Trying to make sense of this show is a fool’s errand, but hey, I guess I’m feeling foolish as we wait for the big reveal this evening, so…
Originally Posted by HDMe2
IF it was an EMP weapon... I'm trying to figure out what the point of targeting Afghanistan would be. Think about the state of that country for a moment. Would they even notice an EMP? I don't mean to be insulting... but targeting a country that after many years of war is probably fairly non-advanced right now anyway, with an EMP, seems a horrible waste of such a weapon.
CentCom is in Kabul, Afghanistan. The target is a Taliban compound in Peshawar, Pakistan.
Which is one reason it really can’t be a destructive, EMP-type weapon. Even the USA, bad-arse though we might be, could not get away with leaving permanent electric black holes, if you will, wherever in the world we find some building or compound full of folks we don’t like.
Besides, we saw in the prototype demo for Randall last fall that Ben flipped a switch and the lights went out, and then he flipped a switch and they came back on. So the effect was clearly not supposed to be permanent, just a way to cut power for temporary tactical advantage without leaving any footprints or destruction in the aftermath.
After all, if we want to be destructive, we already have much cheaper ways to cut power and communications. We can destroy power stations with graphite bombs, or for a smaller area, perhaps even wire snips would do. We can knock out cel phones by targeting cel towers, or we could use jammers like movie theaters do.
In fact, the whole blackout weapon idea has bothered me from day one, because the cost/benefit of the thing seems totally out of whack.
Originally Posted by replayrob
Then simply turn off the big machine that's actively creating the dampening field.
Certainly possible, but they're treating it like it's some sort of force of nature that can't be stopped (like a 20 year period of super-ultra-intense solar flare activity that scrambles the earth's magnetic field).
If a machine is creating the problem- just turn off the machine! Of course that would end the series- so I'm guessing the D.O.D. dude has a God complex and has his own agenda for keeping the secret and for keeping the big machine running all this time.
I think it’s more like they locked themselves out of their car with the motor running.
Except the gas isn’t going to run out on this device, because they permanently tethered it to some really huge, essentially limitless power source like solar or geothermal, something that could provide the enormous power it would take to generate a global field.
One could even imagine the device is in a sort of equilibrium state, such that as the field gets strong enough to cut power to the device itself, reduction in power to the device causes the dampening field to diminish, which in turn allows the device power to increase, increasing the dampening field, decreasing power to the device, etc., ad infinitum.
Anyway, now that the field has gone global, they need a lot more than a slim jim to get to the off switch. Remember, Randall wants Grace to fix his elevators, because they apparently no longer go to the top floor. So to speak…
So, current theory is...
The D.O.D. built a big machine that creates and projects a global energy dampening field using a series of controllable spot-beams.
The engineers created small pendants that transmit (I'm guessing via uplink to the GPS sat network) their current location to the projector machine and the machine ceases projecting the spotbeam dampening field to the immediate area surrounding the pendant?
Sounds about right?
I think it’s more like the pendants create their own counteracting field within the larger dampening field.
Originally Posted by WilliamR
You might be getting close because they talked about how he can communicate to the pendants to make them turn on, so there is some kind of communicaton happening.
There’s been nothing to suggest that the electric dampening field has any effect on EM communication. After all, light still propagates normally, so there’s no reason to think radio waves wouldn’t also.
Originally Posted by archiguy
What might be more likely is if The Tower was somehow using the earth's magnetic field as a carrier for this dampening field. The magnetic field surrounds the whole planet and is self-sustaining as long as the molten outer core continues to rotate around the solid iron inner core (something that eventually ran down and stopped on Mars - it's why that planet has no protective magnetic field or much of an atmosphere).
Yeah, funny thing about that. The global mag field is generated by electric currents in the molten core. So evidently the dampening field leaves those electric currents alone, else the magnetic field would presumably be knocked out, and our heroes would have more problems than just lack of electricity.
Which brings us back to how explaining this show is a fool’s errand, etc.
Or, it could be alien technology. My favorite McGuffin.
Or it could all be happening in an alternate universe, like I said before.