Posts Tagged ‘Jacob
If that was a set up episode then it was the best one ever. I don’t think it was a set up episode, it seemed more like it was part one of the finale. I can barely even count all the things that happened tonight.
First of all the surviving Candidates mobilized and decided to follow the plan to kill “Locke”. Finally they’ve stopped trying to escape.
Secondly Ben is in the position of a lifetime. He’s conning the most powerful being on the Island. This is what he was meant to do. Unfortunately to get to this place Richard probably had to die, and Ben had to kill Widmore (not a big loss). But he’s got himself a front-row seat and a position of pivotal power. I am thrilled about what he managed to do in this episode.
Then Jacob showed up and answered questions, and appointed a replacement. I didn’t see this coming at all. Who knew that would happen before the finale. Jacob had one of my favorite speeches in a very long time. He finally explained to these fools that they belong on the Island, they had nothing left in the real world. I’ve said this forever.
Off the Island things really kicked into high gear. In what was possibly the best choreographed flash-sideways yet, Desmond started two sets of dominoes that resulted in Ben getting matched up with Rousseau, Locke giving into to fate and finally agreeing to Jack’s surgery, and finally Desmond started inviting/coercing people like Hurley, Kate and Sayid into going to the most anticipated concert of the year. This concert looks like it’s going to be the place to be in the finale.
This episode blew me away. If it was Richard’s last episode than that’s unfortunate. Regardless, this episode accomplished a lot. If this is anything like what the finale will be like, I don’t think I’ll have any trouble giving it a perfect ten. As for this episode I think it warrants a 9.0/10.0
Jimmy Kimmel had this hilarious video on his show the other night. He does a big intro, who really cares about that, then he ques up this video featuring Jacob and Esau. It looks like it was filmed on the Lost set while both the actors were still in their costumes. It’s quite clever.
In some ways we’ve been waiting for this episode since the Pilot. We all wanted to see the flashback of the beginning. Of course we were wrong, there was no beginning. People have always been on the Island, evidently. Or at least the beginning is too boring to talk about. The point is that there is no grand genesis account. The Island is Special, but not special enough to be defined. As we already knew, it has some crazy energy on it.
We may have wanted an Island flashback of the very beginning for a long time, but we’ve only wanted a Jacob/Esau flashback for one season. But it seems like we’ve been waiting forever. So we got it, and it wasn’t that impressive. Jacob and Esau weren’t Cabbage Patch Kids that sprang out of a plant on the Island. They weren’t Egyptian gods. They weren’t Cain and Abel (specifically, probably there are some references to Cain and Abel). Neither of them are demons (well, probably not). They were just humans with the same origin, but two diverging paths. Jacob got to be the Island’s Guardian and Esau got to have a fate worse than death. He couldn’t die, so now he’s a fancy cloud of smoke.
I can’t pretend that I wasn’t disappointed with this episode. It was kinda like turning left at an intersection when you’re supposed to turn right. But before you even get a chance to do a U-turn you realize it’s a cul-de-sac. You follow the roundabout thinger, and then you’re kinda going in the right direction again. Then you finally get to the intersection where you started and you realized you spend most of your time going nowhere. If you had just turned right in the beginning it would have been a lot easier. This episode made it looks like both Jacob and Esau were headed in strange directions, but then at the end they got back on the paths that we knew they were on. This episode wasn’t a waste of time, but it certainly wasn’t a great use of it, especially when there’s so little time left. 4.0/10.0
The first time I watched this episode I was half asleep and jet-lagged. I managed to miss most of the extremely obvious Biblical connotations. But when I wrote this post and watched it again it took me almost three hours to finish it. I had to keep on pausing, rewinding and rewatching those crazy scenes with all my favorite characters.
I want to give a big high five to all the Lost community, for once we were almost completely right as a group about a backstory. The Richard backstory has been on our minds for a long time, and looking back we guessed a lot of it right. So kudos to you and me and all your friends for finally getting a theory right.
This episode was about Richard, but when you analyze the episode it was the Jacob/Smokey struggle that really stood out. This episode clearly defined what’s been going on between those two for hundreds of years. That conversation back in the Season 5 finale is now completely understood.
The Biblical parallels are extremely obvious and that shouldn’t shock anyone. In stories with supernatural good vs. evil characters most people think first of the Genesis account and the subsequent struggles between God and the Devil. Of course we’ve all been distracted by the Egyptian overtones, but looking back we should have seen their relative positions coming.
The first part of the episode dealt with Ilana a little. She got a fake little flashback. Then Jack had a little bit of fun, you can see how every time you see him he’s slowly transforming into a willing Candidate. Then at the end of the episode we got a great scene with Hurley and Richard and a ghost. I really believe that Hurley is becoming the prime Candidate. He’s just too good at this stuff.
This episode was just terrific. The only complaint I have is that the wine metaphor was really bad. Besides that it was perfect. You should no by now how much I love it when they depart from the regular Lost format. 10.0/10.0
Well that’s a rarity, a happy Lost episode. I shouldn’t really call it happy. It was probably melancholy at best. But still, at the end I was feeling extremely happy. That hasn’t happened on Lost in years, since The Constant.
We saw some great guest stars, all relating to Ben, of course. We saw Alex, and this time it was actually her; Roger, the nice version; and Widmore, coming to cause trouble, no doubt.
Poor Richard was feeling suicidal, but Jack was there, as usual, to brighten the mood. They had a very interesting talk and in the end Jack managed to share some of his faith with Richard.
That Ben/Ilana face-off scene was one of the most gratifying moments in Lost history. It might have even been worth an Emmy for Michael Emerson. And having Ilana give him another chance was just too great. Ben chose the right side. Who knew the writers would redeem Ben this early into the final season.
The final scene at the beach was very obviously a throw-back to the season 1/2/3 endings. The beach people doing menial duties, the slow motion, the soundlessness, the slowly triumphant music, the reunion on the beach. At least this time there weren’t any awkward hugs with Red-shirts.
I really enjoyed this episode. The Jack and Richard stuff was great, it showed that Jack is actually progressing towards his destiny. But this wasn’t a Jack episode or a Richard episode, it was about Ben. And for once Ben didn’t do what he thought he had to do. He actually changed, I never really believed that this guy was going to change. As Jacob would say “just progress”. For some very surprising progress and a happy ending I’ll give this episode a 8.0/10.0.