Written by Reed Shelly
Directed by Jeff Burr
Original airdate: October 3, 1992
Using the power crystal, Shung
takes control of the minds of Christa and the Porters, forcing
them to battle in a gladiatorial arena.
This is the first time we see the Sleestak in the second season
and the Nim and Keeg costumes have undergone some upgrades. The
head masks are now articulated so that the eyelids and lips
move. Previously, only the Shung costume had this ability. Also,
the nerdy voices of Nim and Keeg in the first season have been
dropped in favor of a deeper, more menacing tone. The two
lackeys are also played by two new actors! During the first
season R.C. Tass played Nim and Brian Williams played Keeg. This
season Ross Kramer plays Nim and Bret Davidson plays Keeg.
Princess is a pretty tough Triceratops. Not only did she survive
whatever battle in the past caused her to break off one horn,
here she topples Spike onto his side when Shung uses his crystal
to force them to fight.
When Christa becomes entranced by Shung through the power of the
crystal, she again makes a sort of open-mouthed hiss, like she
did under the same circumstance in "Mind Games".
At 5:20 in the episode, we see that Annie has painted Tasha's
gigantic toenails, apparently having used two bottles of nail
polish to do it! Would a young girl really want to waste her
limited supply of cosmetics like that, even for a beloved pet?
It's not like the Land of the Lost has a corner drug store.
This is the first time we hear the age of one of the characters.
Tom comments that Kevin is 16.
Shung says that when he still lived in the Sleestak underground
civilization, there were huge arenas where gladiators fought
until only one was left. Assuming he is talking about fights to
the death, it sounds like the Sleestak civilization did not have
particularly altruistic values! I wonder what Shung and his
lackeys did to be considered criminals and exiled to the
surface? Or, perhaps, Shung was simply part of a criminal
enclave that engaged in illegal gladiatorial combats by
Shung's crudely constructed arena has a number of banners, flags
and shields hung about, depicting Sleestak faces and symbols in
a fairly artful manner. Where did these come from? Did the three
Sleestak criminals make them? Or did they bring them from the
underground civilization when they were exiled? Or, perhaps,
they were found among remains of the old surface civilization
(though it seems unlikely much would survive to the current time considering Tom said in
that the old civilization existed hundreds of years ago)?
This episode is the first we hear the Sleestak refer to Kevin as
At 11:30 in the episode, Stink is taking a nap in the branches
of a tree and we hear him mumble "Opah" in his sleep!
Opah, of course, is Stink's grandfather, as seen in the episode
At 14:43 in the episode, during the battle between Kevin and
Nim, we see Shung give the thumbs down signal, which popular
culture suggests was the signal given, by the person in charge in the ancient
Roman arenas, to the victor to kill their defeated foe. However,
when Kevin suddenly turns the tables on Nim and defeats him,
Shung does not repeat the gesture (of course).
Although they look very similar, it is possible to identify Nim
and Keeg by their faces and clothing. Keeg has a shorter snout
and less prominent brows than Nim and a droopy right eyelid
(although the droopy eyelid seems to be less prominent this
season); and Keeg's tunic has flared shoulder pads while Nim's
are rounded. During the gladiatorial combat, Kevin appears to be
battling Nim. But the boy comments that his Sleestak opponent
has weak side-vision, which sounds more like a description of
Keeg with his droopy right eye. It seems there may be a
discrepancy in the script as written and as shot.
At 16:18 in the episode, Tasha's toenails are suddenly no longer
painted. Later, Annie comments that all the trampling through
the jungle ruined the pedicure.
At 18:07 in the episode, we see that one of the items decorating
the boundary posts of Shung's arena is a saber-tooth tiger
skull. Up to now the only prehistoric mammals we've seen in the
Land were the wolves called makani in
It's interesting that Annie is the one to ask Christa what she
is going to do with the crystal dagger she has taken from Shung.
Annie must be remembering how the crystal infected her own self
with its malevolence when it came into her possession in
Annie says she'll fix Tasha's pedicure. You mean she has even
more nail polish to waste on the little dino?!
Christa has just caught an iguana when
nearby sounds of battle force her to let it go and she says,
"Your lucky day, banda." Presumably banda=iguana.
||Christa says, "Pakaa!
Princess, pakaa! Anu, Princess. Subani."
the other words are unknown. From
the context it would seem Christa is trying to tell
Princess, "calm down" or "it's me."
||Stink says, "Kobani,
unknown. From the context of the
scene, it may mean "I'm sorry."
here." Like many bi-lingual
humans, Stink seems to be mixing words from both
languages in his speech.
"Crystal maka malu."
evil." Christa is also mixing her
In "Mind Games", Shung needed a personal possession of
Christa's (her peace medallion) in order to take mental control
of her. But here he is able to control her without one, as well
as being able to control Tom and Kevin in the same manner. How?
Has he or his crystal grown more powerful?
When Christa shatters the crystal dagger with a rock, the
fragments then seem to dissolve into crystal dust. Would that be
true of any power crystal found in the Land? Or are the
properties of Shung's crystal unique?
(Though the giant crystal in
"Kevin vs. the Volcano" also dissolved.)
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