Written by Larry Niven and David Gerrold
Directed by Dennis Steinmetz
Original airdate: December
discovers a time-loop in the time doorway caused by the
presence in the Land of the Lost.
Read the complete story summary by Nels Olsen
Notes from the
"Circle" significantly out of its airdate order. In "Circle" the
Marshalls are depicted as discovering, for the first time, the
Sleestak in their dormant season, hence it seems only logical
that it should take place sometime before
"Follow That Dinosaur"
in which the Marshalls are already aware of the Sleestaks'
hibernation status and actually witness the end of
their dormancy when the lava rises in the Devil's Cauldron.
Rick swims with a t-shirt on. Maybe Spencer Milligan didn't want
to show off his gut?
The Sleestak emerging from the lagoon when he's chasing Holly
may have been inspired by the Creature from the Black Lagoon.
It's a great, creepy shot. If you freeze-frame it, you can see
lots of water rushing out of the mask's nostrils and mouth. It
must have been an uncomfortable situation for the actor!
There are Sleestak scenes in several of the episodes, including
this one, in which there appears to be a problem with the
Sleestak eyes; there seems to be a partial covering or something
showing through the plastic lenses of the mask, possibly the
shiny, patterned stickers that David Gerrold says were placed
inside the sockets to create a multi-faceted impression to the
eyes. To me the No-Prize answer to this inconsistency to the
Sleestak eyes is that they have a nictitating membrane that
occasionally covers the eye.
Why do the Triceratops, Coelophysis and Brontosaurus all rush to
drink from the lagoon at the same time? And leave at the same
time? Are they a gang?
At 7:53 on the DVD, Enik says, "They cannot harm you, Will
Human." Will Human?
After the Marshalls step through the time doorway and
Enik watches their arrival in the Land, we are shown the scene
of them taking refuge in the cave at High Bluff and we see
Grumpy start to walk away. And though we don't see it, we get to
hear the roar he makes as he "looks into the camera" from the
last shot of the weekly opening credits.
Something must happen to undue/prevent the events
of "Circle" since the Marshalls continue to exist in the Land of
the Lost and never mention the events in any subsequent episode.
Notes from the audio commentary by David Gerrold and Larry
Gerrold reveals that the
idea for the crystals found in the Land of the Lost were inspired by
Harlan Ellison's original script for the Star Trek episode
"The City on the Edge of Forever".
Gerrold says the idea behind the Land of the Lost
is that it is a staging area for travelling between worlds.
Rick Marshall was written as Gerrold's idea of a
Gerrold remarks that whenever fire is used on the
show they always had one of the characters telling the others to be
careful. He didn't want kids watching the show to be inspired to
play with fire. (In my case the "carefuls" didn't make much of an
impression...my friend Casey and I used to run around with makeshift
torches inside an old mine tunnel near my house as if it were the
equal mass and temporal energy.wav
we can't leave here either.wav
if we didn't fall through the time doorway.wav
the balance of the doorways.wav
until the paradox is resolved.wav
a nightmare within a nightmare.wav
get back home.wav
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