Monday, September 29, 2008

Does Life On Island Keep You Alive Off?

I heard this theory from a listener on Lost Unlocked. He theorized that the Island exists in the future and for that reason you can't die in the past off Island. And this explains why Michael, Jack and possibly Widmore can't die off Island because of the paradox it would create given that they were already alive in the future on Island.

I would guess at some point your timelines would cross and you could die off Island which makes Widmore's case particularly interesting. And it also raises the question about the Freighter's timeline with Michael on it. Is it now back on Island time thus he can die? It's an interesting theory, but I think all in all, it's not so much an avoidance of paradox but the Island's need of you that protects you.


Capcom said...

Oooh! Nice theory!

Not sure that I can get it straight in my head, but I can see how it could be that you can't die in the past, if you are still alive in the parallel future. Hmm. But we do have two actual examples of people being alive and dead at the same time with Doc Ray and Locke, although I'm not sure how that would work into the theory, since the boat isn't exactly in another timeline, it's just outside the island's timeshell.

But then again, there were two different Doc's in two different corporal states at the same time, so something must have been shifting even though the island hadn't "moved" yet.

I'll be thinking about this idea some more!

memphish said...

I'd forgotten about Doc Ray, but I think it works for him. He was already dead on Island, so he could die off. But Locke vs. Jack is a problem. Then again if anyone's going to be the exception to the rule, it's Locke.