Comic Books, Part One: Flash and Green Lantern, The Hulk
The creators of Lost have worn their geek passions and inspirations proudly on their sleeves. Early in season 1, a Spanish-language comic book entitled Green Lantern and Flash: Faster Friends in which the DC Universe heroes grapple with aliens, killer computers, and a polar bear inspired fans (especially fanboy theorists) to speculate that The Island was one big living polar bear-inhabited spaceship. After Desmond got doused by The Island's unique electromagnetic energy and became precognitive, nerd-wise Hurley compared him to The Hulk, another victim of energy bombardment. Cool but if Hurley had dubbed him Dr. Manhattan, the radioactive, time-toggling hero of Watchmen (an oft-cited Lost touchstone), that would have been even cooler.
''Lost'' excelled at weaving in references that drew us in, from events (the Red Sox win the World Series!) to movies (''Star Wars'') to TV shows (''Little House on the Prairie''); some of the key examples