'Lost': What's In Lindelof's Five?


I planned this column to be the swan song for the year, but then two things happened. 1. I got sad. 2. It got to be very, very long. So I came up with a solution: a two-part goodbye! This way, I can delay the parting-is-such-sweet-sorrow stuff, but also be my usual overly verbose self. Today: Excerpts from my journal of Lost theories — all the Big Ideas I never got around to developing properly this season. On FRIDAY: Finale reaction! Reader mail! Winners of my ''Why was Sawyer barefoot?'' candy-bar contest! But first...

Remember in the season finale of Heroes how Molly the Human Hero Tracking System said there was one super-powered person she couldn't locate — a seemingly sinister entity that looks back at her in her mind when she psychically searches for him? Spooky, huh? Clearly, Heroes was laying the foundation for its Big Bad Guy of season two. And clearly, it can only be one person:



A possible ''real science'' explanation of Lost

Guest commentary by J. Wood, author of the great new book Living Lost and writer of one of the best Lost blogs out there, housed at powells.com. J. recently sent me an email with this take on the Island. Given that his theory addresses Desmond's visions of Charlie's death and Naomi's claim that the Oceanic 815 passengers were all found dead — storylines which may be coming to a head tonight — I thought this would be a good time share Mr. Wood's theory with you:

''I'm under the opinion that each time Des saves Charlie, he's changed not only the future, but the present and past as well.

''It's like this: The island sits on an interesting geologically unique electromagnetic crux, and I [look] into the possible importance of that in my book. For some time, Brookhaven National Labs has been doing some experiments to prove the idea that there are more dimensions to space than we know, and those experiments require massive amounts of electromagnetic energy. The short version is that it has to do with Minkowski space — that's the three-dimensional Euclidian space we know + time as a fourth dimension. A physicist named Minkowski realized that by considering time as a component of space, Einstein's special theory of relativity worked out just fine (and Einstein explained his theory through the twin paradox). The Brookhaven experiments may be confirming that there are multiple dimensions that we're existing within, and these experiments were going before Lost ever began.

''If time is part of space, our conception of time is way off; time doesn't move so much like an arrow, rather all time is occurring at once. We just don't experience it like that, just like we don't experience all space at once, but only experience our immediate space. Besides, if we experienced all time at once, that'd really twist our heads.

''So if we're dealing with Minkowski space and all time is occurring at once, then there is only a present, no past and future. Furthermore, with enough electromagnetic energy, you can play on the boundaries between these dimensions. It seems we have the geologically unique electromagnetic energy, and Des is tripping along the dimensional boundary of time that the electromagnetic implosion has exposed. So perhaps when Des saves Charlie, he's not just changing the future (as it were), but also the past and the present. If that's the case, one of those acts of heroism may have altered history, and Flight 815 was found with everyone dead. Only the island is immune from these fluctuations, again because of its geologically unique electromagnetism.

''I hope that makes a little bit of sense.''

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