I was surprised to find a new email this week from Hans Van Eeghen with news that my Volunteer Assessment Dossier was ready. It arrived almost a full month earlier than it was supposed to. Always highly suspicious of any Dharma Initiative practices, I proceeded with caution.
But Van Eeghen spoke of how pleased he was with the result and praised our efforts, then it got a little weird.
Our plan was that together we would commence a glorious adventure: the revival of the Dharma Initiative using the myriad talents of all our amazing new recruits...Then the financial crisis struck.Huh? Ok. Huh? Ok. I guessed they were just using real life events to make everything sound more plausible. But then it got a little more weird.
This stunning reversal of fortune has forced us to abandon our ambitious plans. In fact, absent this funding, the Dharma Initiative was forced to make the only sensible decision we had available: we sold the Dharma Initiative to the television show LOST.Ok now they’ve (no pun intended) lost me. Van Eeghan goes on to spill his personal problems, police charges, a broken marriage and a lot of casino debt. He’s decided to go work at an auto dealership in Dubai and tells us if we’re in the area to email him about a special “Dharma Rate.” Is this a failed attempt to make us laugh or have the creators really lost their funding and this was the best way they could find to end gracefully? Either way, lame.
A quick scan of the Lost ARG site shows an email address was inbedded in the code of the Van Eeghen message. (<-- DSAqandaatgmaildotcom --> ) If you send something to that address you get this response:
Got a question for the creators of LOST? Submit your question along with your name and hometown, and if selected, Damon and Carlton will answer it in a DSA announcement… that is, if you haven't been a bad Black Swan.No official word but it seems like that’s that. I was given the job of Cinemetographer for the Dharma Initiative but I’ll never get any actual work experience. It’s a shame, I could have done wonders for them, those old Dharma videos were rife with problems.