Widmore is like Emperor Palpatine? Maybe?
Ok, I'm going to get some groans on this, but I'm mostly serious about it. They've made several overt references to Star Wars ("the old Wookie-prisoner-trick" and the entire episode "Some Like it Hoth"), so it's clearly an influence to some extent. Forget about how much you may dislike the prequels, and consider this: Widmore is Chancellor Palpatine, and Hanso is Darth Sidious. Which (SPOILER ALERT!!) makes them the same person, of course. But acting as two different people, leading two opposing teams (the Others and DI), setting up a conflict through which one side is destroyed (the purge, DI), but which somehow benefits him even more.
I'm not sure how Smokey fits into this, though. Maybe he's an ewok.
Before you say "but Widmore was on the island until Ben exiled him, so he couldn't have started DHARMA" I'll say this: at least part of the official reason for his exile was that he had a secret life off of the island. We were never told what he did in that secret life, other than spawn a pretty Penny, or when it started. Based on her age, Penny was born about the time DHARMA started in the early 70's. He was a young man in the 50's (which may have been when he got his first taste of the outside world when he met the soldiers, but that's probably not important), so he would have been well into his 30's by the time DHARMA started. Maybe he'd even found a big chest of gold on the Black Rock which prompted him to assume the identity of Hanso (assuming he's not actually a descendant of Magnus Hanso, could be why he was living on the island in the first place), which he used to jumpstart his fortune.
Like I said, I'm mostly serious about this. I'd say I'm 50% sure that something like this is true, and 40% sure that it isn't. And, yes, I'm well aware of the fact that I'm missing 10%, because I have no idea where the other 10% of my brain is anymore.
They got . . . the mustard . . . out!
Last edited by grrarrg; 03-20-2010 at 11:33 PM.