Land of the Giants: Season 2, Episode 18

The Secret City of Limbo (18 Jan. 1970)

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The little people witness a battle between several giants involving a mysterious new weapon, the owner of which subsequently disappears into a cave. It transpires that he is from a secret ... See full summary »

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The little people witness a battle between several giants involving a mysterious new weapon, the owner of which subsequently disappears into a cave. It transpires that he is from a secret underground society which lives beneath the surface of the planet. Written by Anonymous

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The set for the City of Limbo was a redress of the underground mutant city constructed for the motion picture Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970). See more »

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The Secret...Room...Of Limbo Is Cool

An underground city of giants - Limbo - exists and "the little people" get trapped in the city's election issues and murder both above and below the surface.

I read that Irwin Allen demanded the script be changed to keep the episode in line with Irwin's "It must look good" method of film-making. The writers wanted the underground giants to be "mole like people living in the dark" but I am guessing Irwin responded with something like "What the hell do you think this is, The Outer Limits? Keep it flashy! Where is Malachi Throne?" It is these kind of quirks that make Irwin TV what it is. These shows belonged to Irwin. They were his.

The underground city of giants is more interesting than the surface city of giants, partly due to the acting talents of Malachi Throne and Joseph Ruskin, I wish the series spent a dozen episodes in Limbo as it would of been a hell of a lot more interesting than half the stuff dished out in year two of this series! The election talk rocks - "As somebody once said, may the better man win" - and this is Ruskin's best role ever, which is really saying something considering his body of work.

The city has a theatre feeling about it as we only see one room, a higher budget would of helped make more rooms. Other minor problems include Whit Bissell being mis-cast and why was a transporter created just for the "little people"? But I refuse to put down the hour as the music score is so well matched to what we see on the screen and Limbo is just a knockout place to visit. Added note: Steve is mildly amusing in the closing frames.

Added note: Time Tunnel's Whit Bissell may of been mis-cast when he jumped ship to giant land but when Lost In Space's Jonathan Harris jumped ship to giant land he was given a more correct role as the high camp Piper in year two's Pay The Piper. Piper may of been trashed in the 1993 Land Of The Giants book but I thought the hour was okay if taken the right way.


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