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Hi, I'm new here (as in I found out about this show, like, three days ago) and was wondering, are there any theories as to what the event actually was? I have something like an idea, culled from the (limited) evidence and from ideas and concepts pulled from other (unrelated, but similar) shows, but I was hoping to hear what was already put down before spouting off... Nothing makes a newbie seem like a noob more than talking like one knows anything. ^_^
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There are more theories than frames in the miniseries. But don’t be afraid to spout yours. We need fresh ideas more than informed conformity.
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Well, I was more concerned about repeating things someone else had already worked out. No sense getting trouted on my first day... ^_^

Let me gather my thoughts, and I will post something later today... It's still only half-formed, and I haven't had my coffee yet. ^_^
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OK... Had some coffee, let's see what my brain can come up with:


Theory: An Entity, similar in nature to the Shadows from Babylon 5, created the Objects and pulled the Motel Room out of time for the purpose of creating a Mystery, having recognized that so long as there are Questions, people will seek Answers-- and do some pretty wild things in pursuit of that information, ultimately making them stronger or destroying them. In this way, it's kind of a teaching "practical joke" on humanity. (I say Shadows rather than the Vorlons, since the Objects do little beyond create chaos in their wake, and by the nature of their powers defy the natural order of the Universe at large.)


Theory: "Sometimes the Universe finds enigmatic ways to heal itself." Larry Marder, Tales of the Beanworld

First thing we need to figure out is WHY the Room was pulled out of Time. Since (as far as we know) this kind of thing doesn't happen willy-nilly, it seems logical to presume that it was a reaction to something, something that didn't belong and needed to be removed.

There was a British TV show back in the late Seventies/early Eighties that was super awesome and very nearly totally forgotten called "Sapphire and Steel". (Be cautious when researching the show, the titles given to the episodes by fans contain spoilers.) The titular characters, played by Joanna Lumley and David McCallum respectively, were kind of a response to weaknesses in the Time/Space fabric, along with a slew of others including Lead, Mercury, Silver, etc. (Yes, there is a pattern.) They would handle cases exactly like the Lost Room, either by negating the threat or by sealing it off so it wasn't capable of damaging Time/Space any further.

That's exactly what I think happened here: Something was causing damage to the normal world, and a kind of 'cyst' was created to protect everything from the Threat. Eddie McCleister was an unfortunate casualty of this by simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The properties held by the Objects could be a kind of contamination by the Threat, perhaps physics works differently where ever the Threat comes from (this would certainly count as a Threat of and by itself) and the Objects were never meant to leave-- but because the Occupant was still alive (maybe he wasn't supposed to be) and managed to leave the Room, the Contamination spread anyway.

The obvious hole in this: if the Event was intentional in this way, why hasn't anyone come to try and fix the problem? I dunno. Getting into wilder territory, maybe it's up to humanity's Free Will at this point. If we choose to use it for Good, or Evil or just Stupid, the ball is in our court. Maybe the Conroy Experiment(s) wasn't enough to trip the alarms. Maybe no one's called Tech Support yet.

The Second one is my more favorite theory, it seems to make more sense for the Event to be a reaction to something dangerous and didn't quite seal itself properly.

Actually I have an idea about the Conroy Experiment, too: Is it my imagination or is every time the Room is opened it's with a right-handed door? Knob on the right, hinged on the left and swinging in? The door used in the Conroy Experiment (on room 9, presumably a mirror image of room 10... and probably rooms 8, 6, 4, etc.) was left-handed, with the knob on the left. They were going the wrong way.
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I like all of it. You are obviously a genuine science fiction buff. I really like the idea that the event was a natural healing process intended to remove a malignancy. Maybe events like this take place every day and we just are not aware of them because nothing goes wrong. Sooner or later, something is bound to go wrong, and the thing that went wrong this time was that a sentient being was present. The model of a cyst is compelling. Usually they seal up and are either expelled or go away but sometimes they infect the surrounding tissue.
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I think you will get trouted for suppressing your theories rather than disclosing them especially in consdieration we seem to be the only group of Collectors on the entire Net. emoticon
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Well, it's hard to imagine any other reason for that big a chunk of reality to get pulled OUT of Time/Space. The whole "God Died" thing doesn't really click with me... A god, maybe, but not The God. And even if He did, why in a motel in Gallup?

....On second thought, don't answer that... emoticon

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I've always assumed that Eddie came from a parallel universe where he was married to Mabel. He's traveling when he checks into the Sunshine Motel. He emerges from room 9 unaware that the Event has occured, drops the key at the desk and heads home to find Mabel doesn't know him anymore and his entire life has been erased. (Because in this world he was never born) He also begins to notice the items he's carrying are beginning to do some bizarre things and begins to discard them.

Eventually the cops pick him up and take him to the sanitarium where over time he becomes aware of the electricity of the Objects and develops the ability to repel them like magnets. 20 years go by and he has time to consider what's happened.

This of course assumes that Eddie's prescence was just an unfortunate accident, however there are factors that make me question that. Without ever having returned to the room (presumably) he seems to have a pretty good understanding of the rules. He knows the term "Objects" and that they can't be destroyed except in the room. He also knows about the conservation of Objects theory. That part could be explained as him lying to get Joe to kill him but how would he know that Joe could in the room?

The other strange thing about Eddie (and this could just be an oversite on the writer's part (forgive me Chris)) is that he's traveling with a suitcase filled with an iron, shoepolish, a comb, toothbrush, nail file, pictures, umbrella, etc. but just the clothes on his back.

What if Eddie's universe was destroyed with only the interior of room 10 left in a kind of limbo state with a gateway into our universe?

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Good questions...

In my mind, Eddie was having a "It's a Wonderful Life" experience without a Clarence and without the chance to go home. Once he realised he didn't "exist" and likely to remain that way, I figure in a fit of insanity he probably got rid of everything he had on him, maybe by tossing it in the river or down the nearest sewer-- meaning they'd probably still be there, but without a functional "Object Detector" (I'm imagining a P.K.E. meter a la Ghostbusters ^_^) there'd be no way to find them. Just 'cause it isn't there doesn't mean it isn't there. ^_~

As for his apparent knowledge of the Room and the Objects and all: He did say that he was thinking MUCH more clearly once he came back into the room. If Eddie wasn't the Prime Object, then the Room itself probably was.

Personally I think killing Eddie was a big mistake, as far as the mystery of the Room goes. Since he was the only witness, we'll never be able to figure out what happened. Sure, when asked "What happened?" Eddie answered truthfully "I don't know". Obviously, this was the wrong question. He should have been asked, "What do you remember?" To which he could have replied something along the lines of "It was early afternoon, I'd just come back to my room from lunch and was debating on whether to watch TV or call my wife, when the most extraordinary thing happened dot dot dot".

An Alternate Universe, you say? Intriguing... and quite plausable. Of course brings the questions "What destroyed that universe?" and "Why should the Room et al attach to this universe instead of one closer to 'home', where Eddie still did exist?" Hmmm... maybe it couldn't work with ANY mulitples... extra stuff in a universe may not raise an alarm as much as duplicated stuff.

I dunno... an alternate universe makes sense, but the fact that Mabel never married and always felt a little odd about that makes me lean to "Plucked out of History/Destiny".
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Something else I considered was that Eddie did a "Desmond" (from LOST when the hatch blew)

The event takes place and Eddie finds himself outside of the Motel, (maybe at the spot the bus ticket drops you at) naked, without any of his effects including his glass eye. He's disoriented and stumbles along til he finds clothes, etc., makes his way home and gets the news that he never existed.

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