Again this week begins with no previously on Lost segment.
We see a woman drift ashore from the ocean full of wreckage. She is really pregnant. She ventures into the forest where she meets a woman who brings her into a cave. The pregnant woman tells the island woman that her name is Claudia. The island woman tells Claudia that every question she asks will lead to another.
Claudia gives birth to a baby boy who she names Jacob. She then delivers another baby boy who she names Man-In-Black. Just kidding. The island woman wraps the baby island gods in the same color that they seem to always wear.
Claudia says that she doesn’t know what to name him. She asks to see her baby and the crazy island woman says “I’m sorry,” and beats her in the head with a rock to her death.
The boy in black finds a “game” on the beach with black and white stones. Jacob comes and asks about the game. We now know that boy Jacob is who Man-in-Black has been seeing following him around the jungle. The boy in black says that Jacob can play if he promises not to tell mom.
Jacob returns and tells mom, after a lame attempt at lying. It appears as if the fake mother doesn’t age.
Crazy island woman goes to the beach to have a chat with boy in black. She tells him that Jacob can’t lie like he can, because he is special. She says that she left the game for him and that he can keep it. He asks if she is telling the truth and she asks where else it could have come from. He responds by saying the episode title, “across the sea.” She says that there is only the island. And that Jacob and boy in black came from her and that she came from her mother. Boy in black asks where her mother is and she says that her mother is dead. He asks what dead is and she says that dead is something he will never have to worry about.
Jacob and boy in black go boar hunting, but other then other men get the kill as they hide behind trees.
Jacob and boy in black return to their fake mom and tells her that they saw people. She asks if the saw them and they say no. She says that the other people are not like them and that they are there for a reason. Jacob asks what that reason is and she begins taking them somewhere to explain. Jacob asks why they are dangerous. She says, “They come, fight, destroy, they corrupt and it always ends the same.” Basically what Man-in-Black said word for word in the beginning of the season five finale.
They ask her where they came form and she says, “From another part of the island.”She tells them that she has made it so that they can never hurt each other.
They reach their destination. It is a cave that the creek runs into with a bright light. She says that a little bit of that light is in every man and that they always want more.
She says that they will try to take the light, but they can’t, they will only out it out. The light goes out every where if it goes out here. She says that one of the boys will have to be the new caretakers of the light. Wonder who that is.
Jacob and boy in black are playing their game again. The boy in black tells Jacob that he can’t make a move because it’s against the rules. He says one day Jacob can make up his own game and everyone will have to follow his rules. The boys’ real mother appears to him, glowing, and tells him that he is dead. She tells him to follow her and she will show him where he came from, across the island.
She shows him a small village of people. He asks where they came from and she says that they came from a ship which is something that gets people from one place to another. How they came across the sea. She tells him that she is his real mother.
Jacob returns to his cave home and wakes Jacob.
He tells Jacob that they are leaving to live with their people. He tries to tell him that it is all a lie. He refuses to believe and beats him to the ground.
Their fake mother comes and tells boy in black that he can never leave the island. He says he will prove her wrong.
On the beach the crazy island woman tells Jacob that she killed his mom to keep her from taking him back to her evil people. Jacob asks why she loved boy in black more then him and she says that she loves them in different ways. Jacob says he will stay with her.
30 years later
I was happy that the man Jacob was in the next scene. I don’t mean to be snobby, but they could have found better actors to portray young Jacob and boy in black. Anyway, Jacob is making one of his big cloth on him loom.
Jacob goes to play their game with Man-in-Black and he tells him that he watches them to see if his people are bad. Man-in-black says that they are evil, but he is convinced that they will help him find a way off the island. He throws his dagger (the one he later gives to Alpert to kill Jacob, and the one that Dogan later gives to Sayid to kill Man-in-Black) at the side of a well and it sticks.
He says that his people have found many places where metal acts strangely and their they dig. He says that this time they found something. He wants to show Jacob, but he says that the island is his home and that he doesn’t want to leave it.
When Jacob return to the cave he tells his fake mom that Man-in-Black thinks he knows how to leave the island.
She finds Man-in-Black in the well where he has a fire going. He asks how she is and she says worried. He says that he has been trying to find the place with the light again. She says that he has no clue what to do with the light and he says that that is because she would not tell him. He removes a small rock from the wall of the well to let the light shine through. Man-in-Black tells her that he is gong to make a large opening, and then attack the frozen donkey wheel to a system that channels the water and the light.
He says that when he turns it he will finally get to leave the island. She asks how he knows all of this and he says, “I’m special, mother.” She pleads for him not to do what he says. He says he must because he is not from the island. She says, “Then I guess this is goodbye.” They hug and she says, “I am sooo sorry,” before she rams the back of Man-in-Black’s head into the wall of the well. He falls to the ground.
Crazy island woman wakes Jacob and says that it is time. She takes him to the light and he asks what is in the light. “Life. Death. Rebirth. It’s the source. The heart of the island,” she says. She asks that he never goes down there, because it would be much worse then dying. She pulls out the wine bottle that Jacob gives Man-in-Black in “Ab Aeterno” and pours it while she speaks over it in a foreign language. She says that drinking it means that he vows to protect the light for as long as he can and that when he find a replacement when he no longer can.
He refuses to drink it because his fake mother saw him as plan b. She says, “It was always supposed to be you, Jacob. I see that now and one day you’ll see it too, but until then you don’t really have a choice.” He drinks from the cup. She says, “Now, you and I are the same.” This was obviously alluding to the Christian Last Supper.
Man-in-Black wakes up in his camp which has been burnt and obliterated. Everyone is dead. He grabs his game from the ruins
Before Jacob and his crazy fake mother depart he says, “I’ll see you back home.” And she smiles as if she knows what happens next.
She returns to home sweet cave to find a broken loom and Man-in-Black’s game. She takes out a black and white stone from the box and Man-in-Black stabs her through the back.
She says, “Thank you,” and dies. Jacob returns to the cave and beats Man-in-Black, just like old times.
He drags Man-in-Black back to the light source and he pushes him inside. He disappears and is reborn as smokey.
Jacob finds his old body on a pile of rocks and he lies his body in the cave along side their fake mother. He puts the black and white rocks in a small bag which he lays with them.
The scene from season one, where Jack and Kate find Adam and Eve is played while he does this. I thought this was kind of a silly thing to do because I figured everyone remember Adam and Eve, but the scene had an eerie quality, watching it this time, especially when Locke speaks at the end.
This is the episode where the writers come out and say this is a fantasy-based, faith allegory, so naturally there are a lot of mixed reviews for this episode.
This episode answered a lot of questions. We know about Locke’s crazy mother. We know who the mysterious boy in the jungle is (kind of). We know why Jacob wants to protect the island and why Man-in-Black wants to leave. We know how the frozen donkey wheel came about. We know who Adam and Eve are. And we know the origin story of the smoke monster.
At first, I thought these answers suck because they just bring up more confusing questions. I wondered where Jacob and Man-In-Black’s caretaker’s mother came from.
And after I thought about it more, this episode made it a lot more obvious to me that Lost is basically an allegory for life. It tries to tackle one of the biggest questions of all time: Where are we, human beings, from? Does life have meaning or is it just a bunch of ridiculous things happening? The show has always been about science vs. faith, destiny vs. fate.
The writers aren’t going to try to give a definitive answer to this question, I don’t think. I think that’s why the finale is not going to answer all of our questions. They don’t want to create a religious cult. I believe it is impossible to answer the large questions that Lost wants us to ask, I don’t think we as humans are capable of understanding everything.
I feel that this episode is all about questions. I feel that when the woman tells Claudia that every question, just leads to another question, I feel that she is speaking directly to the audience. I also feel that the reason that they kept the line about the polar bear when the showed the season one clip where Jack and Kate find Adam and Eve is to drive the point that there are many questions on lost. Lost only has one more episode before the finale everyone is all like, “GIVE ME ANSWERS! NOW!” And that was the way I went into watching this episode, but if you focus less on the questions and more on the story it is much more enjoyable and entertaining. We just need to chill and enjoy the trippy ride that is Lost