Thursday, October 06, 2005

"Lost" clues, season 2, episode 3

ABC's official recap:

Orientation
Air Date: 10/05/2005
We back up in time once again to see the journey into the hatch from Kate's perspective, where she escapes the pantry and overpowers Desmond using a gun found in the hatch's armory - damaging the computer in the process.

Desmond explains that he has been living in the hatch for several years, entering a series of numbers into the computer every 108 minutes in order to "save the world." He instructs Jack and Locke to watch a film called Orientation, which explains the origins of the hatch and its purpose on the island, while he attempts to repair the computer.

Meanwhile, Michael, Sawyer and Jin are tossed into a trap in the ground and must try to figure out how to escape. A woman, whom we recognize from the airport, is thrown in with them, only to turn against her fellow survivors.

Unable to fix the computer, Desmond flees, leaving Jack and Locke at odds over what to do. Locke must convince Jack to take a leap of faith and take over Desmond's job, just as Helen convinces Locke in the flashbacks to take a leap of faith and let go of his anger over his father.

Sayid ultimately fixes the computer, and Jack and Locke embark on a two-man job without definitive purpose.


Clues and speculation:

* Desmond was on a "round-the-world" sailing race (alluded to in his first flashback appearance with Jack) and ended up stranded on the Island.

* Desmond was taken in by "Kelvin," who brought him to the Hatch and taught him about the Button.

* We learned Desmond, indeed, has to press the Button to reset that clock every 108 minutes. He isn't clear what will happen if he doesn't, but indicates the ramifications may be bad. He referred to the practice as "saving the world." He worked with Kelvin doing this, but Kelvin died at some point.

* Desmond said he'd been there three years. The orientation film makes reference to project teams being changed every 540 days (which may explain Desmond asking Locke, "Are you him?" when they first meet"), so obviously that practice has been abandoned. Why?

* 540 is 108 times 5.

* There are a whole lotta guns in the Hatch.

* The orientation makes reference to an "incident," which is why the button must be pushed.

* Does the incident have anything to do with Danielle, the French woman's team? Is she part of the Hanso Foundation's project?

* The film also makes reference to the strange electromagnetic forces in "part" of the Island.

* Did the electromagnetic forces have anything to do with the plane crash? Do they somehow make the Island invisible?

* The orientation film Locke and Jack watch introduces them to the Dharma Initiative, of which the Hatch is identified as the Swan Section (this explains the swan sympbol inside the Chinese octagon symbol adorning pretty everything down in the Hatch).

* The Dharma Initiative was the brainchild of two university psychologists and is funded by Alvar Hanso, a Danish industrialist and weapons magnate.

* ABC has launched yet another "Lost" related Web site: http://www.thehansofoundation.org/, which is made to look like Hanso's official site.

* Here's a pic of Hanso, who some posters online believe looks like Locke's dad:

(I don't think so.)

* The orientation film and the Hanso Web site both use the word "namaste," which according to this site "is an Indian expression used as a greeting or upon parting, by putting the palms of the hands together in prayer position. It means, 'I honor the Spirit in you which is also in me.'"

* Other theories about Hanso: He's in suspended animation; he's a clone of Hitler; he's the Smoking Man from "X-Files."

* According to the orientation film, the stations in the project were dedicated to studying six areas: meteorology, psychology, parapshycology, zoology, electromagnatism and utopian social something or other. The film distorts after the word "social."

* The orientation film makes reference to the Dharma Initiative founders working in the tradition of B.F. Skinner, a real-life behavioral psychologist.

* Polar bears are shown on the orientation film when the announcer mentions "zoology."

* Jack seems to believe Desmond is being used as a psychological quinea pig, left alone to press the Button. But freaked out by the improbability of meeting Desmond again on the Island, there's also some part of Jack that think maybe pushing the Button is a good idea.

* The Hanso Foundation Web site lists these projects:
--The Hanso Life-Extension Project
--The Hanso Foundation Electromagnetic Research Initiative
--The Hanso Quest for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence
--The Hanso Mathematical Forecasting Initiative
--The Hanso Cryogenics Development Imperative
--The Hanso Juxtapositional Eugenics Development Institute
--The Hanso Accelerated Remote Viewing Training Facility
And, in a hidden but currently inactive link at the end of the list, the Dharma Initiative.

* Seeing a picture in the Hatch of Desmond and a girl triggers a strong reaction in Jack. Does he know her?


* We were led to believe the folks that captured Sawyer, Michael and Jin are the Others. However, at episode's end, we realize Anna Lucia is working with them. It seems more likely they are fellow passengers but are distrustful of the castaways for some reason. Perhaps they think Sawyer, et. al., are the Others as well.

Orientation film transcript:

Lifted from this post:

"Welcome I'm Dr. Marvin Candle, and this is the orientation film for Station 3 (warble) of the Dharma Initiative.

In a moment you will be given (warble) simple set of instructions for how you and your partner will fulfill the responsibilities associated with this station. But first a little history:

The Dharma Initiative was created in 1970 and is the brainchild of Gerald and Karen Degroot. Two doctoral candidates at the University of Michigan. Following in the footsteps (warble) of visionaries such as B.F. Skinner (warble) imagined a large scale communal research compound where scientists and free thinkers from around the globe could pursue research in meteorlogy, psychology, parapsychology, zoology, elecrtomagnetism and utopian social (big warble and skip)....reclusive Danish industrialist and munitions magnate Alvar Hanso, whose financial backing made their dream of a multipurpose social science research facility a reality.

You and your partner are currently located at Station 3 or The Swan, and will be for the next 540 days. Now Station 3 was originally constructed as a laboratory where scientists could work to understand the unique electromagnetic fluctuations emanating from this sector of the island.

Not long after the experiments began however, there was....an incident. And since that time the following protocal has been observed: Every 108 minutes the button must be pushed. From the moment the alarm sounds you will have four minutes to enter the code into the microcomputer processor.

(warble and skip)

....induction into the program. When the alarm sounds either you or your parnter must input the code. It is highly recommended that you and your partner take alternating shifts. In this manner you both will stay as fresh as and alert.....(warble and skip) of utmost importance that when the alarm sounds the code be entered correctly and in a timely fashion. Now do not attempt to use the computer for any (thing ???)

(big warble and skip)

Congratulations, until your replacements arrive the future of the project is in your hands. On behalf of the Degroots, Alvar Hanso, and all of us at the Dharma Initiative. Thank you. Namaste, and good luck."


Tidbits:

* Here's an interesting post remarking on the similarity between the scenes where Claire and Michael respectively sign away rights to their children. Were the producers simply trying to save money by reusing the set? It seems more likely the scenes were deliberately parallel.

* Some folks believe Michael's wife may have worked for Hanso.

* Some info on the number 108 as it figures in Buddhism.

* There's a Dharma Industries site up, don't know if it's official or not.

* Some interesting speculation about "Turn of the Screw."

* And some stuff about the other book featured in the show, "The Third Policeman."

* Go to the official site here, type in "theislandiswaiting" and you'll get another alleged script page from the series.

1 comment:

Simon said...

Maybe it's just me, but don't you think Karen Degroot (the doctor behind the dharma initiative) looks very much like the woman who threw the explosive at the raft in the last episode of season 1?