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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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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The statue seen when the Black Rock crashes onto the island is Taweret, a figure in Egyptian mythology. She was the goddess of pregnancy, childbirth and fertility, and the symbol she holds in her hand (an ankh) is the Egyptian symbol of life. It is interesting to note that the island is known for its healing properties, and effects on fertility in men, as indicated by Jin being able to impregnate his wife after having been sterile. Taweret was also a protector, thought to restrain evil, which makes sense in light of Jacob's explanation that the Island is there to contain evil. See more »

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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 »

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[the Man in Black sits on a log in the shade, holding a white stone. Jacob shows up]
Jacob: Morning.
Man in Black: Morning.
Jacob: I see you got my present.
Man in Black: Don't gloat, Jacob. It doesn't become you.
Jacob: So you tried to kill me.
Man in Black: You expect an apology?
Jacob: I'd just like to know why you did it.
Man in Black: Because I want to leave. Just let me leave, Jacob.
Jacob: As long as I'm still alive, you're not going anywhere.
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References The Omen (1976) See more »

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The best episode of Lost ever?
24 March 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The best episode of Lost... ever?

Even if others disagree with that statement - it is absolutely the most revealing episode in a long time, maybe ever.

For those of you who have stuck with this show since Season 1, you'll be pleased to know you finally get a full episode dedicated to Richard.

Obviously I have to be spoiler free, so there's not much more I can say.

I will finish by saying this is probably my favorite episode of Lost of all time - and i'm glad I didn't get bored and stop watching like many others.

The information delivery is staggering - and secrets are actually revealed for once - something that is very rare for Lost - which usually stretches things out for as long as possible in the most frustrating and pointless manner possible.

Incredible acting, best episode for a long time, maybe ever.

10/10 - MUST WATCH.


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