In last weeks Lost episode “Three Minutes” we where once again reminded of the magnetic properties of the Swan station. Eko was walking around, exploring the hatch and suddenly the cross around his neck started to float in the air, sort of like it was dragged towards a magnet.
We’ve seen this before, the key Jack has in a strap around his neck started floating in the exact same way when he was walking around in the hatch in the Lost episode “Everybody Hates Hugo”. To me this clearly points to a fairly large magnet, or at least something with very strong magnetic properties behind the concrete in the hatch.
When Jack and Sayid where exploring that part of the hatch, Sayid believed that there might be a geothermal generator behind the concrete. He also stated:
The last time I heard of concrete being poured over everything in this way was Chernobyl.
Chernobyl was covered in concrete to try to contain the dangerous radiation but how is this related to Lost? Enter electromagnetic radiation and The Hanso Foundation Electromagnetic Research Initiative.
I believe that the Swan station might contain a large electromagnet powered by a thermal generator. Before the losties crashed on the island something happened to the electromagnet, making it release large amounts of ionizing radiation, much like what happened at Chernobyl. This could be what is referred to as â€œthe incidentâ€ and would be a very good reason to cover the magnet in concrete.
Ionizing Radiation could also explain what â€œcuredâ€ Roseâ€™s cancer since low levels of ionizing radiation have been claimed to lower the risk of cancer. On the other hand, ionizing radiation could also cause the losties to get cancer through radiation poisoning.
Another idea that just occurred to me is that the “vaccine” Desmond used might have stopped him from being poisoned by the radiation, if this theory turns out to be true.
The initial purpose of the kind of magnet described above could have been to generate a large electromagnetic pulse used to protect the island. A large enough electromagnetic pulse would for example be able to disable the electronics of any approaching vehicle, like flight 815, and make it crash.
I’m guessing that the computer was originally used to fire of an electromagnetic pulse. This occurred after inputing the security code (the numbers) and hitting execute. Now what if the “incident” somehow reversed the process and made the electromagnetic pulse fire if the button wasn’t pushed?
It wouldn’t surprise me if it took 108 minutes for the electromagnet to get charged again after unleashing a pulse, so maybe the countdown was originally an indicator of how many minutes from full charge the magnet was?
Also, in the episodes where they almost didn’t manage to push the button in time, a loud “humming” sound increased in volume the closer to 0 the countdown came. Could that be how a large electromagnet sounds as it charges up to unleash a electromagnetic pulse?
I haven’t had much time to research this as the idea just occurred to me and it contradicts the theory that The Swan is just a big Skinner box so I’m not entirely sure here. I’m also not 100% certain that ionizing radiation works like stated above, but this is the idea I got while researching it. Either way, I’d say that this theory is a possibility. What do you think?
In about 4 hours we will hopefully find out the true nature of The Swan, stay tuned!