Lost: Charlotte LewisJanuary 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.
- 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.
- 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?