Thursday, July 10, 2008

Monster Tidbits


WTF is the monster? If I could pick one mystery to get the answer to on the show, that's the one I'd pick.

I've mentioned the whispers before. Some of them are audible though hard to decipher, others are hidden in the sound and require special audio equipment to "tease out". When the monster first appears near the beach in S1's The Pilot, there are hidden whispers:

MONSTER AT THE BEACH

Center
1. You aren't joking (1 sec)
2. What a lousy thing... (2 sec)
3. I don't care what we do to them (5 sec)
4. Whatever we do we best do it fast/right (8 sec)
6. we can undo (not do?) this (14 sec)
7. bring enough men to do it with/right (18sec)
8. How many do you want us to do it with (20 sec)
9. twenty-seven/tough to say (21 sec)
10. new idea (sped up, 23)
11. now your just winging it(23 sec)
12. We don't have time for loose ends (25 sec)

Left & Right
1. You aren't joking (1 sec)
2. What a lousy thing to go through (3 sec)
3. They're ruining the plan (5 sec)
4. Crash Victims (8 sec)
5. Maybe you (they?) didn't hear me (just before horn sounds 8.5 sec)
6. what do you want to do (behind the horn sound, 10 sec)
7. to them (11)
8. you know crash victims...can't keep our secrets/can't keep them secret(13 sec)
9. I wondered the same thing/I wanted the same thing (17 sec) (just before second horn sounds)
10. Why are you asking what I think? (20 sec)
11. that's not what I was doing (22 sec)

And later, when Jack, Kate and Charlie locate the cockpit and the pilot, there are more hidden whispers:

MONSTER AT COCKPIT

1. We could of handled it (3 sec)
3. Their now an intruder (4 sec)
4. Tell them that we located it and they will be soon be going (6 sec)
5. What are you going to do (9 sec)
6. Will you get going (11 sec)
7. There's no telling when they'll leave (13 sec hi-whisper. Something slowed down behind it too)
8. Do you know what to do with them if they don't leave (14 sec)
9. Do you remember what the plan was (17 sec)
10. look, now they've found another one (19 sec)
11. okay, stick to the plan (20 sec)
12. alright no sign of any problem...it's quiet (24 sec)
13. stand ready (27 sec)
14. Go for control of the window, we'll cover you (29 sec)
15. Keep them from suspecting anything (35 sec)
16. and don't let anyone else to know they're/we're here. (36 sec)
17. they've already seen (40 sec)
18. don't let them go free (42 sec)
19. don't matter (48 sec)
20 did you see the scared look on their faces (48 sec)
21. okay, follow them (56)
22. make him run for his life (1:01)
23. keep running, keep...damn he did get far enough (1:06)
[kate hiding in tree]
24 bet that lightning bolt scared her (1:28)
25. what we're gonna do is seperate you (1:31)
26. Do you like the way you left him to be eaten (1:33)

Left & Right
tell me when your ready(.5 sec)
2. We could of handled it (2 sec)
3. Their now an intruder (3 sec)
4. Their not leaving (4 sec)
5. Before you...(5 sec)
6. try and get to the tower..(5.5)
7. you hearing me at all (6 sec)
8. Interferance (7 sec)
9. hello (7.5 sec)
10. can you hear (8 sec)
11. there it is (arrows/eros? 8.5 sec)
12. I didn't hear anything (very faint, 9 sec)
13. quiet (10 sec)
14. look they helped their captain (11 sec)
15. hurry it up(13 sec)
16. Let him see you...then try to grab him (14 sec)
17. Kill all of them (26 sec)
18. I told you the plan (27 sec)
19. Kill the pilot, chase them away(55 sec)
20. They really got after it (1:17)

As usual, the whispers/hidden audio stuff is pretty mind-blowing. It's like we're getting some kind of blow-by-blow, listening in on a walkie-talkie or something. This also makes it sound as though the monster is controlled by someone/something pretty directly. Like a machine or robot of some kind.

And then there's this, from an old post by CrimsonRabbit in the "What They Said" thread at The Fuselage:

(Carlton and Damon say all of this in a smarmy "nudge, nudge, wink, wink" kind of tone.)

Carlton: All those flashes, Damon -- do you want to make a comment?

Damon: It's very interesting. They're very short and very brief and I will sort of leave to the audience to interpret what they will. My own interpretation, Carlton, would be that the thing all the flashes had in common were that they seemed to be moments from Mr. Eko's life. Some of which we may not have even seen yet. I don't know what I would intuit that the Monster was in some way an ethernet connection to his emotions and was in some ways downloading his fears and anxieties and --

Carlton: And analyzing them.

Damon: -- and then was somehow able not to attack him based on the fact that Eko did not seem particularly afraid of it. Which might explain why Locke was not savaged by the monster in Season 1. I don't know -- that would just be my theory.

Carlton: I would put a little bit of credence into that specualtion. The monster might be reacting to certain aspects of the character he is facing.
The convo is from the Jan 17th, 2006 Official ABC.com Lost Podcast, post-"23rd Psalm", at 12:00 mark.

Would this seem to confirm somehow that the monster somehow judges the person he meets? As in: are they worthy to live? Or is it something else: does the monster somehow mirror the behaviour of the person it meets? So that if you are calm, then the monster is calm (like Locke in Walkabout), and if you are a murderous bastard then it attacks (like Keamy's men). But what about the pilot getting killed in The Pilot? Still can't figure that out, unless maybe Smokey malfunctioned? Though the whisper transcript above makes it seem that whoever controls Smokey wanted to kill the pilot, for whatever reason.

What do we know about the monster?
  • The first time we saw it in its "smokey" shape, it seemed to emanate from the ground
  • It seems unable to leave the ground, ie jump (it couldn't jump over the fence surrounding the barracks)
  • Ben has a strange room under his house that seems to be some sort of control room/way to summon smokey - could this be the control room of sorts where someone sits and "operates" Smokey?
  • It can assume various shapes
  • It seemed to read Eko's mind
But what is it? Mechanical sounds, unable to penetrate sonar fence, able to manipulate objects and take on various shapes, seemingly connected to the ground... Bah. I have no frikking idea!

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