May 082010
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Items in bold were added to old notes after watching the latest season.

Season 1
– How did the plane crash?
   * Possible answer: the magnet in the hatch
   * As of S3, it seems as though the magnet in the hatch did indeed crash the plane.

– What’s the monster(s?) in the jungle? Must be able to get up high to yank the pilot out of the cockpit. Why did it kill the pilot? Why didn’t it kill Locke and why did it wait to kill Eko? And while we’re on the monster (the “security system” according to Rousseau), what did Locke and Eko see? It looked like images when Eko saw it, images catering to him specifically perhaps. Locke said it was “the eye of the island” and that “it was beautiful”. Juliet also seemed to get a look at it and was bathed in white light. Since the end of S1, gears are audible when the monster is attacking someone. The monster seems to have a sentience of some sort, as well as the ability to make decisions – it was fine with Eko at first, then turned on him.

– What’s with the repeated appearance of white and black (or light and dark)? Often in conjunction with Locke.

– The polar bear. Just … the polar bear, wtf. Is there a connection between the polar bear they killed and the one in Walt’s (later revealed to be Hurley’s) comic?
   * The polar bears appear to have been in the cage on the “other” island, with the zoo and aquarium.
   * If they are from the zoo, why were they brought to the island at all and how did they get free?

– Where did the bodies that were laid out in the caves come from? (They had two stones on them, one black and one white.)

– Is there significance in the books that we’ve seen on the island?
   Watership Down by Richard Adams
   A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
   The Third Policeman by Flann O’Brien
   “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce
   “Bad Twin” by ??? (manuscript found in one of the luggage bags)
   The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
   Lancelot by Walker Percy
   Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
   Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
   The Stand by Stephen King
   Of Mike and Men by John Steinbeck
   A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
   Laughter in the Dark by Vladimir Nabokov
   The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
   Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

– Rousseau said that “they” control the distress signal now. If we are to assume that “they” is The Others, then why are they bothering to continue transmitting Rousseau’s distress call?
   * The Lostaways made it to the radio tower broadcasting the signal completely unopposed. If anyone was controlling it before, they seem to have stopped. If so, why? And why not stop the signal before abandoning the tower?

– The sickness. It infected Rousseau’s shipmates, Desmond continued to vaccinate himself against it, Ethan wanted to make sure Clarie’s baby received regular injections, and fresh vaccine was dropped on the island. So far it seems that everyone who may know anything about what’s really going on has knowledge of this “sickness” but we’ve yet to see any sign of it (so far as we know) or get even the slighted bit of information about what it is, what its symptoms are, etc. There was no mention of the sickness at all in S3.

– What’s with the whispering in the jungle? It seems quite real, everyone hears it when they’re around. Does it always say the same thing or does it say something different and specific to each person? The whispering often preceeds the appearances of a vision person, but not necessarily.

– The psychic was adamant: Clarie’s goodness must be an influence in the development of the child. She must raise it. “The baby needs your protection.” The psychic (via Eko’s flashback) later said he had no powers at all so if that was true, why harass Claire? Why was it so important she be on the plane? Why were The Others so interested in the baby? Why do they no longer seem to be interested in it at all?
   * It seems The Others were interested in Claire for research purposes regarding their reproduction problems, but there’s no explanation for why they lost interest once she escaped. Surely the research would still be useful?

– The numbers. Season 2 obviously brought a big link for the numbers, and we have a sort of explanation about how they “got out” with the guy in the psyche ward having listened to a broadcast of them (presumably from the island, but whatever the origin, who was broadcasting them and why?) But what about the “bad luck” of using the numbers? Hurley was told that he “opened the box” and that he “has to get away or it won’t stop”. Not only that but there were repeated “coincidences” with the numbers surrounding Hurley. In S2 the numbers became so commonplace that it’s like they’ve lost their “power”, but the show went to great lengths to convince us in S1 that they did in fact have a great deal of power. I mean, a soccer team lining up in the exact numbers sequence? Just one of a dozen “coincidences” in like a three minute sequence. C’mon.
   * There were no instances of the numbers at all in S3 (save for in Hurley’s flashback with the crazy guy repeating them); Hurley does not currently seem to be bothered by thoughts of the numbers at all.

– How did the “Black Rock” ship get so far inland? Does it have any further significance?

Season Two

– Freaky dripping Walt. It seems utterly unlikely that he was there, so why was Shannon seeing him? How did Sayid see him too? Charlie mentioned him as well – did other Lostaways also see a vision of Walt? How is a vision being shared? In S3, Locke also saw Walt (although not dripping this time), who told him to get up after Locke was shot by Ben, that he still had work to do.

– What’s up with the Dharma-branded shark? Is it a real shark or robot or something? Is it there to keep people away from the island or keep them from leaving it?
   * The second island of The Others had an aquarium. Although not said, it seems likely that the shark may have originated there, although Dharma appears to have been removed by that point so there’s the question of how it became branded, as well as the questions of why it was there and how it got out.

– Since it was revealed that the car crash after Locke’s kidney theft wasn’t what caused his paralysis, what did? Was it physical (in which case, how could “the island” cure it) or mental? (Which might explain why he began to lose the use of his legs again in S1.)
   * ANSWERED: Locke’s father pushed him out of an 8th story window.

– What are the other hatches? Are they all on the island? Do they all have separate functions courtesy of Dharma? There are six plus the question mark per the map on the blast door, but only six including the question mark in terms of orientation films. Does one bunker not need an orientation? Is it the medical one?
   * #?: The Arrow. The bunker the Tailies found. Nothing much inside but a radio, a glass eye(??) and a Bible which it was later revealed contained a removed portion from the training film for The Swan.
   * #?: The Caduceus. The medical bay where Claire was kept.
   * #?: The Flame. Used for outside communication. Blown up by Locke in S3.
   * #?: The Looking Glass. Underwater. Used to jam signals and keep the satellite phone from working (but not other communications? The Flame seemed to only stop working when The Swan imploded). Ben told The Others that it had been flooded. Charlie turned off the jamming signal in S3 before the room was flooded and he died. Status of rest of station unknown.
   * #3 (of 6 per film): The Swan. “Our” hatch, with the button. Imploded at end of S2.
   * #5 (of 6 per film): The Pearl. Observation. Record everything in the other hatches, however minor. Filled notebooks that go to nowhere and are read by no one.

– What happened to Cindy (from the tail section). She just disappeared. Was she killed? Taken? Why her?
   * ANSWERED (sorta): She is with The Others. No indication yet of how or why she was abducted.

– Who are The Others? Really?
   * They have very old weapons (20 year old army knife, ancient looking guns)
   * They reacted with unnatural speed to the plane crash, inserting a mole into the tail group almost immediately.
   * They had a list of names of the Tail passengers and knew who they wanted to take, who was “good”, very quickly.
   * Being “good” is a repeated theme with them. They think on themselves as “the good guys” and they take “good” people. But they aren’t above doing “bad” which we’ve seen: They shot Sawyer and killed Nathan. Does “good” maybe refer to reproductive potential rather than something moral?
   * Fake beards and potential costumes. Trying to look more fearsome and savage than they are? With the Dharma-brand theatrical glue, are The Others (“The Hostiles” per the army guy with Desmond) part of this “experiment” or whatever is going on? Are they planned or rogue?
   * Who do they take orders from/who’s in charge? He’s brilliant but seemingly wrathful. (“Henry” confirmed it was not the Gordon’s fisherman.) Later reveals indicate that Ben was speaking of Jacob, but that Ben himself is functionally in charge.
   * They seem to predate Dharma significantly. The “indigenous” people of the island?
   * They have an active presence in “the outside world”. Was that always the case or did they commandeer Dharma resources?

– Kate’s horse. Doesn’t seem to have been a vision since Sawyer saw it too (but then, Sayid saw Freaky Dripping Walt). If it’s real does that mean there are wild horses on the island? Why haven’t we seen more of them?
   * We’ve seen one other horse, but not the black one, and we haven’t seen the black one again since Kate’s episode.

– Who was Michael talking to on the computer? Walt seems very unlikely. Where’s the other computer?

– Is Sun’s baby Jin’s or someone else’s? If Jin’s then was it “island magic” or just a lack of stress or diet change or something “real” that corrected the problem?
   * ANSWER: Given the revealed date of conception, Jin is indeed the father. No reason given for how this happened.

– What caused the hatch to freak out with the countdown and blast doors and all? Was it the supply delivery? And how did the supplies get dropped on the island with nobody hearing a plane?

– Who was the real Henry Gale? Was his crash on the island an accident? Did The Others kill him? Did they bury him?

– Why was Libby in the mental hospital?

– Did Rose’s cancer really go away? If so how did that happen? Can’t think of any “real” way this might have occurred, either that she’s mistaken or it’s “island magic”.
   * Multiple instances of dramatic healing on the island, no rational explanation yet given.

– Did “Henry” intentionally manipulate Locke into not pushing the button? Why did the lack of button-pushing have to be Locke’s doing? The same effect could’ve been achieved by “Henry” simply walking away when Locke was trapped. Instead it seems he did in fact push the button, so he lied with a very specific intent in mind.

– Who is Jack’s dad’s daughter/Jack’s (half?) sister?
   * ANSWER: Claire

– Eko’s dreams and visions seem to be particularly potent. He sees that Ana’s dead before he learns about it, he’s told to help Locke who has “lost his way”, he knows about the question mark that only Locke saw, he’s being led to important places on the island … How is it that Eko is having so many very accurate visions?

– There are more monitors than there are bunkers (a total of 7, if the map is correct) or orientation films (a total of 6, per the title cards). There are 9 monitors in The Pearl, with “our” hatch being on monitor #7, but being orientation film #3. So what are the other monitors monitoring?
   * One of the monitors was for The Flame and showed Mikhail before he turned off the camera.

– If Alex was raised by The Others from a baby, why is she so different from them?

– Why did The Others want Jack, Kate, Sawyer and Hurley? Why did they let Hurley go? Was he just to be a messenger the whole time or did they change their mind?

– Walt. Just anything about Walt. Why did his stepdad get the creeps from him? He made it sound like things happen around the kid (like the bird flying into the window and breaking its neck in S1). The Others wanted Walt bad, but then seemed like they got more than the bargained for. What were the tests they kept giving him? Why did The Others want a blood sample from Michael? “Did Walt ever appear in a place he wasn’t supposed to be?” Like maybe a Freaky Dripping version of Walt? (Suddenly having a thought about the “Bad Twin” manuscript?) There is definitely something up with this kid.

– Why couldn’t Desmond sail away from the island?

– What was Desmond dishonourably discharged for? Not following orders but which orders and why didn’t he follow them?

– What happened to Libby’s husband?

– What is that four-toed giant foot statue? Absolutely no mention of it at all in Season 3.

– Why did army guy’s previous partner edit The Swan orientation video? Why did he then hide that part of the film in the Bible in the Arrow bunker? How did the previous partner know about the other bunkers to start the blast door map? What did he learn that made his ultimate solution suicide?

– What happened when Desmond turned the key in the hatch? The army guy said that it made it all “go away”. Explosion then? But the island is clearly still there.
   * It seems to have imploded, but nothing more specific than that has been explained.

– Why did The Others just agree to let Walt go after all that?

– What do they want with Jack, Kate and Sawyer?
   * Jack: To operate on Ben and remove his tumour.
   * Kate and Sawyer: Still unknown.

– How did Desmond’s fiance know to be looking for giant electromagnetic anomalies to find him? Was she really trying to find him or was it Yet Another Coincidence?

Season 3
– Juliet specifically mentioned getting a sample from Kate when she was infiltrating the Lostaways to check to see if the women were pregnant. However when Kate first woke up it looked as if she’d already had blood drawn. Were she and Sawyer captured with the specific plan that they’d have sex and Kate would become pregnant? Is that why they were taken?

– “The next two weeks are going to be very unpleasant.” What was the plan The Others had for Kate after those two weeks? Did they intend for her to escape?

– How did Locke, Eko and Desmond survive the hatch implosion? How did Desmond lose his clothes? I get that it’s all symbolic and everything, a rebirth or some shit, but there still needs to be a reason why he emerged from ground zero of the blast completely uninjured and completely naked but still with his picture at hand.

– Why was there a zoo and an aquarium on the island? If the origin of the animals is that they escaped – how?

– What are the origins of the toy dumpster truck and the Dharma-clothed skeletal bodies in the polar bear cave?

– How and why did Desmond get the ability to see the future? Is he really seeing the future? He’s pretty bloody accurate, so if not, what’s going on with him?

– Why did Eko see the smoke monster as darkness while Locke saw bright light? Why did the monster decide to kill Eko?

– Ben clearly abducted Alex from Rousseau. What led to him adopting her? What did he tell her about her origins?

– Why were The Others trying to brainwash Carl? Have they brainwashed anybody else? Did they create that facilities to brainwash or was that a leftover from Dharma?

– Why did The Others “mark” Juliet? What was the purpose? What did the symbol mean?

– How was Mikhail recruited by The Others? What specialty did he bring? Ben said he was a “loyalist”, and that loyalty seemed to be to “the island”. What happened to inspire such devotion in him?

– Who built the fence around the Dharma compound? Was it designed to keep out wildlife, The “Hostiles”, the smoke monster, or something else entirely? All of the above?

– Will anything come of Claire’s note on the bird?

– Who was the blonde women in the painting on Ben’s wall? His mother? His childhood friend (turned wife?)

-Any significance in the recurring bottle of expensive whiskey, or just another “coincidence”?

– Was there a purpose to seeing Nikki and Paolo be buried alive? Will the Lostaways ever learn they did that?

– Why are The Others fixated on Locke? They seem to be reacting as though he’s a messiah figure of sorts. There are things he’s expected to do also, so is there a prophecy involved?

– Is the island in fact turning on Ben? Why was his healing stunted until he left South Otherington? Is it the same reason why Locke began to lose the ability to walk in S1?

– The implant The Others put in Claire: They triggered something to make her sick in time for Juliet to get there and cure her, but does it serve another purpose? What exactly does it do? It’s a little farfetched to think they planned ahead for Juliet to infiltrate the camp all the way back in S1.

– Was there a reason why they prominently focused on the picture on the monk’s desk in Desmond’s flashback?

– Why is Ben so adamant that nobody leave the island? Not the Lostaways, not his own people. “Because I can’t” is all he says in response to why he won’t let them leave.

– Flight 815 found in the outside world, with bodies and all. We know that can’t be true, so what was really found? Who set up a fake crash site and why? Were the bodies real, and if so, who were they?

– What was Dharma’s purpose on the island? What happened between them and “The Hostiles”? What was “the incident” that precipitated the need for the button in The Swan? Did it happen before or after Ben arrived?

– What happened to Ben’s childhood friend? With him still having those dolls she made for him, she is clearly still special to him.

– What’s the story behind the Dark Knight guy? He was on the island before Ben (a native?), but doesn’t seem to have aged at all despite Ben growing up and now looking far older. He recruited Juliet and nudged Locke toward a solution that The Others would accept regarding killing his father. It seems he wants Locke to be part of their group, maybe he’s ousting Ben? Their use of him has been relatively subtle thus far, but he seems to be far more important than originally indicated.

– Jacob. Who is he? The only person Ben seems to fear. Jacob only talks to Ben, something Ben seems murderously protective of. Lives in a shack deep in the jungle. Feels the same way about technology as Locke (meaning doesn’t care for it?) Seemed at first to be imaginary but then shit started flying and we saw him for a split second. Only thing we’ve heard him say is “Help me”.
   * One of The Others says that Jacob had “a list” and that Jack wasn’t on it. Another said that Kate and Sayid also weren’t on it, but indicated that Locke might be.

– Why did Ben lie to the rest of his people about the Looking Glass flooding? Why did he say that the two girls were “on assignment in Canada”? What are The Others doing that having people “on assignment in Canada” is a perfectly reasonable explanation for their whereabouts?

– What was in the newspaper that (future?)Jack saw and got so upset about?

– What is this temple that Ben is taking The Others to?

– Are the reproductive problems on the island limited to humans?
   * The baby piglets seen in S1 seem to indicate yes.

– Who’s in the casket that (future?)Jack visits?

– Who is the girl from the parachute really? How did she get Desmond’s picture? What’s on the boat 80 miles west of the island? Are they planning to wipe out all life on the island like Ben claims? They don’t seem to be connected with Penny or any actual rescue efforts. Who are they? How do they know about the island?

– What’s on the other tapes in the radio tower?

– What’s up with the “flashback” with bearded I-want-to-crash-again Jack and Kate?

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