Land of the Giants: Season 2, Episode 14

Home Sweet Home (21 Dec. 1969)

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Steve and Fitzhugh attempt to return to Earth in a spacepod, but travel back in time to the year 1900 where the local villagers decide they are being attacked by warlocks.

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Betty Hamilton (credit only)
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Steve and Fitzhugh attempt to return to Earth in a spacepod, but travel back in time to the year 1900 where the local villagers decide they are being attacked by warlocks.

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A Visit To A Hostile Lost In Space Planet
3 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

The series premise is reduced to an un-important sub-plot involving a giant Ranger, this story is about two "little people" - Steve and Fitz

  • jumping inside a time machine (actually the Lost In Space pod) and


landing on earth sweet earth in an age when "human flight is impossible". Steve and Fitz must deal with this "visit to a hostile planet".

Well, folks, frankly, this episode proves that Land Of The Giants is actually better when Steve and Fitz leave the giant land and get lost in time and space. Frankly, in this episode, Steve and Fitz make more interesting time travellers than Tony and Doug in The Time Tunnel! I refuse to think of this William Welch script as a regular episode of the series and view it more as Irwin Allen digging up past thrills in recently axed TV shows he made (Lost In Space and The Time Tunnel). It works on that level and the wonderfully loud Richard LaSalle music score actually takes centre stage in act four.

The teaser and act one contain too much of that studiobound "giant" jungle we spend the whole series looking at but once act two starts we are treated with a parade of space pod/time machine encounters with meteors and the big green ball in space. However, such a fine spacebound lost in space act concludes with Irwin Allen getting a bit too carried away with digging up past thrills in recently axed TV shows...

For no logical reason in the script, the space pod then explodes with fireworks in a badly directed moment. The fireworks looked great when seen on the massive sets created for the Seaview, the Jupiter 2 and The Time Tunnel, but when seen in a very small closed in set like this it just looks foolish. It should be noted, this pointless scene was actually edited out of 1992 Australian prints of the episode.

To reveal much more of the episode would be wrong. Those waiting for Valerie to do or say something interesting will not not be happy. In this episode, she resembles Mrs Robinson from Lost In Space as she gets all concerned about missing in action Barry. Where is the Valerie of the opening episodes when she was not the boring team player we see here? Give me the old Valerie any day!

Everything resembles Lost In Space and a soon to follow episode - Pay The Piper - just adds to that feeling. The ratings for Giants year two were not setting the world on fire, so maybe, at this stage, Irwin Allen was just wanting to turn Land Of The Giants into another Lost In Space, it always was that, but at this stage the LIS cross-overs were getting so very in-your-face.


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