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Desmond=Jacob.

Not because he is a candidate to replace Jacob, but because during the electromagnetic event in the hut, one of two alternative scenarios happened:

(1) The consciousness of Primeverse!Desmond traveled between dimensions, much as it once traveled back in time from his future body to has past body. In this case, it traveled from the Primeverse to the Altverse to help his alt-self do some necessary tasks with the alt-versions of the 815 passengers. Which explains the distinct difference in Alt!Desmond's behavior between the previous episode and this one, since he was rather befuddled before. The complete switch-over occurred when Alt!Desmond fainted in the stadium while talking to Penny. Prior to that, he was "just visiting."

In the meantime, Ghost!Jacob has taken over Desmond's body in the Primeverse, which explains his distinct change of attitude there. He's calm, collected, and goes straight to Smokey-Locke, who I don't think realizes who he really is, and therefore being trapped in the well isn't going to be a major problem.

(2) The consciousness of Ghost!Jacob traveled between dimensions, from the Primeverse to the Altverse, to help Alt!Desmond do some necessary tasks with the alt-versions of the 815 passengers. Look at the things he's doing there, manipulating the lives of Hugo, John Locke, etc., the way we saw Jacob once do in the Primeverse to ensure those particular people ended up on the island. This is also the reason we have not seen Ghost!Jacob in his usual form for two episodes now.

In the meantime, Primeverse!Desmond, having experienced his life in the Altverse prior to the fainting, is now back in his own body on the island and aware of the stakes involved between Jacob, Smokey, and the island gang, which explains his distinct change of attitude there. He heads straight to Smokey, but doesn't seem concerned about getting caught and trapped. The well is an interesting choice of prison for a man who can survive electromagnetic events, so we'll have to wait to see what he might be capable of down there.

Which scenario seems more likely, or is there a twist I don't have here?

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a2zmom
Apr. 18th, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking version 2. Although I could also believe that Jacob has nothing to do with Desmond, it's just that suddenly seeing both timelimes helped him see the truth of what was going on.
masqthephlsphr
Apr. 18th, 2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
Alt!Desmond is acting very Jacoby all of a sudden, where before he was sort of clueless about things. I'm leaning towards (2) myself.
marciaelena
Apr. 18th, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Those are interesting theories, but I don't know if Jacob's got anything to do with it. Desmond's consciousness has traveled between two different points in time before, remember "The Constant"? I think something similar might be happening here.
masqthephlsphr
Apr. 18th, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC)
I do remember it, and I mention it as part of my theory (see item #1). I just think Jacob hitched a ride with dimension-hopping Desmond.
marciaelena
Apr. 19th, 2010 12:08 am (UTC)
Ah, sorry, hon. I was doing 5 things at once when I read your post, and I didn't reply right away, but came back to reply a little while later. I guess I didn't remember the whole of it when I was replying.

And you might be right. I guess we'll find out soon enough. I can't believe the show is almost over!
masqthephlsphr
Apr. 19th, 2010 12:16 am (UTC)
I am quite nervous about the ending. So far, the final season has had some really intriguing stuff, and some really banal good&evil crap. Every time I start to grow disappointed, it throws another twist in to draw me back.

After it is over, I hope I am satisfied enough with the outcome that I can revisit the entire show from beginning to end with the nuggets of info we have learned from season 6.
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