Friday, February 8, 2008

How did the Polar Bear end up in Tunisia?


I've been "musing" about this for some time. I'm upset that we are only going to get 8 episodes of "Lost" this season due to the writer's strike. Anyone who is addicted to this series as our family is knows that it filled with unanswered questions. In the second episode of the fourth season, a skeleton of a polar bear is discovered in the Tunisian desert. Okay, this is fairly common for this show. A collar is discovered nearby with a symbol of one of the Dharma Initiative Stations. I thought it was a palm tree, my daughter thought it was "The Flame Station". Thankfully we have the internet with it's myriad of resources (people with lots of time on their hands). I found this nice write up on Wikipedia. It doesn't explain much but we still have 5 episodes to go... sigh


Station ?: The Hydra
The Hydra is a zoological research station located on another island which is about twice the size of Alcatraz Island, two miles off the island the survivors are on.
It has a section above ground on the coast and another section underwater. The Hydra facility has cages outside the station in the jungle. An underwater complex was once used as an aquarium, which housed sharks and dolphins. This underwater complex may be linked with the shark with the Dharma logo on its rear fin seen in the season 2 episode, Adrift. There is also a quarry somewhere on the Hydra island where Kate and Sawyer were forced to work. It is later revealed that they were helping to construct a runway, although this is presumably Juliet just joking with Sawyer, as she remarks later it was for the aliens to land.
The polar bears which the survivors encounter could possibly have been caged in the Hydra as Tom had said to Sawyer that the bears were able to solve the feeding mechanism of the cage with ease. Charlie had stated that the polar bears were the Einsteins of the bear community.
In the second episode of the fourth season, a leather collar bearing the Dharma Hydra symbol is found near a polar bear skeleton in the Tunisian desert.
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