"One of Our Pylons is Missing"
Written by Bill Keenan
Directed by Gordon Wiles
Original airdate: September 27, 1975
Continuing their mapping survey,
discover a previously unknown anomaly in the Land of the Lost.
Read the complete story summary by Nels Olsen
Freeze the frame at 1:26 on the DVD, just as the
scene is changing from Cha-ka with the picnic basket to Spot in
the jungle. For that single frame, in the top left corner, you
can see the fade out of the clapper board used between scenes!
It appears to say "Excelsior" (the animation studio at which the
stop-motion was shot), "Sid and Marty Krofft" and "Land of the
At 1:54 on the DVD, after Will says "This looks
like a pretty good spot," he picks up a stick and swats away a
large insect on the rock on which they then lay out the map. It
happens mostly on the bottom 1/4 of the screen almost too
quickly to notice.
From the dialog between Rick and Will, it sounds
as if the Marshalls have determined that pylons are located at
about quarter-mile distances from each other.
There are some strange
noises at 8:44 and 8:46 on the DVD. It sounds like one of the
Land's wild pigs, but it sounds very close and we never see
it...why bother to put in those sounds beyond the normal jungle
sounds that are always heard? Maybe it's Will's stomach...he has
been complaining he's ready for lunch since the episode started!
grunt 1.wav and (in the middle of Will saying "...cooking
and, believe me...")
At 12:04 on the DVD, the
producers reuse some first season animation of Big Alice
devouring some prey. But apparently it is not actually Big Alice
in this case because here Rick refers to the allosaur as "he". I
guess the fact that this allosaur also bellows a roar like
Grumpy's is meant to attest to it being male. In fact, maybe
this is the allosaur that fathers Junior with Alice! Also,
perhaps this allosaur is the one at end of the opening credits
of the third season episodes, which also makes a roar like
There's also some obnoxious
chewing sounds coming from the allosaur mentioned above as he
And, speaking once more about the allosaur above,
Rick first says "If he spots us, we're in trouble." Then, a
little later, he and Will are in a hurry to get past the beast
and simply walk up to him and shoo him away! A moment when
"suspension of disbelief" fails, not to mention contradicting
the characters own earlier dialog.
After Holly falls into the hole, why is her knife
still sitting on the top of the closed disc? Shouldn't it have
fallen with her?
It looks like the animators used redressed action
figures to simulate Holly and Rick falling through the shaft.
Has anyone been able to identify the figures used? They would
have to be figures available in 1974 or earlier. Comparing some
photos on the web, here are a couple that seem likely
||Skipper (by Mattel)
||Double Trouble Commander (from the
Big Jim's Wolfpack series by Mattel)
The actors have a difficult task in selling the concept that
they are floating weightless around the heart. It
is obvious they are sitting on a blue-screen floor and just
waving their arms and legs around. Kathy Coleman does the best
job and Spencer Milligan barely even tries to sell it!
Spot dies for the second time in the series,
swallowed by the heart. Of course, after the first Spot, the
Marshalls were calling any Coelophysis they saw by that name.
Rick conjectures that the heart they saw powers
the Land of the Lost by consuming matter, turning it into energy
and redistributing that energy though the Land via the pylons. In
a way, this seems like another example of the closed universe
nature of the Land. The Land is consuming itself by converting
parts of its own matter into energy but that energy is
distributed back into the Land so, unlike a normal world, energy
is never lost to the rest of the universe, just endlessly
recycled from matter to energy and back again.
The Land belches up the
Marshalls' picnic basket. Listen:
Kathy Coleman seems to give
a funny look to someone off-camera as the final scene fades out.
Maybe she wanted to get rid of that smoking, smelly picnic
|Time on DVD
"Sa efi pan? Sa epa?"
How?" "Pan" is not in any known
glossary; possibly it means "happened".
"Amurani! Ego akuga. Fusa."
(akuga). Quick!" "Akuga" is not in
any known glossary; possibly "ego akuga" means "over
Cha-ka says, "Amurani! Ego akuga. Fusa."
"Friends! Place (akuga). Quick!"
"Yeni ba fusa."
"Ego me bisa, ego be gosa, ego be chi! Cha-ka me wam."
||"I had a big,
fierce chase here! I ran." The
Pakuni sentence structure is weird but I think this is
approximately what he is saying.
"Yo! Acobi me chi. Me wam! Wam! Acobi ku duchi! Ego
Coelophysis chase me! I ran! Ran!
Dinosaur go down! Place (achiga)!"
||Holly says, "Ye
"Anu no me. Nooo Cha-ka. Acobi! Acobi besasa!"
||"No, not me.
Not Cha-ka. Dinosaur! Very big
"Acobi besa ku duchi! Ego achiga."
Coelophysis go down! Place
||Rick says, "Ye
"Acobi besa, gosa chi Cha-ka."
||"A big, fierce
Coelophysis chase Cha-ka."
"Acobi ku duchi fusachichi."
down quicklyly." Cha-ka adds an
extra "-chi" at the end of "fusachi"; I guess he was
||Holly says, "Sa
||"Where is the
"Onam ku duchi. Oganza."
||"Food go down.
"Acobi ku duchi, oganza. Onam ku duchi, oganza."
down, magic. Food go down, magic."
"Ota dinda onam Ari."
||"Fire eat Holly
food." That is the literal
translation. I don't know how Rick and Will get "not
even the Land of the Lost can digest your cooking" out
you let Holly do the cooking.wav
peanut butter and jelly.wav
a pylon can't just up and walk away.wav
nipping at Holly's smilax cakes.wav
no great loss.wav
disappeared into the ground.wav
nothing's impossible around here.wav
the sand just seemed to evaporate.wav
I didn't see any bottom.wav
sounds like a drum...or a heartbeat.wav
the main source of energy for the Land of the Lost.wav
it consumes matter.wav