16 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About "Lost"

It’s been nearly 10 years since we first got sucked into Lost faster than Gary Troup in the turbine. Here are some little-known facts that may surprise you years later.

1. Yep, that guy who got sucked into the plane engine in the first episode has a name.

And, according to senior vice president of marketing at ABC, it’s Gary Troup. This short-lived character was also one of Jacob’s candidates: His name can be seen in Jacob’s cave next to the number 90.

2. He also “wrote” a book.

Sawyer can be seen reading a manuscript of Bad Twin on the island, but you can also purchase it in real life. The novel was ghost-written by author Laurence Shames.

3. Michael Keaton was originally cast to play Jack…

4. …who was also supposed to die in the first episode.

Keaton declined the role after the writers decided to make Jack a series regular. We couldn’t even imagine a world without “jears.” ;(

5. It was the most expensive TV pilot at the time it premiered.

The budget was rumored to cost between $10 and $14 million. Since 2008, Boardwalk Empire has broken that record, with an $18 million pilot.

6. The actress who played Benjamin Linus’ mother is married to Michael Emerson (Ben) in real life.

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Now here’s hoping that Michael Emerson will make an appearance in the final season of True Blood.

7. You can actually take a class on Lost.

The Birmingham News / Tamika Moore / Via blog.al.com

At Birmingham-Southern College, students can explore various themes from the show including redemption, spirituality, and cage sex.

8. The writers used code names to refer to big reveals in each season finale.

In order, they were “The Bagel” for Walt’s kidnapping; “The Challah” for Penelope finding the island; “The Rattlesnake in the Mailbox” for the flashforward scene with Jack and Kate; “The Frozen Donkey Wheel” for Locke in the coffin (and not, hilariously, for the literal frozen donkey wheel that’s revealed in the same episode); “The Fork in the Outlet” for Ben stabbing Jacob; and “Sun and Jin’s Wedding” for the characters “moving on” in the church (according to Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof in the Official Lost Podcasts).

9. Parts of the plane wreckage were turned into instruments that can be heard in the soundtrack.

Because Michael Giacchino is a musical genius who can compose no wrong.

10. DHARMA stands for Department of Heuristics And Research on Material Applications.

The acronym was never revealed in the show, but could be unlocked during an online ARG (Alternate Reality Game) called The Lost Experience that ran between seasons two and three.

11. In the same ARG, the numbers were revealed to be part of something called the Valenzetti Equation.

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Before the numbers referred to Jacob’s candidates in Season 6, they signified the exact number of years and months until humanity would extinguish itself. A purpose of the DHARMA Initiative was to change just one core value in the equation to give humanity a chance to survive.

None of this was explicitly revealed in the show, but a reference to “Valenzetti-related research activity” can be seen on the blast door map in the Season 2 episode “Lockdown.” And if that’s not enough, Gary Troup is also listed as the author of the book The Valenzetti Equation (but unfortunately that one isn’t available in real life).

12. 13 webisodes and an epilogue were also produced during the show’s run.

Lost: Missing PIeces, a 13-episode online series, aired weekly on Verizon mobile phones and the ABC website between November 2007 and February 2008. The epilogue, titled “The New Man in Charge,” was included as an extra in the Season 6 DVDs, revealing details about what happened after the events of the series finale.

13. Several anagrams were used in the show that would have spoiled huge moments.

Ethan Rom = Other Man.
Mittelos (Bioscience) = Lost Time.
Hoffs/Drawlar = Flashforward.
Gary Troup = Purgatory.

14. The Lost: Via Domus video game reveals the Incident Room in the Swan station.

Domus / ABC / Via lostpedia.wikia.com

Only hardcore fans were able to make it through the entire game (spoiler: it wasn’t great), but it’s considered canon by the writers, including the design of the Incident Room above.

15. Almost every scene was shot on location in Oahu.

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Yep, even those set in Sydney and Iraq. Only a handful were shot in L.A. and London.

16. And they weren’t dead the whole time.

It’s your right as an individual to still hate the finale, but please hate it for the right reasons.

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