LOST in Translation: No More Tomorrows

Identity Crisis

“In Elseworlds, heroes are taken from their usual settings and put into strange times and places — some that have existed, and others that can’t, couldn’t or shouldn’t exist. The result is stories that make characters who are as familiar as yesterday seem as fresh as tomorrow.”
~explanation of the DC Comics Elseworlds imprint

Welcome to the flash-sideways, where our favorite castaways have been re-imagined, if you will, and plopped into a reality similar to, but very different from, the one we have become accustomed to over the past five seasons.

Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore.

Spoilers are coming, so turn back now, for gods’ sake, lest the rest of the season be ruined for you, but if you’re curious as to my thoughts on just what the hell’s going on, then by all means, press on. But don’t say I didn’t warn you…

Feeling brave?

Look at what the hell’s going on over there in sidewaysland. You’ve been watching. You see it. But are you noticing the subtle difference. And more importantly, are you noticing the “tells” that this is not “reality” but some form of alternate created by the Man in Black (or possibly Jacob, but I doubt it) to supplant our castaways into and keep them from fulfilling their “destiny”.

How else do you explain Jack’s appendectomy scar? Or the killer whale plush that Kate found in Claire’s bag?

Why doesn’t Jack remember having is appendix out as a kid? Because he didn’t. Juliet cut that bad boy out of him.

Why did the killer whale send Kate rushing back to impossibly find Claire on a Los Angeles street? Because that plush was purchased by her for Aaron.

Why did Keamy show up to torment Sayid? Because someone is influencing this reality, interjecting things from the “real” world in an attempt to wake them up.

This flash-sideways world is an illusion. It’s a construct, carefully crafted to keep the castaways from their inspired purpose.

Jack gets the chance to be the father his own never was.

Kate, while still a fugitive is innocent of her crimes, but still tied to Claire and Aaron.

Sayid, still seeking redemption for the sins of his past, has a living and breathing Nadia to act as a symbol of what he wishes to obtain.

And there’s more of course. Locke’s happy with Helen and resigned to his wheelchaired fate (yes, you can now tell him what he can’t do)… Sawyer’s a cop, a mirror of his LaFleur persona — complete with Miles as his dutiful partner — and I have a sneaky suspicion that Juliet, his lost lady love, will be showing up with an offer to go dutch for some coffee… Hurley’s uncursed and a happy-go-lucky lottery winner, numbers-free… and so on.

None of this is real, and the “tells” are signposts to this.

But they’re waking up. Jack’s connecting the dots. And once he’s done so I expect this sideways reality to come tumbling down allowing the castaways to fulfill their destined roles. But is it their destiny to protect the island or destroy it?


For those interested, I’ve created a couple of videos on the clunky software provided by ABC as a part of their LOST PROMO contest. Take a peek at The Locke-ness Monster, Austen City Limits and, probably the best of the bunch, One-Eyed Jack.


Final thought… anyone else concerned about Ford 15 and Austen 51 having a deeper meaning or is it just a coincidence that their numbers are juxtaposed as such? If, as has been hinted at, the numbers represent the Valenzetti Equation, a mathematical formula designed to predict the end of humanity, and Dharma was actively trying to change these numbers, could Austen be the vehicle to alter the Equation… perhaps by diverting Sawyer from his crash course with oblivion?

I leave you now to ponder these thoughts and to mull over the following commercial announcements…


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2 Responses to “LOST in Translation: No More Tomorrows”

  1. Marc M. Woolman Says:

    Hey Bob,
    (hope it’s OK to refer to you by your first name) where did you get the information that Sawyer is a cop and Mile’s is his partner in the sideways time-line? I’ve dutifully watched every episode and haven’t seen that. Did I just miss it? or did you get that info from somewhere else besides just what’s aired so far? thanx.

    • cairnwood Says:

      Hi Marc.

      I had an opportunity to see call sheets for a few episodes and I gleaned that information from those. I’m holding some other more pertinent revelations regarding MIB and Richard close to the vest however as they are a little more spoilerly.

      In fact, since seeing those I’ve instituted a “no more spoiler” rule for myself as I want to experience the LOST endgame with a fresh set of eyes.


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