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Par Avion 

Claire launches a plan to use migratory birds to send a message, but she doesn't understand why Desmond keeps sabotaging it. Elsewhere on the island, Sayid, Locke and Kate scale The Others' protective perimeter and discover their camp.


Paul A. Edwards (as Paul Edwards)


Jeffrey Lieber (created by), J.J. Abrams (created by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Naveen Andrews ... Sayid Jarrah
Henry Ian Cusick ... Desmond Hume
Emilie de Ravin ... Claire Littleton
Michael Emerson ... Ben Linus (credit only)
Matthew Fox ... Dr. Jack Shephard
Jorge Garcia ... Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes (credit only)
Josh Holloway ... James 'Sawyer' Ford
Daniel Dae Kim ... Jin-Soo Kwon
Yunjin Kim ... Sun-Hwa Kwon
Evangeline Lilly ... Kate Austen
Elizabeth Mitchell ... Dr. Juliet Burke (credit only)
Dominic Monaghan ... Charlie Pace
Terry O'Quinn ... John Locke
Kiele Sanchez ... Nikki Fernandez (credit only)
Rodrigo Santoro ... Paulo (credit only)


Claire begins to find out the true relationship between Desmond and Charlie and about Desmonds new ability to see into the future and of his repeated fates of Charlie, she also has a ideal to use migrating birds from the island to send a message out, but does not know why Desmond want to sabotage her. Claire flashes back to several years earlier in Australia where the raven-haired Claire and her mother were in a car accident, leaving her mother in a coma. Claire then met her long-lost biological father: Dr. Christian Shepherd, Jack's father. Meanwhile, a power struggle emerges between Sayid and John, and Kate as they search out what appears to be some kind of complex that may house "The Others," as they force the captive Mikhail, with Danielle Rousseau tagging along, to the "Others" camp which leads them to a mysterious sonic perimeter surrounding their base. Written by Moviedude1

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Did You Know?


Claire's aunt Lindsey was the woman visited by a drunk Christian Shepard during his trip in Australia in Lost: Two for the Road (2006). See more »


Near the end, when Claire is about to let the bird go, Charlie had already placed the message on it, but it is still visible on his hand. See more »


Claire: What's gotten into you Charlie? You've been so depressed all week and now it's breakfast in bed and picnics.
Charlie: Well, I woke up this morning and thought it's time to stop feeling sorry for yourself and seize the day. And I can't think of anyone else I'd rather do some day seizing with than you. So what do you say? Let's drop the little cherub off with Auntie Sun and Uncle Jin, and you and I will go for a little stroll.
Claire: I'd love to.
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Crazy Credits

The producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of the people of Hawaii and their Aloha spirit. See more »


Features Winged Migration (2001) See more »


End Title
Written by Michael Giacchino
Performed by The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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By hopeful air
24 April 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

When 'Lost' was in its prime, it was must-watch television. Remember first watching it, found it remarkably easy to get into, was hooked from the start and was on Season 3 by the end of one week. The general consensus is that the final season is a disappointment and cannot disagree.

"Par Avion" is not quite classic 'Lost' overall, although there are elements of it, but it's towards the top half of the third season if not quite at the very top. It is a great episode with very little to dislike and from personal opinion it is not my definition of a filler/transition episode. Everything with the birds/seagulls may not have been the most crucial part of the story, but it did serve a point in Claire recalling and learning about her past. It may not be the most tautly paced 'Lost' episode and not the most eventful in terms of the island events.

On the other hand, "Par Avion" gets a lot of credit for giving some much needed and long overdue development to Claire. What is done with her and how she's developed makes for one of the more interesting and emotional personal stories of the season and for one of the best acted and progressive flashbacks of the season too.

The flashback is beautifully acted, Claire is written and developed the best she was up to this point of 'Lost' and it features a major revelation that leaves one floored and is one of the most shocking revelations of the season. The ending was a surprise too. There is character progression and there are elements that do advance in terms of the island events, like with The Others and the mystery of them and Jack's behaviour.

All the acting is excellent, particularly here from Emilie De Ravin.

Loved too the stylishness and atmosphere of the visuals, the effective use of music, the nicely done writing and the controlled direction. Things don't get dull either.

Concluding, great episode. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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14 March 2007 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

O'ahu, Hawaii, USA

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