*Note that there is a possible spoiler ahead if you have not seen last night’s episode*
A new and unique theory of Lost occurred to me this morning. It is not one I have heard elsewhere and I think that maybe it does a good job of unifying other theories. For example, many people believe that the people on the island are in purgatory, but the show’s producers have denied this possibility. Other people think they are on an island with some scientific Dharma cloaking device, masking them from radar and satellite. Yet others think they are in a lost world, maybe Atlantis, isolated from the rest of the world by some natural or magical means.
My theory is this: they are stuck in a time paradox. Something happened on the island to change history, creating a paradox. All of the occupants of the island are now stuck in a bubble of a parallel universe that is in a different timeline from the rest of the world. Desmond has shown that he can see the future and change events, but I believe that is only the tip of the iceberg. I believe (and this is pure speculation) that some Dharma experiment–possibly the same one that gave Desmond the forward-seeing ability–is also able to see and alter the past. The parachuting pilot’s comment that they found flight 815 and everyone was dead reinforces my theory. (It reinforces several other theories, including conspiracy and coverup, but that is a different topic for someone else to write about.) If, in some future episode, someone is able to alter the past, possibly doing something noble and heroic with the side-effect of diverting flight 815 from crashing on the island, then you have a paradox on your hands. The noble and heroic deed couldn’t have been done without flight 815 crashing there, but the action prevents it from crashing. *poof* An instant time paradox that the universe has to create a bubble parallel world to compensate for.
So that is my theory. I agree that it is pretty weak in places, but it has potential. At least it has as much potential as any other well thought out theory of what’s going on with the island.