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Lost Mysteries List

Posted by TheTVCritic on 1 September 2009 | 2 Comments

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Hey everyone,

With season six of Lost approaching I wanted to get a list of all the mysteries which still have to be explained. I went through all my reviews of the show and wrote down the events which still haven’t been explained to my satisfaction. I am aware that some may never be answered and in some cases perhaps only I don’t know what happened and you can put me in the picture.

So using my understanding of what the producers have said in interviews and on their podcasts I marked each mystery with how likely it was to be cleared up by the end of the show. I think LIKELY, UNLIKELY and POSSIBLE speak for themselves. The reason I added the NO MYSTERY? category was to suggest that maybe they are plot points which can be guessed. Or perhaps some of you can answer them for me?

I have come to believe that many of the dreams, visions or apparitions the characters have don’t fit into any overall theme. I have come to believe that they are just there as plot devices and fit into the general sense that the island is where miracles happen. I didn’t include any of the meetings between characters that we know as I assume they are meant to be coincidental. I didn’t mention the numbers appearing everywhere in the real world either. I assume they are just there to remind us of the power or presence of those numbers and so fit into the numbers mystery.

I wrote down when each mystery first appeared in THE UNKNOWN category of my review, not necessarily when they first appeared in the show.

Now I need your help. Please comment below adding mysteries I have forgotten or correcting me on mistakes I have made. Then hopefully we will all have a handy reference point to hold season six to, to see if it can clear all these up!

If you commented before and your comment has now disappeared, that’s because hackers destroyed the servers which the site was on in June 2009. I’m sorry to have lost your comments, feel free to repost :-)

 

101 - Pilot (1)

What is the monster?
How exactly did any of them survive the impact of a plane crashing into a beach?

LIKELY
UNLIKELY

104 - Walkabout

What was Jack seeing in the jungle? A vision? A hallucination?

POSSIBLE

105 - White Rabbit

Where is Christian’s body?

POSSIBLE

106 - House of the Rising Sun

Who are the two skeletons in the cave?
What is the significance of the white and black stones they carry?

LIKELY
POSSIBLE

109 - Solitary

What are the whispers?                                     

LIKELY

110 - Raised by Another

Did Richard Malkin really have a psychic experience?
Did he really know what would happen to Claire?
Was there significance to her dream where Locke’s eyes were black and white?

POSSIBLE
POSSIBLE
NO MYSTERY?

111 - All the Best…

How exactly can Locke predict the weather?

NO MYSTERY?

113 - Hearts and Minds

What are the island’s electromagnetic properties?
How does Locke know how to create hallucinogen?  

POSSIBLE
NO MYSTERY?

114 - Special

What are Walt’s powers? Where do they come from?

POSSIBLE

118 - Numbers

What are the numbers?
Why are they on the hatch?
Who broadcast them from the island and why?
Do they really have the power to curse, how and why?

POSSIBLE
POSSIBLE
POSSIBLE
POSSIBLE

119 - Deux Ex Machina

How does Locke know how to build a trebuchet?
Was Boone a sacrifice the island demanded?
Why did Locke’s legs stop working temporarily?
How did the beach craft get to the island?

NO MYSTERY?
UNLIKELY
NO MYSTERY?
NO MYSTERY?

121 - The Greater...    

Sayid told Rousseau that Nadia was dead (109). Why did he lie to Rousseau? Was he trying to bond with her or have the producers changed their minds about this detail?                

UNLIKELY

122 - Born to Run

What is it Walt sees or feels about the hatch?
Why do the Others warn people that they are coming by sending up black smoke?
How did the Black Rock get on the island?

UNLIKELY
NO MYSTERY?

LIKELY

125 - Exodus (3)

Why does the monster try to drag Locke away?
Why does Locke now look afraid of the “monster” (In 104 he seemed happy to see it)?
How did the dynamite “hurt” it?

POSSIBLE
POSSIBLE

UNLIKELY

201 - Man of Science...

What are the injections for?
How did Walt appear in the jungle and why is he talking backwards?   

POSSIBLE
UNLIKELY

206 - Abandoned

Is there something strange about Vincent the dog?

LIKELY

207 - The Other 48 Days

Why is there a quarantine sign on the Arrow station?
How do the Others judge who good people are?
How long have they been on the island?
Why is there a glass eye in the Dharma station and what was it used for?

POSSIBLE
POSSIBLE
POSSIBLE
POSSIBLE

209 - What Kate Did

Who is communicating with Michael?
Why did Radzinski leave the other part of the film in the Arrow station?
Sawyer suddenly grabbing Kate and asking why she killed him is a very weird moment. It is implied that he was “possessed” somehow by Wayne or indeed that Kate somehow imagined the whole thing. But if that was the case then how did Sawyer fall on the floor?
What is the black horse?                   

NO MYSTERY?
POSSIBLE

UNLIKELY




UNLIKELY

210 - The 23rd Psalm

Why or how was the smoke monster “scanning” Eko?

POSSIBLE

211 - The Hunting Party

Why didn’t the Others terrorise our group of survivors?
Tom seems to reference the hatch when he looks at Locke. He also refers everything to Jack, knowing that he is their leader and will make the key decisions. How do they know all this about the survivors? Ethan died well before the hatch was uncovered. Do they have another spy in the camp? Do they watch them from close by?
Tom references a fictional speech by Alvar Hanso who is one of the founders of the Dharma Initiative. What is the connection between them and the Others?

UNLIKELY
UNLIKELY





POSSIBLE

212 - Fire + Water

Did Charlie’s dreams mean anything?

UNLIKELY

214 - One of Them

What do the symbols which replaced the numbers mean?

POSSIBLE

215 - Maternity Leave

What does the vaccine do?
Why does the vaccine have the numbers on it?
Why do the Others want children so badly?

POSSIBLE
POSSIBLE
NO MYSTERY?

217 - Lockdown

Where or when did the Dharma food drop come from?
The blast door map in general. Why did Radzinski make it? Why make it invisible? Who came up with the name Cerberus?      

POSSIBLE
POSSIBLE

218 - Dave

Why was Libby in Santa Rosa? Did she know Hurley back then?

UNLIKELY

219 - S.O.S.

What is it exactly that healed Locke and Rose?

NO MYSTERY?

220 - Two For The Road

Was Ben really coming to get Locke?
What is the nature of the Other’s morality?  

POSSIBLE
POSSIBLE

221 - ?

What happened to Pierre Chang’s arm?
Why does he use pseudonyms for different stations and why do they have a candle connection to them (Candle and Wickman)?
Dd Yemi really communicate with Eko or was it some other force?      

POSSIBLE
NO MYSTERY?


UNLIKELY

223 - Live Together, Die Alone (1)

Was Libby telling the truth about her husband? We last saw her in a mental institution (218), so maybe she didn’t really have a husband.
The four toed statue
The bird who says Hurley

UNLIKELY


LIKELY
UNLIKELY

224 - Live Together, Die Alone (2)

Why did Radzinski kill himself? Other than the obvious loneliness and pointlessness of his life.
What happened when the sky went purple?
Was the Pearl station a complete waste of time for its inhabitants? Did no one ever read their work or was there once something or someone where the tube is?                                          

NO MYSTERY?

POSSIBLE
NO MYSTERY?

301 - A Tale of Two Cities

Did Jack really hear Christian’s voice through the intercom?
What did the Others do to Kate which made her wrists chafe so much and make her look so miserable?

NO MYSTERY?
NO MYSTERY?

302 - The Glass Ballerina

Why are the Others building a runway?

POSSIBLE

305 - The Cost of Living

Yemi’s body has gone missing shortly before the smoke monster appears as Yemi. Similarly Christian Shepherd’s body had disappeared when he began appearing in the jungle (105). Is that part of how the smoke monster operates?
If this “Yemi” was connected to the smoke monster, then who controlled “Yemi” in Eko and Locke’s dreams (221)?

POSSIBLE




UNLIKELY

306 - I Do

Jack wasn’t on Jacob’s list. Who was?
We saw Ethan and Goodwin instructed to make lists (301). What is the difference between their lists and Jacob’s?

UNLIKELY
UNLIKELY

307 - Not In Portland                   

How exactly did they engineer Edmund’s death?
Why does the island destroy women’s wombs?
What exactly were they doing to Karl in Room 23? How does the video work? It had images from the Dharma orientation films in it, could it be a Dharma creation?Who else gets brainwashed?

UNLIKELY
POSSIBLE
UNLIKELY

 

 

308 - Flashes Before Your Eyes

How does Eloise Hawking know all about Desmond and what he would do?

POSSIBLE

309 - Stranger In A…

Did Achara really have “powers” as we might think of them?

NO MYSTERY?

311 - Enter 77

Klugh is willing to die in order to avoid being captured and Mikhail seems to want to die before giving anything away. What are they protecting? What is the ultimate purpose of the Others on the island?                       

LIKELY

313 - The Man From Tallahassee

What is the magic box Ben refers to?
How did “it” bring Cooper to the island and why?

LIKELY
POSSIBLE

315 - Left Behind

How did the Dharma Initiative learn what kind of fence would guard against the smoke monster?

POSSIBLE

316 - One Of Us

How can Ben cure cancer? We had assumed the island itself healed people (219), is that not the whole picture?
W
hy should Juliet have faith in Jacob and does she?

POSSIBLE

UNLIKELY

317 - Catch-22

How does Brother Campbell know Eloise Hawking?

NO MYSTERY?

318 - D.O.C.

Is Mr Paik connected to the Hanso Foundation?

NO MYSTERY?

319 - The Brig

What is the pillar that they tied Cooper too? Was it part of some grander construct at one time?
Why does Richard claim that fertility projects are a novelty? What is the work he thinks the Others ought to be doing?

UNLIKELY

POSSIBLE

320 - The Man Behind The

Curtain

Everything about Richard Alpert
Is there any significance to the Apollo candy bars which the children are encouraged to eat?
What is the grey powder which is in a line on the ground near Jacob’s cabin?
Who or what is Jacob? Why does he seem to hate technology so much?               

LIKELY
UNLIKELY

POSSIBLE

LIKELY

322 - Through the...(1)

Why has Ben been blocking communications from the island?

UNLIKELY

401 - The Beginning of the End

Why can Jacob’s cabin suddenly move around the island?
W
hy is Christian Shephard inside?
Why can Hurley now see it?
The bodies from the cockpit have all gone. Is that at all related to Christian (105) and Yemi’s (305) bodies having disappeared?
Why can the other patient see Charlie? He’s clearly not meant to really be there, if he was referring to the guy in the background I will let the writers off for being cheeky.

POSSIBLE
LIKELY
POSSIBLE
UNLIKELY


UNLIKELY

402 - Confirmed Dead

Why is Daniel crying?
Where does Miles get his ability from?
Does Miles’ device do anything?                    

POSSIBLE
POSSIBLE
UNLIKELY        

403 - The Economist

Ben’s secret room full of money and passports raises questions about what he has been doing off the island and what for.

POSSIBLE

405 - The Constant

Why is Desmond, Daniel’s constant and when did he write that?

POSSIBLE

406 - The Other Woman

Was Harper really there?
Who does Juliet “looks just like”?
Why do the Others want Juliet to kill Daniel and not want to do it themselves?
What is powering all the Dharma stations?   

POSSIBLE
POSSIBLE
UNLIKELY

UNLIKELY

408 - Meet Kevin Johnson

What are the origins of the Temple?

LIKELY

409 - The Shape of Things to Come

Who was really responsible for Nadia’s death?
What are the rules?

UNLIKELY
POSSIBLE

411 - Cabin Fever

How did Matthew Abaddon know what to tell Locke to get him to the island?
What did Jacob live in before Horace built his cabin? What is the connection?
What is the significance of Locke’s childhood drawing?

UNLIKELY

POSSIBLE

POSSIBLE

412 - There's No Place(1)

How does Daniel know about The Orchid? Why or how is his mission different to Keamy’s?

POSSIBLE

413 - There's No Place(2)

Why does the Orientation video rewind when Locke is trying to watch it?
How does Miles know that Charlotte was born on the island?

UNLIKELY

UNLIKELY

414 - There's No Place(3)

Why is Hurley able to see multiple dead people?
How exactly did Ben know to blow a hole in the Orchid chamber?
Why is there a “frozen donkey wheel” which can move the island?

POSSIBLE
UNLIKELY

LIKELY

501 - Because You Left

Why aren’t the Others moving through time?
How or why is Desmond is special? Is it just a case of his exposure to the hatch explosion (224)?
Why is Sun trying to kill Ben? We know that he was partly responsible for Jin’s death (414), but how could she know that? She was on the helicopter and had no way of knowing that Ben stabbed Keamy to death without trying to save the freighter.
How was Richard able to know what was happening and how to stop it?

POSSIBLE
POSSIBLE

UNLIKELY




LIKELY

502 - The Lie

What is the origin of Hawking’s underground lab?
Who is attacking Hurley and Sayid?

UNLIKELY
UNLIKELY

503 - Jughead

Why do the Others speak Latin? Is there a connection to the Latin phrases on the blast door map in the Swann (217)?
Why did Widmore fund Faraday’s research?
Don’t the Others have a name for themselves? Juliet calls these 50s guys Others, but surely they can’t have always referred to themselves by the derogatory names given to them (e.g. Hostiles).
Where is Jughead buried?

UNLIKELY


POSSIBLE
POSSIBLE



LIKELY

505 - This Place is Death

What happened to Rousseau’s crew when they went down that tunnel?
Why was the donkey wheel “broken”? Was it because Ben wasn’t supposed to activate it?
Why does Charlotte tell Jin that “This place is death”?

LIKELY

NO MYSTERY?

POSSIBLE

506 - 316

Why did some of the survivors go to 1977 and not others?
What caused Hurley to get on the plane?
Miss Hawking claims the island is always moving, yet Widmore’s boat found the island seemingly static. Did the hatch implosion (224) somehow fix the island’s location? Is that why Jacob wanted the island to move again (411)?

LIKELY
LIKELY
POSSIBLE

507 - The Life and Death…

Is Locke really alive or some kind of un-dead?

LIKELY

508 - LaFleur

Was Horace faking having no knowledge of the Black Rock?
Where are Rose and Bernard?
What is the nature of the truce the two sides made?

POSSIBLE
LIKELY
POSSIBLE

510 - He's Our You

Why is Oldham living in a tent in jungle and what exactly does he do for them?

UNLIKELY

511 - Whatever Happened,
Happened

Amongst Cassidy’s Sawyer bashing she doesn’t mention the money Sawyer set aside for Clementine (in 304). Does she not become eligible to receive it until she turns sixteen or something like that?
What exactly does young Ben remember?
How will his innocence be gone? Why does that make him an Other?

UNLIKELY



POSSIBLE
POSSIBLE

512 - Dead is Dead

Did Locke know where to go because he was nearly dragged down there (124)?
Ben looks pretty shocked to hear the name Christian, does he know about him?
Was the temple-like passage which Ben uses to summon smokey present before the barracks were built? Or did he build it? How does pulling the plug summon the monster?
What are the specific rules which Charles broke and who arranged his banishment?

UNLIKELY

LIKELY

UNLIKELY


POSSIBLE

513 - Some Like it Hoth

Who faked the plane crash?
Will Pierre Chang kick his family off the island?
Who are the “Shadow of the Statue” guys?

POSSIBLE
LIKELY
LIKELY

514 - The Variable

 

Why is Daniel’s last name Faraday if his parents are Widmore and Hawking?
According to Ben and Keamy, Charles wanted to kill everyone on the island. But if he knew that some of the survivors would go back to 1977 then why risk Keamy killing the wrong people?

UNLIKELY

UNLIKELY

515 - Follow the Leader

What are the tunnels for?

POSSIBLE

516 - The Incident (1)

 

Is there any significance to what Jacob is weaving?
What is Frank a candidate for?
Did Jacob resurrect Locke when he hit the ground or was he just waking him up?
Did he save Sayid from being killed along with Nadia?

UNLIKELY
POSSIBLE
POSSIBLE

POSSIBLE

517 - The Incident (2)

Was the fail safe which Desmond turned (224) a nuclear bomb?
What is the relationship between the Dark Man and Smokey?
How often did the Dark Man interfere in Locke and Ben’s lives to engineer this situation?
Why did Jacob visit the survivors during various times in their lives?
Did he let Ben kill him?
Does Jacob have a plan to overcome this?
Who is coming?
What happened when the screen went white?

UNLIKELY

LIKELY

POSSIBLE

POSSIBLE

POSSIBLE
LIKELY
LIKELY
LIKELY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  • Hey Matt, thanks for posting. I don't agree with that. Ben asks for TMFT and Richard asks what do you want him for? Clearly reacting as if TMFT is there on the island. They bring him to Locke about an hour or so after that. They had no time to go get him from the States and bring him to the island on the submarine. Especially as the whole point of that episode is that they can no longer communicate with the outside world and thus if the submarine leaves it couldn't find its way back to the island. The magic box may be a metaphor, but I don't think this incident proves it. If Ben meant, being on the island allows you to be a powerful man because of all these willing helpers who will abduct people for you - thena a "magic box" would seem an extremely strange metaphor. Does that make sense?

    Posted by The TV Critic, 18/01/2010 8:47am (10 years ago)

  • In episode 313 "The Man From Tallahassee" Ben says "Get me the man from Tallahassee." Thus they went and brought him to the island. The magic box is a metaphor, no mystery about it.

    Posted by Matt, 17/01/2010 9:08pm (10 years ago)

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