Once upon a time, there was an Ugly Duckling that grew into a beautiful White Swan. In essence, the
story by Hans Christian Andersen is a classic fable that is a short narrative about society and the human
condition, that is presented as an allegory or parable with a hidden message. Sound and look familiar?
I started cracking the egg shell with the scene from where Jack & Desmond are running the stadium stairs
after preforming what Jack assumed was a failed surgery on Sara.
Desmond - So what’s your excuse?
Jack - For what?
Desmond - Running like the Devil is chasing you!
Desmond - What if you did save her?
Desmond - See you in another life brothah!
Looking back this is quite similar to how Flock temps our candidates. I think this is Jack’s big temptation, if
Jack would choose to fix Sarah or not is being dangled in front of him. This the sacrifice that Jack will
need to make.
My next question: What is REAL purpose of the Swan hatch and why was Desmond pushing the execute
button every 108 minutes?
My theory is that I believe the hatch was built to contain the devil on the island & by pushing the button he
was “doing the devil’s idol work”, keeping him busy. The writer’s have stated as much, by pushing the
button, Desmond was saving the world.
Look back to season two, days 44 to 67 on island for clues. When Desmond emerges from the hatch he
thinks that the world has been destroyed. When the hatch had a system failure the plane crashed, it was
their destiny. Desmond used the fail-safe key thus causing the DISCHARGE or his own release like a
prisoner from jail. I thinking that the failsafe was pre-planed by Jacob as a back up plan. I agree with
other’s who have posted that turning the failsafe key was the catalyst of the story. Because by blowing
open the hatch lid, after a series of events, the darkness was already released into the world. After the lid
was blown, Desmond says that everyone will die soon. At the first opportunity he get’s, Desmond books
off the island, doing what he want’s most, attempting to leave. We know that Desmond is different & that
the “rules” don’t apply. The island is not done with him & he must return. But why?
In season 3 days 69 - 91 While preparing to go to Widmore industries, Penelope said to Desmond “That if
he didn’t get the job, that wouldn’t be the end of the world”. That’s a big one... Let’s ponder that, I feel that
if Desmond is that candidate that get’s the on island job the MIB win’s as his darkness has infected
mankind. At this point Desmond is still the Ugly Duckling.
So you say, what about Widmore sending the freighter to the island? What if capturing Ben was not their
true objective, but a red herring if you will. What if the freighter’s main purpose was to catch Desmond.
Recall the helicopter crash and Naomi the parachutist? The Easter egg of a book that Naomi had, Catch -
22, with a picture of Desmond & Penny inside? What if, on the Lighthouse dial Desmond is 22? He is
Scottish after well... Widmore’s tactical plans had to change however, when Desmond arrived on the
freighter with Sayid. Recall Frank claiming that Desmond & Said were confined to the sick by as the
Captain was angry at them for busting out!
At that point the back up plan B went to effect & the freighter was blown to bits. Maybe a far reach, but
worth a mention. Yep, still ugly duckling here too!
Heavens to mercy, what came next? Our Oceanic six board the helicopter & escape just in the nick of
time with Desmond and then, it’s lights, camera action, the island is gone....
Post island, after Sun has her baby, she approaches Charles Widmore. Sun confronts him with the
knowledge that he is aware of her true identity, and claims that he know that they have been lying. She
tells him that they have a shared interest, and they both know the oceanic six weren’t the ONLY ones who
left the island....
Here are a few items & reoccurring themes similar to our Lost journey that stood out to me in the text
when reading The Ugly Ducking & The Annotations of the Ugly Duckling (worth a google if you follow me
The storks are associated with Christ and the Resurrection, from which the story of the stork delivering
babies comes from.
• A duck sat on her nest - The Duckling’s mother could be a stand-in for another
• Into the world again - resurrection
• Autumn came - the turning of the seasons is a symbol for the process of turning from ignorance to
• Three beautiful white swans - the holy trinity
• The ugly duckling is the last to hatch
I’ve saved the best piece of the egg shell for last!!
Some interesting tidbits about Hans Christian Andersen:
There is a theory that Andersen was the illegitimate son of Crown Prince CHRISTIAN Frederick 2nd and
ELISE of Ahlefedt - Lounvig. He was then given to Ann Marie Andersen, a maid at the castle he was born
in, and her husband to raise. According to this theory “The Ugly Duckling” is about Andersen finding his
WOW! It’s time for my crazy family theory. Could Christian & Eloise Hawking be Desmond’s parents?
So Christian is father to Jack, Claire & Desmond?
See you in another life brother!
The way I see the all theses Lost ducks lining up in a row are in a mirror image of each other with
Christian being at the center axis of the good vs. evil balancing scale.
Father Christian, son Jack, spirit Jacob, Aaron
Father Christian, son Desmond, spirit MIB, Charlie
Finally the Goose! How will Desmond get redeemed? He has already asked for it. For Desmond,
redemption occurred after the incident, when he woke up stark naked, exposed, with blood stains on his
chest & body. He saw & experienced what would happen. He begin’s to cry and call’s out, begging for
another chance to change events in the past. This is where I feel, had he continued down his original
path, evil would have prevailed. However, by asking for redemption, God has granted him a system
reboot, or do over. Desmond has already been working for the good side, to correct the variables in the
timelines to change the last outcome. This is my theory on how the ugly black duck eventually becomes a
beautiful white swan in the end....
Final thought: Desmond was the man who caused the survivors to become lost and stranded, but he was
also the man who caused the survivors to be found and rescued...
Hope you enjoyed my first post. I don’t read spoilers and I welcome your thoughts...