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LOST Theories So you think you know some secrets of the island? Maybe you can explain everything. If it's original and you can back it up, we'd love to hear it.

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Old 11-30-07, 05:04 PM   #1
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+ Jack is Faking his Flash Forwards

Have you ever made a decision you really regretted? Something that hurt not only you, but everyone you know? A horrible decision, a decision that you could take back... If you could just press the reset button...

It means sacrifice, of course. But it's worth it. And there may be a way out...

If you wanted to send a message to yourself in the past, how would you get your own attention? Especially if the only way for the mailbox to stretch long enough required some emotional investment on your part?

What if you're Jack, and you really need to get your own attention?

Maybe you'd stage a visit with Kate, with a message to Go Back?
Maybe you'd rent a dumpy apartment, and cover the walls with crap?
Maybe you'd fake a drug addiction and a dead career?
Maybe you'd fake your own horrible father still alive?
Maybe you'd fake a funeral. Coffins press your buttons.
Maybe you'd fake a suicide, stopped by an act of heroism. Or maybe... maybe you just can't fake it anymore. Maybe you are ready to jump.

Maybe you really have to jump.

Of course, if you do this, you're going to die. Your "other self" in the past will live, but you will die. But then, that's why you're doing it, right? To save everyone?

Well, if your thread gets cut, it'll dry up... unless you jump...

Go ahead, jump off that bridge, Jack. Jump.

and fall...
... becoming a snake ....
... catching its own tail ...

Jack catches the tail, it took a bit of time to find it, he's nearly out of breath.
His eye opens.

Breathe in, Jack!

You are on an Island. Oh look, there's a dog... looks familiar...

Meanwhile, the Universe course-corrects, a new path is taken. And a car crashes after all. Maybe you didn't really jump.
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Re: Jack is Faking his Flash Forwards

Interesting! But are you suggesting that course-correcting one's past must involve death or suicide in one's future? That could put a whole new spin on the newspaper clipping and "who's in the casket" hoopla. Are there other losties who may have contemplated suicide? I wouldn't be surprised if there are - so many have had very troubled lives.
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Re: Jack is Faking his Flash Forwards

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Interesting! But are you suggesting that course-correcting one's past must involve death or suicide in one's future? That could put a whole new spin on the newspaper clipping and "who's in the casket" hoopla. Are there other losties who may have contemplated suicide? I wouldn't be surprised if there are - so many have had very troubled lives.
Here's Charlie's way out. He drowns in the Looking Glass. He catches his own tail...

...and wakes up under a Banyan tree, with Jack pounding on his chest, and some really nasty bruises on his neck.

And that isn't the first time, either. No, first he got struck by lightning. He catches his tail, and tries again.

Next he drowns trying to save Claire. Sorry Charlie, try again.

Then comes getting bashed up against the cliffs. Try again.

Throat to the neck. Reset.

Looking Glass... and this time he can't go any further. If he doesn't flick the switch and inevitably drown, Claire will not be saved. Charlie makes his choice. He makes it for Claire. And he steps into Eternity. As long as Claire is saved, he will make the same choice every time. Either that, or it's oblivion.

I like to think he'd prefer an Eternity, because there he and Claire get to kiss. And that's One Ring To Rule Them All.

The thing is, when you make the jump, you get a Blank Slate, Tabula Rasa... you don't have conscious access to those "looped" memories. But someone special does. His name is Desmond. Desmond picks up on Charlie's loops, just like Locke picked up on Boone's memory of Theresa. Desmond helps Charlie avoid Course Correction, he extends the loop just long enough to make it to the Looking Glass.

If you have a good Eternity to look forward to, you catch your tail. If you don't, well, you're Nothing. Mikhail says "thank you" when he's pushed into the Sonic Fence because he knows this, because he thinks he's going to die and Catch The Tail. And he's looking forward to it.

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Re: Jack is Faking his Flash Forwards

This sort of sacrifice might work and is the sort of thing I{d envision. However the time and place has to be right. It just can{t happen any old time, not the least for Jack. Or any main character, each has a part they must play in the coarse of things. Basically regardless of Losts sense of realism, it has a narrative formula that must be adherred to. So Jack has to go through hell before he{s able to take the final step to redemtion. My analysis is that maybe they have to be on the island for these things to occur, simply because it amplifies the phenomenon. But other things help, water for instance seems to be a conduit. Moments of sudden loss, either of life, trauma, conciousness or perspective also seems to be intersections in the narrative of the islands play. There is also the possibility that in Jacks flash foward they are still actually on the island and are living their lives in a dream type universe created by the island - in away even an alternative time line might still work under similar structures if it were some how a creation of the island as GRAND master of island induced time.
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Old 12-02-07, 09:31 PM   #5
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maybe it's not that's he's faking them this time around. But he'll have to fake them at some point if he gets out of this mess. but i do think it's his second time on that bridge. the first time he jumped. the second time (the time we saw) someone saved him with that car wreck. I think everything after that is planned.

Also, I have to recant on the FFs being reversed. If FBs are not reversed, then neither are FFs.
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