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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr
Land of the Lost: Cornered "Cornered"
Teleplay by James L. Henderson
Story by Sam Roeca
Directed by Rick Bennewitz
Original airdate: October 16, 1976

A new dinosaur arrives on the scene, breathing fire and terrorizing the valley.

Read the complete story summary by Nels Olsen

Didja Notice?

At 1:17 on the DVD, Dopey's bleat is heard, though he is never seen.

This episode introduces a fire-breathing Dimetrodon. The Marshalls refer to the creature as Torchy, though when they first encounter him in front of the Lost City Jack calls him Flash! Was that an alternate name suggested for the beast by the writers?

When Will is struck by Torchy's tail and his leg swells up, Jack says "the spikes on his tail must be poisonous." I never noticed before, but it can be seen in some shots that Torchy has a spade or arrowhead-like tip on his tail.

When Enik tells the Sleestak leader, "We must learn how to rid the valley of this creature," there is a ding in the background a cartoon character who suddenly gets an idea! Listen: ding

At 18:02 on the DVD, there is some nice detail in the animation of Torchy eating chunks of coal as we see pieces of coal fall out of his mouth as he chews.

At 20:28 on the DVD, it can be seen that the moon Speedy has gone back to it's one-minute orbital period. In "Survival Kit" it was seen in a slow orbit.

Selections from the Repertoire

Will sings a song at the end of the episode. I am arbitrarily calling it "The Color of my Dreams".

It's the sunshine in the morning
The color of my dreams
It keeps me ever searchin'
For tomorrow and it seems
I found myself a life
I've never known before
It keeps me ever mindful
Of what I'm lookin' for 

Memorable Dialog

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maybe Grumpy can handle him.wav
fire-spouting dinosaur.wav
voice of wisdom.wav
better is gooder.wav
whole monkey.wav
pretty as a Sleestak.wav
until the end of time.wav
free tickets.wav
not that good.wav
good, healthy bickering.wav

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