(TV Series)

Ab Aeterno ()

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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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Sayid Jarrah (creditOnly)
Richard Alpert
Desmond Hume (creditOnly)
Claire Littleton (creditOnly)
Ben Linus
Frank Lapidus
Dr. Jack Shephard
Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes
James 'Sawyer' Ford (creditOnly)
Jin-Soo Kwon (creditOnly)
Sun-Hwa Kwon
Miles Straume
Kate Austen (creditOnly)
Man in Black
Ilana Verdansky
Jonas Whitfield
Man in Black
Father Suarez
Davo Coria ...
Santiago Montone ...
Doctor (as Jose Yenque)

Directed by

Tucker Gates

Written by

Jeffrey Lieber ... (created by) (creator) and
J.J. Abrams ... (created by) (creator) &
Damon Lindelof ... (created by) (creator)
Melinda Hsu Taylor ... (written by) &
Greggory Nations ... (written by)
Graham Roland ... (story editor)

Produced by

J.J. Abrams ... executive producer
Jack Bender ... executive producer
Bryan Burk ... executive producer
Carlton Cuse ... executive producer / producer (showrunner)
Ra'uf Glasgow ... producer
Jean Higgins ... executive producer
Adam Horowitz ... executive producer
Melinda Hsu Taylor ... producer
Edward Kitsis ... executive producer
Damon Lindelof ... executive producer / producer (showrunner)
Greggory Nations ... co-producer
Noreen O'Toole ... associate producer
Elizabeth Sarnoff ... executive producer
Richard Peter Schroer ... co-producer
Samantha Thomas ... co-producer
Jim Triplett ... associate producer
Paul Zbyszewski ... co-executive producer

Music by

Michael Giacchino

Cinematography by

Stephen St. John ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Chris Braun ... (as Chris 'John' Braun)
David Eisenberg
Christopher Nelson
Lance Stubblefield

Editorial Department

Brandon King ... post-production coordinator
Andrew Rinehart ... international editorial team
Johnny Kirkwood ... final colorist (uncredited)
Eric Levin-Hatz ... post-production assistant (uncredited)

Casting By

Veronica Collins Rooney ... (as Veronica Collins)
April Webster

Production Design by

Zack Grobler

Art Direction by

Matthew C. Jacobs
Scott Meehan

Set Decoration by

Carol Bayne Kelley

Costume Design by

Roland Sanchez

Makeup Department

Chantal Boom'la ... makeup artist
Steve LaPorte ... makeup department head
Doreen F. Schultz ... department head hair stylist

Production Management

Mary Courtney ... unit production manager
Brenda K. Kyle ... executive in charge of production
Jamie Vega Wheeler ... post-production supervisor (as Jamie Kaye Wheeler)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Noga Isackson ... first assistant director
Taylor Phillips ... second assistant director (as Benjamin Taylor Phillips)

Art Department

Troy Arakaki ... greens foreman
Justin Fischer ... set dresser
Derrick Kaupiko ... set dressing gang boss
Robert Scott Kyker ... property master (as Rob Kyker)
Russell Maki ... lead man
Shiloh Nyce ... production assistant
Karen Archibald ... painter (uncredited)
Chris Barnes ... lead painter (uncredited)
Guy Belegaud ... construction foreman (uncredited)
Don Bracken ... assistant property master (uncredited)
Michael Crowe ... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Walter Fowler ... props (uncredited)
Matt Goldstein ... art department assistant (uncredited)
Jason Gregg ... set dresser (uncredited)
Sean Hallock ... set dresser (uncredited)
Craig Hoffmann ... assistant props (uncredited)
Craig K. Lewis ... set decorations shopper/buyer (uncredited)
Jacob Standley ... construction auditor (uncredited)
James Van Houten ... lead sculptor (uncredited)
Kelly Westmiller ... set dresser (uncredited)
Liloa Wong ... lead greensman (uncredited)

Sound Department

Robert J. Anderson Jr. ... production sound mixer (as Robert Anderson)
Adam DeCoster ... foley artist (as Adam De Coster)
Thomas DeGorter ... supervising sound editor (as Thomas E. deGorter)
Paula Fairfield ... sound designer / sound effects editor
Frank Morrone ... re-recording mixer
Carla Murray ... sound designer / sound effects editor
Scott Weber ... re-recording mixer
James Bailey ... foley artist (uncredited)
Adam DeCoster ... foley artist (uncredited)
Jonathan Golodner ... sound editor (uncredited)
Colin Jones ... boom operator (uncredited)
Ken King ... production sound mixer: double up (uncredited)
Joseph Schultz ... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Geordy Sincavage ... foley editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Archie Ahuna ... special effects supervisor (as Archie K. Ahuna)

Visual Effects by

Adam Avitabile ... visual effects supervisor
Del DePierro ... cg artist
Melinka Thompson-Godoy ... visual effects producer
Seth Brower ... compositor: Look FX (uncredited)
Michael Capton ... 3d supervisor (uncredited)
Michael Degtjarewsky ... digital effects supervisor (uncredited)
Ivan DeWolf ... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Ilan Gabai ... effects technical director (uncredited)
Joseph Hayden ... digital compositor (uncredited)
Paul Stemmer ... visual effects editor (uncredited)


Guy Pere ... stunt performer
Michael Trisler ... stunt coordinator
Jonathan Arthur ... stunt double: Nestor Carbonell (uncredited)
Nito Larioza ... stunt double: Izzy Diaz (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Steve Adcock ... camera operator
Richard J. Brock ... first assistant camera
Kanoa Dahlin ... film loader
Mark Kalaugher ... chief lighting technician (as Mark 'Kiwi' Kalaugher)
Kevin Kersting ... best boy rigging grip
Brian Matsumura ... second assistant camera
Tuiaana Scanlan ... grip
Mike Schwake ... key grip (as Michael Schwake)
Torry Tukuafu ... camera operator
Brian Patrick Wallace ... grip
Norman Akau ... rigging grip (uncredited)
Michael Romano ... electrician (uncredited)

Casting Department

Rachel W. Sutton ... casting: Hawaii
Farrah West ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Aaron Millsap ... production staff (as Aaron E. Milsap)
Anthony J. Scarano ... costume supervisor (as Anthony Scarano)

Music Department

Alex Levy ... music editor
Aaron Meyer ... music preparation
Frank Macchia ... music preparation (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Diane Frauenholz ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

Bruce Hauer ... transportation coordinator

Additional Crew

Patrick Byrne ... production staff (as Patric Byrne)
Andrew Childers ... production assistant
Jessica Cole ... talent coordinator (as Jess Cole)
Corrado Conforti ... Italian dubbing: Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes
Jim Galasso ... production staff
Christina Garner ... second assistant accountant
Gina Hendrick ... production accountant
Anne Hoss ... production staff (as Anne L. Hoss)
Bob Leatham ... production staff (as Robert 'Bob' Leatham)
Lizabeth Maggini ... production staff (as Lizabeth Maggini-Mackay)
Aaron Millsap ... production staff (as Aaron E. Milsap)
Kelly Nass ... production coordinator (as Kelly D. Nass)
Kyle Otto ... production assistant
Stockton David Porter ... production assistant
Andrew Rinehart ... international broadcast delivery
Steven Stitt-Bergh ... production staff
Michael Tereschuk ... production staff (as Michael Tereschuck)
Amber Joy Tomasello ... production assistant
Susan Zaguirre ... production staff
Cory Bird ... assistant to executive producer (uncredited)
Brian Evans ... first assistant accountant (uncredited)
Erin Felentzer ... publicist (uncredited)
Brigid O'Connell ... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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 offers immortality to Ricardo to work for him. But the Man in Black tells that his offer is still open. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Also Known As
  • Ab Aeterno (United States)
  • 48 min
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Trivia 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 »
Goofs When Richard's dying wife takes off her cross necklace, you can see that it has spring ring clasp which was invented in the early 1900s. The scene takes place in the 1860s. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in Ab Aeterno (2010). See more »
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Quotes Jacob: [to Richard] Imagine that this wine is what you keep calling hell. There are other names for it. Malevolence. Evil. Darkness. And it's all down here swirling at the bottom. Unable to get out, because if it did it would spread. Now, the cork is this Island.
[puts a cork in the jug, trapping the wine]
Jacob: And it's the only thing keeping the darkness where it belongs.
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