WHERE THERE’S SMOKE…
- On to the good stuff! Eko has his first confrontation with the Smoke Monster. Like Locke in Walkabout, Eko is not afraid of it. There is one critical difference, though: Eko sees a creature of dark smoke, while Locke saw a beautiful, bright light. Locke tells Eko about his experience in The Cost Of Living.
- The Smoke Monster (aka Man In Black) seems to be ”scanning” Eko’s memories, as flashes from his past can be seen inside the smoke. Presumably, this is what he did to Locke in Walkabout and Juliet in Left Behind.
- Smokey lets Eko live… for now. The next time he confronts him, he uses the body of Yemi and manipulates him into confessing his sins. Of course, Eko doesn’t care for manipulations and refuses to confess. The rest is history.
- Flashes from Eko’s past appear in the smoke. Now, I wish I had the ability or the software to show you all the images in high quality, but I think you will get the idea. Scroll over the images for a description:
- Two mystery women are shown among the images. The producers of the show have said that some of the images are from moments in Eko’s past that we hadn’t seen yet at that point. The mystery women could be the Nun from The Cost of Living, Amina, Eko’s mother or another woman whom we haven’t met. Note that none of these roles had been cast when this episode first aired.
- Ben Linus will go through a similar experience with the Monster in Dead Is Dead. The scene is also referenced in the LOST: Via Domus video game and possibly in Fringe episode 4.04 Subject 9. The scene from Fringe (another Bad Robot show) shows Olivia Dunham facing off with a mysterious ”cloud” of energy, shaped as a familiar image from the past. The visual parallels are clear, as shown in the image below.
- No less than five new music themes for Mr. Eko are introduced in this episode!
- Eko’s main theme was released on the soundtracks as All’s Forgiven… Except Charlie, Church Of Eko’s and Leggo My Eko.
- A new danger motif (starting at 2:31 in the video above) plays during Yemi’s and Eko’s death scenes. It’s released as part of Leggo My Eko, and as an exclusive (unused) soundtrack called Crash And Yearn.
- A dark variation of the theme for Eko and Yemi (starting at 3:08) was released as Leggo My Eko. It plays when Eko is reminded of his brother, and when he confronts the Man In Black posing as him in The Cost Of Living.
- Eko’s motif (at 3:58) is a four note melody that plays during various scenes involving Eko. It plays along with Locke’s theme in ?, when the two try to open the Pearl hatch. A soundtrack version was released as Eko Of The Past.
- Another Eko theme (seemingly based on Eko’s motif) plays when Eko finds Goldie’s corpse, and when he talks to Richard Malkin in ?. Sadly, this theme was never released on any of the soundtracks.
- Eko will earn himself a sixth theme in ?. The theme plays when the afterlife is discussed in ? and Three Minutes.
- An early version of the ”rescue” motif, which plays during scenes involving the survivors’ rescue or contact with the outside world, is heard when Eko notices Goldie’s parachute.
- Eko carries a scripture stick with dried blood on it. That just tells you everything you need to know about him. He’s definitely a different kind of priest.
- A similar concept/metaphor is Eko’s (technically, Yemi’s) before-mentioned desecrated church in The Cost Of Living. Blood has been spilled in a holy place.
- Eko asks ”Where did you find this?” about the heroin both in flashback and present time.
- Flashback Eko is ruthless, but he has a soft spot for children – not unlike Sawyer (Confidence Man) and Ben (Dead Is Dead). The three characters all have traumatic childhoods in common.
- Charlie tells Eko that he wants to be treated with respect. It shows the state of mind that he’s currently in. Compare this speech to his rant to Jack from The Moth, when Charlie was struggling with his heroin addiction:
Charlie:”You know? A lot of people look up to me. They respect me. And you, you just treat me like I’m some bloody child! Like I’m some useless joke! Charlie’s not good enough to do this, Charlie’s just in the way. You don’t know me! I’m a bloody rock god!” (The Moth)
Charlie: ”I don’t have to tell you anything, man. You come traipsing across the island, and what, suddenly now you’re in charge? You want me to take you to your plane? You best start treating me with some respect. I’m not just some guy you can just…” [chickachickachicka] (The 23rd Psalm)
- Charlie also tells Eko ”It was my brother’s fault”. I’m sure Yemi could relate to that sentence in many ways. Both Eko and Charlie had complicated relationships with their brothers.
- Eko and Charlie recite Psalm 23 at the burning plane. ”The lord is my Shepherd”… Jack Shephard’s candidate number is 23!
- Eko repeats the 23rd Psalm before he’s attacked by the Smoke Monster in The Cost Of Living.
- Michael is growing restless. He wants his son back, and he wants his son back now. Jack wants to wait; there’s too many storylines going on already! Training up an army wouldn’t have worked; the survivors were never prepared to face the Others, as proven after Michael takes off in the next episode (The Hunting Party) and later in Live Together, Die Alone.
- We get our first glimpse of the already growing love between Hurley and Libby at the end of the episode. Hurley tells Charlie he’s interested in her in the next episode.
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