Land of the Lost: The Complete Series
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Season one was supervised by veteran SF writer David Gerrold (who wrote the Star Trek episode Trouble With Tribbles and the time travel classic The Man Who Folded Himself, among many other fine works) who got some of the best SF names in the business to contribute scripts. The storylines through this season probed the possibilities of what might happen to the family in their "enclosed universe" and introduced some natives such as Chaka, and some dinosaur characters that they kept around as pets and for comic relief. It also addressed themes of peace and integrity that should be instilled into every young person's mind. And what better way to do that than through a format like this... what kid doesn't love dinosaurs? The last episode of this season, written by Gerrold, provided the closest thing to a "satisfying ending" the series ever got.
Season two was much shorter and Gerrold didn't stay with it. I think Ted Sturgeon contributed one script, but most of them were written by studio writers. The series held true to the first season and they explored many of the same themes and kept most of the same characters. At the end of season two, the father was sucked into a time portal. Spencer Milligan didn't want to continue with the series. As a complete series, these episodes should fit into a timeline that took place before the season finale to season one. The first two seasons contained a lot of great writing, some interesting twists, a character named Enid who always seemed to know a little more than he let on and always had something of positive moral value to contribute.Read more ›
The series is great - totally cheesy Sid & Marty Krofft, but with a disturbing "dark" twist very unusual for mid-1970s kids fare. The mom is dead, the Marshalls are forever getting injured (Spencer Milligan's near-electrocution jolts me to this day), pseudo cosmic nonsense, and everyone is put into life-and-death peril in a fashion completely inappropriate for little kids.
Some examples of disturbing nightmare-generating images in this series:
- the Marshalls half-materialized in a rock wall
- looking through binoculars and seeing their own backs.
- Holly nearly disintegrated while orbiting a red rock with an apatosaurus and a picnic basket (gotta see it to believe it)
- Holly, AGAIN in peril, nearly exits a pylon into an explosive jungle
- Various ghostly images of alternate-universe Holly and dead Moms.
In short - it's great! One of those kids shows that adults will need to explain to the little ones.
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Season on is awesome season 2 and 3 sorta go down but still worth the watchPublished 27 days ago by Brian Caspell
My daughter wanted this set because they were watching it in school and she liked it and wanted to watch it at home.Published 3 months ago by Gretta Brown
When the Marshall family gets sucked into an otherworldly vortex during a rafting trip, they find themselves in a sort of universal lost-and-found, where dinosaurs, alien... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Stephen Hoffman
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Thanks for the info. Just last week I was looking through my DVD collection, and lamented spending the money on the individual seasons when they came out a few years back. Being a big fan of "extras", I now feel justified, and am again very happy to own complete LOTL!
Jun 21, 2011 by Spike Redding | See all 6 posts
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