15 years ago, on February 28 (March 1 in Spain), viewers from half the world were rewarded with one of the most exciting, charismatic, fast-paced, romantic and spectacular episodes to come out of television: ‘La constante’, fifth episode of the fourth season of ‘Lost’ (‘Lost’), warned: the series would be remembered forever.
Note: This article was originally published on March 1, 2019.
love and science fiction
During six years and 118 episodesthere was nothing like it. Neither on television nor in life. Millions of viewers made meetings to see the weekly installment of ‘Lost’. Many others followed their usual routine of emotional solitude because, of course, not all of us are the same and there will be some who do not like to be seen crying.
And it is that ‘Lost’ was exciting in the entire spectrum of the word. It was hectic, it was biting your nails, but also taking out your handkerchiefs of paper countless times. It was science fiction, pulp story and romanticism in equal proportions. And it is quite probable that ‘La constante’ is the best result of this combination of first class classic ingredients.
Desmond Hume’s arrival on the show was a blessing. In a series that he had in the cliffhangers, his trademark, his strong point, the way of linking the end of the first season with the start of the second they put the character in our pocket.
The trip of your life
The poor Scotsman’s conscience was more than out of control by then, transforming the science fiction of the Alternative dimensions and timelines in physical pain. Capping off the tragedy, science fiction could end up becoming a fatal aneurysm.
It wouldn’t be until Daniel Faraday’s privileged brain met Hume’s consciousness of the mid-90s and warned him of the key to being able to settle down and move on: look for something that matters to you and may it also be found in this period of your life. A person. One Love. Penny.
The call between Desmond and Penny is one of the milestones in the history of television. One of those unrepeatable moments that ooze genius and brilliance, from a cast in love with its characters to the soundtrack by Michael Giacchino, a genius who throughout the series knew how to create personal themes of the level that sounds in this episode. It all rounded out a brilliant script by Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof directed by veteran Jack Bender.
In the end, it is quite possible that the best character in the series did not travel on that fateful flight. It’s more, that force of love would be the key to the series. Once “anchored” in time, Desmond will be in charge of helping the rest find his constants, the reason for him to stop being lost.
Who is not dying to return to the island and do a ‘Lost’ from start to finish?
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