Land of the Giants (1968–1970)
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In this, the pilot episode, a sub-orbital aircraft named the Spindrift flying from New York (Los Angeles in later episodes) is pulled into a space warp which transports its crew and ... See full summary »

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In this, the pilot episode, a sub-orbital aircraft named the Spindrift flying from New York (Los Angeles in later episodes) is pulled into a space warp which transports its crew and passengers into another dimension. The ship eventually lands on a planet where everything is 12 times larger than normal. In their first night on the planet they are attacked by a giant cat and two of their party , Captain Steve Burton and jet set heiress Valerie Scott, are captured by a pair of giant scientists but are eventually rescued by the rest of the castaways. Unfortunately, they soon realize that for the time being they are stuck on this strange world. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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At the time, it was the most expensive pilot ever filmed. See more »

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When the giant scientist is prodding Valerie Scott (Deanna Lund) with a pencil, the pencil's eraser changes color from green to red depending on whether the shot shows Valerie (green) or the giant (red). See more »

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[first lines]
Capt. Steve Burton: [into radio microphone] Come in, London. Do you read me?
[static]
Capt. Steve Burton: This is Flight Six-Twelve to London Control A. We've hit a solar turbulence area and it's jamming your radio band. Can you switch to an alternate range? Over.
[more static - slams down microphone]
Capt. Steve Burton: Nothing.
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Spoofs Dr. Cyclops (1940) See more »

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Sci-Fi & Disaster
20 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

The start of one of the greatest TV shows ever made. All 51 episodes of Land Of The Giants are not perfect, but nearly every episode has a good moment or two that makes the whole hour worthwhile. Sometimes that good moment is a knockout bit like the doomsday teaser of season two's Nightmare...which never escapes the memory.

If you are a fan of shows like The Outer Limits (1963), Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964), Lost In Space (1965), Batman (1966), Star Trek (1966), The Time Tunnel (1966), QM's The Invaders (1967), Shazam! (1974) and Irwin Allen's Captain Nemo (1978)...you will love Land Of The Giants.

Like all Irwin Allen productions, control-freak producer Irwin is very much the star of the show. His quirks are all over it. I wrote Irwin's Bio for the IMDb, so if you don't know what I am talking about here...read that.

Two versions of this pilot exist - the aired version and un-aired version - and I am happy to report that the regular aired version is by far the best. In the un-aired version, there is more characterisation from the soon to be castaways before the craft gets sucked into the big green ball in space. Director Irwin Allen could clearly see this pointless talk was no way to begin the most expensive TV series of the 1960s, so he cut a lot of it out or moved it into his aired version in a way that made it look better.

Some of the deleted pointless talk concerns Betty talking to Mark Wilson about chewing gum or bubble gum! Help! Imagine if the pilot began with that? But even worse than all this is the fact that the un-aired pilot does not feature that much loved all-important John Williams score running through it! We simply get some much heard stock music from Lost In Space.

But I should note, the un-aired version has a good bit at the end where Steve talks to the group about life on a land of giants. Too bad that was not in the aired version.

Yes, you heard it here, there is only one pilot, the aired version, and The Crash contains striking sci-fic images, a mist covered giant land (unlike the mist-less series), a wonderful use of the colour red, John Williams music that is even better than his Star Wars (1977) score, TV/cinema does not come much better than The Crash and the gusto direction from Irwin is so good I am speechless. Enjoy.

Added note: I have reviewed other episodes of Giants on this site.


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