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Lost Episode: "Ab Aeterno"

Season 6, Episode 9
Episode Synopsis: On the beach, Richard Alpert makes a startling announcement to Jack, Sun, Hurley, Miles, Frank Lapidus and Ilana about the island. Flashbacks then reveal how he got there. Elsewhere, Jacob visits Ilana in a Russian hospital and gives her an assignment. "This is what you have been preparing for," he tells her. Isabella: Mirelly Taylor. Man in Black: Titus Welliver.
Original Air Date: Mar 23, 2010
Guest Cast Izzy Diaz: Ignacio Juan Carlos Cantu: Father Suarez Steven Elder: Jonas Whitfield Jose Yenque: Doctor Mirelly Taylor: Isabella
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Season 6, Episode 9
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Length: 47:41
Aired: 3/23/2010
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Lost Episode Recap: "The Package" Season 6, Episode 9

On Tuesday's episode of Lost, Sun and Jin faced various obstacles on the island in their quest to be together -- in two universes.

I'm a passionate Lost fan who wants to find significance in every last detail. You, my readers, are no different, as I've learned by reading your insightful comments. But I'm going to try something a little different this week: Instead of recounting every last line of dialogue and plot twist, I'm going to raise five questions I think we should all be attempting to answer -- just to get the conversation started. That's all the help you'll need from me. Namaste!

1. Do you like the cameos?

I have to admit: Even after the reappearances of varying quality of Alex, Keamy, Charlotte, Arzt and others in the alternate universe, Mikhail Bakunin's return as Keamy's multilingual sidekick was kind of fun -- especially when Jin killed him by shooting him through the eye (wink-wink).

2. Who's the candidate -- Sun or Jin?

I have to admit to espousing a certain historically sexist attitude to answer this question, as I've been operating under the assumption that all the candidates were men, and therefore Sun was just along for the ride. It explains why she didn't flash to 1977 with Kate, Jack, Hurley and Sayid, and it could explain why, Dharma maps to the contrary, Charles Widmore was so interested in keeping Jin and not Sun safe from UnLocke.

That said, "The Package" reminds us that Sun is no mere "wife of." It was exhilarating to see shades of the feisty Sun who once threatened Charles Widmore's life on the banks of the Thames. She's tired of blindly following whichever leader happens to be anointed that week, and she has made it clear: She's not there to save the world; she just wants to find her husband.

You can really get sucked into the heightened stakes of Lost until its ludicrous demands start to make perfect sense. So Sun's exasperation is a refreshing dose of normalcy in this otherwise fantastical world -- not to mention a cheeky nod to those viewers who might be suffering from their own version of save-the-world fatigue. Sun asks: What happens if I just want to go home and make home movies of Ji Yeon in the bouncy castle? Why can't I just be normal?

3. Will Sun and Jin reunite?

Since we have two universes with which to contend, I have two answers, and you're not going to like either. The short answer for both is no, they won't reunite — mostly because I think that Sun is going to die. Hear me out.

We've already seen how Sun's impatience is alienating her from the group — sans Jack, who wants to be her hero at least. If nothing else, we've learned that, to some degree, survival on Funhouse Island depends on staying with the herd. It's such a prevalent theme they named an episode after it (Season 2's "Live Together, Die Alone"). With a few exceptions, loners don't do well here. I can envision a future in which Sun parts from the flock to her peril.

In the alternate universe, though Sun and Jin are not married, they're clearly enjoying some sort of clandestine affair. Their brief romantic hotel interlude (aren't they all brief? check-out time!) is interrupted by Sun's father's henchmen, and by the end of the hour, Jin's valiant efforts to protect his newfound love are met with a throaty, evil chuckle from the universe when a pregnant Sun is shot in the gut. If she succumbs to her injuries, we should all ask ourselves: Why? What's the lesson here? Which leads us to...

4. What does this alternate universe mean?

I know you all have your theories about what the so-called "sideways" world is trying to tell us. Let me briefly lay out mine, which is admittedly a little shaky. This season has presented us with an alternate timeline that supposes that Oceanic 815 landed safely in Los Angeles. Two details from the premiere episode stand out for me and form the backbone of my theory: 1) that fresh cut on Jack's neck when he looks in the airplane-lavatory mirror and 2) Desmond's appearance on and then disappearance from Oceanic 815. To me, these details indicate that at some point, the island timeline will segue and/or merge into the alternate timeline for some of our Lostaways, and that Desmond is the key to this happening. 

5. What's Desmond doing there?

As the title of the episode indicates, Charles Widmore has brought an important package to the island, but it's a funny surprise to see that it's a drugged-out Desmond, Penny Widmore's star-crossed lover. Poor Des. He's already escaped this godforsaken island once; he is totally going to hit the Dharma-branded sauce again when he wakes up and finds out where he is. Early word on next week's episode, "Happily Ever After," reveals that it's a Desmond-centric hour very similar in tone to "The Constant." So I'm guessing we'll get more details on why he's there and what exactly his role in the endgame will be. Will he be the guardian angel who steers our fearless friends away from impending doom? We shall see!

What did you think of "The Package"? And how would you answer my five burning questions?

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On Tuesday's episode of Lost, Sun and Jin faced various obstacles on the island in their quest to be together -- in two universes.

I'm a passionate Lost fan who wants to find significance in every last detail. You, my readers, are no different, as I've learned by reading your insightful comments. But I'm going to try something a little different this week: Instead of recounting every last line of dialogue and plot twist, I'm going to raise five questions I think we should all be attempting to answer -- just to get the conversation started. That's all the help you'll need from me. Namaste!

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