A most thoughtful group of posters.
Very stimulating on a most tricky and cool
plot line journey of unfolding developments.
I'm killing time and soothing my nerves
waiting for last weeks repeat and the new episode.
I believe this is a key episode because many resolutions
have occurred since this season's premier episode in side flashes.
Before reacting to other posters most salient points:
Nathan's pet concept "Chekhov's Gun" has appeared and come
into play in the form of the locked room on the submarine.
A future version of Daniel Faraday or a captured Desmond.
If it is an object than it is something like an "Astrolab" that serves
as a carburetor to the Dar-Matter and Dark-Energy engine that is The Island.
The particle accelerator is searching for this in Switzerland.
My firm believe is that the pressure ratio of DE & DM are the
abstract processes of existence and beyond current science.
The Island is existence's desire to humanize the abstract forms
that support existence and consciousness. All the forms ever created.
After reading page nine here a few times and ruminating here are
my speculative conclusions.
The Smoke Monster needed a "loophole" to defeat Jacob.
He found that loophole in the arrival of Richard with the "Black Rock"
Only two players arrived by ship drawn To the Island by The Island.
Richard Alpert decodes in the writers group to R. A.
Desmond decodes as The Christ figure because he was willing to
spend *"three years"* entering that mind blowing sequence.
These characters play into my theory of a progression of five
characters who are representing the abstract processes needed
to keep ; "The basic fabrics of the background environment."
functioning and sustaining linear time as we experience it.
Similar to Desmond and Richard...
Ben and Sayid share a single or double powerful connection.
"Qoute Sam's shotgun of irony"
Sam’s: key plotline postulates.
I think the flash sideways could be one of the most significant parts of the final season and it could be the ending of a culmination of a lot of the strange twists the plot has taken in the previous season.
What if, We find that Ben (school teacher) was shot as a child and that's one of the reasons his father decided to remove his from the island?
What if we find that it was Sayid that shot Ben?
What if it turns out that Sayid shot Ben even though in the sideways timeline Sayid never went to the island?
What if Ben meets Sayid in the sideways timeline and all heck breaks loose dragging them all into yet another altered reality?
OF all the people Ben could run into in the sideways timeline and not be reminded of his childhood on the island Locke would be the only one of the main characters that he could meet and not be triggered to a "You were on the island when I was shot" reaction. Funny how Locke is the first and only one that Ben has run into the somehow joined in or was some part of the Dharma Initiative when Ben was young. (The other teacher died before the time twist)
What if Ben's bullet hole sucked everyone in the sideways flashy thing back to the island?
.... Sam's qoute end.
OK OK OK OK OK OK!
True this changes things in a very linear very
concrete way as opposed to the chaos caused by
Faraday, Jack and Juliet cooperating on using the nuke.
Also very importantly as plot anomaly.
Sayid and Ben were both healed by the muddy waters
generated by the smoke monster living under The Temple.
I still assert as earlier that Sayid is representing the mostly noble
desires of The Muslim's to take part in the expansion of "Existence"
A Mohamed Ishmeal competing line to Abraham Isaac and Jacob.
Having mentioned Isaac it would now be the time to inject.
Christian Goodspeed and Jacob are definite surrogates or the real
ancient players of consciousness.
This is important as a progression because Christian has abandoned
Jacob and Isaac/Goodspeed in favor of his new worldlines bid play gambit
in the lifes and bodies of Clair and Jack
Jack's line ending by not having his son David
While Claires continues in her off island child Aaron.
First the five theory.
Hurley vs Lottery
Desmond vs Charles
Ben vs Sayid vs Goodspeed
Lapidus vs. Faraday vs. Charles
Sun Gin & child vs. Smoke Monster.
The first three line positions are harmonic
The loophole that allowed Smoke Monster
to bypass Christian Goodspeed & Jacob is
the more modern religious quantum fields
connecting to the RA Sun God q-fields.
Offering the Island more tools to work with
in its job of serving as a tool to create time
which regulates consciousness.
Another stable ideological couple conflict is:
Bernie & Rose
Elois & Charles
By laws of posession they are on The Island and
exerting more word-line influence until tonight maybe.
Gin and Sun are new incoming connection representing (4-8-15-16-23-42)
the 24 <> 42 final counterfeit number in the 4-8-1as5-1as6 Dark Matter ratio 23 vs DM 24<>42.
The "Black Rock" set the imbalance in motion creating characters of superior ability.
Richard and Smoke Monster.
The Island seems to be trying to re-establish its basic balances.
Bernie & Rose Elois & Charles
No Children Faraday-Penny
For Sam especially...
Thinking over your points there is also.
Smoke Monster did not incarnate until "Abbadon" was slain
as the keeper of the keys to the abyss that Smoke Monster
seemed to be mostly confined to although he could wig/wisp out slightly.
So the abyss or core equations are now open and in play.
The Sawyer and Kate characters seem to be the criminal/innovator
lines boring backwards in time and towards the core.
They have no children and are naturally attracted to each other.
The new balance vs. the old balance seems to be
Vs (The Old)
Yellow-Island under Jacobs control.
Ra - Richard Level-1
Hurley - Buddha Level-2
Desmond - Jesus Level-3
Lapidus - Pilot of The Storm/Island
As Dark Energy "Hurricane Engine" creating time.
Overiding Jack Sawyer Kate Christian Goodspeed Jacob Cartel/Cohorts.
New Three point triangle cartel
of expanding balance
"Walt - Aaron - Kwon"
Christian Goodspeed Jacob
Restoring the outward motion of wordlines
------------------------pushing aside Ben Vs Sayid Balancing Jack vs John
New Three Fold Balance of The Youths.
This falls in line with Five Prime levels plus two expansions.
The quick one thrown by Desmond in the "Swan Station"
and the slow painful tearing pushing of the "Ancient Wheel."
Well its 7:59 That ends this post and the TV awaits a rerun and a new show.
You guys are great.
Notice I didn't broach the John Lennon Vs Bob Dylan Vs Satan templates in play.
I may be radical but I'm keeping my powder dry Lost fans and critical thinkers.
I'd have to spank some government spooks to tell that little flash sideways story...
Its there if you look for it.
Yoko father was a banker just like Dogen.
Heck Lennon was right there "On Top Of Old Smokie..."