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Rousseau meeting Jin later and not recognizing him is OK

  • Daniel has stated a number of times that you can't go back and change things, implying that even if you try, it won't work.
  • Jin's story helps confirm the rules that interactions don't directly change things -
  • Rousseau never talked to Jin directly before the time-shifting and so never realized it was the same person.
  • Bit of a long shot, but: Even if it would've changed the future (in my opinion Daniel's visit to Desmond did indeed have an effect on Desmond's 'future-memory'), it wouldn't matter, since Danielle died in Jin's original timespan (present), causing it to not have any influence on Jin (who is of course mind-wise still in present time).
  • After re-watching Season 1, I noticed that Jin is already on the raft the first time Danielle comes to camp to "warn" everyone about the Others. Jin is then with the Tailies for a long while. I don't recall that Jin and Danielle ever come face to face, even briefly, after their time-traveling encounter. Therefore, there would be no Danielle not recognizing Jin, because she doesn't see him again.
  • There is a moment - I cannot cite a specific episode - in which Rousseau was in the middle of a group of Losties (maybe warning them the "Others" were coming? I really forget). She looks around and when her eyes meet Jin's (we see Jin's back I think), she looks him over more-so than the others. She was a woman who lived alone for 16 years, it's fair to say she followed trend with Sayid and the con-artists who hold back a whole lot. I mean, how could you explain a time-travel instance when you don't quite understand why you are seeing the same man you saw years back, who hasn't changed at all?
  • Danielle knows she is not completely sane, that's why she doesn't want to leave the island or live with the 815 survivors. When she sees Jin she thinks that he just looks like him, or, it's her crazy mind playing tricks on her.

Rousseau's interaction with the Others

  • When she caught Ben, she must have recognized him as the man who took her daughter. At the same time never tortured him, never interrogated (unlike Sayid for example), she just took him to the Losties saying that he was an Other. Quite a weird behavior for a woman who was deprived of her new-born child and who was looking for her daughter for 16 years.
    • From the main Rousseau page: "She says the baby was taken by the Others but she also has said that she had never seen one of them at that time and only knew them as whispers." Given Rousseau is obviously mentally unstable, she could have convinced herself her child disappeared rather than face the idea she let her be taken.
  • Another wierd thing is her transmission. The Others must have known about it, but for some reason they let it play for 16 years.
  • Rousseau apparently arrived on the island in 1988, but Goodspeed's ghost says he's been dead 12 years. Locke was talking to Horace's ghost in 2004, so the purge happened in 1992. Danielle avoided "the others" on the island, and was possibly living in the part of the island belonging to the 'hostiles', which is why she never seemed to have any direct contact with the Dharma Initiative or vice-versa.

Science team

  • Rousseau's team was sent to the Island by Charles Widmore. They were an earlier incarnation of the Freighter Team. They both ported in South Pacific harbors, they both were "science teams with guns," as Sayid says upon first meeting Danielle.
    • Disagree: Charles was the leader of The Others at the time Rousseau crashed on the island.
      • We learn in "Dead Is Dead" that Widmore spent a considerable amount of time off the island. So it is possible that he sent her team to the island, though one must wonder what for (to get rid of Ben before he takes over?). If he did send her team to the island, this could explain why he ordered Ben to kill her - she would recognize him if the others capture her and reveal whatever plans he has.
        • He sent the Freighter to the island because he was looking for it so he could get back. Everything he has ever done in regards to the island was to either find it or keep power over it. He would have no real reason, otherwise, to send a different team there. As far as killing Rousseau, he wanted to kill her because she posed some kind of threat. She had sent the transmission out (so getting rescued could bring people to the island they didn't want there), she had a baby born on the island (and this could have been some kind of threat to his leadership considering how important those born on the island were), or maybe he just wanted to kill any outsiders to be safe.
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