Here is something that was emailed to me, that has a lot of interest info:
> Found on lostmediamentions this is some guy from Bad Robot (the company that produced Lost) amazing post:
> Good stuff on here! I can finally throw in my two cents! I've had to
> bite my tongue for far too long. Also, hopefully I can answer some of
> John's questions about Dharma and the "pointless breadcrumbs" that
> really, weren't so pointless ...
> First ...
> The Island:
> It was real. Everything that happened on the island that we saw
> throughout the 6 seasons was real. Forget the final image of the plane
> crash, it was put in purposely to fuck with people's heads and show
> how far the show had come. They really crashed. They really survived.
> They really discovered Dharma and the Others. The Island keeps the
> balance of good and evil in the world. It always has and always will
> perform that role. And the Island will always need a "Protector".
> Jacob wasn't the first, Hurley won't be the last. However, Jacob had
> to deal with a malevolent force (MIB) that his mother, nor Hurley had
> to deal with. He created the devil and had to find a way to kill him
> -- even though the rules prevented him from actually doing so.
> Thus began Jacob's plan to bring candidates to the Island to do the
> one thing he couldn't do. Kill the MIB. He had a huge list of
> candidates that spanned generations. Yet everytime he brought people
> there, the MIB corrupted them and caused them to kill one another.
> That was until Richard came along and helped Jacob understand that if
> he didn't take a more active role, then his plan would never work.
> Enter Dharma -- which I'm not sure why John is having such a hard time
> grasping. Dharma, like the countless scores of people that were
> brought to the island before, were brought there by Jacob as part of
> his plan to kill the MIB. However, the MIB was aware of this plan and
> interferred by "corrupting" Ben. Making Ben believe he was doing the
> work of Jacob when in reality he was doing the work of the MIB. This
> carried over into all of Ben's "off-island" activities. He was the
> leader. He spoke for Jacob as far as they were concerned. So the
> "Others" killed Dharma and later were actively trying to kill Jack,
> Kate, Sawyer, Hurley and all the candidates because that's what the
> MIB wanted. And what he couldn't do for himself.
> Dharma was originally brought in to be good. But was turned bad by
> MIB's corruption and eventually destroyed by his pawn Ben. Now, was
> Dharma only brought there to help Jack and the other Canditates on
> their overall quest to kill Smokey? Or did Jacob have another list of
> Canidates from the Dharma group that we were never aware of? That's a
> question that is purposley not answered because whatever answer the
> writers came up with would be worse than the one you come up with for
> yourself. Still ... Dharma's purpose is not "pointless" or even vague.
> Hell, it's pretty blantent.
> Still, despite his grand plan, Jacob wanted to give his "candidates"
> (our Lostaways) the one thing he, nor his brother, were ever afforded:
> free will. Hence him bringing a host of "candidates" through the
> decades and letting them "choose" which one would actually do the job
> in the end. Maybe he knew Jack would be the one to kill Flocke and
> that Hurley would be the protector in the end. Maybe he didn't. But
> that was always the key question of the show: Fate vs Free-will.
> Science vs Faith. Personally I think Jacob knew from the beginning
> what was going to happen and that everyone played a part over 6
> seasons in helping Jack get to the point where he needed to be to kill
> Smokey and make Hurley the protector -- I know that's how a lot of the
> writers viewed it. But again, they won't answer that (nor should they)
> because that ruins the fun.
> In the end, Jack got to do what he always wanted to do from the very
> first episode of the show: Save his fellow Lostaways. He got Kate and
> Sawyer off the island and he gave Hurley the purpose in life he'd
> always been missing. And, in Sideways world (which we'll get to next)
> he in fact saved everyone by helping them all move on ...
> Sideways World:
> Sideways world is where it gets really cool in terms of theology and
> metaphysical discussion (for me at least -- because I love
> history/religion theories and loved all the talks in the writer's room
> about it). Basically what the show is proposing is that we're all
> linked to certain people during our lives. Call them soulmates (though
> it's not exactly the best word). But these people we're linked to are
> with us duing "the most important moments of our lives" as Christian
> said. These are the people we move through the universe with from
> lifetime to lifetime. It's loosely based in Hinduisim with large doses
> of western religion thrown into the mix.
> The conceit that the writers created, basing it off these religious
> philosophies, was that as a group, the Lostaways subconsciously
> created this "sideways" world where they exist in purgatory until they
> are "awakened" and find one another. Once they all find one another,
> they can then move on and move forward. In essence, this is the show's
> concept of the afterlife. According to the show, everyone creates
> their own "Sideways" purgatory with their "soulmates" throughout their
> lives and exist there until they all move on together. That's a
> beautiful notion. Even if you aren't religious or even spirtual, the
> idea that we live AND die together is deeply profound and moving.
> It's a really cool and spirtual concept that fits the whole tone and
> subtext the show has had from the beginning. These people were
> SUPPOSED to be together on that plane. They were supposed to live
> through these events -- not JUST because of Jacob. But because that's
> what the universe or God (depending on how religious you wish to get)
> wanted to happen. The show was always about science vs faith -- and it
> ultimately came down on the side of faith. It answered THE core
> question of the series. The one question that has been at the root of
> every island mystery, every character backstory, every plot twist.
> That, by itself, is quite an accomplishment.
> How much you want to extrapolate from that is up to you as the viewer.
> Think about season 1 when we first found the Hatch. Everyone thought
> that's THE answer! Whatever is down there is the answer! Then, as we
> discovered it was just one station of many. One link in a very long
> chain that kept revealing more, and more of a larger mosiac.
> But the writer's took it even further this season by contrasting this
> Sideways "purgatory" with the Island itself. Remember when Michael
> appeared to Hurley, he said he was not allowed to leave the Island.
> Just like the MIB. He wasn't allowed into this sideways world and
> thus, was not afforded the opportunity to move on. Why? Because he had
> proven himself to be unworthy with his actions on the Island. He
> failed the test. The others, passed. They made it into Sideways world
> when they died -- some before Jack, some years later. In Hurley's
> case, maybe centuries later. They exist in this sideways world until
> they are "awakened" and they can only move on TOGETHER because they
> are linked. They are destined to be together for eternity. That was
> their destiny.
> They were NOT linked to Anna Lucia, Daniel, Roussou, Alex, Miles,
> Lupidis, (and all the rest who weren't in the chuch -- basically
> everyone who wasn't in season 1). Yet those people exist in Sideways
> world. Why? Well again, here's where they leave it up to you to
> decide. The way I like to think about it, is that those people who
> were left behind in Sideways world have to find their own soulmates
> before they can wake up. It's possible that those links aren't people
> from the island but from their other life (Anna's parnter, the guy she
> shot --- Roussou's husband, etc etc).
> A lot of people have been talking about Ben and why he didn't go into
> the Church. And if you think of Sideways world in this way, then it
> gives you the answer to that very question. Ben can't move on yet
> because he hasn't connected with the people he needs to. It's going to
> be his job to awaken Roussou, Alex, Anna Lucia (maybe), Ethan,
> Goodspeed, his father and the rest. He has to attone for his sins more
> than he did by being Hurley's number two. He has to do what Hurley and
> Desmond did for our Lostaways with his own people. He has to help them
> connect. And he can only move on when all the links in his chain are
> ready to. Same can be said for Faraday, Charlotte, Whidmore, Hawkins
> etc. It's really a neat, and cool concept. At least to me.
> But, from a more "behind the scenes" note: the reason Ben's not in the
> church, and the reason no one is in the church but for Season 1 people
> is because they wrote the ending to the show after writing the pilot.
> And never changed it. The writers always said (and many didn't believe
> them) that they knew their ending from the very first episode. I
> applaud them for that. It's pretty fantastic. Originally Ben was
> supposed to have a 3 episode arc and be done. But he became a big part
> of the show. They could have easily changed their ending and put him
> in the church -- but instead they problem solved it. Gave him a
> BRILLIANT moment with Locke outside the church ... and then that was
> it. I loved that. For those that wonder -- the original ending started
> the moment Jack walked into the church and touches the casket to Jack
> closing his eyes as the other plane flies away. That was always JJ's
> ending. And they kept it.
> For me the ending of this show means a lot. Not only because I worked
> on it, but because as a writer it inspired me in a way the medium had
> never done before. I've been inspired to write by great films. Maybe
> too many to count. And there have been amazing TV shows that I've
> loved (X-Files, 24, Sopranos, countless 1/2 hour shows). But none did
> what LOST did for me. None showed me that you could take huge risks
> (writing a show about faith for network TV) and stick to your creative
> guns and STILL please the audience. I learned a lot from the show as a
> writer. I learned even more from being around the incredible writers,
> producers, PAs, interns and everyone else who slaved on the show for 6
> In the end, for me, LOST was a touchstone show that dealt with faith,
> the afterlife, and all these big, spirtual questions that most shows
> don't touch. And to me, they never once waivered from their core story
> -- even with all the sci-fi elements they mixed in. To walk that long
> and daunting of a creative tightrope and survive is simply astounding.
> ------ End of Forwarded Message
Some interesting stuff, however he does state that only people from Season 1 are in the church and correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't Juliet in the church and we did not meet her until Season 3.