Lost: Season 6, Episode 9

Ab Aeterno (23 Mar. 2010)

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The mysteries behind Richard Alpert's arrival to the island, his immortality, and his alliance with Jacob are revealed--plus more details about the purpose of the island and the relationship between Jacob and the smoke monster.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sayid Jarrah (credit only)
Desmond Hume (credit only)
Claire Littleton (credit only)
James 'Sawyer' Ford (credit only)
Jin Kwon (credit only)
Kate Austen (credit only)


Ilana recalls when Jacob asked her to protect the six candidates to replace him. Ilana asks Richard what to do next and he leaves the group telling that he has no idea. In flashback, in 1867, in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Richard, a.k.a. Ricardo travels in a stormy night to bring a doctor to help his beloved wife Isabella that is dying. However, the doctor does not accept the little money that he has and does not give the medicine for Isabella. They struggle and Ricardo accidentally kills the doctor. When he returns home, Isabella is dead and Ricardo is sent to prison to be hanged. However he is sold as slave and travels to the New World chained aboard of the Black Rock. There is a tsunami and the ship knocks in the statue in the island and stops in the woods. The smoke monster kills the survivors and the Man in Black releases Ricardo. Soon he learns that there is a fight between the Man in Black, who believes that mankind is evil, and Jacob, who believes that mankind is good. Jacon ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Co-writer Greggory Nations explains in the DVD audio-commentary that Richard's origin was not random. Nations chose the Canary Islands because: 1) They are islands; 2) They are volcanic islands and 3) The legend of the eight Canary Island (San Borondón) that shows up and disappears. Besides, it was easier for actor Nestor Carbonell speaking Spanish without faking accents, because his Cuban accent can pass for a person from the Canary Islands. See more »


After Jacob defeats Richard, he can be seen standing over him holding the dagger that Richard was using, in his right hand. After Richard is shown while speaking his line, we can see Jacob again with no dagger in his hand. A little later, after Jacob and Richard have finished their conversation, Jacob is suddenly holding the dagger again, and proceeds to drop it in the sand. See more »


Ben Linus: [about Richard] I've known him since I was twelve years old, that should count for something.
Frank Lapidus: So you guys met when you were kids, huh?
Ben Linus: No Frank, I was a kid. Richard looked just like he does today.
Frank Lapidus: You're saying this guy doesn't age?
Ben Linus: That's exactly what I'm saying.
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It was intense, intriguing and highly satisfying
28 March 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is the first Episode review I'm doing because I really think that This was the best LOST episode so far!! We were questioning ourselves About pretty much everything but THIS! No one saw it coming! That episode revealed a lot of thing for 50 min's , and those min's each one of them were really entertaining , gripping and really , really satisfying! From the beginning I knew something was not okay with that man ''Not Getting Old'' trough time and believe me this episode reveal everything on him on his past and on the importance of his role in the Island! I loved the way the writer's putted the ''Spanish'' connection to it! And they said that the fact was HELL!! It just excited the audience more and more… So there is only few episodes' left until THE very END! And believe me I am really eager to see what is going to happen next!

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