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Wednesday, March 05, 2008

 
Lost - Let's Do The Time Warp Again

(Episode: The Constant. Spoilers ahead.)

Fans have long speculated on a time-travel angle in this series, and they were sort of right. Daniel Faraday has been working on a method by which consciousness can travel in time, in a fashion similar to that in the series Quantum Leap. The big difference is that the time traveler can travel only to his or her past/future self.

We also know that the "snowglobe" barrier around the island somehow triggers this travel accidentally - if the individual was recently exposed to large degrees of radiation or (as in Desmond's case) electromagnetism. We do not know if the barrier is natural, or if it is the horrible byproduct of an experiment.

To survive the experience, the traveler requires a constant - an object or person that is accessible in both the past and present. As a probable benefit of the writer's strike, Desmond's mission to establish his constant - contact with Penny - is mercifully resolved in one episode instead of dragging out this subplot in several.

Des was caught up in time travel before, as a direct result of the Swan hatch implosion. He went back to the time when he and Penny had their picture taken together - evidently that served as his constant back then. He also encountered Mrs. Hawking, who knew that he was traveling back in time. He also had premonitions, apparently making momentary trips to his future self.

So how did Faraday, and American, get a teaching gig at Oxford? Doing rersearch for an Englishman named Charles Widmore, by chance?

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