My favorite Lost episode…

January 16, 2009

I’m watching “The Constant” right now, arguably the best episode of LOST’s season 4, and debatably the best episode of the entire series.


You can’t help but think that Desmond’s adventure through time and his desperate attempt to connect with Penelope Widmore is going to be integral to the series finale, and tie up the entire show. If you’ve seen the episode, you’ve got to wonder if this is not just a charming sci-fi love story, but something more. A foreshadowing of the time/place shift that perhaps the Island has now gone through.

The island moved when Ben released the same kind of electromagnetic energy that occurred when Desmond unlocked the fail-safe down in the Hatch. Desmond, after surviving the event, became unstuck in time (his first experience in this is not his flashes, but in the episode “Flashes Before Your Eyes” (Season 3, Episode 8). Leaving the island aggravates this and without a constant, Desmond’s sanity unravels until he can reach Penny in the future.

At the end of season 4, the island moves. That same electromagnetic energy that unsticks Desmond in time has moved the Island. If in the episode “The Constant”, it’s revealed that when things become unstuck in time they need constants, that could be a VERY IMPORTANT clue as to why the Island requires all that left the Island to return to it together, as a Constant for the Island.

Just a thought.

I love this episode. The editing, acting, music, and the importance the story itself carries, not just for two characters but for the overall schematic of the show, is incredible. And the fact that every LOST fan I know cried at the end of this episode speaks something about the ability of the show creators and the writers to make us care for the characters in the cast who we’ve seen maybe the least over the last four years, but who feel like maybe, by the end of the show… they may end up being the most important characters of all.


I could watch this episode over and over, and yet…

I know that because they put so much dramatic emphasis on Penny and Desmond’s separation and their promises to stay true, constant and find one another…

I am pretty such they will be disrupted soon in season five and driven apart. We know Ben is looking to kill Penny, and Widmore really hates Desmond, and would like nothing more than to use Desmond’s knowledge of the island and then dispose of him.

5 days until the new season begins. CAN. NOT. WAIT.



  1. Great commentary! It’s been posted over at the Henry Ian Cusick forum and we’re all agreeing with you whole-heartedly. 🙂

    4 DAYS!

    • Thanks for letting me know!!

      I hear we’re in store for more Desmond greatness in the third epi of season 5 too!


  2. Oh I know! I CAN.NOT.WAIT. either 😀

    • Aaah, so I was right! It looks like “The Constant” was an allegory for season 5! And Desmond is going to save the day.

  3. Woohoo!! Yet another reason to love dear Desmond. 🙂

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