Land of the Lost - The Complete First Season
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Free-fall through an open time portal . . . to a world where menacing dinosaurs roam free! Get reacquainted with Cha-Ka even if it means having to come to blows over a gigantic vegetable or two. Then stumble once again onto the ruins of Lost City. No matter which path of adventure you choose to follow - above all else: Beware of Sleestak! For heeding that last little bit of advice alone should assure you survival in this anything-but-routine expedition with Marshall, Will, and Holly. Grab hold to the side of the raft! The falls lie just up ahead. Hang on, now! You'll soon be glad to have rediscovered the LAND OF THE LOST.
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I was prepared for a poorer quality video, given the age of this. There's only so much you can do to fix that. What I wasn't prepared for (but should have been) is the really, really bad "special effects". I didn't really notice it as a kid, and didn't think about it till I saw these.
Don't get me wrong, I'm glad to have them to see in order, especially the ones I missed, but it's not a situation where I'll want to rewatch, so off to the twins. I think it's a great show for their ages anyway. Much better than the slap-together stuff I see sometimes these days.
I'm good about updating if there are any quality issues that pop up. Any questions, feel free to comment or email and I'll try to help.
So, when the opportunity presented itself to watch the episodes in order from start to finish, I purchased the series from Amazon Instant Video.
Other then the special effects (which are bad even by 1974 standards), this series stands up to anything that is on TV today to include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Lost, or Breaking Bad. Plus it is written for children so it is completely family friendly. In terms of the special effects, you just have to push the "I believe" button in your mind and accept it.
The series explores the adventures of the Marshall family when they find themselves in a bizarre world. Obviously, this idea is derived heavily from Edgar Rice Burroughs or Jules Verne, but the idea seems to never get old as it is used in multiple books, TV shows, and movies.
There are basically two types of episodes. First, how do the Marshals survive in the Land of the Lost? Food, shelter, water, land navigation, dinosaurs, and dealing with either the Sleestacks, the lizard descendents of the Andalusians, or the Pakuni, the missing link dudes that are alternatively comical and menacing. Second, what is the back story of the Land of the Lost? Is the Land of the Lost a natural phenomenon or is it an artificially constructed place? What properties do the crystals have? What are those pylons? I hesitate to provide answers in this review, but discovering them is part of the joy of watching this show. Some episodes have elements of both themes, but mostly these ideas stay separate.
The last episode of the first season, perhaps, was written to be an evergreen episode that could be considered the last episode whenever the producers decided to end the series.
However, the third season throws out the baby with the bathwater so to speak. It is almost like a completely different series with many of the ideas and plot devices developed in the first two seasons discarded. Even the father from the first two seasons disappears and is replaced by his brother!?
The other issue is that as I watched this series as a 40+ year old man, I couldn't believe that the father was letting his children do such dangerous things. Heck with only three people, it would make perfect sense to say that no one goes anywhere without the other two people in tow.
Regardless, the first two seasons are as good as any television show that you might want to watch. The third season, while not as good, is still better them half the shows that you might care to watch.
I strongly recommend this show to anyone who liked the TV series Lost or Edgar Rice Burroughs novels.