Find 815: Numbers E-mail and Owen Talbot [Updated]
Note: This post may contain minor spoilers for the Find 815 LOST ARG.
Since the last time I posted a Find 815 ARG update, there's a new e-mail on Sam's computer (click to enlarge screenshots; note that the text overlaps a bit between these two shots):
The name of the Sender appears as "Sender" and the e-mail apparently has "[no subject]". The contents of the e-mail are as follows:
342423424243242442423688608768686At this point, it's unclear what (if anything) these numbers mean or whether they have any significance to the game. Each of the Numbers (4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42) appears in this e-mail, some very frequently:
- 4 - 142 times
- 8 - 76 times
- 15 - 3 times
- 16 - 2 times
- 23 - 44 times
- 42 - 25 times
UPDATE: Reader " " pointed out that certain numbers in the e-mail are slightly more gray than others, as now visible in the text above. When the gray characters are written out it gives "-11.1784". This could perhaps correspond with 11.1784°S latitude, which if combined with a longitude coordinate may possibly be either south of the Sunda Trench or off the coast of Bali, Indonesia. (Incidentally, the Sunda Trench also appears to be near Phuket, Thailand, where Jack got his tattoo from Achara in a flashback.)
Meanwhile, as the story of Sam Thomas continues, he meets a suspicious man named Owen Talbot. The man seems to be an owner of the Christiane I, the boat that is about to take Sam to the Sunda Trench.
Owen Talbot's conversations with Sam and then with the captain are very interesting. First, Talbot pressures Sam to explain why he's on the boat, and then makes a comment about Sam's "perfect girlfriend." He challenges Sam's story by saying, "I wonder what you're 'getting away' from?" Owen Talbot seems to somehow know Sam's motives.
Owen Talbot's conversation with the captain, Mr. Ockham, indicates that the boat may not be able to handle the voyage that they're about to take. Ockham states, "Given our destination, I can't rule out a complete electronics meltdown. This is an insurance policy you need to take out." Sam, who is listening to the conversation, appears a bit concerned by this. Talbot apparently ignores Ockham's advice, saying simply, "Call me when it's fully operational." Talbot then says "I'll need to install security measures."
Curiously, Talbot is a name we've heard before on LOST—in the Season 3 episode The Man From Tallahassee, Peter Talbot is the name of the young man who tracks down John Locke to find answers about Locke's father, Anthony Cooper aka Adam Seward. We learn that Peter is murdered shortly after Locke confronts his father, and Locke immediately suspects that his father is the killer. Owen Talbot, like Peter Talbot, seems to be a wealthy American, and given the many character connections on LOST it seems possible that the two characters may be related somehow.