One summer all my children had scattered elsewhere and I was feeling a little lost. I eagerly watchedthe TV show Lost each week, and was baffled at what was going on. I decided with all my extra time to rewatch it from the beginning and take notes. (Currently, I can’t find my six tablets of Lost notes, and I think they may have been thrown away when we moved?) So, I am not able to be as detailed as I might have otherwise been if I could find my notes. But, all of my notes began to point to one theory.
Anyway, I started noticing that basically the same things were happening over and over again and to each of the characters, such as:
Explosion (C-4) the hydrogen bomb, Kate blowing up her house, the bombs in Iraq
The numbers, of course, each of the main characters had them as part of their history
Mentally ill mother, or ill mother
There was an injury to each of them on their head, and you would see different characters with a bandaid in the same spot, however, some characters had their wound on the other side
Torture, Sayid was tortured, Ben was tortured, Sayid was a torturer
Spinal chord injury
The half brother and sister (Boone and Shannon; Claire and Jack; Penny and Daniel)
The “crazy” references
Going down the long, dark tunnel or hatch
Trying to communicate outside the island
Speaking another language, even though they can speak English
The pregnant mother who would be killed or was killed
People getting an MRI. How many have gotten one, now? And, have you noticed how similar the sound of the MRI is to the sound of a plane?
I thought, how could this be true in real life? The only explanation was that it is actually one person. I think that one person is mentally ill with, maybe schizophrenia and multiple personalities. There are many clues to the schizophrenia like hearing voices, hallucinations, and “you’re dead” “they’re dead” “we’re all dead”. I think this person is or has been also catatonic or in a coma and trying to communicate to the outside world and that is what the island is. (But, “no man is an island.”—or is he?)
I read a book that summer, called, I Am Eve. It was written by Christine Sizemore, the first person that I ever heard about with multiple personalities. I remember seeing her on the Donahue Show. There was another book written by her psychiatrist, and he had all the rights to the story of her life at that time. There was also a movie called the Three Faces of Eve. Christine finally got the rights back to write about her life and set the record straight on some things.
She called her multiple personalities, “The Others.” She was continually in car crashes. There was an Eve White and Eve Black. She started with just a few, but I think she ended up with about 42 personalities….Lost: 4, 8, 15, 16 23, 32 42, which I think may be the progression of the number of personalities. Now, they are whittling those numbers back down for the “candidate”, and they are back down to four.
She, also, would be in the hospital and feel her stomach and scream, “my baby, somebody took my baby.” The first time she was committed to the mental hospital, she describes the hall very similarly to that long hall down the hatch. By the way, did you know when you watch the DVDs, you can pause them and zoom in and find clues in the background images?
There are two dead bodies that the characters come across in a cave. They call then Adam and Eve. I remember, Kate said, “I don’t want to be Eve.”
Do you remember a movie called, “Identity?” In that movie…if you haven’t seen it, I don’t want to ruin it for you. My theory of Lost is very similar to that movie, with possibly a dash of another movie mentioned below.
We were reminded in a recent episode that Charlie’s hit song was, “You are Everybody.” That was the message Christine Sizemore’s psychiatrist was trying to get across to her. He finally did with the help of one of Christine’s friends. He had her friend be present while he beaconed out one of Christine’s personalities in front of the friend. The friend was struck by the fact that the personality had the same history as her, the friend. She finally convinced Christine that the personalities were all her. They were not separate people outside herself.
Of course, when she finally believed that, “they all died.” I think that is why characters who want to communicate outside the island are warned that if they do, “we will all die.”
Between seasons one year they had an extra little clip on ABC’s website. Did you see it? It had the scientist with a rabbit that had the number 15 on it. They were filming him, and all of the sudden, rabbits started appearing everywhere in the room. So, I have wondered if there was some kind of actual experiment with the multiple personalities, like in the movie, The Mark of Cain, a weird “B” movie in which John Lithgow’s father was doing an experiment creating multiple personalities in his son. In Lost the personalities actually start interacting with each other and creating a little society.
Even if this theory is correct, I think the show will “wow” us with the final episode and surprise us all. JJ Abrams is such a genius.
With that said, I do wonder if -911 is going to figure into it someway, too. Because, the plane crash happened on September 22, 2004, and they kept asking, how long have we been here, and many times it was 3 years and 11 days. So, I think the 9-11 attack could have been something that set him/her back and was like a new “incident.”—explosion, black smoke, running for your life…or maybe he/she was in an MRI when it happened…
Well, these are some things I have thought of as a theory to Lost. Once I thought of it, I have not been able to think about it in any other way, except
(Alternate theory…No one likes this theory ….that it is like a video game or a virtual world with avatars and one person has created the avatars, and that’s why they all have similar histories. And, they have actually started interacting with each other. Here again, he would have a unique twist to it that I haven’t thought of.)