sl-LOST.com got a sneak peak at Comic Con International on Preview Night, Wednesday in San Diego. If the massive crowds at this “insider” event were any indication, Comic Con will smash all prior attendance records this year.
At the preview event, we visited with Dharma Initiative representatives, whose presence at Comic-Con was first alluded to in the Octagon Global Recruiting ad shown in the Season 4 finale. While ever so polite and respectful, the stoic Dharma staff were most concealed as to their true intent, providing little information except that their role was to take applications for volunteer eligibility assessments (long since over subscribed given the massive crowds). Even the eventual outcome of a successful interview was deemed too secretive to share. Unknowing Comic-Con visitors, who were unfamiliar with the Dharma Initiative or its connection to the Lost television series, were abruptly told to move along without receiving any background on the underlying intent of the Initiative or its khaki-clad staff. The few lucky individuals who secured assessment interviews were huddled into one of two tiny closet-like spaces within the Dharma booth and appeared to be interviewed from someone in a different location given the oversize headphones worn by the applicants.
One of the more helpful Dharma staff told me in confidence that the successful applicants would be introduced during the Lost panel discussion on Saturday, perhaps as part of a roll out of a new alternate reality game (ARG). Hours later, when I alluded to this seemingly insignificant tid bit to a more senior Dharma member, his response showed great concern, with wonderment as to who in particular provided such confidential information. Needless to say, I maintained the confidentiality as to my sources.
sl-Lost.com plans to attend the Saturday panel with Lost executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse and will report back with updates as they occur. In the meantime, here are a few photos of the opening night.
From San Diego at Comic-Con International, Namaste to all sl-LOST members and readers.