Desmond's return into the bigger picture a few weeks back sure has rattled all that we thought we knew about Lost
--or, at least, all that we knew about the show's remaining episodes. What used to be a war between two mythical forces in the Island, made complicated by the fact that some of Oceanic 815's survivors are candidates, became a concerted effort to unite two timelines together. Maybe to avert the war from happening, to avert the evil that is Flocke from seeping out into the world and destroying the balance.
With his special abilities and what seems to be the side effect of Widmore's tests on him--his consciousness traveled, or maybe got multiplied, whatever, between dimensions--Desmond's now out to rectify things. That interesting (if not cheesy) bit about him and Charlie finding their true loves, one that defies the barriers between both timelines, spurred him to find everyone on Oceanic 815 (or at least those he remembers from the Island) and have them experience the same. That pretty much explains for what he did to Hurley this week, as well as him running over a wheelchair-bound Locke.
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Yes, I get that. But what is Desmond trying to do?
One, I'm presuming Desmond has an understanding of both timelines. Maybe his consciousness from the original timeline merged with the one from the alternate timeline. (A bit like Echo on Dollhouse's second season.) Two, I'm presuming that understanding gave him this God-like insight into what is and isn't right. Three, I'm presuming this insight has led him to travel between both timelines, putting two and two together. Working all those kinks out could prove to be more effective than actual warfare: they do say prevention is better than cure, and it's better to find true love than fight some power-hungry Brit to the death.
But once all that's done, what will happen? What impact will Desmond's actions have on the bigger picture. It can't be that everything will just be fine in a snap--the candidates find their love, their bigger purpose, one that defies Jacob's plans, and suddenly everything is back the way it should be. There's talk of bloodshed in upcoming episodes, and while you can say love goes beyond death the way it goes beyond timelines, you're not exactly left with the full picture, right? It's like improving Jack with just half of him.
In the end, I'm thinking about what the two timelines really are about. Is one, or both, just an anomaly? If so, why are they here in the first place? How has it affected the bigger picture? Desmond seems to have the answers to all these. I don't expect him to reveal it sooner, but it should get clearer when things get desperate. Say, when people start dying off and it becomes a race to the near end.(Image courtesy of ABC)