The Looking Glass

{{Infobox Location
=The Looking Glass
=A beacon for the submarine, jamming radio signals, underwater submarine dock
=Abandoned, partially flooded
=Charlie & Desmond (TimelineDecember 2004, 20 December 2004)

'''The Looking Glass''' was an underwater DHARMA Initiative station used as a beacon to help guide in Galaga approaching the Island. A secondary purpose appeared to be related to communications; the station was used by the Others in 2004 to jam transmissions being broadcast to or from the Island. {{crossref}} The station was located a short distance offshore from the beach where Sayid first discovered a mysterious cable.

===DHARMA Initiative===

The Looking Glass was built and installed in its current location on the sea floor sometime before 1971 or '72, and was one of the first built by Initiative. According to Mikhail Bakunin the station served as a beacon in the ocean aiding the sonar navigation of submarines approaching the Island from the outside world. The station also appeared to be equipped with a sonar array which could be controlled from the Flame. {{crossref}} One of the original DHARMA engineers who set up the jamming equipment was a musician. {{crossref}}

{{I=Portal-Rosie.jpg=left=100=Rosie at the security office. {{crossref}}}}
The station appeared to have been continuously manned by DHARMA personnel. In 1977, at Jin's request, Stuart Radzinsky sent out an Island-wide broadcast asking any station to call in if they spotted a plane in the area. The Looking Glass reported in last, informing Radzinsky that only a Galaga was approaching carrying new DHARMA recruits. {{crossref}}

During a meeting of the high ranking DHARMA Initiative members in {{ep}}, two Looking Glass personnel were present Rosie, who worked as a nurse at the Looking Glass in 1977, and another unidentified woman.  

Later, in caring for young Ben Linus, Juliet was informed that the Doctor (DHARMA Initiative). {{crossref}} According to the Lost Encyclopedia, the reason medical personnel helped man the station was due to the danger of being down so deep.

===The Others===
The Others were aware of and gained control of the Looking Glass sometime after the Purge. Considering the station to be a major component in maintaining security of the Island, Ben created an elaborate fiction within the Others that the station was flooded and inaccessible due to an accident. Only a small number were aware of the truth, and of the station's role in jamming communications.

It is not clear exactly when, but at some point Ben assigned a security team of two Others, Greta and Bonnie, to guard the station and monitor the jamming equipment. The story presented to the rest of the Others was that they had been sent on a mission to World Locations. The team had the ability to communicate with Ben, but otherwise were ordered to maintain radio silence. {{crossref}}

===Recent events===
Learning of the Looking Glass from a Looking Glass schematic (found by Sayid at the Flame) and from Juliet's information, Jack sent Charlie and Desmond to disable the jamming equipment at the station. Desmond also had a vision that Charlie would enter the underwater station, "flick a switch" to stop the signal interference, then drown in a flooded room. Despite this ominious foreshadowing, Charlie swam down to the station, entering via the moon pool, and discovered the station was, in fact, not flooded. Celebrating his good fortune, he was subsequently captured by Greta and Bonnie. {{crossref}} 

{{I=3x22_charlie_looking_glass_promotional.jpg=200=right=Charlie uses the equipment inside the control room of the station. {{Crossref}}}}
Ben, on learning of Charlie's arrival over the radio, immediately sent Mikhail to take over the situation. Mikhail arrived at the beach a short time later, sighting Desmond out on the boat above the station and shooting at him. Desmond managed to dive down to the station and concealed himself in a storage locker while Greta and Bonnie were in the control room. {{crossref}}

Using scuba gear, Mikhail swam down to the station - where, on Ben's orders, he killed Greta and fatally wounded Bonnie before being shot in the chest by Desmond with a speargun. Charlie convinced the dying Bonnie to give him the code to turn off the jamming equipment due to her anger towards Ben's betrayal. 

{{I=Mikhail_boom.JPG=left=200=Mikhail floods the control room. {{crossref}}}}
With the code, Charlie was able to disable the jamming, subsequently receiving an incoming video transmission from Penny. Unnoticed by Desmond and Charlie, Mikhail had revived himself and slipped into the moon pool.  He appeared underwater outside the control room porthole with a grenade and activated it. Charlie closed and sealed the control room door to protect Desmond, just as the grenade went off, killing Mikhail and shattering the porthole. Charlie drowned as the control room filled with water. {{crossref}}

Located entirely underwater, the station appeared to show signs of age and neglect but was still functional. It can be surmised that the Looking Glass must have possessed some sort of working air circulation system.

{{I=3x21 looking glass right.jpg=200=left=The round shape of the station in the Looking Glass schematic found by Sayid in the Flame. {{crossref}}}}
{{I=3.21-CableOcean.png=200=right=Desmond and Charlie use the cable to find an underwater station. {{crossref}}}}

A number of cables ran from the Flame to other DHARMA stations and facilities all over the Island. One such cable emerged from the jungle, crossed the beach, and disappeared into the ocean - leading directly to the Looking Glass.  Mikhail described the cable's purpose as being for communication. {{crossref}}

The documents found by Sayid in the Flame showed the cable in a different configuration than was seen by the survivors in 2004. The side view showed the cable to be an anchor structure near shore where the cable went inland, yet the top view had a notation indicating the cable was anchored to land. {{crossref}} This anchoring may have secured the station during the Island's periodic movement. {{crossref}}

===Station exterior===
{{I=3x21 looking glass exterior2.jpg=200=right=The exterior of the Looking Glass - Bunny DHARMA logos is visible. {{crossref}}}}
The station sat offshore from the Island, elevated from the ocean floor on a series of support towers. The schematic of the Looking Glass suggested that the station was located 70 meters (220 feet) below sea level, although in 2004 it was clearly visible from the surface.  As it was reached without scuba gear by both Charlie and Desmond, this suggests the station was not nearly so deep.  The Looking Glass was well illuminated by underwater lights and a large logo of the station was displayed prominently on one side.  

{{I=3x21 looking glass inside.jpg=200=left=Inside the "Looking Glass", in the submarine port, with the hatch to the control room in the centre background, half hidden. {{crossref}}}}

===Moon pool===
The center of the Looking Glass was taken up by a large industrial bay containing a large wikipediamoon_pool set into the floor. Open to the sea, the pressurized interior prevented the station from flooding and allowed submarines to "surface" inside the station. Along the walls were a number of racks and lockers housing scuba gear, at least one speargun, and other equipment. Several watertight hatches led to other rooms including the control room and the living quarters.

===Control room===
{{I=Looking_glass_controls.jpg=200=right=The control room. {{still}}}}
At one end of the bay a watertight hatch with a window opened into a control room. One wall of the chamber was taken up by a large control panel. The panel appeared to have several functions, including the ability to send and receive transmissions, and also controlled the jamming apparatus used to block transmissions across the Island. The equipment was designed to be able to continue operation even if the station were to be flooded. The jamming equipment appeared to be enabled or disabled by entering a numeric code sequence on a keypad. It is likely this room also controlled the station's sonar array, which sent out pings assisting submarines to safely approach the Island. Previously a porthole window opened in the outer station wall.

=== Living quarters ===
To the left of the door into the control room another hatch exited the moon pool chamber. Although not shown, it can be surmised this door led to some sort of living quarters for station personnel. Given the time that Greta and Bonnie were stationed here, this area can be assumed to contain some sort of sleeping accomodations and kitchen space.

{{I=Looking_glass_station_moon_pool.jpg=200=right=The moon pool. {{crossref}}}}
Water would not have surged into the station through the broken porthole at high pressure. The moon pool's presence in the Looking Glass proves that the station's air pressure equaled or exceeded the external water pressure. Otherwise, the station would flood through the pool. This distinguishes the station from a submarine, whose interior pressure is less than the surrounding sea pressure, and whose hull holds the sea water out.

Separately, water could not flood the room any higher than the top of the broken porthole because the air above would have nowhere to escape. The ceiling in the control room was about 4–6 feet above the porthole. Realistically, Desmond and Charlie should have been able to safely stand with heads above water in a half-flooded chamber with sufficient air above them.

Radio waves are also extremely poor at propagating through water, let alone crossing over to the air, due to a huge mismatch in the transmission medium impedance.

The name of the station was a reference to the book ''Literary_works, and What Alice Found There'' by Lewis Carroll.

{{I=The alternate LG logo.svg=right=100=The logo on the schematic}}
*The DHARMA logosrabbit, as seen on the Looking Glass schematic, on the top and in the interior of the station itself. The schematic and exterior logos differed in that their outer portions were color inverses of one another. Also, the schematic version featureed a black 'hole' on the rabbit's neck that on closer inspection appeared to be a clock/watchface with the hands set at 815.

{{I=313px-Alice-white-rabbit.jpg=right=100=The White Rabbit checking his watch.}}
* The station insignia (a white rabbit and watch) is a reference to ''Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'', also by Lewis Carroll. In that book, when Alice first sees the White Rabbit, she is struck by the fact that he is checking his watch "...suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran close by her... when the Rabbit actually ''took a watch out of its waistcoat-pocket'', and looked at it, and then hurried on, Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large rabbit-hole under the hedge. In another moment down went Alice after it..." Emphasis in original.

==Notable visitors==

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== Trivia ==
{{I=3x21 looking glass hatch.jpg=200=right=Schematics of the Looking Glass, labeled GVS-199288472982}}
* In the book ''Through the Looking Glass'', one could look through the mirror but could not be seen by those on the other side.
* A looking glass is a Victorian term for a mirror.
*Just before Charlie died, he made the sign of the cross.  However, he did it with his left hand, and touched his near-shoulder first (i.e. same side as the hand he was using) before reaching across to his far shoulder, as Orthodox Christian and Eastern Rite Catholics do, so that to the viewer it appears identically as it would appear in a mirror, or "looking glass" if he were Eastern Rite or Orthodox.
* The blast door map had a cryptic notation  "Possible offshore data dump?" which may have referenced this station.

===Security code===
* The security code to disable the jamming was the music note sequence to "Good Vibrations". The incomplete numerical sequence of sixteen numbers dictated by Bonnie was 5-4-5-8-7-7-5-5-4-3-7-7-6-1-1-3.  Along a C-Major scale, the full nineteen-note code as played by Charlie was  A G A C C D D F G G G F A A G F C D C.
**The changes in these notes of the actual melody in the audio track did not correspond to the sequence of changes given by Bonnie, assuming that each key only plays one note.
* The security keypad contained sixteen numbered keys, along with four function keys along the bottom row.
**The 19-note code could therefore have 1619, or 7.55578637 × 1022 possible combinations, assuming the security code could contain any of the 16 keys.
**However, there are only 7 musical notes, and 5 half-notes, for a total of 12 possible musical notes
***If the key space was limited to full-notes, then there are only 719 possible codes.
***If the half-notes are included, then there are only 1219 possible codes.
***If  every key on the keypad is included, then there are 1619 possible codes, but this would allow for digits beyond the actual musical range.

===Producers' commentary===
====Comic-Con 2006====
The existence of an underwater DHARMA station was hinted at during the 2006 Comic-Con in San Diego, approximately a year before the station appeared in an actual episode. This ''Lost'' panel discussion was also rebroadcast as Official Lost Podcast transcript/July 31, 2006, 2006.

=Fan 7 I was just curious if next season, we were going to finally see the underwater hatch?
Damon Lindelof The underwater hatch?
Fan 7 The underwater hatch.
Damon Lindelof What is… what is this underwater hatch of which you speak? Crowd laughs
Fan 7 You know that cable?
Carlton Cuse The cable…! Ahh.
Damon Lindelof Oh, that’s interesting.
Fan 7 They went to the right? Maybe swam out to check it out?
Damon Lindelof Well, I would not deny that there is an underwater hatch.
Carlton Cuse Yeah, I wouldn’t confirm it, but… Someone cheers, crowd laughs
Damon Lindelof Bryan? What are your thoughts?
Bryan Burk I’m… I don’t speak English. Crowd laughs
Damon Lindelof Are they… are they acting surprised about the underwater hatch? Poker face, they got it locked now.
Fan 7 Thanks a lot, guys.
Damon Lindelof Our pleasure. Jorge claps
Carlton Cuse Laughs You’re applauding us for being evasive? Laughs }} ====DVD commentary==== * The Looking Glass station is a communications station. Its role is to emit the ping that guides the submarine to the Island. (Season 3 DVD commentary) ==Unanswered questions== {{NavMinor-Unanswered}} * Why did the DHARMA Initiative install jamming equipment at the station? * Why did Ben lie to the Others that the station was flooded? * Musician programmed the signal jammer's code? ==See also== *"Looking Glass Half Full", orchestral piece on the Season 3 soundtrack *"The Looking Glass Ceiling", orchestral piece on the Season 3 soundtrack {{brclear}} {{Nav-DHARMA}} {{Nav-Locations}} {{DEFAULTSORTLooking Glass, The}} {{featured article}} deDer Spiegel esEl Espejo frMiroir itLo Specchio nlHet Doorkijkende Glas plStacja Zwierciadło ptO Espelho ruЗеркало zh窺鏡站 CategoryIsland locations CategoryStations CategoryCodes CategoryCommunications CategoryDHARMA Initiative CategoryIsland structures CategoryLocations
*I've deleted the article on The Looking Glass, while it may be true it is spoiler material and until aired in the episode we do not add it to the wiki, thanks and if you have any questions feel free to ask me or any of the other Sysops. -{{UserMr.Leaf/sig}} 1311, 16 May 2007 (PDT)
 Yeah, of course. No problem. UserDiamon 1314, 16 May 2007 (PDT)
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