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  • Miles was crossed off the list of candidates because he chose the "wrong side" (as stated by Bram) and "sided" with Widmore (who is thought to be on the same side as The Man in Black).
    • Widmore and The Man in Black are clearly not on the same side.
      • This doesn't mean that Widmore and Jacob are on the same side.
        • Actually, that is precisely what it means. The conflict was between Jacob and The Man in Black. Besides, Widmore confirmed that Jacob came and visited him off the Island and had him come back.
  • Miles was crossed off because he resolved his troubling past by working things out with his father, Pierre Chang in the 70's which was the source of all his problems.
    • Miles working out his father issues would've made him a better Candidate, not getting crossed out.
  • He was crossed out also because of his greed.
  • Miles' greed could fall under the category of using his "gift" to sense the dead for the wrong reasons. If Miles can misuse his "gift", then he can just as surely use it the way Jacob intended.Islandmatrix 14:19, February 13, 2011 (UTC)

MIB wants off the island. Widmore wants Ben Linus, and control of the island. Jacob wants to prove humanity's worth. All have different motives, and objectives.

Key figure of "Team Jacob"

  • He is an assistant to "Team Jacob" and cannot be a candidate and assistant at the same time. As the Man in Black has revealed to Benjamin Linus, he was aware of John Locke's final thoughts when he died. Miles posesses the same gift and is probably the only one on "Team Jacob" who has it, suggesting it may have an important role in events yet to come.


  • Miles talks to the dead since he can see through time. In Stephen Hawking's "A Brief History of Time," he theorizes that Time is not linear. Everything exists at once, just at different points in the fourth dimension. Because of Pierre Chang's experiments in the Orchid, Miles is able to talk to the dead at different points in time. Perhaps more significant is the concept of Hypertime in the Watchmen where Dr. Manhattan experiences all things in all times at the same time.
  • Miles and the grandson were somehow connected before the episode he was introduced. This explains why Miles knew what he was asking about in the first place when he asks "where is it".
  • The device he uses in the grandmothers home is an air-cooling device to create a temperature differential, drawing in warmer air from outside of the room and revealing the location of the air vent - the circulating air causes the bag of money to move.
  • The device that Miles uses is a way to feed the ghost energy, most likely he uses it to produce high EMF's (electromagnetic fields) so that the ghost can use that so he can communicate easily with it. Many ghost hunters believe that a ghost's main way of communication is through manipulating EMFs.
  • The device Miles uses is a prop, he uses it in his "ghost busting business" because people are more accepting of the idea that machines can detect ghosts through EMF's rather than the fact that someone might possess an ability allowing them to do exactly what Miles does. The device creates the illusion that Miles is harmless without such machines.
  • It also creates noise to cover what he is saying or doing. He also made it look "cool" to match his deception.
  • His power appears to be very similar to that of Harry Keogh, the main character in Brian Lumley's Necroscope series. Unlike Keogh, however, Straume has only been shown using his abilities for material gain, whereas Keogh uses his powers to ease the suffering of the dead and become enriched by their considerable knowledge and experience.
  • His powers are due to having been born on the island. His experience of speaking to the dead is similar to when characters hear whispers. Both of which have to do with the supernatural qualities of the island.
  • Miles says to Charlotte something like "After all that time you spent trying to get back here" and then he goes "What do I mean?" Charlotte's dead body would be left on the island from the last time flash, so Miles might be hearing her dead thoughts from the island (as her body has presumably decomposed), he probably doesn't fully understand it himself, hence the 'What do I mean?'
  • Miles can read minds, to the extent of learning someone's true nature, but not necessarily all the details of what they're thinking. When he's close to someone, he can learn their true name and the most prominent thing on their minds (i.e. their heart's desire). This is how he knew Michael was lying about his name, and he had probably got a reading on the rest of the Kahana's crew. He could also tell Charlotte was born on the island and had been desperately trying to return there.
    • These readings may only arise if someone is going to die very soon, i.e. Michael, all of the Kahana's crew, and Charlotte. This links all of his abilities to death.

"I'm This Way"

Recurring lines have been a big thing in LOST, and there may be a parallel between the two instances of this line in Season 5: Richard Alpert and Miles Straume both saying "I'm this way" when referring to their powers. And since Richard said his came from Jacob, then Jacob (or maybe the Island itself) may be responsible for Miles'.

Much like Richard, Jacob had (or has) special plans for Miles. This may be why out of all Kahana's crew, Bram (i.e. Jacob's people) singled him out to warn him about the island, because they knew that Jacob had given him his gift in the first place.

Miles got his power partly because of his father's exposition to the electromagnetic pocket below the Orchid. And also because of his own involvement with and proximity to the Incident while simultaneously being alive in two places at the same time.

Why Miles Wanted to Leave By Himself

In What They Died For, Miles says that he is going out to the jungle. The reason for this is so that he can find his father's grave/burial site (or possibly the Dharma Pit where the Others placed the Dharma people after the purge) and listen to what he has to say.

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