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22 Jul, 2006 By: John Latchem

SAN DIEGO — A packed house enthusiastically greeted the stars and writers of “Lost” during a Comic-Con panel convened Saturday, July 22, to preview both the upcoming third season and DVD release of the second season.

Fans were treated to some of the bonus materials from the DVDs, including a behind-the-scenes look at a fight between Hurley (Jorge Garcia) and Sawyer (Josh Holloway). At one point, Garcia looks at the camera and states, “Today I'm gonna kick Josh's ass,” eliciting a roar from the crowd.

Garcia was joined by co-star Daniel Dae Kim, co-creator/executive producer Damon Lindelof and executive producers Bryan Burk and Carlton Cuse.

Speaking of the third season, Lindelof said the writers want to re-embrace the roots of the show, restoring its adventure elements. He said Desmond will return, and the writers are excited about having Kate (Evangeline Lilly), Jack (Matthew Fox) and Sawyer captured by the Others at the end of the second season because it gives a chance to explore these mysterious residents of the island.

“Something's going to happen in the middle of the season that will fry everyone's brain,” Lindelof said. “The moment we stop trying to jump the shark is the moment the show gets boring.”One hot topic on everyone's mind was the bevy of fan theories about the nature of the mysterious island on the show. Kim said some cast members believed it was an alien ant farm. Garcia said he thought all the airplane passengers were cloned and put on the island after the plane landed safely.

“You will never hear the word ‘clone' on the island,” Lindelof rebutted.

One fan suggested the action all took place within the mind of the dog, Vincent. Another suggested Rose and Bernard worked for the Dharma Initiative.

Soon after, a woman claiming her name was Rachel Blake grabbed a microphone and asked the panel, “Have you no shame?”

In a tie-in with the Lost Interactive Experience online game created by ABC to market the show, “Rachel” demanded the panelists reveal what they know about the Hanso Foundation, an organization on the show that sponsors the Dharma experiments on the island.

“It's all real,” she shouted as fans of the show cheered her on. “Those films are real. We deserve the truth. Where is Alvar Hanso? You all have blood on your hands.”

She then urged fans to go to www.hansoexposed.com to learn more for themselves.

When normalcy resumed, a fan asked about all the references to the Wizard of Oz on the show, to which Burk jokingly responded, “If you play Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon during the pilot, starting the album when you see the ‘O,' it synchs up.”

Some fans in attendance expressed a little disappointment over season two and were not surprised the show wasn't nominated for an Emmy for best drama. The producers admitted they were a little disappointed in some other Emmy snubs as well.

“Where is ‘Battlestar Galactica'?” asked Lindelof. “Emmy voters are not necessarily a sci-fi crowd.”

He also promised the third season would take the show more in a science-fiction direction, and wasn't worried if some fans disapproved, since they still bothered to show up to the Comic-Con panel.

“We tell the stories we want to tell at the speed we want to tell them,” Lindelof said. “'Lost' was always designed as a cult show, and it somehow became a mainstream show.”

One DVD feature that earned approval of the fans was the announcement of a featurette that strings together all of Sawyer's insults and nicknames over the course of the series.

“You can sit at home and try to guess who he's talking about,” Lindelof said.

The star of the day was undoubtedly Garcia, the subject of much swooning from the ladies in the audience.

“How does it feel to be the newest heartthrob?” one asked.

Two more rushed on stage to have their picture taken with him.

Yet another suggested a romance between Hurley and Kate on the show, even going so far as to dub the relationship “Hate.”

“That may be tragic for Kate,” Garcia said. “You saw what happened to his last girlfriend,” referring to the shooting death of the character Libby.

The producers did promise more romance in the upcoming season.

“Naked Jin!” one fan shouted.

“That'll happen in season four,” Cuse joked.

“Naked Hurley!” another fan shouted in response.

“That's season five,” Lindelof retorted.

Lindelof also addressed speculation about how far in advance the show is planned, how long they can keep it going, and whether a big-screen finale is in the cards.“One of the things we talk about is something like ‘The X-Files,' where the ideal plan is to do X number of seasons and end in a movie,” Lindelof said. “But if the show is successful, the network will want to keep it going. The best we can do is stick to the plan. We have four, maybe five awesome seasons planned out. After we do those, we'll be tap-dancing.”

“Maybe we should all agree to stop watching the show in its fourth season and just buy the DVD, so ABC will think no one is watching it and cancel the show,” Lindelof said.Lost: The Complete Second Season streets Sept. 5.

The third season of the show debuts Oct. 4 on ABC and will air in two batches of episodes: six in the fall and the remaining episodes next spring. During the hiatus fans can get their “Lost” fix with 13 online mobisode shorts, as well as a video game in production for release next year.

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