Jul 29, 2008

New Lost video from Comic Con

The past few years at Comic Con, the Lost producers have made their first public appearance since the previous season finale and each year they show a Dharma/Lost related video (last year it was the Orchid orientation video). Here's this year's:

DarkUFO has a transcript of the video.

The video is an emergency message from Dr. Marvin Candle (real name given as Pierre Chang here). He is making the message 30 years ago, and keeping with the time travel elements of Lost, he knows who is president today and talks about the Internet. He mentions the purge and that they are all dead now. He says that "it's imperative that the DHARMA Initiative be reconstituted." Another man off camera speaks a few times and says that this is useless. Speculation has this man as Daniel Faraday, but I'm not too sure.

This video, on the surface, doesn't reveal much, but it may have a huge impact on the show. Are our Losties supposed to go back 30 years and prevent the purge? What impact will this have on the present time on the island? If Marvin Candle has been dead 30 years, how old is the Dharma initiative really? When were the orientation films really made? At one point in the video, he grasps his left arm, which is normal in this video. We've seen him with a prosthetic arm in previous orientation films. So how'd he get the prosthetic and how's his arm back to normal now?

In the video, he also says, "Time is not just of the essence, it is the essence." This is the key to the whole show. The manipulation of time is the mystery of the island.

Addition: After watching the video a few more times, I too believe that's its Faraday behind the camera. Wow! If it is him, then I really want to see his backstory. Was he on the island in the early 70s? This show continues to be awesome.

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