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Lost: Charlotte Lewis

January 11, 2009

(Indulge me. As we near the Season 5 premiere of Lost, I’m going to run through the current crop of main characters. There are spoilers.)

And here we have the most underdeveloped new character on Lost. It isn’t her fault, of course; the writers’ strike cut short a lot of development of these newcomers last year. But what we did learn about Charlotte was tantalizing.

She’s a cultural anthropologist, which for some reason leads her to the Tunisian desert to dig up a polar bear in her first scene. I don’t know how that works, either. Next, we find her parachuting onto the island, then getting snagged by Locke and his renegades. Ben steals a gun and shoots her, but she’s wearing kevlar. From there … well, there isn’t much more said about Charlotte. I hope they do more with her in the last two seasons.

Highlights:

  • Her name is Charlotte Staples Lewis. This is another of Lost’s literary asides; she’s named for Clive Staples Lewis, or C.S. Lewis, author of the Narnia books. Remember how time moved differently in Narnia than it did in the “real” world? Hmmmm.
  • The polar bear scene is very cool, especially the Dharma collar.
  • She speaks Korean, which becomes a really neat little plot point.
  • The trade: Sayid gives Miles to Locke and takes Charlotte back to Lapidus and Faraday.
  • Charlotte puts Kate down with a gun butt. Kate’s a tough nugget; she may have met her match.
  • There are strong hints that she was born on the island, and may in fact be a Dharma baby.

Problems:

  • Not enough screen time.
  • We still don’t know why she was sent to the island
  • None of the flashbacks actually show her on the freighter. What is she really doing?
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2 comments

  1. I was reading an interviw with the actress who played Charlotte, where she discussed the character and what she knew (when she knew it) about her role on lost.

    She said that the producers basically just told her Charlotte was “a female Indiana Jones.” Hmmmm….

    Well, I can see how she had flashes of that, and the description they were trying to convey. But I feel her character was lacking several Jones-ian qualities. I wonder if that was a writer change, an actress interpretation, or something else.

    Charlotte showed flashes of Jones early on, but in the end she seemed more docile and bookish and almost out of her league than I would have guessed when we first saw her in the desert of Tunisia.


  2. This is yet another example of a new character with great promise just going “poof.” It’s like the writers don’t know what to do next. However, the last episode makes it clear a new actress will be playing Charlotte from here on in, and the odds are good the new actress will be shorter.



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