Hi. I’m a scientist. Still confused by LOST's series finale? Think there are too many questions left unanswered or that it was purgatory the whole time? Well, I "respectfully" disagree. Send me your questions and I will answer them. I will write in complete sentences and support my answers.

Try not to ask too much about Walt.

Namaste or Whatever,

A Scientist

 

Anonymous asked
You answered the question about the baby-less-ness of the women on the island as a result of the H-Bomb going off. But in all of the reality we see, the H-Bomb doesn't go off until Desmond turns the key much, much later. The H-Bomb only went off in the Sideways world with no island. Could we assume then that the 108 minute cycle periodically vented the electromagnetic magic and did two things: 1 Built Desmond's resistance to EM and 2 Killed pregnancies? Would Kelvin have been resistant, too?

Well, the baby-less-ness of the women wasn’t a result of the H-Bomb going off. It was a result of The Incident, the electromagnetic catastrophe that the H-Bomb was supposedly going to stop.

In a way, yes, Desmond living in the hatch for years built up his “resistance” to EM. But when he turned the failsafe key, his body didn’t repel the EM blast. He became imbued with the EM and mystical time properties of the Island.

And in regards to Kelvin, fuck Kelvin.

Anonymous asked
Late to the party-almost through season 1...I've heard a lot of ruckus about the finale but don't want to stop watching-what 3 things should I bear in mind?

1.The show wavers for a bit. Power through some of season 2 and really power through a lot of season 3. Season 3 is when the writers made a deal with ABC to set an end date, so they could pace out the story a lot smoother than they did during season 2 and 3, which is to say “barely”. Something happens at the end of season 3 and it is the most chilling and memorable moment of the entire show. After that moment, the show is very fast-paced and rewarding and cool and etc.

2. Despite how the show is presented at times, the WTF mysteries don’t matter as much as you might think. However, the bigger mysteries do matter. For example… What is the Island? What is the monster? Where are they? Why were these people brought to this Island? What happens to these people? Those questions are all answered, in a straightforward and satisfactory way. Many other mysteries exist to create a rich mythological setting for the show to take place. They are not meant to be important pieces to the puzzle. The puzzle, as it turns out, is actually quite simple. Those little details and questions, however, can still be answered. No one ever says clearly why there are polar bears on the Island, but we are given more than enough information to figure it out ourselves.

3. Ultimately, the show is about the characters. It is about love, and growth, and redemption, and relationships, and love again. If you care about these people and want to find out what happens to them, keep watching. You will not be disappointed.

Anonymous asked
How do you feel about Jack's ex wife leaving him for that douche on modern family?

Ty Burrell is a national treasure.

Anonymous asked
Am I the only one who remembers the "Magic Box" that Ben told Locke that his father came out of on the island? This seemed like it was gonna be such a big plot point that they could have done so much with, and then everyone just forgot about it! Did Ben just lie about it? Or is it just another "mystery of the island"?

"The magic box was a metaphor, John." - Ben Linus, There’s No Place Like Home Part 2

"More specifically, the magic box was a metaphor for The Island, Anonymous." - Me, Just Now Part 1

Anonymous asked
Why are these people that crashed on a plane more important than their kids, parents, husbands, wives that they had before and possibly after the short island stay?

Because these people who crashed on a plane saved the world together. Before and after? Not a whole lot of saving the world.

Anonymous asked
When Jack is confronted about being drunk at the hospital, he replies (paraphrasing) "if my father is less drunk than I am, I'll quit right now" IS his father alive in the second reality or does his boss ignore the remark because he thinks Jack is sauced, or did I misunderstand the statement?

The “drunk at the hospital” moment didn’t take place in the Sideways. It was a flash forward to the darkest time in Jack’s life, after they left but before they went back. Jack was making a macabre, drunken joke about his father, because he was all whacked out on booze and Island Remorse.

Anonymous asked
In the finale , Locke tells jack that he doesn't have a son then How is david his son?

Up until Locke’s death, Jack did not have a son, which is why he told Jack that. He wanted Jack to remember his real life and accept his death.

As for how David is Jack’s son, David was conceived the night before Ajira 316 took off. He was born to Kate between 8 and 9 months after Jack’s death. For too much information about this, go here.

Anonymous asked
If the Lamp Post has been operating since the mid-70s, why did Widmore have such a hard time finding the island once he was ousted?

He didn’t have access to the Lamp Post. He was ousted.

The Jack Monster and The Smoke Mother

In yesterday’s article, I mentioned in passing that Jack turns into the Smoke Monster. This bit didn’t seem to fit the conceit of the piece, but apparently I should have included it, because everyone’s asking about it. I’ve added it into the article in an addendum, and I’m putting it here as well. I’ll try to keep it “brief” and “simple”, citing only information we were given in the show.

The Mother was the Protector of the Island.

The Mother explained to her sons that going into The Source would result in a fate worse than death (i.e.- Becoming a Smoke Monster).

The Mother destroyed the Man in Black’s village in a most Smoke Monstery of ways, seen here:

What I’m getting at here is that, as Protector of the Island, Mother both had the powers of Jacob, and was a Smoke Monster. She split her duties and powers between her two sons, and made it so they could not kill each other. It would make sense that the Protector of Important Magic Island would be the incredibly powerful cloud of black smoke that can read people’s memories and kill them in seconds. Rousseau was right: The black smoke IS a security system. A very important one, meant to patrol the Island and protect it for as long as it can. Mother was this being, and she also had the power of Jacob: to make rules, to give others abilities, etc. Full-on Island Protector.

But she couldn’t decide which was deserving of the role. She loved them both. So she made it so each would get a part of her. The Gray Mother split herself into dark and light. The problem here is that The Man in Black became the Smoke Monster. He became a security system that wanted to leave its post. That was problem with the Broken Island for so long: One of its protectors had no interest in protecting anything. Both protectors wanted the other dead, but neither could kill the other. Thankfully, Oceanic 815 crashed and Jack was eventually all “Fine, I’ll save the world.”

So. How are Smoke Monsters made? They dip themselves into The Source. Into the Water and Light. Jacob tossed his Brother down and then his Brother cracked his skull, fell into The Source, and emerged as the new Smoke Monster. Later, Jacob found his body draped over a nearby rock and tree:

The Water and Light absorbs the essence of a person and turns them into a Smoke Monster. But they don’t need the person’s body. So The Source moved the body outside.

So what happened to Jack in the finale? He went down to The Source. Desmond unplugged the Island and was unaffected because of his Magic Time Brain. Jack had to plug it up again, though, and the Water and Light DID affect him. He sacrificed himself because he knew the Water and Light would kill him.

But the Water and Light doesn’t kill you. We’ve SEEN what it does. It turns someone into a Smoke Monster, into a Protector of The Island. The person needs to be dead, though, as The Man In Black was dead when he reached The Source. Then it spits out the body. So after Jack was consumed by Light and Water, where did we next see him?

The same place The Man In Black showed up. (Forgive the quality of the picture, I just screencapped an edited montage from YouTube).

The Source spit Jack out once it absorbed his essence for Smoke Monstering. But Jack wasn’t dead yet. He was stabbed and bleeding, but not dead yet. Not like the Man in Black already was when he fell into The Source. So Jack walked into the reeds, lied down with a dog, and died. His eye closed.

Then, however many yards away, a new Smoke Monster burst from The Source. And this time, it was a Security System thatwantedto stay. One that even needed to stay. Jack’s whole arc of the show ended with himneedingto stay on the Island and to do whatever he could to protect it. He believed in the Island, and he believed that he belonged there. Now he was even more correct than he thought. Jack could now happily float around in his new form, helping Hurley clean up Jacob’s mess, and protect the Island he loved, in the form of something he once feared. He did this for many many years, until Hurley’s reign ended and they could both pass off their power and position to Walt, the next true Protector of The Island.

Now let’s go to the Sideways, where Jack keptalmostremembering his life. Every other character had one moment when they remembered everything that ever happened to them. Jack, on the other hand, needed several. A moment with Locke, a moment with Kate. He kept not quite being able to remember. Now, one could argue that this is just because he’s Jack. He’s stubborn and resistant, and just needed a while. However, he wasn’t that way in the Sideways. That was one of the main points in that world. Everyone had evolved and grown in their lives, and they displayed the traits they’d developed in their time on the Island. Sideways Jack was not as stubborn as Real Life Jack.

SO. What’s my point? Jack spent we-don’t-know-how-long as a Smoke Monster on the Island. It could have been years or decades or centuries. Hurley lived a life just as long, but he never changed forms. Hurley remained himself. Jack, however, was Smoke Monster Jack. We saw what being a Smoke Monster can do to a person. As Mother said, it can be “worse than death”. You lose some of yourself. You take the form of other people, you float around asblack smoke. Yes, its essence is you, but much of you is lost over the years.

Jack needed those extra pushes in the Sideways world, because he was so far away from it. He spent his life as Jack, but then he spent X amount of years as another entity. He lost a bit of himself, and each time Locke or Kate touched him in the Sideways, he got a little closer to remembering his life before the Smoke. He needed a drastic wake-up call like his father explaining everything to him in order to truly wake up from his life.

108 Answers to LOST's Supposedly Unanswered Questions

To those who have visited this blog for many many months, here is an article you can read with a lot of stuff you’ve been asking about. Honestly, I didn’t get to cover everything. There just wasn’t the space. Also, there are some things with longer explanations that I don’t go into. They DO have longer explanations, but for the sake of brevity, I’ve assumed them to be true without going into the details.

To those of you who are here because of the article, I’ll get to your questions soon.

To anyone else, what are you doing here?