Thursday, March 25, 2010
Lost 6.9, "Ab Aeterno"
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I'm going to make this short, both because I'm more interested in what you guys think about this episode, and because I'm left with more bewilderment than actual opinions.
And it's not the dense Lost mythology that's got me nonplussed, this time. It's just I've been reading reviews of "Ab Aeterno" (which, by the way, sounds like the lost Clint Mansell score for 300), each of them more glowing than the last. And I'm really not trying to be contrary when I say that I completely don't get it.
I'm not going to pretend that I was on pins and needles for the famed History of Richard Alpert episode. I get it, he doesn't age and seems to know things. But we'd already found out that much of what we'd taken for knowing mysteriousness was actually just cluelessness and blind faith in Jacob. I'm not sure what was left for Richard's story to tell us. And after seeing it, I don't think we got much. Yes, the Smoke Monster is an entity clad in black who needs to be corked up on the island lest he get out in the world and...do something. But have we really learned anything about the nature of Jacob and the Man in Black? Or what the endgame for the Lostaways will be?
Which leaves us with the flashback story of Richard the penitent Spaniard. And in the grand tradition of 70% of the flashbacks in the history of this show, I could not have given less of a shit. Richard's plight trod the footsteps of other stories this show has done (he was a prisoner like Kate, haunted by the memory of his deceased beloved like Sayid, and is whinily self-pitying like Desmond), none of which I found compelling in their original iterations. And I'm sorry, but Nestor Carbonell's hysterical, pitched performance was something of an embarrassment.
So...what am I missing? Am I just being crabby? Looking for different things on this show? Underestimating the story revelations in this episode? Help me out.