Written by David Gerrold
Directed by Dennis Steinmetz
Original airdate: September 7, 1974
Finding themselves trapped in a
strange, pre-historic world, Rick Marshall and his children Will
and Holly encounter the Pakuni, a race of ape men.
Read the complete story summary by Nels Olsen
The Pakuni have their ears set higher and further back than
At the beginning of the episode, Holly is
carrying the canteen on her belt. After the Marshalls run from
Grumpy, Will asks for some water and then he puts the canteen on
his belt when Holly runs off to investigate the chanting of the
Pakuni. Then Grumpy chases the Pakuni and Will and Holly rescue
the injured Cha-ka, with the canteen still on his belt. Yet,
when they stop to tend to Cha-ka at 6:50 on the DVD, the canteen
is suddenly on Holly's belt again. When the three Marshalls
arrive back at High Bluff carrying Cha-ka, Will has the canteen
again! He doesn't hand it back to her, yet after she and her
father chase off Grumpy with the flyswatter, she is wearing it
One of the first things Will and Holly do to show friendship to
Cha-ka (after rescuing him from Grumpy, of course) is to offer
him water. Several times thereafter, in this episode and the
next, Cha-ka asks for water. Was he really that thirsty all the
time? This is a tactic often used by young children, asking for
a repeated small gesture of kindness, to increase a bond with a
new person in their lives.
Notes from the audio commentary by Sid and Marty Krofft
While it has become somewhat well-known
that Sid presented a collage-style book of photos and
illustrations cut from books and magazines to NBC to give an
idea of what the show would be like, Sid reveals here the book
was put together by Land of the Lost co-creator, Allan
|Time on DVD
||Pakuni chanting "ota, ota, yeba
"yeba" is unknown
||Ta says "Agamba!"
||Ta and Sa say "agamba" "Cha-ka"
||Cha-ka says "Me ji ye (mechi in
Olsen glossary) osu."
||"Give (me) water."
||Cha-ka says "Yuman, yumani.
||"Human, humans. Paku, Pakuni"
||Cha-ka says "osu"
||Cha-ka says "ota"
||Ta says "Ye Chaka abu. Sa efi
ye de toom? Erukani! Ye ba!"
||"What things you (have)?
Freaks! You come!" It sounds like
Ta says "de toom" which is not in any known glossary.
||Ta says "ota"
Land of the Lost was equalling prime-time ratings when
it started airing on Saturday mornings.
When they started shooting the first season they had problems
figuring out how to marry the stop-motion film with the
video-taped live action. This was due to the fact that video was
shot at 30 frames/second while film was shot at 24
frames/second. They finally developed a process to achieve it
(according to Sid, it was Disney studios who helped them out!).
A pool made to look like it was made from rock that was used in the
premiere of Krofft's Donny and Marie Show was later
re-used on the set of Land of the Lost. I assume this
was the water hole, seen most prominently in
"Circle" when the Marshalls
Notes from the audio commentary by David Gerrold
The High Bluff interior is a redress of the earlier
Krofft series Sigmund
and the Sea Monsters (1973-75) set.
An occasional minor point of contention among fans is cleared up
(sort of) when Gerrold reveals that Ta and Sa were not intended
to be Cha-ka's parents. Gerrold says he deliberately wanted
left vague, but he thought of them more as Cha-ka's older
brother and sister.
The size of a walnut.mp3
get the flyswatter.mp3
It's not his
Cha-ka in the basket.mp3
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