Blimey it’s all getting a bit complicated now 😕 … And before, the world of Lost was oh so simple (yeah right!!!).
In short, we have only 2 more episodes left and this week was all about Daniel Faraday… After being zapped back to 1977 with the other Losties, he then left the island to do a bit of scientific research (I’m guessing to somehow find a way of returning to the present day?). He then spotted that 1977 Dharma photo of Jack, Kate & Hurley back on the island, which caused him to return pronto. And this is where it starts to get messy (well it does in my little brain anyway!!!)…
Daniel’s mother Eloise told Jack that it was his destiny to return to the island with Kate & Hurley, but Daniel thinks otherwise… The 1977 island is hours away from a major ‘incident‘ which will create a massive release of magnetic energy, which will in turn cause the Swan Station/Hatch to be built, which will safely contain the energy by pressing that damn button every 108 minutes, which Desmond will one day fail to do, which will release the energy, which will cause Oceanic flight 815 to crash… And that’s pretty much where we started 😯 Daniel is now back on the island to try and prevent the ‘incident‘ which will effectively eliminate all of the above, which basically means that Jack, Kate & Hurley can’t be on the island , because they would’ve never crashed in the first place (I think?). Which in time-travel speak is called a paradox. Which in my muddled brain is called bloody complicated 😯
The interesting part in this week’s episode was seeing Daniel’s flashback story and how his mother obsessively pushed her son to pursue his science at the expense of everything else. And then back on the 1977 island an angry Daniel tries to hunt out his younger mother, only to be shot (presumed dead) by the very woman herself… For the last 30 years Eloise had known about shooting her son, which made her insistence that he must go to the island even more intriguing… Why would she do that? Was she convinced that Daniel had to go to the island else this would change time or create a paradox? Or maybe Daniel isn’t dead and still has a vital role to play in this crazy time-line scenario?
I’ve always been a bit fascinated by the whole time-travel theory, even if it does make my head bleed trying to work out all the possible permutations!!! If so and so went back and did this, then that would never happen and so and so would never have been able to do this and that… And so on!!! But maybe time doesn’t work like that; maybe instead of one time-line our life is made up of zillions. I’ve often thought about decisions I’ve made in the past and what consequences those choices have made on my life…
What if I’d gone to college at 17 instead of 30? What if, when I was 8 years old, I’d have ran across the road without looking a few seconds later than I did? What if my family had moved to a small remote island off Papua New Guinea when I was 14?
All of these things have massively changed mine and others lives and I’ve often thought that when faced with choices or situations like this, then maybe all the permutations and outcomes exist, but in completely separate time-lines… So maybe there is another me who did go to college at 17, a young me who unfortunately did race across the road and into the speeding car and a me who did spend his teenage years on some small Pacific island… Which brings us nicely back to Lost, where we began 🙂