I know, I know… I’m in the minority with all my squawking about Charlie having come back in Sayid but come on! There are some interesting audio and visual clues from recent episodes as well as some from episodes in the distant past. I’m going to try to make my argument again. Part of the following, is taken from a comment I made over at John Cabrera’s Blog, that I believe are interesting clues about this “infection” that Dogen is all atwitter about.
So, I’m sorry but when Sayid first wakes up at the end of LAX part 2, I think he sounds exactly like Charlie when he says, “What Happened?” Especially the epmphasis on the word happened. Again in “What Kate Did,” When Sayid asks, “Jack, what happened to me?” listen to how he says “Jack” and draws it out. sounds just like Charlie when he’d get all bitchy and whiny about things around camp. I tried to find some video of these scenes to post here but I couldn’t. But, again… I check my recordings and they still sound like Charlie to me. Rewatch them and tell me that doesn’t sound like Charlie. Compare it to clips of Charlie on youtube when he’s talking to Jack. Do it. I dare you.
Now… Let’s just look at a couple of photos of the two:
What you’re supposed to see in the comparison I’m not sure. But there is something similar. To me there is anyway… but I like to read symbolism into old Captain Caveman episodes and on boxes of Fruity Pebbles so, what do I know, right? But wait! There’re more!
People keep mentioning that Sayid looks as if he had been crucified because of the position he was in when he the templites took him out of the water after drowning him. I looked for a screen cap or video of this but could not find it… I did check the episode that is still on my DVR and yes, it’s true.
Well, for me, I think that if anyone would have taken over Sayid’s body… or was to be resurrected in his body in a Christlike, ‘rolled the boulder from the crypt’ style resurrection it would have been the Catholic raised Charlie based on all of the Christian iconography that was part of his journey on the island. Plus, his middle name is, Hieronymus which translates to Jerome and possibly making him named after Eusebius Sophronius Hieronymus translated to Saint Jerome, who was the guy who translated the bible into Latin. He was famously baptized late in life for the time circa 366 AD. He could have also been named after the patron saint of Orphans, St. Jerome Emiliani, since Claire eventually died and left Aaron an Orphan.
More importantly, however were Charlie’s signs and visions while he was on the island. There were the Virgin Mary statues filled with heroin (as seen above) and the vision he had on the beach where he saw Claire and his Mother posed as in Verrocchio’s painting: Baptism of Christ on the beach (see left) Please note the dove flying out of the jungle. The Dove in Christianity is the symbol for the Baptism of Jesus and his eventual resurrection and in ancient Greek mythology, the Dove was the bird of Athena and represented the renewal of life. Then of course, interrupting Charlie from the vision of his mother and Claire… Hurley comes out of the jungle dressed as John the Baptist. (see below, right.)
Yes, I’m sure all these things could be big fat Red Herrings designed to make me think that Charlie is back in an incredibly yummy Sayid package. But what about the other little things?
Like, who was that annoying little gnome who was always following Jack like a puppy and asking him questions to the point that the slashfanfic people had to make them lovers. Oh, yes, that was Charlie.
Also, did Sayid ever trust anyone enough to say… ‘Hey Jack, if you think I should take that black capsule filled with something that will probably kill me… that’s cool. I’ll take it… whatevs.’ No. That sounds, again, like something Charlie would do. So yes… I’m officially in camp Chayid until I find out otherwise. Anyone with me? Oh come on now! I thought I presented a well researched and reasonable argument. Oh well… If you want to think it’s Jacob or Smokey or some sort of virus… that’s fine… But what if the infection isn’t something that’s not supposed to be there but someone who’s not? Think about Rousseau and now Claire. Our sweet Claire Bear looked awfully Rousseau-like when last we saw her, didn’t she? Could the infection be just the presence of someone who was supposed to die but somehow came back? And while in the eyes of the temple people this is BAD. Jacob seems to be down with it…
Sure, it’s all just baseless conjecture on my part but hey, what else have I got to do? Live a life? Nah. It’s cold outside.
Oh, but hey… doesn’t the healing pool at the temple (see below) kinda look like, say…
a fancy version of, this baptismal pool? (below) British archaeologist Shimon Gibson believes this large cistern in a cave found near KIBBUTZ TZUBA, Israel was where John the Baptist anointed many of his disciples. Sure, it’s not as fancy as the Lost Temple but hey… it’s old.
Again, thanks for your attention… now let the stoning begin. (I hope you all have bad aim.)