Lost: Season 4, Episode 5

The Constant (28 Feb. 2008)

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During the helicopter ride to the ship, Desmond's consciousness begins jumping back and forth between present day 2004 and 1996. He is forced to find Daniel Faraday in 1996 in order to get answers and stop the jumps.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Littleton (credit only)
Ben Linus (credit only)
Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes (credit only)
James 'Sawyer' Ford (credit only)
Jin Kwon (credit only)
Sun Kwon (credit only)
Miles Straume (credit only)
Kate Austen (credit only)
John Locke (credit only)


During the helicopter ride to the ship, Desmond's consciousness begins jumping back and forth between present day 2004 and 1996. He is forced to find Daniel Faraday in 1996 in order to get answers and stop the jumps.

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Desmond's condition following the mishap during the helicopter flight to the boat is very similar to that of Billy Pilgrim, the main character of the novel 'Slaughterhouse-Five', who becomes "unstuck in time" and has multiple experiences in which his consciousness jumps backwards and forwards to different points within his own lifespan. See more »


When Desmond is speaking with Mr. Widmore in the restroom, Widmore washes his hands by grabbing a towel from a tray to the right of the sink. He leaves the water running and leaves the restroom. Desmond then flashes back to the boat. When Desmond flashes back to the restroom it looks like the tray is to the left of the sink that was left on by Mr. Widmore in the previous scene.

In fact the shot has simply widened showing towels next to each sink in the restroom. The towel used by Mr Widmore, as well as the tray he got it from, is still to the right of the sink as he left it. See more »


Desmond Hume: Who are you? How do you know my name?
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28 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Having seen all but maybe 4 episodes since day one of Lost, "The Constant" might be near as good as it gets. I don't like to say things like best, but if a gun were placed to my head and I were forced to name one single best episode, it would be tonights.

No other episode since the beginning has touched on this many of the themes of Lost. Rather than the showing the present with the flash-forward/backward tying in symbolically, which is the shows usual template, this episode ties the present to the flash in a very real and deadly way, also revealing a big, nay, gigantic clue as to the island's origins. Or at least lets us in on a part of the big secret.

In it's essence, tonight's show was a well told intricate yarn, exploiting all that is best about a tight story. But it doesn't stop with a great story.

The shows finale is top shelf drama. No melodrama. I've touched on this episode's writing, and it doesn't peeter out at the end, but the greatest strength of the finale is in its emotional content. Superbly acted by the part of Desmond and a stellar but brief appearance by Juliet. Paced and edited at a perfect pace, bringing this grown man to weep like I just dropped my only bratwurst.

Without giving away to much of the ending... Fans of the show, will surely know that this "encounter", was a long, long time in coming.

What a pay-off.

Great job, cast and crew alike.

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