'LOST: Recap – 'Ab Aeterno.'"

After watching LOST's newest episode revolving around the mysterious Richard Alpert I did something I've never done before in my 5 years of LOST watching... I hit the restart button on my DVR and immediately watched it a second time. 'Ab Aeterno' meaning 'since the beginning' was so fantastic I can't think of all the words to describe just how fantastic I thought it was. From the word ‘GO!’ things were good, Richard's declaration that everyone on the island is dead and in Hell blew my mind! Though we are pretty sure the island is not hell it does spark the entire purgatory debate again! Oh LOST how you keep my wheels a turning.'

Several things from 'Ab Aeterno' stuck out in my mind. One being the dagger that the Man In Black (MIB) gave to Richard to kill Jacob. He said exactly what Dogen told Sayid in "Sundown" - don't let him speak just stab him in the chest before he can do anything! It's odd isn't it that the same tactic was employed to possibly kill Fake Locke? It didn't work when Sayid stabbed Flocke in the chest and we have no idea if it would have worked on Jacob because his Kung Fu skills were too fast for Richard. But I find that whole dagger/stabbing bit with similar instructions interesting. I want to know more about the dagger. I bet it has an awesome name like "The Dagger of Narnia" or something!

Another piece of LOST's newest episode made me think quite a bit too. When Richard and Jacob are chatting on the beach over a glass of wine (I want one!) Jacob said some good stuff there! Rule number one he doesn't like to interfere! Really? What's all that off island 'touching' you're doing then? When we saw flashbacks last season of Jacob visiting Kate when she was a kid, Sawyer when he was a kid and so on... wasn't that sort of interfering? I'm not sure what his definition of interfering is though.

Dictionary.com defines Interfere in the following way:
verb (used without object),-fered, -fer•ing.
1. to come into opposition, as one thing with another, esp. with the effect of hampering action or procedure (often fol. by with): Constant distractions interfere with work.
2. to take part in the affairs of others; meddle (often fol. by with or in): to interfere in another's life.
3. (of things) to strike against each other, or one against another, so as to hamper or hinder action; come into physical collision.
4. to interpose or intervene for a particular purpose.

I'd call a few of Jacob's actions interfering. One example would be when Jacob distracted Sayid from following Nadia into the busy street where she got hit and killed by a car. I think that falls under "to hamper or hinder action." Another example would be when Jacob sees Kate in the convenience store and tells her "Be good Katie" and touches her on the nose, he did this after she was caught stealing. I think that would fall under "take part in the affairs of others; meddle". Basically I think Jacob may have changed his mind lately. And by lately I mean in the 70's when Kate and Sawyer were kids. I wonder if Jacob decided to step up his game! Maybe something happened to make him think interfering would be a good idea. But what happened? I have NO CLUE! However you want to theorize though I really don't believe Jacob when he says he doesn't interfere. Maybe back when Richard first showed up that's how Jacob felt but not now.

During that beach convo Jacob also said that the Man In Black thinks everyone will sin 'because it is in their very nature to do so.' That totally tripped my Catholic School trigger, setting off some red flags. The nature of human beings to sin is described in the Catholic church as "original sin." This is why we get baptized when we're babies! So we can wash away what those apple lovers Adam & Eve did back in the day! And why did they eat the apple kids?? Because the serpent (aka the devil) tempted them with the juicy fruit. I decided to Wikipedia the devil and found one interesting bit there:

When identified with the term, "Satan" (from Hebrew שָׂטָן, Adversary), the Devil also appears in the heavenly court to challenge Job, with God's permission. This seems to be Satan's primary role- to use whatever guiles he may to cause humans to sin and ultimately cause them to get sent to hell. ~ wikipedia.com

Sounds a lot like someone we know! The Man In Black sure is doing a pretty good job at challenging Jacob and he sure does like getting people on the island to do bad things. So does that make the Island "the Heavenly court"? I know this is not a huge Revelation. Most people theorize that the MIB is the devil but who is Jacob? My guess right now is that he's an Angel. Roll with me here, I think Jacob's job is Angel and guardian of the Island. His replacement has to fill his or her resume with a few years experience on the island, some redemption, a little bit of kindness, the ability to help others and a Bachelors degree. A few of our "candidates" fill several of the same criteria do they not? I wonder if the candidates to take Jacobs place are candidates for Angel status! Probably not, my theories are often wrong.

Of all the things we learned in 'Ab Aeterno' we sure didn't get any clarification on what the island is. When questioning whether or not it's hell or purgatory I find a few glitches. Number one: you can't leave hell or purgatory can you? People have left the island. Richard Alpert left a few times to see John Locke as a baby and as a kid at the foster home and then again when he lured Juliette to the island. Ben Linus had that secret room with all the suits and passports so we know he left regularly. Obviously Jacob left to visit a few of his 'candidates'. I feel like this debunks the hell/purgatory theory because you don't get to leave those places! Or do you? Maybe it's part of your penance. I don't know, that's getting complicated and my head is beginning to hurt! But maybe there's something to this whole "heavenly court" business.

When I Googled "the heavenly court" I saw an interesting link pop up! It was called "Minutes of the Heavenly Court: Soul of David Ricardo." It's a pdf link and when I opened it I started reading a little story about a character named David Ricardo. (RICARDO, we know one of those!!) As you read Mr. Ricardo appears before a magistrate of the heavenly court and in the beginning he's sentenced as a "wanderer". Two hundred years and a couple quick pages of dialogue go by and you see Ricardo tender a "Request for Touching Down" to the magistrate. It looks like Ricardo requested to leave wherever he is (an Island maybe) to touch down on Earth and meddle in peoples BIDNESS. Interesting! If you want to read this here's the link: http://www.invisibleheart.com/Iheart/Choicechaps1-3.pdf

I don't know what significance, if any, this has but I found it quite the co-winky-dink!

At the end of the episode Richard was at the end of his rope! His faith in Jacob had run out and he was ready to dig up Isabella's cross and ask for the MIB to take him on his side. In totally un-Hurley like fashion Hurley stepped in and was in no way funny. This time Hurley had some serious things to discuss, Richards dead wife had been hanging around! I had forgotten about Hurley's ability to see dead people. I think Hurley did a successful job of convincing Richard that he shouldn't join Flocke and that he needed to continue helping Jacobs followers or dude, if you don't 'we're all going to hell'.

What's going to happen from here on out? Will Alpert still side with Jacob or has his blind faith run its course? How does the Man In Black plan on getting off the island? Will Kate and Sawyer join the 'good team' with Jack? We'll just have to wait and see. Until next week my friends!

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Bry Schulz is a writer, photographer, and mother who really hates squash. Not necessarily the game but definitely the vegetable. Email Bry at bry@zoiksonline.com.

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Vince Mireau from Edmonton, Canada said...

The Island is a cork!

I think Hell is beyond and that Richard and Jacob used that language because it would have been familiar to a poor farmer in 1865. The producers have repeatedly denied that the Island is Purgatory and I think the cork image works.

The Island has wicked awesome electromagnetism crazyiness going on from 'below' and I highly doubt that's normal for anything.

As well, the Island-is-a-cork analogy could contribute to the whole dual life thing. There is clearly something from the world beyond at work.

GrahamSayles said...
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GrahamSayles said...

Haven't read your whole passage here just yet but I wanted to put this down before I forgot. You wrote that stabbing "Fake Locke" didn't work. However "Fake Locke" spoke two words before he was stabbed. He said, "Hello Sayid." Therefor stabbing him wouldn't work. Jacob reveals that the dagger would have killed him when he confronts The Man In Black and says, "So you tried to kill me."

I also noticed the thing about 'interfering'. What he meant was once the Candidates are on the Island he doesn't want to interfere. Thats why he manipulated their lives in the past. So that he could bring them to the Island. But after they get to the Island, he stands back and observes to see who is the right candidate.

I don't mean any offense but do you get paid for doing this "recap"? I don't have a Degree in Journalism or anything but I'm sure I could do a far better job. Not in relation to the voice of your writing, but your interpretation of the actual show. Seems your missing a lot of the smaller pieces to this giant puzzle. Again I'm not trying to insult you. I'm just saying it would be a sweet job. If I could get paid to do reviews for a show I actually understand better then a professional writer just tell me where to sign up. I'll even take half the pay!

Anonymous said...

Maybe you should read the whole recap before you insult people Mr. Meanpants. This is a very insightful recap! Good Work!!!! I can't wait to see more.

Anonymous said...

Sir/Mr. Sayles/lost fans

I read this article and felt the need to write a post (which I generally don’t do) in response to several of the postings written thus far…I’ll be honest, in direct response to one particular post. I should begin by saying that I assumed that this forum would be a place in which people would be able to agree or disagree with the writer and/or discuss ideas about this amazing show…unfortunately it seems I was wrong. I cannot fault you, Mr. Sayles, for your differing opinion about the logic of your ‘Jacob interfering’ argument, but I can disagree.

When you stated, “I also noticed the thing about ‘interfering’. What he meant was once the Candidates are on the Island he doesn’t wasn’t to interfere. Thats why he manipulated their lives in the past. So that he could bring them to the Island. But after they get to the Island he stands back and observes to see who is the right candidate.”

I have to say that your statement is just an opinion of what you assume is the general intent of the writers on the show. As is mine, as is everyone else’s who has no association with LOST. Unless you previously stated that you do have prior knowledge of the objectives of the writers, I find that this shows an incredible amount of hubris on your part. Essentially you are presupposing that you do in fact know “what he meant” by making this declaration, when in fact none of us really know the true intent of anyone on the show. This paragraph is then followed by what I assume is a not so veiled (and in point of reference, seemingly really is) intentional knock at Ms. Shultz.

“I don't mean any offense but do you get paid for doing this "recap"? I don't have a Degree in Journalism or anything but I'm sure I could do a far better job. Not in relation to the voice of your writing, but your interpretation of the actual show. Seems your missing a lot of the smaller pieces to this giant puzzle. Again I'm not trying to insult you. I'm just saying it would be a sweet job. If I could get paid to do reviews for a show I actually understand better then a professional writer just tell me where to sign up. I'll even take half the pay!”

Unfortunately sir, when a writer makes a declaration which begins with the phrasing, “I don’t mean any offense but…” the reader can most definitely conclude that the author’s very intent is to insult or offend. This is also reiterated (whether intentionally or not) through your remark, “Again I’m not trying to insult you.” This regrettably appears to be an unusually cruel tactic employed to try to get your point across. This seems very reminiscent of a playground bully on a basketball court who knocks a kid down while shouting, “I CAN DO BETTER THAN YOU!!” In short, leave the insults on the playground and get back to discussing the show…which is obviously what we are all here to do.
By the way, Ms. Shultz, please continue to write this blog. You really have an interesting and funny take on the show…keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

The funny (or dumb however you want to take it) thing about Mr Sayles comment is when he acts like "Duh Jacob means he won't interfere once they're on the island" yet he says "that's why he manipulated their lives in the past". I think he needs to look up manipulated... it might be similar to INTERFERE. Way to prove the point of the writer here!

WaitingForFinale said...

I was interested in the dagger so I did some research and found out it's Roman (from the time of Julius Caesar) and I found a replica as well:
http://www.kingofswords.com/Swords/Movie-Replicas/New-Movie-Swords/The-LOST-Series-Dagger-of-the-Ancients-15-Limited-Edition.html

 
 
 

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