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Reason for Smokie's Scans? by Big Hank

This thought just popped into my head, and being that I should be working right now, I'll try and keep it short and to the point.

Since the Losties have had there first encounters with the smoke monster, it has been seen scanning people of their thoughts and past. I've heard many theories that it is seeing if they are 'good' people, or if they are worthy of living, but I offer a different suggestion.

"Oh no, I'm sure you did meet Jacob. At some point in your life, James, probably when you were young and miserable and vulnerable. He came to you, he manipulated you, pulled your strings like you were a puppet. And as a result, choices you thought were made, were never really choices at all. He was pushing you, James. Pushing you.. to the island."

We know that if you have been touched by Jacob, you become a candidate, and candidates are potential replacements for Jacob.

Now, think of the smoke monster scanning people not as a way of seeing if they are good people, but as a way of seeing if they have been touched by Jacob. This is how the MIB has compiled his list of Jacob's candidates in the cave. He has been looking into people's memories to see if they have been chosen, and from here he can figure out who is the most suitable to be manipulated into his plan.

The MIB scanned, Locke and saw not only that he was a weak man who could be pushed into doing the MIB's will, but he was also touched by Jacob, so Locke would not have a problem getting in to see Jacob. Just like he told Richard;

"I knew he'd get me access to Jacob. Because John's a candidate. Or at least he was a candidate..."

Just a thought. Feel free to either tweak or bash this theory. I need to get back to work.

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