Lost: Season 3, Episode 5

The Cost of Living (1 Nov. 2006)

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After Mr. Eko has a vision of his dead brother, he sets out to return to the site of his plane crash.

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A delirious Eko wrestles with demons from his past, while Locke, Sayid, Desmond, and two other castaways, Nikki and Paolo, head back to The Pearl -- one of the Dharma Initiative's island stations -- hoping to find a computer that they can use to locate Jack, Kate and Sawyer. Meanwhile, Jack doesn't know whom to trust when two of "The Others" (Ben and Juliet) seem at odds with one another when Ben wants Jack to perform surgery on him to remove a potentially dangerous tumor whereas Juliet does not want Jack to do it. Written by patstar84

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In a flashback, when Mr. Ecko has his hands tied in the church, at about 29 minutes 10 seconds, he pulls the knife out of the the table twice. The first time he uses the knife to hit the main "bad guy". The second time it is pulled Mr. Ecko uses the knife to strike one of the supporting "bad guys". See more »

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Mr. Eko: I ask for no forgiveness father for I have not sinned, I have only done what I needed to do to survive. A small boy once asked me if I was a bad man, if I could answer him now I would tell him, that when I was a young boy I killed a man to save my brothers life. I am not sorry for this, I am proud of this. I did not ask for the life that I was given but it was given none the less, and with it I did my best.
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Goodbye Eko
3 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Island Plot: Eko faces judgment for his past. Jack finds out the purpose behind his kidnapping.

Flashback: Eko begins his life as a priest.

Eko remains one of my all time favorite Lost characters so this episode is bittersweet for me. It was one of the better episodes from early season 3 but that's not saying much. I was happy to finally find out what Ben wanted Jack for though the whole kidnapping scheme still seems to be as bit contrived. Juliet's surprise request at the end of the episode was a nice twist and made her character even more compelling.

The main story with Eko seemed rushed and pointless but that was due to some behind the scenes problems so I can't really blame the writers for this one. What I can blame the writers for is the continued poor development of new characters Nikki and Paulo. These two remained one of the worst mistakes the producers made. The flashbacks weren't bad but, like may from season 3, was unnecessary.

All in all it was not a bad episode but it continued the string of mediocre episodes from early season 3.

Favorite scene: The return of the smoke monster is always a treat even if it led to a tragic outcome.


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