Think you know everything going on in Lost? Can you name everyone's constant? Can you connect all the minute details over the last four seasons to explain what the smoke monster is? If so can you tell me? USA Today has given the chance for Lost fans to submit their own plot theories to later be graded (A through F) by executive producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof.
And the producers' responses so far reveal some important hints about the show's secrets.
The Island is alive and Jacob is the brain. The island can control its own matter and create apparitions (like the smoke monster). Also three rich and powerful "Kings" are involved in some power play against each other over the island: Hanso/Dharma, Widmore and Paik. Widmore was Ben's superior in the past but has been overthrown recently. There will be a throwdown between Hanso, Widmore and Paik.
Lindelof: B+, Cuse: B
They both agree the the island is "probably" alive, kind of a gimme. But Lindelof tells this fan that after last weeks episode, "they might be losing a King." And Cuse encourages the fan to tweak the theory a bit, which after watching Ben go toe-to-toe in an angry staredown with Widmore, I kind of like the three-man Risk game. Besides, it coincides nicely with the actual playing of Risk that foreshadows it in the latest episode.
Blame The Dog:
Are Walt's dog Vincent and the smoke monster one and the same? The fan based this assumption on the fact that Walt is special, therefor his dog should be as well. Vincent can make loud "dinosaur" noises. Also Vincent stares at the other survivors before the first attack and knows English when told to, "go find Jack." Also there are a lot of dog references throughout the show.
Lindelof: C, Cuse: A
Cuse admits that they had discussed doing a dog flashback in Season 1. Lindelof makes jokes, explains nothing which makes me believe they haven't actually decided what to do with Vincent, but Cuse wants to go in that direction.
Time Travel, It's A Disease:
Jack, Kate, Hurley, Sun and Sayid are the only people that can leave the island because they were not near the Swan Station when it imploded. Therefore they are the only survivors from Oceanic 815 that can leave without dying. The people close to the station are all infected with a time travel disease and must take the Dharma shots along with finding their constants when they time travel (Desmond did both). Baby Aaron is safe because he was injected at birth.
Lindelof: A, Cuse: B+
Cuse practically agrees with the fan and says that there is indeed a sickness involved with the island. Lindelof even says, good catch with the sickness, but the Oceanic 6 aren't the only ones who can leave.
Dharma is Everywhere And Planned It All:
Dharma is actively trying to get someone back on the island to finish their work with the Valenzetti Equation. Ms. Hawking is a part of that plan, the fan explains that, "Her visions include a complicated pattern of people that are required to be on the island in order for a set series of events to occur for Dharma to return to the island. With the help of others, including Christian Shephard, Richard Malkin, Nadia and Libby, the group ensures that specific people are on the plane in order for the series of events to occur." So everything that has happened (Desmond causing the plane to crash etc.) has to happen in order for Dharma to get control again.
Lindelof: A, Cuse: A
Both Cuse and Lindelof agreed with most of this theory: everything happened for a reason and was predestined by Dharma. Cuse and Lindelof wouldn't even really comment because it was very, very accurate, not 100% but close.
Baby Aaron Is Old Man Jacob:
Baby Aaron grows up but is always entangled in the islands presence, even off the island. He eventually gets involved in some secret military/science program that (of course) goes horribly wrong. Aaron is then trapped in another time or dimension. From there he can manipulate space and time but can not get out and becomes old man Jacob on the island. So this whole thing is a desperate effort from Jacob over many years to change the course of events that led him to his time prison.
Lindelof: A, Cuse: A
Cuse says the space-time idea is pretty spot on but the facts are a little blurry, Lindelof agrees. Maybe Jacob isn't stuck in time but can play with time? Still the idea that Jacob and Aaron are the same seems to make some sense. [USA Today]