Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later. I’ve finally seen an episode of Lost I thought was really, truthfully bad. I love Charlie, man… I do. But he should have stayed dead when he got hanged.
Because then, see, the episode Fire + Water wouldn’t have happened.
I’m less interested in the character episodes of this series as I am the ones that actually serve the overall plot. Honestly, most episodes so far have done both to varying degrees. This is what we call “good writing”, and it makes for an interesting show; the plot lurches forward on its own consistent terms, and everyone in the cast gets their turn in the spotlight. It’s a mesmerizing set-up… very easy to see how so many people got hooked on this show.
This episode didn’t serve the plot at all, from what I can tell. Nor did it serve to develop Charlie’s character. We “learned” that he has a strong desire to be Claire’s baby daddy, but that he struggles with it because he’s a recently-clean junkie with easy access to heroin.
What part of this is new information?
I feel like the writers got to this part in the series and said, “Welp, time for a Charlie episode!” But they’d already told Charlie’s story, yeah? Back in season one? Where he kicked his heroin habit? So they only idea they could muster was to tell that same story again. Next week, on a very special Lost…
I was most disappointed in Locke. He’s my favorite character, and I thought this episode really colored him outside his lines. Locke had previously been so big on folks making hard decisions for themselves, but now that only applies if people make decisions he agrees with. I’m not saying it wasn’t fun watching Locke punch Charlie’s limey ass to the ground… it just wasn’t very, well, Locke.
And you know? Why would you begrudge the poor man his heroin? The dude is trapped on a desert island with wacky bearded jungle killers, polar bears, freaky bug clouds and a black hole bomb that threatens to eat the world every 108 minutes. I know what I’d do with a stash of junk in that situation.