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More or less an attempt to explain Jacob's bottle analogy.

The island has electromagnetic pockets, which, if opened, can unleash a massive amount of energy that could destroy the planet. When the Dharma initiative build the Swan station, they accidentally hit one of these pockets and had to create a mechanism concerned with containing that energy, or rather releasing it in small harmless bouts. It basically worked like a sort of boiler.

Jacob explained to Ricardo that the island is a "cork" sitting on a "bottle" containing evil, which, if unleashed, will destroy the world. If we use his explanation metaphorically, "evil" or "darkness" could stand for the electromagnetic energy and if for some reason Smokey's escape from the island releases that energy, the planet will be ripped apart.

It's not exactly Battle Of The Egyptian Deities, but it does kind of fit the show's brand of sci-fi, doesn't it?

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Date: 2010-04-01 11:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] selenak.livejournal.com
*intrigued*

It sure does!

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Date: 2010-04-01 11:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wee-warrior.livejournal.com
I'm pretty convinced that the show won't go for a purely mythical explanation in the end and that in connection with [livejournal.com profile] vilakins' idea that Smokey might be another guardian instead of the evil that has to be contained got me thinking. If my idea is correct, he is not the problem in itself but he doesn't care about destroying everything just to be free, which is kind of sad, really. (Well, in a rather megalomanical way.)

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Date: 2010-04-01 12:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] astrogirl2.livejournal.com
vilakins' idea that Smokey might be another guardian

Which reminds me... Didn't Ben refer to the black smoke as a "security system"? Now, being Ben, he might have been lying, or he might have been misinformed -- he hardly seemed aware of the full nature of Smokey back when -- but maybe he was repeating something he was told.

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Date: 2010-04-01 12:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wee-warrior.livejournal.com
In addition, the Dharma Initiative referred to Smokey as Cerberus, who is quite literally a guard dog.

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Date: 2010-04-01 12:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] astrogirl2.livejournal.com
Ooh, I managed to miss/forget that. Interesting. :)

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Date: 2010-04-01 12:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wee-warrior.livejournal.com
I would have overlooked it myself, but boredom combined with geekiness breeds extensive readings of things like the lost internet encyclopedia - apparently the blast door map in the hatch has him as Cerberus (http://lostpedia.wikia.com/wiki/Cerberus).

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Date: 2010-04-01 12:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] astrogirl2.livejournal.com
That... actually makes a lot of sense to me. Because Smokey's a bad dude, but I still don't see any indication that he's seriously into Freelance Apocalypsing. On the other hand, if he hurts people as a side effect of breaking loose, hey, too damned bad. I think that fits very well with what we've seen so far.

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Date: 2010-04-01 12:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wee-warrior.livejournal.com
Yeah, exactly. Also, it might be nitpicking, but if Smokey were the evil that mustn't get out, Jacob's analogy wouldn't make sense. In that case the island would have to be the bottle, not the cork.

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