(Side Note: I am unable to upload new pictures at the time. Sorry about the delay.)
We get to Charlie’s first centric episode and he’s in a bad way. We’ve had the luxury of seeing a lot of who Charlie is from the first episode. He’s a drug addict and been getting his fixes whenever the need strikes. Locke knows his secret and has stepped up personally to provide a way for Charlie to find help.
Dealing with his withdrawals, we get to see Charlie feeling out of place, wanting to help around the cave but not needed, which he doesn’t appreciate. Locke tries to help him and in doing so uses Charlie as bait for a boar (very messed up, I might add). Charlie makes a request for his drugs, revealing Locke’s in possession of the last of Charlie’s stash. Locke tells Charlie he’s stronger than he thinks and Locke will give him three times to ask for his drugs before finally handing them over.
Plot B of this episode goes back to Sayid’s plan to find the French woman’s distress call source. He’s somehow manufactured three antennas to triangulate the source. One problem is he needs a battery to power the transceiver. Kate knows where to find one and that involves including Sawyer in the mix (always a fun interaction when Sawyer’s involved; pure snarkiness). Using bottle rockets to provide signals once the antennas are all in position, Sayid, Kate, and Boone put the plan in motion.
Flashback: Here we get to see Charlie’s progression into “rock stardom”. He’s on the verge of quitting his band, Driveshaft, due to things getting a little out of hand with the ladies (full salacious conviction offered to a priest) but Charlie’s brother, Liam, has a recording contract in hand and convinces Charlie to keep going with the dream. Charlie obliges but makes Liam promise that if things get out of hand, they walk away. What could go wrong?!
Feeling unappreciated, Charlie confronts Jack in a separate cave from the main one where everyone is living and raises his voice a little too loud, causing a cave-in. Charlie makes it out but Jack is trapped. A rescue attempt takes place led by Michael who turns out to be experienced in construction. Feeling responsible, Charlie goes to Locke and asks for his drugs again. That’s two. In an attempt to leave Charlie with some wisdom, Locke shows him a cocoon explaining it belongs to a moth. Locke says he could use his knife to help the moth break free from its cocoon but to do so would make the moth weak and unable to survive (Mr. Locke handing out life lessons!).
Sayid and Kate are out in the jungle, going to their prospective antenna locations and they discuss the plane crash. Sayid is convinced the crash was not normal saying the plane broke apart in midair and their section of the plane crashed on the island with over forty survivors. That should not have happened according to him. Sawyer shows up to tell Kate about Jack but when he’s met with a bristling Kate, he negates to follow through and offers to help them (pretty shady).
Flashback: Driveshaft is in the thick smoke and sweat of stardom and things have gotten a bit out of hand. Liam has taken charge of the band and is openly becoming a junkie. Charlie gets to the end of his rope and tells Liam they are walking away but gets rebuffed by Liam, leaving a distraught Charlie to contemplate what’s happened. Jump forward to an undisclosed amount of years and Charlie’s in Sydney to track down a clean and sober Liam who has no interest in returning to the band to make a comeback. He and Charlie have switched roles and Charlie actually blames his brother for his junkie state.
Charlie offers to climb into the cave where Jack is after Michael and the group make a small opening. Another collapse takes place after Charlie gets through and efforts to free them have to continue. Jack realizes Charlie’s in withdrawal and offers to help him (if they ever get out), telling Charlie he’s not worthless and an asset to the group. Charlie notices a moth flying around in the cave and finds another way out. He and Jack escape the cave surprising everyone and Charlie’s praised for his heroism (hugs all around!)
Bit of a backtrack because these plot threads are woven together from time to time and don’t make for an easy recap but Boone ran off to help with the cave-in and left Shannon in charge of his antenna. Sayid left Kate and Sawyer with theirs as he climbed to higher ground to set up his antenna. While they wait for Sayid, Kate and Sawyer are bantering, obviously at odds, and Sawyer lets slip about Jack’s situation. Kate leaves him to help free Jack and we’re left to wonder if Sawyer will follow through with the plan. Sayid launches his bottle rocket and we see Shannon and Sawyer launch theirs. Sayid turns the transceiver on but before he can get a clear signal, he gets hit in the head from behind by an unknown person. Not good.
The episode ends with Charlie going to Locke and asking for his drugs for the third and final time. Locke is apprehensive but follows through. Charlie throws the last of his stash in the fire and I don’t know about you but it’s an awesome moment that hits all the right beats for this character who continues to grow on me.
Again, another strong episode. Charlie is one of those complex characters in the show that I don’t think got enough recognition at times. His journey so far is so great to watch. Locke continues to be an even stronger force on the show (probably why actor, Terry O’Quinn, won an Emmy for this role).
Next we get Sawyer’s first centric episode. If memory serves right, it’s equally strong and might be one of my early favorites. Just a reminder that this will be posted on October 3rd. The last post of this month will be the new Shoals to the Hallowed flash fiction story.