A SONG OF CHRIST AND FIRE
- We start the episode with an image of Da Vinci’s and Verrocchio’s painting ”The Baptism Of Christ’‘. It depicts the moment Eko will later tell Claire about: John the Baptist baptizing Jesus. Charlie later has a second dream about the painting, in which Megan and Claire (the two mothers in his life) are dressed as the angels. Charlie interprets that he must be the missing ”John” in this scenario. Note the placement of the palm tree in both images.
- In Charlie’s dream, a dove flies by, as it does in the painting. The dove represents The Holy Spirit. This, too, will seem very familiar to LOST viewers. John the Baptist knew when he saw the dove, that he had cleansed Jesus of all his sins and freed him. There’s another thing that could allow one to be ”free”: Letting go.
- Hurley appears, dressed in Biblical robes… possibly foreshadowing his role as Protector of the Island in The End?
- Sharp-eyed viewers (with wide TV-screens) will be able to spot the crashing Beechcraft on the left side of the screen, right before the dove appears. This likely represents Charlie’s struggle with his heroin stash.
- Back to the original childhood flashback. Before everything goes nuts, Megan Pace tells Charlie that he’s ”special”. Like Walt and Locke, Charlie seems to have strange, prophetic island dreams in this episode. They hint at Charlie’s role as a ”savior”.
- Santa Clause gives Liam all the ”cool” presents, while Charlie gets a piano. Later in life, Charlie will write the songs that would make Liam famous. Liam will tell his brother ”Nobody even knows who the sodding bass player is” (The Moth).
- Charlie’s mother says ”Some day, you’re gonna get us out of here”. This will turn out to be true, when Charlie uses his musical talent to turn off the Looking Glass’ jamming equipment, allowing the survivors to contact the outside world in Through The Looking Glass.
- The sweet childhood memory gets weird as we find out Charlie’s father, Simon Pace, is a butcher. Liam briefly mentions Simon’s disappointment in the Pace brothers’ choice of career, but besides that, Charlie’s relationship with his father is not explored much on the show. We will see him again in Greatest Hits – played by a different actor – when he teaches Charlie how to swim (more water!).
- Ben has a contact at a place called Simon’s Butcher Shop in season 5. It’s not likely that there’s a connection to Charlie’s father, since his butcher shop was located in Manchester.
- Megan and Liam, who is suddenly an adult and wearing a (Butties?) diaper, tell Charlie that he must ”save them”. Charlie then proceeds to play what sounds like a variation of the ”Two Brothers” song he later sings with Liam, which again refers to the themes of family and salvation central to this episode.
You finally see me standing here
I’m crying in the rain
I try to be invincible
We can be saved
- The dream gets even stranger when Charlie is suddenly on the island. He’s wearing his outfit from the Pilot episode, ”FATE” bandages included. This foreshadows him going back to his old self and hitting rock bottom later in the episode. The last image of the episode is Charlie staring at a fire (!) and putting his hoodie on, like he used to do in the early days.
- The vision of Aaron drowning, along with the Whispers of Death coming from the jungle, foreshadows Charlie’s own watery death. This is not the first time we’ve heard Aaron might be in danger. It all leads back to Richard Malkin’s warning from Raised By Another: ”Danger surrounds this baby.”
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