Lost: Season 6, Episode 15

Across the Sea (11 May 2010)

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The story of how Jacob and his brother came to the island, their uneasy relationship with their "mother," their eventual falling-out, and revelation of what Jacob was on the island to protect.

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A shipwrecked pregnant woman named Claudia comes to the island and is rescued by an older woman and immediately after she delivers two babies: Jacob and another boy; then, the woman kills Claudia. She raises the boys as if they were their sons and one day they see three men in the island. She shows a cave with a bright light inside and she tells them that they shall protect this light. One day, Claudia appears to her other son and she shows the survivors of the shipwreck living in the other side of the island. She tells what happened to her and the boy calls Jacob to go with him to live with the other people; however Jacob decides to stay with his foster mother. Jacob secretly visits his brother to see where his people are bad or not. His brother tells that will leave the island and Jacob tells to his stepmother. She destroys all the humans and assigns Jacob to protect the light in the cave. Jacob's brother kills their stepmother and Jacob throws his brother in the cave, where he ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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In the DVD audio commentary, Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof said that, although they supposed she wasn't available, they asked the casting director to contact Allison Janney for the role of Mother, saying that they wanted "someone like Allison Janney". A few days later, Janney was shooting the episode. See more »

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Man in Black: Don't. I beg you don't do this. She burned them. She was crazy. She burned them all. You can't kill me Jacob. She's made it that way. You can't.
Jacob: Don't worry brother. I'm not going to kill you.
Man in Black: She brought you back here.
Jacob: Yes.
Man in Black: Why would she?
Jacob: Because I have to protect it now. You want to find the light? You want to leave this place brother? Go!
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Across The Sea There is A Better Episode...
13 May 2010 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I sit on the beach looking out to the ocean, reflecting on six seasons of Lost and the wonderful memories it has given me. I sit waiting for the Jacob/MiB centric episode to arrive and blow me away with mythology, story-telling, and the tightest script of the Lost canon. However, what arrives is soggy with forced scenes, soaked with poor dialogue, and falling apart at the seams.

Allison Janney, a usually dependable actress struggled with the foreign dialectic that resulted it some of the worst dialogue exchanges in the entire season. A season in which the writers have spoilt us with some of the very best scenes and dialogue in the history of television, and yet when it comes to the MOST IMPORTANT episode of all, they resort to the skills of an incompetent writer that has only watched a few episodes of Lost.

What has always made Lost better than any other show is the subtleties and nuances that elevate scenes into memories that will linger.

The writers and creators of this show are very intelligent people which makes their half hearted approach to this critical episode all the more baffling.

They have come out in defence of the criticisms stating that we may not have had the answers we want. But they are again missing the point. It is their show, they have every right to give us whatever answers they want. It's not the answers...it is HOW you give you them. Through tightly structured scenes laced with dialogue that portrays a deeper subtext. Something they brilliantly did in 'The Constant', and more recently in 'The Candidate.' The fans of this show deserved better and so did the hugely talented actors Mark Pellegrino and Titus Welliver. Similar in tone, clichés, and ratings to 'What Kate Does' does not bode well. In the space of 6 seasons there are always going to be episodes of 'filler' quality, but to deliver one at this stage of the story is inexcusable.

The script for this should have been worked on during the hiatus from Season 5 to ensure the glue that binds has no cracks. Unfortunately it clearly wasn't. Instead it has left a bad taste in the mouth that only a stunning finale can remove.

As I cork the wasted pages and toss them back into the ocean, I long for the next instalment and know that across the sea there is a better episode...


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