Every season on LOST, a new set of characters is explored. Season one was about the survivors of Oceanic flight 815, in season two we met the "Tailies", season three gave us an in-depth with the Others, season four introduced us to the freighter team, and season five brought us face-to-face with the folks at the DHARMA Initiative.
Of these five, my favorite bunch has been that of the fourth season. Every single character that came out of season four intrigued me, had me on the edge of my seat. (Even Keamy was fun to watch, and he was a jackass.) The leader of the freighter's scientific team, however meek and fidgety, was the ultimate geek, Daniel Faraday.
Dan really drove the time travel vehicle for both the characters and the audience. He was our source. Every question that had to be asked about time travel was answered by this one man.
Yet apart from all this knowledge, like most of the characters on this show, he was just another kid who grew up with crummy parents. And in the end, he had the unique opportunity to die at the hands of his own mother, months before she was to give birth to him. Time travel, like destiny, is a fickle bitch.
He thought he couldn't change things. Maybe he can. Nine days left.