Behind the Hatch Door of Phineas and Ferb’s LOST-Inspired Episode
Few things are as enigmatic as the ABC Television Show LOST. The endless plot twists, flash-forwards, flash-backwards, and flash-everywhere-in-betweens left us with many questions and very few answers. There’s only one question more mysterious, more pressing, and more elusive than those we ask about LOST: who is Peter the Panda’s nemesis?
Okay, maybe that isn’t a question you ask yourself every day, but it was an important query for Damon Lindelof (co-creator of LOST and huge fan of Phineas and Ferb) to tackle. His obsession began when his wife, Heidi, suggested that he watch a few episodes. She and their son were already loyal viewers and Damon quickly became one too.
Despite each episode being conveniently packaged into 12-minute plotlines, Damon loved that the show was still serialized. The more you watched it, the more nuances you picked up on and understood. In Damon’s words, “the show invites in newcomers, but it also rewards the people who are looking at details.” As we know from LOST, Damon loves details.
There was one detail that caught his attention and didn’t let go—Peter the Panda. Damon would constantly ask questions about Peter to his wife and son, none of which could be answered. That is, until Damon partnered up with Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh to create an episode exploring all of his pressing panda questions.
This crossover episode was also an opportunity for Damon to get back to the other side of production–the side where he didn’t have the final say. According to Damon, “When you’re running your own show you lose the thrill of the pitch and you’re just being pitched to.” Now it was his turn to pitch again. Dan, Swampy, and Damon kicked around ideas and crafted an outline. Pride for LOST aside, Damon felt it was important to laugh at himself. We think he succeeded in creating a character who embodied the negative effects of not revealing your master plan to people (Sound familiar, Lost fans?). Don’t worry, there’s a satisfying ending to this one.
You’ll be happy to see a familiar hatch appear in a very familiar backyard, as well as a hauntingly familiar voice. Terry O’Quinn (John Locke from LOST) voices a mysterious character. This episode has time travel, strange happenings, and polar bears (Dan and Swampy’s doing this time, not DHARMA’s). Even Buford continues the long line of LOST plot twists. It is definitely one episode Phineas and Ferb fans and LOST fans will watch over and over again to catch all the details.
Remember to set (and reset) your clocks for September 29 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT and watch the premiere of “Lost in Danville” on Disney XD.