Sunday, April 25, 2010

TV Geek Out 143: Lost, "Ab Aeterno"

"Ab Aeterno" was one of the most-hyped and anticipated episodes of Lost's final season, and it turned out to be one of the best. We finally learned the history of the mysterious Richard Alpert, and Nestor Carbonell made the most of this spotlight, giving Alpert's journey from an accidental murderer to Jacob's representative the gravity it needed. "Ab Aeterno" also gave viewers more insight into the long-simmering feud between Jacob and the Man in Black, making clear that their disagreement isn't just moral -- it's personal. Free of flash-sideways and an extra six minutes long, the episode felt as much like a stand-alone short movie as it did a part of Lost, delivering gorgeous atmosphere and cinematography as well as answers. We now know that the island is a cork keeping MIB's darkness in check, but just how bad will it be if he unstops the bottle? How good can Jacob really be if he brings people to the island against their will and offers little, if any, help for them to make good decisions? Dana, Perry and Heather discuss these topics and more here.

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