By Mark Traphagen on July 28, 2013
(This post is part of a series. I’m blogging through all the episodes of LOST, taking a new look at them in light of what we know now that the series is over. Click here to read my introduction to the series and my thinking behind it.) Click here to see all my LOST posts.
Warning! If you have not watched LOST all the way through to its finale, this essay contains spoilers!
Charlie: “I will never let anything happen to you.”
Quick synopsis: Focus: Claire. Claire has a nightmare (or is it?) in which she follows the sound of a baby crying into the jungle, to find a crib, which instead of a baby contains a pool of blood. In flashbacks, we see Claire in Australia finding out she is pregnant, and then visiting a psychic who sees something about her baby, but freaks out and refuses to tell her what it is. Later he agrees to continue the reading, and tells her that danger surrounds her baby, and that it is absolutely imperative that she raise the baby. Claire ignores his pleas and pursues adoption. But at the last minute she agrees to go with the psychic’s plan, which inexplicably has changed from her raising the baby to givingt the baby to a couple in Los Angeles. He gives her a plane ticket and insists she must be on flight 815 the next day. Back on the island, Claire is attacked in her sleep by someone who tries to stick a needle into her pregnant belly. Claire decides to move back to the beach, but along the way she goes into a false labor. Charlie helps Claire realize that the psychic had tricked her into getting on flight 815 so that she and the baby would end up on the island. Meanwhile, Sayid returns with the news that they are not alone on the island, and Hurley discovers that Ethan was never on the plane. The episode ends with Ethan menacingly confronting Claire and Charlie in the jungle.
“Raised By Another” is yet another brilliant double meaning title. Obviously it refers to Claire’s baby, and her intention to give it up for adoption despite the initial warning of the psychic that only she must raise the child. But it also could refer to Charlie, who emerges as Claire’s protector. Thus though alone in her plight, she is “raised [up] by another.” And it’s Charlie, the selfish “rock god,” who after his rebirth in the moth cave is now ready to give himself for another. (more…)