Alright, now the writers have done all they possibly can to show us how great of a gentleman Jacob is. This walking ray of sunshine cares if people get a second chance. He baptises people as if he was your local pastor. He’s brutally honest (“honest” being a rare word these days) to Richard replying with “They’re dead.”, without hesitation. He even makes witty metaphors involving a wine bottle which everyone on here seems to love talking about.
So Jacob is just a Jacob huh? He’s just your ordinary fella walking the beach of an insane island all alone. He will occasionally give someone eternal life. He will bring people to the island against their will (don’t even try to argue that) in order to say “Hey, evil guy in black! See? I told ya, people can be good!”………… What an EXTREMELY unimportant reason to ruin so many “normal” lives back in the real world. If you want to say that his true reasoning for bringing people there is to replace him, that’s fine. Then you also would agree that Jacob is bringing people there against their will, despite what it looks like. He doesn’t tell Ilana “If my potential candidates choose to venture to the island, would you mind helping them out?”…….Their arrival to the island was always set in stone.
There’s still more to Richard too. There’s a good reason that one of the most knowledgeable people on the island is so convinced that Jacob is a liar. He’s been on the island for about a century and a half, and has seen how Jacob conducts business more than any other human we know of. My gut tells me to listen to this guy.
Do you really think Jacob is trying to keep evil from spreading across the world? Does he really want MIB trapped on the island? Then why the hell is he bringing people there? Why the hell is he tampering with this? Why can’t he just let MIB remain there without any interaction with anyone? You’d think that wretched, putrid evil spreading across the globe would be a rather important thing to prevent. Well, now we have a few losties that are on their way to helping this “evil incarnate” out. A few losties that Jacob seemed hell-bent on bringing there in the first place, many years ago.
Oh, and aren’t the numbers 4,8,15,16,23,42 supposed to signify the end of the world somehow? Aren’t they the numbers that Dharma spent years trying to change in order to save the world?………..What the hell are you doing Jacob? You have these exact numbers somehow connected to these losties. Are these six candidates here to bring upon the end of the world? What are your frickin intentions man?
The MIB might not be lying when he tells Richard who’s in that statue.