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The 'Lost' Diary -- Ab Aeterno

3/24/2010 9:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

LostWelcome back to another edition of The "Lost" Diary.

For all you "Lost" Diary newbies, here's how it goes: I gather with a group of friends watching "Lost," writing what happens on the show as it happens, and throwing in my two cents along the way. Tonight I am watching with my old boss Jeremy and his regular "Lost" crew.

LD history for you: I still cannot remember what possessed me to write the LD for the first time. But when I did, I came to work the next day and I showed it to Jeremy. He immediately loved it and said it had to go up on TMZ. And thus, the LD was born. Along the way I have had many supporters, but Jeremy was the first. Thanks man.

Let's roll ...

9:00 -- On a scale of 1-10, how excited am I for a Richard episode? About 117,762,895,120. And a half.

9:01 -- Jacob is recruiting Ilana (who appears to be having a rough day) to protect the six candidates. We're 60 seconds in and I am seriously beyond giddy. If there was a shrink anywhere nearby right now, I would immediately be prescribed Ritalin.

9:02 -- Richard's name is Richardus? That's like finding out the most badass character on the show was really named Ben Linus.

9:03 -- "We're not on an island. We're in hell." -- Richard

9:04 -- Is Richard going to team Not Locke? Poor choice, my friend. Poor choice.

9:06 -- "If it's any consolations, it's not exactly Locke." -- Ben

9:07 -- Hurley is speaking in Spanish to the air. I miss Crazy Hurley.

9:08 -- "You're saying this guy doesn't age? And how the hell do you think that happened?" -- Lupidus. TELL ME TELL ME TELL TELL TELL TELL ME!!!!

9:09 -- It's 1867 and Richard is riding through the forest like he's trying out for the cover of a romance novel -- or, as Jeremy put it, "This has turned into gay porn." His wife is not doing well. I have a feeling Jacob will help.

9:10 -- Now he's riding in the rain. This really is a romance novel cover shoot. The room is convinced we've accidentally changed channels and are instead watching a telenovela. Que lastima!

9:11 -- Richard and the doctor have had a slight disagreement. The kind where one of them dies.

9:13 -- RIP Isabella. We hardly knew ye.

9:15 -- "I'm afraid the devil awaits you in hell." -- Priest. Thanks, Father. Much obliged.

9:20 -- Looks like Richard might be getting a second chance ... on the Black Rock, perhaps?

9:21 -- "This man is now the property of Magnus Hanso. Hope you don't get seasick." -- Whitfield. Yup, here we go.

9:22 -- "The island is guarded by the devil." -- Random Spaniard.

9:23 -- Richard and the Random Spaniard are yelling for help. Something tells me they are going to want to stay right where they are.

9:24 -- Whitfield has started killing the slaves when, wait ... what is that? It's the Black Smoke Monster's call.

9:26 -- The Black Smoke spared Richard. I am going to assume Richard's first order of business is going to be finding a new pair of pants.

9:30 -- Richard is doing everything he can to free himself from the shackles ... to no avail.

9:31 -- Richard lost his nail fighting a boar. The only thing keeping this from being "Cast Away 2" is a volleyball.

9:32 -- Richard has gone mad and started talking to his dead wife. Good times.

9:33 -- Do you think the Black Smoke Monster speaks Spanish? Not sure.

9:34 -- Someone is waking Richard up. Jacob or Man in Black? I'm gonna go MIB.

9:35 -- "I was here long before your ship." -- MIB

9:36 -- Richard just made a deal with the devil. Sucks.

9:37 -- "You're going to have to kill the devil." -- MIB to Richard. Sounds like he wants to get Richard to kill Jacob ... much like he got Ben to do it.

9:41 -- Cross that mystery off the list -- the Black Rock smashed the statue. Good to know.

9:42 -- "If he speaks, it will already be too late." -- Hmm, that's what Dogen told Sayid about killing Not Locke. Is it possible MIB isn't really MIB yet?

9:44 -- "No, I am." -- MIB. Ok, maybe not.

9:45 -- Jacob just served up a can of whoop ass to Richard and a little bit of common sense -- if Richard knows his wife is dead, why is he going around looking for her?

9:46 -- "Did you meet a man in the jungle dressed in black?" -- Jacob

9:47 -- Jacob just baptized Richard in the waters of Lake.

9:52 -- Jacob brought the ship to the island.

9:53 -- Jacob is explaining to Richard that the island is what keeps evil in. I swear on all that is sacred, I had this exact conversation with the guy who cuts my hair just like four hours ago. I'll explain more later.

9:54 -- "When they get here, their past doesn't matter." -- Jacob

9:55 -- "You can be my representative." -- Jacob

9:55-- "I never want to die, I want to live forever." -- Richard

9:55 -- "Now that ... I can do." -- Jacob

9:56 -- "If you ever change your mind, and I mean ever, my offer still stands." -- MIB. So Richard thinks that offer still stands, huh?

9:57 -- If Richard digs up that cross before this episode ends, I am docking this episode a full grade.

9:58 -- Soooooo cheesy.

9:59 -- "I've changed my mind. I was wrong ... Does the offer still stand?!?!?" -- Richard

10:00 -- "Your wife sent me." -- Hurley

10:11 -- I think we've accidentally changed the channel and we're watching "Ghost."

10:02 -- "You have to stop the Man in Black. You have to stop him from leaving the island. Cause if you don't, we all go to hell." -- Hurley

10:03 -- I think every episode from now on should include a scene with Jacob and the MIB just chilling and talking about stuff. It's always interesting.

So here is the exact conversation I had with the guy who cuts my hair today. I realize this isn't earth shattering stuff, but I think tonight's episode confirmed it all.

Jacob's entire purpose is to keep the MIB from leaving the island. Ben, The Others, Richard ... all of it is designed to serve Jacob, to serve the island -- and to keep the MIB from leaving. I don't believe the island is special in and of itself -- it is special because it can contain the MIB.

If the MIB leaves, well just imagine the Black Smoke Monster running around the streets of Los Angeles. Not good.

I love the characters of Jacob and the MIB (Not Locke doesn't count. I like the actual MIB). Sucks we only get them in island flashbacks. We need more of them.

Anyway, I give tonight's episode a C+ -- docking it a full grade as promised for the overly dramatic digging up of the cross/"Ghost" re-enactment. That whole segment stood out like a sore thumb. It didn't vibe with the rest of the episode for me at all. Still an awesome ep and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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I love how the ship's name is Black Rock!! It plays with the white and black rocks between Jacob and MIB!

1675 days ago


You're crazy, even with the cross thing, it still deserved at least a B+, if not a A. Great episode!

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Just out of curiosity does anyone know whatever happened to Vincent the Dog?

Wasn't the last time we saw Vincent it was last season and he was living w/ Rose and Bernard on the beach?

1675 days ago

old robin    

If Jacob and MIB wager with white and black rocks, maybe we have had "AN" answer to "A" question all along, at least since Season #1. The Black Rock.

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I agree that Hurley will take over. He's sensitive, quiet and will keep the island quiet and not let anyone harm anyone else. Besides, he is a Star Wars fan!

1675 days ago


I C+??? Your on crack! This was probably the best Lost episode ever. Your beef with him digging up the cross at the end is just lame. Remember he buried it in 1867...digging it up in 2007 wasn't enough time? He should wait another 100 years?

1675 days ago


Cedramyers (#15), Nestor Carbonell (Richard) does not have permanent eyeliner (or guyliner). The line of his eyelashes is naturally that dark as is stated on numerous sites, He had such a complex about it as a kid he took a pair of scissors & cut his eyelashes. I do NOT agree with the C+ rating. This was easily an A episode & Nestor Carbonell deserves an Emmy for this one!!

1675 days ago


Ok, so the MIB is trapped in a bottle, turns into smoke and can grant wishes....sounds like a Genie to me.

Also, Richard's timeline was 1867, but during the auction when the journal was being sold, the auctioneer said the journal it was from the Black Rock which last sailed in 1845....??

1675 days ago


Wikipedia's definition of a Genie: In Arabic, a genie (also jinn, Djinn, from Arabic جني jinnī) is a supernatural creature which occupies a parallel world to that of mankind, and together with humans and angels makes up the three sentient creations of God (Allah). Possessing free will, a djinn can be either good or evil......( it goes on)....

1675 days ago


C+?!! Are you friggen kidding me? This was the best episode of the season, and one of the best of the entire show. Now we finally know what the purpose of the island is. After weeks of promising answers they finally delivered. It is the opitamy of Lost the way they explained everything. The ultimate battle between good and evil and yet the easy banter that Jacob and MIB share at the end of the episode was perfect. We even know what Jacob's job is now. Amazing episode!

1675 days ago


I agree with Daniel, a C+, a strong one though. The digging up the cross was cheesy, it was predictab. I hoped I would be wrong, but no...predictable. I wish we saw more of MIB and Jacob, or how exactly did he make Richard immortal? I didn't really feel like explaining that the ship wreck happened in a storm or the fact that it crashed into the statue was necessary. I would rather have learned why and how the statue got there in the first place. How did Jacob and MIB get there? Instead we learned that Richard made a deal with the "devil" and buried and then dug up the cross his beloved Isabella gave him the last time he saw her alive... C'mon, you gotta admit, that was predictable, aren't we LOST fans because of the unpredictability? The backstory could have been shorter and had the same effect, so I do agree with Daniel about that stuff.
My guess for the "chosen one" is Hurley. It makes the most sense to me at this point. Hurley seems to be the one who is "good" at his core, there is an innocence about him(his character).
I have watched Lost and read lost diary for every episode from the begining. I rarely post. There is something I have noticed over the years, it bugs me and I gotta get it off my chest so here goes...There seems to be an assumption to many here and on the actual lost diary site that jacob is god or jesus. I think that the writers are simply playing off the classic good vs evil concept that makes for good drama. I don't think it has anything to do with religion at all. Although there have been references to many faiths and cultures throughout, that is representative of thier audience, we are a melting pot here in the US arent we?...the foundation of all religion is good vs evil and having faith in what you can't see right?
Who are you routing for? MIB, Jacob, which ever you think is good or evil and do you really know which represnets which yet? If you were Richard, who would you trust? What does Widmore have to do with any of it? What does he really want? Maybe MIB is really his "representative". Why are we seeing a parralell reality or "Flashsideways", can they really get off the island and exist simulataneously? That is impossible so...ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN ON TV, SCIFI DRAMA No hidden messages. Writers are creative and having fun. Nothing biblical here. I Love LOST and The LOST Diary. I have fun wathcing LOST, I like that it makes me think, but I think that there are alot of people out there take this stuff way too seriously. Lighten up. Its entertainment, if you want religion go to a place of warship and not the tv.

1675 days ago

Truth Hurts    

I agree with Daniel's score also. I had higher expectations for Richard's part of the story and it was way too soap opera-y. What's going to happen to Aaron? Remember, the fortune teller said he had to be with his mother or things would be bad...I'm ready for them to connect those dots.

1675 days ago


The best episode ever was this season's Ben-centric ep. If anyone deserves an Emmy - it's Ben. What the writers have done with that character is just plain amazing.

I loved Hurley telling Jack off too. More people need to tell Jack off. But I don't think Hurley is the candidate. He's not hard enough to make the difficult decisions the protector of the island needs to make.

I love Terry O'Quinn. I've been on Locke's side since season 1. Jack is just too stubborn. However, Locke's dead. (PLEASE call him Un-Locke. So much better than Not Locke) I finally figured out what's been bugging me. If MIB is using Locke's body - why isn't Terry O'Quinn ACTING more like MIB? He's still acting like Locke, not a different character. Just my 2 cents.

1675 days ago


LOST IS THE BEST SHOW EVER!!!!! This episode was amazing I give it a 10! To call Lost just another great "TV Show" is not doing it any justice. I think Lost is showing us that good and evil really do exist in the world. FREE WILL, we all have a choice and can repent for our sins. Richard is Catholic and Confession is VERY important in this Religion. When confessing your sins you must be sorry with all your heart and sole, and love God with all your heart and sole, and God WILL forgive you! So WTF was up when Richard was trying to confess his sins and truly begging for forgiveness and that "so called priest" said "NO"? Makes you wonder if that was evil trying to break Richard of his faith and his love for God right before his death? That's when Jacob stepped in brought Richard to the island to repent, I think Jacob is Jesus or some very Holy man. I'm not saying that this show is about one Faith or another, but maybe how all Faith's seem to some how be connected. It's the battle of Good vs. Evil that everyone must face. The island is a place for those who love God and have "LOST" Faith and are broken from a sin. God want's them to see the light not darkness and repent. (**Does the lighthouse represent the light/love of God? The smoke monster is darkness!**)
Hope all "Lost" see's the light!

1675 days ago


Love the LOST entries, again, you guys rock ^_^

1. Guyliner for the win, you know it's true.
2. MIB looks like Sam Mendes. Alot.

OK, the one theory floating around is that the island is Eden. Makes sense in some ways. The exit portal leads to Tunisia, arguably birthplace of civilization. Also, there on the island the presence of other early civilization appears: Epyptian hieroglyphics appear, Egyptian fertility goddess statue. Jacob may be a guardian. Smokey (or Smocke) may be the devil. More answers are needed!

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