Hey Losties, does anyone know what time it is? No, no, the year?!?!??
This season has certainly started us off on a roll-out of answers that we were yearning for from the season 4, but in true LOST fashion it has raised some more. Truly excellently dealt with as well with not confusing anyone with the time travel aspect (catch my discussion last week if anyone is still unsure about time travel).
The time period our survivors are in is the 50's (1954 to be exact) and we find the inhabitants of the island (future Others) were the ones who attacked the awesome time skipping survivors on the beach. So in effect we now know that the Dharma initiative have not yet reached the island. This was sort of explained in earlier episodes as they are kinda new age hippies searching for a Utopian society....which was a popular pastime for people at the time.
However, our survivors are attacked because they are mistaken for US military, who have discovered the island due to nuclear Pacific testing. This answered something for me as I always wondered if the natural magnetic properties of the island had hidden it for years but now I think I am satisfied by the fact that it only became hidden due to the tampering of the Dharma initiative. Another question that was answered for me was why Richard was present when Locke was born and how Richard came to visit him when he was a boy. Phew, cos that one constantly bothered me. But it seems the answer was oh-so simple....of course....John told him where he would be in the past before he was born....so obvious, right?!?
A GREAT thing we find out in this episode is that we meet Charles Widmore.......in 1954!!! Woop, Woop!! So he was an original inhabitant of the island, eh? Seems so and raises a big ol' bag of new questions.
-Did Widmore create the Dharma initiative to harness the power of the island?
-How and why does he leave the island?
-Do the inhabitants realise the island can time-skip yet?
-Why does Richard not age??!!???
Well, I'll leave you there for now, hope y'all are still enjoying it as much as I am.
See you on the island next week!