Who Took Walt?

by Cliff Ravenscraft on November 15, 2005

in Blog

I'm officially hooked on the the hit television show LOST! Stephanie starting watching the show last year when it first came out. I recall watching a little bit of the pilot episode and telling her that I really wasn't interested in this type of show. For some reason, I thought it was going to be a mixture between a reality tv show a boring drama. However, at the end of Season One, I found out just how wrong I was about what type of tv show this really is.
I caught about the last four episodes of season one and I was hooked! As soon as they found the “hatch” on the island I relized that this was more of a mystery type show. And the way the writers were telling this story was simply brilliant. I found myself anticipating the first episode of the second season…. The day finally came and all I could say was… WOW! I could not have been more pleased and I'm drawn in deeper with each new episode..
The first few episodes of this second seaon were simply amazing and I found out that this show was not only “NOT” a reality tv show, but that it is actually one of the best told science fiction shows that I've ever viewed. I would go so far as to say that I enjoy the mystery involved in this show's plot and how the story is being told more than any other Holywood movie I've ever watched, let alone a tv show.
I suppose one could simply watch this show at face value. By this, I mean that you could simply watch the show when it airs locally, watch it once and simply enjoy the story as it progresses. There are a lot of people who view the show in this fashion. However, I've come to find out that writers and producers have intended for the show to be more of an “experience” than simply viewing entertainment. For example… There are a a lot of things written into the show that if you don't investigate a little further, you will miss out on them completely.
I've uncovered a ton of fan websites and a few fan podcasts, and now even the official Lost Podcast. By listening to these podcasts and reading some of these online sites, I'm able to more fully experience the show the way it was intended to be experienced.
I've decided to add a new category called “LOST Related” to my site as I think I may come make occasional posts about this show and some of the neat things taht I find. If you are not into the show…. I would strongly suggest getting the 1st Season DVD's and start…. It's really that good! If you are simply a casual viewer, then come here to my site to see some of the things that I've found out about the show. If you are as deep into this as I am and you have some cool stuff to share, please leave a comment and if I like it enough, I'll add it to a future post…
Here's some stuff just to start off with…
Who Took Walt?
It was the final episode of season 1 where some of the lost cast were on the raft and thought they were about to be rescued by a boat. However, they found out quickly that the folks in the boat were not there to save them, but they wanted to take Walt from them. And they did. (You Can Read The End Of This Transcript.) Who were these folks on the boat? What happened to Walt? We were left to think about these questions until Season 2.
Now here's where being a casual viewer doesn't really get you the full experience. In season two, they finally get down into the hatch. If you will remember, they were asked to view an “ORIENTATION FILM.” If you watch the orientation film online, you will notice that is says…

“The Dharma Initiative was created in 1970 and is the brainchild of Gerald and Karen Degrute (sp?)- two doctoral candidates at the University of Michigan.”

In the film, it shows some video footage of the DeGrute's. I found this photo of The Boat Others online and it is clear that the DeGrutes were the ones who took Walt away… Is that wild or what? How did someone catch this?
Here are a few other qotes from the Orientation Video…

…(The Degrute's) imagined a large scale communal research compound where scientists and free thinkers from around the globe could pursue research in meteorology, psychology, parapsychology, electromagnetism, and utopian social- *garbled*- (Obvious Break in the Film)
…Alver Hanso, whose financial backing made their dream of a multi-purpose social science research facility a reality.

There is more to come… If you are interested in these types of posts, please leave me a comment and I will keep them coming!

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