t's pretty obvious why I'm excited for next week's Lost episode, "Across the Sea": we finally learn of the origins of both Jacob and the Man in Black, and presumably, the Island as well.
Here are two preview clips from next week's episode, and none of them feature any of the series regulars--as expected in an episode that's been hyped precisely because of a lack of familiar faces.
Clip number one features Allison Janney, she who the official episode synopsis simply refers to as "woman". Here she's tending to a newcomer to the Island, played by Lela Loren. After watching this clip, I'm thinking Janney won't be playing the mother to either Jacob or the Man in Black, but is instead someone who's keeping watch over the Island way before everything happened:
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