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Old February 22nd 09, 21:09   #95
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Re: LOST Casting Spoiler

Besides Mrs Faraday's line about silliness, there were two other seemingly illogical but convenient bits of plot device dialogue:

1. Kate refusing to discuss Aaron's disappearance w/ Jack. Unless we find out that someone put a gun to someone's head and said "if you tell Jack..." etc, it felt like a cheap way to add another mystery.

2. Jack refusing to read Locke's note. As if anybody wouldn't rip that thing open immediately, if not for any reason than trying to scrap together every bit of data on this weird situation one could. But no, it had to wait until Ben's dialogue which would best dramatically prepare Jack's character for greatest emotional impact upon finally reading the letter.


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Or maybe it's time for me to stop looking for logical explanations in an illogical tv show.
This is more like it.
I think any pseudo-scientific explanations are beside the point. It could be black holes, wormholes, quantum something-or-other, some sort of mystical mumbo-jumbo... it doesn't really matter. Whatever nonsense they come up with will be to service any plots, not provide some reasonable explanation for anything.

In other words, the real explanation for the island: "magic."
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