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The 23rd Psalm 

Claire loses faith in Charlie after Eko questions him about the Virgin Mary statues.

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When Claire comments to Mr. Eko about the Virgin Mary statue which belongs to Charlie, he asks to see it, breaks it open, and exposes Charlie's secret to Claire. Mr. Eko makes Charlie show him the place where he found the crashed plane, while his past in Nigeria is presented in flashback. John Locke teaches Michael how to shoot a rifle, and Michael uses the computer to contact someone he believes to be Walt. Claire does not want Charlie to live close to her and her son any longer. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The numbers John puts into the safe are 25 29 and 40. See more »

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When Eko recites the 23rd Psalm, he incorrectly says, "Yea, though I walk through the shadow of the valley of death...." Charlie recites it incorrectly as well. The correct verse is "the valley of the shadow of death...." See more »

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Tough Moroccan: It is true what they say about you.
Mr. Eko: And what is that?
Tough Moroccan: You have no soul.
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He's Evil
Written by Ray Davies
Performed by Dominic Monaghan / The Kinks
Album "Preservation: Act 2" 1974
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Mr. Eko
19 September 2008 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

"The 23rd Psalm" is very much in the tradition of the great introductory "Lost" flashback episode, much like "Walkabout" or "Confidence Man" in its structure and purpose. It doesn't quite match the quality of those two episodes, as it is prone to mild slips in quality when not dealing with Eko, and it doesn't quite pack the same sort of punch those two episodes did, but it is still a great episode with a lot worth discussing.

I believe "The 23rd Psalm" to be one of the key appearances of the monster. During its encounter with Eko we see flashes, images in the smoke itself, and on the commentary track for the DVD release Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof note that having discussed the nature of the monster and exactly what it was with Kevin Blank, the visual effects supervisor, the images were put in based on that discussion. I'm not going to offer any theories but I have a feeling that when we do get an answer on the smoke monster we will come back to this episode and wonder why we didn't figure it out.

The episode does look very good, although the production design is lacking towards the end during the showdown scene, but in any case the main pleasures of "The 23rd Psalm" are found in the writing and acting in the scenes focusing entirely on Eko and/or his interaction with Charlie. This is some outstanding character writing here, even if I don't care for the specifics of the plot itself in the flashback, as Eko is well-developed enough as a character that we focus on him as opposed to the story surrounding him. My complaints about some of the plot aside, the very first scene with Eko being forced to commit murder as an adolescent is one of the most brutally effective scenes on the show.

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's performance is tremendously effective, particularly when he burns the plane late in the episode, and Giacchino's score here is one of his more inspired moments. This is a great episode with some minor but nagging faults.

9/10


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