehash all of the obvious clues from an episode; we all know what they are. Understood? Let the fun begin!I'll only note things that I know come up as clues later, but need to be noted when they first show up and things I find that will be of importance.


  1. Grown Dan plays they piano. He still can’t get through the song. He seems to get stuck and this frustrates and disappoints him.

    .. Watch on his left wrist indicates 15:32:08

  2. Couple of questions..
    Why would Dan not remember that his mother was coming over or that Widmore staged the wreck? But, he can remember the research grant and job offer?
    Why did Dan ask for a gun for a beginner? He didn't seem that uncomfortable with it. That terminology just seemed strange.


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