There are certain signs that tell you you’re learning how to write a story. The most distinctive sign is when you know what’s going to happen next in other people’s stories. It can get bad, really bad, but the worse it gets, the better you will be at constructing your own story. You learn to see into the future in this fashion by learning to recognise a set-up when you see one. Personally, I can’t watch trailers anymore. Not since I watched one for the mystery thriller The Sentinel and figured out whodunnit. I figured out Lost half way through ’06
See below for the solution as I see it (monster spoiler warning).
The island travels between dimensions.
That’s why the Others already know the people on the plane, they’ve already met them in another dimension. In the last series, it became even more obvious. A new arrival turns up with technology that is unfamiliar (because it’s from another dimension). The plane, in this dimension, sank to the bottom of the sea and everyone died. This told me they were going to get off the island in this dimension, because things had been set-up so that they could take over the lives of their parallel selves. But this world is not their world, as emphasised by the fact that Jack’s dad is still alive here.
As for the invisible man who is supposed to be giving orders to the Others, his orders have not been followed in a long time. Ben pretends to follow his orders while dispensing his own. Locke is a threat to this, which is why Ben tried to kill him. All of the Others are on an important mission for the invisible man, which is . . .
Well, I have to leave some mystery for you, don’t I?
When you can spot such set ups instantly, you will know how to write a story.
So I guess I’m not the only one who thinks this.
-Benet Simon & Mike Mindel
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