Government Roundtable (102.12)

102.12 SYNOPSIS:  Government officials discuss different theories as to what happened to the plane. Vance says that the 20 people who watched the plane explode are the key to finding an answer.

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Officials point to different theories

DIRECTOR VANCE: [SIGHS] Now, at this point, we have no evidence of passenger or crew involvement in the explosion. But that said, we continue to suspect some nexus between—

WILLICK: Director Vance, if I may. The explosion is a bit beside the point. Where did that plane go for 5 1/2 years?

WOMAN: Theories abound. We could be talking about a wormhole, about some kind of extraterrestrial encounter.

WILLICK: But more to the point, are we in danger? Was the plane targeted by some kind of weapon?

DIRECTOR HUGHES: Or is it the weapon? Do we even know if those are the same people that were on that plane in 2013?

Vance points to the passengers

WOMAN: We’ve tested comprehensive samples of the passengers and haven’t detected any anomalies.

DIRECTOR HUGHES: This is national security we’re talking about. They should be incarcerated until we can determine whether or not they’re a threat.

DIRECTOR VANCE: Director Hughes, this is still America. These people have rights. I-I suspect if anyone has answers, it’s someone on that plane, most likely someone we found standing 100 yards away when it blew to bits, which leaves 20 people.

Why only 20? Where are the Other 171?

Why are only twenty people affected by the powers? There were 191 people on board the flight but only twenty are connected. Surely this is not some super lazy writing that whittles down an insurmountable cast count from 191 to 20. There seems to be an emphasis on symmetry with the flight number and our affected returnees. 191 is not an even number but 20 certainly is. I would discount this theory completely if the show hadn’t been so intent with hitting us over the head with important numbers in the last episode.


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