Lost was an incredibly dense, layered, twisted show, with seasons full of intricate plots that include things like polar bears, smoke monsters, and too many conspiracy theories to comfortably list in one place. That should make describing the premise to the non-initiated an insanely frustrating, not to mention damn near impossible, task. But that isn’t going to stop the cast from giving it their best shot in this new video. Watch and decide for yourself how successful they are, before watching them all wax nostalgic about the series.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Lost premiere, and to celebrate PaleyFest 2014 in Los Angeles held a special panel that collected key players from the cast and production team. The attempts to summarize the cult phenomenon in half a minute only takes up, well, 30 seconds of this video, while the rest is the cast sharing some of their fondest memories.
You get to hear from the likes of Yunjin Kim, who played Sun, Jorge Garcia (Hurley), Josh Holloway (Sawyer), Maggie Grace (Shannon), and Henry Ian Cusic (Desmond), as well as producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse. My favorite bit has to be when Malcolm David Kelly, who played Walt on the show, recounts his interactions with the polar bear. You totally understand why that would be a memorable encounter, because, you know, who the hell expects to run into a god damned polar bear while you’re stranded on a tropical island. I certainly don’t, or at least I didn’t, but now, thanks to Lost, that is something else I have to be wary about every time I board an airplane.
For those of you out there still unfamiliar, Lost follows the adventures, or misadventures, of the survivors of the crash of Oceanic Airlines Flight 815. The refugees wind up on a what seems like you’re average, run of the mill, deserted tropical island, but what they find is something so, so much more. There’s all sorts of theories about what the island really represents—a dream, purgatory, the zoo—and over the course of the series they encounter tribes of Others, mysterious military-esque facilities, and all manner of weird ass shit that doesn’t make a damn lick of sense. But that’s okay, because it is still compelling as hell, even if you don’t always know what’s going on, or were left unsatisfied by the series finale, like many fans.
The PaleyFest panel isn’t the only Lost celebration planned to commemorate this milestone. Perhaps the coolest is one scheduled for later this year on Oahu, where the series filmed most of its run. There will be even more cast members in attendance, as well as a special screening set up on the beach, which sounds like a pretty good time to us.