Did you like this episode? I'm still on the fence.
- Richard is having a breakdown. He tells the castaways, "We are all dead. We are not on an island, we never were, we are in hell."
- In 1867 Richard's wife is dying. He gets medicine by killing the doctor by accident, but his wife is already dead and he goes to prison. The priest sells him to Mr. Whitfield and is now the property of Magnus Hanso (or was it Hanson).
- The ship crashes into the statue and breaks it. How did this happen? The Officer of the ship is killing all the slaves when the Smoke Monster arrives. I liked this scene - it reminded me of the old days of Lost.
- Richard is trapped in the ship; can't get water, sees a pig, and drops his only tool. His wife appears and tells him they are both dead, but she has to save him before the devil appears. The smoke monster arrives and kills her.
- I was surprised the Man in Black went to Richard first. Did you notice the strange bird or bat that flew into the ship before it rained - was that Jacob? The MIB talks Richard into killing Jacob - he tells Richard that he has his wife.
- Jacob beats up Richard, dunks his head in the water and they chat. So, Jacob brings people to the island to prove to the MIB that it is not in people's nature to sin. He wants them to help themselves or it is all meaningless. The island is the cork that keeps "the darkness where it belongs." Richard points out that if Jacob doesn't instruct people on what to do, the MIB will. Richard has a new job as Jacob's press secretary.
- Richard wants his wife back - no, he wants to be absolved of his sins - no, o.k., how about I never want to die - yes, Jacob can do that. He touches him and now we know why Richard doesn't age.
- Richard returns to the MIB and hands him a white stone. This must be their way of keeping score. If you remember when Smokelocke brought Sawyer to the cave, there was now one white and black stone - the black one for Ben. What about the bodies in the cave with the white and black stones?
- MIB tells Richard he can always change his mind. Richard wants to take him up on his offer, but Hurley appears and translates what Isabella says. "You have to stop the Man in Black from leaving the island or we all go to hell."
- The episode ends with Jacob handing the MIB the bottle of wine. He tells him he wants to leave & that is why he wants to kill him. Jacob says someone will take my place and the MIB responds with, "Then I will kill them too." He breaks the bottle of wine with "Sooner than you think."
- Am I trying to be difficult or is it possible that the MIB is not evil? Is this just a game for Jacob?
- If the MIB couldn't kill Jacob, does this mean he can't kill the candidates? Is this why when Locke and Kate had encounters with the Smoke Monster, he left them alone?
What are your thoughts? Do you like Jacob? I find Jacob and the MIB suspicious.