One of the great things about the internet is that when the Powers That Be announce something like The Lost Experience (Wikipedia entry), a multimedia alternate-reality game designed to keep LOST fans busy in between seasons 2 & 3, I know that I can just sit back and wait for far more diligent folks to post the solution for me. The result is the video above, from which we can discern the following (SPOILER WARNING):
From SCI FI Wire:
The numbers represent the Valenzetti Equation, a mathematical formula having to do with the timetable for humanity's extinction. The show's sinister Dharma Initiative was an effort by the mysterious Hanso Foundation to ward off that inevitability. When Dharma failed, Hanso's nefarious acting leader, Thomas Mittelwerk, set in motion a plan to release a virus that would kill 30 percent of the world's population.Other details are available at TV Guide. And "Rachel Blake's" recap of her efforts to expose the Hanso Foundation can be found here.
My first thought after watching the video above was that the Valenzetti equation was essentially the LOST version of Donnie Darko's 28 Days, 6 Hours, 42 Minutes, 12 Seconds, but of course it's a lot more complex than that.
Hurley's numbers -- 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42 -- hit home with me when they aired his first flashback episode, because back when the Louisiana Lottery first started in the late '80s or early '90s, I played a certain set of numbers every week, and the last half was the same as Hurley's (16, 23, and 42). My numbers never hit, at least not on any week that I bought a ticket. But that wasn't a problem, as it turns out that winning the jackpot wasn't actually a prerequisite for becoming cursed.
LOST returns October 4, leaving me just under 3 weeks to sort through all The Lost Experience minutiae, refresh my memory on all the intricate details from the first 2 seasons at the Lostpedia, and maybe even get around to finishing Bad Twin. Hmmm... maybe the LOST series really is a nefarious plot by Alvar Hanso.