The Pearl

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=5 of 6
=Observation and Psychology
=Abandoned, but later used by the Others to monitor the Swan inhabitants
= Paulo & Nikki (TimelineOctober_2004, 15 October 2004),
Locke & Mr. Eko (TimelineNovember 2004, 25 November 2004 (Thanksgiving Day, USA)) =Pearl Orientation Video }} '''The Pearl''' was DHARMA Initiative station number 5. The purpose of the station ostensibly appeared to be the video surveillance of the inhabitants of the Swan station, but it was later implied that station was actually an elaborate psychological experiment being carried out on the Pearl's own staff. Its location was about a half day's journey north of the survivors' camp, and several hours south of the Barracks. The station was located entirely underground, well away from any other DHARMA facilities. This was also the location where the Beechcraft' plane crashed on the Island, in the tree canopy above the station. ==History== {{I=Mike_the_technician.jpg=200=left=Mike the Technician}} ===DHARMA Initiative=== Little is known of the history of the Pearl station, although it was constructed by the DHARMA Initiative some time between 1971 and 1973. A number of DHARMA personnel were assigned here during the station's early years -- although it is not clear what their mission was or if they were subjects of ongoing psychological experiments during that time. Mike_%28DHARMA_Initiative%29, who welcomed Ben and Roger Linus on the Island, was a technician assigned to the Pearl, according to his DHARMA jumpsuit. {{crossref}} In later years, after the construction of the Swan, staff stationed at the Pearl were tasked to continually monitor the inhabitants of the Swan, recording their activities in minute detail. The Pearl was also equipped with a computer which would remotely log the Swan Station crew members pushing the button. While believing that they were filing reports on their observations with their superiors, it was implied later that the Pearl staff themselves were the ones being experimented upon. The Pearl was operated by the DHARMA Initiative until at least the time of the Purge, indicated by Roger Linus telling Ben that they needed to transport some supplies out to the station on the same day. {{crossref}} Later, in the polar bear cave Locke found a Skeletons_%28polar_bear_cave%29 still shrouded in the remnants of a DHARMA jumpsuit displaying the Pearl's DHARMA logos. This individual's demise likely occurred some point after the Purge. {{crossref}} ===The Others=== The Others clearly were aware of the Pearl station and that it could be used for surveillance. It seems likely that the Others were using the Pearl, in part, to spy on the castaways after their discovery of the Swan. This may explain how Tom knew Locke was carrying a concealed weapon during their encounter at the line on Day 52. Surveillance from the Pearl may also have assisted the Others in manipulating Michael. {{crossref}} The Dharma Initiative avoided letting the Others ever know of the Swan's true purpose. {{crossref}} {{crossref}} Mikhail's elaborate prepared deception at the Flame suggests the Others were aware the Pearl could be used to monitor other stations on the Island, per Locke's comment "I guess he'll be expecting us." {{crossref}} The stubbed-out cigarette on one of the tables in the Pearl points to recent visitors and likely was left by one of the Others visiting the station. {{crossref}} ===Recent Events=== ====Season One (Days 1-44)==== {{I=Pearl_exterior.jpg=200=left=The Pearl discovered by Paulo and Nikki}} Nikki and Paulo first stumbled upon the Pearl on TimelineOctober_2004 while searching for their missing luggage. The Beechcraft was still suspended in the trees above the Pearl entrance - which, at the time, was covered by a thin layer of fresh dirt. {{crossref}} Later, following clues in one of Locke's Locke's dream, Locke and Boone found the drug smugglers' plane perched above at the edge of a cliff - unaware of the station's location nearby. Boone climbed up into the plane, causing it to fall. This accident later led to his death. {{crossref}} {{I=Pearlhatch.jpg=200=right=The entrance to the Pearl}} ====Season Two (Days 44-67)==== On TimelineNovember_2004, Paulo returned to the station on his own looking for a good place to hide the diamonds. While concealing the diamonds in the station's bathroom, he overheard the arrival of two Others Ben and Juliet. Unaware of Paulo's presence, Ben seemed surprised to find the entrance of the station open, attributing it to Tom's visit a couple of days earlier. Ben asked Juliet to have Tom cover the Pearl's entrance with the now-fallen drug smugglers' plane. The two used the station's monitors briefly to monitor activity at the Swan before departing. {{crossref}} The Pearl was discovered by Locke and Mr. Eko who were searching for the location that corresponded to the question mark at the center of the blast door map. During their search, they happened upon the fallen drug smuggler's plane. Inspired by a dream, Eko climbed to the top of the cliff. Looking down, he noticed a cleared circle in the vegetation, which when combined with the plane looked similar to a question mark. The cleared area of ground had been salted to prevent it from being overgrown by the jungle. The Pearl's entrance was hidden beneath the crashed plane. {{crossref}} {{I=3X05_LockePatchy.jpg=200=left="I guess he'll be expecting us."}} ====Season Three (Days 68-91)==== A small party consisting of Locke, Desmond, Sayid, Nikki, and Paulo returned the Pearl in an attempt to see if they could learn anything further from the Pearl's computer which might lead them to Jack, Sawyer, and Kate. They discovered that the monitors could be used to observe other DHARMA stations on the Island -- and in fiddling with the feeds, Sayid briefly was able to switch one to gain a live picture from the Flame. Mikhail Bakunin, who looked right at the camera before reaching up and turning it off. {{crossref}} {{brclear}} {{I=Pearlorientation2.jpg=200=right=Station 5 - The Pearl}} ==Purpose== The exact purpose of the Pearl station is ambiguous. According to the Pearl Orientation Video, the station's purpose was to monitor the inhabitants of the Swan via a video surveillance system - particularly with an eye towards monitoring their psychology state as they continued to perform their duties. The video also appeared to imply that "pushing the button" was of no significance. However, other evidence suggests that the Pearl staff themselves were the ones who were subjects of an experiment, rather than those they were monitoring. It should be noted that the Pearl was built well before the Swan, so likely had a different mission earlier in its history. {{I=Pearlorientationvideo.jpg=200=left=The Pearl's Orientation video}} ===Pearl Orientation video=== {{main}} The Pearl Orientation video was discovered in one of the station's cupboards. The video was hosted by a man who introduced himself as Dr. Mark Wickmund (who was, in fact, Dr. Pierre Chang). According to the film, the staff of the Pearl would work in teams of two, continuously monitoring activities of DHARMA Initiative projects elsewhere on the Island. While not referred to directly, video feeds from the Swan were visible in the background on some of the Pearl station's monitors. Dr. Wickmund noted that the subjects seen on the monitors were unaware that they were under observation or that they were subjects in an experiment. Team members would take an eight hour shift, recording their observations carefully in provided notebooks. Each time a notebook was filled, it was to be placed in a pneumatic tube where it would be immediately transported to their superiors. At the conclusion of their shift, the staff would be transported back to the Barracks via the Pala Ferry. The use of the word "projects" by Dr. Wickmund suggests that other stations on the Island may have been monitored from the Pearl. {{crossref}} ===Other Evidence=== * At least one camera was hidden within the Pearl station to monitor the watchers. The camera was exposed by the collapse of one of the ceiling's panels allowing Locke to spot it. It is unknown if the camera was still operational in 2004 - or where it might have been monitored from. {{crossref}} * Later, Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Hurley, and Michael stumbed onto a capsule dump out in the middle of the jungle which appeared to be the terminus of the pneumatic tube. A huge uncollected pile of capsules appeared to suggest that the work being done at the Pearl had little or no value. (Per the eight hour shifts of the Pearl staff, it is unlikely that work continued for long after the Purge.) {{crossref}} * The act of pushing the button at the Swan clearly had a specific and tangible purpose, which seems to reinforce the notion that it was the Pearl whose staff members were unknowingly taking part in a psychological experiment. {{crossref}} ==Layout== The Pearl station was located entirely underground. A ladder descended from a hatch set into the ground into a short corridor which led into a large octagonal room. While there was a bathroom, there were no living quarters as the Pearl's staff only served in eight hours shifts. The station appeared to have sustained some damage over the years there were missing panels in the roof, loose wires hanging from the monitors, and signs of neglect. {{I=Pearlquestionmarkjpg.jpg=200=left=The Pearl covered by the plane, as seen by Mr. Eko}} ===Entrance/Question mark=== {{main? (Pearl Exterior)}} The entrance to the Pearl was a large hatch set into the ground at the foot of a large cliff in the middle of the jungle. A large area of ground in proximity to the hatch was cleared and salted so as to create the giant symbol of a question mark. The salt kept the symbol from being overgrown by the jungle and it was of sufficient size to make it clearly visible from the air. {{crossref}} In the feature ''Lost Access Granted transcript'', the Pearl was confirmed to be the question mark displayed on the blast door map. This area was also the crash site of the drug smugglers' plane, which later fell and was used by the Others as additional concealment for the station's entrance. {{crossref}} The station entrance itself was a large two-door octagonal hatch. Below a ladder descended into the station's underground interior. {{I=Pearlstation1.jpg=200=right=The Pearl's observation room}} ===Observation room=== At the foot of the ladder, a short corridor led into the central location of the Pearl a large octagonal chamber. One end of the room was taken up by a large bank of monitors with two comfortable chairs set in front of them where the Pearl staff would perform their surveillance activities. Set along one wall was a recessed counter with a computer and associated printer. Several cabinets were built into the walls containing a number of notebooks used by the DHARMA staff to record their observations, plastic capsules for the pneumatic tube, and the DHARMA Pearl_Orientation_video for the Pearl. The room also contained a U-matic VCR capable of playing the videos on the monitors. ==== Monitor bank==== One end of the room was entirely taken up by a large monitor bank consisting of nine screens. The monitors were configured in a 3x3 array and numbered, columns first. Each monitor had three circular operational dials aligned in a vertical column. The upper two had similar designs, but the lower dial was different and was about twice the size. To activate the monitors, Locke used the big dial to turn on screens 1 through 3 and the upper small dial to turn on screen 7 (upper right). {{I=2X21-LockeMonitorSwan.jpg=200=left=Locke watches the Swan}} Screen 7 received a live video surveillance feed from the kitchen of the Swan station, showing Jack, while all the other screens displayed static. Screen 5 was used to display Pearl Orientation Video's orientation video, and Ben was able to manipulate it to display the same feed as screen 7. Above the monitors, mounted on the wall, were three speakers which likely transmitted audio from the stations under surveillance. {{crossref}} It should be noted that when John looked up during the Pearl Orientation Video at the live feed of the Swan, the camera angle appeared to have panned, now showing the hallway leading into the bunk area. It was revealed that the Pearl was designed to monitor several stations at once. Sayid managed to patch a signal in from the Flame. During this transmission, a resident of this station, Mikhail Bakunin, became aware he was being observed and shut off the camera. {{crossref}} Similar banks of monitors were been found at the Flame, the Hydra, and the security room at the Barracks. It is unknown if these camera feeds were connected. {{I=buttons.jpg=200=right=The Pearl's chair buttons}} ====Chairs==== Two padded comfortable chairs sat before the monitors, each with a table and magnifying viewing lens mounted on an adjustable arm assembly. Several rocker-switches sat on the left arm of the chairs and on the right chair a dial could be used to dim or increase the room lights. On Paulo's visit to the Pearl to hide the diamonds, one of the tables contained what appeared to be the stubbed-out ashes of a cigarette. These were later seen by Locke and Eko in their discovery of the station. {{crossref}} {{I=Pearlcomputer.jpg=200=left=The Pearl's computer}} ====Computer==== {{main}} Atop a small counter nearby was the Pearl computer, very similar to the Swan computer's computer, but with the addition of a printer, a DHARMA-branded Apple ImageWriter II. (Interestingly, the Pearl's computer bore the logo of the Swan, but this is most likely a production error.) When Locke discovered the computer, the screen was displaying the prompt, "Print log? Y/N". Upon giving the "Y" command, the computer's dot-matrix printer printed the log printout, a repeating series of numeric codes, interspersed by the word "accepted" (example 4160206441 accepted 4160208629 accepted) These numbers indicated the timestamp of activity occurring on the Swan's Computer when the inhabitants of the Swan station entered the Numbers and pressed "Execute". Later Desmond discovered that the log also captured the "system failure" warnings from the Swan corresponding to the crash of Flight 815. {{crossref}} {{I=Pearlpneumatictube.jpg=right=200=Dr. Mark Wickmund and the pneumatic tube}} ====Pneumatic tube==== {{main}} In one corner, the Pearl contained a functioning pneumatic tube. Upon completing a notebook of observations, the station's personnel were instructed to insert their notebooks into one of the plastic capsules and place the capsule inside the tube. The Pearl orientation video then maintained that the capsule would be transported directly to "us". The terminus of the pneumatic tube, however, was later revealed to be a large capsule dump deep in the jungle where containers of notebooks were simply piling up without anyone checking or collecting them. Locke took his Locke's map of the blast door map and sent it through the tube where it was later found by Sawyer at the capsule dump. In examining one of the completed log books at the dump, Kate found several references to an "S.R." It is likely this was shorthand for Stuart Radzinsky - indicating the Pearl was to be staffed after Radzinsky took up operation at the Swan. {{crossref}} {{I=Pearlcamera.jpg=200=right=The Pearl's camera}} ====Camera==== Behind one of the broken panels in the ceiling, a camera was visible, apparently filming the Pearl station and its personnel. It can be assumed the Pearl's staff during the time of the DHARMA Initiative was unaware of its existence since its location would have been hidden behind the panel. {{crossref}} {{brclear}} {{I=Bathroom.jpg=left=200=The diamonds hidden in the toilet}} ===Bathroom=== The Pearl had a functioning bathroom which Paulo used to hide the diamonds. The room was separated from the Observation chamber by a sliding door. {{crossref}} {{brclear}} ==Notable visitors== {="center" width="100%" ! colspan="5" style="text-align center;verticl-aligntop; background-color; font-size 110%;font-stylenormal" {="100%" style="background transparent; border 1px; padding 1px; spacing0px;;" ="5" } ="font-size13px; text-align center; background-color;" ="font-size11px; text-align left;vertical-aligntop; background-color;" ImagePortal-Tom.jpg Tom {{ep}} {{ep}} . ="font-size11px; text-align left;vertical-aligntop; background-color;" ImagePortal-Nikki.jpg Nikki {{ep}} {{ep}} , Nikki chooses not to explore it until much later, when she goes (along with Paulo) to Locke. Witnesses Mikhail's appearance and Eko's death. ="font-size11px; text-align left;vertical-aligntop; background-color;" ImagePortal-Paulo.jpg Paulo {{ep}} {{ep}} Nikki, hid the diamonds in the toilet. Later revisited, retrieved the diamonds, and witnessed Mikhail watching them over the camera. Soon after, he witnessed Eko's death. ="font-size11px; text-align left;vertical-aligntop; background-color;" ImageBen-portal.png Ben {{ep}} {{ep}} . ="font-size11px; text-align left;vertical-aligntop; background-color;" ImageJuliet-portal.png Juliet {{ep}} {{ep}} . ="font-size11px; text-align left;vertical-aligntop; background-color;" ImagePortal-Elliott.png Elliott {{ep}} {{ep}} (*Non-canon*) Explored the Pearl after finding a capsule dump near the sonar fence. ="font-size11px; text-align left;vertical-aligntop; background-color;" ImageLocke-portal.png Locke {{ep}} {{ep}} , causing him to have a crisis of faith. ="font-size11px; text-align left;vertical-aligntop; background-color;" Imageekoportal.png Eko {{ep}} {{ep}} , told to find it by a vision of his brother, Yemi. ="font-size11px; text-align left;vertical-aligntop; background-color;" ImageDesmond-portal.png Desmond {{ep}} {{ep}} . ="font-size11px; text-align left;vertical-aligntop; background-color;" ImageSayid-portal.png Sayid {{ep}} {{ep}} . |} {{brclear}} ==Trivia== {{I=Cloverfield_-_Dharma_Logo.jpg=200=right=The Pearl at the beginning of Cloverfield}} ===General=== * The Sanskrit translation for Pearl is "Falling Star" or "Gem of the Moon" * "Pearl" is a 14th C. Christian narrative poem translated from the Middle English by J. R. R. Tolkien. * "The Pearl" is a novella by John Steinbeck, in which a symbol of good becomes a symbol of evil. * In the opening sequence of the movie ''wikipediaCloverfield'', The Pearl station logo appears briefly as a visual "Easter egg". ''Cloverfield'' was written by Drew Goddard, a writer on ''Lost'', and produced by J.J. Abrams, one of the creators of ''Lost''. {{crossref}} {{I=The_Inverted_pearl_logo.svg=128=right=Inverted Pearl logo}} *The inverted version of the Pearl logo (With a black pearl) can be seen inside the Season 2 DVD Box Set behind the special features disc. ===Production notes=== * The Pearl's computer bears the logo of the Swan, indicating it is probably the same prop. {{brclear}} ==Unanswered questions== {{NavMinor-Unanswered}} * Why was it necessary that location of The Pearl be visible from above? ** Who salted the ground? * What other stations can be monitored from The Pearl? ** Who was monitoring The Pearl's staff?
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