Mythology of Lost
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The television show Lost includes a number of mysterious elements that have been ascribed to science fiction or supernatural phenomena, usually concerning coincidences, synchronicity, déjà vu, temporal and spatial anomalies, paradoxes, and other puzzling phenomena. The creators of the series refer to these as part of the mythology of the series.
The Island at the center of the show boasts a number of unusual features. It seems to "talk" to the characters according to Locke and Ben. It also seems that the Island has some form of consciousness and is able to directly intervene in on and off Island events. It is able to prevent both Michael and Jack from killing themselves once they each make it off the Island. And preventing Claire from signing adoption papers, before the crash.
It also seems to call people to it. Once he leaves the Island, Hurley believes he is being called back. While it directly called Locke to it multiple times during his childhood, with Locke later accusing the Island of killing Boone, in what he calls a/the "[sacrifice] the Island demanded".
Throughout its history, numerous people have tried to exploit the Island, due to its special properties. Ben and Locke claim to have defended it from those such intruders while not wanting "outsiders" of the Island knowing of its location or its special abilities. Charles Widmore has been desperately trying to find the Island for years, even going as far as sending a freighter. However, in a conversation between Ben and Widmore, Widmore claims that the Island was previously his, and that Ben stole it from him, and he will take it back one day. In season five, we see that the young Charles Widmore was in the island working with The Others.
The Island is many miles across, and it takes at least two days to go from one end to the other by foot. There are at least two mountain ranges on the Island, located on the east and west sides respectively, with other evidence that the Island once had an active volcano. Small streams are found throughout the Island, which is explainable by the large amount of rainfall seen throughout the series. Boars, frogs, chickens, horses, cows, and polar bears inhabit the Island. Offshore there is a smaller Island called "Hydra Island", which houses the zoology station, The Hydra. There are many ruins on the Island, with hieroglyphs on them, which seem to suggest that there was at one point an ancient civilization on the Island.
The Black Rock ship
A slave ship, which originally set sail from Portsmouth, UK, containing dynamite, is found inland on the Island. The Black Rock's former occupants and how it ended up in the middle of the island are unknown. Penelope's father, Charles Widmore, is seen bidding on "Lot 2342" to buy a journal once owned by Tovard Hanso, the log belonging to the same ship. In a past episode, it was mentioned that the eastern coasts of Africa were part of the African Slave Trade, and it was speculated the ship and its cargo was moving African slaves for mining work to parts unknown when it disappeared. On the Swan Station's blast door map, there is a revision confirming the 'find' of the Black Rock and Hanso's resting place.
A cabin that appears to be the home of Jacob, leader of the Others, is able to vanish and reappear at different places on the island. It was built by the Dharma Initiative mathematician Horace Goodspeed as a sort of retreat for himself from the Dharma Initiative. Goodspeed was carrying its blueprints in his pocket when he was killed in the Dharma Purge. It is sometimes surrounded by a mysterious black ash like powder, similar to what Benjamin Linus was wearing on him when he emerged from the ancient tunnel under his home in the Barracks. For reasons that are unknown, Christian Shephard and his daughter Claire Littleton, who was following her father to the cabin, were staying in the cabin instead of Jacob in a fourth season episode.
In "Live Together, Die Alone", while at sea, Sayid, Jin, and Sun sight the remnants of a massive statue standing upon a rock in the surf. All that is left is a large, four-toed marble foot broken off at the ankle. Sayid remarks that he does not know which is more disquieting: the fact that the rest of the statue is missing, or that the foot has only four toes. Many fans are also puzzled by the origins of the statue, and some have compared it to the Colossus of Rhodes. Further ruins are revealed in "The Brig" when the Others tie Locke's father to the broken base of a large, stone column. Though they look ancient, the age of these ruins has yet to be confirmed. Toward the end of Season 3, Ben tells Richard to continue leading the rest of the Others to 'the temple', and in "Meet Kevin Johnson", Ben sends Alex, Karl, and Rousseau to The Temple, suggesting that there is another set of ruins. It is possible that "The Temple" is simply the name of an unknown Dharma station. In addition, in "The Shape of Things to Come", after Ben's daughter is killed, Ben summons the smoke monster in a secret chamber hidden in his closet whose stone door contains hieroglyphics. In "There's No Place Like Home Pt 3", when Ben enters the Orchid Station, behind the official Dharma built station, is what appears to be some sort of ancient stone tombstones with unknown hieroglyphs on his way to the final room, where an ancient-built wheel rests that is used to move the island.
Health related properties
The Island has extraordinary healing properties. Locke was paralyzed from the waist down before he came to the Island, but regained the ability to walk shortly after the plane crash. Jin was previously infertile but has now impregnated his wife, Sun, which is only possible, because according to Juliet, males have 5 times their normal sperm count on the island; she also later states the problem with this, as women who conceive there die from an auto-immune condition that causes the woman's immune system to reject the fetus as a foreign invader. Rose had cancer, but does not seem to anymore. Wounds heal extremely quickly on the Island, and injuries normally considered lethal are capable of healing in a few days. However, disease and death can still occur on the island. For an unknown reason, Ben developed a spinal tumor – the first such incident recorded on the Island – although Juliet notes the coincidence that Jack, a spinal surgeon, arrived on the island two days after Ben's condition is diagnosed. Jack himself contracts appendicitis, which Rose observes is suspicious given that they expect their imminent rescue and the fact that she strongly believes that it is impossible to get sick on the Island. In addition, Boone, Shannon, Ana Lucia, Libby, Mr. Eko and Charlie, as well as many other less prominent characters (including members of the OTHERS) have died from sustaining lethal injuries.
Some castaways have expressed the belief that they have been miraculously healed since the crash. Prior to his arrival, Locke was paralyzed, but regained the use of his legs immediately after the crash. In Pilot, Part 2 he tells Walt that a miracle happened to him. Locke also makes a miraculously fast recovery in the episode Through the Looking Glass, after being shot and left for dead by Ben in the episode The Man Behind the Curtain.
Similarly, Rose had been dying of cancer before crashing on the island. After the crash, she feels as if the cancer has "left her body" and, in S.O.S., credits her cure to the island. Sun becomes pregnant, despite the fact that a doctor had previously (secretly) declared her husband Jin to be sterile. When, in The Whole Truth, she informs Jin of the true diagnosis, Jin declares that the conception is a miracle. In the episode D.O.C., Juliet reveals that men on the island have five times the normal sperm count, explaining why Jin was able to impregnate Sun.
Despite his apparent death when John Locke pushes him through the invisible security fence surrounding the Others' encampment in the episode "Par Avion," Mikhail Bakunin later returns and stops the internal bleeding of the helicopter pilot, Naomi. He claims she will be fine in about a day, much to Charlie's surprise. That being far less than the normal recovery time for such an injury, Mikhail states that "things work differently" on the island. In the episode, "The Man Behind the Curtain," Mikhail tells Ben that the fence had not, in fact, been set to a lethal level, seemingly explaining away his brush with death. However, in the Season 3 finale, "Through the Looking Glass," Mikhail is shot through the chest with a spear gun by Desmond and again seems to have been killed. Mikhail undergoes another miraculous recovery and swims out of the station where he then blows open a porthole, flooding the control room and killing Charlie.
The Others appear to operate on the assumption that cancer is impossible on the island, or at least within their own population ("One of Us"); Ben Linus appears deeply shocked when told he has a tumor on his spine.
The island does not appear to heal all people equally. Richard Alpert says in "The Brig" that Locke's spine healing itself is not a normal event, even by the island's standards; it is a sign of Locke being somehow "special". The effects of this specialness can extend to other people. After his spinal surgery, Ben is paralyzed for over a week, but regains the feeling in his legs immediately after coming into contact with Locke. He is able to walk (with the aid of a cane) only days afterward.
In "Because You Left", Locke gets shot in the leg by Ethan when he is flashed to the past. After Locke gets flashed to the present day, Richard briefly treats his wound and tells him "the island will do the rest".
According to Juliet and Ben, any human female who conceives on the island dies before the baby is born. Specifically, that the pregnancy goes well until about midway through the 2nd trimester, when complications arise. It was described that the mother's body rejects the fetus as a viral infection, resulting in both the mother and child's death. Juliet stated with 100% certainty that in her research, no one made it to their third trimester. Other species of placental mammals like the wild boars do not die during pregnancy. Several women have already given birth (Danielle, Claire), who had conceived before coming to the island. The Others had known about this for a long time and had enlisted the help of Juliet, a fertility researcher, to help find out why this happens. Because of this property of the island, it was believed that Sun was doomed to die within 6 months (based on statements by Juliet in "D.O.C."). However, in "Ji Yeon," Sun gives birth successfully off the island.
In the season 5 premiere episode, Dr Pierre Chang is at the Dharma Initiative Barracks facility in 1978. His wife is with him and his new born son is also featured. Whether his son was concieved on the island (and thus, the Other's fertility problems came after that) or concieved off the island has not been explained.
Rousseau claims to have killed her team because they had caught a mysterious disease, which necessitated their executions. She claims the Others were the carriers of disease. Rousseau was not clear whether it is a physical or mental disease, but asked Sayid to keep a close watch on his people when he left her camp in season 1. When Locke was being held captive by Desmond, Desmond also asked Locke if any of his people were sick or dying. When Desmond first came to the Island, Kelvin Inman also asked Desmond about his physical health and implied that he was out long enough to have been exposed to it. A mysterious vaccine is provided by DHARMA food drops. It was taken regularly by Kelvin and Desmond in the Swan Station, and administered to Claire's unborn child by Ethan after her kidnapping. During this encounter, Ethan confides in Claire that the Others "don't have enough vaccine", implying that they are not immune to this disease either.
In Cabin Fever episode, Captain Gault informs Martin Keamy that he may be suffering from some sort of dementia connected with the island, which may or may not be related to the Sickness that Rousseau described. In the season 4 episode the Constant, it was revealed that Minkowski and a freighter crewmember named 'Brandon' tried to sneak off the boat in the zodiac to get a closer look at the Island. As they approached, according to Minkowski, 'something happened' to Brandon, that caused them to turn back. Brandon would die of this attempt to approach the Island, and Minkowski suffered from the Time Travel paradox as a result.
One crewmember, Regina, confers on the radio with Faraday regarding the rocket payload experiment. At the time, she sounds mentally OK. By the time Sayid and Desmond have reached the freighter, Regina is suffering from some sort of mental psychosis, where she is pretending to be reading a book, even though it is held upside down and generally seen as 'mentally out of it'. Later, Regina is seen by Desmond and Sayid to have strapped chains all around her, climbs onto the guard rail and throws herself into the ocean, committing suicide. None of the crew attempts to help her, and Captain Gault claims "She is too far gone". How Regina (who did NOT go closer to the Island with Minkowski and Brandon) reached this mental state was never revealed.
As of the end of Season 4, none of the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 have shown any symptoms of any disease or infection, even after being in direct contact with the Others. Neither has Juliet, Faraday, Miles, Charlotte, or Lapidus.
Other physical properties
The Island cannot be found by any standard means of navigating. The only known way to intentionally get to the Island is to follow a sonar beacon, which is most likely attached to the Looking Glass station, or to follow a satellite or radio signal to the Island. Apart from the people recruited there (Ben and Juliet for example), most people find the Island without consciously intending to do so, as Desmond and Rousseau have both found out. Once one arrives on the Island, it is nearly impossible to leave it unless you know a specific bearing in which to leave it, as Desmond discovered once he tried to leave the Island in his newly repaired sailboat. Desmond claimed to have left on a bearing that should have had him in Fiji inside of 7 days, but instead he came upon the Island again. When he tried to leave again and again, he kept being returned to the island without being able to leave it, describing it as being in a "bloody snow globe". Michael and Walt did manage to leave the Island by boat, following a compass bearing of 325, and Ben has apparently been off the Island in the past as well. Daniel Faraday claims that the safest way to enter the Island is through a bearing of 305.
The Season 5 premier showed Daniel Faraday make a further amendment regarding how to enter or leave the Island. In the episode, Daniel claims that unless he knows exactly what the time is after the Island has shunted into time randomly, it is impossible to calculate a new bearing to leave the island. As the Island has continued to shift randomly after it was "moved", it has been impossible for him to create a new bearing heading. This revelation would explain why Michael Dawson left the Island on a bearing of 325 while Faraday (several months later) would have people leaving on a bearing of 305.
Aviation is apparently able to reach the Island in some way. As well as Flight 815, a number of other aircraft have been able to reach the island. In season 2's "Lockdown" episode, a pallet drop of supplies is dropped on the Swan Station, presumably by a C-130 or some sort of prop-type cargo plane, although the producers have dropped hints that the pallets may not come from above at all. Naomi was also able to reach the island via helicopter even with the Looking Glass jamming station still in use during her flight. Furthermore, the original Henry Gale was able to land his balloon on the island, and Eko's brother Yemmi and the plane he was on were both able to reach the island in some manner as well.
Entering or leaving the Island itself is said to be extremely dangerous, especially if one has been exposed to a high amount of radiation or electromagnetism. Doing so under these circumstances can lead to one's consciousness travelling through time, eventually leading to one's death unless a "constant" can be found between the present and the destination time period. Whatever barrier there is between the Island and the rest of the world distorts time and is difficult to get through, producing a great amount of turbulence for planes, boats, or even submarines. If you are not on the correct bearing, this can result in physical time travel, since Sayid, Desmond, and Lapidus went about a day in the future when they didn't go on the correct bearing. It appears that electronic signals and other non-living objects are also prone to do this, and they can travel either to the past or future.
In the game Lost: Via Domus the main character Elliott Maslow tries to leave the Island in a boat he found using a special compass Locke gave him. As the boat nears the Island's border, the Hatch implodes and the sky turns purple. As Elliott wakes up, he finds himself at the Flight 815 crash-site once again, apparently just after the crash. But Elliott hasn't landed in the same place as before, and his journalist partner Lisa Gelhorn is with him this time.
Ability to move
The Island is capable of moving through use of a station known as the Orchid. Doing this is apparently a last resort as it is highly dangerous and very unpredictable. It is moved by a large, frozen, eight-pronged wheel deep within the Island. If one uses the wheel to move the Island, that person is banished from the Island forever and cannot return (or so it is alleged by Ben). In the fourth season finale, Jack, Kate, Hurley, Lapidus, Sayid, Sun and Desmond witness the Island vanish in a blinding white flash, thanks to the efforts of Ben and Locke. After moving the Island, people who were within the effect radius (except the Others, but including Juliet and Locke) continue to experience time jumps. It is unconfirmed whether this is a result of just moving the island, or because the Oceanic Six had left.
Passage of time
Time on the island is moving separately from time in the "real world." In "The Economist", a missile is fired from a boat toward the island. According to Daniel Faraday's calculations, the missile does not reach the island when it should; it is 31 minutes, 18 seconds late. In "The Economist", the helicopter carrying Lapidus, Sayid, and Desmond leaves the Island late in the afternoon. Even though the flight for the Chopper only takes about 30 minutes, when it arrives at the freighter, it is now morning of the next day. In "The Constant", it was revealed that time moves at the same rate both on and off the island, but it is only during the traveling between the two that the difference occurs. Doc Ray's body washes ashore in "The Shape of Things to Come". Jack orders Daniel to ask the freighter, via radio, what happened to the doctor. The people on-board respond that the doctor is fine, and is on the freighter "right now". Two episodes later in "Cabin Fever", the doctor is murdered and thrown overboard.
An unusual form of naturally occurring electromagnetism is present on the island. While physical objects seem to be affected by the time passage, electromagnetism, such as radio waves are not affected. People are able to communicate directly to the outside world without a time lapse. Daniel Faraday also comments that the light appears to scatter differently on the island. The Dharma station named The Swan was built to study the unique form of electromagnetism found there. At the end of Live Together, Die Alone, when Desmond has used the fail-safe device in the Swan Station to destroy the station, at the same time, a monitoring station in the Antarctic monitors the electromagnetic event and reports it to their boss, Penelope Widmore.
The monster has been described by Lost producer Damon Lindelof as "one of the biggest secrets" of the mythology. It was introduced early on in the show. On the night after the crash, the survivors hear a loud, unidentifiable sound coming from the jungle and witness trees being torn down in the distance. The next morning, while discussing the sound the monster made, Rose commented that, "I keep thinking, there was something familiar about it." Jack, Kate, and Charlie saw the power of the monster up close when it ripped the pilot from the cockpit of the plane they crashed in and left the mangled body in a tree, all without being seen on-screen. In "Walkabout", Locke also had a direct encounter with the monster but was spared. When Michael later asked Locke if he had seen it, Locke lied and claimed that he had not. Locke later told Jack, "I looked into the eye of this island, and what I saw was beautiful."
In "Exodus, Part 1", Danielle referred to the monster as a "security system" whose purpose was to protect the island. Later in the episode, Locke's second encounter provided the first on-screen glimpse of the monster: a black mass of smoke accompanied by mechanical-like sounds. In "The 23rd Psalm" Charlie and Eko had a confrontation similar to Locke's. As Eko stared down the monster, the black smoke briefly flashed images of Eko's past. John Locke then stated that when he first saw the monster, it appeared as a "bright light" which he described as "beautiful," to which Eko replied, "That is not what I saw." In "The Cost of Living", the monster killed Eko by slamming him repeatedly against nearby trees and the ground. In another unseen appearance, the mechanical sounds of the monster can be heard during the episode "Exposé", right before Nikki is bitten by a "medusa spider", the same species as one of Arzt's research spiders, and in the episode "Special" when Michael is talking to his wife the monster can be heard for three seconds. In the episode "Left Behind", the monster appeared twice. It is unseen by the audience in the first encounter, when it released a series of bright flashes near Juliet. The monster appears on-screen during the second encounter, where it is revealed that it cannot penetrate the Others' sonic wave fence. Juliet tells Kate that the Others don't know what the Monster is, but they know it doesn't like their fence. When Locke holds Ben at gunpoint in "Confirmed Dead" he asks Ben, "What is the Monster?" and Ben, like Juliet, says that he doesn't know.
In the episode "The Shape of Things to Come", however, it becomes apparent that Ben knows more about the Monster than he has let on. After becoming enraged over the death of Alex, Ben disappears into a hidden room, which has an ancient stone door covered with hieroglyphs, only to emerge several minutes later covered in a dark ash like substance, telling the others they need to be as far away from the attacking mercenaries as possible. The Monster then suddenly arrives, and proceeds to attack and incapacitate all of the mercenaries. It slithers on the ground causing the Barracks to rumble and consumes Keamy's team, extending a hand-like tendril to draw back a man running from it. However, in the next episode it's revealed that the mercenaries survived albeit badly shaken. When questioned about an injured man, Keamy responds that he was, "thrown 50 feet into the air by a black pillar of smoke".
The monster later appears as a drawing in "Cabin Fever". In a flashback, Richard Alpert comes to visit a five-year-old Locke in the early 1960s. Alpert becomes fascinated by a picture of the monster which Locke drew, asking Locke "Did you draw that, John?". Neither Alpert nor Locke provide any further elaboration. In the picture, the monster appears to be swirling around an unidentified person.
The May 26, 2006 official Lost podcast claimed that viewers have seen the monster after "The 23rd Psalm" without realizing they were looking at it, which has led to fan speculation that the Monster actually is, or is at least responsible for, some of the manifestations that have appeared to the characters. In the March 21, 2008 official Lost podcast, Damon Lindelof said that manifestations of the Monster included Yemi, the Medusa Spider that bit Nikki, and some of Walt's appearances while he was not with the Survivors, although they were in more of a joking manner so they may have not been serious. Also, the producers have often hinted that the black cloud of smoke is not a monster in the traditional sense nor is it a cloud of nanobots. 
In January 2007, producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse asked fans on Yahoo! Answers what they thought the monster was. They later picked their "favorite answer... not that it's the right answer [sic]." The response they chose suggested that the monster was "originally a highly advanced security system designed to separate participants of the DHARMA experiments" and frighten them with smoke and loud noises to prevent them from wandering outside of their hatches. However, the electromagnetic force of the island...mutated it - in the same sense that Desmond experienced time travel and can now see the future after [his] exposure - and made it malevolent and able to physically [interact with things]." The respondent also theorized that the monster could be "turned off" if the survivors found a control room for it. The producers restated that the answer could be "somewhat right, totally right - or completely off-base", but they thought it was "very cool and intriguing."
The Swan Station's Blast Door map makes several references to a "Cerberus" activity and also notes that this "Cerberus" prevents passage between certain stations, indicating the 'Security System' aspect of it may have gone down as early as 1984, which could well be the 'Incident' that Doctor Candle refers to during the Swan Stations' Orientation video. Notations on the Blast Door map seem to confirm the "Cerberus" patroling regions of the island that the Monster has been seen as well, hinting that the two may well be the same.
In a G4tv presentation of LOST in 2.0 (where Lost creators' have direct pop up windows within the episode, giving away or explaining away major plot devices, mysteries, etc), during the season 2 episode "Lockdown", Carlton Cuse confirms that the Cerberus System that is described on the Swan Station's Blast Door Map is indeed the Smoke Monster. How this will conflict with the revelation in Season 4 that the Cerberus is also mystical in nature (from Ben's entry into that ancient crypt to summon the monster) remains to be resolved.
According to KSL TV, "Daniel Dae Kim, who plays Jin, said in an interview that the origin and nature of the malevolent dark cloud will be disclosed and viewers will even get a glimpse of its lair. Turns out the monster is as 'old as the island' that's been home to the Oceanic jet-crash survivors and their foes."
The numbers 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42 appear throughout the series, both in sequence and individually. The flight number of the plane that crashed upon the Island was 815, which are the second and third numbers. They were broadcast from the Island's radio transmitter, and it was this message that drew Rousseau's expedition there. Although she later changed the message after the deaths of the rest of her team, the numbers had also been heard by other people, eventually making their way to Hurley, who had used them to win a lottery before the crash. After those around him suffer a series of misfortunes, he begins to believe the numbers are cursed. In the episode "Numbers", it is revealed that Hurley heard the numbers from Leonard Sims, a patient at a mental hospital. Sims had received them from Sam Toomey, with whom he had served in the U.S. Navy, at "a listening post monitoring longwave transmissions over the Pacific" 16 years earlier (16 being one of the numbers). The numbers are continually prevalent throughout the entire show, as they are engraved on the hatch of the Swan station, appear on medicine bottles, and constitute a code that must be entered into the Swan station's terminal.
According to the DHARMA Orientation video in the Lost Experience, the Numbers represent the factors of the Valenzetti Equation, which claims to accurately predict when humanity will be extinguished. The numbers also add up to 108, the time limit the survivors have to input the numbers in the hatch and "Save The World", and the number of days the Oceanic Six were on the island before being rescued. The writers introduced the numbers solely to engineer a meeting between Hurley and Rousseau, not because they had a plan for the numbers.
The "Magic Box"
The "magic box" is mentioned by Ben to Locke in "The Man from Tallahassee" as an attempt to explain how Anthony Cooper, Locke's father, arrives on the island. Ben asks Locke to imagine a box that can deliver anything your mind could wish for. Later, Ben explains that Locke himself brought Cooper to the island by means of the box and his seemingly strong connection to the island. Cooper explains to Sawyer that his arrival on the island was by means of what appears to have been an elaborate kidnapping, but which Cooper, himself, believes to have been his death. Ben mentions later that "The Magic Box" was only a metaphor. Sawyer is seen reading a novel called The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien in season one. In the novel, the characters find an otherworldly location where they can produce any item they wish, from weapons to gold. The producers have indicated that there are several allusions to the novel within the writing of Lost.
The Dharma Initiative
A large number of Dharma workers were slaughtered by the Others at some point before the series began, hinted to be in 1992, in a sequence known as "The Purge", as revealed in "The Man Behind the Curtain". It has been confirmed in a podcast by the writers that Kelvin Inman was indeed a member of the Dharma Initiative who survived the purge, as was his partner Radzinsky who killed himself by gunshot before the crash of 815,  assuming of course that Inman was telling Desmond the truth about Radzinsky.
- See also: Richard Alpert (Lost)
The character Richard Alpert appears on several occasions, in different moments in time separated sometimes by decades within the series, and every time he has appeared so far, he seems to be always the same age. It appears this is the result of some supernatural aging process; in Jughead Juliet states that Richard "is always here" and that he is "old".
Prior to their arrival on the island, both major and minor characters had occasion to interact, often unknowingly, sometimes affecting each others' lives. These crossovers are revealed through characters' flashbacks, and are typically obvious only to viewers. Some intersections are quite noticeable, with different characters conversing with each other, but most often the characters are oblivious to these crossovers, which take the form of other characters' appearances on televisions or as glimpses in the background. The crossovers become more frequent in the final episodes of the first season, as all the characters approach each other before arriving at the airport, and finally boarding the airplane.
For example: Sawyer converses with Jack's father in a bar before boarding the plane; Hurley's accountant buys him the box company that Locke had worked for; Hurley can be seen on a television in one of Jin's flashbacks; and Jack is asked to choose between performing operations on his future wife (whom he hadn't met yet) or Shannon's father (and Boone's stepfather).
The show's producers have always said that there was a reason characters appeared in each other's flashbacks. Damon Lindelof has stated that these are not "Easter eggs," but rather a larger part of the mythology of the series.
At various times, whispering voices are heard by the characters, with no visible source of origin. Rousseau claims that these voices are of the Others, though it later becomes evident that this is not necessarily the case. Many of the whispers are unintelligible when heard on television. However, if they are played backwards messages can sometimes be made out. In more recent episodes the whispering has been heard prior to the sudden appearance or disappearance of a member of the Others, as seen in "The Other Woman" when Harper approaches Juliet in this manner. Whispers were also heard when Hurley finds Jacob's Cabin in season 4.
On the Island, numerous characters experience auditory and visual hallucination-like phenomena, including apparent visions and messages from deceased family members. Both Jack and Eko receive visitations from dead relatives whose bodies are present on the island but have mysteriously disappeared. Similarly, Locke converses with the deceased Boone during a vision quest in "Further Instructions". Previously, he received a similar vision, directing him to the site of a crashed airplane, while Boone was still alive. In the episode "The Man Behind the Curtain", Ben sees his deceased mother on the island twice as a child, and this eventually leads him to join "the Others".
An image of Walt appears to Shannon on a number of occasions during Season Two, and is later seen by Sayid, just prior to Shannon's death. In "Man of Science, Man of Faith", a water-drenched Walt appears before Shannon, and whispers, incomprehensibly, something that sounds like reversed speech. Walt has been seen by Sayid, Shannon, and Locke.
Hurley experiences visions of Dave, an imaginary friend whom he had seen before while in a mental institution. Dave goads Hurley into briefly believing that the Island itself is his hallucination, and that he can only reawaken to his real life (in the mental institution) by leaping from a cliff. This might have been due to Hurley's mental state rather than because of the island, however.
In the episode "What Kate Did", Kate receives two visitations from her past: the seemingly channeled message from her deceased father, whom she had at first thought to be her stepfather, spoken by Sawyer while in delirium; and later, an appearance of a black horse which she believes is the same one that enabled her escape from custody. The horse was seen by Sawyer as well, and both he and Kate touched it and concluded that it was real.
In a Missing Pieces episode, Jack's father Christian is shown interacting with Vincent and directing the dog to "wake Jack".
Desmond has the power of precognition, first discussed in "Flashes Before Your Eyes".
There has also been an occasion when a living person (apart from Walt) on the island was seen as a vision. A few days after they crashed. Boone sees a vision of Shannon being attacked by the "monster", leading him to try to rescue her; he fails and Shannon dies. He is shocked, however, when Locke tells him Shannon is alive and well. This particular vision though, was due to a hallucinogenic ointment made by Locke and smeared into a wound he gave Boone on the back of his head. Upon Boone's return, Locke exclaims that he "did not know it would make him see that," speaking of Shannon's death.
Sayid sees a cat that looks like one belonging to a woman whom Sayid had previously tortured, prior to the crash.
In the future, these visions seem to be capable of taking place off-island. The most recent example is in "The Beginning of the End"; Hurley, after leaving the island, has visions of his deceased friend Charlie, saying "they need you". These visions convince Hurley to resubmit himself to his old mental institution. The off-island visions occur again when Jack sees and hears his father sitting in a lobby chair at the hospital where he works in "Something Nice Back Home". Also, in the finale to season 4, Sayid finds Hurley by himself at a chessboard, and Hurley eventually reveals he was playing chess with Mr. Eko.
In Season 5, Richard frantically tells Locke that the "only way to save the Island is to die," an indication that somehow being dead provides one with new abilities. "3 years later," While standing over Locke's dead body, Ben asks Jack "What did he tell you?" to which Jack responds, "He told me I need to go back." In "The Lie", Hurley has visions of Ana Lucia. She tells him how to escape from the police, where he needs to go, and ends their conversation by saying "Libby says hi," an indication that deceased characters somehow communicate with each other.
- ↑ Benson, Jim. The 'Lost' Generation: Networks Go Eerie, Broadcasting & Cable, May 16, 2005.
- ↑ "Further Instructions". Stephen Williams, Writ. Carlton Cuse & Elizabeth Sarnoff. Lost. ABC. 2006-10-18. No. 3, season 3.
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