Is Dark Lightning responsible for time travel and mind melds?
Fiona Clarke seems to be have been on the side of the good guys. She told Bill Daley she knew nothing about Dark Lightning. She was probably being truthful. She also said that she was kept out of the loop about her research being used by the Singularity Project. Again, she was apparently telling the truth.
During Daley and Ben's aircraft simulation flights, with the addition of the computerized weather information provided by Dr. Roger Mencin, the Dark Lightning effects contained in the storm on April 7, 2013 were precisely replicated. The flight simulations, however, didn't conclusively prove that Dark Lightning is what caused the plane to travel through time to 2018.
According to Ben, it was not possible for the flight simulator to physically fly through time. But the flight simulations did repeatedly show that Flight 828 crashed while flying through the Dark Lightning-simulated storm. And let's not forget Saanvi Bahl. Her research discovered evidence of a near-death test result that was experienced by her and other passengers aboard Flight 828.
Fiona Clarke also said what happened to Flight 828 wasn't accidental. Which means someone had intentionally planned what happened, causing both the plane's disappearance and creating changes which allowed the collective consciousness of selected passengers to meld.
Was Dark Lightning solely responsible for Flight 828 flying through time? Or was it only the catalyst for something bigger? Something more important? Something so more important that it literally has the advanced technological expertise to instantaneously reprogram and connect the collective consciousness of selected individuals. While simultaneously stopping time.
Is Dark Lightning responsible for Flight 828's time travel? Or is it simply the key to opening the door to time travel? Was Dark Lightning responsible for the passengers near-death experience? Or was it something else?
Did Dark Lightning cause Flight 828 to travel on April 7, 2013 into the future where the collective consciousness of passengers were programmed? And then returned the plane to the past on November 4, 2018? What do you think?
Cal Stone painfully suffered the physical debilitating effects of Marko Valeriev's torture (106.10) and Zeke Landon's frostbite (110.30). But he only sensed Georgia (105.23) and Vance (107.25) in an empathetic and nonthreatening manner. Marko and Zeke both had experienced time travel. Georgia and Vance had not.
What does all of this mean? I don't have a clue. But three things are certain:
- Something or someone is responsible for controlling Dark Lightning.
- Something or someone is behind the communications from which the Callings originate.
- Something or someone is causing time travel.
These three things are inexplicably linked, but are somehow mutually exclusive. When it's all said and done, which came first the chicken or the egg, i.e., time travel or the Callings associated with the time travel.
According to a Jeff Rake interview, his plan for season 2 is to deal with the "what problems" 828 passengers face, not the "why and how causes" behind the passengers' actual disappearance and return. This would leave questions surrounding the origin and purpose of dark lightning unanswered.
- Is dark lightning nothing more than a dimensional key that locks and unlocks a door in time and space?
- What is the connection between dark lightning and callings?
- Are dark lightning and callings random occurrences? If not, who or what is the mysterious entity or entities controlling two these two otherworldly phenomena?
I know. Jeff Rake and his writers enjoy "shades of gray" storytelling and want fans to engage in unfounded speculation. But the overuse and abuse of "shades of gray" storytelling and unfounded fan speculation have limits.
It's time for some answers. Not answers to everything. But it's time for some solid, concrete answers. No more questions. There have already been enough questions to last more than 10-seasons worth of episodes. It's time to start connecting the dark lightning and callings dots in season 2, not in season 3 or beyond. My patience has already gone far beyond what's expected of an attentive fan.