Ab Aeterno

Season 6, Ep 9, Aired 3/23/10
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  • Episode Description
  • Richard Alpert faces a difficult choice.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jean Higgins

  • Naveen Andrews

    Sayid Jarrah

  • Nestor Carbonell

    Richard Alpert (Season 6, recurring previously)

  • Emilie de Ravin

    Claire Littleton (Seasons 1-4 & 6)

  • Michael Emerson (I)

    Benjamin Linus (Seasons 3+, recurring Season 2)

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  • Fan Reviews (59)
  • Can't undersant on how you have so many doubts on who's the bad guy question! the "Man in black" and Jacob are both bad Guys.

    By Erebus69, Mar 25, 2010

  • Does the offer still stand???!!!!

    By thefanof, Mar 24, 2010

  • Incredible Ep!

    By rridder, Oct 28, 2010

  • Enjoyable but this show isn't what it was back in the earlier seasons...

    By stewie1423, May 29, 2010

  • Ricardos ! ..

    By Yasser-24, May 26, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Notes (9)

    • This episode received an Emmy nomination in 2010 for Outstanding Art Direction For A Single-Camera Series.

    • Sonya Masinovsky appears as the Russian nurse in archive footage. According to Jorge Garcia and Nestor Carbonell in Garcia's Geronimo Jack's Beard podcast, Masinovsky filmed new footage, but it was cut.

    • This is the fifth episode where most, but not all of the episode is a flash back. The other ones being season 2's "The Other 48 Days", season 3's "Flashes Before Your Eyes", season 4's "Meet Kevin Johnson" and season 5's "The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham".

    • This is the ninth extended episode (not including double-length season premieres/finales) running 5 minutes longer than the standard 1 hour episodes of Lost. Previous extended episodes were: "The Other 48 Days," "What Kate Did," "The Long Con," "Maternity Leave," "Dave," "?", "316", and "The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham".

    • This is the first episode this season not to have any flash-sideways. As well as being the first flashback episode of season 6.

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    Trivia (14)

    • The white rock that the Man in Black is holding in the last scene is small, round and polished. This is not what the stone looked like when Richard handed it to the Man in Black.

    • In the scene where Jacob is talking to Ilana, it is the same scene as the one in "The Incident Part 1" with a bit added on. In the new part of the scene, Ilana's bandages are in a different position.

    • In the Official Lost Podcast of March 24, 2010, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse confirmed that the ship approaching the island under bright, sunny skies in "The Incident, Part 1" is in fact the Black Rock. According to them, shortly after Jacob and the Man in Black's conversation, a storm suddenly formed and threw the Black Rock inland.

    • International slave trade had been abolished in the Western Hemisphere by the time this episode's flashbacks take place (the US abolished international slave trade in 1809). As such, the Black Rock should not have been bound for the Americas.

    • In the scene where Richard and Ignacio are yelling for help after the crash, the subtitles "Help us!" and "We're down here" should be reversed.

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    Allusions (6)

    • Stephen King's The Stand: In the Official Lost Podcast of March 24, 2010, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse reported that the scene where the Man in Black releases Richard is a reference to this work, specifically, part of the novel where the Man in Black relases criminal Lloyd Henreid from being trapped in a jail cell. The Man in Black makes Lloyd promise to do exactly what he says.

    • Pugio: the Man in Black's knife is a Roman pugio. On the sheath there is a depiction of the Roman she-wolf suckling Remus and Romulus, twin founders of Rome.

    • This episode greatly alludes to classic literature and mythology. The ongoing contest of a man's inclination to good or evil is an allusion to Goethe's "Faust"; the limbo in purgatory is an allusion to Alighieri's "Divine Comedy"; and the "devil" statue that reels in ships on the island is a reference to Scylla and Charybdis from "The Odyssey".

    • Episode Title: "Ab Aeterno" comes from the Latin translation of the Bible found in Proverbs 8:23 : "I was appointed from eternity, from the beginning, before the world began."

    • Absolution: In prison, Richard seeks absolution, which forgives the guilt associated with the penitent's sins, and removes the eternal punishment (Hell) associated with mortal sins. The penitent is still responsible for the temporal punishment (purgatory) associated with the confessed sins, unless an indulgence is applied.

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