I just got on another train of thought concerning the MIB. First here is the definition.
In Arabic, a genie (also jinni, djinni, from Arabic جني jinnī) is a supernatural creature which occupies a parallel world to that of mankind, and together with humans and angels makes up the three sentient creations of God (Allah). According to the Qur’ān, there are two creations that have free will: humans and jinn. We do not know many details about them; however, the Qur’an mentions that jinn are made of smokeless flame, and they form communities just like humans, and, just like humans, they can be good or evil.
In Islam-associated mythology, the jinn were said to be controllable by magically binding them to objects, as Sulayman ("Solomon" in most biblical transliterations) famously did; the Spirit of the Lamp in the story of Aladdin was such a jinni, bound to an oil lamp.
Does this not fit Smokey? The smokeless flame definitely does. I can’t say 100% for sure if he is good or evil right now. The part about being controlled binding them to objects got me to thinking about the scene where Richard and Jacob were sitting on the beach and he had the bottle of wine. He put the cork in the bottle telling Richard that the evil (i.e. Smokey) in the bottle was being held in place by the cork (i.e. the island.) Does this not fit what most of us think of when we think of genies? The question is how did Jacob imprison or bind Smokey in the first place to the island? He said that he was a man but that Jacob took his body and his humanity. So to do that to a person what type of person do you have to be?
I also started thinking about this in terms of the Flash Sideways. The MIB promised Sayid that he could be reunited with Nadia again if he followed him. Sayid didn’t specify that he wanted her to be his wife. In the flash sideways Nadia is alive but she is married to his brother. This to me is what I think of when I think of a genie. If you don’t give the specifics of your wish it never turns out the way you want it to.
OK so how does this relate to my Lost is based upon Doctor Who theory? Well guess what a Djinn is mentioned numerous times (24 to be exact) in the audio book The Destroyer of Delights. And guess what he’s stuck on earth because the warp manifold on his ship is damaged and he is using massive amounts of gold to try to repair the damage before he can escape.
Excerpt from the Destroyer of Delights:
She recounts the story of a man from the tribe of Udra who disappeared one day and when he returned, said he’d been carried off by the Djinn - creatures of subtle fire whose trails are seen in the night skies - and taken to distant worlds, but nobody believed his stories.
Inside the spaceship buried beneath the sand, Cassim decides they’ve already given Omar and Amy enough time to reach the Legate and suggests the Djinni set off his weapon. The equipment starts powering up, then the Djinni operates the targeting device and locks it into position. Seconds later, the Black Guardian gives the order to fire…
The Black Guardian is keen to know whether the attack was a success, but the Djinni explains that because his ship has been stuck in the sand for decades, there’s been some damage to the weapons’ sights. The Guardian is furious and orders the alien to fire again…
The Djinni takes some readings and announces that they now have the correct mass. The Black Guardian is delighted and tells his ally to begin compressing the gold.
The Djinni suggests they install it immediately and prepare to leave this world.
Guys I couldn’t make this stuff up. How much proof do you actually need?
10 May 10 4:57 pm MST
I was thinking along the same lines of the Jinn and thought how cool it would be if Lost decided the use the The Majlis al-Jinn cave in Oman, literally 'Meeting place of the jinn'. This could also via CGI be the setting for the waterfall that Desmond and Jack may descend into.