After last week’s dramatic episode, I had high hopes for LOST‘s third installment, titled “The Little Prince.” Well, I was disappointed. It was dull, dull, dull, punctuated only by overly dramatic music (like when Sun received a very ominous box of Godiva chocolates) and one key revelation. Namely, Jin’s not dead! Hurrah!Most of the information in the most recent LOST, including the Jin plotline, is revealed as the island-bound Losties ricochet through time. Viewers follow them as they encounter people from the island’s past, like a young, super-preggers Rousseau and her French crew. This may be a quick and easy way for the writers to reveal information, but it’s a predictable plot device and not terribly exciting to watch. I’m not sure how much more of island time-hopping viewers (and by viewers, I mean myself) can take. LOST fans may not get nosebleeds, but doubtlessly at least some are disoriented by the constantly fluctuating island timeline.
Off-island, a complicated series of events leads several characters to convene near a boat in Los Angeles. Namely, Sun, Ben, Jack, Kate, Sayid, and the titular Aaron. One can only hope that next week, they will actually get on the boat and move the series closer to its 2010 end-date. Seeing the group assembled on the docks, one question we’re left with is why Ben doesn’t want Aaron to go back to the island. I’m guessing that there’s something in the complex island laws of fate that excepts Aaron from the “we’ve all got to go back to the island or the world will end” rule. For next week, I also want to know why the French scientists from the 1970s who save Jin look like they were outfitted at American Apparel, and if Sun really has the chutzpah to shoot Ben.