What I Liked:
- Well, now we know who Adam and Eve are.
- I enjoyed the performances by Ryan Bradford (Boy in Black), Mark Pellegrino (Jacob) and Titus Welliver (MIB)
What I Didn’t Like:
- Let’s just pretend this episode never happened. There have been bad episodes of Lost before (The Jack tattoo one for example) and “Across the Sea” wasn’t a bad episode – well-filmed, acted, nice little Aesop fable (sans a moral) – but I don’t think I’ve ever been more disappointed in an episode of Lost. Listen, I’m a huge Lost apologist. Even episodes that my friends have hated, I’ve been able to find a redeeming quality in but “Across the Sea” just left me baffled. If this was episode three of the final season, I might not have been that perturbed by this episode but at this late stage of the game (two episodes left), this episode left me with so many questions that a) I think are important and b) I’m 85% sure we won’t get the answer to. At no point during “Across The Sea” are the motivations of Mother (Allison Janney) EVER made clear and since her actions appear to be the driving force for the entire battle between Jacob and MIB, I find that to be extremely problematic. At the end of the episode, I commiserated with MIB because we both have no idea why he’s not allowed to leave the island. Jacob and MIB represent the two types of Lost fans: those who are willing to accept the show despite its flaws for love (Jacob) and those who want answers and, in not getting them, get frustrated and get angry (MIB). After tonight, I think I’m rooting for MIB.
- There was too much information we were just supposed to take at face value (“You’re Special.”; “I’ve made it so you can never hurt each other.”)
- Allison Janney’s Latin-by-way-of-South-Dakota made me laugh
- The fact that Jacob was always wearing white and BIB/MIB was always in…well…black was a little heavy-handed even for Lost
Lines of the Night:
- “I only picked one name.” – Claudia upon discovering she was having two babies
- “Jacob told you what I found.”
“Of course he did. Jacob doesn’t know how to lie. He’s not like you.”
“Why, what am I like?”
“You’re special.” - Mother and Boy In Black
- “What’s dead?”
“Something you will never have to worry about.” – BIB and Mother
- “Because they’re dangerous and I didn’t want to frighten you.”
“What makes them dangerous?”
“The same thing that makes all men dangerous. They come, they fight, they destroy, they corrupt. It always ends the same.” – Jacob and Mother about the other people on the island
- “Does that mean that we can hurt each other?”
“I’ve made it so you can never hurt each other.” – BIB and Mother
- “What’s in there?”
“Light. The warmest, brightest light you’ve ever seen or felt. And we must make sure that no one ever finds it.”
“Yes it is, and that’s why they want it. Because a little bit of this very same light is in every man. But they always want more.”
“Can they take it?”
“No, but they will try. And if they try, they can put it out. And if the light goes out here, it goes out everywhere. And so I’ve protected this place, but I can’t protect if forever.”
“Then who will?”
“It will have to be one of you.” – MIB, Mother and Jacob about the Cave of Light
- “He said you killed our mother. Is that true?”
“Yes. If I had let her live, she would have taken you back to her people and those people are bad, Jacob, very bad. I couldn’t let you become one of them. I needed you to stay good.” – Jacob and Mother
- “Why do you watch us, Jacob?”
“I watch because, I want to know if Mother is right.”
“Right about what?”
“Oh, you mean my people. You want to know if they’re bad. That woman may be insane, but she is most definitely right about that.”
“I don’t know. They don’t seem so bad to me.”
“Well that’s easy for you to say, looking down from above. Trust me. I’ve lived with them for 30 years. They’re greedy, manipulative, untrustworthy, and selfish.”
“Then why are you with them?”
“They’re a means to an end.” – MIB and Jacob
- “What’s down there?”
“Life. Death. Rebirth. It’s the source, the heart of the island.”
“Just promise me, whatever you do, you will never go down there.”
“Would I die?”
“It’d be worse than dying, Jacob, much worse.” – Jacob and Mother about the Light
- “It has to be you, Jacob.”
“No it doesn’t! You wanted it to be him! But now I’m all you have.”
“It was always supposed to be you, Jacob, I see that now. And one day you’ll see it too, but until then, you don’t really have a choice.” – Jacob and Mother
- “Why wouldn’t you let me leave, Mother?”
“Because I love you. Thank you.” – MIB and Jacob
Questions (even though I don’t know what the point is):
- Who (or WHAT) is Mother and how did she come to be the protector of the island?
- Why did she kill Claudia?
- Why is Jacob such a snitch?
- Where is the source of the light?
- What made MIB special?
- Why was MIB able to see his mother’s ghost but not Jacob?
- Is Mother made it so that Jacob and MIB couldn’t hurt each other, how come Jacob beat the shit out of his face twice?
- How in the hell was Mother able to a) drag MIB out of the cave, b) fill in the cave and c) wipe out ALL of MIB’s people?
- Why was MIB able to kill Mother?
- What happened to MIB when Jacob threw him into the light?