Can we assume that the time shift to 1977 is transferrable and an answer to Lost’s version of Chekhov’s Gun
By this question I simply theorise that maybe the island shift is only relative to those in the vicinity of the island. We see that those who came to the island in 1977 did so in a flash of white light. Is it not also possible that if Sawyer, Juliet and Kate went out further in the sub than they did prior to Sawyer Orange Juice Mutiny (cute, right?), then is it not possible that they too might share a flash of white light and wind up back in present time, i.e. 2007? We can accept this theory based on the working of Ben and Locke. Ben moved the island in time and he landed nearly a full year later in Tunisia. Similarly, after John fixed this error of Ben’s which lead to time skipping, the island adjusted into a constant time, albeit the wrong one, in 1977. Regardless, Locke lands off island in present time. That said, we know the passing of time is relative to environment, i.e. on or off-island. Over the space of a week, in what should of been 2004, on the island, the Losties were skipping from anywhere between the 19th century and 2007. Afterwards three years were spent in 1977. All the while, off-island, time moved as normal in a linear, uninterrupted fashion. Therefore, what I postulate is that regardless of time on the island, time runs smoothly off island, based on the points I have put forward. Time is interrupted, on island only, with the presence of a white light.
Therefore, at the end of ‘The Incident’, a white light, hardly a result Jughead, must propel the Losties into a later or ‘alternate time’. Though many postulate it sends them to 1992, in order to fix the purge. It makes sense, yes, as the purge seems to be a major factor in the history of the island, but the question remains do the producers have enough time to deal with another time jump, reconcile the present and appropriately deal with each of our loved main characters. Unfortunately, I think not. The producers have said that it would be Season 5 specifically, that would deal with time travel, leading me to believe that Season 6 would tackle a different theme. For the purposes of good story telling, speeding through Season 6 just to address the purge does not provide sufficient information for the other, more important, unasnwered questions. With regads to Jughead, we must look at it a clever plot device, simialr to Chekhov’s gun: introduced in Act 1 and used at the end of Act 2. However, Jughead has been introduced and brought back again, but we still have an entire Season, or Act, to go. Again, silly story telling to eliminate the entire main cast with a season to go? On a side note, does anyone find Jack’s indifference toward his fellow losties as irriating as Michael back in the day…’WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLT!’ Maybe it’s just me.
For those reasons, I reckon the white light will usher our Losties straight back into an ‘appropriate time’, possibly spending Season 6 as a reliving of Season 1 (a cop-out I do not wish to see, I might add). However, I leave you with a bit of food for thought: We have only seen WHITE flashes, as we did in the series finale, as a result of a few actions: entering the vicinity of the island (Flight 316) and when the island is moved (repercussions of the actions of Ben and Locke). We are naturally, but maybe blindly accepting that it is either jughead (I certainly hope not at this stage of the theory) or the energy pocket under the hatch that causes the white light. However, when the hatch imploded in Season 2, we saw a purple flash and purple. As the people on the island are neither leaving, nor coming to the island (they’re already there), then we must consider that the island may be moved at the same time as Jack & Co. attack Dharma at the hatch. The question is who is there to do it? Purely speculating, after Richard took little Ben to the Others camp to be healed, we didn’t really see much of him afterwards. Maybe Ben was ordered by Richard to move the island as repayment for saving his life? Or maybe, the recruitment of a certain polar bear might have caused this move? Again, these are poorly supported hypotheses, but I welcome other theories on who may have moved the island ‘this time’.