Written by Bill Keenan
Original airdate: October 18, 1975
capture Rick as a food source for their hatching young.
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Notes from the
I swapped the order of "Nice Day" and "Fair
Trade" because it seems as if the Marshalls learn about the
Pakuni fear of wild pigs in "Nice Day"
and then comment on it in "Fair Trade". There is also a
reference to the Library of Skulls in this episode, which the
Marshalls only just learned about
in the episode "The Longest Day".
Spencer Milligan looks almost too casual as he is about to step
into the camouflaged pit trap. He also makes kind of a funny
sound as he falls in. Listen:
When Ta tries to steal Will's knife, Will calls him "slippery
fingers." Doesn't he mean "sticky fingers?"
After falling into the pit trap, Rick stands in the direct
sunlight of the hole above to keep the Sleestak away. But it is
a small circle of sunlight; the Sleestak could easily still grab
him and drag him off without having to look into the sun.
During the Grumpy/Spot hunter/prey chase, it seem unlikely that
they would keep running through the same spot in the jungle
three times over. Could Spot have been intentionally trying to
get Grumpy to fall into the hole?
scene just before Grumpy gets out of the hole, Spot can be seen
lurking around behind the trees in the background. Suddenly he
slips out from his hiding place, bites Grumpy on the tail, then
runs off! (Thanks to Robert Porter, who first noticed this.)
At 10:53 on the DVD, Enik refers to Will as Master Will. Is the
honorific of Master an important one to the Altrusians?
The scene of Rick tied up as food for the soon-to-hatch Sleestak
young seems like a precursor to the alien egg chamber in
In the Sleestak egg chamber, one of the eggs is moving, about to
This seems like a good sound byte for your computer! Listen:
information, not solutions
When Will and Holly use the same pit trap again to trap a pig to
exchange for Rick they do a lesser job of camouflaging the hole
than the more primitive Sleestak did!
Why does this scene remind me of a Benny Hill skit?
While haggling with Ta, Will says, "It took me three whole weeks
to make this knife. Not to mention finding the old spear." What
At 20:47 on the DVD, Will oils down the rope over the pit with
half a melon to keep Ta from climbing away.
What is the flat object Enik is holding when Will and Holly find
him in the time doorway chamber of the Lost City? It seems to be
a clear, crystalline sheet with some colored upwellings which he
sets down over a portion of the crystal matrix table with some
precision. Later, Will examines the sheet while waiting for Enik
to return from the Library of Skulls with news of their father.
Could it be a sort of schematic of what Enik believes to be the correct
layout or touch-pattern of crystals to open the time doorway to
his own time?
|Time on DVD
||Ta says, "Ku!
pig!" "Abi" is not in any known
||Ta says, "Une!"
||"Une" is not in
any known glossary.
||Ta says, "Icheye
y aye domo aroka!"
|| I am unable to
translate this sentence.
Ta says, "Wam! Wam!"
||Ta says, "Me
tobi ye. Me tobi yeni."
||"I greet you. I
greet you all."
||Will says, "Me
||"I greet you."
||Ta says, "Sa
efi? Sa efi?"
||"What is it?
What is it?"
||Ta says, "Nefa
pig?" "Nefa" is Ta's attempt to
||Ta says, "Emu!
||Ta says, "Ta?
||Ta says, "Me?"
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knowledge of the Library of Skulls.wav
knowledge of our ancestors.wav
I wish you'd whistle.wav
they must have nourishment.wav
colossal smoke of ignorance.wav
trade your father.wav
information, not solutions.wav
time of the newborn.wav
take us to your leader.wav
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