Juliette is Schrodinger’s cat: a unified theory of parallel timelines, course correcting and Locke/FLocke
The credit for this theory goes in big part to discussion we’ve had recently on the website. I can’t really quote everybody, but I think all the latest 20 posts inspired me in some way.
A lot of people have tried to introduce the concept of the Schrodinger’s cat experiment to Lost. Google it for more information, but the idea is that an event could occur at 50% chance in a box in which you can’t observe. This event leads, or not to the death of a cat. Once you open the box, you can assess whether the cat is dead or not, but before you open it, we can consider “cat living” and “cat dead” as 2 possibilities with equal probabilities. In a popular interpretation of the Schrodinger’s experiment, the universe before you opened the box is seen as a double timeline universe. In one timeline, the cat is dead, and in an other timeline, the cat is alive. Once you open the box, the timelines fuse, and the cat is either dead or alive. Now I’ve contested this view numerous times, because I think there is no such thing as an observer in Lost that, once he sees the events, would lead in a fusion of parallel universes. However I think that the basic idea of the Schrodinger’s experiment and the general idea of highly influencal events with equal probabilities to occur could be interesting.
Juliette is at the bottom of a profound hole drilled into earth in close proximity with a magnetic field. We’re in the 70’s. She’s alone, and there is a H bomb beside her. These are extreme conditions. That seems pretty close to the conditions in which the Schrodinger’s cat is put: hidden from all observers, alone with a mechanism that could lead to its own death, or not, thus creating 2 universes of possibilities, 2 timelines. Let’s assume that anything that happens from the 70’s to today is a pretty linear representation of 1 of those timelines. In fact from what we’ve been shown, there are many complex events happening between the 70’s to today, but all the major time shifts appeared either at the beginning or end of this period (in the 70’s or post-2004), or before. Basically, from the 70’s to 2004, we can consider this as a relatively linear timeline (with some exceptions however, for instance Daniel Faraday talking to Desmond). Seeing Lost in this manner, we could consider that what we’ve been shown in seasons 1 to 5, is one of the possibilities, from the perspective of inside the box itself. Let me explain the sequence of events in each of these timelines. One of these timelines start with Juliette making the bomb explode (cat dead) and the other starts with Juliette not making the bomb explode (cat alive). Thus the “uncertainity” with which the season 5 ends is actually the uncertainity in the Schrodinger’s experiment. And instead of being a “yes or no” case, Juliette making the bomb explodes is a Schrodinger’s paradox case, in one timeline she did, in another she did not. And the meeting at the statue at the end of Season 5 corresponds to the moment when we open the box.
Timeline 1 – Juliette does NOT make the bomb explode. The magnetic phenomenon absorbs lots of metal things. The Dharma people left on the island build a temporary solution which empties the magnetic field every 108 minutes; they eventually patch the whole caves with concrete where they drilled to avoid radiations that come from the non-exploded but exposed H bomb. They eventually set up the computer; Dharma people from the sub come back and set Dharmaville as we know it; Desmond eventually forgets to use the computer which leads in flight 815 to crash. John Locke ends up on the island, then leaves the island, fails in bringing back people, dies, and ends up in a coffin. John Locke is really dead, Ben killed him, he saw him dead for days. There is not doubt in John Locke’s death. This is the timeline that we’ve been shown for 5 seasons, pretty much. Note that in this timeline, Rousseau’s number message is stopped – it doesn’t play anymore because sayid uses the radio tower.
Timeline 2 – Juliette does make the bomb explode. That’s tricky because it’s a timeline that we’ve not been shown – but we’ve been shown bouts of it. When describing the machine that allows her to trace the position of the island, Eloise says that it was designed by very intelligent people; from the Dharma Initiative. Now what I think is that the people who built this thing are the Dharma Initiative people from the submarine. In a timeline where they left by submarine, the bomb exploded, and they had no other way of finding back the island. Another hint that this timeline exists is Rousseau’s numbers that we hear when the Ajira flight is landing; this shows us that in a certain timeline, Rousseau’s numbers were not removed; so flight 815 never crashed in this timeline. Now I don’t know why yet, and I think this is what Season 6 will tell us, but this timeline leads to a living John Locke to arrive to the island – by completely separated events that we’ve not yet been shown. This is what “he’s gone through, to be here”. Somehow, John Locke is brought to the island – not by the Ajira flight.
The “war” that people are referring to might very well be the war for the validation of any of these 2 timelines; in a fight for survival, some people might be interested in one or the other timeline to be true; and since the universe has a “funny way of course correcting”, it might very well happen that events in the future might modify which timeline occurs. For example, when the group leaded by Illanna comes to show the dead body of John Locke, in the future, this is Jacob’s side fighting for timeline 1. When John Locke/smokey fools Ben into killing Jacob, it’s MIB’s side fighting for timeline 2. Somehow the event of Juliette making/not making the bomb explode is tightly linked to the opening of the Schrodinger’s cat box (or John Locke’s coffin) in the present.
And what is the variable influencing whether timeline 1 or 2 occurs ? Essentially, the causal event is Daniel Faraday’s sudden idea that he can change the future; that people are variables and that they can induce timeline 2. All the details about why he suddenly changes his mind on universe remains to be determined, but his mother might have played a big role, like she’s been playing a big role for all important decisions he’s made. If in fact his mother has played a role, we could then align Eloise with timeline 2 – an enemy of Illanna’s group, who fought for timeline 1 by bringing back John Locke.
Altough it is not clear yet in my head, and I invite you guys to comment on that, I suspect that somehow, these timelines are going to be linked to the destiny of MIB and Jacob – somehow the fight for the two timelines will become the fight between these two men.