My theory on time travel and the conclusion of the show.
Hello all, this is my first post so please be gentle! I have been a lurker here for a while and have decided to put my thoughts down. After many discussions with work friends, i can now say exactly what i think is going on and ultimately how the show will end. OK, here goes.
Regarding time travel, i think that both schools of thought are correct on this one to a certain degree, i.e. whatever happened, happened but also that the past CAN be changed. Much like a previous post i read, Desmond has made minor course corrections to the timeline we know by his actions in the past. The thing is, as also stated previously, the writers of Lost have ways of throwing curve balls in when you least expect it.
It was very interesting to see how the Ben story played out last week and i myself blame Jack for the reason why Ben had to be taken to Richard. If he had helped and operated on Ben then Ben may well have never become an Other. Also, Sawyers and Kate’s involvement was paramount as they took Ben to Richard Alpert. Again, a direct result of Jack’s refusal to help (yeah, ok i know that if Sayid hadn’t shot him in the first place we wouldn’t be having this conversation but you get my point). In this particular storyline, the fact that the Losties are in the past and interfered (although “correctly” if you will) in things in the past, the “past” has been played out as it should and how we and the Losties knew it should.
Now, although all the above is obvious, it is a prime example of whatever happened, happened. BUT, and this is a big but, it IS possible for the Losties to change the timeline altogether, despite what Eloise Hawking bangs on about course correction and i do think the writers are deliberately trying to throw people off the scent and will throw in a MAJOR alternate timeline as a result of one of the Losties actions. In countless Sci-Fi shows and films, many have shown subtle changes to the time line and that is what i think will happen in Lost. For example, in the Stargate SG1 episodes Moebius Part 1 and 2 (and i quote from Wikipedia): SG-1 uses an Ancient Puddle Jumper to time-travel back to ancient Egypt to recover a ZPM. However, they cause Ra to take the Stargate at Giza with him when he leaves Earth, altering the future so the SGC doesn’t exist, and then in the second part, an alternate-reality SG-1 must go back in time and fix the past to save the future. In the process, the team must re-recruit Teal’c and find the real Daniel Jackson, who is still in ancient Egypt. SG1 get the timeline back on track but with subtle changes – they changed the past.
In Back to the future, Marty McFly changed the past in several instances, such as running over a pine tree that was to be the name of a mall car park which was changed in the future, his Dad became more confident in the future because of Marty’s actions in the past which ended with his Dad knocking out his high school bully, Biff Tannen. I could go on but you get my drift, it is possible to change the past (if you think about this, they hinted at this when Hurley said to Miles “how come Ben didn’t recognise the guy that shot him when he met him in the future”) although admittedly there is another school of thought that says because it hadn’t “happened” yet then Ben will only remember Sayid, basically, when he wakes up on the bed with Locke looking at him at the end of Whatever happened, happened (much like Desmonds “dream”).
Anyway, after all that rambling, here is how i think the show will end. I do hope no-one has come up with this theory so far! I think that in the last ever episode a Lostie (maybe Desmond, Jack or Hurley, not sure yet) will end up at the same time zone as the Desmond who was too late to enter the numbers which led to the crash of flight 815. I think this Lostie will enter the numbers into the computer in the hatch in time to stop the pulse that brought the plane down in the first place. I think that one of the last scenes you will see is Oceanic 815 flying safely over the island and away into the distance with all our Losties sitting blissfully unaware in the plane on what they have just been saved from. Thats my theory anyway! Cheers!