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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Land of the Lost: Follow That Dinosaur "Follow That Dinosaur"
Written by Dick Morgan
Directed by Dennis Steinmetz
Original airdate: November
30, 1974

The Marshalls discover the journal of a human who was once trapped in the Land of the Lost.

Read the complete story summary by Nels Olsen

Didja Notice?

Why is this episode called "Follow That Dinosaur?" They don't follow any dinosaurs. In fact, a dinosaur, Grumpy, follows them across the stone bridge of the crevasse to the Lost City.

The dummy left behind by Private Konik is stuffed with dinosaur nip...and except for having turned a dark color over time it's still inside. Might that suggest that it wasn't too long ago that Konik was in the Land? And yet when the Marshalls find the cave in the Lost City they see gourds and a blanket that look like they've been sitting a long time and, eventually, the Marshalls find the decayed, skeletal remains of Konik and Harry Potts.

Konik's journal says that he taught some of the "monkey people" some English words. Obviously referring to the Pakuni, but what Pakuni? Ta, Sa, and Cha-ka don't seem to have known any English words until they met the Marshalls.

Before heading to the Lost City to track Konik and Harry Potts, Rick says the Sleestak dormant season is almost over. How does he know? How many "seasons" could have gone by already in the short time they've been there?

The Marshalls don't seem to be as concerned about leaving messages to help future castaways in the Land as Private Konik was. They even throw away his dummy!

Grumpy almost falls into the crevasse after crossing it. That would have been quite an end to a great villain.

The actors in the Sleestak costumes have a hard time standing stock-still as the dormant Sleestak. You can see their bodies and arms swaying slightly.

At 18:31 on the DVD you can see the ground "squishing" down under Rick's weight as he crawls through the tunnel. The floor of the set piece must have been padding covered with dirt.

During their fight, Grumpy and Alice knock down one of the pillars outside the Lost City.

Memorable Dialog

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Major Joshua Sleestak.wav
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at least I'll be out of here.wav

People, Places and Things (Provided by Michael Taylor)

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