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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Land of the Lost: The Hole "The Hole"
Written by Wina Sturgeon
Directed by Dennis Steinmetz
Original airdate: November
2, 1974

The Marshalls meet a Sleestak who was born with the knowledge of the Altrusians.

Read the complete story summary by Nels Olsen

Didja Notice?

Holly reminisces that, back on Earth, she has a horse named Comanche. As revealed in the commentary for this episode, that was the name of Kathy Coleman's real horse at the time.

When Rick is thrown into the pit, you can see that his leg bounces up again through the mist. The same is true when a Sleestak falls in later. Obviously there was a mattress hidden in the mist to break the actors' falls.

The Sleestak god reminds me of a demonic elder god from H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulu mythos.

S'latch says that many humans have come to the Land; as to their fate, some disappear, some die.

The Sleestak name for Big Alice is Salima, meaning "protector". They consider her the guardian of their eggs.

Part of the scene of Holly throwing the stick for Dopey is recycled from "Dopey"; Holly looks up at the cave and smiles even though she is alone at High Bluff this morning.

At 18:57 on the DVD, it appears that Spencer Milligan says something that has been dubbed over with background sound effects. It's right before he says "We're at at the bottom of the pit!"

S'latch says that he was born with the knowledge of the universe but for some reason the operation of the pylons and the matrix are not part of that knowledge. Why would that be?

Notes from the audio commentary by Wesley Eure and Kathy Coleman

Comanche was the name of Kathy Coleman's real horse.

Wesley Eure reveals that he still has the backpacks and 2 maps used as props on the show.

Memorable Dialog

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have you for dinner.wav
The Hole of No Return.wav
many humans.wav
the god is getting hungry.wav
what is the sound of a Sleestak falling.wav
true friend.wav
barbaric heritage.wav
wise man.wav
what is an enik.wav
knowledge of the universe.wav
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People, Places and Things (Provided by Michael Taylor)

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