'Lost' Theories -- Leading Into Tonight's Episode 3

Last week Patrick and I took a break from writing about video games to ponder the mysteries and potential of the new season of "Lost." In anticipation of tonight's third episode, here are the things that we're confused about and the theories we want backed up.

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Spoiler Warning: While we know nothing about season five's third episode, the rest of this post will gleefully spoil events from previously aired shows.

1. The Desmond-Faraday Thing During the show's premiere last week, time-hopping scientist Daniel Faraday followed a speech to Sawyer about the immutability of time by… trying to change the past. Thrown back to the island's past, Faraday walked up to the hatch where a pre-Oceanic-crash Desmond greeted him with a gun. Faraday seemed to implant a message to Desmond to track down Faraday's mom, a memory Desmond conveniently didn't seem to recall until he's two or three years off the island (which even more conveniently seems to be the same timeframe when Ben is trying to round up people to return to the island).

It's one thing to believe Faraday implanted a memory that somehow stayed suppressed during all of the Faraday-Desmond conversations in season four.  It's another thing to swallow the idea that the memory would only resurface at such a handy moment, years later. Mind you, series executive producer Damon Lindelof has both said that the writers are on top of this and that people shouldn't think to hard about it -- in the same interview, no less!

2. Can You Change The Future? Standard rules of time do not appear to apply to Desmond. Even though "Lost" has said there are hard and fast rules, the first few episodes showed our characters trying to bend them. Desmond’s exposure to the hatch implosion in season two (leading to his visions in season three) implied he’s a special case. Does Desmond hold the key to changing the future? The old woman who appeared in Desmond's flashback in season three -- who warned him to follow his own footsteps or fear time's ability to course-correct -- showed up again at the end of this season's second episode. We don't know the purpose of the pendulum contraption she was playing with last week, but her ominous response to Ben's fear about not getting everyone back to the island suggests that  Ben (or Jacob's) manipulations with time have gone awry.

3. The Origin of The Whispers We like the theory we've heard from co-workers about the whispers. The theory is that those whispers that the "Lost" cast has been hearing on the island during the first several seasons of the show are the "Lost" cast themselves talking while they're back in time, revisiting moments they already lived through. One co-worker went further, theorizing that the fabled Hostiles who plagued the island in the past are in fact a pack of time-hopping Oceanic 815 survivors.

4. The Hurley Effect At first, it appeared Ben would have no trouble rounding up everyone to head back to the Island to fulfill his currently unknown motivations. But Hurley complicated the situation when he ran into the arms of authorities and confessed to murders he didn’t commit. When even Ben is unsure he can accomplish something, you know there’s trouble afoot. What happens if all of the Ocean 6 can’t go back?

5. Sun's An Enemy Now The usually-sweet Sun played the role of seething villain-in-the-making during the season's premiere episodes, assumedly a result of her husband's apparent season four death. But the recurring appearance of the name of the actor who plays Jin in the season five show credits strongly suggests that Jin is alive, presumably caught up in the island's time-hopping. But if Jin's alive, isn't it within Sun's resources to know that? Or at least within the island-dweller's ability to communicate with key people off the island and let them know they're ok? Our current theory: Jin is alive but an angry Sun doesn't know that.

6. Locke Isn’t Really Dead Death isn’t a one way street on “Lost.” Despite seemingly losing their mortality, we’ve seen characters come and go — even fan-despised character Ana Lucia made a surprisingly hilarious appearance during the season premiere — which made last season’s surprise reveal that Locke was dead not particularly shocking. No one is really dead on “Lost,” especially John Locke, a character whose future is ties to the destiny of the Island. The question isn’t whether Locke will come back to life, it’s when he chose to die so the others would come back.

Got some "Lost" theories of your own? Share them in the comments.

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