Earlier, I had written that I couldn’t find the rumored Geronimo Jackson reference in the Once Upon a Time pilot.
Cheeks, an eagle-eyed commenter with a cool blog, solved the mystery.
There was a Geronimo Jackson reference, and it was on the back of Emma’s car, but it wasn’t in a long sticker on the bumper — it was in a small sticker in the bottom left corner of the rear window. And it wasn’t the Geronimo Jackson logo that I had been looking for —
— but it was a picture of a rabbit skull, which Lostpedia says became an emblem of the band after it appeared on the cover art of their Dharma Lady album.
Album cover for "Dharma Lady"
The resolution on my computer isn’t very good, but you can sort of see it here:
Rabbit in rear window of Emma's VW
This has got to be the most obscure and hardest-to-find LOST reference in the Once Upon a Time pilot. The other LOST references contained much better known LOST symbols shown in far more visible spots. If this ever comes up as a trivia question some day, we’ll nail it.
Editing to add 10/28: The mystery has been solved. See this post: Geronimo Jackson reference found.
Before the pilot aired, various press reports said there would be a Geronimo Jackson bumper sticker in the pilot as a reference to LOST.
I didn’t see it. If you did, please let us know where. Here’s a shot of the back of Emma’s car (which seems the most likely place a bumper sticker would be) right after the encounter with Henry’s psychiatrist (aka Jiminy Cricket) — with no bumper sticker to be seen.
Back of Emma's car
I wonder if they originally intended to show the bumper sticker in that shot and then changed their minds. There doesn’t seem to be much other reason to have shown the back of the car.
There were a lot of other LOST references in the pilot, which you can see here: LOST shout-outs in “Once Upon a Time”
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Here’s what I noticed: The clock in the square was stuck at 8:15, the number on Henry’s door was 108, and there was a close-up of Emma’s eye opening (when she was in jail) that was reminiscent of Jack’s. The sound effects right before breaking for commercials were similar to LOST’s. Emma’s last name, Swan, could be a reference to the Swan Station, and near the end of the episode, right after Henry’s mean adoptive Mom told Emma to get out of town, there was a very quick shot, upstairs in Henry’s room, of a swan on some kind of screen (see the picture below). Anyone notice anything else? [Editing to add]: Also, the curse looked like the Smoke Monster.
Clock at 8:15
108 on Henry's door
Emma's eye closed
Emma's eye open
Swan on screen in Henry's room
The curse approaching the castle
Edited to add 10/28: See the comments below for more Lost references that people spotted.
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