Land of the Giants: Season 1, Episode 7

Manhunt (17 Nov. 1968)

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A prison escapee tries to hide from policemen. While Steve, Mark and Fitzhugh are away, the prisoner takes the Spindrift with the rest of the crew inside. However, he falls in a quicksand ... See full summary »

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A prison escapee tries to hide from policemen. While Steve, Mark and Fitzhugh are away, the prisoner takes the Spindrift with the rest of the crew inside. However, he falls in a quicksand pit with the spaceship. The threesome must get the giant out of the instable ground before he sinks with the ship and what's inside... Written by RealLiveClaude

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In the last act, when the convict is fighting with one of the cops, we see the cop's gun fall out of his hand and land on the ground. But the very next scene shows the two men still struggling, and the cop's gun is back in his hand again. See more »

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Capt. Steve Burton: [gunshots] Spindrift. Come in, Spindrift.
Dan Erickson: Yes. We heard it. I was wondering if someone was shooting at *you*.
Capt. Steve Burton: Looked like an escaped convict. And there were two guards chasing him. They were heading south, but there's no telling where they might wind up. Be careful.
Dan Erickson: We'll keep our eyes open.
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What weird morality drove this plot?
19 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a perfect Irwin Allen episode, because it involves the cast being thrown back and forth in the space craft as a goofy giant (who seems mute until the very end) carries them through the forest under his jacket. Just picture the Jupiter II from Lost in Space being battered by meteors and you know the drill: fall to the left, fall to the right...lights flash, smoke billows...

Before I get to the main problem of this episode, let me mention a couple of other things that bother me about the series. 1) How come the outside lights on the ship sometimes flash red, and other times blue? Does it have to do with whether they're running the heat or the A/C? 2) This episode ALMOST (but not quite) deals with a recurring problem: when aliens run or walk, they cover 10x as much ground as the Earthlings. Yet the crew always seems to be able to keep up with any walking or running giant. What a crock!

Anyway, what moral compass was the crew using on this plot? We see a criminal being chased by two cops. One of the crew even speculates that he might be a murderer. He grabs the ship and some of the crew and stuffs them under his arm, endangering their lives as he runs from the police. Then he almost kills them when he lands in quicksand. The captain risks the ship to try pulling this criminal from his doom, which you may say is praiseworthy. But why do they later help the criminal to find a gun which he then uses to subdue the cops? The crew acts like they've just done a good deed. What sort of warped message is this sending? Is it a Stockholm Syndrome thing? Do we consider the criminal "good" because he was being chased by other giants ("bad")? Very strange.

And finally, what use is that stupid dog when someone almost always has to carry it around? Don't its legs work? At least in this episode it does a little scent-tracking. It's an even dumber pet than Debbie the Bloop on Lost In Space!


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