During what is the latest in a series of regular earthquakes, a door in the temple opens which leads to an unknown passageway. With Jack and Cha-Ka out running errands, Will and Holly decide to investigate on their own. In addition to the passageway leading to where the Sleestak live, they find a small plaque with a crystal, the plaque with some Altrusian engraving. They learn from Altrusian Enik that what they have found is a time traveling device, one which Enik has been looking for himself. They all realize the usefulness of the device to travel back to the time they arrived to make their way out of the Land of the Lost. Jack also discovers that the crystal specifically is a guide which will point them to the right place. But Enik will do whatever he needs to get the plaque himself so that he can travel home to warn his race of their impending evolution to become Sleestak. The Marshalls may find that they have a much more pressing need for the plaque to save Cha-Ka, and one which ...Written by
This is the only episode of the third season that was written by a writer from the first and second seasons. Not only regarded as probably the best episode of the third year, it is also widely rumored that this script was written for the second season. Tom Swale, who wrote this episode, wrote the second season episodes "The Test," and "The Musician." This episode is rumored to have been a script for a trilogy of 'Temple' episodes written for the second season, but not produced, and re-written for the third year. If you look at the story lines from the second season 'temple' episodes, they follow a progression. First is the discovery the temple in "The Test." Second, they enter one side in "The Musician." This episode is also where Cha-Ka advances in intelligence; also playing the flute as in "The Musician." By "Time Stop," The Marshalls were to enter the other side of the temple and find a way out of the land, but they must sacrifice it to save Cha-Ka. Heavily re-written for the third season,inserting Torchy. It is still probably the best episode of the third year. Also notice, when they enter the underground caves, it is the only episode in the third year that has the glowing crystals in the caverns...
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