Lost: The 23rd Psalm

So Jenn and I only watched a brief bit of the recap episode, Lost: Revelation, before deciding we really wanted the new episode content. Recaps are great and all, but despite waiting something like 6 weeks for a new Lost episode, we were pretty well caught up. The only new question I have actually revolves around the recaps: who is the voice of the narrator? I’m sure I could look him up – it sounds like Peter Coyote to me – and what does he have to do with the story? Is his new exposition important or somehow revealing about events that have already happened?

Ok, so that’s more than one question, but you get the jist. On to the meat of Lost: The 23rd Psalm.

So tonight’s episode is all about the quiet and mysterious Mr. Eko. We learn early on that he made a great sacrifice for his younger brother, that he has always been a religious man, and that he is a very conflicted and complex person. Who isn’t on this island?

My key takeaways/questions:

  1. What is the new combination of the gun room?
  2. Certainly not the “numbers”, but something close. I thought I made out 24 and 29. Could these be a new code or a permutation of the existing code?

  3. What did Walt type?
  4. Jack ruins the most father/son bonding between Michael and (we think) Walt, by entering the hatch just as Walt types “You need to con(or ‘com’)”. Anyone catch more of that message? And why would Walt ask if Michael was alone?

  5. The Black Smoke
  6. Okay, so this is the biggest, most mysterious element of the whole damn island. Now that we’ve gotten somewhat of a good look at it, here are my questions?

    • Why does the ground “explode” as it approaches?
    • Is it burrowing up from underground?

    • Why does the perspective of the smoke seem like a giant dinosaur or robot clomping about?
    • Maybe that’s just me but the presentation of the “first person” perspective of the smoke doesn’t make it seem like smoke at all.

    • What was with the weird diffusion/negative effect that we saw as the camera passed through the smoke and kept trained on Mr. Eko?
    • Does this provide a clue into it’s origin?

    • Did the smoke have the same effect on Mr. Eko as it had on John Locke?
    • Is there some reason it left both of them unharmed? Why was it seemingly more aggressive towards Locke?

    The more I think about the smoke, the more I question.

  7. The Drugs
  8. No show that I’ve ever seen tackles the subject of addiction and redemption and the genuine struggle against one’s one self (and frailty) like Charlie’s ordeal. Who saw the stash of Virgin Mary statues coming? Not me.

  9. The priesthood
  10. For how long (and how seriously) did Eko assume the role of his priest younger brother?

That’s all for now, except the 23rd psalm. I’ll update with more questions – and potential answers – as they occur to me.

The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul:
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’ sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: For thou art with me;
Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies;
Thou annointest my head with oil; My cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the House of the Lord forever.

7 thoughts on “Lost: The 23rd Psalm

  1. Excellent episode. My thoughts:

    2. It looked like “You need to com”. I was thinking it was something like, “you need to come get me”. I would guess its not Walt, though.

    3. The smoke is interesting. When the camera passed through it it looked like there were ghosts or souls in it. There were some kind of lighter colored somethings in it.

    I got nothing for the rest of your points.

  2. Jessica says:

    The gun room combo numbers were 25 and 29 (difference = 4). Maybe the third number is 37 or 21 (difference of 8)…

    As for Walt on the computer, I am not convinced that it’s Walt – how would he know immediately when Michael sat down at the computer to try to communicate with him? Think it’s just coincidence?

    The smoke did have multiple images that popped up in it – I went through frame by frame and counted at least 6 faces that flashed by as the smoke rotates in front of Ecko, but the only one I recognized was Walt’s face (or what appeared to be Walt). I intend to go through it again tonight to see if I can make out any other faces.

  3. Jessica says:

    Okay – so I was wrong about Walt’s face…this is what someone else posted on another site about the faces in the smoke:
    i have tvo and went through super slow mo and got this in order
    a church

    a small nigerian boy

    nigerian lady that sold the statues

    the old man he shot at the begining

    echo coming out of water in the plane crash

    one of the nigerian drug runners before he got on the plane

    a nigerian lady

    echo holding his brother wen he was shot

    and jesus on the cross

  4. Nick says:

    I’m wondering if maybe Michael seeing “Walt” on the screen and responding is just a daydream type deal. The second time when Jack walks in, he kind of jumps. It looks like he may have dosed off. And then it had disappeared by the time they showed the screen. So what if Michael is imagining it? It gives him a reason to go out into the jungle. And maybe that will lead to an “incident.” The island has made others see things. Boone seeing Shannon “die.” So could it be that the island is making Michael think that he’s talking to Walt, so he will run off into the jungle and get captured by the Others? Just my thought on that.

  5. For the second episode in a row, I actually did call out what happened within the last 15 seconds of the show. [The prior being my somewhat sarcastic “It’s gonna be Walt”] But I really did believe that there would be a reveal of Charlie’s large stash. [That sounds dirty somehow.]

  6. Oh, yeah… I think that either A. it’s not Walt on the other end of that line or B. “You need to co[n/m]” does not end up being “come get me” but something completely mind-blowing but I can’t figure out how they’d ever do a reveal of what he saw there. Island Flashbacks? Yet another clip episode?

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