Originally Posted by JediMastr
I was watching the weekend episodes of Lost, and had a thought about where they may be taking this show:
Someone asked how Dharma got established on the island, and why the "Hostiles" allowed it to happen. Let's face it, they successfully defended the island against the US gov't when they were wanting to test nuclear weapons.
The thing is, I forgot that Widmore partly funded the Initiative, and that Charles Widmore was most likely leading the Others when the Initiative was founded. Doesn't make sense right?
Well, here's what I'm thinking happened. The Others supposedly follow the mysterious Jacob, and whoever leads the Others, has to be able to communicate with him. So what does Jacob want? Jacob wants, or "needs" help...not sure why, but usually it means someone is in a bad situation, or there's an adversary. Perhaps, Widmore convinces Jacob that scientific knowledge of the island is the best way to help him, and thus begins the Dharma Intiative recruitment. Now something had to happen before Ben's arrival, that caused a shift in support away from the Dharma plan. Perhaps Widmore's partners turned on him, or broke a rule of Jacob's. The partners push Widmore out, and his group becomes the Hostiles. This failure weakens Widmore's support among his people, allowing a young Ben Linus an opportunity when he's ready.
Although the Others successfully "purged" the Initiative, that left Widmore in a weakened position. It's possible that he resisted turning over power to Linus, and he and his supporters were exiled...possibly in battle.
Anyway, while this power struggle continues, there's real work to be done. Whatever Jacob needs help with, is why the O6 had to come back to the island. Again, whatever the problem is, it's a "God help us" type of problem. Jacob obviously isn't all-powerful, and doesn't control everything that happens on the island, but he is tied in to it's power and has some limited abilities. Perhaps he's been keeping the island from ripping a hole in time and space and killing everybody. We know the wheel came off axis and caused havoc, so it stands to reason that there's a machine underneath it all...perhaps Jacob runs the machine. That machine gives him the ability over life and death to some extent, but perhaps Jacob is no longer able to keep it running and needs help. btw, I'm betting the entrance to the machine is through the temple, so it needs a security system. How the O6 will be able to help, I don't know yet, but I'm guessing next season will be more about Jacob, and his magic machine! LOL
...I know it's long, but I like to try to guess where the writers are taking this show--I may be WAAAAAY OFF though LOL
Geez, this sounds an awful lot like the flip side of a prior post of mine. Not sure if we should collaborate or I should sue your ass off for copyright infringement.
Lost - Missing Pages - Part 1
For a guy who likes to exclaim 'The island is mine', or 'The island belongs to me', there may be a whole other dynamic going on than may have been considered here previously. For example, what if Wydmore at some point reached an agreement with Richard that would allow Wydmore to utilize certain properties/technology, powers' of the island for the purported benefit of the island', to help preserve its privacy, resources, etc., and prevent its exploitation by mankind, and Richard is free to maintain the sanctity of the island without intrusion, because he has Wydmore controlling any outside forces' through the power and wealth of his own developing empire.
It would certainly seem a win-win for both at first blush, but perhaps ONLY at first blush. Why? Because Wydmore is Wydmore, and while he may have started out as an uncertain kid, he develops with time into a wealthy and powerful corporate magnate (no pun intended) and he doesn't share well with O/others' (take it in either sense).
So Charles starts getting greedier. His power and wealth could be amplified several fold if the island and its magic was under his sole dominion. But how exactly can he assimilate the island, particularly when Richie and the Jets (The Hostiles/Others) are so deeply encamped against threats? Simple, make it seem like he wants to integrate the two civilizations for the mutual betterment of all. He explains to Alpert how the science of the Dharmans and the spirit/faith/magic of the Others' can be forged together for a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.
It certainly sounds reasonable enough.except that isn't really the plan. Wydmore actually intends to use the Dharmans as a surreptitious incursion force (something even the Dharmans themselves are not aware of) to destroy Richard and the Others and allow the island to be claimed in the name of Wydmore. However, Richard with his amassed wisdom senses the betrayal and determines to locate one of the Dharmans who might be turned against his own people due to the naievete of his age or how he has been wronged by an abhorrent parent figure, and shortly thereafter, Ben meets Richard in a most fortuitous manner.
Hell,don't forget this was a guy who didn't hesitate to take a whole lot of dead bodies and bury them inside a bogus 815 deep in the ocean for the purpose of further concealing his/the island.
Chance favors the prepared mind