Cha-Ka comes by the cave sporting some face paint and a new tribal outfit. What Will and Holly learn from him is that he is going through a ritual into the pakuni version of manhood, the specific task to steal one of Big Alice's eggs. Holly is incredulous that Ta and Sa would risk Cha-Ka's life by getting him to do such a dangerous task, but Will understands what that passage into manhood means. But as Cha-Ka goes about this task, Will and Holly decide to go along to make sure that Cha-Ka stays safe from Big Alice. Cha-Ka's task and Willy and Holly's self-appointed task may however be incompatible. Written by
In the interest of full disclosure, I like any episode with Cha-Ka in it. But that's because he's always up to something endearing or dangerous or both. This episode is no exception. Cha-Ka's parents have given him a quest as part of a rite to manhood. The challenge calls for him to steal the egg from Alice, the aggressive, predatory dinosaur the denizens of the Land of the Lost are constantly running from.
The endearing part is how Cha-Ka, usually timid, approaches the egg alone. And although in this case the dangerous part is only to himself since Holly cannot stand to see him in such danger. She persuades Will to go with her to aid Cha-Ka when he can't move the large egg and yet he remains in harm's way trying. So, as usual, the Marshalls are put in danger because of their friendship with Cha-Ka. But since he is still a child, it is understandable the Marshalls can't help but seek to protect him.
How this plays out in terms of action is really not important. Also, as typical for a Cha-Ka episode that doesn't include his parents, the amount of Pakuni spoke remains nominal and fun, and doesn't cause the episode to drag. Another, an uncharacteristic episode without Rick.
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