I may never be first to the game, but I’m still a very interested player in the world of Lost scoop.
Here is the Season 4 teaser video that Lost producers revealed at Comic-Con a few days ago.
It is a new Orientation Video for Station 6 (a.k.a. The Orchid), featuring Dr. Marvin Candle/Mark Wickmund, now appearing as Edmund Halowax.
Here is my over-analytical perspective about what we see in this brief film:
There is an obvious candle theme relating to that Dharma Initiative actor/doctor. Marvin CANDLE, Mark WICKmund, Edmund HaloWAX. We have no idea if it is relevant to the show; more than likely it just a series of names that make Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse giggle.
In this clip, it appears that Dr. Candle/Wickmund/Halowax still has full use of his left arm and hand…which leads me to believe that it was filmed before the ‘incident’ that he refers to in the Orientation Video that Locke first watches in Desmond’s hatch. In a few of the other films, this character appears to have a prosthetic left arm and/or hand.
This is the third white bunny we’ve seen, but only the second one branded in sequential order with Hurley’s cursed numbers. The first was the #8 rabbit which Ben used to scare the bejesus out of Sawyer in “Every Man for Himself” (Season 3, episode 4). The second was Ben’s unmarked pet bunny, which we saw when pre-teen Ben first arrived on the island with his dad in “The Man Behind the Curtain” (Season 3, episode 20). And now this third white rabbit appears in the new Orientation film for Season 4, marked with the #15.
Bunnies have also made easter-egg appearances in many episodes past: Sawyer has been seen reading both Watership Down (rabbits are the main characters) and Of Mice and Men (protagonist is obsessed with rabbits). The unlucky Hurley found a rabbit’s foot in “Tricia Tanaka is Dead” (Season 3, episode 10). And who can forget the image late last season of Ben’s daughter Alex cooking fresh bunny rabbit over the fire for her next meal (yes, we’re aware of the symbolism, hating daddy and barbecuing his beloved bunny).
It looks like next season will continue with the Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland theme from past seasons. You know, a character overcome by curiosity discovers a secret new location. Locke and his hatches above ground, Charlie and the Looking Glass underwater. Jack’s search for his father on the island in Season 1′s “White Rabbit.” Season 4 will probably lead us to an entirely new locale, hopefully one which reveals where Flight Attendant Cindy, Sheriff Isabel and the kidnapped Tail Section kids live.
Rabbits have been known to represent fertility. We know that Juliet and the Others are certainly interested in that topic.
Moving on to another possible clue from this new Orientation Film…clones. It appears as if a second Bunny #15 magically appears on set, freaking everyone out. So if The Orchid isn’t a botanical station, as they state in the video, is it where the Dharma folks are experimenting with cloning? There have been a million theories throughout the history of Lost about human clones, and the release of that silly book Bad Twin did nothing but egg on that conspiracy. Of course it is probably just another bit of misdirection to get us geeks to obsess about that possibility until February. Of course the second bunny may be explained by…
The Casimir Effect, which is also mentioned in this video. So of course I had to look it up (I am a Lit major, not a Physics expert). Here is the shortest yet most comprehensive definition I could find: “An attractive force between two parallel, conducting plates in empty space that arises from zero-point quantum fluctuations of the vacuum electromagnetic field.” Um, exactly. What? We know that an electromagnetic field plays a large role on the island (see: Desmond’s now-imploded hatch, the computer and numbers which caused the anomaly and subsequent plane crash, Penny’s search team, etc.). But hey, as least the Casimir Effect mentions the word parallel…which could fuel the clone idea.
The Clockwork Orange brainwashing element that we were introduced to in “Not in Portland (Season 3, episode 7) also infiltrated The Orchid video. There were a few subliminal images quickly flashing throughout this Orientation Film, including what looks like a random tall building and Dharma founder Gerald DeGroot. We first saw Karl held captive, wearing LED glasses, being forced to watch a series of such messages in Room 23 at the Hydra Station on Other Island.
What? Don’t look at me that way. I’ve been home recovering from a minor medical thing for a few days and was thrilled to have something to do other than watch a continuous flow of disappointing indies.
Anyone care to elaborate about what you saw in this new Orientation Film or debunk any of my theories?