Land Of The Lost

I watched this as a kid and loved it…I also learned a new word…Chroma Key…they used that to do the special effects.

The plot was that a family…the Marshalls…Rick, Will, and Holly are out rafting apparently and suddenly they go through an open portal to a different universe. A world with dinosaurs, crystals, pylons and time doors. They find a cave to hide in after waking up in the raft to a very bad looking T-Rex looking down on them.

Yes, the special effects were bad regardless of Chroma Key or whatever…It did have two redeeming qualities… The writing and the introduction to Sleestaks and which were really cool lizard-like things that could not hit a broad side of a barn with their crossbows…and

The stories. This show used a lot of the writers from the original Star Trek… With the pylons, skylons, different crystals that controlled time, the weather and everything else. The acting could be sketchy at times but Spencer Milligan as Rick Marshall was really good.

I always wished they would remake this with modern effects with the same storylines. They actually had some good sci-fi stories in this show. People who criticize the look of the show must remember that this was a Saturday morning show….the budget was low… I still would rather watch this…bad effects and all to the awful 2009 movie of the same name…

This was made by Sid and Marty Krofft. They had some of the strangest shows for kids…they were unique, to say the least.

Wikipedia

A number of well-respected writers in the science fiction field contributed scripts to the series (mostly in the first and second seasons), including Larry Niven,[6] Theodore Sturgeon,[6][7] Ben Bova,[6] and Norman Spinrad, and a number of people involved with Star Trek, such as Dorothy “D.C.” Fontana,[6] Walter Koenig,[6][8][9] and David Gerrold.[6] Gerrold, Niven, and Fontana also contributed commentaries to the DVD of the first season.

Marshall, Will, and Holly
On a routine expedition
Met the greatest earthquake ever known.
High on the rapids
It struck their tiny raft.
And plunged them down a thousand feet below.
To the Land of the Lost.
To the Land of the Lost.
To the Land of the Lost.
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Author: badfinger20

Guitar, Bass, song writer,

3 thoughts on “Land Of The Lost”

  1. I was just discussing this show a few days ago with some people and they were saying how cheap this show was — I disagreed and explained that they even had some great science fiction writers work on the show — however I was not sure which ones – I am currently reading LARRY NIVEN — RINGWORLD for the first time and was surprised to find that He WAS one of the writers on the show — what a coincidence — but yes I agree the LAND OF THE LOST was better than people gave it credit for.

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    1. I watched all them a few months ago and the stories still hold up. Yea the special effects weren’t great but they got the point across. I get the same reaction from people as you did but I just point to the stories. They had some really good writers like you have mentioned. They would go into the history of the Sleestak and how the pylons controlled everything. Things just didn’t appear and leave…they were explained well. Thanks for your comment…I’m glad other people think better of the show.

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