Sunday, January 18, 2009
Lost: the wormhole theory
Nathalie and I just finished the 4th season of Lost. We both loved it and were hooked from day 1. Some say they never get into it, that the series "jumps the shark" at the first episode. Truth be told we often wonder "how the hell the writers are going to make it out alive from the plot". Today there is a good piece in the NYT that explain that a bit. It is about the man who keeps the continuity of the series.
For those that follow, I am pretty sure I have figured out something about the island: it harbors a wormhole. In the last episode of season 4, Ben gives away two bits about "Casimir effect" and "exotic matter". They are linked to wormholes. A wormhole is a theoretical prediction from general relativity. You can look it up on wikipedia. Exotic matter is the way to stabilize a wormholes entrance. A wormhole allows supraluminal travel as well as time-travel.
This explains the jumping through time that Desmond experiences as well as the Island "moving". This also explain why "The Others" are the good guys like Ben claims, protecting the island from Mr Widmore. Time travel opens the possibility of all kinds of mischievous behavior. Yah, beam me back to August 07 and let me place a few bets.
Phew, that makes a lot more sense now. Thank you!