Season: 5, Episodes: 7, Faction: DHARMA Initiative
Stuart Radzinsky was a member of the DHARMA Initiative who worked at the Flame station in 1977 as Head of Research, enjoying a relatively high leadership position within the Initiative. Radzinsky worked alongside Dr. Pierre Chang at the construction site for the Swan. He is described as having a photographic memory.
Many years later, he became Kelvin Inman’s partner inside the Swan, the same location where, according to Inman, he committed suicide.
5×16 – The Incident, Part 1
In 1971, Radzinsky first began working on the Swan station, and plausibly when he first came to the Island if not the year before. (“The Incident, Part 1”)
5×09 – Namaste
Radzinsky was first seen working at the Flame station, building a model of the Swan station. He was visited by Jin, who wanted to know if a plane had crashed on the Island. After Jin physically intimidated him, Radzinsky contacted the other stations to ask if anyone had seen a plane. All stations answered negatively, but Radzinsky was suddenly alerted to an intruder who tripped a motion sensor.
He followed Jin and found the intruder, presuming him to be a hostile, unaware that Jin knew the man. After Sawyer came to the Flame, where they held the intruder captive, Radzinsky asserted that he was a spy, that he had seen the model of the Swan and perhaps other critical information, and that they should kill him. Sawyer took the prisoner away over Radzinsky’s objections, who stated that he would take the matter directly to Horace. Radzinsky then traveled in the DHARMA van with Sawyer, Jin, and Sayid to the Barracks, where Jack, Kate, and Hurley were shocked to see Sayid held captive. (“Namaste”)
5×10 – He’s Our You
Later, Radzinsky was present while Oldham gave Sayid truth serum, and became extremely paranoid regarding Sayid’s knowledge of The Swan. Radzinsky was present during “the vote” on whether to keep Sayid alive. He was the group’s biggest supporter of Sayid’s execution, and his motion was agreed upon unanimously, with Sawyer being the most reluctant. (“He’s Our You”)
5×13 – Some Like It Hoth
Horace later sent Miles to take a “package” to Radzinsky, who would give him something back in return. Miles drove to Grid 334 in hostile territory, where he was stopped at gunpoint by Radzinsky. Miles gave him the package, which contained a body bag to put a dead DHARMA worker in. When Miles enquired as to what had happened, Radzinsky said the man fell in a ditch and told Miles to leave with the body. Miles later brought Pierre Chang to meet with Radzinsky at the secret Swan construction site. (“Some Like It Hoth”)
5×14 – The Variable
Radzinsky and two other DHARMA members went to the motor pool, where Jack, Kate and Daniel were arming themselves. When Radzinsky saw their weapons, he accused Daniel of lying about the group’s intentions, and a firefight ensues when Daniel tried to make a getaway. Daniel was grazed in the neck by a bullet, and Radzinsky was shot in the arm.
As Jack, Kate, and Daniel made their way to the jeep, Jack opened fire on a fuel tank, causing a tremendous explosion. They escaped as the dust settles, and Radzinsky called for someone to “sound the alarm.” Immediately Radzinsky set off for Sawyer’s house. When he entered the house he yelled at Sawyer about why he wasn’t outside dealing with the situation. Sawyer asked him what happened and Radzisnky told him that he’d been shot by a physicist, and the new recruits. They then heard a noise, to which Sawyer said someone must be outside, Radzinsky headed down the hall, and when he heard noises coming from the closet he opened it and found Phil. He then immediately pointed his gun at Sawyer and Juliet, and told them to get on the ground. (“The Variable”)
5×15 – Follow the Leader
From there, Radzinsky took them to the Security office. He, along with Phil, interrogated them to the to the displeasure of Horace who had tried to stop them, but Radzinsky told him that he was no longer in charge if he couldn’t do what needed to be done to protect their work. Radzinsky threatened to kill them if they didn’t tell him where Kate was, but Sawyer refused to tell. Pierre Chang later interrupted them, and told them to evacuate all non-essential personnel from the Island, because of what will happen at the Swan site. Radzinsky refused and told Pierre that he was in charge, after Pierre tried to get Horace to comply. Sawyer interrupted and told them that he would comply if he saved the women and children, and put him and Juliet on the sub. Radzinsky agreed, and gave him a notebook to draw a location to The Others’ camp (“Follow the Leader”)
5×16 – The Incident, Part 1
During the time when Sawyer, Juliet, and Kate were planning to stop Jack from detonating the bomb Radzinsky returned to the Swan’s construction site to continue drilling into the electromagnetic pocket. When he arrived at the site, Dr. Pierre Chang was already there and had stopped the drill due to the possibility of the drill bit melting. Radzinsky turned the drill back on, telling Chang that they had enough water to cool the drill down. Radzinsky then said that he had been designing and planning The Swan for six years, and that when the station was completed, they would be manipulating some of the most powerful electromagnetism in the world. Chang criticized Radzinsky, telling him that this wasn’t an ideal time for experiments, citing the potentially cataclysmic events that could occur if they drill into the magnetism and a possible insurrection. Radzinsky snapped that “if Edison had been afraid of the consequences we’d still be sitting in the dark,” and continued the drilling procedure.
Shortly after this he received a radio call from Phil stating that the prisoner from before had returned and that a firefight had ensued. Radzinsky ordered him to immediately bring backup to the construction site to protect it from Jack and his team. (“The Incident, Part 1”)
5×17 – The Incident, Part 2
Phil arrived not long after he was instructed to with a small team of men and was told by Radzinsky to set up a perimeter. When one of the men positioned around the site caught a glimpse of Jack he took a shot, and a large gun fight took place. Hearing the commotion, Kate, Miles, Sawyer, and Juliet rode in on a DHARMA Van and aided Jack in the fight. Throughout the course of the encounter Sawyer made his way behind Phil and Radzinsky, knocking down Radzinsky and holding Phil at gunpoint.
At this point (with the survivors in a place of power) Jack made his way to the hole and dropped the core of the bomb down it. When the electromagnetism began pulling things into the hole, Radzinsky and two men tried to make an escape in a DHARMA jeep, which was then flipped by the strong pull of the electromagnetism. It is unknown how Radzinsky survived the Incident and possible hydrogen bomb blast. (“The Incident, Part 2”)
2×17 – Lockdown
At a later time, Radzinsky moved to the completed Swan station, where he worked with Kelvin Inman. Radzinsky was the originator of the blast door map, which he worked on with laundry detergent, a paint brush, and the aid of his photographic memory. He was able to fake a lockdown incident (having had a part in designing the station, he knew its workings intimately) making it possible to work on the map more deliberately. Radzinsky also edited the Swan Orientation film for unknown reasons, and placed the edited portions within a Bible in the Arrow station. His erratic behavior and subsequent suicide may suggest an eventual mental breakdown. (“The Other 48 Days”) (“What Kate Did”) (“Lockdown”)
Kelvin explained to Desmond that, while he was asleep, Radzinsky committed suicide by putting a shotgun in his mouth and firing it, creating a blood stain on the ceiling. Radzinsky’s remains were later buried in the jungle outside the Swan station entrance. Because of the Swan station protocol, Kelvin had to bury him within 108 minutes. (“Live Together, Die Alone, Part 1”)
When Walt’s rescue party reached the capsule dump, Kate found a notebook in which a particular entry mentions the activities of “S.R.”, who was apparently a resident in the Swan station and was surreptitiously monitored from the Pearl station by the note taker. As the Pearl’s function likely ceased with the Purge (given the staff there worked in eight hour shifts), it can be concluded that Radzinsky took up residence well before this time.
- 0400: S.R. moved the ping pong table again.
- 0415: S.R. took a shower. (“Live Together, Die Alone”)
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Hades (meaning “the unseen”) refers both to the ancient Greek underworld, the abode of Hades, and to the god of the underworld. Hades in Homer referred just to the god; the genitive ᾍδου, Haidou, was an elision to denote locality: “[the house/dominion] of Hades”. Eventually, the nominative, too, came to designate the abode of the dead.
In Greek mythology, Hades is the oldest male child of Cronus and Rhea. According to myth, he and his brothers Zeus and Poseidon defeated the Titans and claimed rulership over the universe ruling the underworld, air, and sea, respectively; the solid earth, long the province of Gaia, was available to all three concurrently. Because of his association with the underworld, Hades is often interpreted in modern times as the Grim Reaper, even though he was not.
By the Romans Hades was called Pluto, from his Greek epithet Πλούτων Ploutōn (πλοῦτος, wealth), meaning “Rich One”. In Roman mythology, Hades/Pluto was called Dis Pater and Orcus. The corresponding Etruscan god was Aita. Symbols associated with him are the Helm of Darkness and the three-headed dog, Cerberus.
The term hades in Christian theology (and in New Testament Greek) is parallel to Hebrew sheol (שאול, grave or dirt-pit), and refers to the abode of the dead. The Christian concept of hell is more akin to (and communicated by) the Greek concept of Tartarus, a deep, gloomy part of hades used as a dungeon of torment and suffering.
God of the Underworld
In Greek mythology, Hades (the “unseen”), the god of the underworld, was a son of the Titans, Cronus and Rhea. He had three sisters, Demeter, Hestia, and Hera, as well as two brothers, Zeus, the youngest of the three, and Poseidon, collectively comprising the original six Olympian gods. Upon reaching adulthood, Zeus managed to force his father to disgorge his siblings. After their release the six younger gods, along with allies they managed to gather, challenged the elder gods for power in the Titanomachy, a divine war. Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades received weapons from the three Cyclopes to help in the war: Zeus the thunderbolt, Hades the Helm of Darkness, and Poseidon the trident. The night before the first battle, Hades put on his helmet and, being invisible, slipped over to the Titans’ camp and destroyed their weapons. The war lasted for ten years and ended with the victory of the younger gods. Following their victory, according to a single famous passage in the Iliad (xv.187–93), Hades and his two brothers, Poseidon and Zeus, drew lots for realms to rule. Zeus got the sky, Poseidon got the seas, and Hades received the underworld, the unseen realm to which the dead go upon leaving the world as well as any and all things beneath the earth.
Hades obtained his eventual consort and queen, Persephone, through trickery, a story that connected the ancient Eleusinian Mysteries with the Olympian pantheon in a founding myth for the realm of the dead. Helios told the grieving Demeter that Hades was not unworthy as a consort for Persephone:
“Aidoneus, the Ruler of Many, is no unfitting husband among the deathless gods for your child, being your own brother and born of the same stock: also, for honor, he has that third share which he received when division was made at the first, and is appointed lord of those among whom he dwells.”
– Homeric Hymn to Demeter
Despite modern connotations of death as evil, Hades was actually more altruistically inclined in mythology. Hades was often portrayed as passive rather than evil; his role was often maintaining relative balance.
Hades ruled the dead, assisted by others over whom he had complete authority. He strictly forbade his subjects to leave his domain and would become quite enraged when anyone tried to leave, or if someone tried to steal the souls from his realm. His wrath was equally terrible for anyone who tried to cheat death or otherwise crossed him, as Sisyphus and Pirithous found out to their sorrow.
Orpheus’ retrieval of Eurydice was unavailing. Besides Heracles, the only other living people who ventured to the Underworld were all heroes: Odysseus, Aeneas (accompanied by the Sibyl), Orpheus, Theseus with Pirithous, and, in a late romance, Psyche. None of them were pleased with what they witnessed in the realm of the dead. In particular, the Greek war hero Achilles, whom Odysseus conjured with a blood libation, said:
“O shining Odysseus, never try to console me for dying.
I would rather follow the plow as thrall to another
man, one with no land allotted to him and not much to live on,
than be a king over all the perished dead.”
- —Achilles’ soul to Odysseus. Homer, Odyssey 11.488-491
Hades, god of the dead, was a fearsome figure to those still living; in no hurry to meet him, they were reticent to swear oaths in his name, and averted their faces when sacrificing to him. Since to many, simply to say the word “Hades” was frightening, euphemisms were pressed into use. Since precious minerals come from under the earth (i.e., the “underworld” ruled by Hades), he was considered to have control of these as well, and was referred to as Πλούτων (Plouton, related to the word for “wealth”), hence the Roman name Pluto. Sophocles explained referring to Hades as “the rich one” with these words: “the gloomy Hades enriches himself with our sighs and our tears.” In addition, he was called Clymenus (“notorious”), Polydegmon (“who receives many”), and perhaps Eubuleus (“good counsel” or “well-intentioned”),all of them euphemisms for a name that was unsafe to pronounce, which evolved into epithets.
Although he was an Olympian, he spent most of the time in his dark realm. Formidable in battle, he proved his ferocity in the famous Titanomachy, the battle of the Olympians versus the Titans, which established the rule of Zeus.
Feared and loathed, Hades embodied the inexorable finality of death: “Why do we loathe Hades more than any god, if not because he is so adamantine and unyielding?” The rhetorical question is Agamemnon‘s (Iliad, ix). He was not, however, an evil god, for although he was stern, cruel, and unpitying, he was still just. Hades ruled the Underworld and was therefore most often associated with death and feared by men, but he was not Death itself — the actual embodiment of Death was Thanatos.
When the Greeks propitiated Hades, they banged their hands on the ground to be sure he would hear them. Black animals, such as sheep, were sacrificed to him, and the very vehemence of the rejection of human sacrifice expressed in myth suggests an unspoken memory of some distant past. The blood from all chthonic sacrifices including those to propitiate Hades dripped into a pit or cleft in the ground. The person who offered the sacrifice had to avert his face. Every hundred years, in Rome, festivals were held in his honor, called the Secular Games.
His identifying possessions included a famed helmet of darkness, given to him by the Cyclopes, which made anyone who wore it invisible. Hades was known to sometimes loan his helmet of invisibility to both gods and men (such as Perseus). His dark chariot, drawn by four coal-black horses, always made for a fearsome and impressive sight. His other ordinary attributes were the Narcissus and Cypress plants, the Key of Hades and Cerberus, the three-headed dog. He sat on an ebony throne.
The philosopher Heraclitus, unifying opposites, declared that Hades and Dionysus, the very essence of indestructible life zoë, are the same god. Amongst other evidence Carl Kerenyi notes that the grieving goddess Demeter refused to drink wine, which is the gift of Dionysus, after Persephone’s abduction, because of this association, and suggests that Hades may in fact have been a ‘cover name’ for the underworld Dionysus. Furthermore he suggests that this dual identity may have been familiar to those who came into contact with the Mysteries (Kerenyi 1976, p. 240). One of the epithets of Dionysus was “Chthonios”, meaning “the subterranean” (Kerenyi 1976, p. 83).