I gave it an 8.
It was great seeing Titus Weliver again, but I could have used a little clarification on where "mother" came from...who she replaced...where she got her powers...the extent of her powers...etc.
I truely hope we're not gonna be left hanging at the end..."every question I answer will only lead to another question" is a cop-out on the writers' part, IMO.
...At last, I'm learning...there's no returning, once I start.
To live's a privilege - and to love is such an art...
but I'll need your help to start...oh please purify my heart...
I am your servant.
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6, because it was better than last week. None of the problems that made the bloodbath so aggravating. It was okay, nothing more--nothing at all like Ab Aeterno, the other big "mythology" episode, which was wonderful.
This was classic LOST in that it gave answers that were really just more questions. Where did Mother come from? Who told her to "protect" the "light"? Why did she kill the twins' natural mother? She apparently knew she was about to die--how? Are we really supposed to believe that MIB has lived all these thousands of years with no name just because his mother wasn't expecting twins and didn't have a second name in mind? How did MIB revive from the first time he was "killed," and not in the same place where Mother left him? What's the point of the "communion" scene? Why was Jacob so obedient and MIB so willful and restless? If Jacob avoided human company and MIB sought it, why does Jacob think well of humans and MIB think so poorly of them? (Wait, maybe the answer to that one is obvious.)
If the people in the village are Roman, who built the Egyptian statue? Why an Egyptian board game? Whatever gave the villagers the idea that they could "leave" the island by digging down, finding the "light" and turning a wheel to access the light---instead of, you know, building a boat or something?
WHAT THE HELL IS SMOKY? Why is Smoky on the island? Are we to believe he is "inhabiting" the original human MIB in the same way he is "inhabiting" Locke? Yet he says "I used to be human just like you" and "my mother was crazy"--indicating that human MIB/smoke MIB are the same person and personality.
Jack said that Adam and Eve had been dead 40-50 years, but it seemed more like a couple thousand years--does the island preserve corpses too?
It was adequate, and it's all I'm going to get. It's mythology--it is what it is. It does echo a lot of myths about gods or heroes who are innocent and unworldly because they are raised in isolation (Romulus & Remus, Siegfried, many others), so props for that. I guess I was silly to expect, you know, spaceships or a real origin myth.
Now we've checked "origin of Jacob" off the list and can move on.
This episode was a lazy *** cop out in so many ways I don't know where to start. Why are we immortal? Because mom said so. Why can't we hurt each other? Because mom made it that way. Can anyone begin to explain how the hell a 50+ year old woman single handedly filled up a well and killed an entire village of hunter gatherers on her own?
I've been waiting for Jacob and MiB's backstory since they appeared on the beach. Some might not be as enthused about it. I thought that a lot was given this episode that gave shape and definition to the "game" between the brothers.
I'm not disappointed that there was no background on Mother. I don't think we needed to see the history of every island steward, just the ones that could be related to the Losties, and thier part in the story. I think from her dialogue and handling of the boys we can get a good feel of her background anyway.
Its tough for me to see the warts right now on the episode, maybe after a rewatch I can come up with some. For having no regulars in it at all, in any new scenes, it was great, imo.
Titus Welliver and Mark Pelligrino were great, and Allison Janey as Mother was fantastic. This may be the only episode to not have some ancillary character saying some obvious or junk lines. They dropped a lot to think about and digest. Almost wish there were a two week break after this episode for it all to sink in.
Too many people give every episode of Lost a 10 so I can't take them seriously. You literally see them say "wow this episode was bad. I didn't get anything out of it. So it's a 9 instead of my usual 10".