Land of the Giants

LAND OF THE GIANTS SEASON TWO

Land of the Giants Season 2

Land of the Giants Season Two Episode Guide

by Richard Ryan

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1)   The Mechanical Man

"I've read about you little people, your technology is way ahead
of ours and I need help.."

A Giant scientist has created a super Android that has gone awry
and wrecked a lab, killing a Giant policeman in the process.Its
creator (Prof Gorn) needs the help of  the little people to
correct its flaws and as he has Mark prisoner he looks like he
will get the help he wants...

*    This episode heralded the new much improved title sequence
and theme music for the second year.

*    During the filming ,the crew of the show hid various tiny
dolls in guest artist Broderick Crawford's dressing room after
he complained that everywhere he looked there were little people!

*    Actress Heather Young (Betty) was pregnant during the early
to mid parts of the second season  and to conceal this during
this and many other second year episodes she is either
 a) Concealed by by foliage/Loose clothing
 b)" Back at the ship"
 c) Nowhere in particular..



2)   Six Hours to Live

"How far is the prison, and when are you going to be leaving for
it? -Why?- Well, the man they're going to execute tonight is
innocent and I can prove it..."

A giant has been framed for a murder he didn't commit and now
awaits execution for the crime.
Steve overhears the real murderers discussing their crime shortly
after they have attacked him. He vows to try and find away of
freeing the innocent man and seeing that justice is done...

*    This episode reworks the idea of season one's "Framed"  and
even includes the same wonderful camera prop.

*    Guest Artist Richard Anderson was a regular in many shows
and is probably most famous for his portrayal of Oscar Goldman
from the 1970's series "Six Million Dollar Man".

*    Writer Dan Ullman wrote several other Giants episodes
(Bounty Hunter, Doomsday) and an Outer Limits episode (Cold Hands
Warm Heart) that starred William (Star Trek) Shatner about a
project called Vulcan!



3)   The Inside Rail

"Now all we have to do is take him -right, well tackle him, you
grab him by the shoelaces and I'll jump up and down on his big
toe..."

Fitzhugh goes to the races with Barry and befrends a Giant race
fanatic who shares a bet with him. Incredibly Fitzhugh's skill
on the track yields a winner but how on earth can the winnings
be carried home...

*    The  vast majority of new images featured in the second
season titles were extracted from this episode.

*    Guest artist Ben Blue was a well known comedy actor who had
many roles including a part in the movie "Its a Mad Mad Mad  Mad
World".

*    Guest star Vic Tayback had a long career, his most prominent
genre role being in Star Trek (A Piece of the Action).



4)   Deadly Pawn

" Barry, you're the best we've got... but Captain, suppose I
lose?.. you'll all be turned over to S.I.D. and it'll be my
fault.."

A fiendish chess -obsessed Giant contrives to capture the little
people.  His problem is that he is bored with normal chess and
has decided that it is time for a new improved version to be
unveilled.  Step one involves a new board, and step two the
little people themselves..

*    Director Nathan Juran worked on all of Irwin Allen's shows
of the time. Often producing better than average episodes. His
movie career was firmly in the "B" movie category and includes
such films as "The Brain from planet Arous"!!

*    Guest artist John Zaremba was also a "B" movie stalwart and
was a regular on Bravo's Time Tunnel as Dr Raymond Swain.

*    In production order (this was the 9th episode made for the
second season) this was Heather Young's last show for a while due
to pregnancy.



5)   The Unsuspected

"You're going to trade me to the giants heh?, we'll see who gets
traded, not me because I'm smarter than all of you ok.."

After being infected by a mysterious spore found on the Giant
Planet Steve becomes a dangerous paranoid and seeks to capture
his Earthly colleagues one by one as he is convinced they are now
his enemies...

*    This episode was held up by producer Allen as a good example
of economic writing with a good flowing story with relatively few
opticals.

*    Guest Artist Leonard Stone was born in 1923 and appeared in
many movies and Tv Shows.  Most recently as a semi regular Judge
in "L.A. LAW".

*    This episode features "the radio room" previously seen in
"Shell Game". It was not uncommon for rooms and other props to
make spurious appearances in episodes only to then disappear
inexplicably.



6)   Giants and All that Jazz

"In a couple of days i'll be getting bookings in the better clubs
around town and then...Where did you learn to play like that
Biff?...Oh, its my own style, I call it Jazz.."

In order to free Valerie and Barry from a Giant trumpeter who is
down on his luck Dan makes a deal to teach him about a new and
exiting playing style from Earth that the Giant Planet has yet
to experience.....

*    This episode is often cut for transmission in certain
markets due to a scene where Mark pushes a pencil into the back
of a TV set. (Don't try this at home folks!)

*    Guest Artist Sugar Ray Robinson was, of course, a famous
boxing middleweight champion and also a personal friend of
producer Irwin Allen.

*    Guest Artist Mike Mazurki was also a sportsman turned actor
but in his case he was previously a wrestler.



7)   Collectors Item

"You're not afraid of me are you? -No? -Of course you are,
everyone is,rightfully so, but you'll be safe enough as long as
you continue to amuse me.."

Valerie becomes the centre of a deadly plot by a penniless Giant
who is scheming to murder his rich uncle. Forced to perform as
a music box doll to entertain the Uncle she is unaware that the
box is in fact a booby trap...

*    Actress Deanna Lund who has to perform a complicated
ballerina routine during this episode has related a story of how
(unfortunately) she had too much champagne at a cast party the
night before this sequence was shot!

*    Co-Writer Sidney Marshall was an Irwin Allen "insider" who
wrote for most of his shows of the period. Following his time
with Allen he had a stint writing for "Hawaii Five O".

*    Guest Artist Guy Stockwell has appeared in Bravo's "Wild
Wild West".



8)   Every Dog needs a Boy

"I'm afraid your friend Chipper can't wait for the doctor to get
back, it looks to me like he has got internal injuries, he'll
need an immediate operation.."

Barry's dog chipper is injured by the barking of a Giant German
sheperd dog. Barry devastated by this, endangers the lives of his
collegues as he takes him to a Giant vet!

*    This episode features an unusual cast member.  A stuffed
version of Chipper! (Presumably this was easier than keeping the
real dog still)

*    Guest Artist Michael Anderson Jr appeared in the movie
"Logan's Run" and Tv series "Ray Bradbury's Martian Chronicles"
both of these being directed by his father Michael Anderson  snr.

*    Guest Artist Oliver McGowan  has featured in Bravo's "Wild
Wild West".



9)   Chamber of Fear

"You know what that guy looks like, he looks like he's just
poisoned the reservoir and he's waiting for somebody to take a
drink.."

The little people become involved with a group of jewell thieves
operating from a spooky wax museum. Tensions rise as the crooks
fall out over a missing diamond, the whereabouts of which is
known to the little people...

*    During a scene inside a giant clockwork statue actors Don
Matheson and Deanna lund were nearly seriously injured after a
fall.  Irwin Allen was often reluctant to utilise stunt doubles
unless absolutely necessary.

*    As the "statue" of Ftzhugh falls, it can be seen to blink
(I said it was a spooky wax museum!).

*    Guest Artist Christopher Cary  was a very surreal Merlin in
Bravo's "Time Tunnel" episode "Merlin the Magician.



10)  The Clones

"Well, Doctor gault what do you think? Its amazing absolutely 
identical..."

A Giant scientist experimenting with cloning technology succeeds
in cloning Valerie and Barry. These are returned to the camp
where they prepare a booby trap to kill the rest of the Earth
party...

*    Actor Don Marshall dislocated his shoulder in the scene
where he jumps into a letter box.

*    The cloning tubes used by the Giant are from the Jupiter two
in Allen's "Lost in Space" series.

*    During this episode Valerie refers to Chipper as "She"
erroneously.



11)  Comeback

"There's this eccentric scientist you see, and he's created these
tiny little dolls, except they're not like ordinary dolls there
like real little people, they walk and talk and eat and dance.."

The little people meet and befriend a Giant actor who has fallen
from stardom. They decide to help him reinvigorate his career but
both parties underestimate the ruthlessness of the studio head
of their new co-production....

*    This episode is a very obvious parody of the Movie business
and certain aspects seem very pertinent to the series itself.

*    Guest Artist John Carradine was well cast in the role of the
old movie star, his own long sucessful career  heading to an end
as he did this episode.  Born in 1906 he starred in many movies
and Tv shows, his own son David being well known as the star of
"Kung Fu".

*    Guest Artist Fritz Feld also starred in Allen's "Lost in
Space"



12)  A Place Called Earth

"Your mission is routine, you travel back in time 100 years and
will make observations for two hours in real time and then you
will return home.."

Two Earthmen from the distant future  (the year 5477)  land on
the Giant's Planet with a mission to observe. It transpires that
they are more deadly than the Giants as their superior technology
leads them to a dangerous arrogance....

*    The future Earthmen's Ship is taken from the "Lost in Space"
series, and is the "Space pod" from that show's 3rd season.

*    During a sequence when the little people are "frozen" ,Barry
changes legs while on the Spindrift's stairwell!

*    Director Harmon Jones also worked for Irwin Allen on "Voyage
to the Bottom of The Sea" directing the "classic" "The Wax Men".



13)  Land Of The Lost

"My name is Titus,and I am the absolute ruler of this land. You
will therefore answer my questions..."

After several of the little people are carried away by a ballon
they end up many miles away in a new despotic land ruled by a
dictator who rules by a regime of torture and fear....

*    A somewhat erratic episode loaded with improbabilities this
episode has a mid season look all round.

*    Guest Artist Nehemiah Persoff appeared in most of Allens
shows and was active in many genre shows of the 1960's and 70's
including "Mission Impossible" and "The Six Million Dollar Man".

*    Guest Artist Peter Canon was in the Movie "The Hindenburg"
and an episode of Tv's Star Trek.



14)  Home Sweet Home

"Its mine, I found it!  Don't try anything, if anyone takes off
in this ship I'm going along..."

After stumbling upon the Space capsule discarded by the Earthmen
from the episode "A Place called Earth"  Fitzhugh and Steve
actually manage to get back to Earth ..but can they remain
there...?

*    This Sci-Fi themed episode was written by William Welch most
prolific of Allen's stable of regular writers. Welch could
generally be relied upon to produce flashy gadget filled shows.

*    Guest Artist John Milford was a busy actor of the period
featuring in many genre shows including "The Outer Limits", "The
Invaders" and "Voyage to the Bottom Of The Sea".

*    During the scenes of the Pod on Earth the mains cable
feeding the running lights is clearly visible off to one side of
the pod being only semi-concealed by dusty ground.



15)  Our Man O'Reilly 

"Stop now, don't move not even an inch - down on your knees you
ingnorant peasant! Yes sir, your elegance whatever your wish.."

The little people come upon a friendly Giant who mistakes them
for Leprechauns.  The Giant (O'Reilly) assists the little people 
in obtaining items to help repair the ship and the group become
embroiled in a series of adventures with policeman Krenko..

*    This episode was the 16th episode produced for the second
season and heralded the return of the new slimmer post pregnancy
Heather Young.

*    The Beer Vat consumed during the story was (incredibly)
actually real beer.

*    Guest Artist Alan Hale Jr was most famous for his role as
Gilligan in the series "Gilligan's Island".



16)  Nightmare

"Look at that, its too good to be true, not only the little
people but their encampment as well, even their Spaceship, you
wait 'till the inspector sees this..."

Following exposure to radiation from a new power source -the
Delta device- the little people become temporarily invisible to
the Giants...

*    This episode was written by William Welch and directed by
Nathan Juran and is laden with the fantasy elements typical of
this this combination.

*    Guest Artist Torin Thatcher appeared in all of Irwin Allen's
shows of the period.

*    During the original airing period of the series this was the
first show of the new decade (the 1970's) being  premiered on Jan
4th 1970.



17)  Pay the Piper

"I'm sorry my small little friends. I thought you might enjoy a
little terpsicorian interlude..."

The travellers come across a bizarre Giant capable of hypnotising
people with his mysterious flute which when played can draw
people magically towards it. The little people become involved
after the piper  attempts to abduct a Giant child...

*    This episode is a twist on the Pied Piper fable, but sadly
doesn't really come off at it is so much at odds with the thread
of the rest of the series.

*    Guest Artist Jonathan Harris was Dr Smith on Allen's "Lost
in Space" series and effectively simply reprises that role in all
but name.

*    Writer Richard Shapiro wrote several "fantasy" stories for
the show.  His episodes were generally lighter than other
contributors  ("Inside Rail" with a racing theme,"Giants and all
that Jazz", with a Jazz theme,"Comeback", a spoof of the Movie
business etc..)



18)  Secret City of Limbo

"Its extremely dangerous for you to be here now, dangerous for
me as well as you. The General will stop at nothing.."

The Little people witness a battle between several Giants
involving a mysterious new weapon, the owner of which
subsequently disappears into a cave. It transpires that he is
from a secret underground society who live beneath the surface
of the Planet...

*    The most impressive aspect of this episode is the marvellous
underground set. This was redressed from the film "Beneath the
Planet of the Apes".

*    An early draft of this episode had the Underground Giants
as "Mole like people". Allen was appalled by this and so they
were changed to be more traditional in appearance.

*    Guest Artist Malachi Throne appeared  in all of Allen's
shows of the time. His most unusual role for 20th Century Fox was
as "False-face" in the "Batman" series for which he was credited
as "?", much to his annoyance.


19)  Panic

"Trust in me, this may be a ticket back to Earth for all of us 
Turn that dial, there it is..."

The group meet a Giant inventor who has developed a new device,
a teleporter, capable of matter transport over great distances.He
is helpful and interested in their problems but is betrayed by
an S.I.D. agent and must face the consequences...

*    Guest Artist Peter Mark Richman (then known as Mark Richman)
also appeared twice in Irwin Allen's "Voyage" series. He had a
long career in films and Tv , generally cast as a "Baddie".

*    The teleporter is an impressive prop covered with the usual
Irwin Allen trademarks of flashing lights and appeared in more
than one episode of the series.

*    Guest Artist Pat Culliton (Officer Willis) was an Irwin
Allen associate who had bit parts in most of his shows, often
uncredited. He was also in "Genius at Work".



20)  The Deadly Dart

"Callers to our switchboard from private citizens are all asking
the same question. Is this another case of sabotage by the little
people ?"

Following a series of assasinations, the little people are
accused of the crimes by an ambitious
Giant journalist who will stop at nothing to get her story...

*    The character of Zoral (originally in The Mechanical Man)
is here played by a different actor, Donald Barry.

*    Guest Artist John Dehner was in Allen's "Voyage" series and
can also be seen in  Bravo's Wild Wild West.

*    The reason why Mark took the explosives and flares with him
is somewhat inexplicable appearing to be contrived to simply help
the story along.



21)  Doomsday

"No ambulance,no hospital. If they find out I'm here....my
family...they'll all be killed.."

More adventures with saboteurs intent on disrupting Giant society
as the group become embroiled with the mysterious Doctor North
who is planning a major terrorist outrage...

*    The end credits list Inspector Kobick as inspector "Turner".
(oops!)  This is also Kobick's final adventure with our heroes.

*    Barry (Stefan Arngrim) is missing from this episode (as he
is from several others ) without explanation.

*    From thin air the group produce a metal detector for use in
this story. They can't fix the ship but during the 2nd year they
produced among other items, a periscope, a laser cutter, a delta
power pack and the aforementioned detector.!! 



22)  A Small War

"Sir, with the general's permission I shall take some of the men
and start in pursuit...yes sir, we'll bring back some prisoners
or die in the attempt.."

The little people are attacked by a Giant boy who has been
playing with his imaginary friend in the woods with his army of
deadly military toys. The boy does not believe them to be real
people and carries on attacking at will...

*    This episode is actor Gary Conway's favourite of the series.

*    The story was written as a social comment upon the Vietnam
war that was raging at the time of original airing.

*    Guest Artist Miriam Schiller appeared in "Night of
Thrombeldinbar" and an episode of "Lost in Space" as the very
exotic "Miss Teutonium"!



23)  The Marionettes

"What are you going to do to us?- You'll find out, all in good
time. now, there we go now its your turn my dear..."

As the little people assist an injured puppeteer improve his act
by dancing (pretending to be puppets), events take a sinister
twist when an escaped Gorilla gets hold of Valerie in the manner
of "King Kong"!

*    During the carnival scenes a costume (Idak from "Lost in
Space") originally worn by Don Matheson appears in the
background.

*    The Gorilla was played by Janos Prohaska who specialised in
this type of work (He did similar work on "The Outer Limits" and
"Star Trek"). His career was tragically cut short after he died
in a plane crash in 1974.

*    Guest Artist Frank Ferguson was born in 1899 and starred in
the Movie "The Beast from 20,000 fathoms".



24)  Wild Journey

"We can't send you back like this- they have to go back in the
plane and crash the way it originally happenned.."

Two Giants, Thorg and Berna, have a device called a "space time
manipulator" that is capable of sending the little people back
in time and allowing the group to avoid their current
predicament.   To do this they must relive their original trip
again...

*    An interesting idea is ruined by a lack of attention to some
large details by the producers.  In the original the ship heads
off fron New York to London, incredibly in this story they set
off from Los Angeles!!

*    The problem of the much larger (now in the throws of full
puberty!) Barry is avoided by having "him" positioned well to the
rear of his colleagues- remember actor Stefan Arngrim is at least
a foot taller than when the show started in real life.

*    Guest Artist Sheila Matthews was married to Irwin Allen.



25)  Graveyard of Fools

"You're now safe in your new abode, they'll be a little work for
you to do a little later on, you'd better do it well or it'll
mean the end of both of you.."

Twin evil brothers one at each end of the Planet plan to use an
alien device they have found to gain control of the Planet. 
Critically the device needs repairing and only the little people
are small enough to do it....

*    This episode is one of the most confusing of the entire
series full of illogical dialogue necessary to help the viewer
make sense of the story, which is easy on the eye but numbing to
the mind!

*    Guest Artist Albert Salmi takes a dual role as brothers
"Melzak/Brynk". He also appeared as Captain Brent in the wacky
"Voyage" episode "Dead Men's Doubloons".

*    Midway thruogh the episode it was noticed that Valerie was
showing rather too much "up top" and a patch was put on her dress
to allow her to regain her modesty.

 

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