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Caption contest winner

What is Hurley saying?

What is Hurley saying?

Thanks so much to everyone who entered the caption contest.

The entries had references to food, the numbers, code 14-J, Mommies and Daddies, the Oceanic 6, Jacob, Ben, famous telephone catch phrases — and an old Allan Sherman song.

The Winner

The Season 5 Dharma Initiative Orientation Kit goes to Jon for this caption:.

I’d like to order a super-sized pallet of Dharma-Pockets for the next Resupply Drop. Dude, How can you be OUT?

That sounds like something Hurley might really say. And it brought back fond memories of one of the greatest moments of Season 5, when Hurley threw a Hot Pocket at Ben:

First runner-up is Geraldine for another food-related line:

Uh, dudes? They said the pizza will take, like, 4200 hours to get here. Maybe we should try Mr. Cluck’s instead? I have an in.

Hurley does look like he is trying to order a pizza in the picture. Too bad even Domino’s couldn’t guarantee on-time delivery when the destination is Crazy Island.

Mags Magoon is second runner-up for his caption which uses all the numbers:

Yeah, we saw your message on a bathroom wall…for a good time, dial (481) 516-2342…

I’d hate to see what would happen if that call was ever answered.

You can see all the entries on the contest post. Thanks again to everyone who entered!

Publicity photo of Jack, Hurley, and Sayid, and the Dharma Initiative kit prize are courtesy of Buena Vista Home Entertainment. ©ABC Studios

How did Dr. Chang know about time travel?

"It's going to allow us to manipulate time." -- Dr. Pierre Chang (aka Dr. Marvin Candle) in 5x01

"It's going to allow us to manipulate time." -- Dr. Pierre Chang (aka Dr. Marvin Candle) in 5x01

I’ve been focusing a lot recently on the last episode of Season 5, but now I want to switch gears for a bit and look back at the beginning of the season, which has its own intriguing mysteries, especially when seen now, in light of what we learned later on.

In a scene near the beginning of the season premiere, 5×01 Because You Left, Dr. Chang is underground in the Orchid Station, talking to a construction foreman. The year is 1977:

Foreman: There’s an open chamber about 20 meters in, behind the rock. (Pointing to a sonar image that shows part of the donkey wheel) There’s something in there. The only way to get to it is to lay charges here (pointing) and here. Blast through —

Dr. Chang: Under no circumstances. This station is being built here because of its proximity to what we believe to be an almost limitless energy. And that energy, once we can harness it correctly — it’s going to allow us to manipulate time.

Foreman: Hah. (Sarcastically) Okay, so, what, we’re going to go back and kill Hitler?

Dr. Chang: Don’t be absurd. There are rules. Rules that can’t be broken.

Foreman: So what do you want me to do?

Dr. Chang: You’re gonna do nothing. If you drill even one centimeter further and risk releasing that energy — if that were to happen (looks at injured worker and shakes his head) — God help us all.

This raises a lot of questions. How did Dr. Chang know about the special “energy”? Did he come to the Island because he knew that energy was there? And if so, was the whole Dharma Initiative a ruse, a cover for his real purpose of finding and harnessing the energy? Or did Chang discover the energy and its properties only after he arrived at the Island? If so, how?

When Dr. Chang talks about “rules” that can’t be broken, he sounds a lot like Faraday, when Faraday explained the “rules” of time travel to the Losties, before he changed his mind. Where did Dr. Chang get his ideas about the rules?

Dr. Chang’s line, “God help us all,” is so dramatic. Then in the next episode, 5×02 The Lie, that line echoes with an eerie resonance when it is repeated by Eloise Hawking:

Eloise: What you need is irrelevant. Seventy hours is what you’ve got.

Ben: Look, I lost Reyes tonight. (Pause) So what happens if I can’t get them all to come back?

Eloise: Then God help us all. (Crescendo. End of episode.)

What exactly is Eloise Hawking afraid of, and is it the same thing that Dr. Chang was afraid of when he uttered the same phrase?

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