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Charlie Hieronymus Pace is a fictional character on the ABC television series Lost, chronicling the lives of plane crash survivors on a mysterious tropical island. Played by Dominic Monaghan, Charlie was a regular character in the first three seasons until the character's death in the season three finale. Monaghan was later billed as a guest star in season four. Introduced in the pilot episode, Charlie battles with an addiction to heroin in the first two seasons, before he finally lays his demons aside, establishing a relationship with Claire Littleton (Emilie de Ravin) and her son Aaron. In season three of the show, Charlie had to face his own mortality when Desmond Hume (Henry Ian Cusick) repeatedly foresaw his death. Flashbacks from the series show Charlie was a member of a rock band named DriveSHAFT.

Arc

Prior to the Crash

Charlie was born in 1979 to Simon and Megan Pace, and lived in Manchestermarker, Englandmarker. When Charlie was young, he was given a piano as a gift on Christmas Day, thus beginning his career in music. Charlie honed his musical talents by playing on the street for money, where he spotted a woman being mugged (whom turned out to be Sayid's beloved, Nadia) and saved her, prompting her to call him a hero.

Sometime later, Charlie and his brother Liam had formed a band called Driveshaft, and landed a record deal. Suddenly, Driveshaft became extremely popular, although they were a one hit wonder band. Liam, amidst their popularity and success, turned to heroin. On Christmas Day, while touring Finlandmarker, Liam gave Charlie his D.S. family ring, saying that because of his addiction he would never have a family so it should go to Charlie. Eventually, though, Charlie became addicted to heroin. As the band's fame began to decrease, Charlie sunk further into his addiction. Liam later sold his piano so he could enroll into rehabilitation, after dropping his newborn daughter. Liam later leaves Charlie alone, in order to be with his wife, Karen, and daughter, Megan (named after the brothers' mother).

With Driveshaft disbanded, Charlie resorted to theft to support his heroin addiction. He charmed a wealthy woman, Lucy, in order to rob her, but she learned of his intentions and left him as he began to develop real feelings for her. Later, Charlie traveled to Australia to persuade a sober Liam to rejoin the band. Liam refused, offered to help him enter a rehabilitation program, but Charlie angrily refused, and left to board a plane to Los Angelesmarker the next day. The night before the flight, he took heroin with a woman named Lily, who he fought with over the last of the stash until she left angrily. On the plane, he struggles without any heroin, and goes to the bathroom to take some, when the plane begins to crash.

After the Crash

On the second day on the island, he, Jack Shephard and Kate Austen venture inland to the plane’s cockpit, where he retrieves his stash of heroin. John Locke later discovers his addiction to heroin and in exchange for his guitar, Charlie gives up the drugs. After Jack is trapped in a cave-in, Charlie saves him. Afterwards, Charlie burns his drugs in a fire. When Charlie tries to stop Claire from going back to the beach, both are kidnapped by Ethan Rom. Pursuing him, Jack and Kate find Charlie hung from a tree almost dead. When Claire returns and Ethan comes to recapture her, Charlie kills the latter with a gun.

When Claire goes into labour, Charlie, along with Jin-Soo Kwon, helps Kate deliver the baby. When Danielle Rousseau abducts the baby, named Aaron, Charlie and Sayid Jarrah go to rescue him. Along the way, Charlie and Sayid stop by a beechcraft carrying several Virgin Mary statues filled with heroin. That night, Charlie and Sayid manage to reclaim Aaron, and bring him safely back to Claire.

In Season 2, Mr. Eko reveals to Claire the contents of the Virgin Mary statue, creating a rift between her and Charlie. Charlie takes Eko to the beechcraft where he found them, and the two decide to burn the plane and its contents. However, Charlie secretly keeps a stash hidden in the jungle. Later, he begins experiencing surreal dreams, in which Aaron is in peril. He seeks out Eko, who says Aaron may need to be baptized. Subsequently, Charlie kidnaps Aaron and attempts to baptize him. When caught, Locke assaults him. As retribution for Locke embarrassing him, Charlie aids Sawyer in conning Jack and Locke out of the Hatch’s guns and heroin by assaulting Sun.

Later, Sayid tells Charlie about a prisoner in the Hatch, “Henry Gale”. They, along with Ana-Lucia Cortez, attempt to find the balloon that Henry allegedly crashed in. When the three return to the Hatch, they reveal Henry to be an impostor. After this, Charlie begins helping Eko build a church, but is angered when Eko abandons its construction. He finds a box of vaccine, and gives it to Claire for herself and Aaron, beginning to renew their friendship. In Sawyer’s tent, Charlie discovers the remaining Virgin Mary statues, and throws them in the ocean. Eko seeks his help in finding the dynamite from the Black Rock ship. Charlie brings him to it, and he and Eko go to the Hatch, with Eko intending to blow open the blast door. After an explosion, Charlie barely escapes the Hatch as it implodes. After the Hatch’s implosion, Charlie helps Locke standing guard while Locke communes with the island and helping him rescue Eko from a polar bear’s cave. After Eko’s death, Desmond starts having visions in which Charlie dies.

Later, Charlie joins Desmond, Hurley and Jin on a hike into the jungle where they find a parachutist named Naomi Dorrit, who crashed on the island. When Jack announces his plan to foil the others and contact the outside world, Charlie volunteers to swim down to the Looking Glass station and switch off a device blocking transmissions to and from the island. Desmond accompanies him. He confronts three people, two females who maintain the island and Mikhail. During a confrontation, Mikhail is shot in the chest with a spear gun. Just as Charlie is able to make contact with Penelope Widmore in a sideroom, a mysteriously resurrected Mikhail uses a grenade to destroy the room's porthole. It floods. To spare Desmond he locks the door, and warns him of Naomi’s deception.

After leaving the island, Hurley has visions of Charlie first at a convienience store, and then later at the asylum Hurley has been committed to. Charlie tells Hurley the people remaining on the island need him, and that he has to return, but disappears when Hurley closes his eyes. In “Something Nice Back Home”, Hurley conveys to Jack a message from Charlie: “You’re not supposed to raise him”. Hurley also tells Jack that Charlie states he will be visited.

After the rescue of the Oceanic Six, Desmond and Penelope Hume name their son Charlie.

Season 6

Monaghan confirmed at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con that he will reprise his role as Charlie Pace in the sixth and Final season of Lost as a main character in 3 episodes, alongside co-star Emilie de Ravin as Claire Littleton.

Development

After appearing in The Lord of the Rings, Dominic Monaghan was offered many fantasy-based roles, like elves and pixies. He was keen to portray a different role, so he wanted a contemporary part that had layers and an edge. Originally Charlie was an older rocker that has been a big hit in the 1980s but now had a heroin addiction. After the producers enjoyed Monaghan’s audition where he read Sawyer’s lines, they rewrote the part to make him a young has-been.

In a DVD commentary for “The Moth”, Monaghan said that he felt Charlie's black hoodie is some sort of "security blanket" that he hides underneath and uses when he feels "lost."

DriveSHAFT was the fictional band in ’’Lost’’ formed by Charlie and his older brother Liam. The band was named after the duo’s great-grandfather “Dexter Stratton”; thus the DS initials of the group. In a Season One DVD Featurette, “Backstage with Driveshaft”, Dominic Monaghan cites them as a direct influence on the fictional band:

In a Season One DVD Featurette named “Backstage with Driveshaft”, Dominic Monaghan says that:

At the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con, Dominic Monaghan returned, and confirmed he will be back in Lost's Final Season as Charlie Pace.

Reception

"No longer are we observing the ex-rocker, the junky, the Laurel to Hurley’s Hardy, now we are seeing Charlie as vulnerable and complex human being with a galvanized sense of what makes life worth living."
— Jon Lachonis regarding Charlie in “Greatest Hits” .


Chris Carabott responded positively to the utilization of the character in “The Moth”, mentioning that, “Dini and Johnson use the various talents of some of the "losties" to further emphasise Charlie's uselessness” and that “Charlie's development throughout the episode is striking.” However, he did express dissatisfaction at how he was used in season two, believing that it took plenty away from a "gem of an episode.” In “Homecoming”, he commented on his "good nature" and mentioned that his flashback “does a great job of contrasting the Charlie we now know on the island.”

In his review of “Live Together, Die Alone”, Scott Brown of Entertainment Weekly said that the writers were “trying to make us hate Charlie.” calling him “deeply annoying”.

In a review of season three's penultimate episode, Chris Carabott said Charlie's flashbacks could "send shivers up our collective spines,” and said he was “annoying at times.” Nonetheless, he called the character “someone we can respect.” Entertainment Weekly’s Jeff Jensen said Charlie “was ready for the spotlight”, and that Monaghan gave his "best performance yet".” On BuddyTV, his flashbacks were described as bringing audiences “closer to Charlie’s human aspect”, and it was noted that the episode was "wildly successful" in turning Charlie into a relatable character. The website Television Without Pity ranked him 7th in a list of Lost's “10 Most Worthless Characters”, dubbing his backstory "Oasis: Behind the Music". Contrastingly, in a list of the show's "10 Best Backstories”, he was ranked 8th.

A poll by E! Online named him as the character fans would most like to see return at 43.4% of the vote, with over 30% more votes than his nearest rival.

References

  1. Fordis, Jeff, (January 22, 2007) " ABC Studios Lost Show Description Lead Press Release Page," ABC Medianet. Retrieved on April 8, 2007.
  2. Fordis, Jeff, (September 21, 2004) " ABC Television Studio Lost September 22, 2004 Episode "Pilot" Entertainment Press Release," ABC Medianet. Retrieved on February 1, 2009.
  3. "Before They Were Lost". Lost: The Complete First Season, Buena Vista Home Entertainment. September 6, 2005. Featurette, disc 7.
  4. commentary for The Moth - Season 1 DVD
  5. http://g4tv.com/videos/40223/Lost_Cast_Interviews/
  6. Lachonis, Jon "DocArzt", (May 16, 2007) " 3.21 'Greatest Hits' Recap", BuddyTV. Retrieved on December 3, 2007.
  7. Jensen, Jeff "Doc", (May 17, 2007) " Charlie Risks His Life", Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on December 1, 2007.
  8. Lachonis, Jon "DocArzt", (May 16, 2007) " 3.21 'Greatest Hits' Recap", BuddyTV. Retrieved on December 3, 2007.
  9. http://uk.eonline.com/uberblog/watch_with_kristin/b129364_spoiler_chat_will_lost_bring_dominic.html


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