And so, as the (probably) triptych of Desmond-centric episodes is (probably) complete, and it seems more and more likely that Flashes Before Your Eyes, The Constant, and now Happily Ever After form the load-bearing pillars of the entire series. Charles Widmore snatched his son-in-law out of the hospital, drugged him, dragged him to the island, and then shot him with 1.21 jiggawatts.
And now Desmond knows something. But what do we know?
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First of all, we know a few things about Sideways World which tie it directly and irrefutably to the main narrative. Exactly how it is tied is not entirely clear, but it is reasonable to assume that this is a reality that was created by the bomb. I don't think that this means the bomb has failed to have its impact in Real Island World, by the way. I still think the energy of that bomb coupled with the energy of the Swan pocket is what Desmond released way back in Season 2's finale.
But even more to the point, this is the fulfillment of the theory (not mine) that I posted here a couple weeks ago. Here it is again:
You know what might end up being the central episode of this whole damn series when all is said and done? “Flashes Before Your Eyes.” Remember how Desmond returned to the world before he went to The Island, and how Mrs. Hawking told him he had to snap out of it and resume his responsibility? Not only am I going to predict (tentatively, of course) that the “flash-sideways” will resolve in much the same way they did for Desmond, with Hawking or someone similar shocking the Alterna-815ers back to “reality,” but I also predict—as many of you already have—that this resolution has already occurred, and that the season-opening scene at the imploded hatch takes place after our gang has given up their other lives and jumped back. I could be way off here, but that’s my sense of things. After all, it can’t just be a coincidence that The Hatch was the site of two of these reality-splits. (By the way, if I’m just repeating a theory that some of you have already espoused, I apologize. I do read the comment section extensively every week, but it’s hard to keep track of everything that’s been proposed.)
Yep. This is exactly what is going on. Now look at that bolded part up there. The "someone"? Is Desmond.
Let's recap. Desmond was right on top of a "catastrophic electromagnetic event," and he found himself in what he believed was his past, with a chance to fix the mistake (leaving Penny to gain Widmore's respect, and maybe his self-respect) he'd made prior. He was about to do just that, when he was confronted by Hawking, in her first appearance on the show. Hawking, apparently acting as some sort of guardian of destiny, convinced Desmond that his destiny lay on that island. That he was the sacrifice the island required. Desmond returned to the island, believing that he could see the future.
Except that Desmond didn't travel into his past, and he couldn't see the future. He traveled, and could see, sideways.
Desmond, and everybody else, was in a reality in which Charlie Pace died in a freak lightning strike. Desmond perceived that, and perhaps a smattering of other potential ramifications, and saved Charlie.
Which moved him, and everybody else in that reality, sideways.
Not far, really. They were now in a reality in which Charlie Pace drowned trying to save Claire. So Desmond moved them sideways again, into a reality in which Charlie died with Rousseau's arrow in his throat. Desmond moved them sideways again, and again, and again, until he finally moved them into the NOT PENNY'S BOAT reality. Charlie's actions in death created a rift between the Oceanic survivors just as Widmore's scientists and mercenaries were coming to the island. All the ramifications of that split, which are too many to count, stemmed from that split. And Desmond David Hume moved them there.
Here is what Desmond is. A man who can perceive in four dimensions. He doesn't see forward in time. He sees through it. Move the island? How about move the universe?
And I suspect that what happened when Desmond found his way to Constant Penny with an assist from Hooray! Faraday!, Sideways Desmond and Island Desmond became aware of each other. What exactly happened with them is yet to be seen, but it's clear that neither Island Desmond nor Sideways Desmond stopped existing. Perhaps they switched minds. I think it's more likely that each is simply fully aware of the other. What they could see through a mirror darkly, they now see clearly.
Desmond is going to find the Sideways Losties, the ones that perhaps the Nemesis intended to banish to Sideways world all along, and he's going to be to them what Hawking was to him. A call to return. A reminder of destiny. What did Jacob tell the Nemesis as he died? "They're coming," he said. I think that the moment we see them outside the Swan pit is the moment they returned from Sideways reality.
And, if Desmond is going to be the Oceanic's Hawking, it raises all sorts of questions about the nature of Hawking, who still seems to be very aware. To be more specific, doesn't Hawking appear to be able to perceive four-dimensionally? As it becomes more and more likely that this game of Jacob and Nemesis has played out many, many turns of time's wheel . . . might Hawking have once been the pawn that became a queen? The Desmond of a previous game? Has Desmond just graduated into her order? Hawking wanted to keep Desmond from the truth, but not because she was against his knowing the truth, at least not by her admission. Simply put, she felt he wasn't ready.
I hope he's ready now.
Some more thoughts:
* I am going to consider the reality that Desmond entered in Flashes Before Your Eyes to be a Sideways reality. Probably not THE Sideways World of Season 6, but of the same ilk nonetheless. That said, do you notice the difference between the seemingly all-knowing Eloise Hawking of the Sideways worlds ("this is a violation"), who seems to be some kind of Rule-Keeper, and the knowledgeable-but-still-limited Eloise Hawking of Main Reality ("for the first time in years, I have no idea what's going to happen."). I don't know what it means. I'm just noticing.
* Widmore-as-good-guy is really starting to gather steam. Ben truly thought Widmore was a dangerous guy, and he obviously is. Ben also thought that Widmore wanted to destroy the island and kill everybody on it. Of course, we now know that Ben was getting his information from the Nemesis, who makes the most delicious lies. He wraps each one in a truth. He calls them lies-in-a-blanket. Take a handful, they are the yum.
* Sayid is truly scary without a soul. He burst in killed the red shirt, shot Zoe in the face, and then kidnapped Desmond. Oh wait, no. He let Zoe go, and for no perceivable tactical advantage. Huh. Maybe Sayid's soul is only mostly dead. In any event, scary.
* Seriously, Charles, if Desmond is your secret weapon without which we're all dead? Maybe a little bit more security around him than Random Dude and Liz Lemon as you walk him back through the Island of Friggin' Mystery.
* There are bands that probably could not play a gig by replacing their errant bass player with a studio pro. Driveshaft does not seem like that band.
* I bet Daniel (Faraday) Widmore's band sounds a lot like Weezer.
* So cool to have Charlie back and snarky. The moment underwater flashing back to "NOT PENNY'S BOAT" was powerful.
* Desmond, though, is in no way scared. He's just as happy to go with Sayid to the Nemesis as he is to stay and help Widmore. Either he's brain-addled (doubt it) or he knows more than anybody.
Theory 1: Sideways Desmond wants to make all the Sideways Losties aware of their true identities and destinies, and the false nature of the reality they find themselves in. But, turtles upon turtles, what if that is true of Main Reality as well?
Theory 2: Desmond is the Universal Constant for all these people. He can snap them to full understanding.
* What is the nature of the sacrifice Widmore hopes Desmond will make? Who is the man that whispered "Help me" to John Locke, the spirit trapped in the cabin? Are those two unrelated questions? Didn't that shed with that giant rabbit-fricassee in it look an awful lot like a shack? Who is the sacrifice the island requires? OK, I'm rambling.
* Widmore said something about Desmond, along the lines of "He's the only person on earth that I know has survived a catastrophic electromagnetic event." This makes Desmond special, we've seen, because he can perceive -- and choose -- other realities. But guess what? Everybody who was on the site of the Swan bomb? They've survived a similar catastrophe, from the same pocket of energy, and they, like Desmond, were sent to a Sideways world, from which they needed to be called back, and from which I'd say we know they have been called back. Because here they are.
Miles. Jack. Jin. Sawyer. Kate. Hurley. Even Locke, who was on site when Desmond blew the hatch.
What if they are all now like Desmond?
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