I’m still spinning from tonight’s episode of “, The Constant,” and I don’t say this lightly. When all is said and done, The Constant may be the most significant episode in the series. Leave it to a Desmond centric episode to deliver so many answers.
I’ll have more to add as the day goes on and as I digest The Constant, but for me the most relevant thing that came out of the episode is learning who can leave the island and more importantly, we may have learned who cannot leave the island and why. I’ll also need to touch on the super cool idea of time travel being mind travel…WOW!!!!
If we reflect back on Live Together, Die Alone (The Season 2 Finale) we know that Jack, Kate, Hurley and Sawyer were bound and gagged on the dock. Michael and Walt were also there and about to set sail. All six of them were away from the hatch explosion that caused an EMP. We learned tonight that an EMP could cause some very wonky side effects when coming and going from the island if you don’t have a constant.
Simply put…If one was in close proximity when the EMP went off caused when the hatch exploded/imploded they cannot leave the island without a constant or they are “stuck”. Presumably, if anyone was not in range they could leave the island without any side effects.
Sayid, Sun and Jim were aboard Desmond’s boat that was heading to rescue Jack, Kate, Sawyer and Hurley. They too were not on the island near the beach when the hatch exploded.