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The Video

After watching the “Dharma Video” from the San Diego Comic-Con in 2008, I formed a theory based on a huge amount of conjectures and assumptions.

I think it’s pretty well established that the man behind the camera in the video is Daniel Faraday.  They say in that video that it is filmed sometime in the 1970s.  The obvious question is, how did he get to the 70s?  He obviously isn’t a child, based on his voice.  So did he travel back in time to film that video?  I doubt it.

Daniel ≈ Richard

What I think is that Daniel is similar to Richard in that he doesn’t age in the usual way.  This means that he has been about the same age for at least 30 years.  In my opinion that is enough to assume that he is the person filming that video.

Therefore…

So if Daniel was on the island in the past I think he may have had a family.  We have been (safely) assuming that Charlotte was born on the island so I think he is her father.

Romantically Involved?

You might think that it’s a little gross for them to be father and daughter because we have been meant to believe that Daniel loves Charlotte.  And it’s true Daniel shows a lot of affection for Charlotte, it is interpreted as romantic love but I don’t think it is, I think it is a kind of parental concern.

Other Dharma members

The only other people on the island who would know if he has been on the island as part of the Dharma initiative, would be Richard or Ben and neither of them met him.  There is a chance that Charles Whidmore knew that he was there before, but that could have been why he chose him to go back.

Daniel’s Memory

Throughout all of Daniel’s scenes, there appears to be something wrong with him.  He seems to have a very bad memory. I think this can explain why he doesn’t talk about being part of Dharma and why he doesn’t seem to know Charlotte is his daughter.  Here’s some prrof of his memory toubles.

He is occasionally at a loss for words, slowly thinking of the proper names for obects.

In his flashback he appears to be crying, but even he doesn’t know why.

Charlotte appears to be trying to help him with his memory problems by playing memory games with cards.

He uses his notebook to remember most things.

He also seems to have a very indepth knowledge of the Dharma stations.  This might be recorded in his notebook, but it proves that he somehow has access to secrets of the island that only someone who had been there before would know.

UPDATE:

From Season 4 this theory almost seemed likely.  This was my favorite theory for quite some time since it was just so crazy.  But after it became more and more clear that Daniel really was in love with Charlotte it seemed less and less likely.  Then it was very obvious when Charlotte died that it was completely untrue.

Also Daniel doesn’t live forever.

You can see where I was coming from when I wrote this theory.  Before we knew how they would handle time travel in season 5 it was a possibility that Daniel might have lived during the Dharma times, but now it’s obviously impossible.

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7 Responses to “Daniel is Charlotte’s Father”


  1. September 30, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    You could’ve gone in depth a bit more. Basically, this isn’t a theory, just an assumption.

  2. September 30, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    Yeah…I can’t really differentiate between an assumption and a theory.

  3. 3 ryan
    November 23, 2008 at 9:23 am

    The card game wasn’t for memory. She was testing to see if he had psychic powers.

  4. November 23, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    I think that’s a matter of opinion. But I’ll be rewatching those episodes soon, so I’ll make sure.
    – izi

  5. 5 MuffinReaper
    December 5, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    I believe that the island moved back in time. Since daniel wasn’t technically on the island i think he alone was sent back in time. in the new season 5 promo he is seen with a man in an orange suit and with a bunch of dharma stuff on so he must be back when dharma was still operational. This way he could have also filmed the video. I also think that Richard is using a time travel device in the orchid to jump through time instead of the theory that hes living forever. Btw the site is bamf


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