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Producers comment on Lost theories

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Apr 24th 2008 5:23PM
LostSince Lost premiered about 4 years ago, fans have been active in coming up with theories (include the now-famous time loop theory) to explain the mysteries of the show. From the start, producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse have debunked a few of the most popular theories (e.g., they are in purgatory) and hinted that others may be legit.

To help fans discuss theories and propose their own, USA Today's website devotes a section to fans' Lost theories. With these theories in hand, USA Today turned to Darlton (that's the common nickname for Damon and Carlton) to see if any could be accurate.

Below are summaries of two of the theories presented on the site and what Darlton had to say.

The diabolical experiment. Matthew Abbadon gains control of Aaron once he's off the island. Aaron eventually works in an Area-52-type of military laboratory. A powerful experiment goes awry and Aaron is trapped in another dimension, eternally unstuck from space-time. This "trapped between times" Aaron is known as Jacob and everything that happens on the show is Aaron's effort to alter the flow of events. Darlton love this theory because it's time-travel related and claims that Aaron is Jacob. This is similar to when people thought that Michael was in fact the grown-up version of Walt. Damon says that they are not dealing in paradox on the show and try to limit themselves. Carlton says that this theory is on the right track space-time wise but some of the specifics of it are not quite right.

Dharma chameleon.
Ms. Hawking was a former Swan worker and developed the same ability Desmond has. She accidentaly got this ability during the original incident. She survived by finding her constant - Brother Campbell - and left the island. After leaving the island, her visions developed, and she has seen what needs to take place in order for Dharma to regain control of the island. Her visions include a complicated pattern of people that are required to be on the island in order for a set series of events to occur for Dharma to return to the island. With the help of others, including Christian Shephard, Richard Malkin, Nadia and Libby, the group ensures that specific people are on the plane in order for the series of events to occur. Desmond must reach the island to cause Flight 815 to crash; Locke must locate the hatch to keep Desmond alive. Desmond must influence Charlie to turn off the jamming device. Jack calls the freighter. Carlton says that this evolved theory has a lot of information that is pretty close to the mark. He adds that Darlton can't comment on it much because there's a lot of details in the theory that are pretty accurate. Supposedly, this theorist will feel superior when watching Season 5 but will have his spirits crushed when Season 6 proves the theory wrong.

I must say that the "Dharma chameleon" theory is quite interesting. It not only involves time travel and manipulation of space time, as Carlton mentions in his comments to it on the site, but it also involves many characters that are linked to some of the Oceanic 6. I can't wait to see how right (and wrong) this one turns out to be.

Which one do you prefer and why? Do you have your own theory? If so share below!

You can read more theories on the USA Today website.

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adolph00

Interesting how everyone is looking for one tidy ending or explanation. We'll find out soon enough. The point is what each character is going through in their journey of "what must happen"

June 24 2008 at 4:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
adolph00

has anyone other than me (maybe I've been up too late watching Lost) notice how much Ms Hawking ep308 looks like and eldery version of Isabel ep 309. Anyone ever look up who Isobel Hawking is? Am I working too hard?

June 24 2008 at 4:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
khamel

i like the theory where the show runners make this shit up as they go along. that seems to be the only thing that makes sense so far.

April 27 2008 at 8:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Phish

my brain literally hurts when thinking about all this. i like the 'time-loop' theory the best!

however, i think its just best to watch the show and go with the flow, otherwise you may end up believing some of these theories and get pretty disappointed when the show goes the other way....

April 24 2008 at 10:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rampage

The time loop theory is definitely the one that has captured my imagination and got me thinking, "damn, that could be it!"

I'd love to see the producers commenting on that one.

April 24 2008 at 10:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bash

I prefer watching the show and not make up stuff that in the end isn't what's "actually happened".

People who spend that much energy developing their own theories should write books. That would be time spent well not wasted.

April 24 2008 at 7:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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