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Episode four of Lost season five gives us a heavy dose of time travel (ain't it fun?!), but it also weaves, unexpectedly, three characters together.
Those three characters are Sawyer, Locke and Aaron.
The episode, titled The Little Prince , takes us on a rabid tour of The Island's past while continuing the storyline of Ben trying to get the band back together for one more Island gig.
Let's start with present-ish day L.A. Dan Norton, esq. (aka the dad in My So-Called Life ) is putting the squeeze on Kate. Norton claims his discreet client is seeking, and will get, custody of Aaron. Who is his client?
Time for a red herring ... on the barbie! Could it be Claire's Aussie mom, Carole Littleton? Could she be on to the ruse that is the cover-up of her grandchild? Of course not. Remember, Carole was comatose while Claire was pregnant. Plus, she's under the impression a. Claire, pregnant and all, died during the crash and b. Kate is the legitimate mother.
But the scene gives us a chance to see old-school Jack. Heck, he even drops one of his classic, "I can fix things," to Kate.
We later find out Ben is the man pulling Norton's strings in a creepy garage + van sequence that alludes to Sayid's previous van-gone-wrong experience with terrorists in Australia (season 1, "The Greater Good" ).
Earlier that day, however, Sayid continues his butt-whooping ways by thwarting an attack on his life. Who commissioned the attack? Widmore? The Economis t ? Ben?
I say Ben. He probably didn't think Sayid would come willingly, and being that the two have worked together, Sayid probably sees Ben in a different, likely more accurate light. Plus, Ben (who met Jack outside the radiology department, btw) was a little shocked to walk in on a panting Sayid in the hospital room, as evident buy his ultra-bug-eyed, "Hello, Sayid."
We also catch a glimpse of Sun receiving intel, and a firearm. Is she rogue? Is she protecting herself from Widmore? Her father? Ben? Again, door No. 3 is our answer. There are rumbling Sun ain't all peaches 'n' kimchee. I completely disagree. Her intel was to keep tabs on Ben. Her gun was to protect her, Aaron, and probably the rest of the Oceanic 6 from Ben. Why? Sun blames two people for Jin's death. We know one is her father. But the other IS Ben. Locke (aka Jeremy Bentham) made the Oceanic 6 rounds. You have to imagine the main talking point with Sun was about his experience below the Orchid with Ben and soldier of fortune Martin Keamy. You have to think Locke told Sun about Ben's disregard for the fate of the freighter and the people aboard. You have to think Ben is No. 2 on her hitlist.
Then there's Aaron, one of our little princes. I'd recommend hopping over to Wikipedia to brush up the French novella you may have read as kid. Aaron very well could be our main prince, but only because Ben is our snake.
"On the Earth, he starts out in the desert and meets a snake that claims to have the power to return him to his home planet (A clever way to say that he can kill people, thus 'Sending anyone he wishes back to the land from whence he came.') The Prince meets a desert-flower, who, having seen a caravan pass by, tells him that there are only a handful of men on earth and that they have no roots, which lets the wind blow them around making life hard on them.
Here's what I"m picking up: Ben's motives aren't likely in anyone's best interest outside of his and his people's. Also, the Skipping Six (Miles, Charlotte, Faraday, Locke, Juliet and Sawyer) are our "handful of men with no roots," blowing through The Island's timeline. I'd say life is being a bit hard on them, don't ya think?
On The Island, we join our Skipping Six tending to Charlotte's blood-pouring-from-face issue. She gains consciousness, and asks Faraday, "who are you?"
What we have here, is failure to constant-ate.
"It's me, Dan," he retorts. Constant! And like that, expect the bloody mess that was Charlotte to well, stop bleeding. She done got herself a constant.
Could a constant prevent the "real bad case of jetlag" Faraday describes? I say yes.
Example 1: Desmond and Penelope
Example 2: Faraday and Desmond
Example 3: Charlotte and Faraday
Two other nosebleeds hit the Skipping Six. Miles catches one, as does Juliet. Faraday ask Miles, "are you sure?" As in, are you sure this is your first time on The Island? Of course it isn't. We're going to find out he's Dr. Pierre Chang's son, I reckon.
Which begs a lingering question: If Charlotte also wasn't on The Island for her first time, when was she here?
But the real Skipping Six star was Sawyer, who's still grappling with his love for Kate. In a particularly moving scene, the Skipping Six encounter the Castaways at a crucial time. Castaway Boone was dying, castaway Locke was "confused" and banging on Desmond's hatch (hence, summoning the beam of light) and castaway Claire was giving birth to Aaron with Kate's help.
No wonder Kate has such a bond with the little guy, she helped bring him into the world. Sawyer stumbles into this scene, and simply watches Kate and Claire immaculately deliver the kiddo. Is he falling back in love? Nay, I say. He's coming to terms with his Kate dilemma. He's evolving from a little prince-turned-hustler, who lost his parents to an abusive father, into a leader. Contrast that with hustler Ben (another little prince, btw), who's trying to pry little prince Aaron away from his mother.
Sawyer comes away from the moment with an interesting about-face: "It doesn't matter what I want." For the better part of the show, what Sawyer wanted always mattered. Has he evolved? Evolved into a leader?
Speaking of princes, our third little orphan, Locke has revealed to the Skipping Six his plans to leave The Island. Here's what Wikipedia has to say:
"After some thought, the Prince bids an emotional farewell to the narrator, explaining to him that while it will look as though he has died, he has not, but rather that his body is too heavy to take with him to his planet. He tells the narrator that it was wrong of the narrator to come and watch, as it will make him sad. The Prince then allows the snake to bite him. The next morning when the narrator looks for the Prince, he finds his body has disappeared. The story ends with a portrait of the landscape where the meeting of the Prince and the narrator took place and where the snake took the Prince's life. The narrator also makes a plea that anyone encountering a strange child in that area who refuses to answer questions to contact the narrator immediately."
We'll leave that at that because there's one more event to breakdown. OK, really two. The first is a trashed camp, courtesy of Ajira Airways. What this means, I don't know. But they have a website.
The second is the return of ... The Frenchwoman. Oh, and Jin. Danielle Rousseau and her science team are in a raft when they come across Jin's body. Turns out he's alive, and hanging out in 1988.
I'll stop there, let's talk it out.