Sunday’s 10th anniversary reunion of “Lost” was noticeably missing a few major players — including Matthew Fox and Evangeline Lilly — but that didn’t make it any less fun for the die-hard fans who turned out at the Dolby Theater.
Although it’s been almost four years since the ABC drama show ended its run, the panelists acted as if it were only yesterday that they said goodbye to the island.
“The show may be done but we are not done with the show,” Scheer said before bringing Cuse and Lindelof on stage.
Following a screening of the much-loved season one episode “Exodus: Part 1,” episode, Scheer, Lindelof and Cuse were joined on stage by Malcolm David Kelley, Maggie Grace, Ian Somerhalder, Josh Holloway, Jorge Garcia, Henry Ian Cusick and Yunjin Kim.
Scheer kept the conversation moving between questions about how their careers had changed since the show ended to favorite memories from their time in Hawaii, where the series lensed for six seasons.
Holloway kept the crowd laughing with anecdotes, including the fan who had a habit of tailing him during shooting.
“I had one fan I saw a few too many times,” Holloway said with a grin. “There was one point where he offered to cook me a chicken dinner.”
Garcia said one of the stranger viewer reactions he had over the course of the show’s run was when a fan stopped him to talk about his theory about what happened to the passengers on board Oceanic Flight 815.
“I had one guy tell me once that when the plane was in the air we were all cloned and that the show was about our clones — so yeah that was a little weird,” Garcia.
Lindelof and Cuse fed fan fever with a lengthy discussion about how some of the most beloved characters — including Kim’s Sun and Garcia’s Hurley — didn’t even exist in the original pilot script.
“We created the character of Sun based on (Kim’s) audition for Kate because she was so great we had to find a way to get her into the show,” Lindelof said. “Hurley also didn’t exist. Jorge auditioned for Sawyer and didn’t get that role but then J.J. (Abrams) saw him on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” called me up and asked ‘Did you watch ‘Curb?’ I went yeah it was funny and he said ‘You gotta get that guy into the script somehow.’ ”
The cast when on to talk about a handful of other things like gags they played on each other (one prank involved Somerhalder making out with Grace during a scene, unaware that she had purposely stuff her mouth full of garlic cloves), items they stole (Garcia still has the paintings Hurley drew from the mental hospital) and the fear of being killed off at any time. Lindelof remembers Daniel Dae Kim calling to ask if it would be wise for him to buy a house in Hawaii or not, just in case his character was about to get the ax.
With as much as TV has changed since “Lost’s” premiere in September 2004, one audience member asked Cuse and Lindelof if they would have preferred the show had been on a cable network a la AMC or HBO. Both agreed that “Lost” worked well on ABC, even as it broke most of the rules (and established new ones) for network TV dramas.
“To be honest, it wouldn’t have worked on cable,” Lindelof said.
As the night wrapped up, the final question asked Lindelof and Cuse to reflect on who was the show’s true “alpha male.” The pair’s answer harked back to an extra filmed for the Web and included on the DVD set of the final season.
“I think it’s pretty clear that the person left in charge of the island is the true alpha male of lost,” Lindelof said, looking at Garcia.