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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'm thinking Mexican standoff with MIB, Jacob and Widmore.

1672 days ago


"Also how would they run in to the island on the way to the "new land" if the island is supposed to be in the Pacific? Another thing, they speak Portuguese in the Azores. Guess I'm just being petty lol."


Lori, they were in Tenerife, the Canary Islands where they speak Spanish, not the Azores.

1672 days ago


no one even mentined the jug of wine, evil held in by a cork (aks "jughead") breaking. HUGE HUGE clue going on there...

1672 days ago


Boston- I agree, the best ever. Not implying otherwise, but the reality is: it is a tv show. The significance of Richard's confession was important, because his CHARACTER is catholic. Richard did not "loose" his faith it was taken from him by the "priest", also very important,the priest lied to him and sold him out to slavery...(this was litterally represented when he walked away with Richard's Bible) So the priest is Evil. Was he really a preist? He wore a collar but does that mean he was ACTUALLY a priest? Food for thought.
On an unLOST note: 4/4/2010 GO RED SOX!!!! Here we go again on one of my other favorite emotional roller coasters! Time to wake up Red Sox Nation!

1672 days ago


I enjoyed the episode -- and Daniel's writeup. Not sure what score I'd give it (somewhere between an A and a B, I guess). I still believe that the story is about the constant struggle between good & evil. Everyone here on earth is capable of both, and many struggle with it on a daily basis. The LOST TV series is just a microcosm of humankind's battle. LOST will end with good triumphing over evil, but of course the battle will continue on long after LOST is gone because evil never truly goes away.

1672 days ago


This is probably a dumb question.... but did two ships crash onto the island? I thought the black rock was the one that russo came on.

1671 days ago


When do the cylons show up?

1671 days ago


2nd highest rated episode of all time.

1670 days ago


C+ are you CRAZY?? This was hands down the best episode of Lost ever!! It was beautiful, cinematic, amazingly acted, gave us a huge back story, gave us answers to the mythology and it was so touching. It was basically a mini-movie, what more could you ask for?! EMMY for Nestor Carbonell and more screen time for him in the future plz!!!

1664 days ago


finally some answers!!! Even though it was a great episode, they didn't need to take a full hour to tell Richard's story

1674 days ago


Still not a 100% convinced Jacob is the "good guy". Why isn't Richard a candidate to take Jacob's position?

1674 days ago


I thought the episode was great too. Two quick things:

1. A friend and fellow Lostie just suggested that the island is very similar to the island in Shakespeare's Tempest and that Jacob is Prospero and the MIB is Caliban. Seems possible...

2. Is anyone else becoming more and more convinced that Hurley will be the chosen candidate. He speaks to Jacob, to dead people, takes island stuff on faith AND doesn't really have anything to lose in the flash sideways. Sure, he's rich. But he doesn't have any relationships to mend...nothing's keeping him in LA. Thoughts?

1674 days ago


i bet if the creators of Lost could start over from day 1 of the show they would do things a lot different. this show is indeed LOST. Good episode last night however.

1674 days ago


Did anyone else think all the stuff happening to Richard was a bit over the top? All in all, very happy with the all Richard theme. I still think Jacob isn't all he appears to be.

1674 days ago


2. Is anyone else becoming more and more convinced that Hurley will be the chosen candidate.

I don't think so...when Jacob was talking to Richard about him bringing "candidates" to the island, JAcob said all of them had died. I think our latest 6 candidates (Oceanic 6)will also die, and then island will just have Jacob (good) and the MIB (evil) with Jacob continuing to bring even more candidates to the island...

1674 days ago
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