Tuesday, April 8, 2008

LT63: Sorry Charlie (May 31, 2007)

Previously published on May 31, 2007


What a season it has been! I apologize for being tardy with Lost Tidbits, but the wife and I were on vacation. Oh, we made time on Wednesdays for Lost, but other than that it just seemed we were on some different timeframe than the rest of the world. Woah! What does that remind you of???

Have you noticed after watching this show and then flying, just how much you think of Oceanic Flight 815? The airlines allow you to pick your seat assignments and yes, I can't help it, but I always pick those seats the Lost survivors were sitting in! J

And believe it or not…we were on an island. True. We had a James with us…and a Julie(t) and a Carl(a). Kind of spooky.

But back to the show…we have plenty of things to cover…


Who is in this casket? Here are the facts that we are aware of:

Predominantly black neighborhood
No one attended the viewing
Kate was upset that Jack would ask her to attend
Not a friend or family member of Jack's
The casket appears to be a short one and not overly expensive


We only get a sneak peek at the obit that Jack carries around. It appears the name of the deceased begins with a "J" – which could be John or Jacob or someone we have yet to meet. The last name appears to end with "tham".

Putting it all together and we could get Jeremy Bentham. Who? No one we have met on Lost, but the name of another philosopher which the show seems to love. He had this concept of Panopticon – a type of prison built in such a way that the watched could be monitored without knowing if they were being monitored. As Bentham described it: "a new mode of obtaining power of mind over mind, in a quantity hitherto without example." Makes me think of the whispers which suggest someone is always watching the people on our island.

Check out the Wikipedia article on this topic and you'll be sure to find a clue or two.

If you are looking for interesting theories…be sure to consider John Latham…and artist who subscribed to Lost-like theories called "Flat Time" – again, see Wikipedia for more.

And how about the name of the building that our deceased was in…"The Tower". A little Stephen King reference (see Dark Tower) or the tarot card by the same name for more speculation!


We have had flashbacks, flash sideways and now flash forward. Because of Jack's beard, this episode had me doing mental exercises during the commercials. Is this before Sarah, right after the separation, or post-island? When it became clear that it was after everything we have seen, then things began to fall into place…until…"Go get my father and if he is half as drunk as I am, then you can fire me". Ok, that was a paraphrase, but hold on a second…go get my father? You mean the dead guy?

Now my head is spinning again.

How can Christian Shepherd be alive? Some are applying a Biblical explanation and saying Dr. Shepherd pulled a Lazarus. The island is also being given credit since it seemed to heal Mr. Patchy and John Locke. However, Christian came to the island dead and we have noticed the Dharma group is still in their grave. Yet, some are suggesting that the action on the island is rewriting history, so this iteration might find our drunken doctor alive this time.

I like the last one best. Evidence we have for this includes Desmond's ring flashback. That gave us the term "flash sideways", but perhaps it was simply a rewrite of the future and past. The point is that some "flash-arounds" do suggest the future is not written in stone (see Heroes). Another piece of evidence is that in Jack's flash forward Kate is not in jail. I don't think even a stay on Mysterious Island would give Kate a pardon, so upon her return she should have been in the slammer…unless history and the future can be re-written by events on the island.

And speaking if iterations…wouldn't a Groundhog Day life (see Daybreak) drive you to drugs and drink?

Of course we don't yet know why Naomi and Locke's father think there were no survivors of Oceanic Flight 815. So the parallel universe stuff is still a valid option and makes me wish I would have studied physics harder in school!

One more…what if Jack finds an island manifestation of Daddy Dearest and brings that thing home with him (see Pet Cemetery)?


We can barely make out the Dharma logo and it's a white rabbit! And the name of the episode we first saw this hatch was "Through the Looking Glass". Hmmm… And didn't young Ben's mom look a bit like Alice in her blue dress and blonde hair? Plus Ben sent the rabbit through the sonic fence first. Of course, years later, Ben would use a white rabbit to torture Sawyer. I guess I have a lot of reading to do this summer.


Since I missed a week of Lost Tidbits – we are really covering the final 3 hours and here is something you might of have missed:

This is the woman Charlie saved in the alley. Yep, that's Nadia – Sayid's friend!


And did anyone notice the sticker on Charlie's guitar that read, "I Was Here Moments Ago"?

And keep in mind that this scene was reminiscent of Charlie and Desmond in a previous episode. The clothes are changed and the buildings are different, so either this is a different street corner performance or the past and future can be altered.


Funny name for a funeral home. If we WANTED to find an anagram, it is interesting to note that "Flash Forward" fits! Fun, huh?


Without claiming accuracy…here is what I unscrambled from the obit after a four-pack of Celebrator:

The body of John Lantham of New York was found shortly after 4 am in the 4300 block of Grand Avenue. Ted Worden, a doorman at the Tower Lofts complex, heard loud noises coming from the victim's loft. Concerned for tenants' safety, he entered the loft and found the body hanging from a beam in the living room. According to Jaime Ortiz, a police spokesman, the incident was deemed a suicide after medical tests. Latham is survived by one teenaged son. Memorial services will be held at the Hoffs-Drawlar Funeral Home tomorrow evening."


This just in…someone has transcribed Ben's diary for us!

_/12 An important meeting tonight with (R) and (M) regarding the developing situation. We are now on day 3 of our exodus from the village and I am, I fear, at the limit of my tactical resources. (T)'s agenda, which I don't question, is however a narrow and difficult one, and I could well wish we'd had time to prepare, not merely for the military strike, but for a surveillance campaign of the beach. We are short on provisions (seasonal) and, more importantly, the long-awaited re-supply of camp gear having been missed (and so necessary!) _____ _____ _____ just as our water supply ____ ___ have been cut off. We look like a very sad sort of gypsy army.


The snow will be on the ground here in Iowa before Lost returns for Season 4, and I'm already looking forward to…

That temple that Ben told Richard to go to
The runway for aliens
Story behind the four-toed statue


The newspaper that Jack found the obit was dated April 5, 2007. There is the proof of flash forward if we needed more. However, I also noticed this was the first article on the page:

Marijuana operation
found in another house
Sheriff's deputies Wednesday
found another home in the eastern
San Gabriel Valley that had
been turned into an elaborate
pot-growing operation.
Authorities said they recovered
nearly 1,400 marijuana
plants worth an estimated
$7.8 million from the home in the
1900 block of Arcdale Avenue.
It's the fourth bust of a potgrowing
house in the upscale
suburban region in the last two

I've always wondered what became of that undercover copy who wore a Geronimo Jackson t-shirt. Or was this a hint that John Locke is the man in the "box"?

Don't you wish Jack would have asked the funeral director to open the casket?


I'm going to miss my favorite addict. While many shows have shocked audiences with a key player's death, this one wrapped in a lot of thought provoking aspects. Like: redemption is possible until the bitter end, accepting your destiny, and why listening to music for hours on end can be a good thing. Kind of ironic to punch in the tune of "Good Vibrations" seconds before your inevitable death.

In a twist only Lost could pull off…this cast member KNEW in advance of his death. Who wouldn't like to say goodbye to their family and friends before checking out?

And in a final act of selflessness after living a life of selfishness, Charlie offers Desmond a chance to read his palm:


I plan to write a few Lost Tidbits but much more infrequently. The next major event on the calendar is in July-August when the producers usually drop some hints at that comic Expo.

Until then…I'm going to start working on my list of my favorite moments in my life.

Bye, Charlie



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