Will fans of J.J. Abrams’s dive-down-the-rabbit hole dramas follow him to CBS on Thursday night if he’s signed on to do a show that’s less JJ-trademark mythology-maze, and more CBS procedural?

CBS suits hope so, because they’ve tossed “CSI” out of their very best drama-series time slot — Thursdays at 9 — to make room for “Person of Interest,” starring Michael Emerson, of JJ’s “Lost” fame.

Meanwhile, the best testing pilot in CBS history — so CBS suits say — has landed between “How I Met Your Mother” and “Two and a Half Men” on Monday nights for the 2011-12 TV season. It’s a comedy called “2 Broke Girls” from “Sex and the City’s” Michael Patrick King and starring two chicks you’ve probably never heard of.

CBS also is getting back into the touched by angel cum talking to dead folks business on Friday nights.

And, in one of this week’s bigger scheduling surprises, a broadcast network has actually scheduled a series on Saturday night, bucking the “Saturday, Rerun Theatre” trend. Sure, it’s just one sitcom, and it’s just CBS’s utility player “Rules of Engagement,” but the network gets props for testing the theory that David Spade fans will follow him anywhere. If it works, it drives more viewers into the half-hour that follows, where CBS plans to “double pump” its new comedies, to get them better sampled.

“We had an embarrassment of riches” CBS programming chief Nina Tassler told The Reporters Who Cover Television and TV critics at a Wednesday morning Q&A before the network’s afternoon presentation of its new schedule to advertisers.

”We needed another night. We needed Sunursday.”

“Person of Interest” is CBS’s highest testing drama pilot in 15 years, CBS scheduling chief Kelly Kahl said at the breakfast news conference.

“We were looking for an opportunity to hit a home run.” Kahl said of the “CSI” swap for “PoI.” The new drama, Kahl said, had “crazy broad appeal you don’t usually see” in testing, during development season this spring.

“PoI” stars Emerson as a software billionaire who invented a program that uses pattern recognition to identify people about to be involved in violent crime. He teams up with a presumed dead former CIA agent to stop crimes before they happen. One reporter noted CBS suits have in the past scoffed at JJ shows because they tend to be drenched in mythology, burn very bright and flame out fast, and wondered if CBS suits were worried this one would go the way of, say “Fringe.”

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Costa Rican pop star Debi Nova is suing Jeremy Davies claiming he owns her Santa Monica apartment building and could have prevented a MAJOR catastrophe back in February.

According to the lawsuit, filed in L.A. County Superior Court, Nova says her shower door came off and shattered, and in the process, she suffered “numerous internal and external injuries”, including damage to her thumb.

Nova tweeted about the incident, posting photos and saying the injuries were so bad, she needed to be rushed to the ER and required surgery to fix her wounded digit.

In the lawsuit, Nova says Davies “should have known” the shower door was a problem and was negligent in keeping the property safe. She’s suing for unspecified damages.

So far, no comment from Jeremy’s rep.

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It’s a boy for “Lost” actress Evangeline Lilly.

Just last month, the world first discovered she was pregnant when she stepped out in Oahu, Hawaii with a huge belly.

And Lilly’s being just as secretive with the details of the birth: the date, name and weight are all unknown, as well.

One thing is certain: the father of the baby is Norman Kali, a production assistant on the megahit ABC series.

Before, Kali, Lilly dated another man she met on the set of “Lost,” her costar Dominic Monaghan, who she dated from 2004-2009.

The new mom should have no problem deciding what bedtimes stories to read to her son. Lilly is also a children’s book author.

“I love to write,” she says of her first piece of work, “The Squickerwonkers.” “I write everything across the board — kids’ stories and novels and scripts.”

After “Lost” ended last year after six seasons, Lilly made it very clear she was excited for a break — and the next chapter of her life.

“I’m definitely planning on taking a break for a little while,” she said. “I consider acting a day job – it’s not my dream; it’s not my be-all, end-all.”

Congratulations Evangeline!

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Much like his paintball-gun-toting character on Community, Black Rider, Josh Holloway is a man of mystery.

Ask where he lives, and he replies, “Somewhere in Southern California.” Ask for details about any of his acting projects, and he lays on the Southern charm – thick – but never gives a straight answer.

His penchant for secrecy was no doubt perfected during his six seasons on ABC’s hush-hush adventure series, Lost.

But unlike Lost’s hunky, garrulous con man Sawyer, Black Rider, who complicated the melodramatic paintball war at Greendale Community College on last week’s Community, shoots more than he speaks.

The mystery man wraps up a two-episode arc Thursday (NBC, 8 ET/PT), but who exactly is he and who is he working for?

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First of all… I am aware that this theory is incomplete. It is really just the first idea that made sense to me after watching the finale… Having said that, I would really appreciate your input in either adding on to this theory or completely debunking it… your choice.

The question I am attempting to answer is this:

“So if Jughead didn’t create an alternate timeline, then what did the bomb do?”….

First of all, if the bomb did in fact detonate (now that we know that there was only one timeline), Pierre Chang and Radzinsky would have died in the explosion (along with several others). But we know that Chang lived to make those DHARMA videos and Radzinsky lived to push the button in the hatch…

So the most plausible start to any theory regarding the bomb (though not automatically the correct one), is to assume that the bomb did not explode…… at least in 1977. Here’s what I think happened:

The Island flashed the Losties back into their original time frame right before Juliet could detonate the bomb. The Island had to do this as a last resort because it was the only way left for the Island to stop them from detonating it. So now, there’s an H-bomb sitting at the bottom of the very deep hole that the D.I. has drilled. We know that after the incident, the D.I. had to build a device (the button in the hatch) that would dissipate the electro-magnetic energy that was seeping out of the Island as a result of them drilling into the pocket of energy. As a fail-safe, they connected the hydrogen bomb to a keyhole and gave the failsafe key to the button-pusher. But whoever turned the key would die because no one can survive the electro-magnetic pulse created by a hydrogen bomb… except Desmond.

So the Losties had to go back in time not to detonate the bomb, but simply to put the bomb there so that the D.I. could create a failsafe that Desmond would later utilize to save the world… After all, the bomb was rigged to detonate on impact. If it were supposed to go off in 1977, it would have gone off when it hit the ground after falling for over 100 feet.

So what was the importance of the bomb?… If they had not gone back in time and put the bomb there, the failsafe would never have been created and Locke’s failure to press the button would have lead to the end of the world… So although it didn’t create an alternate timeline as Dan had hoped (although he previously admitted several times that he knew this to be impossible), it did save the world–a feat that I would classify as “pretty damn important.”

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Whoa long time no post…I miss LOST…and this awesome website.  Well I felt inspired by my LOST dvd collection to sit down and write a song about LOST.  This is the first song I ever posted on Youtube, so I’m still working on some bugs.  But check out this song and tell yo friends!

“Constant Tonight”


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Hey Everyone!
I’m sure most Lost fans in the states heard about the Idaho megaball winning numbers amazing similarity to the Lost numbers..
Honestly, my first reaction was, so what? Not big deal…It’s not exactly the same numbers…but then I started thinking, it is kind of amazing, because four out of the six numbers is indeed a very slim chance…

The first thing that is amazing, is 42 was the actual Megaball number… It’s the last number that has to be chosen by the player to win any earnings at all…. And 42 was the Megaball number when Hurley won the lottery! Having 42 be the actual Megaball number (or any select number being Megaball) has less than 1/50 chance itself…I think the calculation is 45/50 * 1/50= which is a 1.8% or 1 out of 55.55 happening! (basically the 45/50 comes from 42 being selected in the first 5 numbers not being Megaball)

And if I can remember my math right, the chances of getting those 4 exact numbers are (50*49*48)/(6*5*4)*(55.55) which is 1 out of 54,444!

I also read that if you played the Lost numbers, you would have won 150bux!

Please correct me on my math if anybody out there remembers permeutations better than me!

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I’ll say it again just incase, Do not read this if you have not seen the Lost finale and/or the epilogue included on the Lost Season 6 DVD

Anyway, if you have seen the epilogue, does anyone know what Hurley meant by the “job” for Walt? In a way I think the whole epilogue kind of left viewers guessing than answering some questions, but my guess was for Walt to take over as the ‘Man in charge’, and Walt was the ‘New’ leader.

The Dharma Initiative was explained as to why the islander’s were still getting food drops, but other than that I can’t think of anything that was answered.

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Here’s a Christmas present for everyone here, a Lost version of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Enjoy!

On the first day of Lostmas the Island sent to me Naomi hanging in a tree.

On the second day of Lostmas the Island sent to me two polar bears and Naomi hanging in a tree.

On the third day of Lostmas the Island sent to me three frenchmen, two polar bears and Naomi hanging in a tree.

On the fourth day of Lostmas the Island sent to me four Hurley birds, three frenchmen, two polar bears and Naomi hanging in a tree.

On the fifth day of Lostmas the Island sent to me five Smoke Monsters, four Hurley birds, three frenchmen, two polar bears and Naomi hanging in a tree.

On the sixth day of Lostmas the Island sent to me six Bens-a-lying, five Smoke Monsters, four Hurley birds, three frenchmen, two polar bears and Naomi hanging in a tree.

On the seventh day of Lostmas the Island sent to me seven DHARMA hatches, six Bens-a-lying, five Smoke Monsters, four Hurley birds, three frenchmen, two polar bears and Naomi hanging in a tree.

On the eighth day of Lostmas the Island sent to me eight Sawyerisms, seven DHARMA hatches, six Bens-a-lying, five Smoke Monsters, four Hurley birds, three frenchmen, two polar bears and Naomi hanging in a tree.

On the ninth day of Lostmas the Island sent to me nine Charlies singing, eight Sawyerisms, seven DHARMA hatches, six Bens-a-lying, five Smoke Monsters, four Hurley birds, three frenchmen, two polar bears and Naomi hanging in a tree.

On the tenth day of Lostmas the Island sent to me ten Kates-a-stealing, nine Charlies singing, eight Sawyerisms, seven DHARMA hatches, six Bens-a-lying, five Smoke Monsters, four Hurley birds, three frenchmen, two polar bears and Naomi hanging in a tree.

On the eleventh day of Lostmas the Island sent to me eleven Lockes-a-doing, ten Kates-a-stealing, nine Charlies singing, eight Sawyerisms, seven DHARMA hatches, six Bens-a-lying, five Smoke Monsters, four Hurley birds, three frenchmen, two polar bears and Naomi hanging in a tree.

On the twelfth day of Lostmas the Island sent to me twelve Jacks-a-fixing, eleven Lockes-a-doing, ten Kates-a-stealing, nine Charlies singing, eight Sawyerisms, seven DHARMA hatches, six Bens-a-lying, five Smoke Monsters, four Hurley birds, three frenchmen, two polar bears and Naomi hanging in a tree.

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Meanwhile, back at the Ranch, just to say I think that it is very admirable the remaining dedicated ‘Losties’ have kept writing here and many others are participating in some fashion.

The series was outstanding; it was one of the most interesting and certainly one of the most addictive. Obviously I haven’t kicked mine! Too bad the producers (thus far) have not proven themselves to have any more substance save that 12 minute video entitled “The New Man”. The producers may be (in my thoughts) stars but just ordinary ones. They did not go that extra mile which may have propelled them to the higher ranks. 12 minutes makes not a mile unless you are walking really fast (ha) And if you want some proof of what were saying just check the 2010 Emmys results. Zero awards for Lost and associates.
However, complaining about the end is not in intent of this essay although anytime I can I will take a few swipes. We can now apparently answer a great many of the mysteries ourselves which is precisely why the true super stars are the folks that have contributed to this site and others like it. Thanks to this site, I’ve been gratified by reading other members supplemental stories, thoughts and feelings about the series. They (the TOL contributors) have had the talent and capacity to write version sets that represent to me, more than missing puzzle pieces but entire quadrants of it. These folks have a zillion times more imagination than the Lost producers ever had. If the folks on this site had written for the series it would be either still be airing entertaining the masses or it would have ended with nothing to complain about wrt satisfactory answers to the mysteries.
But…back to reality and off my soap box, we are just talking about TV. Or should I shall I approach entertainment in general. To take one more jab, I’d say the Lost ending was as satisfactory as the ending for the Oscar winning movie entitled “No Country for Old Men”. I felt spiritually gratified with that ending…NOT! Were these two shows written by the same people? However, it was a good movie — I see a comparison. Could these be examples of what is becoming a signpost for our contribution to this virtual world? Hold that thought (sudden shift) – I think…this brings to mind a past show…a show that represented a future Utopian..the…a…The Next Generation. I think we’re on that Donkey wheel (going round and round). Such as life! The fact TNG was a previous generation’s product is irrelevant; I’m just lookin’ at past examples of TV fan abandonment that ended in long term success.

Ok then, let’s revisit that spin off argument. This time there’s Monopoly money where my mouth is – empirical proof, for your consideration;

Trekie$ = Lostie$ 2

-> (the following is pronounced like the star of the TV series, Paranormal State, while he’s narrating or maybe more like Stephen Hawking while he’s just talking) – Math is in theory a subjective expression medium but at the same time a universally accepted method of (end of sounding like those guys)….Got to go, The Event is about to come on the tele in this time zone!

Oh, and one more thing Ma’am – The best of the season to all and to all a good night 🙂

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“Thank you for flying Oceanic…We hope you enjoy the ride…”
“We cannot express the importance of you understanding how important airline safety is to hgdjhs…”
“jdbsjhb”… static “kjdsjgc”… static
“If you would please fasten your seatbelts, and position your seats to their full upright positions…”

Man outside the cabin: “Knock knock”
Man inside the cabin: “Who’s there?”
Man outside the cabin: “Anyone you want me to be…”

From Lostpedia…”According to Locke’s dream in “Cabin Fever”, Horace died 12 years before 2004, in 1992. Other evidence supports this date for the Purge. Kelvin Inman, who served in the Gulf War (1990-1991), joined the Initiative, presumably before the Purge. (“Live Together, Die Alone”) When Danielle arrived in 1988, the Others had apparently not yet moved to the Barracks. ”

We know that the ring of ash surrounding something, in this case the cabin, is used to keep the monster at bay, whether in or out. We also know that Dogan was at least one of the people who was capable of creating the ash (or poison, as I believe it is the same as what was in the pill he tried to make Lennon try to make, Jack try to make…Sayid take). I assume that since Ilana and Bram came on the “316”, and were in possession of the ash…other ‘Others’ had the knowledge of it as well…making it nearly impossible to learn who actually surrounded the cabin with the eventual “broken ash ring”. But we will give it a go anyway…

In the Losties time frame, meaning excluding the monsters appearances in “Across the Sea”, when is the earliest we have actually seen the monster?

I believe we see the monster in the early 70s posing as Ben’s mother (considering the fact that they were on opposite sides of the fence), but due to the fact that Richard Alpert makes a comment about “fences keeping other things out, but not us”, referring to ‘us’ as the others, makes the thought that the monster was very much around in Lafleur and earlier extremely likely. (actually, I think Bens scene with “Mom” comes before “Lafleur” on the timeline)

Basically, we know the monster was a concern and known to the Dharma Initiative before the Losties travelled through time.

“jhsgckusd” …static… “hjsgcjh”
“Everything is not as it seems folks, no worries when flying Ocejkbdsn…idcixkjnc”….static
“Be sure to visit our sister company, Ajirwiuhdi…hgdcs”…static…

Like Jacob, I think MIBs view is not limited by the normal universal space/time rules… I think he knew of things in the future the same way Jacob did. Im not going to get into the old “there are no coincidences on Lost”…but Jacobs final candidates are the same people who travel back in time…
Meaning Jacob and MIB saw outside the metaphorical box.
The game for the Island Brothers began officially not upon Richards arrival, but upon the Losties travelling in time. Richard simply took Jacobs place behind the game board…getting helpful hints from the rule maker himself when necessary.

Its not so much the cabins inhabitant that is the true mystery…its who built the cabin that tells the tale.

“Please keep your seatbelts fastened…we may hit a little turbulance along the way…but we should all be used to that by now…jdhbcjds”…static…

I believe the cabin is built sometime after Ethan’s birth, because in Locke’s dream Horace tells Locke he is building the cabin for his wife and son. Before you assume that the monster was simply lying to and manipulating Locke…understand that I am aware of this.

The monster was very much lying and manipulating…but I think as many good stories are…it is also based on fact. Because when John woke up and went to where the Dharma Initiative were “laid to rest”, he found the map in Horace’s pocket.

What MIB does best is use not only emotions as weapons against its victims while posing as the deceased, it also uses the knowledge of the dead as well.
As John Locke, his spoken knowledge to Ben about being in the hatch together was something that helped him keep Ben on his side long enough to get him to kill Jacob for him.

I know, they knew each other, so that doesn’t count…so here’s another example more along the lines of what happens with Horace and (a very gullible) John Locke…
Christian had no emotional ties to John, but in the wheel chamber, his words about “my son” were enough to convince Locke (and Jack) that it was indeed Christian Shepard, and Johns following of his instructions seemed more logical knowing(believing) that Christian was indeed Jacks father.
MIBs resources run deep…
Maybe him getting off the island wouldnt be so bad…yep…I could definitely see Smokey as a politician…

“Please wrap the band around the back of your head and place the mask over your nose and moujhcbjh”…static…
“Remember to breathe, it will be ok…we are experiencing a loss in cabin pressure at the momenjbdj”…static…

I believe that MIB found Horace out in the woods a short time after Amy has Ethan. Going on the logic of MIB using emotions AND knowledge to trick someone into doing his deeds, he most likely assumed the form of Paul, Amys ex who was killed by the Others in “LaFleur”.
Just as he appeared as Christian to get Jack to the water/cave, John in the wheel chamber, and whoever else. MIB was doing nothing but setting in stone the circumstances he knew had to take place to make his dream come true…leaving that god-forsaken island.

I am left to assume from this that Ethan being abducted by the Others came possibly at some time before the purge…maybe at the cabin that Horace built in the woods for him and his family.
Like many of the other small things that happen in the past, certain things, no matter how miniscule, had to take place, and MIB knew that it could never happen without Ethan being an Other.
Ethan HAD to shoot John in the leg. Ethan had to help get Juliet to the island. Ethan HAD to infiltrate the Losties camp. And most importantly…Ethan HAD to be the others surgeon until…another one “fell out of the sky”…then his work was done.
Has to make you wonder if he was ever told “You can go now” by an invisible dead person right before he died…maybe his father told him.

We know Horace dies in the purge between 1988 and 1992, and Ben takes Alex in this time as well. Considering that Danielle had the baby seven months after arriving, it would have been 1989 when Ben took Alex…and leaving us with a three year period (1989-1992) when Horace could have actually built the cabin, and making this theory relevant…at least in terms of who built the cabin, why he built the cabin, and why MIB wanted him to build the cabin…all over little Ethan Rom.
But there is more to it in the long run…

“We may have been wrong about a few things. We need you to prepare for the worst ladies and gentlemen. Oceanic apologizes for the situation…and again..tjsad”…static…

This leads us to the last mystery of the cabin…WHY was the ash ring there?
My original thought was to imprison MIB in the cabin. Makes sense right? How do you stop a monster from running amok…put it in a cage…but due to the history we know of the ash, it has ONLY been used in keeping the monster out…logical, vs my imagination…lets try both…

The most logical choice would be to keep the monster out right? (wink at Emzi) Which makes sense because the ONLY time we see the ring of ash is to keep the monster out…never for imprisonment.

So why would jacob want to keep the monster out of the cabin?
Because the monster is Jacobs brother…and Jacob understands how he thinks, and more importantly how he plays his game.

MIB NEEDS to have a person alone to truly convince them of who he is. He needs to get a person in a situation where they are not thinking about anything else…where he can put pressure on without interference from Jacob or his “candidates/protectors”. The cabin was the perfect place to apply the pressure.
When the words “Help me” were spoken to John, he never for a second assumed that the voice came from anywhere outside the cabin…and even though he questioned him, he KNEW it was not Ben.

The cabin is where I believe MIB spoke to Ben long ago(maybe what Ben meant by “I thought I was summoning the monster, when I realized it was summoning me”), possibly again as his mother and how Ben was able to find it originally. This helps with another mystery…

MIB moves the cabin with each person he seduces and manipulates in his romance of achieving his dream of a brick house and a picket fence “Across the Sea”.
This is why nobody can find it UNTIL IT IS THEIR TURN to have MIBs pressure applied inside of his cabin. But we know this…even if we don’t want to admit it yet…

We know MIB was Christian Shepard. He said it, Claire said it, Jack knows it…and even the writers have spoken up and said that MIB was indeed Christian on the island.
That is why I say its not the inhabitant now that matters, its the person who built the cabin that is the key.

“Hold on folks, we seem to be stabilizing pressure…”…”Oceanic wants you to hjbcjhds”…static…
“What was that flash?”

That is why I lean more towards the ash imprisoning MIB…

We know that sometime before the purge/Rousseau having Alex taken, the cabin is built. And somewhere after that, but before September 23 2004, MIB is imprisoned. Roughly 1988 at the earliest…and 1992 at the latest…based on island events that we are aware of.

We know that the monster was on the island roaming in 2004 when the losties crashed. We also see someone else that same day…that should not be there as he is…Christian Shepard.
The monster was free, therefor the ash ring was broken.

So lets go back to poor Mr. Goodspeed and his lovely family.
I think there is a possibility that Ethan was not just taken, but saved by none other than Mrs. Goodspeed, or Amy…or Amelia…the Other that was in Juliets house before the bookclub meeting the day of the 815 crash. (See ANY of my “Amy…” theories as a reference for my reasoning behind believing Amy is Amelia)

I believe that Horace, Amy, and young Ethan were in the cabin that Paul, Amy’s dead exhusband/lover/spouse/(MIB) told Horace to build.
I believe that MIB appeared at the cabin as Paul, and told them Ethan had to go to the Others, to which they believed him and did so in an effort to save Ethans life…which they did…because Ethan HAD to live to do the things that he did.

Horace then took Amy and Ethan to the “Others”, and told them what was happening.
The Others forcibly take Amy with them against her will, even though Horace knows it will save her life as well…maybe even at Horaces request. They gave Horace the Ash and told him to go to the cabin, explaining its ability and what his friend giving him advice really is. Horace makes his way back to the cabin, and surrounds it with the ash trapping MIB inside.

Then, Horace goes back to Dharmaville AWARE of the news about the purge that is coming, but can rest peacefully knowing that his wife and son are safe…so he finds a nice seat on a bench alone…and waits peacefully for the inevitable.
The others, knowing now that the DI leader is all but out of commission…intelligently strike at the perfect time…

As easy as the purge was, it takes the Others quite a while to make Amy come around and realize that she and Horace did what is best for their son. She plays the game, but also remembers seeing her dead husband, and knowing Horace’s fate…makes her way back to the cabin after gaining the Others trust a few years later…but Amy didn’t realize that she, like Ben was actually being summoned by someone.

Having NO trouble finding the cabin, Amy arrives and speaks to the Man in Black…who looks again like Paul, or maybe even Horace.
He tells her that they can be a family again…tells her that they can live together on the island forever…
He tells her she can have whatever she wants most in the world…all she has to do is one thing for him…break the ash ring so he is able to leave.

This all leads to Ilana and Bram arriving at the cabin. Their words before the cabin was torched were possibly misinterpreted by us all at the time. I dont believe that she would be looking for Jacob there, because he is at the staue, and gave her instructions during his off island visit when she was wounded. Ilana, if anyone, knew where to find Jacob. They had Johns body and were trying to show the face of the enemy to everyone, and trying to kill or possibly even trap MIB…

“He is not here”…meaning MIB…
“Someone else has been using it”…meaning whoever he was at the time…Christian, Paul, Horace….

Ilana ordered the cabin to be burned because she knew what MIB used it for…maybe she was even tricked there herself. I actually think that it may be possible that the cabin itself was the key or energy source for MIB changing forms. Remember…her answer to why MIB wont change forms was “because he can’t anymore”, not because Jacob was dead…that was simply an assumption.

“Well folks, I don’t think you’ll be needing those masks…there is a bigger problem now…”

Whether you’re in the cabin on an Oceanic flight, or the cabin in the woods of the Lost Island, chances are you will experience a false sense of security…a drastic change in cabin pressure…and then it will crash and burn around you…

“Thank you all for flying Oceanic…this is your pilot, A.E.S. speaking…Have a nice day…”

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I want to begin with something Emzi stated in her theory; the ash was intact around the Cabin while the Smoke Monster roamed the island in Season 1-5, so it’s obvious; the Smoke Monster was not trapped in the Cabin.

It’s easy to fall into thinking he was trapped (i certainly did at first), since we’ve seen the power the ash had in protection from the Monster. Two cases in point; Braum encircling himself with it, and the people at the Temple surrounding the temple with it. So if it keeps him OUT, it could obviously keep him IN if you encircled him without its knowing, right? This is where things could get tricky…

Just like we can conclude the ash didn’t entrap him inside the cabin, we can also conclude it didn’t keep him out. We saw MIB as Christian Shepherd inside the Cabin, during a time when the ash was still unbroken. Which means he CROSSED OVER the ash to go inside, and also crossed BACK OVER to come out when he was Christian Shepherd at the bottom of the well.

So we have two observations here. Braum encircled himself with the ash, and Smokey COULD NOT cross. The Cabin was encircled with ash, but Smokey COULD cross. What is the difference?

Back to the Temple. The Others encircled the Temple with ash, so they could be protected from the Monster; similar to when Braum encircled himself. They knew the ash would protect them because the ash’s power was somehow linked to Dogen being alive. The ash lost it’s power when Dogen died, as we all know from the episode Sundown. And just as the sun went down, the Monster freely entered and raised hell.

During that episode, Flocke and Claire approached the Temple and had a discussion right at the ash boundary. I remember thinking at that moment; Oh man, here we go…this is so obvious… Claire will stoop down and make a break in the ash so her friend Mr. Smokester can penetrate through and raise hell inside the Temple. But no, Flocke held back, to launch a bigger strategic move.. He recruited Sayid to go back inside and kill the man who’s life held the power behind the ash, then he entered to raise hell.

So what would have happened if Claire had broken the ash for the Monster, before Dogen’s death? I believe if that would have happened, he still could have freely entered and raised hell
. But regardless if the ash is intact or not, I also believe Dogen couldn’t be harmed by the Monster. He was alot like a candidate; in fact, he probably was a candidate. Flocke had him killed just like he had any other candidate killed; at the hands of another candidate; Sayid.

Nevertheless, I bring this point up only to say; the ash was an extension of Dogen’s power. By having the Temple encircled in ash, his friends at the Temple were also protected by the same rules that enforced Dogen’s protection. This makes sense.

Back to the Cabin. The Cabin was encircled in ash, in which MIB could freely cross back and forth. The Temple was encircled in ash, in which MIB could also (after Dogen’s death) freely cross back and forth. See the connection?!

OK…here is where I really step from observations to theorizing. Hang with me. Suppose there is more than one Ash substance. There is Ash that has its power because of Dogen. Maybe Braum’s ash had it’s power because of Braum, or somebody else? Who knows? Maybe if the candidates hung out on the Island longer they could have had some ash that had it’s power because of them.

What I’m stretching for here is; perhaps the Cabin experienced an identical scenario to the Temple. Somebody was alive in the Cabin; who spread their own powerful ash around the Cabin for protection. Not for their own protection; by encircling the Cabin it allowed the protection to extend to others inside the ash visiting the cabin. MIB came up with a plan to “recruit” somebody who could enter the cabin and kill the person who holds the power of the ash. Soon afterward, the Smoke Monster could come in and kill all the Cabin visitors, while the ash ring still being INTACT.

Final thoughts. Why would MIB want the ash ring still intact, either around the Cabin or around the Temple? The Cabin, with its ring still intact, was a place of trapped souls; the ones who Hurley saw, and the “Help Me” ghost Locke heard; those souls were of the people killed in the Cabin ring. Similarly, the temple would be haunted with the trapped souls of the ones murdered inside the temple ring.

Honestly, I don’t know how this could help MIB… But I think it’s a good explanation of to how the Cabin got its spookiness. Thoughts?!!

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Unfortunate that October/November 2010 has been so thin on theories thus far. AND The Cabin was a great subject for discussion. Have we lost LOST or have we lost the Others and Losties? Hopefully it is/was just a blip wrt trend.
In any event, I shall not be stopped from asking if the idea I’m about to propose, if not as good as The Cabin, be considered for upcoming Theories of the Month…
That said, if we could discuss Season 5, the Hatch and the Losties. For example, what do we suppose happened when and if Jughead detonated or not?
Did nothing happen? How did the Hatch return to its post Desmond state in Season 6 E1, if indeed it did? Was this a case of what happened, happened? Would things have been different, if during the 1970s something had happened differently? Could something have happened differently? Could the 70’s be to blame? Could this confusion have been averted if it wasn’t for the 70s?
I’m certain some of this had been discussed at an earlier point, however since Lost ended, I don’t believe it has extensively.
It may be interesting to play with a full hand as it were, now we have the series behind us. Just to mention; having a full hand is by no means the same as having a full deck (to speak of the 70s).
IF the admin and community (as it is) likes the idea, nice people could spend time on Facebook while the debate flares on 🙂

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So there I was, settling in to watch my second favorite TV show–House–the other night. It starts out with an old fashioned 18th century ship in a storm on the sea. What? This isn’t Princeton, New Jersey! Cut to the inside of the hull, where overcrowded slaves are in chains moaning and groaning and getting seasick. (The Black Rock, anyone?) The evil captain comes down and drags one of them above to be thrown overboard, as he frantically says good-bye to his son. After this, a flash of light and a “whooshing” sound bring the scene to a calm sea in 2010 where a family is vacationing on their cabin cruiser (which is very reminiscent of Desmond’s and Penny’s boat, “Our Mutual Friend.”) Add this to the recent addition of Cynthia Watros to the cast of House, and I wondered if this episode wasn’t a nod to Lost. So did anyone else catch it?

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I know some of you are watching The Event, and I’ve recently seen the first 4 episodes and think it’s really good. It hasn’t got me hooked in the same way as I was when I first saw The Pilot of LOST – however, I do look forward to seeing what’s going to happen next.

And really, this show shouldn’t be compared with Lost. It’s a completely different show. Sure, it poses questions, but it’s a completely different story to what was Lost.

With that though, I think it could conjur up many theories, and so I have created a site called theoriesontheevent.com – you may recognise the layout and colour scheme (I think I got lazy).

So, if you’ve been watching The Event and have theories, questions etc. be sure to register 🙂

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As suggested by wolfx I’ve decided to extend October 2010’s Theory contest til the end of November, so it’ll be the Oct/Nov 2010 Theory contest.

I hope this is ok with everyone. Let me know if you have any ideas for future contests 🙂

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Admin, because there were so few entries for Oct 2010, perhaps the contest period could be extended for those who did not get the opportunity to submit a theory in time? It could be called the “Oct/Nov ’10 Contest”.
I (for one) was looking forward to reading a variety of thoughts about The Cabin! It was an excellent basis for discussion. Perhaps the theme is so intriging, more time to ponder it is required.

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Let’s take a look at what we do know about the cabin.

We were first introduced to the Cabin when Ben took Locke there to “meet” Jacob. Ben proceeded to talk to an invisible chair and tried to pursuade Locke that Jacob was sat in the chair. Just as an unimpressed Locke decides to leave the Cabin, all hell breaks loose. Things begin to move around the room, things break etc. and Ben is pushed accross the room and we see for a split second someone sat in the chair. We also here someone saying “Help me”. Locke is the only one who hears it and this then annoys Ben. In Season 5 we find out that Ben had never even met Jacob, and when he took Locke to the Cabin he was pretending to talk to Jacob in the empty chair.

Another thing we know about the Cabin is it is surrounded by an ash ring, which at some point gets broken. From meeting The Temple Others we know that the ash was used as protection against The Smoke Monster / MIB. So, the ash around the Cabin was either keeping Smokey out, or keeping Smokey in.

My theory is, it was used to keep Smokey out. Smokey was surveying the island since The Pilot and I think the ash circle around the Cabin was broken after that time (more on that later), so it couldn’t have been used to keep Smokey in.

So, if it was to keep Smokey out, was it really Jacob in the chair? My answer is no.

Think back to Room 23 – the “brainwashing” room that we’ve seen. We know that was a part of some Dharma experiment, and I think that this room is somehow linked to The Cabin. I think that whoever gets put into the “brainwashing” chair can somehow project themselves to The Cabin. At that moment when Ben and Locke are at the Cabin, no one else is present in the room. But around that time someone is being “brainwashed” in Room 23. I’m not entirely sure who, but whoever it was was able to project themselves for a couple of seconds to The Cabin when Ben and Locke were there, and asked them for help.

Walt was also being “brainwashed” when The Others kidnapped him, only Walt is “Special”, and was able to project himself in places where is wasn’t supposed to be. That is, any place in the world, any place in time. I’m going off the subject, but I believe that when Walt appeared to Locke and told him he had work to do, this was when he was being “brainwashed” in Room 23. I know he wasn’t on the island at that time, but when we was being “brainwashed” he could project himself to the future. He could also project himself to the past (when Shannon saw him).

Anyway… back to The Cabin. Ben knew of the Cabin, he’d helped with some of the experiments, but he’d only ever witnessed things that happened at Room 23. He’d never seen the effects of these experiments at The Cabin. So when he went there, he never expected things to start flying around the room and was just as in shock as Locke was.

So, why didn’t Ben hear the voice ask for help? That, I believe, is down to Jacob.

Long before the experiments started, Jacob used The Cabin as a place to go when he was bored of looking out to sea. He placed the ash around it to prevent his brother from going there. When Dharma came and found the Cabin they decided it would be a great place to try their “brainwashing” experiments. They didn’t touch the ash. They knew something or someone had placed it there for a reason and didn’t want to tarnish it.

However, after The Purge, instead of getting his cabin back like he’d hoped, Ben and the Others decided to make use of the “brainwashing” technology. So, because of Ben’s involvement, Jacob punished him by not allowing him to be so “in-tuned” with the Island. On this miracle Island Ben got a tumour, he had to have an operation to have it removed and took a week or two for him to fully heal. Jacob made him like this.

So when a voice said “Help Me”, Ben couldn’t hear it because he wasn’t as “in-tuned” with the Island as Locke was. Of course, Ben had a hissy fit when he realised just how special Locke was when Locke told him he’d heard someone in the Cabin. Ben knew it was part of Jacob’s punishment.

When Illana and her crew arrived at the Cabin, they were expecting to find Jacob there because he had used it often before Dharma showed up. When they saw the break in the ash circle they knew that it’d been used by MIB and that’s why they burnt it down.

Locke broke the ash circle when he and Ben left The Cabin. When he broke the ash it caused a temporal anomaly due to the power of the ash and the experiments that had happened there. Just like Room 23 allowed its victims to project themselves to The Cabin, The Cabin was also able to project itself somewhere else on the island. But only for a short amount of time, and only once the ash was broken. When Hurley stumbled upon The Cabin it had already taken occupancy by MIB (in the form of Christian Shepherd). But it was still shifting around on the Island which is why Hurley saw it in two different places in a short period of time.

MIB was using The Cabin as part of the bigger plan to kill Jacob. He knew that Locke now thought it was Jacob who had asked him for help, so he knew he could manipulate Locke on his next visit to The Cabin.

But who was the person that peered through the hole and looked at Hurley? It certainly looked like MIB was with company. However, I think it was just a trick of MIB’s. He can turn himself into anyone who has died on (or off) the Island, and he knew Hurley was looking through the hole, so he thought he’d have some fun and stare back at him. Only, it wasn’t Christian Shepherd’s form staring back at him, it was someone Hurley knew who had died. (I wanted to say his grandpa but I know it looked nothing like him, and can’t think of anyone else in particular).

So, The Cabin. Mystery Solved?

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Unfortunately, this theory of mine won’t delve into the spookiness associated with the Cabin; I simply want to layout my thoughts and paint the picture of what I believe happened when Richard Alpert came to the Island. Why Richard? Because the day Richard came was the same day the four toe statue was destroyed, which was the first step in the chain of events leading to the use of places such as the Cabin.

Remember what’s different with Richard; he was the first (and only) of his kind in the game between Jacob and MIB. Remember Richard and Jacob’s first conversation on the beach?:

RICHARD: Before you brought my ship, there were others?
JACOB: Yes, many.
RICHARD: What happened to them?
JACOB: They’re all dead.
RICHARD: But if you brought them here. Why didn’t you help them?
JACOB: Because I wanted them to help themselves. To know the difference between right and wrong without me having to tell them. It’s all meaningless if I have to force them to do anything. Why should I have to step in?
RICHARD: If you don’t, he will.
[Jacob pauses for a moment, taking Richard’s words into consideration.]
JACOB: Do you want a job?

Based on that conversation, I think the “game” up to that point might have been boring. Just imagine Jacob and MIB laying back, eating stone grilled fish on the beach, watching people “come, fight, destroy, corrupt” and/or “make progress”; and every time new people came, it always ended with everyone dying. That’s what Jacob said; “They’re all dead.” And that’s exactly MIB’s frustration; it all ends the same, so why even bring them to the Island?

So with the pieces of the game dying each time, it really doesn’t “win” or “lose” the game they’re engaged in. It’s only a difference of opinion; MIB says they destroyed themselves, Jacob says it ended but there was progress. It’s a stalemate.

So with the arrival of the Black Rock and Richard Alpert, Jacob expanded the game board a little. Jacob chooses to use an intermediary to teach the game pieces how to think for themselves.

Before Jacob talks Richard into taking the job, it was actually MIB who made the first bold move in the game; destroying Jacob’s home base, the 4 toed statue. Before I go any further, let me explain the basis of my argument; we all know it’s Jacob who chooses who comes to the Island, but I believe it’s MIB who chooses the manner of how they arrive. That manner always involving a crash; BlackRock, Henry Gale’s balloon, Oceanic, Aijira, Nigerian plane, Desmond’s Sailboat; all crashes with fatalities (except Desmond of course.) So why crashes? To kill as many people as possible, narrowing down the game pieces; MIB’s method of play is to first eliminate the variables.

So by crashing the Black Rock in a storm, he accomplishes two things; making the ship passengers easy prey and destroying Jacob’s home. So what’s the significance of the statue? I believe it served several purposes:

1. Jacob’s home:
Where he slept, ate, sewed, kept warm near the fire etc.

2. Jacob’s place of protection:
Jacob told Richard nobody is allowed inside unless they’re invited. That must be one of the game rules; so as long he’s inside, he’ll always be safe. (The Leader of the Others always had invitation, which MIB of course took advantage of later.)

3. Jacob’s meeting place. I say this because it would have been an ideal place; only people he invites may come in, so it would be a fairly secure place. But until Richard, he never wanted to meet with anybody.

4. A landmark to guide people to the Island:
I’m sure any ship that sees that huge statue, would immediately change course to investigate. That might have been what happened to the Black Rock. It’s similar to the transmission of the numbers to bring Rousseau’s ship in.

5. A place of Magic:
Here’s where things get interesting. It’s not the statue itself that produces the magic; it’s the ash within the fire circle. The ash is key. It’s symbolic. It’s actually the enforcer of the rules of the game.

One of the powerful magical phenomena the ash can be used for; it allows objects/people to appear/dissapear any place they want to travel. I know this may sound far fetched, but I believe the evidence supports this. Three things I can think of; 1) The cabin appearing/dissapearing 2) Jacob suddenly appearing in the statue when MIB and Ben came in 3)Jacob traveling on and off the Island.

I’ll stretch the traveling phenomena even further; I seriously doubt Jacob slid that huge stone door back and forth every time he exited and entered the statue. He could simply appear out on the beach to go fishing, or appear in the temple to talk with Dogen, or appear in America to give Jack Shepherd an Apollo bar. He’s Jacob for crying out loud. The game player isn’t constrained like the game pieces.

So the only thing MIB could piece together is that Jacob lived in statue, and that he could travel anywhere he wanted. By destroying the statue, Jacob would no longer have that power, or so he thought.

This is where Jacob’s grand illusion begins. When the statue is destroyed, Jacob pretends he doesn’t live there anymore. MIB doesn’t know anything about the living area inside the foot; he’s never been inside the statue. This is why Flocke is so surprised when Richard brings him to the foot:
FLOCKE: What is it? Why are we stopping?
RICHARD: You’ll see.
FLOCKE: Well, it’s a wonderful foot, Richard, but what does it have to do with Jacob?
RICHARD: It’s where he lives.

After the statue is destroyed, Jacob of course continues to secretly reside in the foot. But to create the illusion he lives somewhere else, Jacob chooses a second home; the cave at the cliffs. When and how MIB founds this out is unknown. I would think the cliffs are difficult to descend down for MIB in smoke monster form. And I would like to think MIB discovered the cave after Jacob had already written candidate names and numbers on the wall; kind of a slap in the face to MIB, letting him know at the right moment how much planning is involved selecting his candidates.

Another place worthy to mention; the Lighthouse. One of the purposes of the statue was to guide people the Island, the Lighthouse replaced the statue for that very purpose. I think it’s obvious the Lighthouse was built long after the temple and the 4 toed statue were built. The temple, tunnels, and statue were likely built from people who were Egyptian; the Lighthouse, absent of heiroglyphics, was probably built during a time when the world was being discovered by ships much like the Black Rock. That being said, Jacob had people build the Lighthouse to guide ships to the Island, and of course for Jacob to use the mirrors to observe his candidates’ lives.

What is the cabin? It was a place Horrace built to vacation with his family. His wife Amy liked to get away from the Barracks, even on picnics, which we all know got her first husband killed by venturing into Hostile territory. So Horrace built a cabin, which he knew was safely outside Hostile territory, yet far from the Barracks to avoid running into his own people too.

Horrace was the leader of the Dharma Initiative residents. When Richard had a problem he needed to discuss, like the missing bodies of his people, he came to Horrace. So when conflicts arose that needed to be discussed, but not to the point of Richard coming into the Barracks; it makes logical sense that Richard and Horrace would meet halfway at the Cabin.

The ash surrounding the Cabin could have served two purposes. Firstly, it kept the smoke monster from coming in; perhaps Horrace pleaded with Richard on having that since he was used to having the protection of the perimeter fence.

Secondly, the ash was probably used for its mystical transportive powers that I talked about before. Instead of Richard talking to Jacob to receive instruction, then meet with Horrace to go over those instructions; why not bring Jacob’s presence right there at the meeting place? Think of it like this; by laying down a ring of ash, Jacob new exactly where to appear. Maybe that’s how Richard would meet with Jacob each time, even places other than the cabin; lay down a circle of the ash, and Jacob would mystically appear. The circle was only bigger at the cabin because it was used for both transportive powers and smokey protection.

Sometime afterward, Ben discovers the Cabin as an established meeting place with Jacob. It could be Richard brings him along for a meeting with the Dharma people, or Ben spies from the woods and sees Richard visit the place often. Regardless, in Ben’s mind, he believes that is where Jacob resides.

Things change somehow, and this is where my theorizing goes flat. Somehow, MIB or “somebody else” is using it (Ilana’s words), even while the ash circle is still intact. Ben, still under the impression that’s where Jacob resides, brings Locke there in the episode “Man Behind the Curtain.”

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