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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr
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Land of the Lost: Day for Knight "Day for Knight"
Written by Jules Dennis and Richard Mueller
Directed by John Carl Buechler
Original airdate:
October 19, 1991

A 12th century knight arrives through a portal. 

Didja Know?

This episode's title, "Day for Knight", is a play on the movie-making term "day for night". The term is used to describe the technique of shooting film out-of-doors during the day but making it appear to be night. The simulation of night is usually achieved with blue camera filters, tungsten-based film stock, and under-exposure of the film (or a combination of these techniques).

Didja Notice?

Early in the episode we see that the Porters have at least one real fishing pole and a home-made one of bamboo.

In the scene at 1:54-2:00 in the episode, as he's attacking Christa, Keeg shakes his club over his head two-handed in a gesture very similar to the scene in Star Wars: A New Hope of the Tusken Raider who is attacking Luke Skywalker. Was this an intentional homage by the episode's director, John Carl Buechler?

The Sleestak seem to have a habit of applying nicknames to their foes. In this episode, they refer to Balen as the Ironface, due to the iron helmet he wears. In later episodes, they refer to Christa as Longhair and Kevin as Quickmouth. Do they also secretly refer to Annie by the same nickname her father has given her? That would be Sweetface, of course!

Balen says he comes from the court of King Arthur. Realistically, the version of English spoken by a person from that time period would be unintelligible to your average modern English speaker.

At 18:55 in the episode, Kevin and Balen hide from Scarface under some piled up rocks and foliage that looks like a manmade hide rather than a natural accumulation. In my Porter Timeline I speculate that the Porters built several of these in the jungle to use for just such emergencies. (Although evidence of Tyrannosaurus rex's large olfactory bulbs and olfactory nerves suggests that Scarface should not have had a difficult time sniffing them out even if he had lost visual sight of them.)

Scarface seems to chase Kevin and Balen at least a short distance from where the two humans throw the sword and bolos at him. Yet, after they finally ditch the tyrannosaur by hiding in the rocks and foliage, they are able to pick up the weapons almost right in front of them.

Balen gives Kevin the bolos as a token of gratitude. So, that's another item the Porters have in their arsenal of supplies.

Pakuni translations
Time in episode Pakuni English
12:52 Christa says, "Acuba ne." "Farewell."

Unanswered Questions

Near the end of the episode, the portal conveniently reappears so that Balen can return to Earth. Of course, Kevin is the only Porter present so only Balen can take the opportunity to leave the Land. But how does he know that this portal will actually lead to his own world and time? Unlike the time doorways of LOTL70, there is no vision of the destination in the fog.

Memorable Dialog

got it all under control.wav
Kevin's dream.wav
from the court of King Arthur.wav
understand, wart-sniffers.wav
who cares.wav
that's Christa for ya.wav
Christa's like the wind.wav
give m'lady Christa a kiss.wav

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