Something Did Change”
Ever since Flight #316 landed on Hydra Island, I wasn’t convinced that those who landed there were actually in the year of 2008. The reasons were the magazines about ‘Jughead’ from 1954, the Dharma training manuals and maps displayed throughout the office, as if it all had been left neatly in place. I’m pretty sure somebody would have moved the magazines in 54 years! None of these things were present during any of the episodes we viewed during Season 3, during ‘the others’ reign on Hydra Island.
I was convinced it was an earlier time frame, and would have continued to believe it, were it not for one huge glaring detail. The runway! I couldn’t have argued that fact, even if I tried!
We found out in ‘Namaste’ that 2008 was the correct timeline on Hydra Island. I was still left with an unsettling feeling that something wasn’t quite right, and the latter part of the episode continued to confirm these suspicions.
When Sun and Frank landed on the main ‘island’, we see the disarray on the dock. No real mystery here as, Keamy and company left quite a mess when they launched the attack. The former Dharma barracks, at quick glance appear to be in similar condition after the attack, until you really take a closer look.
Previously, in ‘Otherville’ village there weren’t any visible indications of the Dharma Initiative having ever been present, such as group pictures on the wall, or the signs hanging outside on the buildings, or inside of the buildings for that matter, throughout the seasons. After all, why would there be? I rather doubt Ben would want any reminders of Dharma’s presence, considering his feelings about them. I think ‘the others’ would share Ben’s sentiments. Dharma had been wiped out, so why keep any evidence or unnecessary mementos of them around. It was now ‘the others’ new home.
Considering Jack spent time in ‘Otherville’ village, as did ‘the losties’ that remained with John Locke prior to the battle with the ‘freighter folk’, they would have absolutely and unequivocally seen pictures of either themselves hanging on the walls, or of their fellow ‘losties’ and some of the same evidence of Dharma’s existence that was present when Sun and Frank arrived. No question and no doubt about it! The fact that they didn’t discover anything indicates that change did occur.
Something has changed, in the present 2008 where Sun & Frank currently are. If nothing had changed, we would have seen the leftover effects of the battle between ‘the freighter folk’ and ‘the losties’, without any of the Dharma pictures, mementos and signs. It should have resembled ‘Otherville’ village not ‘Dharmaville’. This begs the question, what future 2008 is Sun and Frank in? Because it certainly wasn’t the future they should have been in, if nothing changed.