02
Mar
10

Candidates and Richard Alpert

I don't age but bullets hurt!
As many of you know, Finally Lost participates in a weekly Q/A where many of the top bloggers from DarkUFO to the The Four Toed Foot all answer 2 questions per week. In addition to posting my answers on this site, I will post and give props to my favorite non-Finally Lost answer. You of course can see all the answers to the weekly questions at Stream of Consciousness.

The questions were:

  1. Do you think any of the candidates (Hurley, Sawyer, Jin, Sun, Jack, Locke) will become the next ‘Jacob’?
  2. Who/what is Richard?

Finally Lost:

1) I think Jack is destined to become the next Jacob. The show has clearly been all about Jack from the start. He was the original leader, he has had the most “centric episodes” and all the connections seem to go through Jack. If you’ve read my blog then you’ve witnessed my painful Jack-Journey and you understand how difficult it is for me to anoint Jack as the next Jacob. During the course of 5 seasons, Jack has done a Sawyer/Jin-like turnaround only in the wrong direction! He went from, “Cool it’s Charlie from Party of Five” to “Why isn’t he leading??” to “Why doesn’t he listen to anyone??” to finally, “Damn he cries too much and I’ll never forgive him for killing Juliet!”. Despite his shortcomings this show has always been about Jack and I think convincing everyone to allow him to set off the nuke solidified him as Jacob’s number 1 stunna.

2) Clearly Richard Alpert is the former top model for the island’s Maybelline Eyeliner Contest. Jacob chose Richard but the Man In Black thought Dogen was the better choice. In the end Jacob’s man edged out Dogen in the voting by a score of 16-15 and a bitter MIB has been trying to kill Jacob ever since. QED. This is Lost so anything is possible, however, I think the right answer is that Richard was a prisoner on the Black Rock while Dogen its captain. For whatever reason Jacob decided Ricardus would be his dotted-line advisor (*cough* admin) leaving Jacob enough free time to spend the next two centuries looking for a successor. A friend of mine once noted that he’d love to see an Island Org Chart and I think it would be a great exercise to put one together.

Paul Burrows @ Room 23:

1) Well when Flocke said “Don’t tell me what I can’t do!” it made me start thinking that just maybe MIB taking the form of Locke is having a detrimental effect. What if Locke’s personality is going to slowly take control of MIB and there will be an eventual war of emerging personalities with the original Locke eventually being reborn in the Flocke body and vanquishing MIB. Then eiher Locke or Jack will take Jacob’s role and the other will take Richards role.

2) Well we know that Richard has been a recruiter for the Others/Jacob. He met with little Ben on a few occasions and even saved his life in the Temple Pool. He recruited Juliet and he made a number of attempts to recruit Locke.

Lostpedia says on Richards page: “In the Season 3 DVD commentary for “The Man from Tallahasse”, Richard Alpert is described as someone who is not interested in leading the Others but is very influential in finding and selecting a leader. He is described as being similar to a Panchen Lama choosing the next Dalai. He and Ben keep each other in “check” by having the power to pick/veto each other’s replacement on the Island. Ben’s role would be to pick the next Panchen, should the need arise. This keeps the two in a sort of balanced power relationship. They are allies, yet they have some measure of control over the other should one get out of hand.”

I would assume that he had the same relationship with Widmore and Eloise and if Locke had not flashed he would have had the same relationship with him.As for Richards’s origins I would assume that the Black ship that Jacob and MIB saw was the Black Rock and that Richard was probably the captain of the ship. He probably was given the gift of immortality after agreeing to be Jacobs’s advisor and go between to the current leader of Jacobs people (The Others).

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Well that’s all I got until tonight’s episode, I have a feeling it’s going to be a great one. Before I go I’d like to share with you the top key words people are googling to find this blog. It’s hilarious and while I’m not sure what it says about my blog, clearly I am the subject matter expert on all things mr. echo, red sox and all things ben…

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5 Responses to “Candidates and Richard Alpert”


  1. 1 TokyoPaul
    March 2, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Hey, good Blog as always. You’ve made me a weekly reader and are quite good at it – you’ve come along way from Fathers and Sons, B.

    Anywhoo… regarding Dogen and the Black Rock, I think he’s too young to have been on it, let alone was the Captain. He appeared in Jack’s Flash-Sideways, so clearly he is from our time period and not from 200 years ago. Richard though, definitely came on the Black Rock as a slave (hence FLocke’s comments about seeing Richard “in chains”).

    • 2 TokyoPaul
      March 2, 2010 at 12:16 pm

      BTW, Lost is very popular in Japan, and I’m sure once Season 6 comes on DVD with Dogen (popular Japanese actor Hiroyuki Sanada) being so heavily featured in these early episodes, there will probably be a shit load of marketing and advertisements for it. I’ll try to get you something from here with Lost.

      • March 2, 2010 at 2:34 pm

        Thanks for the kind words Paul. Those were last weeks’ submissions for the Q/A contest so I submitted them before last tuesday’s episode where we saw Dogen on the island. I was going to write that in as an exclaimer BUT I said to myself, why couldn’t he have gotten the power of agelessness and then left the island.

        Walk with me…say Jacob gave him and Richard the power of agelessness and somehow Dogen got off the island. He would 1) retain his agelessness, 2) begin to age properly or 3) disintegrate on the spot (cool). So maybe he left the island and one of the the first 2 possibilities happened and now he’s living a normal life.

        In this week’s Q/A I put forth a theory that says the nuke could have sunk the island but transported all the people on the island to Tunisia. Is that any less likely than it transporting the Losties back to the present day time in Timeline Prime?? I’ll post that theory later on this week…

  2. March 4, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    “Ben Bernard” toys

    I hope that’s not a ship :O


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