Wow, what an episode! Possibly THE most revealing episode Lost has ever done so far… Absolutely ranks in one of my favourites, and opened my eyes to the talents of Nestor Carbonell.
Where do I even begin? I loved all the recalls of constant ideas & themes! The fact that Richard was sought out by Jacob early on could explain why he was spared in every instance that he was to die; whether by hanging, being speared by the captain or being killed by Smokey. Even with the priest who wouldn’t absolve him of his accidental murder, he ironically makes comment that Ricardo does not have enough time to make up the penance for his sins. At this point, I thought that maybe that’s what Richard was doing all these years living on the island and not dying – earning his forgiveness for murdering the doctor.
I can’t believe that Jacob so “simply” explains what the island is, when that has been one of the biggest questions on everyone’s mind since the pilot episode of this show 6 years ago. Just like that, he reveals that it’s like a cork, blocking the path of evilness so it doesn’t escape to wreak havoc on the rest of the world. That he doesn’t want to intervene but is allowing the people on the island free will and letting them choose the path of good, where Man In Black is constantly in their face with temptation. With Jacob having made contact with the candidates in their pre-Island days, it showed that he saw potential in them. That they may be troubled and misguided, and gave them a second chance to make the right choice and do the right thing to correct & better their lives.
And I have a feeling that the wine is really their “fountain of youth”. Jacob’s drinking it, he offers it to Richard and passes it to MIB to “pass the time” – all three of them haven’t aged. With the smashing of the wine jug, it only means that MIB has probably got some catastrophic means to his ends. He’ll do whatever it takes, breaking the rules, starting a war, to get off the island. And if killing Jacob & his successors is how he can get off the island, I have a sinking feeling that some of our favourite candidates are going to meet their maker before the series is done.
I wonder though, does Richard actually switch sides? The way the episode leaves off, I would say maybe not… but that encounter with Isabella might just make him want to be with her even more. And if we go by my guess that the “Last Supper” photo is any indication how loyalties will fall, it means that Richard is going to side with MIB… but then, as is Ilana? That seems unlikely, unless she just follows Richard.
In one episode, not only do the writers tell the life story of the mysterious Richard Alpert, but they manage to also explain the origin of the Black Rock and the statue and, basically, the whole premise of the show. Brilliant.
It’s bittersweet really… all the answers we’ve been waiting for all these years, but now that this episode has happened, it seems like a precursor to the finale… 7 new episodes left until the series finale. To me, this episode felt like the beginning of the end. They’ve touched on the big mystery and the rest of the episodes will culminate to said climatic war, and wrapping up the show.