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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Land of the Lost: Hurricane "Hurricane"
Written by David Gerrold and Larry Niven
Directed by Bob Lally
Original airdate: December
21, 1974

Will inadvertently opens a time portal, admitting a hypersonic glider from Earth’s future.

Read the complete story summary by Nels Olsen

Notes from the Marshall Timeline

I placed "Hurricane" before "Elsewhen" simply due to my own leaning towards the artistic estheticism of having "Elsewhen" be the first season finale, seeing as how I've invalidated "Circle" as same.

Didja Notice?

There are several references to past episodes. Will mentions Holly's lost perfume from "The Paku Who Came to Dinner"; Holly mentions the devastating shock Rick received from two crystals in "The Search"; Holly and Will mention the events of "Skylons"; Will remarks on the circular river of "Downstream".

At 8:15 on the DVD, the actors aren't aligned well with the miniature background on the blue screen...Will and Holly are standing on the top of a fern instead of the ground!

At 14:49 on the DVD, you can see in the background the dividing line between two panels of the painted set.

If the gateway is gone as Rick says, destroying itself when it swallowed the pylon, why do we see still see it receding into the distance as the last shot of the episode? This is one reason I placed The Dinosaur Adventure after this episode, speculating that Dr. Potts arrived through that same gateway shortly after this episode.

Unanswered Questions

Both the pylon and one of the skylons get sucked into the time doorway. Does this mean there's a pylon and a skylon now on Earth?

Notes from the audio commentary by David Gerrold and Larry Niven

Gerrold notes that "Hurricane" was inspired by the story "The Wind Between the Worlds" by Lester Del Rey.

Gerrold wrote Beauregard Jackson as a character to possibly be portrayed by himself as the actor. Jackson's colorful dialog was written by Gerrold to be fun for himself to deliver. (It would have been interesting to see Gerrold in the role. But, as it is, Ron Masak does a great job with it.)

Gerrold mentions that in early drafts of the series treatment, he wrote Will as a younger version of himself.

The original draft of the script of this episode had the punchline that not only was Jackson from the future but also from an alternate Earth. It was to be revealed his country was the United States of Texas (or something along those lines).

Memorable Dialog

always a new mistake.wav
don't care what church.wav
buy yourselves a house.wav
point me to a telephone.wav
mighty fine stories.wav
hypersonic glider.wav
some time in our future.wav
starting to feel awful lost.wav
you little buzzard.wav
scarier than them dinosaurs.wav
bigger on the inside.wav
confused enough already.wav
their signals just made it worse.wav
that skylon.wav
bat out of Philidelphia.wav
no television for a week.wav

People, Places and Things (Provided by Michael Taylor)

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