|“||Niylah: "Where does it lead?"
|— about the Anomaly [src]|
The Temporal Anomaly, often shortened to the Anomaly, (also called the Bridge) is a wormhole and a transit system that connects Sanctum, Skyring, Bardo, Nakara, Etherea, and Earth in the Milky Way Galaxy, while there are countless worlds in the Universe connected by the Anomaly.
The Anomaly was discovered by Mission Team Alpha. It appears to be controlled by an alien artifact called the Anomaly Stone. Gabriel Santiago has been studying the Anomaly for 150 years. It is also on the planets Skyring and Bardo. After traveling through the Anomaly, Gabriel suggests that the Anomaly's presence on planets selected for the Eligius III mission is not a coincidence and suspects that the alien race that originally created it may have been using the Anomaly to find a new home.
Bill Cadogan, the leader of the Second Dawn, had first discovered the Anomaly Stone on Earth, in the South American country of Peru, where he found it in a secret observatory beneath the Temple of the Sun in Machu Picchu. Cadogan spent ten years before the Nuclear Apocalypse and two years after it trying to get the Stone to work without success. However, Becca Franko was able to figure out the code for Bardo using the Flame and Cadogan eventually led the Disciples through the Anomaly to there. At some point after, the Earth Anomaly Stone was buried under the bunker's floor, presumably by Azgeda, resulting in Wonkru not finding it when they occupy the bunker.
In "The Old Man and the Anomaly", it is revealed that the radio signals get absorbed by the Anomaly and retranslates in The Verge, where it's possible to pick them up in endless, repeating waves. It is also revealed that the Anomaly does the same as the Red Sun and that the Anomaly has similar effects on plants, only it's "constant and weirder". The Anomaly gets into people's minds, causing them to hear things and hallucinate, sometimes their darkest fear, their deepest desire, and both at once.
In "The Garden," Hope Diyoza explains that the Anomaly is a transit system which she refers to as the Bridge. The one on Sanctum leads to Skyring while the one on Skyring leads to Bardo. From a recording of Becca Franko, Gabriel Santiago learns that the time dilation effect comes from the mission planets' proximity to a black hole. The healing of Octavia's arm also appears to be related to the Anomaly or the time dilation from passing through it to Skyring as Octavia's arm was back to normal when she emerged from the Anomaly on Skyring. Though Hope lost her memories after the Anomaly vanished on Sanctum, she regains and keeps them after returning through it to Skyring. Its also mentioned that the Disciples' helmets allow anyone wearing them to keep their memories after passing through the Anomaly.
In "Hesperides," Raven learns from the HUD on a dead Disciple's armor that the Anomaly is a wormhole leading "everywhere" and between six different planets in the Milky Way Galaxy within a network. One of the planets is offline, but the Disciple armor offers the codes for the Anomaly Stone to direct the Anomaly to each planet. Its also shown that when the Disciples activate the Anomaly between Bardo and Skyring, it remains open on shore for five minutes before returning to normal. During this time, it is possible to pass through the Anomaly to Bardo by entering it on the Skyring side without need for entering a code into the Anomaly Stone.
In "Welcome to Bardo," Levitt reveals that a side effect of traveling through the Anomaly to a slower time dilated planet is that the person traveling through the Anomaly loses all memory from the moment that they first left which is why Octavia's memories were gone upon her return to Sanctum. The Disciple helmets shield against this effect. The expansion of the Anomaly in "The Blood of Sanctum" appears to have restored Octavia's lost memories similar to how Hope traveling back to Skyring restored her own memories.
As seen in "The Blood of Sanctum," "The Garden," "Hesperides" and "Etherea," planets with an actively open Anomaly will react with some form of expansion or movement in response to a code being entered rather than simply appearing nearby. On Skyring, the Anomaly rises from or at least expands out of the lake for five minutes before returning to normal. On Etherea, it descends from the mountaintop on which it is located to somewhere far below and users must jump off of the mountain and into it. On Sanctum, entering a biometric code caused the Anomaly to expand to encompass the location of the Anomaly Stone to release the person pulled through it.
In "A Sort of Homecoming," a Disciple reveals to Gaia that a closing Anomaly portal will default to the planetary origin of the user's DNA. As a result, after the Disciple shuts down the Sanctum Anomaly Stone, the closing portal takes him and Gaia to Earth.
In "The Last War," when the Judge mentions that countless civilizations have failed the Test and were wiped out completely, it indicates that there are countless worlds in the Universe that are connected by the Anomaly.
This is a list of known planets/moons in the Milky Way Galaxy that are connected by the Anomaly.
A temporal flare seems to be a green light source in the sky that shoots out other green flares that burn, destroy, or "petrify" anything they touch.
In "The Gospel of Josephine", Gabriel (posing as Xavier) notices a Temporal Flare nearby. He tosses Charmaine Diyoza a rope and tells her and Octavia Blake to get out and run. Diyoza gets out, but she realizes that Octavia has no time. She tells her she will return. Octavia submerges herself in the quicksand-like substance and survives the Temporal Flare with only damage to a hand that was left exposed. Diyoza manages to dig Octavia out and they run after Gabriel/Xavier.
Throughout the Series
In The Old Man and the Anomaly, Gabriel Santiago, Charmaine Diyoza, and Octavia Blake begins make their way to the Anomaly, before encountering it. After they're looking at the Anomaly, Diyoza, who begins to hallucinate her unborn, future daughter, walks into the Anomaly, with Octavia following her. Both Octavia and Diyoza went into the Anomaly, and after 2 seconds, Octavia comes out of the Anomaly.In The Blood of Sanctum, Gabriel, Bellamy, Octavia, and Echo, begins investigating the Anomaly. Gabriel shows them an extraterrestrial artifact, known as the Anomaly Stone, and explains to them about it. They begin to activate it, causing the Anomaly to expand. After their tent gets caught in the Anomaly, Hope Diyoza emerges and appears to them, saying that an enemy has her mother, before injecting Octavia with a locator tag, causing Octavia to disappear into a green mist as the Anomaly returns to its normal state.
|Red Sun Rising||Absent|
|The Children of Gabriel||Absent|
|The Face Behind the Glass||Absent|
|The Gospel of Josephine||Absent|
|The Old Man and the Anomaly||Appears|
|What You Take With You||Absent|
|Ashes to Ashes||Absent|
|The Blood of Sanctum||Appears|
|From the Ashes||Appears|
|Welcome to Bardo||Appears|
|The Queen's Gambit||Appears|
|A Little Sacrifice||Absent|
|A Sort of Homecoming||Appears|
|The Dying of the Light||Appears|
|The Last War||Appears|
Notes and Trivia
- The Anomaly was focused on in Season Seven.
- According to Gabriel Santiago, the Anomaly is in the shape of a logarithmic spiral.
- Jordan Green called the 'Green Light' at first an Aurora because of its resemblance to one despite the Anomaly not being one.
- Charmaine Diyoza is the first shown person to walk into the Anomaly.
- Octavia Blake was the second shown person to walk into the Anomaly and the first known person who walked out of the Anomaly.
- Hope Diyoza is the second person to walk out of the Anomaly - Hope was born on a different planet and grew up at the age of 20 in the future, before coming back into the past on Alpha, due to the time dilation.
- According to Becca Franko, the Eligius mission planets are in close proximity to a black hole which would explain the time dilation. Time slows down the closer an object is to a black hole, meaning that a matter of seconds can pass for that object while centuries pass for rest of the universe. The closer the object is, the greater the time dilation.
- Becca states that Beta was further out from the black hole than the other planets, explaining why time would run faster there.
|Government & Science Station • Agro Station • Alpha Station • Arrow Station • Factory Station • Hydra Station|
Mecha Station • Prison Station • Tesla Station • Flint Station • Orchid Station
|Delinquents' Camp • Tondc • Mount Weather • Arkadia • Becca's Island • Polis • Second Dawn Bunker|
Shallow Valley • Temporal Anomaly
|Sanctum City (The Palace, The Reactor, Tavern, Machine Shop, School, Jail, Medical Library, Farmhouse)|
Outer Fields/Greenhouses • Offering Grove • The Verge • C.O.G. Territory • Temporal Anomaly
Gagarin (Eligius IV transport dropship)
|Wooden Cabin • The Lake • Temporal Anomaly|
|Underground Shelter • Stone Room • Temporal Anomaly|