At the beginning of this episode, Cha-ka is playing
a flute much like the one he played in
However, he seems to have forgotten (de-evolved?) whatever
lesson he learned about playing real music! Is it because he
no longer wears the ring he and the Marshalls found in the
Builder's temple? Listen:
Cha-ka seems to have traded his previous musical
ability for some kind of extrasensory perception! In
"Repairman", Cha-ka proclaimed how good his chocolate shake
was before he even tasted it; here, he proclaims the device
he finds on the ground
(a seaman's telescope) to be a "magic
eye" before he has even looked through it!
It's easy to assume that the scenes of Jack's first
bolo toss are a trick of camera angle and cutting. But if
you watch frame-by-frame on the DVD from about 2:08-2:14,
you will see that Ron Harper really does twirl and throw the
bolo out of scene and then we see the bolo actually fly
threw the air just above Cha-ka's head and tangle itself
around a sapling right behind him! They must have had some
kind of an expert throwing it to avoid missing Phillip
Paley's head. But Ron also looks pretty sharp with his throw.
At 3:15 on the DVD, as Cha-ka looks at Torchy
through the telescope, we can see the pilot light in the
model's mouth for the gas-fueled flame-thrower!
When they first spot it in the marsh, Will calls the ship a
schooner but Jack says he thinks it's a barque. It doesn't
really look like either. Its multiple decks, crow's nests,
and rigging identify it as a
As the Marshalls near the ship at 4:51 on the DVD, the
background sound seems to be the same eerie noise as heard
in the Library of Skulls in "Blackout".
When Cha-ka spots Malak's footprints near the Flying
Dutchman, he says "Malak's foots!"
When Captain Van der Meer decides to free Jack and Will from
the net, Will has a hard time freeing his canteen and the
telescope from the mesh.
Other than the blond hair, the portrait of Captain Van der
Meer's daughter Wilhelmina does not look much like Holly as
he claims. The portrait appears to be of a woman, slightly
chubby, with a large head.
It's amusing to note that the captain's daughter
allegedly looks like Holly and has a name that is (sort of) a female
version of "Will" (Wilhelmina)!
The captain says he was plying the waters off
Bermuda when the ship was swept into an uncharted current
and sucked down into a maelstrom until the ship found itself
beached in the Mist Marsh of the Land of the Lost. So, in
other words, he was a victim of the Bermuda Triangle!
Malak again shows knowledge of English words he
shouldn't know; he uses the word "telescope". Wouldn't he
call it a "magic eye" or something similar as Cha-ka does?
Now the moons have gone back to being lined up in
the sky! Speedy is not orbiting in its quick one-minute
interval. It seems to change almost from one episode to the
I commented in the notes for "Repairman", that Will
seems to suggest he has used up the last of the matches. But
here he uses a match to light a torch in Malak's hovel.
Malak agrees rather quickly to Jack's bargain of
learning how to ward off the Sleestak for good. Has he
already forgotten how Jack conned him with the flashlight in
"Survival Kit"? Not to mention that the Marshalls
had also left him trapped in there with the revolting Sleestak.
When Jack shows Malak how to ward off the Sleestak with the
mini-cannon he stole from the ship, it is, as Nels Olsen
points out in his episode summary, "funny
how they didn't bother to put in a projectile, or even pack
down the powder."
When being chased by the three Sleestak, Jack uses
his bolo to trip up the lead pursuer and the other two then
trip over his body and land on top like the Three Stooges!
Jack reads a piece of paper stuck inside the
captain's diary that reads as a formal sentencing of Captain
Van der Meer to
the ship, the Flying Dutchman,
to be cursed to
eternally sail the sea. Who wrote the paper?
It begins "by order of the Royal Naval Board". But I don't
think most countries were in the habit of (or had the
ability to) place a curse on guilty suspects! They would
have simply sentenced him to restitution, prison, hard labor,
Captain Van der Meer seems to hear Jack's
reading of the sentencing, despite their distance away on
the other side of the river, leading to his attempt to set
sail with only Holly on board to alleviate his loneliness. I
suppose his supernatural position as captain of the
Flying Dutchman has also given him super-hearing!
How does such an unlikely object of legend as the Flying Dutchman
come to be seen as real when this mythology does not
fit well within the previously established parameters of the
Land of the Lost? The Flying Dutchman is just an
old seaman's tale with plenty of scientific explanation for
the alleged sightings over the years (see the
At 4:51 on the DVD, as the Marshalls approach the ship more
closely, the same eerie background noise as is heard in the
Library of Skulls at times, is briefly heard here. Perhaps
we can interpret this sound as a tip-off that all is not as
it seems? I prefer to think of the events of
this episode as possibly another hallucinogenic trick of the
Sleestak, similar to their trap in "Album" and the
effects of the mist in the Library in
"The Longest Day". In fact, the
ship's captain himself even suggests the voices of the crew heard by
the Marshalls was just the effect of inhaling the narcissus
fragrance of surrounding trees (the narcissus plant [not a
tree] does have narcotic properites); perhaps someone was trying
to warn the Marshalls of what was really happening? As a
metaphor, perhaps the term "flying dutchman" refers to a
drug-induced high (flying) and the recent, at the time,
burgeoning tolerance of marijuana use in the Netherlands
(the Dutch). And although it is a metaphorical stretch,
notice the foggy opening shot of the episode looks vaguely
like marijuana leaves engulfed in white smoke!
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the Bermuda Triangle.wav
soiling my sword.wav
if I want something.wav
they know not what they do.wav
luckier than smart.wav
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