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Getting Lost: Ab Aeterno

It’s time for another installment of “Getting Lost,” where John S takes you through all the salient questions from last night’s episode of Lost:

Well, let’s start with the obvious: What exactly does “Ab Aeterno”—the title of last night’s episode—mean? Come on, you can’t Google it? Apparently, it can be loosely translated as “from the beginning of time,” “from eternity,” “from the everlasting,” etc. Basically, it means some shit is really, really old, as we discover in this episode that Richard Alpert has looked more or less the same for over 140 years.

Speaking of which, were people really still calling America “the New World” in 1867? I mean, the United States was pushing 100 at that point, and Europe had known about the continent for almost four centuries… Yeah, that part of the episode didn’t ring all that true to me. On the whole, I was a little wary of the entire Canary Island part of Richard’s story. Richard is an important character in terms of the Island’s overall mythology—and he’s almost always a good addition to a scene or episode, despite not always getting a lot of chances to shine, as he did two weeks ago in his dynamite scene—but he’s not really a character at the emotional center of the story. We didn’t meet him until Season Three, and we didn’t know much about his character until, really, this season.

And, unlike a lot of viewers, I really wasn’t especially interested in the whole “Richard doesn’t age” phenomenon. I didn’t really need a whole episode devoted to explaining it, since the supernatural is such an ingrained part of Lost by now. So centering an entire episode around Richard—with pretty much none of the main characters—was a rather bold move. People generally hated an episode like “The Other 48 Days” from Season Two for the same reason. Continue reading

Getting Lost: Sundown

It’s time for another installment of “Getting Lost,” where John S takes you through all the salient questions from last night’s episode of Lost:

Wrong again, John, wrong again… How do you mean, exactly?

Well, for one, you predicted this week’s episode would be about Sun/Jin. Yeah, I was wrong about that, and I knew it ahead of time. I still think my reasoning made sense, though.

And you said Dogen would survive. Yeah, well, er, whoops. I did say that I didn’t think Locke 2.0 or Claire would kill him, so I was right on that one. Who knew that Sayid, the resurrected Iraqi torturer who had “a darkness growing in him,” would end up siding with Locke 2.0? Who could have seen that one coming?

And you thought Locke 2.0 wasn’t necessarily the Bad Guy, and now he’s slaughtering people by the dozens again. Look, I made some mistakes, OK? Chill out, nobody’s perfect.

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