Lost Ab Aeterno S06E09 (ABC)

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Lost is a United States serial drama television series that follows the lives of plane crash survivors on a mysterious tropical island, after a passenger jet flying between Sydney, Australia and Los Angeles, United States crashes somewhere in the South Pacific. Each episode typically features a primary storyline on the island as well as a secondary storyline from another point in a character’s life. The show was created by Damon Lindelof, J. J. Abrams and Jeffrey Lieber, and is filmed primarily on location in Oahu, Hawaii. The pilot episode was first broadcast on September 22, 2004. Since then, three seasons have aired. The show is produced by ABC Studios, Bad Robot Productions and Grass Skirt Productions and airs on the ABC Network in the United States. Its incidental music is composed by Michael Giacchino. The current executive producers are Abrams, Lindelof, Bryan Burk, Jack Bender and Carlton Cuse. Because of its large ensemble cast and the cost of filming in Hawaii, the series is one of the most expensive on television.

From the Lost Wikipedia entry.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

This is the start of the final season of Lost. It looks like the narrative is initially split up into three different timelines, but two of them rapidly merge. Ilana and her pals quickly die at the hands of Fake-Locke. It’s pretty self-explanatory that Fake-Locke is Jacob’s nemesis. There are a bunch of new Others at the Temple, including their Japanese leader.

Juliet dies, but what does that mean exactly. They buried her body, but I’m sure that we’ll see her again. So the narrative is split between what’s going on right now on the Island and what happened after the bomb was detonated. Oceanic Flight 815 never crashed. Strangely enough, there are some links between the timelines, meaning that exploding the bomb did significantly change things. Jin is also speaking English right now, which takes a while to get used to.

Sayid does indeed die and naturally comes back from the dead thanks to the Spring at the Temple. The guitar case that Jacob gave Hurley contained a giant wooden ankh. Inside, there is a message that said that if Sayid died, they’d all be in terrible danger.

I don’t know what it is, but this season is probably going to be the best of all seasons of this show. I’m really enjoying how the past is getting redacted since they are in a new timeline. There is so much going on that I’m wondering if they will be able to answer all questions.

There’s one thing that doesn’t make sense. Since apparently none of the chosen few can die, why could Sayid die? I thought that he was chosen as well? Well, he died and was infected by the Monster. Shouldn’t Jacob’s ‘gift’ have saved him from this?

Ab Aeterno means from the beginning of time in Latin. I was actually wondering if we’d ever get to Richard’s story. In the end, we did, but naturally, it poses even more questions, like exactly what are Jacob and his nemesis. One thing’s for sure, the nemesis is evil.

For one thing, why does Hurley now speak to the dead?

The struggle between Jacob and his nemesis definitely has a religious connotation. His touch granted Richard eternal life. His replacement candidates also cannot die. There is something divine about him, or maybe Jacob is the Island manifested.

The Nemesis could be a part of Jacob, though he says that Jacob stole his body and he was left with only this.

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Jacob comes to see a girl with a wrapped up face. It’s Ilana. They are speaking Russian, though I can’t be sure. She was told to protect the 6 candidates, candidates to replace Jacob.

She tells this story to Jack and Hurley. Jacob told her to ask Ricardis what do to next. Richard tells Jack that they are all dead. This isn’t what they think it is. They aren’t on an Island, they are him Hell. He goes off in the jungle. Ilana goes after him. Richard is going after False-Locke. Jack sees Hurley speaking to someone in Spanish. He is speaking to no one actually. Hurley says that it doesn’t concern him.

Ben tells everyone that Richard doesn’t age. He was the same when Ben was 12. This is Richard’s story.

On the Canary Islands, in 1867, a bearded Rich goes into a hamlet. He goes to see his wife Isabella, who’s sick. They are speaking Spanish. He goes to see the doctor, who isn’t about to ride out in the pouring rain. The doctor wants a lot of money for the medicine and won’t give it to Rich. They have an argument and Rich kills him. He flees with the medicine. He comes back and finds Isabella dead. The soldiers come for him. He is in jail and about to be executed. The priest isn’t going to give absolution to a murderer. The priest tells him that the Devil is waiting for his soul in Hell. The next day, they bring him to see Mr. Whigfield. He is bought by Captain Magnus Hanson, the captain of the Black Rock. They crash on the head of the statue. They hear some people speaking. They wake up in the middle of a jungle. One of the officers comes down and starts killing the prisoners. They are shipwrecked in the middle of the jungle with no fresh water. Before they can kill Rich, the Black Smoke Monster appears and starts shredding officers. It gets all of them. It comes down into the hold and clicks angrily. It comes close to Rich and lightning flashes around him. He prays and it disappears. Rich tries to get free and manages to do so after a few days. Well, not completely. He wakes up and finds a pig feeding on a man’s body. A girl comes into the hold. It’s Isabella. Isabella tells him that they are both dead and they are in Hell. She is here to save him from the Devil before he comes back. The Monster comes back and shreds her alive as she tries to leave. Rich is still chained to the wall.

Someone comes to give him water. It’s the nemesis, False-Locke, the Black Smoke Monster. The Monster says that he is in Hell. Before it frees him from his bonds, he asked Rich to help him. He wants him to help kill the Devil so that they can escape.

Rich has a bite to eat. He wants Rich to go to the statue and kill the Devil with the knife it hands him. The Nemesis says that he is the Black Smoke Monster. The Devil took his body and his wife. This is the knife that was used to stab False-Locke and it did nothing.

When he arrives at the foot of the statue, Jacob takes him out pretty easily. He’s got the knife now. He drags Rich into the water and pretends to drown him a few times. It’s kind of like a fake-baptism. Jacob wants to talk with him. He brought the ship to the Island.

Jacob tells him that the Island is a cork that keeps the evil where it should belong. Otherwise, it will spread. He has brought many people to the Island to prove a point to his nemesis. They are all dead. Jacob never interferes much because he doesn’t want to step in. He wants Rich to be his intermediary between the people who are brought to the Island and him. After a few tries, Rich says that he wants to live forever, that way he won’t die and go to Hell. Jacob says that he can do this. He touches Rich and the deed is done.

Rich gives a stone to the Black Smoke Monster. It understands what Jacob has done, but if he ever wants to take him up on his offer, he should come see him. Before he disappears, the Nemesis gives him his wife’s cross, which Rich buries.

In the present, Rich comes to find the cross that he buried 150 years ago. He says that he changed his mind. He calls for the Nemesis. He asks if the offer still stands. Hurley appears. He was talking Spanish to Isabella. He says that Rich’s wife sent him. Hurley says that Isabella is standing right next to him. Hurley tells him to close his eyes. Rich starts to hear her speaking. She says that it was her time to die. She wants him to stop suffering. Rich puts on her cross. She tells him to stop the man in black from leaving the Island. If he doesn’t, they will all go to Hell.

In the past, Jacob and his nemesis talk on a log. He tells him as long as he’s alive, the nemesis won’t be able to leave the Island. The nemesis says that it will be sooner than he thinks.

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Author: range

I'm mathematician/IT strategist/blogger from Canada living in Taipei.

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