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Lost Episode Four: "The Little Prince"

Lost Episode Four: "The Little Prince"

Aww, I love the title of this Lost episode, "the Little Prince." Of course it's a reference to the French book The Little Prince, which was inspired at least in part by author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's real-life experience of being stranded in the Sahara desert after a plane crash. I'm not an expert on this book at all, but as Lost is wont to make me do, I'm now reading meaning into every little bit of it.

Do you know The Little Prince? Did any significant parallels strike you between that book and what's going on in the crazy twisty world of Lost?

To chat about this and other awesomely surprising parts of this week's episode,


  • Lost just keeps pulling these twisty surprises on us and personally, I'm having a ball with this season so far. I love that there's a show that makes me jump off the couch and yell things (like, "Lady doesn't even know about Aaron!?! Is that Jin?! Ohmigosh, ROUSSEAU!!!").
  • Initially I thought "the little prince" merely referred to Aaron (he lives on an asteroid, but visits Earth. . .), which may be true. But there are plenty of other possibilities as well. I thought of the whole thing with the snake who says that by killing people he can send "anyone he wishes back to the land from whence he came." Locke? Agh, I could drive myself crazy finding correlations between these two things.
  • Also, apparently "Besixdouze" ("B612"), which is found written on the wreckage on the beach, is a reference to the asteroid on which the Little Prince lives in the book.
  • We go back in time to see the moment Kate decides to keep Aaron and Jack wants to tell everyone to lie. Jack wants to know if Kate's with him on this plan and she answers, "I have always been with you."
  • Sun gets a delivery — a dossier, photos of Ben and Jack. And (just in time for Valentine's Day!) a box of chocolates with a gun hidden at the bottom. Remember the last time Sun held a gun? She pointed it at an Other named Colleen and demanded to be let off the boat. Colleen's response was less than satisfactory, and Sun shot her. I wonder who sent her this romantic little package?
  • Sawyer's all mad at Faraday for not saying anything even though he knew that this would happen to Charlotte, which works like "really bad jet lag" on the internal clock. Faraday thanks God that it's not happening to all of them. . . until it kinda does start happening to them (Miles and Juliet, anyway). Faraday explains that he thinks it has to do with "duration of exposure," the amount of time one's been on the island, which means Miles might have spent more time on the island than he thought.
  • Locke suggests going back to the Orchid station because he wants to bring back Jack, Kate, Sayid, etc. He plays on Sawyer's love for Kate, but Sawyer has to wonder what Locke could say to Kate to get her to come back to the island. Later Sawyer comes across Kate and Claire in the woods. Honesty? I might have cried a little to see Sawyer watching Kate coach Claire through the birth of Aaron.
  • Ben shows up to the hospital where Jack has taken Sayid. Soon after, a male nurse guy goes to give Sayid meds, but it's pretty easy to tell he's the enemy. So, Sayid pulls some of those "crazy ninja moves" (as Hurley put it in "The Lie") and takes the guy down. He finds Kate's address on the guy.
  • Quite simply, this is the best: "Dude, I'm totally cool, I'm in LA County lock-up."
  • Jack goes to Kate and together they follow Mr. Norton — to Claire's mother's house. Jack wants to go inside because, as usual, he thinks he can fix things. "I can fix it. Aaron is my family, too." (Well, yeah. More so than most, actually!) But when he tries to convince her not to seek custody of Aaron, she says, "Who's. . . Aaron?" The truth: Mr. Norton is working for Ben.
  • This seemed significant: Locke says he needed the pain of the past "to get to where I am now."
  • I've gotten a couple random emails from Ajira Airlines, and I've gone to the website before, but now they're finally showing it on the show — on the water bottle in the long rowboat-y thing.
  • The rowing scenes are like Sawyer comedy hour with his "Time travel's a bitch" and screaming "Thank you Lord!" when they are saved from the rain of gunfire — only to be transported to a time of a heavy rainstorm. "I take that baaaaaack!"
  • It's sweet of Juliet to ask Sawyer about Kate since Juliet seems destined to always play second fiddle to Kate — whether it's with Jack or Sawyer.
  • Once back on the beach, they come across wreckage that turns out to be from Rousseau's science expedition. She and her fellow French guys find a guy floating unconscious in the ocean — and it's Jin! They bring him to shore and the young pregnant French woman turns out to be Rousseau herself! Aaaah! I love this show.
  • Back in L.A. (or. . . in future L.A.?) Jack, Ben, Sayid and Kate all gather at the pier and Kate suddenly knows that Ben is the one who wants to take Aaron. Then we see Sun in a car, reaching for her gun and opening the door. . .
  • I look forward to next week when Sun pulls the gun on Ben — but then he pulls out the information that Jin's not dead. Can't wait!

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bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
I assume that Jin is moving through time with the flashes a the same pace as the "left behinders" and that eventually Roussseau or not they will run into him. As for the O6 I'm about ready for them to get back on the Island, and I'm ready for Sun to stop acting crazy and get her stuff together. Seriously she isn't even taking care of her and Jin's baby!
greentea14 greentea14 8 years
I was so incredibly happy when I saw Jin :D I didn't make the connection between french and Rousseau though...or the bésixdouze with the Little Prince's asteroid, I kept thinking that there were twelve bésix in there :S...heehee, I really enjoyed this episode, can't wait to see more Rousseau :)
ildergreier ildergreier 8 years
Yin and his flamboyant cheeckbones. I want to have his babies.
Deehamza Deehamza 8 years
I LOVED the episode!! I also knew immediately that we were about to see Rossaeu when they found out that the wreckage was of a French plane. I think I know where the show is going... Maybe it'll turn out in the end that the Others were also time travelers and they were trying to protect themselves from the oceanics.. It all revolves around time on Lost.
fakeplanettelex fakeplanettelex 8 years
so tired of kate. he's not your son. go back to the island already. though i did love the part when sawyer saw kate deliver aaron.... i like seeing sensitive sawyer. pretty much confirmed that miles is likely to be chang's baby, charlotte is somehow tied to annie, and i sure as hell still do not trust juliet. but good call to the person who stated that everytime someone tried to 'do something,' the flash would appear.... didn't catch that. i think this week was more of a filler ep, but no biggie... setting up for more action! i never heard of ajira airways before this? were we supposed to?
emalove emalove 8 years
Some of my fave things about last night's episode: *I was SO happy to see Jin!!!! I knew in my heart that he wasn't really dead, but it made me so happy to know it for sure. I had read that we'd learn about Russeau's early experiences on the Island, but I wasn't expecting it to be so soon. *I got VERY teary when Sawyer saw Kate delivering Claire's baby...I'm such a sap. I love that he loves her. *Jack seemed more like the "old Jack" in this episode. I'm so so SO excited for next week! I thought this episode was really great.
buzzlightgirl buzzlightgirl 8 years
What a wonderful episode!! Definitely one of the BEST I've ever seen. With Jin coming back only to be wayyy back in the past, to Sawyer seeing Kate again, to this mysterious was amazing to say the least.
johnsonkm20 johnsonkm20 8 years
It never occurred to me that Jin was still floating around in the ocean! Once Locke mentioned French, I knew that Danielle would show up but Jin! I can't wait until the Islanders meet up with the French people + Jin. Hopefully, they do before another flash, otherwise Jin will be left all by himself, right? How hilarious was the "he's with me" from Jack, as if that would comfort Kate upon seeing Ben. Plus then Ben has the balls to admit he was behind the DNA test, no biggie. It's curious that Sayid was so quick to jump back into involvement with Ben, and who/why is sending all these hit men after him? Sawyer was great, but I always have a soft spot for Sawyer. Really touching but still hilarious at times.
cbliss82 cbliss82 8 years
Has anyone gone to the Ajira Airlines website yet? Go on their "Ajira Adventures" page and look at all the different trips- TRIPPY
cbliss82 cbliss82 8 years
Remember when Sawyer sees Kate? He is so close he can almost reach out and say something. Then when he is telling Juliet about it, and she asks him why he didnt say anything to her... Well earlier on Ferraday tells Sawyer that they cannot change what happens, that no matter how hard they tried time/the island would not let it happen. Do you think it would have been possible for Sawyer to say something to Kate at that moment? OR did the flash of light happen, because he was about to? Everytime the flash happens, it happens when something is happening at that time, that might change the outcome of the future!!!!
reesiekitty reesiekitty 8 years
This was another good episode- it kept things moving and I like the way all the off-Island Losties are being drawn slowly in by Ben. 1) Yea! Jin's not dead! I didn't think he was, but it never occured to me that Rousseau was the one who would find him. And- wasn't past- Rousseau pretty and kindly? I felt so bad for her, just knowing all the bad stuff that awaited her in the future. 2) i love the way Sun is such an international bada** now. Getting the secret gun package and going after Ben. But I also can't wait to hear how Ben convinces her Jin is alive and she has to come to the island to save him. Kate's disbelief is bad enough- I like it that she and Jin have been sticking together on this. 3)Jack without beard- so much better. In every way. I also like how more and more- none of the Losties has a very good life to come home to. Really- Jack can't be a doctor, Kate faces giving up Aaron, Hurley will be put back in the asylum, Sun wants to find Jin, Syaed has nothing to do but be a deadly assassin, and Locke is DEAD unless he goes back. The Island is starting to look better and better- especially if they all dress for it and take along some granola bars,etc. this time so they're more prepared. 4)For the Islanders- wow, Sawyer was great in this ep. I admit to tearing up too, when he was watching Kate deliver Aaron and decided it would only make things worse to try and talk to her. He has been very much in 'get the job done' mode in the past couple episodes and it's a good look for him. Also- yeah, he was really funny in the canoe!! I also like it when Juliet is sympathetic, but I also think she knows more than she's saying and still has her own agenda. Maybe she knows, deep down, that Ben will be coming back. 5) I still think Farraday is trying to figure out why stuff is happening, but I agree that Miles and Charlotte must also be children of the original Darmha Others. Or some other group that was on the Island. All in all, very satisfying :)
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
Excuse me -he had to flee his home planet (an astroroid)- he didn't flew his home planet.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
The Little Prince...the Little prince himself is an alien and he had to flew his home planet only to be stranded on earth where he is taken advantage of and left friendless until he meets the pilot. The pilot is also lonely and friendless and together they become friends and share their experiences. At least that's what I recall from The Little Prince. I haven;t read the original french book but the English translation and I saw the movie and it's still one of my favorites despite the singing. It just break my heart because of what happens to the little prince.
RCLdesigngirl RCLdesigngirl 8 years
Krradford...that was funny! I have to say that I feel that way a lot of the time.
ingalinnea ingalinnea 8 years
my guess is that all of the things that they encounter while jumping around in time will come into play in future episodes/seasons. Like the bomb (obviously), and whose boat they stole, etc. So it is not only answering past questions (how whitmore knew about the island, Rousseau and her crew, etc.) but also setting the scene for a whole new group of questions. That is why I love this show!
lilprisci lilprisci 8 years
*sigh* I LOVE this show. I thought I was obsessed already but this season is just making me more and more of a Lostie... I can't wait for next week.
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 8 years
This is worth listening to; from NPR "Why We Keep Watching Lost":
spasiklaki spasiklaki 8 years
That was a great episode. I really enjoyed it. Both on-island and off-island situations were very interesting. I suppose Ben being the "client" came as little surprise but it was nice that tried to throw us off by bringing Claire's mum into play. I also loved the scene were they found the Ajira airways water bottle. I suppose at that moment the O6 or some of them weren back on the island. Perhaps they were hiding in the jungle :). But I must say that it was very strange that Juliet knew the airline. I love this character, don't get me wrong, but she is still hiding a lot and I think she has her own plans. Whenever I see her I always try to remind myself that she used to be an Other (perhaps she still is). Something that didn't quite fit in: when the Left Behinders found the wreckage that had something french written on a piece, Locke asked if anyone speaks french. Shouldn't Locke, Sawyer (and perhaps even Juliet) use that as a clue and remember Rousseau' s story? That would help them define when they are. Or perhaps it isn't so important for Locke and Co? Either way I loved and if I hadn't known in advance that they would meet a young Rousseau, I'm sure I would have enjoyed it even more. Can't wait for next week. The promo was reeeally sweet.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
I thought last nights ep was pretty predictable and didnt do much as far as answering questions but did advance the story line... it was kind of a snoozefest though. But man evangeline lilly is BEAUTIFUL when she's all polished up.
laceykk23 laceykk23 8 years
i got a little teary too when sawyer was watching kate and claire in the woods.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 8 years
Haha, Renee, great minds... I wonder what the significance is of the freighter people's parents being significant :ponder:
Phasekitty Phasekitty 8 years
I knew Jin couldn't be dead too. I'm so glad he's back now! I've been waiting to see Rosseau ever since they started time traveling! Whoo! So it seems like all the freighter people's parents are significant- Miles is Marvin Candle's son (I think we've all come to that conclusion at this point), Daniel is Ellie/Eloise's son, and Charlotte, I think, is Annie's son, Ben's childhood friend.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
Great episode! Jin is alive!! In the next week teaser, Ben says Jin is Alive and I can prove it. I wonder how he’ll prove it? So I’m guessing when the freight blew up, somehow Jin was within the radius of the island moving. So has he been moving with them this whole time? Poor guy. Last we saw Sawyer and Lockes group, they had just got on the island from the terrible storm right, so are they going to run into Danielles people? What a great way to tie her in and explain some stuff (hopefully!) So as for the on island people, I really think Miles was a Dharma kid, perhaps Pierre Changs baby that we saw in the first episode. So he’d been on the island before, hence why he’s getting the nose bleed. As for Charlotte, I can figure out where she came from, but Ben’s little friend from when he was young, Annie, keeps popping in my head. Perhaps they’re connected someway.
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
Yeah, whenever they'd hint at Jin coming back I always thought they meant he would just appear again on the show, during a scene when the characters travel back to a time when he was alive. Or something.
amanda44ni amanda44ni 8 years
I knew Jin wasn't dead, they have been hinting at it. I wonder how Ben plans on proving this to Sun.
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