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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Land of the Lost: Blackout "Blackout"
Teleplay by Donald F. Glut
Story by Donald F. Glut and Dick Morgan
Directed by Bob Lally
Original airdate: November
29, 1975

The Sleestak use a clock pylon to bring endless night.

Read the complete story summary by Nels Olsen

Didja Notice?

At 1:23 on the DVD there is a scene of Grumpy fighting Spike (or another Triceratops). I believe this scene is actually from Wah Chang's earlier short film Dinosaurs: The Terrible Lizards.

When the sun fails to rise, Rick and Holly remark that the last time something like this happened, time stopped and the sun wouldn't set when a crystal blew out in the clock pylon. This occurred in "The Longest Day".

At 15:26 on the DVD, you can see that Rick and Enik have stepped off the surface of the High Bluff exterior set and onto the studio floor.
Under arrest by the Sleestak

There are strange background sounds in the Library of Skulls. They almost sound like distorted voices of humans in pain! Is it the telepathic wah of the Altrusian skulls? Listen: telepathic wah

This is the first time we hear Enik "speaking" in the hissing sound of the Sleestak (when he calls the Sleestak guards away from the second clock pylon).

Unanswered Questions

At the end of the episode, we see that Rick has removed the keys from the two clock pylons. Do the Marshalls also go back and remove the keys from the other pylons? Were the keys still in the cave at High Bluff when the quake struck and buried it in "After-Shock" (leaving the pylons unopenable)?

Memorable Dialog

the last time.wav
don't make clock pylons like they used to.wav
slimy Sleestak.wav
who'd like to have it dark all the time.wav
speak with the council.wav
dwarf brother.wav
dwarf indeed.wav
the way to eternal night.wav
rulers of this land.wav
I am stunned.wav
the council has a sense of humor.wav
do not mock us.wav
headlong into extinction.wav
forbidden to consult the skulls.wav
the dwarf is barred.wav
a strange feeling.wav
I should have known that.wav
the dwarf betrays us.wav
safe passage.wav
go from our sight.wav
strange but effective.wav

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