LOST Thoughts : The Amazing Reappearing Drive Shaft Ring

I was recently listening to Heath from The Lost Revisited podcast reviewing the episode ” The Moth” (Season One). He was bringing up an interesting point about when Charlie started doing drugs. He mentioned about the Season Three episode “Greatest Hits” where Liam gave Charlie the DriveShaft ring, calling Charlie “the only drug free rock star”. Heath was asking where The Moth falls in the timeline, with the diaper wearing /piano selling portion (“Fire+Water”,Season Two) closest to the crash of Oceanic 815.

So, in light of Heath’s observation, I went back to the scene in The Moth where Liam gives Charlie the “pep talk” of if Charlie quits DriveShaft now, what’s he going to do with his life because he is otherwise useless. (I think Liam was my guidance counselor in high school) πŸ™‚

After the blowup with Liam, Charlie picks up a bag of heroin, and sits looking and at himself, crying and placing his hand across his face. Although we don’t actually watch him take drugs, it is heavily implied that this may have been the beginning of his own addiction. It is here that the DriveShaft ring is seen.

This ring was first given to Charlie when they were on the second tour of Finland (“Greatest Hits” Season Three), also mentioned in the Pilot episode to Kate as they and Jack were in search of the cockpit. But when Liam gives him the ring, Charlie isn’t doing drugs. So, even though the majority of the episode was from the earliest part of the band’s formation, is part of the episode way in the future , just prior to the diaper debacle? Or is this a big mix up on the writers’ part?

Here’s an option : Charlie might have “pestered” Liam early on to let him wear the ring on stage. (Big brother, little brother stuff πŸ™‚ ) It was clearly a big deal for him to wear it, considering Charlie is a bit of a sentimental guy. It also symbolizes his need to “save” the family with his musical talent that his mom “lovingly” saddled on him when they gave him a piano at Christmas as a young boy ( But no pressure πŸ˜‰ ) . So, when Liam knew he was slipping in his responsiblities as family “leader”, he made it “official” and gave the ring to Charlie in Finland.

So, where is the DriveShaft ring now (and will Aaron ever have it like Charlie wanted him to) ? Did it get blown up during the Others invasion? Is it stuck in a tire of Hurley’s Dharma Microbus when he ran over Ryan? Did it get wash up with the tide and is now on its third tour of Finland? And who is Dexter Straton, the ring’s namesake? Does he have anything to do with The Black Rock….or with Charles Widmore? Is this why Charlie was named Charlie?

And come to think of it, didn’t Green Lantern have a power ring…the same Green Lantern in Walt’s comic book? Perhaps there’s more to that DriveShaft ring than meets the eye? Was it the ring that was protecting Charlie all this time and he was only truly vulnerable when he removed it?

Did he think this was his only way of “protecting” Aaron because Charlie knew “danger surrounds this baby”? The ring was “passed” to Aaron prior to Charlie’s impending death. Apparently, this is the ideal way the ring works in the Green Lantern “universe”. (See Wikipedia for more info) And maybe that’s why Liam gave it to Charlie? Liam was talking like he thought he wasn’t going to “make it” because of his habit.

Perhaps that fight between Charlie and Hurley about Superman vs. The Flash in “Catch 22” (Season Three) wasn’t just small talk….but “shop talk”? Or, as hinted at in early season one, does it all lay at the feet (or in the mind) of Taller Ghost Walt? πŸ˜‰

Happy LOST Thought of the Day: Charlie name-dropping DriveShaft to the priest in the confessional.

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8 Responses so far »

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    izikavazo said,

    I’ll bet the ring was just a mistake. It’s one of those props that a Charlie fan would really notice, but on that I doubt that all the writers really care about.

  2. 2

    mswendy said,

    Hi Izi,

    That is very likely. But alot of the writers on Lost are comic book fans/writers, including Damon Lindelof. So, like the many Star Wars references they like to “slip past the goalie” , I wouldn’t be totally shocked if they did give the ring more comic based “significance”. πŸ˜‰

    As always, thanks for your comments, Izi πŸ™‚

  3. 3

    Bri said,

    In the season finale they finally show the ring again.

  4. 4

    mswendy said,

    Hi Bri,

    Yes! I was so happy…then so sad to see it. But seeing the DriveShaft ring might spark an interest in Sun to search for Claire herself in 2007.

    That is, if the Island exists after the nuclear explosion in 1977. πŸ˜‰

  5. 5

    izikavazo said,

    Apparently I don’t have enough faith.
    It was kinda nice to see the ring back, even if I don’t really miss the body it used to belong to.

  6. 6

    mswendy said,

    Hi Izi,

    Hey, you’ve been using your faith on meeting the deadlines for this new season every week on your LOST blog … with amazing results, by the way. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for doing what you do on Not Confused, Just LOST. Fantastic! 8)

  7. 7

    izikavazo said,

    The trick is, don’t sleep on Wednesday nights. I’m actually kinda glad that the season is over, I look forward to sleeping normally again.
    I think I need to figure out some way to watch the Eastern show. That would save me so muc time.

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    mswendy said,

    Sleep was a big luxury this time around, doing the blog and the podcast multiple times a week (but still had so much fun πŸ™‚ ) . And if Heath and I did an initial reaction together, we’d start at his time, 3/4 hours after I saw it. Taking a little time off now. But we’ll be back podcasting at the end of the month and continue throughout the hiatus, probably every other week, at least. But we’ll be able to do the LRN on our timetable. I’m looking forward to it. 8)

    I don’t know of anyone that carries it live EST online. Even ABC waits til the next day to release the episode. I don’t know because I don’t own one. But if you have a satellite, are you able to get it on a channel live from East Coast ?


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