[tps_title]THE MAP OF ALL MAPS[/tps_title]
- Here we go. The biggest, most rewinded and speculated “easter egg” moment of the show. The blast door map shows the Dharma stations on the island, according to Kelvin and Radzinsky, as well a numerous notations and philosophical yabbering. Since the map is drawn from memory (it states that the journey to other stations is not worth the risk of time it would take) and made by at least one person who was not on the island at the time of the Incident, it’s not entirely accurate. I’ll list the most notable tidbits from the map. For a full rundown of the notations on the blast door map, I’ll refer you to the Lostpedia article.
- The map shows six Dharma stations, with a seventh station crossed out.
- 1. The Swan: As Kelvin/Radzinsky points out, this is where the map is drawn. The Swan is the only station with multiple entrance/exit points drawn. The sealed off room drawn on the left is likely to be the Incident room, previously used as a laboratory for the Dharma Initiative’s experiments.
- 2. The Flame: This is a fun one, since the Flame hasn’t been mentioned or shown on the show at this point. We will finally see it 18 episodes later, in Enter 77.
- 3. The Staff: This is the only time the Cadaceus medical station (discovered in Maternity Leave) is actually referred to as “The Staff” on the show.
Crossed out station:In the second layer of the map as shown in LOST: Via Domus, this station is marked “Possible Orchid?”. The video game was released a few weeks before the start of Season 4, and the station wasn’t introduced on the show until the Season 4 finale. It’s not clear why it’s been crossed out.
- 5. The Arrow: The “bunker” where the survivors of the tail-section spent some time (The Other 48 Days).
- 6. Unknown: According to the notations next to it, this location is “mountainous terrain most likely used for meteorological research”. A meteorological station was mentioned by Dr. Marvin Candle in the Swan Orientation video (Orientation), so this could very well be it.
- 7. Unknown: This could be The Tempest, shown in The Other Woman. According to the show’s producers, the station does get referenced on the map… Possibly by the notation referring to a “possible manufacturing facility with light industrial equipment”.
- 8. ?: We discover in the aptly titled episode ? that this is the Pearl station, used to monitor the Dharma members living in the Swan. The Pearl does get mentioned by name on the map, right next to the lowest “unknown” station.
- The map shown in Via Domus also depicts the Looking Glass and The Hydra at two locations outside the octagon. The map in this episode mentions the possibility of a zoological research station on the same location as The Hydra. Underneath, it talks about “accelerated de-territorialization of Ursus Maritimus (polar bears) through gene therapy and extreme climate change”. I guess that’s one way to de-territorialize a polar bear.
- The letters CV on the map stand for Cerberus Vent. In Greek mythology, Cerberus – a monstrous, three-headed dog – was the watchdog of Hades, guarding the gates of Hell. Its three heads represent the past, the present and the future. That sounds like LOST itself!
- The Smoke Monster is shown as a “three-headed” being in Left Behind, right before it attempts to attack Juliet. The “CV”s mentioned on the map could refer to the underground tunnel pathways the Monster uses, as hinted at in Dead Is Dead (see image below).
- In Ab Aeterno, The Man In Black himself convinced Richard Alpert that the Island’s protector, Jacob, was the Devil. Jacob used the term “hell” to describe the evil kept at bay by the Island: its very own Cerberus. Isn’t it great how it all comes together?
Jacob: “Think of this wine as what you keep calling hell. There’s many other names for it too: malevolence, evil, darkness. And here it is, swirling around in the bottle, unable to get out because if it did, it would spread. The cork is this island, and it’s the only thing keeping the darkness where it belongs.” (Ab Aeterno)
- There’s a notation saying “Known final resting place of Magnus Hanso/Black Rock”. Indeed, in the Black Rock flashback episode Ab Aeterno, we learn that a certain “Captain Hanso” was aboard the ship, and reported dead by one of the surviving officers after the tsunami.
- Above the Black Rock notation, the map notes “primary nexus of Cerberus related activitiy”. Rousseau stated in Exodus that the Smoke Monster was more active around the Black Rock (within the Dark Territory).
- Notations on the map seem to confirm that the Lockdown was connected to the supply drop:
- “P.R.D. (Periodic Resupply Drop) Every 6-8 months”
- “Complete shutdown in effect”
- “Activity minimal during Lockdown and restocking procedure”
- The Numbers (4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42) are written on the map underneath The Swan.