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Friday, June 02, 2006

My Latest Theory on 'Lost': Widmore's War Crimes 

For a long time, my favorite theory about mysterioso ABC series Lost was that the island was Atlantis with wanderlust: Disguised by the very magnetic fields that moved it, it traveled over the centuries from the Mediterranean into the Atlantic and then the Pacific, picking up an 19th-century slave ship, the Black Rock, and polar bears on the way.

Now, after the finale, I've come up with my own Grand Scheme: Everything is about Charles Widmore (who's reputedly in cahoots with the Hanso tricksters) trying to cover up something big, probably war crimes. Here's what we know:

As we found out on the last episode, Widmore's a filth-rich industrialist, who didn't want his daughter marrying Desmond Hume, previous failsafe-button-pusher in the Hatch.
Desmond was jailed for some offense committed in the military.
Inman, Desmond's button-pushing Hanso-employee Hatchmate, lost his Armed Services gig after turning the Iraqi Sayid into a torturer during the gulf war. Inman also told Sayid about a massacre involving sarin gas.
Sayid also worked during the war with Sgt. Sam Austen, Kate's stepfather.
Sayid's vanished friend/lady love, Nadia, had her house inspected by John Locke, another strandee and button pusher.
Desmond met Jack after having a talk with Widmore's daughter.
Desmond was given the sailboat that took him to the island by Libby, who was seen at the asylum where Hurley was treated.
Hurley knew the numbers, which some fans believe correspond to the geographical coordinates of the island's secret location. (They numbers were picked up, remember, from a radio transmission.)

You can check out these characters connections and many more at,, and

See where this could be going? Notice all these military ties. Or ties to Hurley, who knew the numbers / coordinates. Could it all be a plot to isolate / test / interrogate lock up people who might know something dangerous to Widmore? Like what? How about knowledge of a war crime, like that massacre with sarin gas? The new Lost best-seller Bad Twin says of Widmore: "other rumors hinted at classified defense contracting or private security work of questionable ethics." Desmond, Sayid and Inman all end up on the island. So do people who talked with people from those war days (Kate, Jack, Libby and Locke) and people who spent time talking with Jack's father (Sawyer and Analucia). Speaking of Libby, something fishy there. She gave Desmond the boat and knew Hurley? Maybe she was an agent working for Widmore! Maybe Sawyer and Analucia were, too -- hired to find out if Jack's father knew anything, or even kill him, to silence him or lure Jack to Australia. Maybe the construction company Michael worked for was Widmore Construction.

Sure, a lot remains to explain. How could an intentional plane crash be made to seem so accidental? Seems far-fetched that Inman lured Desmond away at just the right moment so the button wouldn't get pushed and the flight would crash.) And how are the other characters involved? Maybe Claire's demon baby is the result of some Widmore/Hanso experiment and Eko had to be abducted, too, because he talked with Claire's know-it-all psychic? Sun also has a fishy pregnancy -- again, more Widmore/Hanso experimenting? Could the gulf war and pregnancy experiments somehow be related?

By the way, the real Henry Gale rode to the island in a balloon with a Widmore logo.

It's a theory. Let's see how it evolves.

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