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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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31.

JLynne    

I thought this episode was GREAT! Answered alot! Watch out Jennifer Love Hewitt.....Hurley as the Ghost Whisperer...

Overall though, found the ep entertaining and completely ENJOYABLE!
Definitely like the Jacob & MIB interactions and agree, too bad we don't get more of those...damn Ben!

1671 days ago
32.

Jojo    

I still think these folks have something to do with the 7 Deadly Sins or some of the 10 Commandments. We know they are not in Purgatory. All of the main characters have a vice of some kind and maybe that's what brought them to hell.

Love your blog Daniel and I will be sad when Lost ends.

1671 days ago
33.

digigami    

I think actually Jacob is the devil

1671 days ago
34.

Lee    

thinking that notLocke and the MIB are like one, but NotLocke has some free will left, and is taking the lead a little more than the MIB would. Perhaps it is just due to the fact that notLocke is the modern day MIB, not sure. But it seems that more evil is lurking behind his eyes, than in the MIB. The MIB, though evil, has a calmness about him that we are not seeing in notLocke. Wondering if this will lead to a powerstruggle somehow between MIB and notLocke before series end?

1671 days ago
35.

lean    

Andrea (#2) I am thinking your right. Hurley has always had a good heart and never really done anything bad...plus his abilities to communicate are definately a plus.

1671 days ago
36.

Anon    

Gotta disagree with you here. I give this episode an A+, I loved it! Will probably watch it again on DVR, this was totally fun! And I can honestly say I like the answer for the island. It could have been a lot of bogus things and I wasn't liking the idea they were all dead. This was a great answer to the puzzle and as I thought about it, it explains a lot, the island moving, the time continuum, all of it. But it doesn't explain Sayid crazy-pants.

1671 days ago
37.

Bejaedblost    

Awesome. Wish I had found your Lost Diary sooner in my LOST journey. Great idea. I love how you put a time stamp on your entries. Very creative.

1671 days ago
38.

Christmas    


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


THUS WHY LOCKE COULD WALK!

1671 days ago
39.

cedramyers    

I loved this episode. I missed the first couple minutes trying to rush home from work. Richard is great. Did you all see the closeup of his eyes. Permanent eyeliner. MIB and Jacob are great. They deserve Emmy nods. I think it deserved AAA++++. It is answering a lot of questions that may are may not be relevant to the outcome of the Series Final.

1671 days ago
40.

Love It    

$$$ - No way did they take too long telling his story! That's what got a lot of people into Lost in the first place - the rich backstories of all the characters. I love that they're bringing that back! The sidestories have been really good too. Sure, we want answers, but that doesn't mean that Lost should change what it is as a show to give them to us. They'll get around to answering it all. In the meantime, they tell great stories, its not just all about the shock value. I was surprised by what a good actor Richard is. His story was a little bit cheesy at first but I decided just to accept and go with it and actually got really into it. Regardless, his acting was awesome I thought.

1671 days ago
41.

Anon    

Also, while Richard is always good looking, MIB is kind of hunky for someone so evil. As someone said, it's the eyes.

1671 days ago
42.

FunkyRedrum    

I am so shocked as this was the first recap of yours that I agreed with. I thought a lot of sequences were out of place. The final scenes of MIB and Jacob definitely rocked.

1671 days ago
43.

Victoria    

Someone please answer these questions:

How come Jacob can leave the Island but not MIB?

Jacob died? Is it possible for him to die on the Island?

It ends with Hurley and Dead Jacob will be sitting on the Island sand as another plane crashes.

A few years from now, another group of survivors will come to the Island. ABC is not going to dump this series. New stars, new contracts, low pay.

1671 days ago
44.

Bigcid    

I agree it was great to finally get Richards story. He is important to the islands past.The writers do tend to drag things out, but i think that's also to keep us wanting more. They'll drag a story along then tend to throw an answer out there then throw in another question. It annoys, aggravates and keeps us coming back for more. I think they (the writers) know exactly what their doing. Keep it up!

1671 days ago
45.

Allison    

Did anyone notice that the title Ab Aeterno means in Latin "From the beginning of time"?

1671 days ago
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