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Raven: "The Anomaly is a wormhole!"
Clarke: "Where does it lead?"
Raven: "Everywhere."
— about the Anomaly [src]

The Temporal Anomaly, often shortened to the Anomaly, (also called the Bridge) is a transport system and wormhole that connects Sanctum to Skyring and Skyring to Bardo. It is also seen on Etherea and Nakara.

History Edit

The Anomaly was first discovered by Mission Team Alpha. It appears to be controlled by an alien artifact called the Anomaly StoneGabriel 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 race that originally created it may have been using the Anomaly to find a new home.

OverviewEdit

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 here 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 Blood of Sanctum", it is revealed that the Anomaly is controlled by a mysterious, ancient artifact of a possible alien origin, known as The Anomaly Stone.

In "From the Ashes," Bellamy's kidnappers from Bardo show the ability to control the Anomaly through unknown means, closing it behind them in an effort to prevent pursuit.

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 Franco, 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.

Temporal Flare Edit

605 Temporal flare

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 Edit

In Sanctum, the Anomaly makes its first appearance, as Raven and Jordan see it from Eligius IV towards Alpha, mistaking it for a pole.

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 stabbing Octavia for unknown reasons, causing Octavia to disappear into a green mist as the Anomaly returns to its normal state.

In From the Ashes, its revealed that while under the influence of the Blood of Sanctum, Jordan Green experienced visions related to the Anomaly. Russell Lightbourne admits that he too experienced this and built Sanctum in the shape of the Anomaly as a result. However, Russell gave up on trying to figure out the mystery of the Anomaly a hundred years before and feels that it is now Jordan's job.

At the same time, Bellamy is abducted by people from Bardo who came through the Anomaly and manage to remain invisible. At the same time, Hope Diyoza shows no memory which Gabriel notes is the same thing that happened to Octavia. Gabriel realizes that for whatever reason, Hope could only keep her memory while they were surrounded by the Anomaly. Like Octavia, Hope has symbols from the Anomaly Stone, though different ones and a drawing of the Anomaly in her arm with the message to trust Bellamy. Bellamy's kidnappers drag him towards the Anomaly, chased by Gabriel, Hope and Echo. Echo manages to kill three of the kidnappers who are shown to be human and to have orders to kill Hope on sight but to capture Gabriel and Echo alive. They also have the same tattoos as Hope.

After the death of three of the kidnappers, Gabriel notes that the Anomaly is getting quieter and realizes that it is closing, suggesting that the people they are chasing can control the Anomaly. Echo realizes that it might mean that the kidnappers are taking Bellamy through and don't want them to follow. With the Anomaly closing, Gabriel warns that if they go through, they must go through together as being even seconds apart could separate the three by months. Holding hands, Gabriel, Hope and Echo jump into the Anomaly which closes seconds later.

In The Garden, in a flashback, Octavia emerges from the Anomaly underwater on Skyring after following Charmaine Diyoza through and discovers her arm is healed. Though Octavia traveled through seconds after Diyoza, she has arrived three months later. Octavia spends the next six years trying to reach the Anomaly to return to Sanctum despite Diyoza's warnings that it is too deep underwater for Octavia to survive the dive. After Diyoza destroys a suit belonging to a dead Disciple, Octavia sends a message in a bottle through for Bellamy. Four years later, the Anomaly expands on shore and several Disciples emerge, having received the message on Bardo. The Disciples place helmets upon Octavia and Diyoza so that they will retain their memories and when Hope emerges from hiding, the Anomaly is back to normal and the Disciples, Octavia and Diyoza are gone.

In the present, Hope, Gabriel and Echo emerge from the Anomaly on Skyring centuries after Hope left due to the time dilation. Hope explains that the Disciples traveled to Skyring before going on to Bardo through the Bridge as she calls the Anomaly. Though Hope has the code needed to go to Bardo, it has been washed off, stranding them on the planet. Hope explains that the Anomaly is a transit system between planets, leading from Sanctum to Skyring and then onto Bardo. With Skyring being used as a prison planet by the Disciples, Hope states that they will have to wait five years for the Disciples to return for the current prisoner so that they can follow them to Bardo. Hope also explains that the code Octavia entered was Hope's biometric signature which was pulled through while Hope injected Octavia with a locator tag which sent her through the Anomaly.

After uncovering the corpse of Doctor Colin Bensen, one of Mission Team Beta, Gabriel reviews his Memory Drive and learns that Colin, a quantum physicist, was studying the Anomaly and the Anomaly Stone. From a recording of Doctor Becca Franco, Gabriel learns that the time dilation comes from Skyring's proximity to a black hole. Colin eventually discovered the code to activate the Anomaly, causing it to expand upon the shore. However, the prisoner destroys Gabriel's computer before they can write down the code to use.

Appearances Edit

Season Six
Episode Appearance Status
SanctumAppears
Red Sun RisingAbsent
The Children of GabrielAbsent
The Face Behind the GlassAbsent
The Gospel of JosephineAbsent
Memento MoriAbsent
NevermindAbsent
The Old Man and the AnomalyAppears
What You Take With YouAbsent
MatryoshkaAbsent
Ashes to AshesAbsent
Adjustment ProtocolAbsent
The Blood of SanctumAppears
Season Seven
Episode Appearance Status
From the AshesAppears
The GardenAppears
False GodsTBD
HesperidesTBD
Welcome to BardoTBD
NakaraTBD
The Queen's GambitTBD
AnacondaTBD
The FlockTBD

Notes and Trivia Edit

  • The Anomaly will be focused on in Season Seven.
  • Jordan Green calls the 'green light' first an aurora (false as auroras have a magnet as source)
  • 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's in the future, before coming back into the past on Alpha, due to time dilation.
  • According to Becca Franco, 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 centuries can pass for that object in a matter of seconds to the 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.

Gallery Edit

  • The Anomaly begins to expand.
  • The Anomaly is seen in the distance.
  • The Anomaly is seen from space.
  • The Anomaly is seen from space.
  • The map that shows the location of the Temporal Anomaly.
  • Diyoza, Gabriel, and Octavia encountering the Anomaly.
  • The Anomaly is seen from space.
  • The effects of the Temporal Flare.
  • The front appearance of the Anomaly.
  • Gabriel's research of the Anomaly.
  • Gabriel shows the Anomaly tattoo message.
  • Diyoza's Anomaly drawing message
  • The Anomaly is seen from space.

References Edit

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