Posted by: cousinbrandon | February 4, 2009

LOST – Season 5, Episode 4: “The Little Prince”

That’s right, peeps.  I’m just now getting an opportunity to reflect on last night’s episode of LOST (Season 5, Ep. 4), “The Little Prince,” about which I wasn’t too crazy.  (Man, that sounds horrible, grammatically speaking.)  Like my pal Mike Anderson, I was familiar with the story The Little Prince, yet I couldn’t for the life of me remember anything about it.  Fortunately, they’ve got this great thing nowadays called The Internet, so I did a quick search and came up with a rather interesting synopsis…

1. The Little Prince.  (This summary, incidentally, comes from SparkNotes.com, interspersed with my comments in parentheticals) “The narrator, an airplane pilot, crashes in the Sahara desert (an airplane crash, huh?). The crash badly damages his airplane and leaves the narrator with very little food or water. As he is worrying over his predicament, he is approached by the little prince, a very serious little blond boy (isn’t Aaron a little blond boy?) who asks the narrator to draw him a sheep. The narrator obliges, and the two become friends. The pilot learns that the little prince comes from a small planet that the little prince calls Asteroid 325 but that people on Earth call Asteroid B-612. The little prince took great care of this planet, preventing any bad seeds from growing and making sure it was never overrun by baobab trees (sort of how the others took care of their island, preventing any “bad seeds” from “overrunning” it). One day, a mysterious rose (Rose?  As in Rose and Bernard?) sprouted on the planet and the little prince fell in love with it. But when he caught the rose in a lie one day, he decided that he could not trust her anymore. He grew lonely and decided to leave (I wonder if this has anything to do with Widmore leaving the island?). Despite a last-minute reconciliation with the rose, the prince set out to explore other planets and cure his loneliness.

“While journeying, the narrator tells us, the little prince passes by neighboring asteroids and encounters for the first time the strange, narrow-minded world of grown-ups. On the first six planets (Six?  As in Oceanic Six?) the little prince visits, he meets a king, a vain man, a drunkard, a businessman, a lamplighter, and a geographer, all of whom live alone and are overly consumed by their chosen occupations. Such strange behavior both amuses and perturbs the little prince. He does not understand their need to order people around, to be admired, and to own everything. With the exception of the lamplighter, whose dogged faithfulness he admires, the little prince does not think much of the adults he visits, and he does not learn anything useful. However, he learns from the geographer that flowers do not last forever, and he begins to miss the rose he has left behind (Much the same way Widmore misses the island).”

Look, I could go on and on with the comparisons, but I won’t.  Check out the synopsis for yourself and form your own conclusions.  Sure, maybe I’m reading too much into it, but since when does LOST include details if not for some greater purpose/hidden agenda?

2. Two Groups of Six.  I find it interesting that there are now two groups of six, much like the six planets visited and the six strangers met in The Little Prince.  We now have the Oceanic 6 (Jack, Kate, Sayid, Hurley, Sun and Aaron (which, by the way, still bothers me, as I didn’t want Aaron to be one of the O6)), as well as the group of six on the island (Locke, Juliet, Sawyer, Faraday, Charlotte and Miles).  Call it coincidence, but again, I simply refuse to do so.  I mean, why would we be focusing on these two groups at the exact same time, each comprising six members, each storylines running in contrast to each other?  I say there’s no such thing as a coincidence in this land of course correction.  And speaking of the Island 6…

3. Nosebleeds.  Uh-oh.  Not only is Charlotte suffering from pretty massive, life-threatening nosebleeds a la the bald suitor who takes Chevy Chase’s ex to the Italian restaurant in Modern Problems, but now the “sickness” appears to be spreading to both Miles and Juliet, as well.  Why?  We don’t know.  Fortunately our good pal Faraday suggests an idea:  maybe it has to do with prolonged exposure to the island.  “But,” Miles disputes, “I’ve only been here for, like, two weeks.”  To which Daniel replies, “Are you sure you’ve never been here before?”  Well, I think this confirms that Miles is, in fact, Marvin Candlewax’s baby, as I suggested a couple weeks back.  And seeing as how Juliet has been on the island for a few years longer than the Losties, it would stand to reason that she would be next in line to suffer after Miles and Charlotte.  I mean, we’ve already concluded that Charlotte has “returned” to the island.  Still, have we ever figured out who her parents are/were?  I’m going to go out on a limb here, and I’m not sure why I even think this, but here’s my guess:  Charlotte’s mommy and daddy are Ben and Annie, Ben’s “childhood” pal.

4. The Numbers.  Is it me or has the placement of the numbers become even more prominent and obvious over the course of the past two seasons?  I mean, last night’s episodes was riddled with them once again, including Kate’s address (the house number was 42), the amount of time Sayid was unconscious (42 hours), and the dock where they all met up (which, I believe, was number 23).  Clearly the numbers aren’t (and better not be) a red herring, as they’ve, perhaps, been the most consistent motif on this show since the beginning.  The question I’m starting to wonder, too, is if Ms. Hawking is using these numbers in some sort of mathematic configuration to figure out the whereabouts of the island.

5. Kate.  So I guess this was a Kate episode, right?  That probably explains why it wasn’t so great.  I don’t know why, but her episodes typically don’t seem as good for some reason.  Am I wrong on this?  Anyhoo, I actually appreciated the fact that the writers tried to illustrate her bond with Aaron via the various flashbacks/timelines (helping to birth Aaron, talking to Jack on the Searcher about lying to the others, and obviously all the “current” stuff with the lawyer and Sun).  Yet despite her love and utter reluctance to have her child taken away, she decides it’s a good idea to leave him with Sun, the woman who clearly holds her somewhat responsible for her husband’s death?  Yeah, good plan, Kate.  Almost as smart as the time you first met Charlotte and Faraday, turned your back to them, and got knocked the eff out with the butt of Charlotte’s pistol.

6. The Boats.  The name of that style of boat is currently eluding me, but zing!  Boats carrying water from sort of Indian (or was it Indonesian?) airline, which would presumably mean the island-folk “jumped” into a modern (or even futuristic?) timeline.  While I can appreciate the idea of taking them before “whoever owned them returned,” I had a bit of trouble with the islanders’ assailants catching up to them so quickly once they hit the open sea.  Furthermore, just who, in fact, was shooting at them (and why in God’s name did they all manage to have such predictably horrible aim)?  The fact that we failed to see the faces of any of the pursuers was obviously intentional, which, for some reason, leads me to wonder if the people firing the guns were, in fact, the people being fired at?  That is, what if we somehow find out that Sawyer and crew are not only the ones fleeing but a “future” version of themselves firing at themselves?  Clearly we’ll get this detail explained at some point, but I promise that we’re already going to know these people on the trailing boat once their identities are “revealed.”

7. French People.  Okay, this one was a bit telegraphed, but awesome nonetheless.  Once they “jumped” into the storm and had to quickly “dock” their boat on the beach, we were again forced to wonder “when” they were.  And as soon as the words “Does anyone speak French?” (which, by the way, is a repeated line from the first season, to which Maggie answered the call) were muttered, I knew, exactly, when we were.  Cut to a raft of strangers floating among the storm.  Sure, we couldn’t recognize anyone, but we did see a dark-haired woman of French descent, who would, the next day, tend to the unconscious man they found floating at sea.  She removed her coat and revealed her “belly bump,” another clonk on the head to us viewing folk.  Shortly thereafter, she revealed to the newly conscious man that her name was Danielle, “Danielle Rousseau.”  Gee, that sounds familiar, no?  Hopefully we’ll get a back story on her (at last), provided the writers aren’t in too big of a hurry to “jump” our pals around again.  Oh, and the man she revealed this information to was none other than…

8. Jin.  Wow.  I mean, even despite my insistence that he didn’t die last season when the freighter exploded, I was nevertheless floored to see him still alive, floating out at sea.  How he managed to survive the explosion isn’t quite clear (and is actually pretty unlikely), but there he was all the same, red-faced and dry-mouthed.  Long ago I predicted Jin and Sun’s story of separation of reconnection would replace the love story of Desmond and Penny.  Well, it appears to be working just I predicted, so kudos to me.

9. Ben.  Sorry, but I never get tired of my main man, Benjamin Linus.  I don’t know if it’s the sheer line delivery or what, but he never fails to disappoint.  I was most pleased with the reveal of “No, she’s right.  Sorry, Jack,” which followed Kate accusing him of trying to steal Aaron.  And why would Ben be trying to steal Aaron?  Well, to get leverage over Kate as a bargaining chip to force her to return to the island, of course.  (By the way, I was awfully happy to discover that it was not, in fact, Claire’s mother trying to get Aaron, seeing as how the whole “Previously on LOST” featured Claire’s mother.  It would have been way too obvious.)  Furthermore, as much as this show has pitted Jack and Sawyer against one another (man of science, man of faith), I love moments like these, where Jack has been duped despite putting his total trust in Ben, a la the constant getting over on Locke that has transpired his entire life. 

Sorry, but I just can’t go on.  Too long a day, too many meetings, and, frankly, not my favorite episode.  I mean, let’s face it:  they’re all pretty darn great.  Nevertheless, this was a bit of a letdown after “Jughead.” 

Until next time, have at it, you vultures!

BD

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