Season Two, Episode Seven titled “The Other 48 Days” aired this past Wednesday. After viewing the episode, my intial reaction was like many in that I didn't think that it really fed into the “mystery” of the island with all its jumping from day to day to seemingly fill us in really quick as to what happend with the tailees. However, after doing some research, I would now say this is my favorite episode to date as to an episode giving clues to the mystery.
I use the term casual viewer a lot in my Lost Posts… This is not a put down, in fact, these posts are geared toward the casual viewer. It is my hope to take someone who simply watches each new episode once and clue them into a few of the hidden items packed into each show, hopefully helping the casual viewer to understnad that each new episode has a lot more value that they might initially assume.
Such will be the case with this episode…. There is a lot to talk about in this one…
Remember that on the other side of the island, Ethan was someone already on the island before the crash who had infiltrated the ranks of the front end survivors? Well, as it turned out, The tailees had their own infiltrator who tried to act as if he was one of the passengers on the plane. We were led to believe that it was Nathan. In fact, Anna Lucia seemed to think it was Nathan so much that she threw him in the pit. However, we later find out that it was, in fact, Goodwin who was the infiltrator. More about that in just a moment. However, some people on the Lost Forums seems to think that there was still something very suspicious about Nathan. In fact, there are some who believe that Nathan was a patient at the Mental Institution where Hurley went to visit the guy who gave him the “numbers.” (Click the image at the beginning of this paragraph to enlarge the image.)
If the Degrutes and the Dharma initiative was a social experiement, could they have used patients from this institution? I think we had found that Hurley may have spent a small amount of time there and the guy who gave Hurley the numbers certainly had a tie to the numbers which had been eminating from the island. Too much coincidence for me.. I think that this will come back up again later…
Well, Goodwin actually ends up killing Nathan. We quickly find out that Goodwin is definately one of the “others.” Anna Lucia uncovers the fact by asking some questions. She recalled seeing Goodwin for the first time running to the beach from the deep in the island and remembered that he was not wet. When Goodwin realizes that he had been found out he started to talk. Anna Lucia asked Goodwin if he killed Nathan. Goodwin said… “Nathan was not a good person…. That is why he was not on the list.” What did Goodwin know about Nathan? Why was Nathan in an institution, assuming that we are correct in that Nathan was in that institution? Was Nathan on the plane? I think he still may have been a part of a bigger plan here. He did disapear into the woods by himself for a while. DId Goodwin kill him because he was afraid that once Anna Lucia started cutting off fingers, he would say too much? I wonder…
The Children? What about the children? Goodwin said.. “The children are fine… They're better off now.” Immediately after Goodwin shares this, Anna Lucia and Goodwin have quite a struggle and she ends us killing Goodwin. So we have Ethan killed by the survivors on one part of the island and now Goodwin killed on the other side of the island. Why were these “others” trying to sneak and pretend to be a part of the survivors? Wasn't it funny that they both seemed to be dressed to “play the part” and just so happened to be available to blend in RIGHT AT THE TIME OF THE CRASH? As if they knew that it was on its way?
I listened to the Podcast #9 from the Lostcasts today. They have uncovered this really wild theory about this island being a “Walden Two” experient. If you can recall the ORIENTATION FILM, Dr. Marvin Candle mentioned that the Degrute's were following in the footsteps of “B. F. Skinner.” Immeidately afterward, the film states that.. ” …(The Degrute's) imagined a large scale communal research compound…”
Read this… (From Wikipedia– Emphasis added by me)
Walden Two is a novel published in 1948 by B. F. Skinner, who intended it to describe a utopia.
Walden Two describes a fictional community designed around behavioral principles. The fictional utopian commune thrives on a level of productivity and happiness of its citizens far in advance of that in the outside world due to it's practice of scientific social planning and the use of operant conditioning in the raising of children. Walden Two champions a lifestyle that doesn't foster competition and social strife and doesn't support war. It favors and encourages a lifestyle of minimal consumption, rich social relationships, personal happiness, satisfying work and leisure. The community is minimally consuming and minimally polluting, and it is egalitarian in the division of work. Its most controversial aspect is the communal raising of children and the educational system, which teaches patience and how to handle destructive emotions such as jealousy along with normal academic subjects.
It is now widely recognized that great changes must be made in the American way of life […] The choice is clear: either we do nothing and allow a miserable and probably catastrophic future to overtake us, or we use our knowledge about human behavior to create a social environment in which he shall live productive and creative lives and do so without jeopardizing the chances that those who follow us will be able to do the same. Something like a Walden Two would not be a bad start.
I'm now personally certain that island is one of these social experiements and that the “others” feel that the most important thing is to “rescue” these children from the adults so that they can be rasied by the “community” and so that their behavior can be modified to add to their utopian society.
Locke seams to have some “connection” to this island. Reading this really makes me think deeper about what he said in the last episode where he was helping Charlie swaddle the baby. He said… “Babies like the feeling of being constricted. It's not until we're older that we develop a desire to be free.” That's a pretty bold statement now in light of this Walden Two Theory.
Think about this…. Last season, there was an episode titled “Raised by Another.” In it, you might remember that Claire had gone to a psychic named Malkin to have her palms read. Malkin seemed terribly shaken and refused to do the reading. Later Claire came back and convinced him to do the reading… Take into consideration the title of this episode and read the following from the transcript…
Malkin: I can tell you, this is important.
Malkin: It is crucial that you, yourself, raise this child.
Claire: You mean with Thomas? Is he..
Malkin: The father of this child will play no part in it's life, nor yours.
Claire: So what exactly are you saying?
Malkin: This child parented by anyone else, anyone other than you. . . danger surrounds this baby. . .
Malkin: Your nature, your spirit, your goodness, must be an influence in the development of this child.
Claire: If Thomas and I don't get back together I'm putting this baby up for adoption. I just wanted to find out what would give the baby the happiest life.
Malkin: There is no happy life. Not for this child, not without you.
Claire: I don't. . .
Malkin: It can't be another. You mustn't allow another to raise your baby.
Claire: Okay, great. Thanks for taking my 200.
Malkin: Oh, no look, take it. Ms. Littleton, I am begging you just to consider.
Claire: I can't raise this child by myself.
Malkin: You have to listen to me.
Claire: Thanks for you time, and my money back.
Malkin: Ms. Littleton, please. The baby needs your protection. Ms. Littleton, please.
Notice two things above… First he says… “It is crucial that you, yourself, raise this child.” See the importance of who gets to raise the child? I think this goes right back to this Walden Two Experiement. Remember that Ethan abducted Claire, trying to get to her baby before it was born.
Second… Notice the title “Raised by Another” and Malkin says… “It can't be another. You mustn't allow another to raise your baby.” That's the way we heard it… But what if this episode is really titled “Raised by An Other” and what if Malkin was really saying… “It can't be “an other.” You mustn't alllow “an other” to raise your baby?
How about that for bringing it all togehter?
If you still think this was just a so so episode, then you really aren't getting all the good nuggets found hidden in this episode. I'm out of time for making this post. I'm just going to end with a few thumbailed screenshots with a couple things I noticed.
In this screenshot, we find that the teddy bear that we saw the others carrying actually belonged to the little girl, Emma, from the back of the plane. I don't think that Emma was with the others when Mr. Eko and Jin saw them walking through the woods. I'm certain that if Mr. Eko were to see Emma, he would have tried to overtake them with his big bad stick…
Is Mr. Eko's character a reference to Moses? Some are saying so. Moses killed an Egyption and fled to the desert for forty years. Mr. Eko killed two of the others and took a vow of silence for forty days. Mr. Eko is obviously a man of faith as we have a couple references where he says that he will pray for them. There was a mysterious find in the hatch which I will discuss in a moment. One of the items found was a Bible.
There was a forum out there that had referenced an interview with the show's producers. Here's an excerpt from that interview with the show's producers…
Carlton: And you should pay attention to Mr. Eko's stick.
Damon: Keep your eyes on Mr. Eko's stick.
Carlton: That stick is an important ongoing clue.
That stick seems to look like a staff doesn't it? Moses had a staff and it was used on multiple occasions to perform miracles and signs. Here we have the producers telling us that this staff is going to be an “ongoing clue.” That's pretty exciting. Did you notice that Mr. Eko was carving something into the stick? Well I found someone who had a hi-res screen capture of this shot and they did some work to produce the picture found here. It is certain that the stick has the words… “I WILL” and on the next line we can see that it says “LORD.” My guess is that it is a verse from the Bible that Mr. Eko has carved into his staff. Since we already know that the staff will be an ongoing clue, then I'm sure it will show up again and we will eventually find out what is carved into it.
Then there's the new hatch or bunker. Two things stick out to me. Look at the pictures above. First, When they open the door to this bunker, we see the same thing that was written on the the inside of the hatch lid, QUARANTINE. Do you recall Danielle, the french chick, talking about all her fellow researches getting sick? Well, just this weekend, the Hanso Foundation website, which is an official fake website created by ABC and the Show's prodcuers made it possible for the tech savy person to find this confidential letter on thier site. (You can click on the picture of the letter for a larger version.)
Second, I found out today that it is official, the producers said that the name of the second bunker (Station) is called “The Arrow.” We already know that the first bunker was called “The Swan” which was station three of six. This helps to prove the “Apollo Connection Theory” that had been going on out in the forums about the names of the six stations being named after the six constellations of Apollo.” I've not read much into this theory, but many believe that some astrology research is certainly involved in this whole island thing.
I've spent way too much time putting this post together. There's the whole Bible and radio thing. There's the whole fact that Cindy, the flight attendant, went missing. Someone said that at the end of the episode, after Cindy had been missing, that they saw Libby carrying Cindy's Bag. I didn't take the time to look into that further. There's that “Army” issued knife which makes me wonder if there is some sort of military involvement in this research that is going on.
However, before I leave, I wanted to point out one last thing that you may not have caught during this episode. Dr. Marvin Candle's eye was found inside the arrow station. Yes, remember, there was a radio, a Bible, and a glass eye. The eye belongs to Dr. Marvin Candle who was the narrator of the orientation film. Take a look at this close up screenshot of the good doc. Notice his left eye? That's a glass eyeball he has there! Interesting!!!! I think we will be “seeing” a bit more of Dr. Candle in the next episode or two.. You can take my word on that!!!
(This Just In 11/22/2005) You must watch the ORIENTATION FILM one more time. I just found out that Dr. Marvin Candle not only has a glass eye, but he also has a prosthetic left arm. When you view the film pay special attention to the fact that Dr. Candle's left arm does not move and you can see quite plainly that his left hand is not a real hand. Since you are going to be viewing the film again, notice the two or three occasions where they seem to do a closeup on Dr. Candle's face. I believe this was a clue that we should notice his glass eye.
I can't wait till this week's episode…
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