Season 6 Episode 15

Across The Sea

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 11, 2010 on ABC
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The story behind Jacob and the Man in Black is revealed.

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  • I Bet your ass's, that this is just an original version of a religious story.

    I Bet your ass's, that this is just an original version of a religious story.

    They never give the name of the MIB, Why?

    I belive the name of the MIB is "Esaú", Twin brother of "Jacó" also known as Jacob.

    They are feeding us an original version of a religious story!!!

    They are just draging the story without is name because they know if we knew the name, it would just kill the interest on the show.

    It's just a bloody religious story!!! C'mon! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !moreless
  • Contrived, stupid and far-fectched. It held my interest though.

    This episode kind of just pointed out to me what I don't like about Lost. What happened to the plane crash? People dealing with being stuck on a creepy island...why has it all come down to this? Some stupid story about a woman who kills a pregnant girl...the mother of Jacob and the man in black...keeps them as her own...they spend 13 years clueless to the fact that others are living on this island...then MIB talks to his dead mother who tells him the insane woman posing as his mother is a fake...then he suddenly goes to the other people BUT Jacob decides to stay with the crazy lady ho murdered his real mother...sound insane/stupid?

    It gets worse...it's all because of a warm light in the middle of the island that they have to protect. I kind of get hat it means after watching the next episode but at this point...wtf? It held my interest cos I guess I liked seeing Jacob and MIB grow up but that doesn't mean it was well written. The best bit was how it linked back into a season one episode where they found the bodies...but overall this was wrong...very wrong. WHY!? Sorry for that rant.moreless
  • Is that it? Wow...I'm disappointed

    So that's the truth about the island..A generic Good vs. Evil/Abel vs. Cain subplot that made Me cringe with frustration. I have to admit that this episode made Me feel utterly betrayed. I don't wanna sound too harsh, but this is the triumph of fluff over substance. I mean, the Guy in Black is not even blessed by having a name because he's EVIL. C'mon.. I'm writing this comment only because this episode spoiled the whole show for me. As for the following episodes (the ending included) I won't bother to comment them...I should have stopped watching the show after season 5.moreless
  • Reader Beware! This review has spoilers aplenty.

    Far from being episodic filler, "Across the Sea" (Ep. 6x15) was one of the most crucial episodes of the entire series. It was also an excellent episode in its own right, and packed the emotional punch that the last season of Lost had (generally) been lacking up to this point. This is largely due to the strong performances of the entire cast. I think young Jacob (Kenton Duty) and Smokey (Ryan Bradford) deserve special recognition for their excellent performances. Those two kids not only looked the part, but also convincingly portrayed the younger versions of these two pivotal characters despite the fact that their characters had changed significantly over the countless years leading up to the series' present time period. This combination of factors, along with the elegant and understated manner in which this episode addressed several long-standing mysteries, make this one of most distinctive Lost episodes, ever. To those who might regard this installment as tepid filler, here's a list of some of the questions this episode addressed. ~ It explained the means by which the Dharma Initiative powered their Stations, Dharmaville, et al.

    ~ It addressed who built the frozen wheel and why, and also provided further insight into the nature of the wheel and the Island. ~ It explained the origin of the Smokey as well as his connection to Jacob.

    ~ It expounded upon the Island "malevolence" that the show has been hinting at for, what feels like, forever.

    ~ It explained how (sort of) and WHY Jacob never aged.

    ~ It FINALLY revealed the origin and significance of Adam and Eve, and the meaning of the stones that were found with their bodies. I know some people considered this a minor plot point (at least those who even remembered Adam and Eve), but from season 1 onward I had always believed that Adam and Eve were important, and this episode validated this conviction in spades.

    ~ Viewers finally learned more about the "insane mother" Non-Locke mentioned to Kate earlier this season.

    ~ Most surprisingly of all was the revelation that the complicated sequence of events that led up to the current point in BOTH timelines has basically been the result of Jacob's attempts to "clean up his own mess." The unearthing of this sole fact puts Jacob, Smokey, and the entire series in a very different light.

    ~ We learned more about where Jacob was coming from as a person (which has generally been Lost's strong suit) and why he placed he such a premium - often recklessly (in my opinion) - on personal choice.

    ~ Lastly, viewers ALSO learned more about where Smokey was coming from and that were shown that despite his well-earned role as the show's Big Bad, he, like most of the other characters (including Jacob) was also a tragic figure.

    This list isn't comprehensive, and I'm well aware that this episode raised many new question and only partially addressed some of Lost's numerous long-standing mysteries, but it did a spectacular job of setting up the end game.

    In addition to all this, "Across The Sea" also echoed several major themes that have recurred throughout the course of the series. Here are some off the top of my head.

    ~ Taking children away from their natural mothers. E.g., Alex/Rousseau, Walt/Michael, Claire/Aaron.

    ~ Parental issues. Nearly every major character has this problem.

    ~ Frustrated ambitions. E.g., Locke/Smokey.

    ~ Ambiguous threats. E.g., the shipwrecked survivors, Widmore's boat people.

    ~ Cruelty and murder as a result of selfishness and lack of understanding. E.g. the mass slaughter of an entire population; Smokey's people, the Dharma Initiative, the Others from the Temple, the Ajira passengers, etc.

    All in all, "Across the Sea" is a return to form for Lost, and is exactly the type of episode that made me fall in love with this series in the first place.moreless
  • at last ! .

    Lost give us some amazing answers ! .

    and what is the Island and it's all about Faith and sinces . and there are Twin , and there is rules , and who the two bodies , what is wheel , the light , and how they can leave the Island , someone must protect the Island , and the smokey , in this episode we got alot of answers . the writes really know what they writing for the very first episode of the show . something really amazing and hard to find . now we have 3 episode left , and i Know for sure that Lost will END with an amazing and high note . Love Lost ! .

Allison Janney

Allison Janney


Guest Star

Lela Loren

Lela Loren


Guest Star

Ivo Nandi

Ivo Nandi

Oldest Hunter

Guest Star

Mark Pellegrino

Mark Pellegrino


Recurring Role

Titus Welliver

Titus Welliver

Man in Black

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (11)

    • Titus Welliver (Man in Black) broke two of his toes while filming the scene where Jacob is forcefully taking him to The Source.

    • This episode is set in the earliest time of the Series, reaching back up to about two millennia.

    • This is the third of only three episodes not to feature a secondary storyline. The first two were Season 2's "The Other 48 Days" and Season 5's "316".

    • Claudia's abdomen remained large even after delivering the twins. While afterbirth would still contribute to girth, the volume of two newborns would have significantly reduced the size of her womb.

    • When the skeletons were first discovered in "House of the Rising Sun" (shown in this episode as flashback) they were separated and not lying side-by-side, as we see Jacob placing the bodies in this episode. This was first seen in Lighthouse.

    • When the Man in Black is throwing sticks for the Senet game with Jacob, the sticks shift position throughout the shots.

    • When the young Man in Black is talking to his mother about the game he found on the beach, someone can be seen reflected in his eye.

    • When the young Man in Black sits at the beach as "mother" approaches we see a sea turtle on the beach in front of him. When the camera pulls out, the turtle is nowhere to be found.

    • The knife that the Man in Black carries in the episode is most likely the same knife that he gives Richard to kill Jacob, and that Dogen gives to Sayid to kill the Man in Black.

    • Claudia is now the third woman that we know of who has come to the island pregnant and near term, delivered the baby on island, and then had the baby taken and raised by another - the other two being Claire and Danielle Rousseau.

    • When the Man in Black is born, his mother does not name him, saying "I only chose one name." Throughout the rest of the episode, both his adoptive mother and Jacob always refer to him with pet names ("My Love", "Brother") and personal pronouns.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Young Man in Black: Jacob told you what I found.
      Mother: Of course he did. Jacob doesn't know how to lie. He's not like you.
      Young Man in Black: Why? What am I like?
      Mother: You're...special.
      Young Man in Black: Can I keep the game?
      Mother: Of course you can. That's why I left it for you.
      Young Man in Black: It came from you?
      Mother: Of course it did. Where else would it come from?
      Young Man in Black: From somewhere else. Across the sea.
      Mother: There is nowhere else. The island is all there is.

  • NOTES (6)

    • A joke title among the producers, according to Damon and Carlton on the offical podcast, was "I'll Just Sit Here in the Dark".

    • This episode has no "Previously on Lost" segment.

    • The colors of the scene from "House of the Rising Sun" have been adjusted from the original archived footage.

    • Though credited, Naveen Andrews (Sayid), Nestor Carbonell (Richard), Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond), Emilie de Ravin (Claire), Michael Emerson (Ben), Jeff Fahey (Frank), Jorge Garcia (Hurley), Josh Holloway (Sawyer), Daniel Dae Kim (Jin), Yunjin Kim (Sun), Ken Leung (Miles) and Zuleikha Robinson (Ilana) do not appear in this episode.
      Matthew Fox (Jack), Evangeline Lilly (Kate) and Terry O'Quinn (Locke) only appear in archive footage.

      With this, for the first time in the show's history, no main cast members appear in original footage.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: May 11, 2010 on CTV
      Australia: May 12, 2010 on 7TWO
      United Kingdom: May 14, 2010 on Sky1
      Portugal; Spain: May 18, 2010 on FOX
      Latin America: May 18, 2010 on Canal AXN
      Finland: May 27, 2010 on Nelonen
      Norway: June 9, 2010 on TVNorge
      Germany: June 23, 2010 on FOX
      Sweden: July 7, 2010 on TV4
      Czech Republic: July 12, 2010 on AXN

    • This is a Jacob & The Man In Black-centric episode.
      Of all the guest characters that have had their own episode, Jacob becomes the only one to have 2 centric episodes.


    • The Last Supper/Communion: When Mother makes Jacob the guardian of the Island, she shares with him red wine and tells him that they are now one (in communion if you will). In Roman Catholic tradition red wine is used by the Priest to celebrate Christ's last meal with his apostles as he used the wine to symbolically join them with him. Also the Catholic Eucharistic Prayer mentions "This is the cup of my blood, take this and drink, so that sins may be forgiven."

    • Senet: The Man in Black finds a Senet board and pieces on the beach and claims to know how to play without ever having played it before. The Senet dates back to predynastic and ancient Egypt and may be the oldest board game in the world. Senet boards were often placed in the grave alongside other useful objects for the dangerous journey through the afterlife.