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Land of the Lost: The Possession "The Possession"
Written by David Gerrold
Directed by Dennis Steinmetz
Original airdate: November
23, 1974

Holly becomes possessed by an unknown force.

Read the complete story summary by Nels Olsen

Didja Notice?

Ta drops a grape on the ground, then picks it up and eats it anyway.

The opening sequence of the Pakuni approaching and touching the pylon seems to have been inspired by the Dawn of Man sequence in 2001: A Space Odyssey when the monolith appears to the ape-like proto-humans.

During the title scene at 1:11 on the DVD, the triple moons appear to be normal. A couple minutes later at 2:26 they are lined up in conjunction...that was fast! Perhaps someone was messing around with a moon pylon somewhere?

It almost seems as if this episode is the first time the Pakuni have even noticed a pylon. Are the events in this episode what inspired them to mess around with the weather pylon later in "Stone Soup"? Although, if this is true, it would seem to cause problems with Ta's knowledge of the pylon in the second season episode "The Pylon Express".

As the wand pulses with light, you can see Kathy Coleman's finger moving slightly to push the button that triggers the light.

Is it just me, or do Will and Holly use the endearment "daddy" a lot more than usual in this episode? Most episodes they seem to use "dad" exclusively when referring to their father.

At 18:25-18:31 on the DVD, you can see the top edge of the set and stage lights at the top right of the screen.

Pakuni Translations
Time on DVD Pakuni English
15:24 Cha-ka says "Ari. Aganza tusa. Aganza tusa." "Holly. Bad magic. Bad magic."

Easter Eggs

All three disks of season one in the DVD boxed set have hidden easter eggs. On the disk 2 easter egg, Gerrold admits this episode was written as a parody of other sources like 2001: A Space Odyssey, King Kong, and The Wizard of Oz. The 2001 scenes are mentioned above. I suppose the Wizard of Oz reference would be the Possessor as the figure controlling the pylons being similar to the Wizard as the "man behind the curtain". As for King Kong, Gerrold says originally the story was supposed to end up with a giant Cha-ka holding Holly on top of a pylon!

Memorable Dialog

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People, Places and Things (Provided by Michael Taylor)

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