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Lost, Season 1, Episode 7: The Moth

Welcome to the Lost Re-Re-Rewatch Project. In case you’re wondering, the answer is yes. This is my fourth round-trip to the Island, but my first time attempting to chronicle my thoughts on the show on an episode-by-episode basis. The mission: A post per episode. Nothing so epic and theory-heavy as Doc Jensen’s great stuff at EW.com, which I highly suggest you read (the theory game is a bit moot at this point anyway), but hopefully it will help scratch both my writing itch and my Lost itch at the same time.

Episode 6:The Moth

Overall Episode Grade: C

I wish Liam had been the Pace who crashed with Oceanic 815.

There. I said it. Liam, the older and Alpha Heroin Addict of the Pace brood, is the more interesting brother. But he found his redemption in rehab and fatherhood, not an Island, so I’ll wish in one hand and shi* in the other.

Charlie episodes always trended toward the cloying (or, as in season two, the bizarre), and “The Moth” might be the schmaltziest of them. Not for the back story, which shows how Charlie–following his brother’s lead–spirals from devout Catholic/idealistic musician to smacked-out ex-bass player. That’s okay. The weirdness is on-Island, where Locke still has Charlie’s stash and will only give it back to him on his third ask. Oh. Okay.

After ask number two, Locke tells Charlie the Parable of the Moth, how the moth in the cocoon will only be strong enough to survive in the world if it works to free itself. You can’t help it. Even this is okay, especially because it’s well-delivered by Terry O’Quinn. But there’s a cave-in, see. Jack is trapped, and only Charlie is suitable to crawl through the rocks and free him. But there’s another cave-in and they’re trapped together. Uh oh.

Inside, Jack asks him about his withdrawal symptoms. It’s a nice chat until Charlie sees a… a… moth? It’s flying toward some air! And there’s light! Charlie digs and his hand emerges above ground. As second-life scenes go it’s disturbingly more evocative of a zombie-like rebirth than a proper resurrection, but maybe that’s our first clue to Charlie’s future on the Island.

Needless to say, Charlie tosses his stash into the fire in front of a proud Papa Locke and… wait, another moth flies into the night sky? Charlie cries? For the love of Pete.

Dominic Monaghan famously auditioned for the role of Sawyer (so did Matthew Fox, if you want your mind blown), and the role of Charlie was created after he was Josh Holloway’d by Josh Holloway. The year was probably 2003, and Monaghan was fresh of his run as Merry in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I suspect the accommodation was made in part to add a topical name to the cast for the Comic-Con fan boys. Monaghan wound up distinguishing himself, much as Charlie did, but that doesn’t mean that his character in Lost was particularly well executed. Until the end, anyway. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

The other developments are few. Kate and Sayid are trying to triangulate the radio tower, and Sayid is clocked over the head by a mystery assailant with a log. Kate and Jack are still annoyingly worried about one another (I can’t remember just when their relationship goes from sickening to simply awkward, but I’m looking forward to that episode greatly). Jin tells Sun to cover up. And so forth. Most of the time is spent moving rocks after the cave-in. And while I’ve never been a huge fan of Michael Dawson as a character, as an architect he certainly seems to be the third most useful person on the island (Locke is obviously first); second if no one is sick and Jack is simply trying to act tough.

Episode: “The Moth”
Director: Jack Bender
Best Scene: The opening scene of Charlie in the confessional is kind of funny; the ending flashback scene of a doped up Charlie in Sydney with a changed Liam provides a nice bookend.
Best Line: “Gimme a couple of Band-Aids, a bottle of peroxide and I could run this island, too.” Sawyer to Kate after Jack leaves him in a huff.
Best Throwaway Moment: Hearing “You All Everybody” in full concert arrangement was kinda cool.

Worst Scene: Not the Parable of the Moth, necessarily, but every coy moth-sighting that followed. I mean, come on.
Revelations: Charlie really was a rock God, unwillingly at first, who followed and then outstayed his older brother in heroin addiction; someone is sabotaging the effort to locate the radio signal.

Next Episode: “Confidence Man.”

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