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Jorge Garcia's New 'Lost' Podcast Just Melted My Brain

by Mike Moody, posted Feb 8th 2010 8:02PM
Geronimo Jack's BeardJorge Garcia, the dude who plays Hurley on 'Lost', has launched a new weekly podcast about the show's final season, lovingly titled "Geronimo Jack's Beard."

You can download the first episode now, which features Jorge and co-host Beth Shady discussing the script for last week's premiere 'LA X Parts 1 & 2'. It's a fun listen, but don't expect to hear any plot spoilers from Jorge, who clearly states that he's "not the answer guy."

While listening to "GJB," I honestly wasn't expecting to get any definitive answers to the four million questions I have about the premiere. (I doubt Jorge could get away with sneaking spoilers into the recording.) Still, I was hoping to get a few clues about the strange new "flash sideways" storyline.

But the podcast left me even more confused about the premiere than I was before.

Jorge and Shady posited a theory that just about melted my brain: What if the flash sideways are actually the new flashbacks?

Basically, they wondered out loud about whether or not all of the new sideways stuff existed in the same timeline/universe as all of the island stuff in the premiere.

To put it another way ... are the scenes aboard the plane (and in the airport) part of the same timeline as the scenes that are taking place on the island?

Until I heard the podcast, I was watching under the assumption that the Island Folks and the Sideways Folks existed in two different parallel universes/time streams. I never considered the idea that, say, Island Jack and Sideways Jack are the same person with the same history.

Could this be possible? Are the flash sideways really the new flashbacks? If so, how did everyone end up on the island again? And why isn't the island still under water? And what about everything that happened before the bomb went off? Have those events been erased?

The theory sounds pretty far-fetched, but it also seems to makes sense once you stop to think about it. How else would you explain the new sideways world and how it relates to what we're seeing unfold on the island?

[Watch clips and full episodes of 'Lost' over at SlashControl.]

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Jim D

I'd guess (and, indeed, am doing so) that they're getting all quantum physics on our collective asses and that the two 'timelines' are actually one timeline with two seperate series of events superimposed on one another.

This means that both are happening pseudo-simultaneously - that is, simultaneously relative to the detonation of the bomb but three years apart to the casual observer. However, both series of events affect one another.

Example of this theory - Jack offers to try and fix Locke's spine. I'd guess that he succeeds - and that's why Locke is able to walk on the Island, he was 'fixed' in a superimposed surgery.

February 09 2010 at 5:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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February 11 2010 at 11:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

yep thats how the black rock gets to the middle of the island

February 09 2010 at 3:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The biggest hole in that theory is if the flashbacks are the same timeline, why is Juliet found underneath where the hatch is? Juliet told Sawyer that she hit the bomb, so obviously the bomb did exist in the timeline. Similarly, Juliet's "it worked" doesn't make much sense if on island sawyer's back story is the same as the flash-sideways.

February 08 2010 at 9:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Here is a basic rundown of some of the theories out there:

-The new flashes are an alternate universe created at some point by the losties (jughead or something else). The Alternate losties will begin dieing in similar ways to the original timeline. As some people have pointed out, Jack seems to notice something is different, and had blood on his neck. People believe the different timelines are going to start bleeding into each other, and soon will merge.

-Another theory is that the new flashes are actually what happens at the end of this season. At the end, jack does something that ACTUALLY resets the timeline, and he finds himself on the plane line on LAX. The continuation of these flashes are what would have happened if it landed.

-And finally, some people believe its a combination, that the flashes are an alternate, but being used to show them what it would be like if they didnt crash, that they would still be depressed, and that they had bigger things meant for them.

Theres tons more theories out there. Check out theoriesonlost.blogspot.com

February 08 2010 at 9:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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on the airplane in LA X* :(

February 08 2010 at 9:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hrmm. When Sun and Lapidus went to the Dharma village last season ... the houses were all destroyed ... did they look like they could have been under water at some point?

February 08 2010 at 9:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought the same thing too. It's probably all a new alternate reality that will eventually collide with the old one, and the new events will mirror everything from the old reality, but be slightly less depressing!

February 08 2010 at 8:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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