Written by D.C. Fontana
Directed by Dennis Steinmetz
Original airdate: December
In the time doorway chamber of
the Lost City, Holly encounters a strange woman.
Read the complete story summary by Nels Olsen
Notes from the
I placed "Elsewhen" as the last episode of Season
1 simply due to my own leaning towards the artistic estheticism
of having it be the first season finale, seeing as how I've
invalidated "Circle" as same.
- Rani looks just like Will and Holly's
mother from "Album". (Of course, it helps that it was the same actress!)
- That loop they tie in the rope for Holly sure doesn't look very
secure...she could easily slip out of it!
- At 13:33 on the DVD, you can see that the stalagmite set piece
to which the rope is tied starts to tip over on it's base!
- After being captured by the Sleestak, Rick and Will are
worried about facing the creature in the pit. Of course,
they should be, but have they forgotten that they found a
passage in/out of the pit in "The Hole"?
Rani tells Holly to "cherish her father
and brother" and then at 22:08 on the DVD, she gets a
subtle, sad look on her face as she continues, "They won't
always be there." What is going to happen to them? Rani also
looks sad shortly after that as she turns away from Holly
The Marshalls discover two pylon keys on
the cave walls in the Lost City. Why are they there? Is it because
of the hole in the wall? If so, what, really, is the
significance of the hole since it just seems to lead back to the
Land (or does it)? (By the way, given their experience with the pylons, don't
you think they should have tried turning the keys to see what
Rani gives 3 pendants to the Marshalls. Are the colored jewels
in the pendants made from the same power crystals found throughout the
What is the significance of the landscape
Holly sees as she is climbing back up to the hole? I had
always assumed it was another demonstration of the
closed-universe nature of the Land of the Lost; in other
words, by climbing DOWN the hole as far as she did, Holly
had emerged at the TOP of the Land of the Lost. Now I'm not
watching the scene over, it is clear that Holly is not
emerging down from the sky, she is emerging from a
(the?) crevasse...climbing down into the sky!
Is she even seeing her Land of the Lost...or an
alternate version? Remember, it was too dark for her to
see anything until suddenly a light shone, presumably
the rising sun, revealing the landscape to her. But it
was already daytime when the Marshalls entered
the Lost City. So, I would speculate that by climbing
through the hole, Holly has emerged into an alternate
Land, one whose day/night cycles run opposite to the
Land familiar to her (meaning the sun has now risen for
her in the hole but is setting in the "real" Land).
|Additionally, in the
audio commentary for this episode, writer D.C. Fontana
states that Holly has "come out the bottom of the Land
of the Lost, into another world." She does not go into
any more detail about it, but she could have meant an
alternate version of the Land of the Lost.
The final evidence that Holly is viewing an alternate
Land is contained in these two images below.
Holly's vision flipped
The crevasse (from "The Sleestak God")
|By flipping Holly's
vision, we get to see the world "right-side up". Notice
the similarity to the crevasse leading to the Lost City
as seen in several previous episodes. The butte in the
upper left quadrant looks essentially identical in both
images (the minor differences could probably be
attributed to a slight difference in viewing angle).
However, the other 3 quadrants are significantly
different upon examination. The stone bridge is
different, the trees and shrubs are different, the
background view and horizon are different. So, the same
butte, but otherwise different terraforms comprising the
familiar crevasse-crossing suggest...an alternate
universe Land of the Lost! Perhaps this is where the
alternate Marshalls of "Split Personality" wound up
after their plunge over the waterfall?
From the audio commentary by D.C. Fontana
- Fontana resolves a minor point of contention among
Losties, confirming the spelling of Rani's name (it's not
- Rani's quote regarding the time doorways that "they come
and go so quickly" is borrowed and paraphrased from the
Alice in Wonderland quote, "the people come and go so
quickly around here."
- A scene was cut from the script in which Holly sees some
skylons (at the time still "sky snakes") as she climbs back
up the rope.
- When Holly fights back against the god in the pit, it
backs off cowardishly. This was inspired by the Cowardly
Lion in The Wizard of Oz.
- Fontana reveals that Wah Chang (the dinosaur designer)
and Mentor Hubner (show designer) are well known as fine
artists in addition to their work on shows such as LOTL.
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