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Lost: The 23rd Psalm (S02EP10)
Posted January 12, 2006 at 08:47:38 AM by Bean in the Lost category
Boo yah! Lost is Back after a 6 week break! Last night, there was a 1 hour recap show that covered all of season 1 and the first half of season 2 followed by a new episode. Lots of new information, particularly regarding the monster, Eko, and Charlie.

Eko's Backstory
This ep was definately Eko-centric, giving us Eko's complete backstory. As a kid in Nigeria, Eko was playing with his little brother and some friends when a truckload of thugs ride up and gather all of the children into a circle. They handed a gun to Eko's little brother and told him to shoot an old man. They kept pressuring him and pressuring him until he was just about to do it. But, at the last second Eko swoops in, takes the gun, and shoots the man himself so his little brother doesnt have to. The terrorists/thugs liked what they saw and drafted Eko into a life of crime. His brother went free and eventually became a priest. As grown men, they still kept in touch, but had very different lives. When Eko came to his brother to help him smuggle drugs out of Nigeria, his brother agreed, but only after Eko threatened to burn down his church if he didn't. They stuffed heroin into a bunch of Virgin Mary statues and got set to fly them out of the country under the guise of Christian missionary work. His brother signs paperwork making Eko a priest so that he himself can fly the drugs out. Just before take-off, his brother shows up with the military. A gun fight ensues and his broither is shot, then at the last second, Eko's partner crosses him and takes off with the drugs (and Eko's brother's body) himself. The military mistakes Eko for his brother the priest, and we assume from that point forward that Eko takes over in his brothers place and is a "saved" man.

Charlie and Mary
The drug plane? Yeah, it crashed on the island. Fast forward to season 1 where Locke and Boone find it, and eventually Sayid and Charlie as well. Charlie begins to find statues full of his past vice (heroin) and stashing them in a hidden place. When Eko finds one on him, he is ousted by Claire and the baby and forced to take Eko to the plane.

The Monster
By far the greatest revelation last night was a long, detailed shot of the monster. It was a black cloud of smoke that moved like an amorphous entity rather than regular smoke. En route to the plane, Eko get's an up close an personal shot of it (so does Charlie, who is in the background). As they stand face to face, the camera pans through the cloud and we see images from Eko's past in it. It seems to be either reflecting or extracting memories from him. A detailed discussion of the Monster is going on over at the Fuselage. Also, this guy has captured a lot of screenshots and posted them (he runs a great Lost fansite). It does no harm to Eko, and eventually swooshes away into the jungle. They reach the plane and Eko finds his brother's body, along with a lot of drugs and whatnot. They burn the plane and recite the 23rd psalm. Little does anyone know, Charlie has a nice big stash of statues hidden. Some great pics of the monster can be seen here.

Rambo Michael
Michael gets some gun training from Locke as he prepares to head out and look for Walt. He uses the computer again and is able to get through to "Walt" who tells him to come to somewhere (we can't see the whole sentence). Jack walks in, the screen clears, and the camera jumps to another plot point. Previews for next week indicate that Michael knocks out Locke, takes a bunch of guns, and head out to find the others and Walt.

Integration
The last few minutes were of the people at the base camp. It showed the Tailies integrating into the group. Hurley helped Libby put up her tent (I think Libby is going to be very importent later on) and Sun and Jin bring Ana some fish for dinner. When Charlie and Eko get back, Charlie seems more concerned about getting kicked out by Claire than by the close encounter with a GIANT BLACK CLOUD MONSTER.
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8 comments
corbin (January 12, 2006 at 09:30:31 AM):
i think hurley's gonna hit it.
Bean (January 12, 2006 at 09:43:31 AM):
Big tim.

I think the monster fits into my theory well. And I read somehting else that makes sense about the "others" only taking the good people (referenced in early season 2). If the island DOES manifest you thoughts and fears, wouldn't you want to surround yourself with good people, not bad ones? I think the others are taking the good people and leaving the bad ones to their own frightening dream manifestations.
corbin (January 12, 2006 at 12:00:43 PM):
could be, makes as much sense as anything else...can the bad people turn into good ones though? like gangster turned preacher eko?
Bean (January 12, 2006 at 12:07:53 PM):
I think he turned good on the tarmac when he "became" his brothers replacement. He's good. That's why th eothers came after him - little did they know he was a bad ass and kilt em.
corbin (January 12, 2006 at 12:50:25 PM):
oh yeah, forgot they came for him too...
i'm still not positive he turned 100% good on the tarmac. i see it as a possibility, but it's also possible he told them that so they wouldn't kilt him
vinnie jones (January 12, 2006 at 02:54:10 PM):
Walt is NOT a "good" guy. Little fucker killed a bird.. if anything, he's now the leader of The Others aka pirates.
Good episode though I could do without all the holy roller dialogue.
Bean (January 12, 2006 at 03:06:58 PM):
I dig the faith aspect of the show and I think it contrasts nicely with the logical approach taken by a lot of the losties. I don't think walt is the leader of the others... in fact, I dont think it was the others that took him. I think the seabillies are a different group all together.

I thought you stopped watching this show?!
vinnie jones (January 12, 2006 at 03:34:19 PM):
Faith is fine; if I wanted to hear scripture or sermons (which I don't) I'd go to church.

seabillies=pirates

I stop watching it at least 50 times per season... past-due at the moment.
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