Whew. That was...well, that was something, "
" fans. More than most episodes, I wish I had a few days with it before posting my initial thoughts. First time through? Didn't really like it. Couldn't figure out why. During my second viewing (during which I write up a lot of my recap), I recognized what the problem was: "Ab Aeterno" was so damn different than what I thought it was going to be, that I couldn't make sense of anything onscreen. The dissonance had me distraught. Second time through? I thought it still imperfect, but miles better than I thought during my initial viewing. It's below "The Substitute" and "Dr. Linus" in terms of top-to-bottom quality for me, but above everything else. That's subject to change, naturally, but that's where I'm at right now.
Most importantly? I realized that this episode is vital for no other reason in showing two of the most pivotal moments in "Lost" history: The Man in Black's first attempt to leave the Island and Jacob's recognition that his 100% hands-off approach would always end in failure. Crucial moments, and both feature the heretofore enigmatic Richard Alpert. Right on.
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