The Scientific Explanation
Since the beginning of the show the writers have stated that most of the mysteries will have a scientific explanation (I don’t have a direct quote though) but as the show progresses, especially season 5s crazy finale, this statement to me seems almost impossible to hold up.
I have been thinking though, there could still be a way to have spiritual/paranormal/fantasy elements and still have an overall scientific explanation for the madness.
What has got me so into the show, is how outlandish some of it is, yet is still somewhat believable and could be applicable in the real world (maybe i’m nuts), rather than being science fiction, the writers seem to pay alot of attention to actual scientific theories.
First, i just want to say, i don’t fully believe this, and i’m sure its an idea thats probably been brought up before but i don’t think it has been ‘debunked’ by the producers as far as i know. Early on in the second series, we were slowly introduced to a mysterious and somewhat shady multi purpose social science research organization who once inhabited the island called ‘the Dharma initiative’.
Their experiments were funded by ‘the Hanso foundation’, which was formed by Alvar Hanso, a former arms purveyor who turned his attention from “keeping the world safe through the development of sophisticated weapons systems” to focus instead on the development of new technologies to “create a brighter future for all humanity”.
The Dharma initiative were a collection of visionary free thinkers who pursued research meteorology, psychology, parasychology, zoology and electromagnetism, who chose the island for its unique properties.
I believe Desmond has been set up as a key character in the next season, as has been stated in the show the rules do not apply to him. The Dharma intiative placed him in the hatch supposedly to input a chain of numbers every 108 minutes for some important reason that was never revealed. I think that the plan all along was for Desmond not to press the button on the day that 815 crashed, and later be bestowed with the mind flashing abilities he now has, but whos plan?
One of the big factors of the show as we approach the bitter end, has been time travel. I have often heard when time travel is discussed (not on the show) that if time travel were possible we’d already know, because it would have already happened. Confusing i know, but it makes sense that if time travel does become possible in the future, then we would have already experienced someone time travelling to the past or present etc.
The writers have been very careful to avoid paradoxes (although i think there are some occuring, which i think will be important in season 6).
I’ll cut to the chase now, i believe theres a possibility that above all the supernatural goings on the island, time travelling, Jacob MIB, the smoke monster, dead people appearing etc.
A reformed Dharma initiative (or Hanso foundation) of the future have finally figured out a way to combine various elements from the fringe sciences they have studied and everything they know about this special island and its inhabitants to achieve their plan to better humanity or possibly even save it from destruction. They know about the others, they know about Jacob and MIBs game and 815s crash and orchestrated this huge social experiment in the past (or our present) without directly influencing it themselves.
I believe this could also explain the ‘whatever happened, happened’ rule, and how certain people know what is going to happen, and what is supposed to or not supposed to happen without there being a ‘timeloop’. This could be a decent way to explain everything in the show with an overtone of scientific theory, and still include all sorts of paranormal and supernatural elements, and is still simple enough for the casual viewer to understand.
I don’t really have any evidence to back this up, its just a hunch i have sometimes when watching the show, and the fact that the Dharma initiative/Hanso Foundation seemed like such a big, expensive and important group, i don’t think ‘the purge’ would prevent them from rebuilding and continuing their crucial and possibly world changing activities.