Remember when we first met Danielle Rousseau in the Lost season 1 episode “Solitary”? We all thought that she was crazy, but what if we were wrong…
Rousseau: “We were part of a science team…
Our vessel was three days out of Tahiti, but our instruments malfunctioned. It was night, a storm.. the sounds.. The ship slammed into rocks. Ran aground. The hull breached beyond repair.. so, we made camp, dug out this temporary shelter… temporary. Nearly two months we survived here. Two months before…
Sayid: “Your distress signal, the message I heard – you said “it killed them all”.
Rousseau: “We were coming back from the black rock. It was them, they were the carriers!”
Sayid: “Who were the carriers?”
Rousseau: “The others”
Sayid: “What others? What is the black rock? Have you seen other people on this island?”
Rousseau: “No, but I hear them. Out there in the jungle. They whisper.”
I think Rousseau knew exactly what she was talking about.
When referring to “the others” being carriers, I think we can assume that there is some form of deadly virus or disease on the island (the sickness) but when we heard Rousseau say this, we didn’t know about The Others, so the question is, are Ben’s Others the carriers of a deadly virus or are the others Rousseau is referring to other “Others”?
This is a bit of a stretch, but…
Danielle says that she was part of a science team, but we’ve always assumed that her team had nothing to do with Dharma or those we know as “The Others”. What if Rousseau was a Dharma scientist? If she was, how does that affect our view of her?
Later in the same episode Rousseau continues to talk about the sickness:
Rousseau: “It took them, one after the other. I had no choice, they where already lost.”
Sayid: “You killed them”
Rousseau: “What would have happened if we where rescued? I couldn’t let that happen.”
The question remains – what is the sickness and does it even exist?
Rousseau sure seems convinced that the sickness is a real and very scary thing.
On the other hand, the word “Quarantine” was printed on the inside of the hatch doors and Desmond and Kelvin injected themselves with a vaccine, but since that appeared to be a hoax that Kelvin pulled off to steal Desmond’s boat it’s impossible to know for sure.
It is worth noting that Kelvin had Hazmat gear which he wore outside the hatch. If the sickness is a hoax, why would Dharma keep Hazmat suits? My guess is that the suits where used for protection against the electromagnetic anomaly in the Swan station.
Another idea which depends on how Lost is tied together with the Lost Experience is that the sickness could be Mittelwerk’s virus which is designed to kill 30% of the world’s population. However, considering time differences I’m not sure about this. Maybe the sickness was the base for the virus…
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As a last note, there was a somewhat unrelated but still interesting thing said in “Solitary”. When Sayid asks Rousseau about her transmission she answers:
“It is broadcast from somewhere else, but they control it now.”
If “they” are The Others, how can they be in control of the transmitter now but not have been so when Rousseau changed the transmission into her call for distress? Does this mean that The Others came to the island after Rousseau or that they didn’t know about the transmitter?