I'm not sure how many of you are playing along with the new Lost ARG, or how many are simply waiting for me to tell you what the end story ends up being - but there were some pretty interesting developments so far this week...
1. The introduction of Oscar Talbot. He (conveniently) has the same last name as Peter Talbot, of "The Man From Tallahassee" fame, is on the Christiane I with Sam, and seems to know a little too much about everyone and everything going on.
My early hunch was that he was clearly a member of Dharma, sent on the ship to help "cover up" the crash, or even possibly on the boat that Naomi came from, a few miles away from Lost Island!
But then The Other Brian (TOB) had an even more genius idea on the message boards (see why you should read them?) - since this Lost ARG is taking place immediately after the crash (Septemberish 2004), but Naomi arrived in current Lost time (Decemberish 2004), it's possible that the point of Talbot's expedition on the ship is to "discover" the wreckage, proving that everyone on Flight 815 died, and to get people to stop searching for it - limiting the risk of them finding the Island.
Genius. Timewise, it fits together great. It also eliminates the pesky need to actually have Sam, Talbot, etc. appear on Lost during Season Four by not actually having them on Naomi's ship.
2. Funky Time. During the most recent video of Sam on the Christiane I, he is seen messing with his radio and picking up a broadcast of Amelia Earhart... that sounds like it is from the day she disappeared - which was in 1937.
It's eerily similar to the old sounding radio broadcast that Hurley picked up on the beach during Lost Season One, and another hint that even if time is progressing at a normal speed on the Island, the weird magnetic properties of the Island may cause radio signals to bounce around forever in the area.
3. Clues. Leave it to Lost to come up with clues that return exactly zero search results except those talking about the ARG. In the latest chapter, we received a "secret code" of "423 Cheyenne Walk" and "020 7946 0893" - which seem to indicate an address and telephone number. 020 is the International Telephone Code for the greater London area, which makes me think this might be some sort of reference to Penny. But there's one other thing...
The other clue? The words "Daniel Faraday", which actually did return a search result - the actor Jeremy Davies, who will apparently be playing a character by that name during the upcoming season of Lost!
A quick review of the chill-inducing Season Four trailer shows that he was the one who said "Rescuring your people... I can't really say it's our primary objective".
Now I don't know that these clues necessarily indicate a link between the ARG and Season Four of Lost, or if they're just tantalizing clues towards the upcoming season without any connection to the ARG - but if they are, it sure does strengthen the "Sam is on Naomi's Boat" argument - in addition to "Penny has something to do with this boat".
The best part of it all? We're not even halfway done with this ARG. Lost will be back before we know it!