[tps_title]QUESTION MARK’S THE SPOT[/tps_title]
- The discovery of the Pearl reveals a lot about the Dharma Initiative, but raises a lot of questions as well. The least of which: didn’t Boone notice the giant circle of salt right next to Locke when he was up climbing the cliff?! Wouldn’t everything have been resolved that day if he had looked a bit more closely?
- It’s likely that the salted circle was meant for the regulated food and supply drops on the island.
- Exposé reveals that Tom was ordered by Ben to cover the Pearl station up with the Nigerian airplane. Kind of a bummer after Eko’s great speech about destiny! It did land pretty close to it, though…
Eko: “[Yemi] was placed on a plane, which took off from an airstrip in Nigeria half a world from here. Then, the plane that I was on crashed on this island. And somehow, here, I found my brother again. I found him in the same plane that took off from Nigeria. In the same plane that lies above us now — that has concealed this place.” (?)
- Locke asks Eko if he “may” be the one to open the Pearl hatch. Back in Exodus, Locke was annoyed at the fact that Jack was the one who rigged the Swan hatch with dynamite. This one is his to open.
- The Pearl hatch is octagon-shaped, like the Dharma logo.
- Locke sees some cigarettes on the table inside the Pearl station. Someone was here before them. Paulo used to be a smoker, but not during his time on the island. Plus, the cigarette butts were there when he first visited the station, which means they probably belonged to a random smoking Other who was watching the survivors on the Pearl feeds. That, or the Guilty Remnant found the island.
- As revealed in The Cost Of Living, the TV monitors are also connected to the Flame station, where Mikhail Bakunin spends his days.
- As you might be able to tell by the 108 minute intervals, the data logs Locke prints show every time a Dharma worker at the Swan pressed the “execute” button. Desmond uses the logs to confirm that he was responsible for the crash of Oceanic 815 in Live Together, Die Alone.
- Locke sends his sketch of the blast door map through the pneumatic tube. Sawyer finds it later at the capsule dump in Live Together, Die Alone.
- Dr. Pierre chang goes by another candle-themed nickname in the Pearl video: Dr. Mark Wickmund. Even though Chang injured his left hand in the Swan Incident in 1977, he still has both of his arms in this video, which is odd considering footage from the (completed) Swan station is shown in the background. Hey, maybe they edited it in afterwards!
- As Nikki so smartly points out in Exposé, Dr. Wickmund uses the word “projects”, which implies that – yes – there is more than one! I choose to believe Locke was smart enough to figure that out by himself, but just wasn’t bothered to check during his first visit… having his life crushed and all.
- Dr. Wickmund mentions the Pala Ferry: the large dock on the other side of the island where the Others will take Jack, Kate and Sawyer with them (presumably to bring them to Hydra Island from there) in Live Together, Die Alone. He also mentions the Dharma Barracks, which we will first see in A Tale Of Two Cities. A large portion of the show’s fifth season is set there.
- The camera hanging inside the Pearl station hints at the fact that the psychological experiment Dharma was conducting was not on the Swan workers, but the men stationed at the Pearl itself. They were tasked with writing down every darn detail of the Swan worker’s boring lives for three weeks, and judging from the pile of notebooks found by Jack’s group in the season finale, that’s exactly what they did.
- The fact that the camera is hanging behind a broken panel in the ceiling suggests that someone at the Pearl discovered it and took off.
- The skeleton of a Pearl worker is found inside the polar bear’s cave in Further Instructions, suggesting a less happy ending for the poor guy.
- As Locke said in Orientation, “his word is all we have”. Following the word of a man you don’t know is a theme in the show’s second season, especially where Locke is concerned. He trusted Henry by his word in Lockdown, only to discover that he’d been lying to him all along. It’s Henry’s words, plus the one’s from Dr. Wickmund that end up convincing Locke that the button is not real.