If you’ve been watching HBO’s hyper-depressing series The Leftovers, you might be under the impression that writer/producer Damon Lindelof has somehow completely lost track of what happiness is, and that maybe his Internet anti-fanbase had bored a hole inside his brain. Of course, that isn’t actually the case, and Lindelof is heading to one of the brightest and silliest places on TV for an upcoming project, as he’ll be writing a special episode of Disney Channel’s Phineas and Ferb. The really crazy part? It’ll be a tribute to Lost.
No air date has been set for the episode, but it will air this fall. Titled “Lost in Danville,” this story centers on the titular stepbrothers as they stumble upon a locked capsule that suddenly and inexplicably appears in their backyard. I’m sure they’ll just call in some authority figure and get things taken care of in a responsible manner. That’s the kind of plotline that has made the animated series a hit with both children and adults, right?
Not at all. These guys take their summer days seriously, and a mysterious structure is pretty serious business. It’s not clear if the hatch is the only tie-in with the polarizing mystery series, but I’m willing to bet Lost fans can expect a lot more in-jokes. And good in-jokes, too. Nothing about temples.
Luckily, the show’s co-creators Swampy Marsh and Dan Povenmire showcased their homage skills in full during Saturday night’s premiere of Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars, which ran this cartoon universe parallel to the events of Star Wars: A New Hope. In a world that could do with less “Star Wars episodes,” these guys have definitely earned their right to exist by creating their own story (rather than solely rehashing Lucas’ ideas) and peppering in a wealth of references for fans to smirk at. Plus, Simon Pegg voiced C-3PO! At this point, there’s no word on whether or not they’ll be able to complete the trilogy, but I’m guessing we’ll see Lando make an appearance in Phineas and Ferb’s lives in the future.
Can we hope for the same thing out of a Lost tribute? Probably not, since it’s assumed people of all ages have seen Star Wars, while Lost definitely has a more adult audience. But still, smoke monsters and magic lighthouses aren’t totally outside the realm of where this Disney series can go.
We’ll have to wait a while to hear anything about Lindelof’s next feature, the sci-fi mystery Tomorrowland from director Brad Bird. Hopefully it won’t give us flashbacks of more disappointing times off the island.