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