This latest podcast is a special edition of LOSTCasts. We didn't get a new episode of LOST this last week, so we had some time to kill... and now you do. In this latest podcast, we perform an experiment on someone who's never watched LOST before. We made him watch "The Hunting Party", and asked questions about what it's like to be thrown into the middle of LOST. In addtion, we cover some more theories out there, some of which are a little "half-brained", and as always, we have our LOST Links and What's Next on LOST sections of the show.
Here are some links related to the podcast:
Link to Television Without Pity (good recaps)
Link to official ABC recaps
Complete list of the 108 names of Shiva
Amazon link to "His Dark Materials" trilogy
Amazon link to "The Watchmen"
Swan on the back of Henry Gale's head?
Jorge Garcia (Hurley) interview in Maxim
Link to Claire's new movie, "The Hills Have Eyes"
Special LOST YTMND.com site, with sound
Video of Matthew Fox (Jack) on The Daily Show
And of course, we wouldn't leave you hanging with Jerry A's great "Higgins" theory... so continue reading and revel in its majesty.
The "Higgins" Theory
Let's start with why the plane crashed. Firstly, Oceanic had carried out a survey for which they got the results a few months before the fateful flight 815. The survey was sent to previous passengers asking them if the food provided on their flight met expectations. The results came back with an overwhelming criticism that the food was too bland. Flight 815 was the first flight which served genuine Indian curries. Everyone on that flight had a lamb jalfrezi and a few hours after the meal was served, the build up of gases caused by people going to the toilet at the back of the plane caused an explosion which ripped off the tail section. People tend to go to the toilets at the back of a plane when they have dodgy guts. That's the crash solved.
The pilots were the quarrelling husband and wife team, which explains why the plane was 1,000 miles off course (let's blame the husband pilot in this case for not landing somewhere early on and asking someone for directions after their navigation systems packed up - keep the lady listeners happy!)
They then crash land on this island and find themselves confronted by a polar bear and some crazy intellectual black smoke. The polar bears and smoke belong to Higgins, the character from Magnum P.I. He lost his dobermans a few years back and has had them replaced with polar bears who are also named after Greek gods - Artemis and Dionysus - until Sawyer went and killed Artemis!! Anyway, the island belongs to Higgins - he made his money in the late 70's/early 80's and bought himself this island, fed up with being hounded by the paparazzi.
The black smoke is from the pipe that Higgins smokes - it's great shag (as they say in the UK) called Captain Black. If viewers had smellyvision, they'd pick up the sweet cherry aroma of Captain Black pipe tobacco every time the smoke appears. This smoke has lingered so long on the island it has evolved into an intellectual species and now roams the island, taunting the crash survivors.
Desmond is the island's caretaker. Higgins provided him with various hatches at the bottom of what is actually a very very large garden. The isolation was causing Desmond to go mad so Higgins had a PC set up in the hatch with the counter which he has to reset every so often - it gave his life some purpose beyond tending to the coconut trees and cutting the grass.
He also bought Desmond a Crayola set (one of those huge 200 crayon colour boxes which also include those really cool silver and gold crayons that you can't buy anywhere else). Desmond then ran out of paper and decided to draw all over the walls - expressing himself like some ancient cave-dweller. There is also a Rubik's Cube in there too.
The Others! The Others are guests from a mad wild party Higgins held in 1991. Some bright spark cooked up some "spicy" cakes for the party (if you get what I mean!?! **wink, wink, nudge, nudge**) and had no idea that the one bag of stuff was so strong it was enough to put half of New York to sleep for a month. So people ate the little fairy cakes and started the trip of a lifetime. They went mad, stripped off and headed into the hills shouting something about being mushroom gods, never to be seen again. They have now forgotten how they got there in the first place and have started a colony headed by Zeke who thinks he's that Brando character from Apocalypse Now!
Rousseau is actually Higgins' ex-wife. They had a child who was taken by The Others. She is so bitter about the divorce that she tells everyone he's dead. But he's not. She left him because she caught him with one of the maids at the 1991 party.
The Dharma Initiative and the film footage. This is strange. This was an attempt by Higgins at some humour when he provided Desmond with the PC. It is spliced footage from an original reel of film sent to Higgins by an avid Asian fan of Magnum P.I. who filmed himself doing a screen test based on a scientist/doctor theme. He pitched an idea for a medical series called E.R. and wanted Higgins to help him fund a pilot, of which he would be the main star. Higgins thought it would never take off.
And the final piece of the puzzle - why has no-one come to rescue the survivors? Simple. The air-traffic controller who was keeping an eye on flight 815 was talking dirty to his girlfriend on his mobile and didn't realise flight 815 disappeared from his radar. He hasn't admitted to anything for fear of being fired. He has since split up from his girlfriend after she found him in bed with a lady-boy.
So there we go - THE HIGGINS THEORY!
Thanks for that Jerry A.