(I was gonna be a dick and put a spoiler warning on at the end instead of the beginning but, should anyone come here and read this not knowing about Lost but deeply wanting to know, I figure I'd put this up. Some elements will be discussed here. Especially if T-bone reads this and chimes in with his theories).
I'm not ashamed to admit it. I think it's a solid show, and they do that "24" thing really well, where if the episode is kind of half assed, the last five minutes make you crap your pants with excitement and anticipation of the next episode. I love the characters on Lost, I love the writing (except the Sun and Jin episodes. They fall kind of flat, but hey, we all have our off days.) So, Lost kicks a lot of ass, even if it leaves tons of unanswered questions about where the hell they are and what's happening to them. Frustrating, but it should prove to be ultimately rewarding.
Knock on wood.
As with most things, the problem with something as insanly brilliant as Lost is that whatever I put together in my head as the ultimate answer to the whole damn thing will no doubt be a) much more entertaining; and b) supremely disappointing once the actual solution is revealed. What can I say, it's hard work being a genius of my caliber.
So here comes the genesis behind my outrageous Lost theory. Bear with it. I think it would be badass as hell if I turned out to be right, solely because nobody else in the viewing pool has ever thought of it. JJ, I await your call.
So, being the dork that I am, I tend to think a lot
Anyway, I was driving in my car today, listening to liberal talk radio (AM1150, home of Air America out here on the west side) and there's a segment on the Stephanie Miller show (which I don't think they carry out east) called "Conspiracy Corner". You can pretty much guess what this segment entails. The show is done for humor, but I believe that Jim Ward, the guy who leads off the conspiracy rants, truly thinks these things. The problem comes when actual conspiracy nuts call in, offering their own suggestions and thinking they've found a kindred spirit in Jim. These are the same guys who listen to Art Bell religiously.
Though, Art bell kicks a lot of ass.
Nevermind that. Today's conspiracy has to do with 9/11, specifically, the theory involving Flight 93 (made famous recently in a movie I refuse to see to matter how good it's supposed to be) and the other plane that "allegedly" struck the pentagon, despite leaving no signs of debris. This caller feels that both these planes were not destroyed in crashes, but rather did land safely. this would mean that the attacks on the pentagon would have come from something else, and this implies that our government had it's hands involved with the biggest catastrophe this country has ever seen. (Not including natural disasters, or A Beautiful Mind winning Best Picture).
So, if this theory holds water, the main question is what happened to the passengers of the flights? Granted, this means lying to grieving widows and family members about a massive cover up that would begin a whole war. You can't just naturally assume that the families would be returned and everything would be alright, and that Joe Q. Passenger would keep his mouth shut. So, what is the government going to do with these people?
Do you see where I'm going with this?
I'm not saying the Lost passengers were intended to strike the White House, or anything, but my theory involves the passengers being unwiting pawns in a government cover-up. The people are sent to the island, where an elaborate scientific experiment once occurred. The island is sort of like the island of misfit toys, and the others are victims of another scenario who have gone a little stir crazy. Everyone on the island searches for greater answers only to discover that, in the end, they were just used. Everyone thinks these grandiose plots about where they are, and what connection they have, when in actuality, they were just on the wrong plane at the wrong time. the Dharma initiative could have been a once promising government contract that had to shut down due to budget cut backs, or malpractice. The remnants are left for the "survivors" to discover on their own and piece together clues that are so far off base from the truth that they themselves would go insane. Dropping supplies with the Dharma Initiative Logo just adds to the big mystery.
(You could also view this as a meditation on life itself, where we all search for a greater meaning to it all, only to discover that we were all wrong about it all. Kind of an existensialist viewpoint, but hey, I'm young and cynical, if I didn't spout views like this, what good am I to my generation?)
Oh, and the weapons on the island? If everyone's killing each other off, there's nobody left to tell the tale. It could also be for amusement, much like Battle Royale, but with fewer Japanese schoolchildren lobbing hand grenades.
It's an ultimately bleak viewpoint, but when you really think about it, it's just a television show.