LOST 7.00 “EX OBLIVIONE” For: Righters Untie contest “Ex Oblivione” Synopsis: Richard runs through the jungle and across the beach to join a middle-aged Charles Widmore, Ellie, Background Other #1, Bernard, Rose, Vincent, and Horace Goodspeed at a set of two larger outriggers. The group attempt to leave the island through the right compass bearing, but they are halted as a group of zombie tropical birds and aquatic beasts attack one craft and tear it apart. Richard sacrifices himself to save the other outrigger, as The Galaga rises out of the water to rescue them. Simultaneously, we’re given a point of view through Richard’s eyes as he sees Locke and Ben exit the Statue after Jacob’s death. Locke inspires the Others with a speech, and condemns Ben, Richard, Ilana, and Bram to death for plotting against them. As the four prisoners sit in a small cell inside the Temple, they are administered a sedative by Vanessa. The group are all fast asleep when a dark, costumed figure enters the chamber and wakes Richard. She convinces the group to go with her to The Bow, an old DHARMA station. As the group attempts their escape, they are spotted by Aldo, who alerts the rest of The Others before he is knocked unconscious. They continue to be pursued deep into the jungle and The Monster makes an appearance in the Dark Territory, where it pulls Bram underground. The group finally enters the station, where it’s revealed that the masked figure is Sun, who’s working with Claire in The Bow. Their work entails a mysterious pit in a room within the station. In flashbacks, we see Sun escaping the Others’ camp near the statue with Frank Lapidus. They run through the jungle but a vision of Christian stops Sun in her tracks and she and Frank are knocked unconscious. She awakens with Claire inside a room, where she shows Sun an orientation film for The Bow and explains her motives for wanting to help the island against John Locke. Back in the present, the group utilize the lift within The Bow and start to descent into the large pit. A red light fills the air around them and everything within the room surrounding the pit is torn apart and flies into the pit. Locke watches from the beach as the light erupts from a point further down the rocky beach. Locke orders the Others to prepare for war, and brings a battered Bram with him as he walks toward the light. In a scene taking place off the island, we are shown a busy street full of bustling people in suits. A bright flash occurs and Richard is suddenly visible in the crowd, shouting for Sun and Ben. Unsuccessful in trying to locate his party, Richard runs directly into Jack, who silences him and points to the street. A man is shouting about the “end of days” on top of a car and people are harassing him as a police force shows up. The man is shown to be Horace Goodspeed and he is interrupted by the snide officers. However, before they can arrest him, a zombie Ellie Widmore appears and attacks one of the officers, leaving the crowd panicked and running down the streets. Jack concludes the episode by looking at Alpert and stating the two have “work to do”. Ex Oblivione 1. Camera opens on shot of an eye. Pans back to show Richard, heavily breathing as he runs at full speed through the jungle. Looking panicked and paranoid, he glances over his shoulders several times and continues leaping over logs and dodging branches. The camera cuts to Richard emerging from the foliage onto the beach, checking something concealed in his hand for a brief moment. The shot is a wide image of the beach-line as Richard steams ahead, even faster than before. The branches begin to rustle and as Richard passes the camera we see a giant horde of people dressed in both bloodstained DHARMA jumpsuits and Others clothing pursuing him. However, these are not the ordinary island inhabitants we know and love. These are savage, raving ZOMBIES. Richard looks back one last time and stumbles over himself, falling face-first into the sand, which cuts the camera to black. Cut to another shot of an eye opening, this time from within the eye of the person we’re flashing to. The eye looks around at the group of Others outside the statue. A commotion develops. CINDY CHANDLER: He’s coming! Everybody, it’s him! Still in point of view (now obviously Richard’s), he gets up, exchanges glances and a nod with Ilana and Bram, and the three approach the open statue door. Locke emerges and marches directly over to Richard, with Ben reluctantly walking a few beats behind him. He stops almost nose to nose with Richard. RICHARD: John, I was just informed you may have some significant explaining to do… Locke responds by punching Richard in the gut. As Richard sinks to the ground in pain, he glances up to see Locke knife Bram in the leg and point it at Ilana to keep her at bay. LOCKE (with a look of dissatisfaction): No, I believe you’re the one that should be answering some questions, old friend. Camera fades to black and opens back on Richard at the beach. He is hurriedly helped out of the sand and into one of two large outriggers by an unnamed Other. In one outrigger sits an anxious Bernard, Rose, Vincent, and Horace Goodspeed. Richard’s boat contains the Other that saved him, as well as a distressed ’77-era Charles Widmore watching over his injured love, Ellie. The two boats shove off just as the zombies begin to wade through the shallow waters. All able-bodied passengers of the canoes paddle like hell is on their tails to get away from the threat. OTHER 1: So what the hell was so important back in that jungle anyways, Richard? Richard reveals he’s holding his old compass in the palm of his hand. BERNARD: A compass! You risked all of our deaths for a damn compass! WIDMORE: Without that compass, none of us are going anywhere. Not that we are anyways in these shoddy wooden crafts. RICHARD (dismissively glancing at Widmore): It’s the only chance we’ll have. And Jacob would not let us die out here, not like this. BERNARD: Well, your friend and savior Jacob didn’t care enough to stop what just happened back there; what happened to all of us. (he glances quickly at Widmore) ROSE: Bernard, show a little common courtesy and politely shut it! WIDMORE (looking down at Ellie): No, he’s right. This shouldn’t have happened…couldn’t have happened. RICHARD: I still have faith. (looks at the compass and checks the 305 bearing) OTHER 1: Well, good to know someone still thinks the apocalyptic glass is half-full. Other 1 looks at a shadow moving below the water’s surface OTHER 1: Say, what do you make of that?? Richard gets up and stares with the Other into the water. A loud screech is heard and Richard turns around as the Hurley Bird swoops down from the air and takes a considerably large bite of Other 1’s shoulder muscle. OTHER 1: Gahhh! Rose and Widmore scream and yell, as Horace and Bernard stare horrified at the scene. Camera cuts back to the present, where Locke hoists Richard up and looks upon the surrounding Others intently. LOCKE: I’ve come here, to this Island, to protect you sorry folks from people like this. And people like Ben Linus, who not but 3 hours ago, killed our leader, Jacob. Richard raises his head in shock. LOCKE: Don’t look so surprised, you old fool. My people, there’s a war on the horizon, greater than anything you could imagine. The part you’ve all missed out on is that this man has been carefully setting it up the entire time you people have been sitting around this Island waiting for your ‘savior’. RICHARD: John, I have no idea what you’re talking about or if you’re really the John I know, but… LOCKE: You know very well who I am and what happened to me in an attempt to stop my return. (pointing to Ben) This man killed me, and the femme-fatale in the Russian ward and her pen pal over here have attempted to do much worse. (as he gestures to Ilana and Bram standing over the opened crate) I am not the John Locke you knew and believed to be your savior, and I won’t lie to you about that, but I am a very real person, and a very dedicated servant to Jacob. ILANA: Why should we believe anything you’re saying? You were inside the statue too! LOCKE: I’m not telling these people they have to believe anything. They don’t need to be pushed around and ordered, which is the one thing some of their leaders have forgotten (glancing at Ben). What you’re looking at is a man who’s come from great lengths and hardships just to talk to you, and yet again, you’re trying to turn them against me. BRAM: Don’t believe him! He’s done this before! Locke throws his knife into the same leg that he stabbed Bram in before, doubling him over in further agony. LOCKE (turning to the crowd once more): These people have made a living trying to exploit this Island, and haven’t looked at the big picture. My advice to you as a polite suggestion would be to silence them for good. Let’s send a message to any others out there who have put their own needs over that of this society and the wishes of Jacob. (raising his fist to the air) Let’s avenge both of your fallen leaders! The crowd erupts in cheering. LOCKE (calming back down): Again, that’s just a suggestion.