Land of the Giants: Season 1, Episode 11

The Weird World (22 Dec. 1968)

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The castaways find a tape recorder which has the taped log of Major Kegan, an astronaut who crash landed on the planet with his crew a few years earlier. Barry is later captured by the ... See full summary »

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The castaways find a tape recorder which has the taped log of Major Kegan, an astronaut who crash landed on the planet with his crew a few years earlier. Barry is later captured by the paranoid Kegan, who thinks that the castaways are working with the giants. However, they later convince him that they are not and he agrees to help them go to the giant's science center to help retrieve his ship, which is being examined by their scientists. However, when they get there Kegan does not enter with them due to the fact that he remembers that something horrible is in there and it killed his crew. However, when the castaways are being chased by a giant scientist he must conquer his fear and save them. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Alexander B. Fitzhugh: Match!
Mark Wilson: A good thing he didn't throw it into the outpost itself.
Capt. Steve Burton: Just proves we have to have someone here day and night. Better bring our supplies in.
Alexander B. Fitzhugh: Of course, it's almost time to eat.
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A mish-mash of too many ideas
21 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The previous poster did us a favor by explaining that this was originally supposed to be the second episode of the series. That makes sense, if you can recall the very first LOST IN SPACE episodes which were jammed with lots of different sets and special effects (jet pack, cyclops, ocean, etc.).

Irwin Allen was undoubtedly trying to impress people by loading this one with Ray Harryhausen-like scenes containing a giant crow and a giant screeching groundhog (yes!). But there's also a plot revolving around a paranoid Earthman who is living underground (hence the groundhog). And Fitzhugh is trying too hard to be the new Dr. Smith, which doesn't make sense because in previous episodes he has become mellow and even gave away his stash of money to the boy. (Note that in this episode Fitzhugh is still clutching his briefcase.) And there's a wasted "boy giant" character whose only purpose seems to be to drop a battery that the little people can use.

So lots of things got started, but they are tied up very unsatisfactorily, especially the rather abrupt ending for the guest astronaut. All the episodes of this show are silly, but this is one of the weakest ones.


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