The Smoke Monster existed before ‘Across the Sea’: two clues
Up until recently I did not think that the Smoke Monster existed before Jacob’s brother entered the cave. I thought that Jacob’s brother ‘created’ the Smoke Monster when he entered the cave, but now I think the Smoke Monster was ‘freed’ by that act instead:
There are two small clues that the Smoke Monster did indeed exist before ‘Across the Sea’. I may have interpreted the clues incorrectly, and am posting to get opinions.
Clue #1: The game Senet, which is what Jacob’s brother “finds”, is an Egyptian game that traces back to 3000 B.C. The villagers in ‘Across the Sea’, based on the dagger that Jacob’s brother inherits from them, are of Roman descent in the time period of 0-100 AD or so.
-The knife is a pugio, a military dagger used as a sidearm by Roman legionaries. On the sheath, it depicts the Roman she-wolf suckling Remus and Romulus.
So — a time gap of distance BC to 0-100 AD. Quite a stretch between the two.
Even with the strange goings-on in terms of time bending and the like around the island, I think it is rather unlikely that a very old game would naturally be ‘found’ on the beach. The discovery in fact seemed staged (by Mother).
Also — it is possible that the game, like chess, was still in practice/existence, and in the possession of someone from the Roman village. But I don’t think so — it strikes me as something that does not belong in the ‘Across the Sea’ timeframe.
So where did it come from? I think it came from the Egyptian part of the island: the statue, the temple — all of which exist on the island in the time period of ‘Across the Sea’ but are likely abandoned and overgrown.
Clue #2: In the temple catacombs, there is a depiction of the smoke monster facing the Egyptian deity Anubis. If these hieroglyphics are authentic, then they must date back to BC times — far before the ‘Roman’ villagers and Jacob and his brother came to the island! Therefore, the Smoke Monster did indeed exist before Jacob’s brother entered the cave….
Now, I realize time travel could be one way to argue against this, or even time bending. My argument against time travel is the following: the time travel that takes place in Lost is based on the “Consistent Histories” property (described by Stephen Hawkings in his book A Brief History in Time). Based on that, if time travel to the past occurs, whatever happens must fit into the model of the present. So, if Jacob somehow time traveled after ‘Across the Sea’ back to 3000 BC and summoned Egyptians to the island and they built the statue, etc., everything that they build would ALREADY EXIST in the ‘Across the Sea’ time, because, based on Consistent Histories, what happened, happened. Time travel to the past does not change that.
So — I don’t think time travel was involved, or time bending. I think this was a straight timeline. I think the Egyptians came to the Island first and, in fact, may have even been Mother’s people (the descendants of Adam and Eve are Egyptian — I say that because I believe Mother may possibly be Eve).
Therefore, I think the Egyptian structures are present in ‘Across the Sea’, we just don’t see them. The island is a big place, after all.
It fits into the Senet game as well. Where else do you find an Egyptian game from 3000-2000BC on the island? I think it is likely that Mother either had the game herself, having kept it from the time when she was among the Egyptians, or she goes over there, gets the Senet game, and places it on the beach for Jacob’s brother to find (for motives of her own).
Now, to clarify something (in my own mind). I believe the Smoke Monster existed before Jacob and Jacob’s brother due to the clues above. However, I do not think the Smoke Monster is a servant to anyone, including Mother. I think it is trapped — as Evil Incarnate, it may be a Fallen Angel, Satan, lost souls — I’m not sure what, but with all the chains rattling about as it moves (read that from a recent theory — nice observation by the writer) — it does make it seem like a prisoner.
Why a prisoner in the Light? I’m not sure. But, if the Divine Light is made up of Fire and Water (see I recent theory I wrote about that), Smoke (Monster) and Ash (the ward of Smoke Monster) are byproducts — all of which are symbolic in Lost and fit together.
To include a quick example of why I think the Smoke Monster is independent of Mother: I do not think Mother used the Smoke Monster to destroy the village. I think it was an electromagnetic event from the well (that Jacob’s brother and the villagers dug, where the donkey wheel was).
The electromagnetic event burned the village and those in it just like a similar event burned Widmore’s man in the cabin meant to test Desmond.
I site this example to clarify that Mother is against the Smoke Monster — she is holding it at bay. Jacob is supposed to do the same, but frees it unintentionally from the cave when he sends his brother into the Divine Light, which is not meant for mortals… perhaps the Smoke Monster is freed because it grabs a soul that allows it to escape, or Jacob’s Brother’s soul is “trapped” in place of the Smoke Monster…some kind of swap….
More on Mother’s role before the brothers’ arrival: The Egyptians knew about her as evidenced in the hieroglyphics. Mother appears to be Anubis (figuratively); sitting across from the Smoke Monster in the hieroglyphics, she is in the way of the Smoke Monster, i.e. not allowing the Smoke Monster freedom to move on; and my guess is each candidate after her (Jacob, and Jacob’s replacement) are meant to take the ‘role’ of Anubis. A protector of the Divine Light, a protector of the Afterlife.
So — Mother knew of the Egyptians when they were on the island. And they knew about her and the Smoke Monster. Mother said something in the episode about humans, how they are all corrupt, and that it always ends the same with them. This would mean that she would have experience with humanity, and perhaps the Egyptians on the Island were one of these experiences that made her so bitter.
Most likely, something happened to the Egyptians that caused their destruction, just like with the Roman villagers, and the cycle continued…
This is a pretty long theory based on only a few clues…but, it’s rare that we get more than a few clues at a time!
Thanks for reading.