During last night’s episode of “Lost” entitled “Across the Sea” we got a new perspective on the island and its oldest dwellers Jacob and the Man in Black. There were no inconsistent flash sideaways or choppy editing to break up the continuity, it was just a straight, linear story. We found out that Jacob isn’t as innocent as we thought and the origins of the Smoke Monster were finally revealed…

The Players:

The Show’s 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: “Across the Sea” Season 6: Episode 15

Jacob and the Man in Black are the focus of “Across the Sea,” which covers their birth, childhood, adulthood, and one of their deaths. We learn that the light and dark duo are twins who were raised by an “adoptive” maternal figure who murdered their biological mother Claudia shortly after she gave birth. From that point on the story sets up their paths as one chooses to bask in the mysteries of the island and the other tries to run away from them.

The Good:

  • The Twins: We discover that Jacob and the Man in Black are twins, which is interesting considering one of the actors (Welliver) looks slightly older than the other (Pelligrino). And the symbolism between the two is very heavy handed from birth with the light and dark colored blankets all the way to the black and white outfits they sport throughout their lives.
  • The Cave of Light: They introduced this special Cave of Light that everyone wants to get a piece of. It’s the central part of the island and one of its biggest treasures. I kind of wanted to see what was on the inside besides an extreme glow but they never showed it.
  • Allison Janney: The award winning actress did a great job of playing Jacob and the Man in Black’s “mother”. She was an early inhabitant of the island who was brought there for a reason but we wonder where she came from.
  • The Smoke Monster: Apparently when you get thrown into the Cave of Light it chews you up and spits you out in the form of a Smoke Monster. Also we learned that the Man in Black died ages ago at the hand of Jacob and the Smoke Monster’s been replicating his dead body every since.
  • Adam/Eve: At the end of the episode they inter-cut scenes from one of the earlier seasons where Jack found the play stones and the bodies of  “Mother” and the Man in Black. It was a nice touch even though somewhat obvious.

The Confusing:

  • Jacob CAN Harm his Brother: We thought Jacob couldn’t kill or hurt his brother? He kicked his ass twice in this episode and threw him into the Cave of Light, where he probably suffered a horrible death before arising as the Smoke Monster.
  • The Name Game: We can understand Claudia not knowing she was pregnant with twins because of the time period she lived in BUT do the writers honestly expect us to believe that she didn’t have 3 or 4 back up names on stand by for Jacob? She could have given one of those to the Man in Black so he could finally have one. We’ve never heard of any expectant mother who doesn’t have a few options to choose from in that department.
  • Is The Man in Black all that bad?: Before he killed his “mother” he was already set up to be a failure and Jacob to be the golden child. All he wanted was to go back to where he came from and he got his head bashed in for it. It sounds like he was groomed to be evil from day one.


During “Across the Sea” a lot of questions were answered regarding Jacob and the Man in Black’s roots. We also discovered what the island is REALLY hiding, which could be the essence of man, the secret of life, or the most dangerous weapon on the planet in the Cave of Light. With only two more episodes to go we’re ready to learn who will take Jacob’s place as the island’s protector and whether or not the Man in Black will finally get escape.

Rating: 9/10

Show Airs: Tuesdays at 9pm on ABC


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What did you think of last night’s episode of Lost? Did you pick up on anything I missed?