The eyes of the future
So much information, yet we’re always left with more questions. Is that what keeps us coming back? In the Greatest Hits episode we saunter through Charlie’s past and relive his 5 favorite moments. Thank God there is a Sharpie on the island so that we can see him writing down his top 5, which we learn is for Claire to receive after he sacrifices himself, in order to become the ultimate hero and save his beloved and the rest.
Catch you on the flip…
This time you have to die
In Desmond’s most recent vision, he sees Claire and Aaron in a helicopter on a rescue mission, which seems like the best of news to Charlie, however, that’s not all Dessie saw. He also saw Charlie swimming to the depths of the ocean to “flip a switch” under the yellow light in “The Looking Glass” at which point he will drown. The rescue can’t happen unless Charlie dies. Because of his “Greatest Hits” we learn that Charlie overcame his fear of swimming at an early age and can actually hold his breath under water for 4 minutes, which is how he convinces Jack and friends that he is up to the job.
His big moment
Speaking of Jack, up to this point we are not quite sure what he is up to with this Juliet situation. In this episode we have one of those powerful Jack moments when he reveals that he is aware of the double agent situation in Juliet and introduces Rousseau as she appears from the jungle. They have a plan and the others are coming, told to us by Carl (Alex’s boyfriend) who canoe’d himself over to tell them that the bad guys are coming early to abduct Kate and Sun. Jack is back. And I don’t mean Jack Bauer.
She’s a liar
And so we have the radio tower that we have to get to, which is controlled (you guessed it!!) underwater which is understood to be flooded according to Juliet. If they un-jam the tower, they can use the cool phone thingy that Naomi has to contact her boat (hmmm suspicious). The Others are jamming the transmission in order to prevent anyone from contacting the outside world or contacting the island, and from allowing Rousseau’s 16-year-old SOS signal/ banter from getting out. Here’s Charlie again!!
You all everybody
At this point we are sure that he is ready to sacrifice himself because we have heard and experienced his Top 5. 1. Hearing “You All Everybody” on the radio (BTW Are there more lyrics to this song?) 2. Learning to swim with Dad- overcoming fear. Hmmmmm. Full Circle. 3. On Christmas junkie, hot brother/ bandmate Liam gives him an heirloom ring with the initials “DS” – Dexter Stratton anyone? 4. We have seen this one before by from another perspective (of course), Charlie saves a woman from being mugged, in the rain, in an alley and she calls him a “hero”. I don’t think all viewers realize that this woman is from Sayid’s past! 5. Charlie meet’s Claire. That is The Greatest Hit.
I would die for you
So before going to drown for Claire to fulfill his destiny he places the ring in Aaron’s Crib and off he goes with Desmond to follow the wire to The Looking Glass. While our “planners” come up with enough TNT to blow up the Others when they come to the marked tents to abduct the girls. In the canoe Charlie prepares to give Desmond the Top 5 letter when Desmond decides he wants to go instead of Charlie. Desmond looks like Jesus in this scene. Anyway, we think, for a second that Charlie is going to let him go when he reaches for the oar and knocks “Jesus” out!! Another moment of power. He dives down to find the yellow light and turn of the fateful switch. We know he has 4 minutes and he can’t be out of breath yet, when we see a portal with a yellow glow. I don’t think I was breathing either when he swims through the portal to find that… It’s not flooded!!
He comes up for air into a underwater vessel that “seems” like the end, until 2 hot chicks with guns capture him and we see Charlies “Holy Shit!” face that we will miss if he dies. We end at this. Almost. They couldn’t leave us without some closure on the Top 5, so they sneak in a moment when Claire picks up the baby and walks away, we see the “DS” ring, bright as day, left all alone in the crib. Thoughts that go on all night: Who are they? Are they others? Is Charlie really going to drown?? Where is Locke? (Of course he has powers and can heal himself. We wait for the Real Hero to return) And on a side note: Where have Bernard and Rose been this whole time? My bet is that they brought them back to kill one of them, because we know Bernard can’t be a good shot. And we kinda care about the guy.
So everyone’s happy,
More to come for this week’s episode…