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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Is the Island even an Island?

This is a LOST post. Being written after watching S6E08. So spoilers abound. If you like LOST, but haven't caught up yet, do a well-left. If you don't like LOST, do a well-left too. :)

Something has been bothering me since the first few minutes of the first episode of season 6. When they showed the parallel univers/otherverse/flash-sideways, whatever you call it. Where Oceanic 815 doesn't crash. After the turbulence in the plane, the shot goes out of the plane's window, down through the clouds, into the water, and way at the bottom of the ocean bed, where we see the island completely submerged. With the Dharma barracks, the four toed statue foot, and everything, and even a shark swimming around with a Dharma logo on it.

And when I heard Richard Alpert say in a short preview of next week's episode, something like, "let me tell you a secret, all this that you see, isn't what you think it is or what it seems."

So that got me thinking.

How exactly does an "island" go underwater? And not just underwater, but at the bottom of the ocean bed? How can that happen? A massive type of plate tectonic activity maybe. But it has to be REALLY massive, and impact the world in other ways too.

Also, remember that in season 5, Eloise said the island always keeps moving, which is why it is so difficult to find. Unless the LOST creators are totally throwing geology out of the window, how can an actual island keep moving? If it moves, it clearly is not attached to the earth's landmass, but floating on water. I am no geologist, but I am sure all islands are attached to the bottom of the sea bed, or rise up from there, like big mountains. That is, if you swim under the water surrounding the island and keep going down, you will see a wall of sorts all the way down. You won't be able to swim "under" an actual island. There are floating islands, but they are usually manmade and tiny.

Which means, the LOST island isn't exactly an "island" at all! It is something that floats. Maybe it is some sort of a ship or a craft, or something. And the donkey wheel that Ben moved, is what steers it. Why is this island-craft there? What is its purpose? What sank it in the otherverse? We'll find that out soon, I suppose.

But for now, I am locke-ing it in. The island is actually a floating craft.