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Posted at 1:34 PM ET, 05/11/2010

The 'Lost' 5: Asking questions ahead of 'Across the Sea'

By Liz Kelly

Nerdiest Lostie? Cast your votes in our 'Lost' Superlatives poll. Results will be announced Monday, May 24.

And now for something completely different. With just two episodes left before the series finale, "Lost's" crafty writing team is changing the game on us again. At least for one night.

In what's been touted as the "mythology episode," we've been led to believe we won't see much, if anything, of our usual cast of characters. Instead, we'll find out more about Jacob and the Man in Black -- what their connection to the island is, how they became sworn enemies and (hopefully) how to bring their story to a satisfying close.

Warning: Some light spoilers ahead...

1. Should we even care about Jacob vs. MIB at this point?
Obviously the light/dark duo will be key to unraveling some of the island's biggest mysteries, so yes. But, despite some early promise, this season's MIB vs. Jacob storyline has gone over almost as well as season 3's unfortunate Nikki and Paolo debacle. Rather than blending seamlessly into the existing story of our intrepid crash survivors, the duo seemed to pull the plot in a new and different direction. Which would be just dandy if we had, say, three more seasons ahead in which to grow their characters and weave them back into the existing action. But, umm, we're looking at a mere 4.5 hours of remaining showtime at this point so the connections better be made and soon -- here's hoping tonight's episode bridges some of those gaps.

2. Were Jacob and MIB cute kids?
Oh, without a doubt, if the two little squirts featured in this sneak peek from tonight's show are indeed the kiddo versions of our island nemeses:

And, guess, what: they apparently weren't so awful to each other before hitting puberty -- I mean, I never planned boar hunting play dates with kids I didn't like. What happened to turn (and I possibly speak figuratively here) brother against brother? Maybe we'll find out courtesy of Allison Janney and the preggy woman featured in this week's second sneak peek.

Oh, and for all of you out there who swore up and down that this kid and this kid were one in the same? Well, nyah!

3. Why didn't Jin leave Sun so poor little Ji-Yeon would have at least one living parent?
Turns out Damon Lindelof answered that very question in a new NY Mag Vulture Q&A:

That's a great question. And our only answer for it is that Sun only had about 30 seconds to process the fact that she was going to die. Sun and Jin never had a relationship together with that daughter. Sun had a relationship with her, but Jin did not — she was just a picture on a phone to him. In that moment, she did not tell Jin to leave her side. Partially, in that moment, maybe there was a part of her that wanted him to stay with her. Who knows? We're not really willing to say why characters don't say certain things in certain moments. All we can say is: She did not say that. We did not want that scene to be about their daughter, we wanted it to be about them reuniting.


4. Is Frank Lapidus dead?
Frank was on the sub last week when it went down. We all saw the guy catch a heavy metal door to the chest. But without a body or confirmation from one of the other Losties that Frank did indeed bite it, my money was on his having survived the explosion. Otherwise, as Jen pointed out in last week's analysis, why would LindeCuse even bother including Jeff Fahey in the cast this year -- just to have the guy plod around the island in his untucked Ajira-issued pilot's shirt following the candidates?

According to Jeff Fahey, that's about the size of it. In a Q&A posted this morning to, Fahey gives an unequivocal answer about the fate of our favorite pilot: "Yeah, he's dead."

Major bummer. If Fahey is to be believed -- and why would the guy lie at this point? -- we lost a season six regular cast member without so much as a "Hey, we lost Frank." Poorly played, writers.

5. What are you doing to celebrate/mark the May 23 "Lost" series finale?
Staying home to watch without distractions? Hosting your own viewing party? Or are you perhaps heading out to watch with a critical mass of "Lost" fans at a local club or movie theater? We want to know what you've got planned for "Lost's" final night for a story we're writing. E-mail us at

'Lost' Farewell Fest!
Speaking of finale plans, join us on Thursday, May 20 from 6 - 9 p.m. at The Reef in Washington, D.C.'s Adams Morgan neighborhood to say goodbye to our favorite show, and yours. More details

By Liz Kelly  | May 11, 2010; 1:34 PM ET
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I wouldn't say Jacob & MIB are at the level of Nikki & Paolo yet.


If they don't make those connections, then they will be ABOVE Nikki & Paolo in my book.

Right now they FEEL important, if it turns out differently then they're totally Poochies in LostLand.

Posted by: wadejg | May 11, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I am well aware that most of the questions will remain unanswered, but my top 3 are this: 1. What is the origin/meaning of Smokey & Jacob's feud? 2. How does Whidmore fit into all of this & 3. How will the Sideways world come together with the island world. I'm hoping tonight's ep will answer #1. I feel like most of the stuff they've answered this season were things that could have been assumed and were throw aways - I want REAL answers!

Posted by: luvlydawter | May 11, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

That is TERRIBLE NEWS about Lapidus!!! We aren't going to see him in Sideways? Infuriating!!!

Posted by: atl24 | May 11, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to have to respectfully disagree with two points from above:

1. The two boys are the same, just different actors at different ages of the same character. I've been saying all along that it's Jacob appearing to MIB. Can't wait to be validated.

2. I think Jeff Fahey is lying.

Posted by: eet7e | May 11, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

I hope that is true about Lapidus!

Liz, I also think you're wrong about the kid. IMDB says that the Boy in Black hasn't yet appeared, but the other kid has already been on two episodes.

Posted by: atl24 | May 11, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

With just less than two weeks to go, there are still so many questions we have for this show that we love so much. Tonight's episode "Across the Sea" is supposed to give a lot of details on the backstory of Jacob and the Man in Black...but what else is still left in question? Quite a bit -

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