“Lost” fans saw a little shout out in Tuesday’s “Dead of Summer.” The Freeform show had a couple of subtle references that only the biggest Losties caught.
Season 1, episode 6 was titled “The Dharma Bums,” so many fans have connected that to the Dharma Initiative on the ABC drama, which ended in 2010. It doesn’t seem quite as mysterious though. Deb (Tiera Skovbye) and Keith (Dylan Neal) referred to themselves as the Dharma Bums when they buried a time capsule in 1970. However, it wasn’t just a name that was shared between the shows. A certain chocolate company also showed up.
— Dead of Summer TV (@DeadofSummerTV) August 3, 2016
An Apollo candy bar appeared in “Dead of Summer” as well. Blair (Mark Indelicado) mentions that Cricket (Amber Coney), who died last week, used to bring him Apollo peanut butter cups to make him feel better. Drew (Zelda Williams) gives Blair Apollo candy to help him mourn Cricket’s death. It looks like a few viewers noticed the reference too:
About to watch Deb's ep of dead of summer but is Dharma a nod to Lost or is this something new in the show??? Intrigued!
— Rebecca Harte (@beckaharte12) August 3, 2016
@jasminariel25 STOP I LOVED HER IN LOST!! Dead of Summer had Apollo candy bars in tonight's episode too_
— Austin (@Austin_krach99) August 3, 2016
Big pop for the DHARMA reference in tonight's Dead of Summer. Also for the Apollo bar.
— Nick Castellina (@NCastellina) August 3, 2016
Dead Of Summer has made like 5,000 Lost references just in this episode, we get it, the writers of Lost created this crappy show
— Emily Stewart (@EmilyStewart6) August 3, 2016
We caught the Apollo Bars in Alex's episode, what have you Campers seen? https://t.co/neLFRWqzpM
— Dead Of Summer Fans (@DeadOfSummerFan) July 22, 2016
“Once Upon a Time” has also inserted Apollo bars into the show several times. That isn’t too surprising, though. “Dead of Summer” creators Ian B. Goldberg, Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis all worked on “OUAT” while Horowitz and Kitsis also worked on “Lost.” Viewers will have to keep tuning in to see if there are more easter eggs planted in future episodes.
“Dead of Summer” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EDT on Freeform.