In last night’s episode of “Lost” entitled, “Ab Aeterno” we finally got some insight as to who the hell Richard Alpert really is. The character has been a mystical, anti-aging staple on the series for years yet no one really knew where he came from or how he got to the island. Besides Jacob and the Man in Black you could say he’s the most confusing character on the show, but in this episode we finally got a backstory on Richard and his mysterious past.

The Players:

  • Director: Tucker Gates
  • Writers/Creators: Melinda Hsu Taylor, Greggory Nations, Damon Lindelof, Jeffrey Lieber, J.J. Abrams
  • Cast: Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly, Josh Holloway, Jorge Garcia, Daniel Dae Kim, Terry O’Quinn, Michael Emerson, Yunjin Kim, Nestor Carbonell, Jeff Fahey, Zuleikha Robinson, Titus Welliver, Mark Pellegrino

The Shows Plot:

“Lost” centers on the survivors of the ill fated Oceanic Flight 815 who crashed on a mysterious island. They fight the elements, the island’s mysteries, and each other while trying to survive in uncharted territory.

Title of this Week’s Episode: “Ab Aeterno” Season 6: Episode 9

Richard Alpert has lost all faith in Jacob when he realizes that everything he’s believed over the years has been a lie. His doubts teeter him on aligning himself with the Man in Black whom he met when he first came to the island. The majority of the episode follows his journey from the Canary Islands in the 1860s to his life as a representative of Jacob.

The Good:

  • Richard/Ricardus/Ricardo: Of course, Richard had to be the highlight of this episode and boy has that man been through the ringer. He accidentally kills a man, his wife dies, he’s sold into slavery, trapped on an abandoned ship, and given eternal life in a very short period of time. No wonder he went semi crazy at the beginning of the episode.
  • Jacob’s Reasoning: We finally got a black and white answer as to why Jacob continues to bring people to the island, and why the Man in Black needs to stay. Apparently, he wants to corrupt the world with evil just to prove that man is naturally fallible.
  • Man in Black Speech: Did anyone notice how the Man in Black gave Richard the exact warning that Dogen gave Sayid when he told him to kill Pseudo-Locke? Interesting.
  • The Island is Hell: I liked that the writers tackled the “Island is Hell” theory that’s been floating around regarding the castaways location. At first Richard blatantly said it was Hell, then Jacob said it wasn’t, but then later Hurley said if Richard doesn’t stop the Man in Black they’d all go there so maybe it’s purgatory?
  • Clever Title: The title of this week’s show sent plenty of people searching for its meaning which translates to “from the everlasting” or “from eternity,” and in Richard’s case that’s a literal correlation between his life and the island. It also refers to something being created outside of conventional time, which would explain the alternate universe flashsideways we’ve been dealing with this season.

The Bad:

  • Less Current Footage: Even though I loved seeing more of Richard’s history, 90 percent of the episode was filled with flashbacks. Only the beginning and the end had present day dialogue and even the very end featured a flashback between Jacob and the Man in Black.


Richard Alpert’s story actually  answered a major question that we needed answered in “Lost” lore. Why does Jacob bring people to the island and why does the Man in Black want to leave so bad? We know what each of them is up to, the next question is how did they get to the place where one controls the other’s freedom? I’d like to see an episode completely centered on Jacob and the Man in Black, which I’m assuming will happen near the finale.

Rating: 9/10

Show Airs: Tuesdays at 9pm on ABC


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What are your theories on this week’s episode of Lost? What did you pick up that I overlooked?