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A pair of time travelers from Earth's distant future are sent back to the past by their superiors on a mission of observation. However, the pair use the trip to plot for the eventual takeover of Earth in the future by wiping out most of mankind with a deadly virus and using the planet of the giants as a staging base. They eventually run into the castaways and use them as unwitting accomplices to their plot. Eventually Steve, Mark and the others find out the pair's scheme and try to stop them before they change mankind's future. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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7 December 1969 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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A Place Called Irwin Allen Valley
1 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

Very arrogant criminal time travellers from the future (one is Warren Stevens) wish to "rule the universe" but first seek out material from the land of the giants...and will kill giants to get it!

Everything described above happens in the short teaser at the start of the episode! The totally cool Richard LaSalle scored teaser, which also contains the Lost In Space space pod, is one of the finest and most memorable moments in the history of Irwin Allen TV. If only things happened this fast in other episodes of Land Of The Giants. I loved watching it in my 1970s childhood and it still looks cool in this century!

Another poster has noted that this hour contains memorable lines and I very much agree. I might add that one line - "You'd better surrender...unless you want to see this young lady blown to bits" - was actually cut from G-Rated Australian prints but was finally heard in the 1990s re-runs when the world was more ready for it.

The pilot, The Crash, is without question the best directed and best made Land Of The Giants episode, but A Place Called Earth contains the most memorable lines of any episode in the series. Granted, the story is partly taken from a 1967 Time Tunnel episode called - Chase Through Time - but Valerie and the gang give the hour a unique identity that you will long remember.

It is more about "the little people" or more about the time travellers than the giants but the giants play a role in the hour and are not just thrown in to stick with the premise of the series (as was the case with time travelling hours Home Sweet Home and Wild Journey).

At one stage, the characters all get frozen in time, this was a quirk of writer William Welch, this also happened in several Welch scripted episodes of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and The Time Tunnel. Warren Stevens himself appeared in a total of three Voyage/Sea episodes...and I guess this all partly explains my love of A Place Called Earth.

It is Land Of The Giants Meets The Time Tunnel with Voyage/Sea uniforms and the Lost In Space space pod...all covered with Captain Nemo-ish music. You guessed it, a bit of everything, the end result is a true gem! However, be warned, this is year two, the budget is now lower than that of year one, and the hour is sadly missing effects footage of the giants and little folk seen together in one frame. By today's standards, the episode looks cheap. But who cares, as I said, the episode is more about "the little people" and time travellers than the giants.

Please read my other IMDb reviews for Time Tunnel's Chase Through Time and my review of the whole series of Land Of The Giants (including Home Sweet Home).

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