Originally Posted by Rohirrim
I'm completely befuddled. And whatever happened to Michael and Walt? Are they out tooling around in the ocean? And how did that dark haired guy, Richard get on the island? He's the one who's the dead ringer for Antony Perkins (of Psycho fame). Last we saw of him, he was talking Juliette into going to the island. Did he go with her on the sub? And now the Others are wandering around like they're on safari. Ben said they were "going to another place" and Locke could only come if he was carrying his father's dead body. What's that all about? I'm befuddled.
Well, it seems that they have eluded to a company that does experimental testing. The company was based out of Portland and it seems as though they drugged Julliette and took her to the island. I would also assume that the 'others' are also part of this 'testing'. The main location in Portland probably has contact with those on the island.
The other observation is the Dharma project (Department of Heuristics And Research on Material Applications Initiative) was a former test that was being done on the island as well. There was a conversation that took place several episodes early with 'eye patch guy' that eluded to the idea of a run in between the others and the Dharma Initiative people.
I have to wonder if, after the plane went down (whether designed by "the others" or not) that they had the means to cover up the crash and give out word that there were no survivors in order to keep any possible idea of search and rescue from coming near the islands (since there are actually TWO islands) in fear of the rest of the world discoving it.
Check out thefuselage.com. There are some great theories over there as well.