I know a lot of viewers are probably growing weary of all the time traveling going on this season. (Sunny’s comment during last night’s episode: “This is just weird.” This is true.) And there’s a part of me that’s less than enthused with how confusing things get when a show entertains time-travel possibilities. (See Heroes, Volumes 2 and 3.) But what I enjoy about this season thus far is that we finally seem to be at the point in the series where we’re getting more answers than questions. I think when it’s all said and done, we’ll realize what drew us to this show was the quest for these answers rather than the answers themselves. But enough waxing poetic…let’s get down to dissecting this week’s episode, entitled, “The Little Prince”.
Apparently the episode’s title is a reference to a book of the same name about an alien boy who crashes in the Sahara and meets a French pilot who becomes responsible for his welfare. Of course, LOST-philes are well aware of the producers’ infatuation with literary references, so this should come as no surprise. The episode centers around our little Island-born Aaron and someone’s quest to uncover the truth about his parentage. We’re led to believe Ben is the one behind this; perhaps this is what he meant when he told Jack he had some ideas on how to get Kate on board with going back to the Island. Meanwhile, Sayid continues to double as a human dartboard for the Tranquilizer Brigade while Sun gets her evil groove on. I worried that she might be up to no good by offering to “babysit” Aaron; now it seems she just wants vengeance for Jin’s death and she lays the blame squarely on Ben. Next week’s showdown between those two looks to be a good one!
As for the action on the Island, our castaways were transported back in time to Season 1 when Boone died, Aaron was born, and Locke’s hatch-banging led Desmond to light up the night sky. Probably the most significant moment here was Sawyer seeing Kate as she helped deliver Aaron. What happens if our Losties bump into themselves or one of their fellow castaways here? I have to be honest; this could be shark-jumping territory for me if we get to that point. I’m just saying.
But there were plenty of other significant pieces to last night’s Island action. It seems that the nosebleeds are directly related to the amount of time someone has spent on the Island. Hmm. And we’re also given further evidence to confirm what I believe to be true: that Miles is the son of the enigmatic Marvin Candle / Edgar Haliwax / Pierre Chang.
There were several times jumps in “The Little Prince”. The crew jumped from 1954 to 2004 at the end of “Jughead”; we know it’s 2004 because that’s when Claire gave birth to Aaron. The next jump is sometime after the departure of the Oceanic Six; that’s the only explanation for the deserted camp, the missing Zodiac, and the outrigger with the “Ajira Airlines” water bottle. (My favorite Sawyer line of the night, regarding the outriggers: “Who do these belong to? Other Others?” Classic.) If this flash in time is actually a flash-forward to some future time, this makes the identity of the crew who fired on Locke, Sawyer, Juliet, Miles, Farraday, and Charlotte very intriguing.
Our final jump revealed my favorite moment of the night: Jin! Yes! (Young Rousseau! A more mildly exuberant yes!) It seems that Jin has been floating around in the water, hopping through time with the rest of our castaways. Now that he’s been discovered by Rosseau and her crew, we know the timeline is 1988, at least until the next flash.
By the way, where are Rose and Bernard? And why hasn’t anyone seemed to miss them?
And I loved the Hurley jumpsuit scene. He looked a little Kramden-esque, which made me smile.
This isn’t original, but the TV Guide guy noted that the words on the side of Ben’s van, “Rainier-Canton” form an anagram for “reincarnation”. Hmmmm….this should be interesting.