Season: The LOST Experience & Via Domus, Faction: DHARMA Initiative
Thomas Mittelwerk, or Dr. Thomas Werner Mittelwerk, was the President and Chief Technologist of the Hanso Foundation.
He was groomed by Alvar Hanso to be his successor but eventually overthrew him as the head of the Hanso Foundation. Through her research, protagonist Rachel Blake discovered that Mittelwerk has never obtained a degree at any institution in the world, making his “doctor” title a lie. Through further investigation, she discovered how Mittelwerk was now working in corrupt areas, such as organ harvesting, and how he was planning to test a deadly virus on villagers in Sri Lanka.
After video evidence (the Sri Lanka Video) was released of Mittelwerk admitting to his plans, the authorities attempted to apprehend Mittelwerk. However, he managed to escape with the virus, and in the process blew up the Hanso Foundation headquarters. After Alvar Hanso released a statement, Mittelwerk hacked the website feed with his own statement saying that he would continue his plan to release the virus.
Though not a real doctor by accounts, Mittelwerk does seem an intelligent man, being able to speak Korean as well as English. In fact, considering criteria for his personal assistant on hansocareers.com, the fact that he grew up in Austria (speaking German during his Via Domus appearance), and that his permanent offices were in Copenhagen (Danish), it is quite possible that Mittelwerk is a skilled polyglot.
(From Hanso Foundation Website)
As President and Chief Technologist of The Hanso Foundation, Dr. Werner Mittelwerk humbly serves as Alvar Hanso’s right hand and chief adviser.
Born in Austria, Mittelwerk’s early years instilled a work ethic that has helped fuel The Hanso Foundation’s engine of progress for over twenty years. Losing his mother to a rare genetic disorder at a young age, Mittelwerk dedicated himself to become the world’s foremost authority on biology and genetics. At eighteen, still pursuing at CalTech, Alvar Hanso personally drafted him to join The Hanso Foundation.
In his role as President of The Hanso Foundation, Mittelwerk’s leadership has ensured prodigious contributions to numerous scientific disciplines, all in the name of insuring a better future for the whole of humanity.”
VDx07 – Worth A Thousand Words
In the episode “Worth A Thousand Words”, during Elliott’s flashbacks, a sans ponytail Mittelwerk is seen meeting with Zoran Savo in the Opal Suite of the Hotel Persephone. Mittelwerk sells Sarin gas to Savo who is using it in some way as part of ESP experiments. (“Worth A Thousand Words”)
Below is their entire conversation:
MITTELWERK: This location is quite secure, I assure you.
SAVO: Not secure enough, Mittelwerk. We found a journalist.
MITTELWERK: Our cover story in the press should deflect any suspicion.
SAVO: You put more faith in the press than I do. I’ll deal with the matter.
MITTELWERK: Let’s get down to business.
SAVO: The money has been wired to you.
MITTELWERK: And as promised, the sarin.
SAVO: Sticky business, these biological experiments.
MITTELWERK: The benefits outweigh the risks, I assure you. The Hanso Foundation has had great success altering the human mind.
SAVO: And we intend to build on your success to further our own research with ESP. The results are encouraging thus far. Think of the possibilities.
MITTELWERK: To the future. Viel Glück (“good luck” in German).
Mittelwerk was a large underground facility built by the Nazis that was staffed with prisoners transferred from concentration camps. The conditions were horrific and thousands of prisoners died due to malnutrition, disease, exhaustion or hanging (by camp guards). The site is where Hitler ordered the V-2 missile to be built, it being the first missile or vehicle to pass the sound barrier.
The Mittelwerk factory was the brainchild of SS General Heinz Kammler. Kammler was appointed by Heinrich Himmler to replace Army General Dr. Walter Dornberger. Kammler had no scientific experience and was best known for razing the Warsaw Ghetto. Kammler may be seen as a parallel for Thomas Mittelwerk.
Werner was the first name of Dr. Werner von Braun, Dornberger’s protegee, who was instrumental both in development of the V-2 and later of the Apollo moon rockets, but who advocated the use of slave labor in the Mittelwerk.
Via Domus (Opal Suite, Hotel Persephone)
When Mittelwerk is talking to Savo, there is a painting in the background of Chinese characters (風力財, fēng lì cái). The characters translate as “wind”, “strength/power” and “money/wealth”.
Decoded LOST Experience Characters
Decoded Via Domus Characters
In Greek mythology, Crius, Kreios or Krios was one of the Titans in the list given in Hesiod’s Theogony, a son of Uranus and Gaia. The least individualized among them, he was overthrown in the Titanomachy. M.L. West has suggested how Hesiod filled out the complement of Titans from the core group— adding three figures from the archaic tradition of Delphi, Koios, Phoebe, whose name Apollo assumed with the oracle, and Themis. Among possible further interpolations among the Titans was Kreios, whose interest for Hesiod was as the father of Perses (Titan of Destruction) and grandfather of Hekate, for whom Hesiod was, according to West, an “enthusiastic evangelist”.
Consorting with Eurybia, daughter of Earth Gaia and Sea Pontus, he fathered Astraios and Pallas (Titan of War) as well as Perses. The joining of Astraios with Eos, the Dawn, brought forth Eosphoros, the other Stars and the Winds.
Joined to fill out lists of Titans to form a total that made a match with the Twelve Olympians, Crius was inexorably involved in the ten-year-long war between the Olympian gods and Titans, the Titanomachy, however without any specific part to play. When the war was lost, Crius was banished along with the others to the lower level of Hades called Tartarus. From his chthonic position in the Underworld, no classical association with Aries, the “Ram” of the zodiac, is ordinarily made.
CRIUS (Kreios) The Titan god of the heavenly constellations and the measure of the year. He was probably associated with the constellation Aries, the heavenly ram (which the Greeks called Crius). Its spring rising marked the start of the new year, and the other constellations were said to follow in its wake. Crius was one of the four Titan brothers who conspired with Cronus in the castration of Uranus. He was later cast into the Tartarean pit by Zeus. Crius was sometimes named as a leader of the Gigantes who rebelled against the rule of Zeus.
Crius was one of the elder Titan gods, sons of Ouranos (the Sky) and Gaia (the Earth). Led by Kronos, the brothers conspired against their father and prepared an ambush for him as he descended to lie with Earth. Krios, Koios, Hyperion and Iapetos were posted at the four corners of the world where they seized hold of the Sky-god and held him firm, while Kronos, hidden in the centre, castrated him with a sickle.
In this myth the four brothers probably represent the four cosmic pillars found in near-Eastern cosmogonies which separated heaven and earth. In this case, Krios was surely the Titan of the pillar of the south, while his brothers Koios, Iapetos, and Hyperion were gods of the pillars of the north, east and west respectively. Krios’ connection with the south is found both in his name and family connections–he is “the Ram,” the constellation Aries, whose springtime rising in the south marked the start of the Greek year; his eldest son is Astraios, god of the stars; and his wife is Eurybia, a daughter of the sea.
The Titanes were eventually deposed by Zeus and cast into the pit of Tartaros. Hesiod describes this as a void lying beneath the foundations of the cosmos, where earth, sea and sky all have their roots. Here the Titanes shift in cosmological terms from being holders of heaven to bearers of the entire cosmos. According to Pindar and Aeschylus (in his lost play Prometheus Unbound) the Titanes were eventually released from the pit through the clemency of Zeus.