Ab Aeterno

March 30, 2010

By Katelyn

Despite my love for Richard, Ab Aeterno was hands down the best episode so far this season!

Before this episode aired, I compiled a list of questions I hoped would be answered about Richard.  And most of them where…

  • How old is he?
    • I’m not exactly sure how old he is but he has been on the island since 1867, which means he has been on the island for 140 years.
  • Where did he come from?
    • Ricardo originally lived on Tenerife; part of the Canary Islands
  • Why did Jacob allow for him to never age?
    • Jacob asks Richard if there is anything he can do for him and Richard says he wants his wife back.  When Jacob admits he cannot bring his wife back from the dead, Richard then asks to be absolved of his sins so he won’t go to Hell.  Jacob says he cannot do that either.  So Richard then asks to be grated an eternal life so he can never die and go to Hell.
  • Who brought him to the island?
    • Jacob brought him to the island via the Black Rock to prove to the Man in Black that people can be good by nature.
  • What is his purpose on the island?
    • Richard’s purpose on the island is to be Jacob’s representative, an intermediary to the people Jacob brings to the island.
  • Why can’t he take Jacob place and protect the island?
    • It doesn’t seem like Richard is in the running to become Jacobs successor.  He was probably meant to continue his representative role.
  • Does he really know everything?
    • According to Ilana, Richard knows what to do next because Jacob told her so.  However, Richard begs to differ.
  • What brand eyeliner does he use?

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It’s Richard Alpert Time!

March 23, 2010

By Katelyn

So, as we all know, tonight’s episode is centered about my beloved, Richard Alpert.

I find Richard to be such a fascinating character (and a gorgeous one) and there is just so much I wish to know about him!  These are the questions I would love to see answered:

  1. How old is he?
  2. Where did he come from?
  3. Why did Jacob allow for him to never age?
  4. What is the point of him never aging?
  5. Who brought him to the island?
  6. What is his purpose on the island?
  7. Why can’t he take Jacob place and protect the island?
  8. Does he really know everything?
  9. What brand eyeliner does he use?

I would also like to point out that the name of tonight’s episode is Ab Aeterno, which is Latin for “since the beginning of time.”  Perhaps, Richard has been on the island since the beginning of time… or at least since the beginning of this time of “war” on the island?

I’m really hoping these questions, as well as all the rest, will really begin to get answered!  We’re running out of time!


Top 5 Men of Lost

March 23, 2010

By Katelyn

I had a hard time determining the Top 5 Men of Lost.  This is mostly because all of the characters are so different that I wasn’t sure exactly how to rate them.  But after careful consideration of every aspect, I have compiled a list.

This list is based on the Lost characters rather than the actors.  I took into consideration the Lostie’s dress, attitude, personality and actions as well as physical appearance.

Here we go!

Runner Up: James “Sawyer” Ford – Sawyer definitely would have made it higher up on the list if this had been made before season 6.  For five seasons, we basked in the glory that was Sawyer’s tan, chiseled abs but suddenly that has all ended.  Lately those abs have been hidden behind Dharma jumpsuits and actual shirts!  Once Sawyer goes back to being shirtless then maybe I can reconsider this list!

5.  Charlie Pace & Daniel Faraday – I couldn’t just pick one of them… they’re both just so attractive in their own ways!  Charlie is the bad boy rocker who also has a heart of gold!  His personality after he sobered up was just so endearing!  I have found Charlie attractive since the pilot aired… there just something about a guy in jeans, hoodie, and checkered Vans playing the guitar that I can’t resist!  Then there is Daniel Faraday!  Frankly, how can you not love him?!  He’s so nerdy and adorable!  And I just love the tie!

4.  Jack Shephard – Besides Grey’s Anatomy, Jack is the hottest surgeon I’ve ever saw!  He definitely has a gorgeous body and some strange, but still hot, tattoos.  I’m also incredibly attracted to Jack’s determination.  Jack never gives up without a fight and I really believe he wants to help the island–who knows, maybe he will be the one to take Jacob’s place?!  All I know is, I sure am glad he shaved off that hideous beard!  I love beards but seriously?!

3.  Jacob – We know next to nothing about Jacob besides that he is older than dirt but doesn’t look a day over 30 and that he likes to weave tapestry, but I am still incredibly attracted to this Man of Mystery.  I love his beach-ready tunics and his primal fishing techniques.  I love his secretiveness.  I love his eyes, which look so honest that I couldn’t help but trust and obey his every word.  But most of all, I love his beef with “Loophole Guy.”  There is nothing more attractive than a man that is willing to sacrifice it all for something he believes in.

2.  Desmond Hume – Desmond definitely has the most versatile wardrobe out of any of the Losties.  We’ve seen him in running gear, sailing apparel, the Dharma jumpsuit, and his post-island metrosexual threads.  I have always been attracted to Desmond for his accent and because of his relationship with Penny Widmore.  They are just too cute for words.  Nothing could break them up–not jail time, not a crazy island, and definitely not a psycho man by the name of Charles Widmore!  Like I said about Jacob, there’s nothing more attractive than a man who will sacrifice everything for what he loves… and that’s exactly what he does for Penny.  I’ll never stop asking myself, “Where’s my Desmond Hume?!”

1. Richard Alpert – Richard Alpert, and all of his eyeliner glory, is definitely the most attractive man living on the island!  If this list was determined on wardobe alone then Richard would still be number one.  Richard has the “business casual” look down to a tee and some people might think he’s over doing it for island-wear but I love it.  Who would have thought there was a dry cleaner on the island?!  But the main reason Richard Alpert is this island’s top hottie is because he does not age!  So Richard will always and forever be this beautiful!  Thank you, Jacob for making him this way!


The Substitute

February 17, 2010

By Katelyn

I’m nervous.  When Ben and Richard both don’t know what’s going on, I get this uneasy feeling in the pit of my stomach.  I hate it even more when a beat-up looking Richard is running skittishly around the jungle frantically trying to give Sawyer advice.  I just don’t like it one bit.

Here were a few things that I found interesting about The Substitute…

  • If Jacob and Richard were homies than why didn’t Richard know that Jacob was seeking candidates for his replacement?  And why was Jacob looking for a replacement to protect the island?  Jacob is nearly a million years old even though he doesn’t look a day over 30, so was he just preparing to kick the bucket?  Or was he planning to leave the island?
  • The “candidate cave” was really exciting for me.  I was expecting that we would never hear anything about the numbers ever again.  But surprise surprise, here they are!  And even more exciting, each number corresponds to one of our Losties which apparently are all candidates!  John Locke is 4, Hugo Reyes is 8, James Ford is 15, Sayid Jarrah is 16, Jack Shephard is 23, and one or both of the Kwons are 42 (personally, I think 42 referred to Sun).
  • Nothing against Sawyer, he’s great (especially with his shirt off), but he is not the brightest bulb.  So how was it that Sawyer was the only person who saw Flocke for what he really was–a fake Locke?  There were a lot of people that spent time with Flocke, why did no one catch on earlier?!
  • In the new world, Benjamin Linus is a teacher?!  I hope he lectures his students with that creepy voice and blank stare!
  • And I know Annie is really upset about this one… we’re three episodes into season six and we have yet to see Sawyer shirtless.  At least he is out of the Dharma jumpsuit now.  Hopefully he’ll loose the shirt soon too.

Overall, I wasn’t too impressed with this episode.  There was no suspense.  There was no conflict.  We didn’t even get to see most of our favorite Losties this week like Jack, Kate, and Hurley.  I would have also liked to see Sayid, you know, to make sure he stopped crying.  I suppose this episode was intended to start answering questions and tying up loose ends so we should be glad!  Maybe the time for questions really is over!  But it still just didn’t live up to my expectations!

I am, however, anxious to see how everyone’s alternative lives turn out!


Richard: I watched them all die.

February 7, 2010

By Katelyn

It has been several days since the season premiere of Lost and I still cannot get it my head around what is happening.

While sitting in my 3-hour block class the other night I remembered something that Richard Alpert said towards the end of season five.  From what I remember, he told Sun that he watched her husband die.  So I decided to look up the quote and go from there…

This scene took place in episode 05×15 Follow the Leader:

<Sun shows Richard a Dharma photograph from 1977>

SUN: These people… Jack Shephard, Kate Austen, Hugo Reyes. They were here with my husband, Jin Kwon. Were you here? Do you remember them? Any of them?

RICHARD: Yes, I was here. Thirty years ago. And I do. I remember these people. I remember… meeting them. Very clearly, because… I watched them all die.

So my question is, when did Richard watch them die?

I’m reading a lot of theories online regarding Richard’s statement and I am no closer to grasping an idea of when Richard saw them die.

A lot of people are saying that Richard believes they died during the bomb explosion.  I disagree.  I suppose Richard could have been saying it for dramatic effect but he specifically said “watched them” and there is no way Richard could have been close enough to the Swan site at the time of the explosion.  He left Jack and Sayid in the tunnels carrying/dragging the unconscious body of Eloise Hawking so I highly doubt he had time to follow them.  Also, if he was within seeing distance of the Swan site during the event he would have also died.  But, for fun, let’s just say Richard was lurking in the trees during the explosion and lived to tell the tale… wouldn’t he have noticed that they disappeared into thin air, not died?!

The other popular theory that I’ve been reading was that they were killed in the purge of the Dharma by the hostiles.  I also disagree with this.  This theory just seems absurd to me.  By this point in time, Richard has been able to interact with some of our Losties and he knows they are special and clearly not part of the Dharma Initiative.  Richard is a smart man and I don’t believe he would allow the extermination of them.

So since I disagree with both of these, you probably want to know what I think.  No?  Too bad.  I have two theories, myself.  The first one has to do with the alternate dimensions.  Thanks to Miles and his ability to talk Juliet after she died, the island Losties are somewhat aware that “it worked.”  And assuming that “it” refers to the bomb resetting time and allowing Oceanic Flight 815 to land safely at LAX, the island Losties should soon be realizing that there are two of each of them walking around out there.  Maybe the only way for them to get back to their lives in the real world is to kill themselves.  I don’t know, maybe that sounds just as absurd as the other theories.  But my last theory is definitely the best!  I think we don’t have all the information yet to be able to figure out what Richard means… we’re just going to have to wait and see!

Don’t agree with me?  Good.  We’d love to hear what you have to say.  How and when do you think Richard sees them die?


Hurley Knows What’s Up

April 24, 2009

By Annie

I need to start off by saying that I’m incredibly happy that Hurley brought up Back to the Future when talking to Miles about all the time travel confusion.  Who called it?  Oh that’s right, I did.

Hurley

Hurley waiting to disappear, Back to the Future style.

Anyway, this episode was a little confusing for me.  As Katelyn brought up, how did Sayid manage to not kill Ben?  He looked pretty dead to me in that last episode.  And frankly, I refuse to believe that Sayid can fail to kill anyone.  It has to be some kind of crazy island trickery.

That said, I’m glad that a few questions were FINALLY answered during this episode, “Whatever happens, happens.”  We found out what Sawyer said to Kate right before he made that heroic leap out of the helicopter.  And we found out where Kate left Aaron when she decided to return to the island with the rest of her group.  Both of these were major questions of mine.  I obviously have many more, which I will elaborate on in a later post.

Another thing I’m glad about is that we’re seeing significantly less of Jack in most of these episodes.  It’s not that I dislike Jack (though he has been quite PMS-y lately), but he pretty much stole the show in the earlier seasons, and it’s about time that Sawyer got his time in the spotlight.

Now all we have to do is wonder what good ol’ Richard Alpert has up his sleeves and marvel in the badass-ness that is John Lock (oh, how I’ve missed him!)


Sayid Fails?!

April 24, 2009

By Katelyn

Sayid Jarrah is an all around badass.  He was a torturer and communications officer in the Iraqi Republican Guard.  For heaven’s sake, he broke some dude’s neck with his feet!

Once he was off the island, Sayid began working as an assasin for Ben (and sporting a ponytail).  Sayid had no problem killing anyone he needed to.  He never failed at a mission.

He never failed at a mission until his most recent one.  Young Benjamin Linus was finally a match for him.

Sayid shoots young Ben at close range and Ben happens to live… seriously?!  The island’s second biggest badass (second to John Locke) fails to kill a little boy?  Is Benjamin Linus the new “boy who lived”?

I know Miles said that this is the present day for all of the “Losties” (we’ll just call them that) but it is the past for all the Dharma folk so technically no matter what the Losties do to the Dharmas they can never change the future.  But come on… Sayid is a badass.  He’s supposed to be able to kill anyone!

Bottom Line:  Sayid really let me down.

I am curious, however, how Richard Alpert and his eyeliner are going to save young Ben and what exactly he meant by “taking away his innocence”.