Unraveling LOST

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | May 13, 2009 3:37 pm

Since tonight’s the much anticipated season finale, let’s return to LOST

We’ve already covered time, space, and discussed whether time travelers as ‘variables‘ are doomed to repeat the same mistakes along this incarnation of the journey.  If you’ve been following the show, it appears resident physicist Daniel Faraday was able to alter the future when he created a new memory for Desmond in the present.

Tonight’s episode finds the survivors in the past grappling with whether to jolt history off course far more dramatically…  Jack seems intent to set off the island’s H-bomb. If he succeeds, more survivors from the future will probably perish in the past. Hence will they cease to exist in the present?

Let’s delve into the implications…


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Comments (7)

  1. pete

    The plane would land in the present and characters would stay strangers?

  2. Chances are, considering the varied outcome of small changes, that if they succeed in changing the past the whole world could be completely different… people never born because parents never met because of one extra car at traffic and so and so…

  3. Me

    We saw Miles Rescue his dad, maybe now he doesn’t lose his hand in ‘this’ future. him having a hand or not doesnt really change the outcome of the big picture.

    jacob stopped Sayid from dying. if Sayid had died then he wouldn’t have flashed to 1977.

    Sun believes in her Love for Jin. that is why she ended up back on the Island.

  4. So Jacob saved the people who could go back in time to change the past leading to an alternate future–and finally save himself? A ‘loophole‘ in the Smoke Monster’s Locke-Linus loophole?

  5. Erasmussimo

    Imagine the predicament of a reader who has never seen LOST. Imagine their attempt to elucidate any logical content from the above comments. What does this tell us about LOST? 😉

  6. Slowly But Surly

    There is a neat website that argues that Lost as political allegory of 9/11: http://lostbutfound.typepad.com/. Search for ‘Who’s Who’ to find out, well who represents who.

  7. Bob

    I think the opening scene, where Jacob was spinning threads and weaving them all together, represents all those different people and the paths in time they would have to take.


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About Sheril Kirshenbaum

Sheril Kirshenbaum is a research scientist with the Webber Energy Group at the University of Texas at Austin's Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy where she works on projects to enhance public understanding of energy issues as they relate to food, oceans, and culture. She is involved in conservation initiatives across levels of government, working to improve communication between scientists, policymakers, and the public. Sheril is the author of The Science of Kissing, which explores one of humanity's fondest pastimes. She also co-authored Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future with Chris Mooney, chosen by Library Journal as one of the Best Sci-Tech Books of 2009 and named by President Obama's science advisor John Holdren as his top recommended read. Sheril contributes to popular publications including Newsweek, The Washington Post, Discover Magazine, and The Nation, frequently covering topics that bridge science and society from climate change to genetically modified foods. Her writing is featured in the anthology The Best American Science Writing 2010. In 2006 Sheril served as a legislative Knauss science fellow on Capitol Hill with Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) where she was involved in energy, climate, and ocean policy. She also has experience working on pop radio and her work has been published in Science, Fisheries Bulletin, Oecologia, and Issues in Science and Technology. In 2007, she helped to found Science Debate; an initiative encouraging candidates to debate science research and innovation issues on the campaign trail. Previously, Sheril was a research associate at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment and has served as a Fellow with the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History and as a Howard Hughes Research Fellow. She has contributed reports to The Nature Conservancy and provided assistance on international protected area projects. Sheril serves as a science advisor to NPR's Science Friday and its nonprofit partner, Science Friday Initiative. She also serves on the program committee for the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She speaks regularly around the country to audiences at universities, federal agencies, and museums and has been a guest on such programs as The Today Show and The Daily Rundown on MSNBC. Sheril is a graduate of Tufts University and holds two masters of science degrees in marine biology and marine policy from the University of Maine. She co-hosts The Intersection on Discover blogs with Chris Mooney and has contributed to DeSmogBlog, Talking Science, Wired Science and Seed. She was born in Suffern, New York and is also a musician. Sheril lives in Austin, Texas with her husband David Lowry. Interested in booking Sheril Kirshenbaum to speak at your next event? Contact Hachette Speakers Bureau 866.376.6591 info@hachettespeakersbureau.com For more information, visit her website or email Sheril at srkirshenbaum@yahoo.com.


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