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'Lost' Theory! 'A Tale of Two Cities,' indeed

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Howdy, folks. I’ll let you guys continue debating the merits of last night’s Lost and the whole I’m-getting-fed-up-with-all-the-darn-stalling! thing over in the TVWatch message boards. But being that I’m crazy with the theories, I couldn’t help but want to get this out there — a big new theory inspired by last night’s episode, the last installment for, like, three freakin’ months. (Maybe not a great idea, in retrospect.)

Remember all the speculation last season about the possibility that maybe there were two groups of Others? To wit, there was one group out in the jungle still connected to The Dharma Initiative, and another group opposed to Dharma, and both were harrassing (or maybe helping) our castaways. The debate was kinda abandoned at some point during the Henry Gale storyline. But if we return to the idea, Season 3 reveals itself.

(Read Doc Jensen’s big new theory after the jump. Spoilers from last night’s episode abound.)

1. Two months ago — that is to say, when Oceanic 815 came tumblingdown from the sky — ALL of the Others lived together in an idylliccommune, to the north of the island. (This is the meaning of thepassage on Mr. Eko’s stick; it is directing Locke and co. to where theycan find the village that we saw in the season premiere.) Let’s callthis larger body The Collective.

2. The leader of the Collective is the mysterious He/Him, referredto by Mr. Friendly and “Henry Gale” last season. He/Him is all aboutthe lists, the kidnapping of the kids, and the fixation with goodpeople/bad people. This leader could very well be “Patchy,” fleetinglyseen last episode on one of the monitors in the Pearl station.

2a. My theory? The Collective was originally part of Dharma, whosepurpose is to save the world from destruction by bringing people to”enlightenment.” (See: The Lost Experience from this past summer.) Themission is multi-faceted, radical, and radically weird. It couldinclude testing experimental new forms of education. For example, thecastaways could be an object lesson in social dyamics for all thosekidnapped kids, who are watching the drama via mental telepathy. (Ithink the kids are responsible for the whispering voices.) I also thinkthat the initiative involves a great deal of psychodrama, with themembers of the Collective playing various antagonistic roles designedto motivate the test subjects to action. But with that said, they arebarred from ripping away the curtain and revealing themselves; all thischange toward enlightenment MUST happen organically, or at least seem to.

3. Juliet was the sister of Ethan, the Claire-abducting Other fromseason one. Goodwin, the Other killed by Ana Lucia in season two, wasmarried to Mr. Friendly. Yep: Tom is gay. Hence, the “You’re not my type” comment to Kate in the season premiere.

4. At some point, there was a schism within the Collectivepertaining to the policy toward the castways. Specifically, there was agrowing bitterness toward the castaways in light of the killings ofGoodwin and Ethan. The dissenting group — the Others — wanted revenge.

5. Number One, who clearly wielded a hyper-controlling,svengali-like hold on the Collective, opposed the Others’ demand forbloody justice. To be clear, the Collective’s mission is high-stakesenough to permit killing; Goodwin had to murder one of the Tailies toprotect his mission. But vengeance is another matter altogether — notpermitted. (As for Ethan, remember: he became obsessed with Claire andwent totally off mission.)

6. Ben was the Number Two of the Collective. He agreed to help theOthers escape the rule of Number One, in exchange for a promise — tocoerce Jack into operating on his tumor.

7. At some point, the rebellion took place. The Others skipped awayto the other island. This is the true meaning behind the title of theseason premiere, “A Tale of Two Cities.” It pertains specifically tothe fact there are two encampments of Others, each very different andin ideological conflict with each other. The castaways are caught inthe middle.

8. Since the split, the Others have been pursuing a two-fold mission:

a. making good on their promise to Ben;
b. executing a plan of eye-for-an-eye vengeance against those whohave killed Others among the castways: Ana Lucia, Sawyer, Charlie — andnow, Sun.

9. It’s possible that Ben’s initial plan to get healed from hiscancer was to become part of the castaway beach encampment. Rememberhow the island seems to have healing powers? (See: Locke’s legs, Rose’scancer.) My hunch is that the healing power is linked to the “uniqueelectro-magnetic energy,” which radiates only from the beach section ofthe island. When Ben was exposed as an Other, his plan was to shot toheck. Also, I think the Hatch was shielded from the effects of theenergy, which is why it had no effect on Ben while he was incarcerated there.


A. Juliet is going to help Kate and Sawyer escape — although the dealis that she gets to go with them. Her goal: to get back to the beachand kill Charlie, who killed her brother, Ethan.

B. Juliet will gain the trust of the Beach Camp by outing a spy intheir midst — perhaps this mysterious Jacob fellow name-dropped in lastnight’s episode. With their trust gained, Juliet will take advantage ofit to try and kill Charlie.

C. Ben’s whole “I want to change your perspective, Jack” line may berooted in a kind of reality. If I’m right that the Collective has/had abenevolent mission, and Ben’s only interest in being with the Others ishis operation, Ben might still be sympathetic to that mission. I betJack performs the surgery on Ben. Ben survives, and then makes good onhis promise to Jack by helping him escape the Others.

Okay: Here’s where you shoot this theory down. You might as well. We have nothing else to do for three months.