Lost Thoughts: Dharma, Others, & Widmore

4 comments January 29th, 2009at 08:21pm Posted by Eli

I’m probably hopelessly behind the curve, and every Lost fansite has already expanded on this theory in mind-numbingly exquisite detail, but I figured I’d share my version of it nonetheless.

Okay, so, here’s what I think we know so far about Dharma, the Others, and Charles Widmore:

1) Charles Widmore is a Dharma bigshot, possibly even the CEO.  (I can’t remember for sure whether I know this, or just assumed it.  I know something made me pretty sure about it, though.)

2) The Others have been on the island since at least the 50s.  They are very disciplined and organized, and probably have some kind of outside backing.  They appear to have a similar mission to that of Dharma: to somehow tap or exploit the island’s powers.

3) Charles Widmore used to be one of the Others when he was young.

4) Charles Widmore now has a vendetta against the Others in general, and Ben Linus in particular.

If I throw all that together and shake it around for a while, I reach the conclusion that Widmore had some kind of falling-out with the Others – presumably either a disagreement on methods or goals, or else they wouldn’t let him be the leader.  So Widmore’s response was to create Dharma to be a rival (but similar) group to the Others, which would wrest control of the island away from them and take all the island’s secrets for himself instead.

Widmore would obviously be familiar enough with the Others to know what kind of force Dharma would need to conquer the island, but he couldn’t have anticipated the Others turning Ben so that he would betray Dharma.  And this is why Widmore has a special grudge against Ben, because if it hadn’t been for him, his plan would have worked, and Dharma would still control the island.

This theory works pretty well for me – it explains the relationship between the Others and Dharma, and it also explains why they seem similar in many ways, and why the Others took over the Dharma people’s duties after they killed them.  The Others have the same basic mission as Dharma, because they were the model for Dharma.

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  • 1. spork_incident  |  January 29th, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    I dunno…sounds fine but honestly when the show introduced time travel I said “oh buruthuuuh”. Now I watch it a) out of habit and b) to find out what the hell the smoke monster is.


  • 2. Eli  |  January 29th, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Good luck with that, dude. I think they’ve forgotten all about the smoke monster. Or else maybe it’s Jacob, I dunno.

  • 3. spork_incident  |  January 30th, 2009 at 8:20 am

    Oh, and c) I want to see Kate a/k/a Freckles die a slow, agonizing death.



  • 4. Ant  |  February 21st, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    I think you are correct in your theroy.

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