Achalli wrote a simple theory entitled “The “why” of Rchard Alpert”, which initially got me thinking deep in Lost for the first time in a while.
This is in regards to the men and monster listed in the title, and how they connect…
Jacob met Richard long ago.
Richard is, from past Lost episodes, a strong possibility of being a former BlackRock passenger, so we will play that angle.
Richard arrives on the island… after of course, a quick visit from the “great man” himself, Jacob off island(possibly even being told he needs him for something). And most certainly blessing/apologizing, and a quick touch.
He knows he must get aboard the ship, something I imagine will cost him something very important. And he knows he is supposed to do something…he just doesnt know what. This sound familiar? So he does what many Losties do, and that is get stuck on the god foresaken island.
He meets Jacob again, and upon meeting him is met with an understanding that his “destiny” is yet to come…so what does he do…he waits…and waits…and waits…and waits…and truthfully…I think he is still waiting.
I know Achalli had a great thought that Jacob had Richard assist him in capturing MIB, and that is why he gave him the gift of immortality. There is a rising debate of whether immortailty given to Richard is a gift…or a punishment, but I think that could only be decided by the bearer of the power…Richard himself.
I think when we learn Richard Alpert’s back story, we will learn that he is not only the most patient islander we know, but possibly even the saddest story of anyone on the island. Whether king or peasant from the past, or even the future, I believe we will see the cold, ageless man lovingly care about someone in his story.
I believe his journey will begin as many Losties have, by trying to either escape…or find something/someone. By the time of his arrival to the island, I would imagine he doesnt have any family to return to, any relatives or friends waiting. He has no reason to leave the island. He has no reason to fight. He is Jacobs best chance of accomplishing his mission of proving MIB wrong.
That when “they” come… “They” dont fight, “They” dont destroy…”They” dont corrupt…
Richard Alpert is Jacobs chosen one.
Some theorized he will be Jacobs body, or maybe he will be Jacobs voice vengance…I actually think more than anything, Richard will turn out to be Jacobs voice.
Richard is known for holding empty hands when in threatening situations.
With Young Ben in the Jungle.
With Dharma upon “LaFleur’s” arrival.
With Sawyer and Kate bringing Ben into the Jungle.
And most importantly with Faraday pointing a gun straight in his face.
I don’t believe MIB is necessarily bad, or Jacob good. I believe like most mysteries on Lost, and in the strange world we live in ourselves, it is more a matter of opinion, belief, or even faith if you will.
The people Jacob and MIB discuss are not the people of Black Rock, or even 815…just people in general.
MIB believes that people arriving to the island that possess the power of “ours” will lead to destruction…bottom line. He believes they will gain power and knowledge, and fight, corrupt, and destroy themselves.
Jacob believes that people will be capable of coinciding with such a power. Jacob believes that man will not fight, destroy, and corrupt. Jacob believes that MIB is wrong. And Ricardus is the first one in our story, that Jacob chose to prove MIB wrong.
It seems as if MIB is protecting the island, and Jacob protects the people. Both seem willing to sacrifice, fight, and die for what they believe…and whoever it is that turns out to be correct, will most likely not only make the decision of what Richard Alperts true purpose is, but if what Jacob did to him is a gift…or a punishment.