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  • Season 6 Episode 9: Ab Aeterno

  • 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.

  • Europeans by the middle of the 19th Century had long given up referring to the Americas as "The New World."

  • The bible Richard was reading is a bible printed with modern printers as opposed to a Rotary printing press or a Block feed printing press. Also, Richard was reading a King James Bible, i.e. a Protestant version of scripture, despite being Catholic and seeking absolution from a Catholic Priest.

  • The Numbers:
    -When Richard was in jail, he had the Bible open to Luke chapter 4.
    -Jacob dunks Richard in the ocean 4 times.

  • The clasp on Isabella's necklace is not period.

  • During the closeup of Richard's eye while in chains on the Black Rock, you can see his contact lens.

  • The subtitle at the beginning of Richard's flashback places the events in 1867, yet the Black Rock was thought to be lost at sea following its departure from Portsmouth, England, March 22, 1845 heading to Siam (in "The Constant") and the ledger was discovered in 1852.

  • Richard's home island, Tenerife, was made infamous by the deadliest plane crash in the history of aviation on March 27th, 1977.

  • Ab Aeterno is Latin for "from eternity". The phrase is used to mean "since the beginning" or "for long ages".

  • The readable text on The Bible from St. Luke:

    24....And he said. Verily I say unto you, "No prophet is accepted in his own country"
    *25... But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the "days of Elias, when heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land;
    *26- But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a  city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow
    *27- And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian
    *28- And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath
    *29- And rose up and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might[...]

  • Season 6 Episode 8: Recon

  • In LA X (2), Miles tells Sawyer he is not his deputy anymore. This has a double meaning, as he worked under/with Sawyer during their years as security with the DHARMA Initiative, but it is also a glimpse into the alternate timeline where Miles is Sawyer's partner on the police force.

  • Jin doesn't use his crutch at all to support his foot, even though it is badly damaged.

  • When Sawyer refers to Charlotte as "Indiana Jones," this is an inside joke to Rebecca Mader's audition where "she was supposed to be like a female version of Indiana Jones."

  • According to the March 11, 2010 podcast, this episode's title was intended as a double meaning. On the one hand, the Man in Black sends Sawyer on a recon (reconnaissance) mission to Hydra Island. On the other hand, the title can also be viewed as a pun ("to con again") based on Sawyer's past as a con man, referring to his alternate timeline counterpart's occupation as a police officer specialized in busting con men.

  • In the last scene where Kate is talking to Sawyer the position of her left hand changes between shots.

  • Through the entire scene where Sawyer is undercover with Ava, the clock never moves from 8:42.

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