Written by Gary Perconte
Directed by Ernest Farino
October 5, 1991
Annie comes into
possession of Shung’s power crystal.
This episode is a bit reminiscent of the LOTL70 episode
Possession" in which Cha-ka obtains a wand from one of the
pylons and then gives it to Holly who becomes possessed by it
and even uses it against her own family. In our LOTL90 episode,
Stink first obtains Shung's crystal dagger then gives it to
Annie who becomes entranced by its evil power and uses it
against her family.
The Sleestak appear to be omnivorous. Nim is seen eating a melon
from a tree, while previous episodes suggest they hunger for
Shung again demonstrates some telepathic ability when he senses
that someone has his crystal dagger. Is Shung's ability natural
or a by-product of his association with the crystal?
After Annie drops a spoiled melon on his head, Kevin leaves her
stranded up in the tree in which she is picking the fruit,
knocking down the ladder so she can't get out. Given that she's on a
limb at about bite-height for Scarface, isn't that potentially a
pretty reckless revenge to take on her?
While complaining to herself about her predicament in the tree,
Annie refers to her brother as "wart breath." Did she pick this
up from their encounter with Shung in the previous episode
("Shung the Terrible")? It sounds like the kind of insult he
uses with his lackeys.
During the stop-motion animated sequence of Big Guy helping
Annie out of the tree, you can see that the color and pattern of
Annie's shirt changes between the live actor and the
stop-motion model of actress Jennifer Drugan. The flower pattern on her
At 8:57 in the episode, there is a great shot of Scarface
lunging to make a meal of Annie before she forces him away with
the power of the crystal.
We see that the Porters are on campout, exploring the Land. They
have tents set up on the ground in the middle of the jungle. Is
that a wise way to sleep at night with the kinds of humongous
creatures that live there?
In the scene from 16:05-16:08, as Annie is backing away from her
father, into the jungle, it looks like the scene was shot with
her walking forward and the film then run in reverse during editing to
give the appearance of her walking backward. I don't know why
they would have shot it that way unless they felt it gives the
scene an eerie, more ominous feel to accentuate the evil
influence of the crystal on her.
"Yo, Annie Porter."
through the scene yelling "Annie" and "malu."
||"Malu" means bad
or evil, so Stink is indicating the evil influence of
the crystal on Annie.
||Stink says, "Ayu.
Is the crystal dagger inherently evil? Or has it just
been poisoned by Shung's own maleficence?
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