The final season of LOST was full of controversial episodes – but let’s be real, the whole series was full of controversial episodes. Perhaps no episode in series history has been as scrutinized as “Across the Sea” though. With only 2 episodes to follow, “Across the Sea” went way back in time and told part of the story of Jacob and his brother, the Man in Black, as well as a new character simply known as Mother.
On paper, this sounds great right? Origin stories that answer a few series long mysteries is what we should be hoping for at the end of the series right? Apparently not. This episode was met with a lukewarm reaction with critics claiming that both not enough answers were given and that it didn’t move the story forward enough. Personally, I couldn’t disagree more, which is what promoted this essay for TV Obsessive.
In my essay, I look at what I believe are some deep mythological connections we should have been making here and how yes, this episode left us with more questions than answers but isn’t that the fun of LOST to begin with? You can read my full essay at this link here. Be sure to let me know what you think!