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LOST: The Orchid Station orientation has hidden messages

Recently at ComicCon the creators of Lost showed a new video that has stirred up discussion on the web. James Poniewozik at Time’s Tuned In posted a full version of the video in this week’s Lost Discussion Group. Video here:

While watching I noticed a few single frames (like when we saw Jacob briefly in The Man Behind the Curtain) that no one else has mentioned yet. I took some screen grabs of them. I included the timecode in each screen grab so you can check for yourself. Here’s what I think they are:

#1 Gerald DeGroot
Gerald, husband of Karen, was one of the doctoral candidates who conceived of The Dharma Initiative according to the Swan’s orientation video Locke and Jack watched in episode ‘Orientation’ (S2E3). The first image is from the new Orchid video, the second is from the Swan video.

Orchid screen grab
Gerald DeGroot

Swan screen grab (18:21)

What significance does this have? I’m not sure since it’s Dharma footage that we’ve seen in another video. We haven’t explored the DeGroots in too much detail so maybe it’s a clue?

#2 Dharma Building
This is interesting. The building below also showed up in both the Orchid video for a single frame and the Swan video for a longer, more visible duration. In the Swan video, it was the visual associated with the last item in the list of what the Dharma group was setup to study. The dialogue that accompanied the image was “…and utopian social…”. After that, the video seems to skip or be spliced and jumps both auditorily and visually to a closer picture of Alvar Honso looking out one of these building’s windows accompanied by the narrator saying “(re)clusive Danish industrialist and munitions magnate, Alvar Hanso, whose financial backing made their dream of a multi-purpose, social-science research facility a reality.” (source)

Orchid screen grab

Swan screen grab (18:46)

Interesting that they included a frame that relates directly to both ‘utopian social’ something and Alvar Honso. These are both themes I think will be explored in the upcoming season.

#3 God Loves You As He Loves Jacob
We first saw this message in the brainwashing video Karl was being subjected to in Room 23 before Kate, Sawyer, and Alex saved him in episode ‘Not in Portland’ (S3E7). It was but one of many propaganda-type messages embedded in the video.

Orchid screen grab
God Loves You as He Loved Jacob

Brainwashing video screen grab (25:13)
God Loves You as He Loved Jacob

I’ve been wondering what this means since ‘Not in Portland’ originally aired. The verb tense mis-match was always most intriguing. God still loves Karl (and presumably other viewers of this video), yet he seems to have forsaken Jacob. Considering the possible time-shift implications of the Orchid video (with the two bunnies) reference to this brainwashing video is significant since the audio playing in room 23, when played in reverse, repeatedly says “only fools are enslaved by time and space” (source).

Lastly, the appearance of Gerald DeGroot and Alvar Hanso leads me to believe this was a Dharma video, not one created by the Others. This is big because it links Jacob, leader of the Others, to Dharma. I may be wrong, but has this connection been made before?

#4 Upside down bike rider
Honestly, I don’t recognize this bit from any other episode. It’s shown for a hair longer in the Orchid video (maybe 15 frames) that it could just be something strange we haven’t seen before. Does anyone else recognize this clip?

Orchid screen grab

Overall, I’d like to think these are clues for hard core fans to follow, maybe the start of the next round of The Lost Experience. What do you think?

Justin Dickinson



5 Responses to “LOST: The Orchid Station orientation has hidden messages”

  1. Mike Says:

    The bicycle clip was also in the Dharma orientation video in The Man Behind the Curtain.

  2. Justin Says:

    Was that in the Ben flashback?

  3. Scott Says:

    the clip from the biker is at “the Barracks”

  4. no one Says:

    The bike clip was in the video for dharma as seen when ben first enters the island as a child.

  5. bburke Says:

    Not sure of the significance, but the upside down bicycle seems to be a reference to The Third Policeman by Flan o’Brien
    There have been many well known references to this novel throughout the series.

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