Here are some things I noticed after re-watching Season Three that might shed light on what’s going on now in the final stretch.
*The List is first mentioned by Mikhail when he is speaking to Kate. He says, “You are not capable of understanding because you are not on the list.” He goes on to say to her, “You are not on the list because you are flawed…because you are angry and weak and frightened.”
*When Kate and Juliet are on the run from the Smoke Monster, it corners them and seems to flash in the same manner as something taking photographs.
*Everything seems to indicate that Jacob is highly invested in the fertility issue on the island. Unless he is being misrepresented, this particular concern is apparently a high priority for him. The nameless child that keeps appearing might be significant to this aspect of the story.
*The gray powder encircles the cabin that Ben says Jacob is in. But the gray powder is used by the people in the temple to keep the Smoke Monster out. Is the man in the cabin truly Jacob or is it the Smoke Monster? Was the gray powder there to keep someone out or to keep someone in? The island seems to be all about containment.
*When Locke first meets Jacob, he hears Jacob say, “Help me.” Was that the Smoke Monster pleading for release?
*In the season finale, Ben unflinchingly gives the order to kill Bernard, Sayid and Jen. Does this mean he is at that point unaware of who is on the list? Or is he simply willing to eliminate candidates?
*Ben says to Locke: “What if I told you, John, that somewhere on this island is a very large box and whatever you imagined—whatever you wanted to be in it—when you open that box—there it would be. What would you say about that, John?” Later, Ben says “the magic box is a metaphor.”
With this in mind (despite the writers claims that we are not dealing with alternate universes), I’m going to have to strongly recommend Schrodinger’s Cat as a primary key to LOST. I mentioned the theory before, but I will elaborate, because it seems extremely relevant after re-examining what Ben said. Plus Daniel Faraday’s presence as a representative of all things quantum mechanics makes this seem more than appropriate.
In the Schrodinger’s Cat Theory, the hypothetical experiment is as follows: You get a box, a cat, a molecularly unstable substance, and a canister of poison gas that has a device that can be triggered by a molecularly unstable substance. You put the cat, the substance, and the canister in the box and close the lid. You wait until the molecularly unstable substance experiences molecular decay, in which a subatomic particle is ejected. There is a chance that the particle activated the canister of poison gas and the cat is dead. There is also a chance that the particle failed to trigger the canister of poison gas and the cat is alive. And as you stand over the box, you ask the question, Is the cat dead or alive? According to Schrodinger, the answer is “Yes.” The cat is both dead and alive. Every time there is an event—even down to a subatomic level—two universes are created. In this case, there is a universe in which the cat is dead. But there is also another universe in which the cat is alive. Basically egghead mumbo jumbo, but enthralling fodder for the imagination and many a sci-fi scenario. With all that said, this sure seems like a good fit for what is going on. It would explain the flash side-ways and a great majority of other bizarreness that has happened along the way. So in the end, will it be rabbits or cats that hold the answer?