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Comic-Con 2008: ABC’s “Lost” Panel

The panel for ABC’s Lost was made up of just the show’s executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, though later on a special guest (Matthew Fox) showed up.  Here are some highlights from the panel courtesy TV Squad:

  • The panel started off with a few videos, including an ad for the DVDs.
  • After more videos, the two plugged, a site where you can buy autographed memorabilia from the show, with all hte money going to charity.
  • They then went into a Q&A session. Asked if the island moved when the hatch blew and the sky turned purple, Lindelof responded: “No., but something did happen.”
  • Will we see Jin and Locke again?: Jin will still be on the show in some form, we haven’t seen the last of the two characters.
  • Will we see an Rousseau flashback?:  We will see her “story” (they don’t want to refer to these as flashbacks any longer).
  • Shooting starts back up in three weeks if a strike doesn’t get in the way.  All episodes will be back-to-back, uninterrupted.
  • We’ll see Vincent, Walt’s dog, again.  He’ll make it to the end of the show.
  • Will Kate see Sawyer again? Yes.
  • Will we see what happens to the five people in the zodiac boat? Yes. They also revealed an interesting note on this: On the set, the actors call the other castaways from Flight 815, the ones in the background, “socks”.
  • How did Daniel know about the secondary protocol?  It was written in his notebook.
  • The notebook will be featured heavily in the fifth season.
  • How old his Richard Alpert?  Cuse: “Quite old”.  Someone asked how many toes he has, to which they responded that we’ll learn a lot more about his history and see him barefoot in the near future.

The last question was about the name chosen for Locke in the casket (Jeremy Bentham) and how it was related to Panopticon.  Before answering a question about if it was meant to show that the people on the island were being watched, a Dharma Inititive test subject, an actor, ran on-stage saying he videotapped what he saw and wanted to share it.  All an act, they eventually showed the tape.  Here’s what was on it (summary courtesy /Film):

The brief footage featured everybody’s favorite Asian Dharma doctor, this time introducing himself as Dr. Marvin Candle. Instead of the usual scratched up black-and-white recording, the video was being shot digitally with Marvin sitting on a couch. He briefly starts off with his normal spiel, but quickly gives up and states there’s no point in playing games anymore. He admits his name is Pierre Chang, and tells the people watching that they should be receiving his message roughly thirty years in the future. His message is simple: “It’s imperative that the Dharma Initiative be reconstituted.”

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