Welcome back to LOST Observations! This week, we go back to observe “Fire + Water”; one of the more wacky episodes of the show (imagine that). Whether Charlie used the heroin or not, he’s being haunted by strange dreams that might include some hints at a future plot point or two. Let’s have a look!
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Beware – major plot spoilers for Seasons 1-6 ahead.
“I guess you’re fired.”
FIRE + WATER
- The title of the episode is significant in more ways than one. As a reference to this episode alone, it literally represents the fire Charlie uses to distract the camp, and the water he attempted to use to baptize Aaron. If we were to get Biblical (as this episode does), fire represents The Holy Spirit – more on that later – and light. Of course, it’s also used to describe Hell. Water represents purity or cleansing. Both elements have played major roles on the show. Here are some of the more notable examples:
- Walt used fire to burn the raft because he liked his new life on the island (…In Translation).
- The survivors burned the fuselage during the memorial (Walkabout). The Others burned Colleen’s body at her funeral (The Cost Of Living).
- A mysterious fire appeared out of nowhere in Eko’s tent (The Cost Of Living).
- Where there’s fire, there’s smoke. The Monster in the jungle, made from the Source of light (!) and water (!), could very well be a representation of ”Hell”, or a creature from the Underworld. Throughout the show, the Monster has been associated with Cerberus (the multi-headed dog guarding the gates of the Underworld in Greek mythology) and Anubis (the Egyptian god of death).
- The image of Locke’s face behind a flaming fire is featured in both Walkabout and The Incident, after the Man In Black kicked his nemesis into the fire. Jacob later threw his ashes into a fire to come back from the dead for a short time (What They Died For).
- In contrast to Jacob’s fiery death, the Man In Black died after his brother threw him into the water from the Heart of the Island (Across The Sea). Rain fell from the sky when Jack put a more definitive end to MIB’s life in The End (and many other significant times).
- Joana, Sun, Jin and Charlie himself all drowned. Dogen was drowned by Sayid in the pool of magical Temple water that allowed him and Ben to be cured / brought back to life. Dogen’s death was what allowed the Smoke Monster to enter the Temple (Sundown).
- The Oceanic plane and the freighter helicopter both crashed in the ocean, symbolizing the ”new lives” of the characters. Ana-Lucia and Jack are both seen emerging from the water in their respective crash scenes.
- Richard Alpert was ”baptized” – sort of – by Jacob after he arrived on the island (Ab Aeterno).
- In the flashsideways world, Desmond awakened and was reminded of his previous life after Charlie crashed his car into the water (Happily Ever After).
- Drinking the water from the Heart of the Island allowed Jack and Hurley to magically become protector of the island (What They Died For, The End).