Ta drops a grape on the ground, then picks it up and eats it
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
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
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.
|Time on DVD
||Cha-ka says "Ari. Aganza tusa. Aganza tusa."
||"Holly. Bad magic. Bad magic."
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!
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