I’ve been away for a while on the writing side, and back to post about this most interesting episode. My own thoughts are that this is one of the most interesting episodes to come around for a while, not only from a storyline-expanding perspective, but also character development.
I still scour the forums and fansites pretty religiously, and thought I’d post about all the interesting Easter Eggs I’ve seen up since late Wednesday night. You may be aware of some of them, but there were a LOT, some quite interesting.
Companies we’ve seen before:
An Apollo Candy ad was on the side of the bus that hit Edmund Burke (Juliet’s ex); for those who recall The Lost Experience, Alvar Hanso bought this company out of bancruptcy in the ’70s.
Widmore Labs also made the pregnancy test that Rachel (Juliet’s sister) took.
Oceanic plane flew over Miami apartment where Rachel lived.
Carrie (Stephen King) was on Rachel’s nightstand. Many probably recall that this is Juliet’s favorite book, used in her book club in “A Tale of Two Cities” (so now, we probably know why it’s so sentimental to her).
A Brief History of Time (Stephen Hawking nonfiction popular astrophysics book) was being read by Aldo, the Other who was guarding Karl.
A lamp was also on Rachel’s nightstand that had the yin-yang symbol, and the 8-sided bagua motif (the DHARMA symbol is basically a bagua, a yin-yang with surrounding hexagram symbols)
One of the phrases in the slideshow Karl was forced to watch (yes, in Room 23!) was “God loves you as He loved Jacob”, a reference to the Biblical story of brothers Jacob and Essau, and of course, the third mention of Jacob in the Lost series (he is the unknown Other who made “The Lists”).
Some of the other phrases are taken from Buddhist mantras and sutra: “Plant a good seed, and you will gather fruit,” “Think about your life,” and “Everything changes.” Read full translations of the Buddhist Dhammapada.
The audio of Karl’s bizarre brainwashing scene, when played backwards, reveals a woman’s voice saying “Only fools are enslaved by time and space.” The interesting thing about this is that it too is a version an old Buddhist saying, “The wise know how to use time and space perfectly; they lead free and harmonious lives. Fools are enslaved by time and space; they are busy running around all day. Wise or foolish, the difference is obvious.”
More time references:
As Andreas pointed out below, Mittelos is an anagram for “Lost Time” (but yes, the website is a confirmed fan-made hoax). The origin of the source confirming significance is probably not known to everyone–it’s from Damon Lindelof comments at an exclusive January prescreening of the episode (I believe at Harvard University), and also Carlton Cuse comments in a recent Entertainment Weekly interview. Andreas I think had one of the interview quotes below (in his excellent theory article); read more of them here in the Lostpedia article on the theme of “time”. This article also has a listing of some other time references seen lately, including the two from above (Hawking book, and backwards speech).
Well, it looks like The Powers That Be are getting back to the things that the Lost audience really looks forward to, like the Easter Egg hunts. But what do you make of all these things?
I can tell you that I personally am a little conflicted by the time motif. While the thought of nonlinear timelines on the show would make it very interesting from a sci-fi standpoint, this seems to conflict with Season 1 statements the writers have made that time travel was not an explanation for the show. What do you think?
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