THE 'LOST' EPISODE OF THE DAY
The Episode: Par Avion
Original Airdate: March 14, 2007
Written By: Christina M. Kim & Jordan Rosenberg
Directed By: Paul Edwards
Content: After noticing some migratory birds, Claire hatches an impressive plan to get the survivors of Flight 815 rescued. Meanwhile, Sayid, Kate, Locke and Danielle continue their trek to the Barracks with Mikhail in tow.
Why It's Worth Re-Watching: It's very simply why you should watch this: it is an Emilie de Ravin episode. She's cute as a button, folks. This is probably the second best of her three episodes (the first being the fantastic "Raised By Another"). What I like about this episode is that it's a nice, calm episode. The B story is the most intense part of the episode but it's not too intense.
This episode deals with death. It's something that the episode is sort of quiet. In the flashback, Christian tells Claire to give up on her mother because she's as close to death's door as one can get. Why hold on to false hope he asks her. On The Island, Claire learns about the visions of Charlie's death that Desmond's been having. In the flashback, Claire won't give up on her mother. On The Island, Claire tells Charlie that she's not giving up on him. And then she holds his hand after she lets free the bird with the note. One of my favorite scenes in LOST is when Claire, pregnant and blond, no more the girl-with-black-hair-and-an-attitude, apologizing to her mother for all the awful things she said in the car. It's a very touching scene. Emilie de Ravin plays it beautifully.
I love the A Island story as well. I loved how Jin helps Claire to catch a bird. I love the relationship between Claire and Sun. An episode like "Par Avion" shows how rich the characters of LOST are and how rich the story is. Claire's story is pretty stand-alone in this episode except for the fact that this episode confirmed many people's predictions that Christian was Claire's father. Lindelof and Cuse have joked about this episode though, citing it as one of those episodes fans have complained about. But I'm a big fan of it.
As for the other story, the one with Kate, Locke, Sayid, Danielle, and hostage Mikhail trekking their way to the Barracks to rescue Jack, well...this moved the story along. This story sets up some of the events that happen in "The Man From Tallahasse." We see Locke is packing C4 in his backpack. Sayid's questioning his motives. The sonic fence is first seen in this episode. This episode is also the first episode in which Mikhail dies. He will die two times in future episodes.
I'm a big fan of the end of the episode too. I crack up when I see Jack Attack and Tom throwing the football around.
All in all, this is an underrated episode. Cinematographer Cort Fey did a great job. The episode looks fantastic. Do watch this.